Executive Committee

    The Harvard Club of France is run by a team of alumni from the College and Graduate Schools who represent a diversity of degrees, nationalities and professional activities.

    Executive Committee 2020 / 2021


    Anne-Caroline L. Urbain (Harvard Law School, LL.M. ’06)


    Anne-Caroline is a new business manager at Segro, a leading owner, manager and developer of modern warehouses and light industrial property in Europe. Before joining Segro, she was the head of business development at AHA Atelier HERBEZ Architectes, founded by Olivier Herbez (GSD, 1999). A lawyer admitted to the bar in both New York and Paris, Anne-Caroline previously practiced environmental, health and safety law at Jones Day. Anne-Caroline is also a Vice-President of the Harvard Law School Association of Europe.


    Audrène Eloit (Harvard Kennedy School, MPA ’14)

    First Vice President

    Audrène is Head of International Relations at Inserm, the national research institute for health and medicine. During Audrène’s 15 years in higher education and research policy, she was previously Director of Research for PSL where she created the department of Partnerships and Development, and a higher education and macroeconomics consultant for the World Bank. Audrène studied English at ENS Cachan, passed the agrégation d’anglais, and has a law degree from Universite Pantheon-Assas. Audrene is the head of the HKS chapter of HCF.


    Denis Péchère de Chamberlanne (Harvard GSD ’17)


    Denis is a French entrepreneur and investor, founder of event agency “Artistes en direct,” sold in 2013 with 250 employees. He is the CEO of Proloft, an investment company specialized in banks and office real estate. He is the author of « Two Weeks to Become an Entrepreneur » and « The Chessboard of Wealth,” awarded book of the year by magazine Investir.


    Zhizhong “Joël” Yao (GSAS, PhD ‘12)

    Secretary General

    Born and raised in China, Joel is a biotech venture investor at Sofinnova Partners. During his Boston years, he was a life-science residential advisor at Winthrop House. Joel was awarded a Human Frontier Science Program Fellowship, which brought him to Paris 7 years ago. Joel was part of the executive team a number of years ago and is happy to return!


    Denise Silber  (Harvard Business School, MBA ’79)

    Vice President

    A native New Yorker, Denise is a top-ten digital health global thought leader with activities as a consultant, speaker, author, entrepreneur. She founded Basil Strategies, creators of Doctors 2.0 & You, the first global patient-included tech conferences and co-founded in 2020 VRforHealth, an educational video library on VR therapies. After graduating from Smith College, Denise was a U.S. embassy officer in Mexico City. Following her MBA at Harvard, Denise entered healthcare in the pharma industry. She was awarded the French Legion of Honor in 2011 and elected to the 50 most inspiring women in tech in France in 2018. Denise also enjoys hosting Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs podcasts.


    Roland Ziadé (Harvard Law School, LLM ‘02)

    Vice President

    A Partner and the Global Co-Head of International Arbitration at Linklaters LLP, Roland is widely known and recognized for his experience and expertise in international arbitration, acting as both counsel and arbitrator. He is an outstanding advocate as well as negotiator and a member of the Bars of Paris, New York and Beirut. A member of the Executive Team since 2010, Roland regularly hosts the club’s events at his firm.


    Stephanie Mareva Failloux (Harvard College 1994)

    Executive Committee Member

    Born in Tahiti, living in Paris for the past 25 years, Stéphanie is an entrepreneur with multiple passions, in sustainable finance and business, art, coaching, teaching, promoting female empowerment and leadership. Throughout her activities, Stephanie revels in inspiring individuals, in particular the young and women, to act and support the transition to a new economy where business, society, and the environment are aligned.


    Jeffery Durand (Harvard College 2017)

    Executive Committee Member

    Jeffery is a recent Harvard college grad with a major in math. He has been playing the piano and singing in a choir for almost his entire life. He loves wandering through countrysides on a bike, tinkering in fabrication labs, and writing both poetry and code. Recently he has worked in a startup, managing innovation projects for the auto industry and others. Looking forward, he is getting his hands into Artificial Intelligence and its potential for both creative arts and a sustainable future.


    Florence Aeschlimann (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, MPH 2017)

    Executive Committee Member

    Florence Aeschlimann, born and educated in Switzerland, is a pediatrician at the Hôpital universitaire Necker-Enfants malades in Paris, France. She trained at the University Children’s Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland and the SickKids Hospital in Toronto, Canada prior to graduating from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her work is clinically-oriented with the goal of research to better understand rare childhood-onset systemic inflammatory diseases and to improve outcome of affected children.


    Erin Renner Cordell (Harvard Graduate School of Education, EDM ’05)

    Executive Committee Member

    Erin has lived in Paris with her husband and son for six years, having first arrived as a U.S. Diplomat assigned to the U.S. Delegation to UNESCO. Erin moved to the OECD to serve as the Counsellor to the Director of Development Co-operation in 2017, following her 15-year career in U.S. policy, as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State and in U.S. Senate, working for then-Senators Joseph R. Biden and Ted Kennedy. Erin is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where she studied communications and politics.


    Sonia Pujol (PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School)

    Executive Committee Member

    Sonia is a clinical neuroscientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School. She develops 3D brain mapping technology to understand the role of neural circuits in the human brain. Sonia is passionate about transferring scientific advances to the clinic to improve patient care. Over the past 17 years at Harvard, she has developed a training methodology that enables clinicians and scientists to apply cutting-edge tools to solve clinical problems. As Director of Training and Education of 3D Slicer, a software platform funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, she has taught medical image analysis workshops around the world. Sonia is a member of the Harvard Medical School Academy.


    Isabelle Roux-Buisson (Harvard Business School, MBA ’81)

    Executive Committee Member

    Bio coming soon.



    Our Program in Brief


    All Schools:

    To federate alumnae across all the schools within the University, promoting exchange among alumnae and pursuing subjects of general interest with a multi-disciplinary approach.

    Global / Local

    To share the University’s key actions with the local Harvard community and more widely in France, increasing awareness and engagement.
    To share the key accomplishments of the local Harvard community with the University, raising the visibility of the local club and enriching the University with a French perspective.

    Strong HCF

    To strengthen the HCF and establish durably in France at the service of Harvard alumni and the wider community.
    To create an institution that thrives independently of the single individuals in charge of it via systematic succession planning, clear roles and responsibilities, and transparency to all members


    As befits a leading global university, we feel that the HCF should be committed to the following five subjects:


    Pursuing free inquiry and exploring new ways to share learning


    Promoting academic, political, cultural, entrepreneurial and artistic leadership


    Challenging assumptions and bringing new ideas to life

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    Providing a cultural and creative context


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