General Assembly and Galette des Rois

February 16, 2018 Adeline Agut

The Stanford Club of France held his annual General Assembly on February 1st at the Hôtel de l'Industrie.
You can find a summary of the General Assembly - including 2017 accomplishments, 2018 objectives, board election and votes - here.

The General Assembly was followed by a champaigne cocktail with Galette des Rois attended by SCF members and Stanford in Paris students.

Christmas Dinner

December 17, 2017 Adeline Agut

The Stanford Club of France and the Stanford Business Club held their annual dinner party on December 13th at the restaurant La Gare at La Muette in the 16th arrondissement. The friendly atmosphere was ideal to reacquaint with old friends and make new ones!

Mongolia’s Past, Present and Future

December 15, 2017 Adeline Agut

Oyungerel Tsedevdamba, former Mongolian Minister of Culture & Jeffrey L. Falt read from the manuscript of their novel, The Green Eyed Lama, which has just been published by Grasset in French translation as Le Moine Aux Yeux Verts. This was followed by a discussion touching on themes evoked in the book, such as life under communism, and the Stalinist purge; the transformation of Mongolia into a democracy; and religion and culture in Mongolia.

Oyungerel Tsedevdamba studied planning economy in the USSR and, after the fall of communism, she earned a Master’s Degree in Market Economy in Russia. She subsequently received a Master’s degree in International Policy Studies from Stanford University. She served as Adviser to the Prime Minister of Mongolia and subsequently to the President of Mongolia on human rights and civic participation. In 2015 Oyungerel was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Ministry of Culture of France for her efforts to end the death penalty in Mongolia and for her work in preserving and protecting Mongolia’s cultural heritage, including the much publicized Tyrannosaurus bataar case. Oyungerel is the author of 11 books.

History of Art Lecture Series

December 12, 2017 Adeline Agut

Série de 3 conférences animées par Eric Monsinjon, professeur d’histoire de l’art et ancien élève de l’Ecole du Louvre, enseignant en classes préparatoires et aux élèves comédiens de la Comédie-Française.

Dans ces 3 conférences portant sur l'histoire de l’art nous sommes partis à la rencontre des chefs d’œuvre de l’art, de la Renaissance à l’art actuel, et avons abordé les sujets suivants :

  • Introduction et panorama rapide de Giotto à l’art contemporain.
  • Identifier les codes de la représentation traditionnelle en Europe : de Giotto à Delacroix.
  • Repérer les étapes fondamentales qui jalonnent l’histoire de l’art classique.
  • Distinguer les œuvres majeures des œuvres mineures afin d’en dégager la portée créatrice. Quand démarre l’art moderne ?
  • Identifier les grandes étapes de l’évolution de la peinture, de Manet à Duchamp
  • Pourquoi l’art moderne remet-il en cause les codes représentatifs classiques ?
  • Qu’est-ce qu’une avant-garde et que signifie la mort de l’art ?
  • Quand démarre l’art contemporain ?
  • En quoi l’art contemporain bouleverse-t- il l’art moderne ?
  • Panorama de l’art actuel et des différentes tendances internationales

Devialet: the Sound of French Innovation and its Future

December 6, 2017 Adeline Agut

On 30 November 2017, the Stanford Club of France and the Stanford Business Club gathered alumni at Station F to hear from Quentin Sannié, CEO of Devialet, as he shared the story of Devialet, his experiences as a entrepreneur and the growth and importance of la FrenchTech. Our discussions focused on the steps of going from a start-up to raising the capital needed to go global, the challenges with a growing business and the globalization within French technology companies and with French tech-products.

Industry & the environment with Pierre-André de Chalendar (CEO Saint-Gobain)

November 20, 2017 Adeline Agut

Our distinguished speaker, Pierre-André de Chalendar (CEO of Saint-Gobain), shared his vision on the trends affecting the industry in a context of rising environmental challenges and on the role industry leaders need to play to fight climate change. Our discussion focused on environmental challenges from a technological, political and societal perspective, innovation in the habitat and broader industry to fight global warming and the steps ahead for sustainable development.
This event was held at the Cercle de l'Union Interalliée.

