Paulo Castañón graduated from Stanford University in 1996 from the MSc. Operations Research Program. Additionally, he has degrees from INSEAD - MBA 2002 and Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM) – BSc. Telecommunications Engineering 1992. Paulo has more than 20 years of experience as executive managing Operations, Information Technology and Business Development at international companies in France, China, USA & Mexico. Companies include Procter & Gamble, CEMEX, Brambles, E2OPEN & INFOR. His area of interest and expertise is in the Enterprise Digital Transformation. He has launched start-ups, including the launch of the Roundten Sunglasses brand (roundten.eu), where he now sits at its board.
Paulo founded and is also leading the Supply Chain and Operations club at the INSEAD Alumni Association. He is fluent in Spanish, French and English and has notions of Mandarin. Paulo enjoys and actively participates at international marathons and long distance triathlons. He is active and enjoys guiding blind persons training and running for marathons at the courir-en-duo group.
Adeline graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique with a major in Biology & Ecology and from Stanford University with an MSc in Environmental Engineering in 2010. She started her career managing international development projects in the fields of water & sanitation, environment and climate change in Africa & Asia. She then moved to the innovation scene to become COO of a startup developing innovative water treatment solutions and now provides independent strategic advice to startups and bigger companies.
She has a keen interest in all matters related to environmental and social sustainability with a specific focus on social economy & entrepreneurship.
Erik graduated from Stanford with a bachelors degree in Computer Science (2001), right when things were getting hot in Silicon Valley. He immediately moved to the Cote d’Azur to work on his French. Since then he has lived and worked in Barcelona, Bahia, Boston, Mexico City, New York, and now Paris where he went back to school for an Executive MBA with the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (2016). He has built software and run teams for companies like Amadeus, MetaCarta, TravelTripper, Google, and Criteo.
Evelyne graduated from ISG (Institut Supérieur de Gestion) and Stanford (SEP 2003).
After starting her career in the Food industries she specialized in the Pharma/Biotech domains mainly with Bristol Myers Squibb and LFB (Laboratoire français du Fractionnement et des Biotechnologies) – France. where she was appointed CFO - SVP Finance & Strategy, member of the Group’s Executive Committee, then EVP Bio manufacturing.
She founded in 2013 ANMPartners, a Finance, Strategy and Business Development advisory firm dedicated to Healthcare industries.
With intimate knowledge of biopharmaceutical specifics and native Asian culture, Evelyne’s key track records are related to M&As, strategic project management and financing.
Evelyne is member of SCF Board since 2012 and served as Treasurer from 2012 to 2014.
She is active in organizing corporate events, with key interests vis-à-vis Asia and Pharma/Biotech sectors.
Evelyne key role is to develop SCF relations with private & public companies and corporate structures.
Guilain is a Partner at Reed Smith LLP and advises sovereign-wealth funds, private equity funds, industrial clients and managers in private and public M&A and restructuring.
As a dual qualified lawyer in France and New York, Guilain is highly regarded for his in-depth knowledge of complex multi-jurisdictional work. Practicing in a broad range of sectors involving real estate, leisure, medical and retail, Guilain believes that both client trust and commercial thinking are key to successful transactions.
Guilain is a graduate of leading French business school HEC, where he majored in Legal and Tax studies, and of the University of Paris I Sorbonne where he obtained a Postgraduate Degree (DESS) in Business Law and International Taxation in 2003. Guilain obtained a LL.M. from Stanford Law School in 2009.
Jan got his first master's degrees in law (University of Helsinki) and in finance (Hanken School of Economics) in Finland and attended Stanford a few years thereafter. Prior to Stanford, he started his career in the hedge fund (Estlander & Partners) and private equity (Varde Partners) industries in Helsinki and London, and as a lawyer at Roschier, Attorneys in Helsinki. During Jan?s time in London, he also cofounded a start-up hedge fund. At Stanford he completed a Master of Law degree in Corporate Governance & Practice, with a focus on the finance industry. Upon graduation, he joined the hedge fund team at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in New York and later joined the quantitative hedge fund Capital Fund Management in Paris, where he is currently based. In his free time he tries to do a lot of sports and likes to travel.
As the General Secretary of the Stanford Club of France, Jan focuses on, among others, maintaining our contacts with other alumni clubs and associations.
Kimiya Shams is an attorney with several years of work experience in international intellectual property law and corporate transactions. Having previously practiced at international law firms and companies in Sweden, France and the U.S., she is currently working as a legal counsel at a leading audio technology company based in Paris.
Originally from Sweden, Kimiya earned a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Stockholm University and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Stanford Law School where she specialized in Law, Science and Technology. She has also been enrolled at Harvard University and Oxford University where she has specialized in intellectual property law and economics. Kimiya has wide experience in advising on intellectual property matters and corporate transactions, having counseled leading international companies, including legacy and new businesses as well as acquired public companies and start-ups, on intellectual property strategy and technology transactions.
Interested in the intersection of law, technology, fashion and business, Kimiya has in parallel to her academic and professional life worked as a writer reporting on the challenges of protecting intellectual property rights in the digital age. She has published numerous articles related to intellectual property law in various leading international magazines, among them Forbes Magazine, The Independent, The Business of Fashion etc. She is also the founder of Young Intellectual Property Practitioners (YIPP), an informal group that endeavors to bring together young intellectual property practitioners and to promote a global exchange on the development and administration of intellectual property regulation.
Yves attended the Ecole Spéciale des Travaux Publics and after a year with the R&D of the Port of New York Authority, he joined Stanford majoring in Operations Research in 1968.
After military service as a “coopérant” in Morocco, Yves moved back to France in the early 70’s.
He then held positions of EDP and Organization manager in various large companies.
In 1981 he bought back a couple of printing firms from an American company and held down the fort until retirement in 2010.
Yves also cofounded a start-up company in 2004 in the field of internet order processing and web to print.
He has presided over the destiny of the Stanford Club of France on and off from 1996 till 2011.
Yves enjoys playing golf and now lives in the south east of France.
History of SCF Presidents
- Alain BERDUGO
- Francoise CARLY
- Patrick DELFOSSE
- Michael LEDGERWOOD
- Alain KAGAN
- Portia ELTVEDT
- Eric ARCHAMBEAU
- Yves CODET
- Frederic CHALOT
- Yves CODET
- Alain KAGAN
- Jun YEN
- Jan CAILLEUX
- Bertrand COCHI
- Current President: Paulo CASTAÑON (Since March 2017)