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Past Events


Tech and The Future of EducationThe Impact of Technology on Society and The Individual,  Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity, The Future of Health, Bio-Innovation, Biomimicry and the Future of Science, The Future of Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy, The Future of Finance and Investment, A World in Metamorphosis: Understanding Paradigm Changes, The Future of Civil Society, The Future of Media and Journalism, The Future of Entrepreneurship, The Future of Relationship between the US and Europe, The Future of the Middle East and US Relations, COP21 Changing the World to Save the World, The Future of Democracy, The Future of Cybersecurity and Cyberwar.  
Among The  IPEL-SCEL Exclusive Trips: 
The SCEL seminar-cruise across the Aegian - 9 days from Athens to Istanbul with 3 Stanford faculty members, the SCEL trip to the EU- Brussels to meet EU Ambassadors and Heads of Sections, IPEL trip to the Champagne region, trip to Tours and the Loire valley. All trips include exclusive visits to landmarks, lunches, cocktails and dinners in iconic venues, meetings with mayors, ambassadors and high profile personalities... 








Ivy Plus European Leaders

in partnership with Stanford Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford Professionals in Energy, 

Berkeley Club of France, HEC Pole Globalisation and France-Amériques


is delighted to invite you to a 

Cutting Edge Forum on Climate Change and COP21






Sought after Stanford University faculty, OECD, US and French Climate, Energy, Economy & Policy Experts


Change the World to Save the World 


Wednesday December 9, 2015 – 7:30 pm




-  Dan Reicher, Executive Director Stanford Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford Faculty SGSB & Stanford Law School, former Director Climate Change at Google and Assistant Secretary for Energy under three US presidents, Graduate Darmouth, Stanford, Dr Reicher also studied at MIT & Harvard

-  Noah Diffenbaugh, Stanford Faculty School of Earth Sciences and Senior Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, Graduate UC Santa Cruz and Stanford

-  Jan Corfee- Morlot, Head of the Climate, Environment and Development Unit at the OECD, member of the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. MIT & Berkeley graduate

-  Geoffrey RothwellPrincipal Economist Nuclear Energy Agency OECD, former Stanford faculty Dept of Economics, Graduate Berkeley & California Institute of Technology

-  Jean-Marc Jancovici, Main developer of the “Bilan Carbon” assessment tool for the ADME and the French Inter-ministerial Greenhouse Gas Mission, founder The Shift Project, author of many publications and professor at Mines-ParisTech, Polytechnique (X) & ENTC graduate


Ø  Speakers will discuss why we need to act NOW on global warming, the risks if we continue on the current path and if temperatures continue to rise, the consequences on water, earth, populations, security, migrations, and the future of developing and developed countries.

> They will exchange views on solutions to move away from current trajectories and re-define global models; speak of policies and laws, energy, economy, sustainable development, inclusive growth;  delve into geo-political implications; 

> They give examples of how innovative research centers, Stanford, Berkeley and international tech & bio labs, are working to tackle climate change and will share their expectations for the historical international conference COP21


Ø  Testimony on the impact of global warming in Tibet, known as the roof of the world, by Minister of Information and International Affairs of Tibet, McGill graduate, Dicki Chhoyang 


>  Expert Inputs from Stanford University Professor Charles  Kolster,  internationally known environmental economist with a focus on industrial organization and public economics, Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, Senior Fellow Precourt Institute for Energy, former Co-Director, University of California Center for Energy & Environmental Economics, UC Berkeley and UC Santa Barbara


 Special Guest speaker ‎on innovation and sustainable development: Groundbreaking marine Biotechnologist Franck Zal, CEO Hemarina 


>  Comments from CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) Senior Research Scientist, ENS-Sorbonne-NYU graduate Yorick Gitton




Maria Adle
Founding President Ivy Plus European Leaders



Diana Powers

New York Times Environmental Journalist


The event includes  a Q & A session

and a Cocktail Reception with Champagne




Maria Adle, Founder President Ivy Plus European Leaders

Rebecca Buechel, Executive Officer, Ivy Plus European Leaders




Ivy Plus European Leaders

in partnership with HEC Alumni International & Berkeley Club of France

is pleased to invite you to an

Exciting Talk on Leadership

by Top Schools Experts


How to be a Great Leader? 




Eduardo Braun

Renowned International Speaker on Leadership & Management, Former Head HSM Group (1st Global multimedia management company - organizers World Business Forum), Alum University of Buenos Aires and Wharton School, Lecturer at U.C. Berkeley, Yale, IMD, Author People First Leadership:How the Best Leaders use Culture and Emotion to Drive Unprecedented results




Vincent Bastien

Former CEO Louis Vuitton, Head of Beauty Branch SANOFI, CEO Yves Saint Laurent, Head Lancel, Head Smart Valley (start-up IT group), CEO Quebecor World Europe, (leading international printing company), Founder & CEO Vincent Bastien, 

Author The Luxury Strategy, Professor Marketing at HEC, Alum Ecole Polytechnique, HEC, Stanford Business School







Friday, March 17, 2017 – 7:30 pm

Dentons Europe



Our Expert Speakers will discuss why in Leadership, People, Emotion, Creativiy, Passion and Culture come First


Eduardo Braun will share lessons learned through his extensive research and interviews of inspiring world-renowned personalities and legendary CEO’s, and present his latest publication: People First Leadership.


From his thorough experience as head of famous companies, Vincent Bastien will convey his vision of successful leadership and expound what leaders can learn from the fascinating field of Luxury


Join Us!