The wake of COOP 23: US and European Perspectives & Actions on Climate Change Policy

October 25, 2017 Adeline Agut

Our two distinguished speakers, Larry Goulder and Christian de Perthuis, shared their views on US and European accomplishments and future action regarding climate change, carbon economics & policy.

Lawrence H. Goulder, a graduate from Stanford University, is the Shuzo Nishihara Professor in Environmental and Resource Economics Stanford University and Director of the Stanford Center for Environmental and Energy Policy Analysis.

Christian de Perthuis est professeur d’Economie à l’université Paris-Dauphine, en charge de la Chaire économie du climat, une initiative commune lancée par l’université Paris-Dauphine et CDC-Climat.

The event was co-organized by The Stanford Club of France, the Club Mines Energie & Club Mines Développement Durable.

Disrupting Mobility – Frédéric MAZZELLA, CEO of BlaBlaCar

June 1, 2017 Erik Uzureau

Where is the shared economy heading? :
Disrupting Mobility

Frédéric Mazzella
Founder of BlaBlaCar, Executive Chairman

Our distinguished speaker and fellow alumn, Frédéric Mazzella, will share his experience as a successful entrepreneur and his vision on several disruptive trends that are transforming mobility. Our discussions will focus on the topics of:

  • Disrupting the Market Fail Learn Succeed
  • The Shared Economy
  • Innovation

Since pioneering the idea for BlaBlaCar in 2004, Frédéric has led the company to become the world’s largest long-distance carpooling community. As a branding and communications enthusiast, Frédéric has built a global brand whilst relentlessly spreading the word about the virtues of carpooling. Frédéric carries BlaBlaCar’s vision of a people-powered travel network enabled by trust and technology, and is passionate about high social impact solutions. Frédéric is a regular speaker at leading international conferences and in the media, where he comments on the fast changing mobility landscape, entrepreneurship, global marketplaces and building trust in online communities.

Prior to founding BlaBlaCar, Frédéric held the role of scientific researcher at NASA (USA) and NTT (Japan). He holds an MBA from INSEAD, a Masters in Computer Science from Stanford University and a Masters in Physics from Ecole Normale Supérieure (France). Frédéric is also an accomplished classical pianist.


Galette des Rois

February 2, 2017 Erik Uzureau

65 Alumni and Stanford Students gathered with Professor Simoni and Stanford in Paris staff on February 2nd to eat a cake traditionally shared at Epiphany, on 6 January. It celebrates the arrival of the Three Wise Men in Bethlehem.
Composed of a puff pastry cake, with a small charm, the fève, hidden inside, it is usually filled with frangipane, a cream made from sweet almonds, butter, eggs and sugar.

Transforming the Automotive Industry through Innovation – Carlos GHOSN, Chairman & CEO of Renault-Nissan

July 8, 2016 Erik Uzureau

The automotive industry is currently undergoing significant disruption due to digitalization, increasing automation, connectivity & new business models. While there is no unifying perspective on how this industry will evolve over the long term, the Renault-Nissan Alliance is playing a leading role in shaping the vision of the future.

The Stanford Club of France is delighted to present Carlos Ghosn, Chairman & CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, in a lively and in-depth exchange with Philippe Pouletty, Managing Director at Truffle Capital.

Our distinguished speaker, Mr. Ghosn, will share his vision on several disruptive trends that are transforming the automotive industry:

  • the green revolution in the industry,
  • the evolution of mobility,
  • the race for the connected car,
  • autonomous driving,
  • the management of innovation in a fast transforming market.

Carlos Ghosn will be interviewed by Philippe Pouletty (Stanford Post-Doc fellow ’86-88), founder of a leading European Private Equity firm and an expert on innovation. Truffle Capital builds and invests in high-potential companies that develop disruptive technologies, including clean-tech.