Devialet: the Sound of French Innovation and its Future

December 13, 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.

How to build a Successful Startup in Europe – Bernard LIAUTAUD, founder Business Objects

June 28, 2016 Erik Uzureau

Bernard Liautaud, a Stanford Alumnus, founded Business Objects in 1990. Business Objects was the world leader in Business Intelligence and the first European software IPO on Nasdaq in 1994. In January 2008, Business Objects was acquired by SAP for $6.8 billion. Since 2008, he is a venture capitalist at Balderton, one of the best VC fund in Europe.

Bernard answered burning questions from the new generation of European entrepreneurs:
• How building a startup today is different from 20 years ago?
• What are the key elements you look at when investing in a start up?
• After Mobile Apps and the Sharing Economy what will be booming in the next five years?
• Few successful startups manage to remain independent in Europe, why?
• What are the best tech hubs in Europe?
• As a member of Stanford University Board, what role do you see for Stanford on the Tech Scene in Silicon Valley and in Europe?

Beyond the Farm

May 2, 2016 Erik Uzureau

At the heart of Stanford University's founding principles is "a desire to render the greatest possible service to mankind."

Though these are Jane Stanford's words, generations of Stanford alumni have made these words their own—this commitment is what Beyond the Farm is all about.
Beyond the Farm seeks to extend Stanford's spirit of service to communities around the world through the volunteer efforts of alumni, family and friends. With the dedication of every individual within the University's 200,000+ strong alumni community, we can make a world of difference.
Make Jane proud. Continue Stanford's legacy of service beyond the Farm.

Digital Transformation – Henri DE CASTRIES, CEO AXA

November 25, 2015 Erik Uzureau

«Leading Digital Transformation: Adapt and Innovate»

In this era of connected consumers - in which markets, business models, and societal trends are rapidly evolving – organizations must disrupt themselves in order to remain competitive.

Our distinguished speakers will share their vision of the digital business and connected markets, as well as their insights on How to lead Digital Transformation within an organization. They will highlight opportunities, challenges and best-practices along the transformation journey.

From the Dragon to the Snake Chinese New Year

February 4, 2013 Erik Uzureau



From the Dragon to the Snake in the Chinese New Year:

What Emerging Chinese-French Synergies in Focus for 2013

Monday, February 4th , 2013 at 6:30 pm

Hear about what may be to come in 2013 and beyond with a “Regards Croisés” on China and France by:
  • Mr. Nhay Phan, CEO France, Bank of China
  • Mr. Gilles Colas, Senior Vice-President in charge of Strategic Developments, Saint Gobain
    (MS Stanford),
  • And other Chinese-French cultural and social luminaries

Then enjoy our Chinese Cocktail Dînatoire and network with Stanford, ISG, and alumni from prominent schools in China and the Chinese community to bring in the Chinese New Year with wisdom, happiness, and good fortunes to make.

The Stanford Club of France and ISG International School of Business Alumni Club thank Deloitte for their hospitality in hosting this exceptional event

Stanford Club of FranceISG ALUMNI