The Talks will be followed by Q & A, an elaborate 

Networking Cocktail Dinatoire with Champagne
and a 
Book Signing by Eduardo Braun



Venue: Dentons Europe – 5 Bld Malesherbes – Paris 75008 (Metro Madeleine)

Date – Time :  Friday, March 17, 2017 – 7:30 pm

Participation Price :  

29€ Ivy Plus European Leaders, HEC, UC Berkeley, IMD, Stanford

39€ Guests 

10€ Students



To take advantage of Ivy Plus European Leaders Membership prices, we thank you for joining and supporting the group and paying your yearly fees. To become a member of IPEL, please go to =>








Maria Adle, President Ivy Plus European Leaders,

Pierre-Yves Carpentier, President HEC Pole Globalisation

Lindsay King, President Berkeley Club of France



Ivy Plus European Leaders is a think tank of alumni from leading US and European Universities. Its goal is to create a wide synergy of intelligences and energies across borders to address paradigm changes and international challenges shaping society and the world.   It aims to foster cutting edge thinking on global issues and put the limelight on impactors of the future. 

Ivy Plus European Leaders (IPEL) has grown from Stanford Club of European Leaders (SCEL), founded in 2010. In January 2014, IPEL expanded to encompass prestigious American universities and European top schools and universities.



Ivy Plus European Leaders

is thrilled to invite you to meet


Lisa Cirenza

Stanford Visual Artist

Selected to expose in Salon d’Automne 2017

at a

 Brunch-Luncheon Discussion


Tackling Socio-Political Issues Through Art & Pixels



Saturday October 14, 2017 – 12h00 pm

in the magical setting of l’Hôtel Particulier


Fine Arts Artist Stanford alum Lisa Cirenza is highly regarded for her socially conscious digital and traditional works, exhibited in prestigious galleries, art fairs and museums internationally.      


Born in the US, Lisa Cirenza studied at Stanford University and Ecole des Mines.  While she started her career as Gaz and Oil Analyst at Goldman Sachs, Consultant at Booz Allen, Researcher on the Environment and Glaciology, from 2005, she dedicated herself entirely to her artistic calling.  Lisa has worked and lived in Japan, Mexico, the U.S., Canada, Switzerland, France, places and experiences which have all influenced her thinking and sensibility.  She now resides in London.  Very attached to her alma mater, she is on the Advisory Boards of the Stanford Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Stanford School of Earth Sciences.


About her creations, Lisa writes:  My art delves into what it is to be human in this increasingly disconnected-connected world.  Capturing live moments is critical to me.  The advent of Mobile art tools gives me the freedom to draw and paint immediate visuals that would be impossible with traditional media.




Lisa Cirenza will discuss her past and future art projects (among which at Apple & Stanford University) and her work Ubu Returns, a satirical socio-political mirror of the Trump era, created on iPad with tools from 4 different apps, digitally painted and woven together in more than 40 layers.  This painting has been selected to be exhibited at the world-renowned Salon d’Automne 2017 – in Paris.


Join Us!



​Date and Time: Gourmet Brunch-Luncheon with Stanford Artist Lisa Cirenza – Saturday October 14, 2017 – 12h00 pm – Limited number

Price: Members IPEL 39€  - Guests & Non Members:  47€


 Venue : Hôtel Particulier Montmartre – Restaurant Le Mandragore -

23, avenue Junot, Pavillon D, 75018 Paris


 IPEL extends invitations to the Vernissage of the Salon d’Automne 2017 October 11th, from 6:00 pm to 10:00 p.m., as well as to the Gala Dinner with the artists October 13th, 8:00 pm.  Contact for details.


To become a member of Ivy Plus European Leaders or renew your membership, please go to:


Thank you for your support!

Looking forward to welcoming you,


Maria Adle

Founder & President





Thursday March 30, 2017 – 7:30  pm



Ivy Plus European Leaders renews with its Cutting Edge Forums
with an Exceptional Event on Bio-Inspired Innovation
in Technology, Architecture, Science, Energy, Transportation, Biology, Health, Medecine, Robotics, AI,
with sought-after TED conference Speakers.


In partnership with the Berkeley Club of FranceHEC International, IPEL is delighted to convey you to this forward thinking forum on biomimicry.  This event will enchant, stimulate and inspire you, across disciplines. 


Renowned Academic, Entrepreneur and Author affiliated to Stanford and Polytechnique Idriss Aberkane, World Famous Visionary Architect Jacques Rougerie , Head of renowned Oceanographic Institute Paul Ricard Patricia Ricard, and VP of successful start-up Chronocam Geoffrey Burns, will present extraordinary bio-inspired realizations. They will discuss how visionaries, corporations, startups, SMI, foundations, institutions and leading schools emulate nature’s time-tested designs and stategies to solve today’s and tomorrow’s challenging problems. 


The Talks will be followed by a Cocktail Dinatoire with Champagne in the beautiful salons of Swiss Life Banque Privée overlooking the Place Vendôme




Idriss Aberkane

Idriss Aberkane is a much talked about International Consultant, Researcher, Speaker and Professor in Biomimicry, Neuroscience, Technology, the Knowledge Economy and the Blue Economy.  He studied at Ecole Polytechnique, ULM, EHESS, Université de Strasbourg and Centre d’Etudes Diplomatiques et Stratégiques de Paris. He has doctoral degrees in neuroscience, in comparative literature, and in diplomacy and politics.  He is an affiliate Scholar at Stanford University Kozmetsky Global Collaboratory. Dr. Aberkane has founded and leads several companies (Scanderia, SASU Aberkane, Eirin International), authored a book Libérez votre Cerveau and many articles. He is also an editorial writer at the magazine Le Point.


