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Concert at France-Amériques


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



Dinner-Talk with CEO Hewlett-Packard France Gerald Karsenti: The Leader in Today's Chang ing World l June 16, 2015 - 7:30 pm l Maison des Polytechniciens - Paris


In partnership with IMD Alumni Association
Ivy Plus European Leaders 
is thrilled to invite you to a 
Dinner- Talk 
with Gerald 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: Tuesday June 16, 2015 - 7:30 pm (cocktail + 3 course dinner with wine)
Venue:  Maison des Polytechniciens - 12 rue de Poitiers, Paris 7

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

hools and universities. 

IPEL-SCEL Week end in Champagne, May 2015

In partnership with Stanford Club of Italy, Sanford Club of Switzerland, Stanford Club of Sweden and HEC International Alumni Association:


- VIP Meeting with Cecile Bonnefond, President of Charles and Piper-Heidsieck

- Exclusive Visits of superb chalk cellars carved by the Romans and Champagne Tasting of prestigious Champagne Charles Heidseick - Champagne Pommery & Champagne Taittinger

- Book Presentation & Signing of Champagne Regained by Stanford author Jacqueline Stewart

- Gourmet Dinner zith Champagne and wine in marvellous Micheli Starred Chäteau de Crayères 

- Welcome Reception in Reims City Hall by Mayor of Reims Arnaud Robinet

- Guided Vistis of Reims Cathedral

- Cocktail Reception & 5 course Gourmet Dinner zith champagne and wine in fabulous Michelin Starred Château de Courcelles 

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



 "Champagne and Food : a Marriage Made in Heaven" 
by Orazio Vagnozzi, Orazio Vagnozi wine expert, member of Grand Jury Européen


May 16, 2014 - May 18, 2014



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





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.


Doug 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 bySymantec. 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 28, 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,







Ivy Plus European Leaders Harvard Club of France are honored to invite you to an exceptional talk

Lobsang Sangay
Prime Minister of Tibet

Lobsang Sangay is the second most powerful Tibetan leader after the Dalai Lama.Sikyong Sangay, democratically elected, came into the limelight in 2011 when the Dalai Lama decided to abdi

cate 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 Obamadescribed 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 LLP for hosting this event and Rebecca Buechel, Board Member IPEL, for making this event possible. 
Venue:  Linklaters LLP – 25 rue de Marignan – Paris 75008 (metro: Franklin-Roosevelt)

Contacts:  Maria Adle, President IPEL,
                   Benoit Rossi, President HCF,







Ivy Plus European Leaders

is thrilled to extend 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. 



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 Globe, then turned to academia.  He taught Communication at Harvard and MIT before joining Stanford University.  His books include the widely acclaimed From Counterculture to Cyberculture, The Rise of Digital Utopianism, The Democratic Surround: Multimedia and American Liberalism



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






The Future of Entrepreneurship

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


The Future of Entrepreneurship
High profile and Forward thinking Stanford alumni speakers, Sought after financial strategists with responsible perspectives, Successful Business, Tech and Social Impact Entrepreneurs & Investors 
Eric Archambeau and Olivier Coispeau


Tuesday December 9, 2014 – 7:30 pm




Does – Can- 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, what investments and what ideas make sense? 


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


Eric Archambeau
General Partner Wellington Partners Venture Capital
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 and led RightPoint, Trading Dynamics (acquired by Ariba) and was a founding board member of eGroups, acquired by Yahoo!
Eric is General Partner of Wellington Partners and co-founder of Social-Impact International, a professional development program helping social entrepreneurs worldwide increase their social impact and reach full potential. He has also lectured and founded the Social Entrepreneurship Department at INSEAD.  


Olivier Coispeau
Co-Founder Maverlinn Strategic Advisory
 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 ofMaverlinn, 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. He worked for JP Morgan, Crédit Lyonnais, Schroders investment bank and as Managing partner of antfactory, a new economy investment fund.   
Author of several reference books, including Dictionnaire de la Bourse, Olivier has taught Economics at the University of Paris II - La 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 University Graduate



Join Us to envision the future of global economy and entrepreneurship with high profile Ivy Plus Alumni passionate about their activities


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


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




IPEL Forum Mobile Tech and Education

Is connectivity a 21st Century Human Right? 


In Parallel with the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week:

Panel Talk with

Lisa Griffin: Stanford Ph.D, Head of Program Development - Seeds of Development

Noah Freedman

Erwan Le Quentrec

Jonghwi Park

Martina Roth 

Steve Vosloo


Other Past Events

IPEL-Dinner-Talk: with CEO Hewlett-Packard France Gerald Karsenti: The Leader in Today's Changing World, Maison des Polytechniciens - Paris -- June 16, 2015


IPEL-FAF Forum: Tech Innovations and Insurance, French-American Foundation Breakfast-Talk – Speaker: Henri de Castries, Chairman and CEA AXA – October 29, 2014 


IPEL-FA Musical Soirée: The Maestro Who Brought Back Mahler, Lieder by Gustav Mahler & Folksongs by Benjamin Britten- Soprano: Marci Meth, Piano: Satoshi Kubo – October 6, 2014 


IPEL-FAF Forum: From Terrorism to Cyber-Crime, French-American Foundation Breakfast-Talk – Speaker: Ronald K. Noble, Secretary general INTERPOL – September 26, 2014 

IPEL-MIT-Columbia-Princeton 4th of July Celebration: AMERICANA  - 4th of July Musical Celebration on a boat with American actor & tenor, Stanford Alum John Paval and Pianist David Triestam - July 8, 2014


IPEL & Stanford Club Italy, Switzerland, Sweden: Europe Leaders Weekend in Champagne - Welcome Reception by Reims Mayor, Private Visits of Champagne Cellars, European Campuses and Historical Sites. Dinner Speakers: Book Presentation of Champagne Regained  by Stanford Author Jacqueline Stewart,  "Champagne and Food : a Marriage Made in Heaven" by expert Orazio Vagnozzi - May 16-18, 2014 


IPEL Forum: Iran - United States - France Relations: The Dawn of a New Era? Speakers: Prince Reza Pahlavi and Journalist Christian Malard - May 16-18, 2014 


IPEL-FAF Forum: French-American Foundation Breakfast-Discussion celebrating the 70th Anniversary of D-Day – Speakers: Stephane Grimaldi, Head of The Memorial of Caen & Philippe Gloaguen, Founder Le Guide du Routard - Apr 10, 2014 


IPEL-FA-UNESCO Forum: Mobile Technology and World Education; Is Connectivity a Human Right? Speakers: Stanford alum Lisa Griffin, Noah Freedman, Erwan Le Quentrec, Jonghwi Park, Martina Roth, Steve Vosloo - Feb 19, 2014  

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