Board of Directors


Bertrand Cochi

President, Treasurer

Paulo Castañon

Vice-President, Secretary General

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 (, 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.

Erik Uzureau


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, Paris (where he went back to school for an Executive MBA with the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in 2016), and now Bordeaux. He has built software and run teams for companies like Amadeus, MetaCarta, TravelTripper, Google, Criteo, and Datadog.

Evelyne Nguyen

VP Corporate Relationships

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.

Mark Durante

Vice-President Partnerships

Adeline Agut

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.

Frédéric Chalot

Deborah Rubenstein

Hippolyte Guilain

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.

Kimiya Shams Shash Javani

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.

Portia Eltvedt

Eun Hwa Lee

In 1992, Eun Hwa graduated from Stanford with a BA in International Relations and MA in Sociology. She then studied in France and completed her law studies in the US before working as an attorney in Europe and in the United States. Nowadays, she is primarily teaching US law and legal English to law students and other lawyers in Paris.

After her experience interviewing applicants to Stanford as an OVAL volunteer and assisting the Stanford Club of France with its international alumni conference last spring in Paris, Eun Hwa developed a keen interest in doing more for the Stanford community by becoming a Board member for the Club.

She hopes to have many opportunities to exchange ideas with more members of the Club over the course of this year.

Jerome Pellan

Jérôme PELLAN graduated from Stanford in Industrial Engineering in 1994 after studying Engineering in France at Ecole Polytechnique and at Ecole Nationale des Ponts Chaussées. After working for 11 years in the Automotive industry (Renault and Volvo AB), he decided to move to the consulting industry, working mostly for Booz Allen Hamilton / Booz & Company. His field of expertise is the operations excellence and performance improvement, in particular through the implementation and application of Lean Manufacturing principles and tools, in many industries.

After living in Brazil, Lyon and Lima, Jérôme has recently relocated to Paris where he works for a fragrance and flavor company.

History of SCF Presidents

  • Alain BERDUGO
  • Francoise CARLY
  • Patrick DELFOSSE
  • Michael LEDGERWOOD
  • Alain KAGAN
  • Portia ELTVEDT
  • Yves CODET
  • Frederic CHALOT
  • Yves CODET
  • Alain KAGAN
  • Jun YEN
  • Yves CODET
  • Bertrand COCHI
  • Paulo CASTAÑON
  • Current President: Bertrand COCHI (Since March 2020)