Jacques Rougerie


Jacques Rougerie is a visionary architect, who draws his inspiration from the sea. He has built underwater habitats, labs, marine research centers and other sub-quatic vessels (Galathée, Hippocampe, Seaspace, Sea Orbiter), He designed the City of Meriens, a floating city, in the form of a manta ray. He is the architect of the Sea Pavillon in Kobe, Japan, Nausicaa National Sea Center in Boulogne sur Mer, Oceanopolis in Brest, the future Museum of Underwater Archeology of Alexandria, the Eco-Museum in Moorea, and many other centers around the world. In addition to his architectural realizations, Jacques Rougerie created The Jacques Rougerie Foundation, which encourages scientific and tech innovation and the Jacques Rougerie competition.  He studied at Ecole des Beaux Arts, Institut Océanographique de Paris, Université d’Urbanisme de Vincennes and l’Ecole des Arts et Métiers.


Patricia Ricard

Patricia Ricard is the President of the Oceanographic Institute Paul Ricard.  The Institute founded by her grand-father is considered « a true model ocean ».  Its work offers solutions founded on nature to meet global challenges.  Patricia Ricard has been working for more than 20 years in the preservation of the environment.  She had developped films and documentaries on science and nature, created festivals and TV programs dedicated to the green economy.  She has been on the Board of leading organizations and institutions, such as the European Institute of Ecology, WWF France, is a consultant for the Ministry of Ecology, the Conseil Economique Social et Environmental, UNESCO, and a key member of the Ocean and Climate Platform.


Geoffrey Burns

Geoffrey Burns is the Vice-President of Chronocam, a paradigm shifting start-up that develops bio-inspired vision sensors which replicate the human eye. Before joining Chronocam, Geoffrey Burns was Principal Engineer at Intel, VP at Silicon Hive.  He has a doctoral degree and a Masters from MIT and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. 


Join Us and Be Inspired !


Venue :  Swiss Life Banque Privée, 7 Place Vendôme, Paris 1er

Date & Time :  Thursday, March 30, 2017 – 7:30 pm to  11:00 pm

Participation Price :

Ivy Plus European Leaders, Berkeley, HEC, IMD, Chicago Booth: 35 euros (before March 26)
Non-Members & Guests : 45 euros  (before March 26)
Students : 15 euros

Registration :

Chair : Maria Adle, Founding President Ivy Plus European Leaders,



To take advantage of Ivy Plus European Leaders Membership prices, thank you for joining, supporting the group and paying your yearly fees. 

To become a member of IPEL, please go to =>

Thank you for your support! Warm wishes, Maria Adle





Ivy Plus European Leaders 
is pleased to invite you to the 
MIT Dinner-Talk 
Exceptional French Architect 
Paul Andreu 
Wednesday October 12, 2016 - 7:30 pm
Maison des Arts et Métiers - Paris
Paul Andreu is World Renowned for more than 50 luminous and spectacular airports across the globe
 among which Manila, Jakarta, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Cairo, Brunei, 

Paris Orly and Charles de Gaulle Airports  

He is also the famous designer of the Grande Arche de la Defense, the French Channel Tunnel terminal, the Guanzhou Gymnasium, the Osaka Maritime Museum, the Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, the futuristic Beijing Opera House, and many other constructions in France and around the world

A graduate of France's leading schools Ecole Polytechnique, Ponts - Paris Tech and Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paul Andreu has developped a global view of architecture, exploiting cutting edge technology, with a poetic and pragmatic vision

A winner of numerous awards for outstanding achievements in architecture, including the Grand Prix National d'Architecture, the Grand Prix de la Fondation Florence Gould, the Prix Aga Khan d'architecture and the Cristal Globe Award, from the International Academy of Architecture for his whole career, he is also the author of several books and a professor of architecture at Zhejiang University



Join Us for a most interesting Dinner-Talk with a grandiose Master of large scale building 
Venue: Maison des Arts et Métiers - 9 bis Avenue d'Iena, Paris 16 (Metro Iena)

Price:  MIT & Members Ivy Plus European Leaders: 45€ - Non-Members: 55€

Date:  Wednesday October 12, 2016 - 7:30 pm  (Cocktail - 3 course dinner with wine - Talk - Q & A )


=> To take advantage of partnership prices at events, please renew your membership with Ivy Plus European Leaders:  Thank You for your Support!  

Registration MIT dinner-talk:



Ivy Plus European Leaders is a think tank of alumni from leading US and European Universities. Its goal is to create a wide synergy of intelligences and energies across borders to address paradigm changes and international challenges shaping society and the world.   It aims to foster cutting edge thinking on global issues and put the limelight on impactors of the future. 

Ivy Plus European Leaders (IPEL) has grown from Stanford Club of European Leaders (SCEL), founded in 2010. In January 2014, IPEL expanded to encompass prestigious American universities and European top schools and universities.



Ivy Plus European Leaders


in partnership with Cercle France-Amériques


is pleased to invite you to


Thanksgiving Dinner


in the presence of


H.E. Mrs. Jane D. Hartley

United States Ambassador to France



Champagne Cocktail Reception with Live Music

Seated Dinner


Monday November 23, 2015 – 7:30 pm

France-Amériques - Hotel de Marois



We look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with you!




Venue: France-Amériques, Hotel de Marois, 9 ave Franklin Roosevelt, Paris 8


Dress Code :  Elegant cocktail attire


Price:  Members:  80 euros ( to be seated at Ivy Plus European Leaders table)

                 Non- members:  95 euros


RSVP:  Please send reservation email to 

Your payment by check labeled to SCEL must be received by November 17 to confirm your reservation




In support of the Middle East Children's Institute (MECI),

Founded by Stanford alum LOLA GRACE,

And its educational program in Jordan for

Syrian refugee children


Ivy Plus European Leaders

cordially invites you to the


Syrian Refugee Children Benefit Soiree

Cocktail Reception - Gala Dinner – Live Music – Auction


Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Fairmont Le Montreux Palace

Montreux, Switzerland


All proceeds will go to MECI’s Education and Healing Programs for Syrian Refugee Children in Jordan


   RSVP:  Please complete attached form and return it by email to  or call +44 21 963 42 30





Ivy Plus European Leaders is a think tank of alumni from leading US and European Universities. Its goal is to create a wide synergy of intelligences and energies across borders to address paradigm changes and international challenges shaping society and the world.   It aims to foster cutting edge thinking on global issues and put the limelight on impactors of the future. 


Ivy Plus European Leaders (IPEL) has grown from Stanford Club of European Leaders (SCEL), founded in 2010. In January 2014, IPEL expanded to encompass prestigious American universities and European top schools and universities.



In partnership with IMD Alumni Association
Ivy Plus European Leaders 
is thrilled to invite you to a 
Dinner- Talk 
with Gérald Karsenti
CEO of Hewlett Packard France
The Leader and Current Societal Transformation
Tuesday June 16, 2015 - 7:30 pm 



The leader embodies the company and its positioning in markets. In recent years, benchmarks have changed; little seems to work as before. New business models and innovative approaches are generating a new form of leadership. 
What are the keys to successful leadership in today's society?

HEC - Oxford- Sciences Po (IEP-Paris) educated, Gérald Karsenti joined HP France in 2007 as Vice-President and conducted the transformation of the business, obtaining outstanding success in terms of growth and increase in market share.  He was appointed CEO HP-France in 2011.  

Before joining HP, Gérald was President of Capgemini's Services subsidiary and then went on to become Deputy Director of Sogeti France. He also worked for almost 18 years at IBM, where he held numerous vice president and directorial positions across the world.

Gerald is also Affiliate Professor at HEC Paris where he teaches leadership and corporate transformation and has published several books on the future of IT/computer science, business models and leadership.

Since September 2014, Gérald Karsenti is President of “Le Cercle du Leadership”, a group which gathers leaders from large companies to promote innovative actions and vision in terms of management and leadership.
Date: Thursday June 16, 2015 - 7:30 pm (cocktail + 3 course dinner with wine)
Venue:  Maison des Polytechniciens - 12 rue de Poitiers, Paris 7

IPEL members :  To join IPEL please go to =>
: 47 €

Non-members: 57 €

Payment for this event :…/page/conferencegeraldkarsentijune16t…/

Maria Adle Besson, President Ivy Plus European Leaders (IPEL), 
Jean-Claude Cheminand-Serré , President IMD Alumni Club,

Ivy Plus European Leaders is a think tank of alumni from leading US and European Universities. Its goal is to create a wide synergy of intelligences and energies across borders to address paradigm changes and international challenges shaping society and the world.   It aims to foster cutting edge thinking on global issues and put the limelight on impactors of the future. 

Ivy Plus European Leaders (IPEL) has grown from Stanford Club of European Leaders (SCEL), founded in 2010. In January 2014, IPEL expanded to encompass prestigious American universities and European top schools an


Ivy Plus European Leaders 
invites you to Ecole Polytechnique's 
Extraordinary Evening at Versailles!
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of their association, the alumni association of Paris Ecole Polytechnique
the leading French elite university for top executives, scientists and engineers since 1794, 
has privatized the Palace of Versailles 
Friday May 29, 2015
 and organized a truly exceptional edition of their renowned yearly ball 
Bal de l’X 
under the patronage of President François Hollande and Bernard Arnault, President LVMH

The programs include Private Musical Visits of Versailles, Piano Recital performed by world famous pianist Lang Lang at the beautiful Royal Opera, Recital by diva Barbara Hendricks at the Versailles Royal Chapel, Gala dinner in the Hall of Battles, Dinner at Palace Orangerie, Grand Ball with 3 orchestras till morning, fireworks, marches, equestrian shows...  
They are expecting about 4,000 participants and have prepared a special offer for 600 VIPs.  
Stanford alumni are especially welcome!

Dress Code: Black Tie - Long Dress


Registration online:
Choose between the "formula" Rubis or "formula" Topaze , which both include dinner in l'Orangerie.  Indicate on the registration form online that you would like to be placed at Stanford Europe/Stanford-Ivy Plus tables.
Topaze: 500€
Rubis: 450€-575€ depending on placement at the Royal Chapel 
Nota Bene:  The online reservation and payment system does not accept personal addresses not in France.  If you do not have one, you can use @Maria Adle, Stanford Club of European Leaders/Ivy Plus European Leaders, 20 rue de l'Assomption, 75016 Paris, France.   I will forward your tickets when I receive them or keep them for you to pick up when in Paris for the event. 
=> If you wish to be with the Stanford US group and participate in the program designed for them with a cocktail reception at 6:00 pm and private visit of the library, you cannot register online.  You must register with Genevieve Guillemet. The cost will be 700€ (inclusive of the Topaze formula), to be paid by bank transfer.
To register as a member of Ivy Plus European Leaders (former Stanford Club of European Leaders) and pay membership fees 2015, please click on
- Thank you for your support
Looking very forward to greeting you in Versailles on May 29th,
Faithfully yours,
Maria Adle
Ivy Plus European Leaders


Ivy Plus European Leaders is a think tank of alumni from leading US and European Universities. Its goal is to create a wide synergy of intelligences and energies across borders to address paradigm changes and international challenges shaping society and the world.   It aims to foster cutting edge thinking on global issues and put the limelight on impactors of the future. 

Ivy Plus European Leaders (IPEL) has grown from Stanford Club of European Leaders (SCEL), founded in 2010. In January 2014, IPEL expanded to encompass prestigious American universities and European top schools and universities.

Ivy Plus European Leaders

in partnership with Dartmouth Club of France and IMD Alumni Association


is pleased to invite you to a very topical talk


Rethinking Cyberwar and Cybersecurity


with IT security expert

Doug Mc Lean

Stanford BA, MS, Dartmouth MBA

Global VP at Seculert


Thursday May 28, 2015 – 7:00 pm



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Cybersecurity is a major priority for all governments, companies and individuals.   The information security industry generates a little more than $70 billion per year in revenue and is growing ~10% per year. Nearly all of the growth is driven by the fact that the industry, for the most part, is failing to protect the individuals and enterprises,  enabling the massive data breaches seen at companies such as Target, Sony, Blue Cross and hundreds of other public sector and private enterprises.


Cybercriminal gangs are now better funded and more technically sophisticated than many of the companies they target... Recent research indicates that proxy devices supposed to stop malware and virus fail to perform as designed 15-90% of the time.


Doug McLean will discuss recent developments against cyber espionage, intellectual property loss, cyber terrorism... and what large enterprises and individuals can do to protect themselves.


Images intégrées 5Doug McLean serves as the Global VP of Marketing at Seculert, a leading IT security company based in Israel and California.  Previously Doug served as McAfee’s Senior Director of Product & Solutions Marketing for Global Threat Intelligence & McAfee Labs, VP of Online Operation and Products at PGP Corporation before its acquisition by Symantec. Earlier, he was the VP of Marketing at Postini, a leading anti-spam service provider since acquired by Google. Doug McLean has also held executive positions in Marketing and Product Development at Apple, Xerox, and Hewlett-Packard. 


The talk will be followed by a cocktail reception with champagne


Date & Time : Thurday May 29, 2015 – 7:00 pm

Venue: Skadden, 68 rue du Faubourg St.Honoré, Paris 8 (metro Franklin-Roosevelt or Concorde)

Price : Members IPEL, alumni Dartmouth, Stanford, IMD: 20 euros, Guests: 25 euros

Registration & Payment:

Contact:  Maria Adle, President IPEL, +33(0)614503043





Ivy Plus European Leaders 

Harvard Club of France

are honored to invite you to an 

Exceptional Talk

Lobsang Sangay
Prime Minister of Tibet



obsang Sangay is the second most powerful Tibetan leader after the Dalai LamaSikyong Sangay, democratically elected, came into the limelight in 2011 when the Dalai Lama decided to abdicate political responsibility.  Born in India, in a refugee community, he is the first Tibetan to have studied at Harvard University, where he obtained his LL.M and doctoral degree in law.





Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay will speak on 


The Future of Relations between Tibet, the United States and Europe 


In February 2015, welcoming the Dalai Lama to the White House, President Obama described him as one “who inspired us to speak up for the freedom and dignity of all human beings.”  A 3rd visit criticized by China.  What can be the relationship between the exiled government of Tibet, the U.S. and European countries?

Discussions will also extend to 

The Third Pole and Climate Change  


The Third Pole (as scientists call Tibet), also known as the Roof of the World, is the water tower of Asia.  Its melting ice threatens the lives of 1.5 billion people, a major topic in view of France hosting the 21st climate conference this year.

François d’Alençon
Foreign Correspondent La Croix 

Friday March 13, 2015 – 7:00 pm

The Talk will be followed by a Cocktail Reception with Champagne 


IPEL and HCF kindly thank Linklaters ​for hosting this important talk and Rebecca Buechel, Board Member IPEL, Stanford'86, for making this event possible.  

Venue:  Linklaters LLP – 25 rue de Marignan – Paris 75008 (metro: Franklin-Roosevelt)

Dear Members
Ivy Plus European Leaders

is thrilled to extend to you a special invitation by one of the most outstanding Stanford faculty members 
Fred Turner

 Director of Stanford Program in Science, Technology and Society
Stanford Associate Professor of Communication & by courtesy of Art and Art History

to his fascinating Talk in Paris


The Democratic Surround
From Counterculture to Cyberculture


Professor Turner challenges us to think about the lines between information, entertainment, art and propaganda.  He sheds new light on how our networked culture came to be.  For a generation of historians, the psychedelic sixties explosion of creative energy and freedom represented a direct revolt against the social restraint and authoritarian hierarchy of the early Cold War years. Fred Turner makes a different case and reconnects the immersive, multi-mediated environments of the 1960’s to the decades that preceded them, starting with World War II and the use of media by fascist leaders.  In the same vein, he demonstrates how mass communication techniques and computers, which embodied the bleak tools of war propaganda, have come with the dawn of the Internet in the 1990’s to represent a collaborative and digital utopia – “the virtual community” - close to the communal ideals of the hippies.  He shows how important media has become to the design of collective experiences and forms of democratic citizenship. 



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A gr​aduate of Brown, Columbia and UC San Diego, Fred Turner worked as a journalist for over ten years writing for the Boston Phoenix and Boston Sunday Globethen turned to academia.  He taught Communication at Harvard and MIT before joining Stanford University.  His books include the widely acclaimed From Counterculture to CybercultureThe Rise of Digital UtopianismThe Democratic Surround: Multimedia and American Liberalism



Tuesday December 16, 2014 – 6:30 pm
Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art
Galerie Colbert – Salle Giorgio Vasari
6 rue des Petits-Champs – Paris 75002 (Metro Palais Royal ou Bourse)

Free Entrance – Lecture in English


Please Join US for this stimulating talk, book signing and drinks at nearby Galerie Vivienne





Ivy Plus European Leaders
in partnership with the Berkeley Club of France and France-Amériques
is delighted to invite you to an Exceptional Forum on

The Future of Entrepreneurship



High profile and forward thinking alumni speakers, financial strategists with responsible perspectives, 

Innovative Tech and Social Impact Entrepreneurs & Investors
Eric Archambeau & Olivier Coispeau



Tuesday December 9, 2014 – 7:30 pm



Does the Silicon Valley entrepreneurial spirit “Just Do it!” “Change the World”  “Think Big” “Innovate” “Think Outside the Box” apply in every sphere and across borders from the United States to Europe to Asia? 

In a world in metamorphosis, which investments and ideas make sense?  

What role do - can - tech-entrepreneurs play in addressing pressing challenges (food, health, water, air, environment…)? What is the impact of social entrepreneurship? 


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Eric Archambeau
General Partner Wellington Partners 
Stanford – UC Berkeley- Grenoble University Graduate
Eric Archambeau is widely known for his extensive high tech management experience in Silicon Valley and Europe.  He has spent 20 years founding, financing, and investing in young technology companies.  Before 1999, Eric was a serial entrepreneur. He co-founded RightPoint, Trading Dynamics and eGroups, acquired by Yahoo! Eric is General Partner of Wellington Partners Venture Capital and Co-Founder of Social-Impact International.  He has also lectured and founded the Social Entrepreneurship Department at INSEAD. 




 Olivier Coispeau
Co-Founder Maverlinn 
 Stanford - Paris IX Dauphine – Institut d’Etudes Politiques Graduate


Olivier Coispeau is an expert in industrial strategy, growth acceleration and resolution of Complex Corporate Finance issues, working between Europe and China.  He is co-founder of Maverlinn, a Strategy and Growth Acceleration firm.  Before moving to China, he spent many years in Europe and the USA advising Fortune 500 and industry leaders for their growth strategy. Author of several reference books, including Dictionnaire de la Bourse, Olivier has taught Economics at University Paris II - Sorbonne and Finance at Ecole Supérieure de Commerce Paris.  
Matthieu Rouif 
Co-Founder HeyCrowd
Online Opinion Network
Ecole Polytechnique – Stanford Graduate 


Maria Adle 
Founding President Ivy Plus European Leaders 
Stanford Graduate
Join Us for this highly stimulating forum to envision the future of global economy and entrepreneurship 
with model Ivy Plus Alumni passionate about their activities!



The Talks will be followed by a Holiday Cocktail Reception with Champagne in the Salons of France-Amériques




Venue: France-Amériques – Hôtel de Marois – 9 avenue Franklin Roosevelt – Paris 75008
Date & Time : Tuesday December 9, 2014 – 7 :30 pm

Price: Members Ivy Plus European Leaders & Berkeley Club :30 euros – Guests : 40 euros
Registration & Payment :

Contact: - + 33 (0)778009328



Ivy Plus European Leaders

is delighted to invite you to

the French-American Foundation



Henri de Castries

Chairman & CEO of AXA Group


Back from meeting top tech innovators in the Silicon Valley and heads of Stanford d.School 

& Stanford Graduate School of Business


AXA Chairman & CEO Henri de Castries will speak on the Future of Insurance how AXA pioneers in the insurance world 

and “redefines standards”


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AXA is the 1st insurance brand worldwide for the 6th consecutive year and ranked the Best Green Brand in the insurance industry worldwide.


Join Us


Wednesday October 29, 2013

8:30 am to 9:30 am (welcome from 8:00 am)



Venue: Pavillon Ledoyen, 1 avenue Dutuit, Paris 8 (Behind Le Petit Palais – Metro Champs-Elysees Clemenceau or Franklin-Roosevelt)  


Ivy Plus European Leaders

in partnership with


is delighted to invite you to a bewitching 


Musical Soiree
Gustav Mahler and Benjamin Britten


by Soprano Marci Meth

Graduate of Stanford University

London Royal College of Music
(London Royal College of Music trained Benjamin Britten and Joan Sutherland, among other great figures of international music life)



accompanied by Pianist Satoshi Kubo


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The Maestro Who Brought Back Mahler


A program of Lieder by Gustav Mahler & Folksongs by Benjamin Britten


Monday October 6, 2014 – 8:00 p.m.


The recital will be followed by a Cocktail Reception


Thank you for joining us to hear beautiful Marci Meth sing with her "voice of magnificent purity" (Patrice Leconte) 

rare lieder and folksongs by Mahler and Britten  in the splendid salons of France-Amériques 

Piano Steinway



Venue:  France-Ameriques - Hotel de Marois - 9 avenue Franklin-Roosevelt - Paris 75008 (Metro Franklin Roosevelt)

Price:  20 euros IPEL/SCEL/Stanford -  25 euros guests
Registration - Payment:
Contact: Maria Adle, President Ivy Plus European Leaders - - +33(0)6 14 50 30 43

Ivy Plus European Leaders

is pleased to convey you to

an Exceptional

French-American Foundation



Hubert Vedrine

Former French Minister of Foreign Affairs


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 In the Face of Current International Crises

 How Can United States and France Cooperate?


Thursday July 24, 2014 – 8:30 am to 9:30 pm

Welcome from 8:00 a.m.


Graduate of Paris Institute of Political Science and ENA, Hubert Vedrine has held the office of Diplomatic Advisor to François Mitterrand, Spokesman for the Elysée Palace, Secretary-General for the Presidency, Minister of Foreign Affairs under Jacques Chirac (during the “cohabitation”) from 1997 to 2002.  In 2003, he founded Hubert Vedrine Conseil, a geopolitical strategy consultancy firm which worked for major French companies.  At the request of Nicolas Sarkozy, in 2007, he authored a report for the presidency on France and Globalization, and in 2012, at the request of François Hollande, a report on Transatlantic Relations – European Defense and NATO.


Since 2003, Hubert Vedrine heads the François Mitterrand Institute.  He is on the Board of Directors of LVMH and teaches at Sciences Po Paris.  Author of numerous books on France’s foreign policy, Hubert Vedrine has just published La France au Defi (Ed Fayard), an economic, geopolitical and psychological analysis of France in 2014.


Please join us for this very relevant event!


ð  Venue: Pavillon Ledoyen – 1 ave Dutuit – Paris 8 – Metro Champs-Elysees Clemenceau or  Franklin-Roosevelt



Ivy Plus European Leaders

is pleased to partner

with HEC Developpement International

in inviting you to a major conference


The Future of Europe


Poland : Time to Invest?

Ukraine: What is Happening? Impact of Crisis?




HE Ambassador Pawel Wojciechowski

Permanent Representative of Poland to the OECD


US Educated, Ambassador Wojciechowski was Minister of Finance and Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Poland, responsible for economic cooperation and development - CEO of Polish Fund Management Group Sp. z o.o. - Polish Development Bank S.A. division…





The talk will be followed by Q & A and a Cocktail Reception


Thursday June 12, 2014 – 7:00 pm

Venue : Images intégrées 1  Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

62-64 rue de Lisbonne - 75008 Paris


 Looking forward to joining us for this resounding event in HEC Cycle "Voices of Europe"

Maria Adle Besson, Ivy Plus European Leaders
Pierre-Yves Carpentier, President HEC Developpement International
Adrianna Chapin, Sciences Po 2001
Roch Drozdowski - APGEF (Association des Polonais des Grandes Ecoles Française)



In partnership with European Excellence Network

Officine Panerai  

Academie Internationale Diplomatique

Ivy Plus European Leaders

is delighted to invite its members to the exclusive

Yacht Club de France

for a Special Summer Reception and Round-Table


Ties between Europe and the United States:   
From the Classic Transat to Today’s Trans-Atlantic Challenges   


With Olivier Pecoux, Co-Head Rothschild Group & CEO Paris Orleans

and Top Personalities from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 

the US Embassy, Diplomatic Circles and 

the World of Sailing



Tuesday June 24, 2014 – 7:00 p.m.


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              Facing Challenges Together  


The round-table will be followed by a Cocktail Reception in the Garden.


Venue: Yacht Club de France, 41 avenue Foch, 75016 Paris

R.S.V.P. ASAP to receive a personal invitation


Looking forward to welcoming you to this exceptional event


Maria Adle
President Ivy Plus European Leaders



Ivy Plus European Leaders 

and Stanford Club of Italy

in partnership with Stanford Club of Switzerland, Stanford Club of Sweden, HEC International Alumni Association



are thrilled to convey you to an Exclusive & Royally Sparkling 

Europe Leaders Week-End in Champagne

Friday May 16, 2014 - Sunday May 18, 2014


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JOIN US for an Exceptional European Leaders Event in the famous Champagne Region!

Highlights of Program:


Friday May 16


 4:30 pm     VIP Meeting with Cecile Bonnefond, President of Charles and Piper-Heidsieck Champagne - Private Visit and Champagne Tasting of prestigious Champagne Charles Heidseick at Pavillon des Crayères 

7:30 pmBook Presentation & Signing of Champagne Regained  by Stanford author Jacqueline Stewart  Château de Crayères


                              8: 30 pm    Dinner with champagne and wine in marvellous Michelin Starred Château de Crayères "Le Jardin"


Saturday May 17

10:00 am Welcome Reception in Reims City Hall by Mayor of Reims Arnaud Robinet in the presence of personalities

11:30 am Visit of superb chalk cellars Pommery carved by the Romans and Champagne Tasting

13:00 pm Lunch in famous Café du Palais

2:30 pm Guided Visits of Reims Cathedral (where the kings of France were crowned), Carnegie Library... 

7:30 pm Cocktail Reception & Gourmet Dinner with champagne and wine in fabulous Michelin Starred Château de Courcelles

Before Dinner Talk"Champagne and Food : a Marriage Made in Heaven" 
by Orazio Vagnozzi, wine expert, member of Grand Jury Européen (spouse President of Stanford Club of Italy) - Château de Courcelles

Sunday May 18

Choice of program: Visit of WWI historical sites, Visit of Taittinger Cellars, Visit of Fujita Chapel...


Ø  2 night Stay Double Room "Privilege" + Breakfast at 4 star Hotel with swimming pool in the heart of Reims

Another Exciting all inclusive European Leaders trip not to miss!

=> Please Register Now! Very few spots left  




Info:  Transportation:  

Train: From Paris the TGV ride is 45 minutes to Reims (the hotel is steps from the Reims train station) 

Plane:  A minibus is picking up participants from Charles de Gaulle Airport to bring them to Reims on Friday May 16 at 1:30 pm - Coordinate with Paola Bonomo. 


=> If you wish to pay by check or bank transfer,  please contact Maria Adle , or 




Maria Adle Besson, President Ivy Plus European Leaders - +33 (0)7 78 09 93 28 

Paola Bonomo, President Stanford Club of Italy




Ivy Plus European Leaders 
Harvard Club of France

in partnership with 

HEC International Development


have the pleasure of inviting you to an 







HRH Prince Reza Pahlavi 






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HRH Prince Reza Pahlavi is the former Crown Prince of Iran and Spokesman of The Iranian National Council for Free Elections.  He is an advocate of human rights for Iran, calling for a secular state and for free elections. Son of the late Shah of Iran, Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi was forced to leave Iran following the 1979 revolution. He holds an MS degree from USC in Political Science

and has written books on Iranian politics. 



Christian Malard

A specialist of the US and the Middle East, award winning TV anchor and journalist Christian Malard is Senior Foreign Analyst for France Television and I24 News, diplomatic and foreign affairs consultant for CNN, NBC, BBC, BBC World...  Christian Malard covered the Iranian Revolution and interviewed Ayatollah Khomeini 5 times.  Among other works, he is the author of Dans le Secret des Maitres du Monde: Khadafi, Bush, Mitterand, Poutine et les autres.  


A different, stimulating and behind the scene outlook on Iran 

and its relations with the United StatesEurope and the Middle East


Un regard différent et stimulant sur les relations de l’Iran

avec les Etats-Unis, l’Europe et le Moyen-Orient


Please join us for this very prestigious event


Monday April 28, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.


The talk will be followed by a Q and A session and a Cocktail Dînatoire with Champagne



Venue: France-Amériques – Hôtel de Marois – 9 avenue Franklin Roosevelt – Paris 75008




Chair - Contacts:  

Maria Adle, President Ivy Plus European

Benoit Rossi, Vice-President Harvard Club of France,

Ivy Plus European Leaders is a think tank of alumni from leading US and European Universities. Its goal is to create a wide synergy of intelligences and energies across borders to address paradigm changes and international challenges shaping society and the world.   It aims to foster cutting edge thinking on global issues and put the limelight on impactors of the future. 

Ivy Plus European Leaders has grown from Stanford Club of European Leaders, founded in 2010. In December 2013, IPEL expanded to encompass prestigious American universities and European schools.

To mark UNESCO'S Mobile Learning Week 2014
(UNESCO’s Flagship Symposium on mobile technologies and education)
and the 
Mobile World Congress Barcelona

Ivy Plus European Leaders, in partnership with HEC Alumni and France-Amériques,

is delighted to invite you to
an exclusive 
on the Impact of Mobile Technologies on the Future of World Education




How is education changing around the world ? How are mobile technology and innovative pedagogy impacting learning?
                        What role are policy makers, corporations, business and technology leaders, non-profit social entrepreneurs playing in bridging the digital divide and empower through education ?


Wednesday February 19, 2014 – 7:00 pm


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The developing world  is increasingly described as, "book-poor but mobile device-rich". According to UNESCO, in poor countries, on average there is just one book to every 19 children. Even in the UK, one in 3 children do not have a single book in their home.  What people do have, more and more, is access to a mobile device, even people in the most remote and poor areas. (There are more than 6 billion mobile subscriptions in the world today!) 
"No other technology has been in the hands of so many people, in so many countries,  in such a short period of time." World Bank
       JOIN US for a stimulating discussion with Speakers of the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week :
Lisa GriffinStanford Ph.D., Head of Program Development - Seeds of Empowerment (non-profit, spin-off of Stanford Graduate School of Education)
Noah FreedmanPrinceton graduate, Head of Technology Development - Seeds of Empowerment
Erwan Le Quentrec, Bourgogne Univ Ph.D., Manager Research and Development, Education Innovation for Africa Region - Orange Labs
Jonghwi ParkMcGill Ph.D., Programme Specialist, ICT in Education - UNESCO Bangkok, Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education
Martina RothPh.D. Univ Jena (Germany), INSEAD, UC Berkeley, Senior Director Global Strategy, Research and Policy - Intel (tbc)
Steve Vosloo, Univ of Cape Town graduate, Stanford Digital Vision fellow, Head Mobile Innovation Lab - Pearson South Africa. Formerly with UNESCO Paris (UNESCO-Nokia Partnership)
Mark West, Stanford graduate, Project Officer Teacher Development and Education Sector Policy UNESCO. Overseeas the UNESCO-Nokia field project in Nigeria
Moderator: Lisa Griffin, Board Member Ivy Plus European Leaders




       The talks will be followed by a Cocktail Reception in the elegant salons of France-Amériques
Chair: Maria Adle Besson, President Ivy Plus European Leaders
Venue : France-Amériques (Hôtel de Marois) – 9 ave Franklin Roosevelt – 75008 Paris (Metro Franklin-Roosevelt







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