Welcome Keynote & Cocktail Dinner

   7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

   Hôtel de l'Industrie | 4 place Saint-Germain des Prés - 75006 Paris

The Friday evening Welcome Keynote & Cocktail Dinner will kick-off the weekend and will provide a wonderful opportunity to get to know your fellow alumni in the historical setting of the Hôtel de l'Industrie in the heart of Paris. The evening will begin with a keynote address by Jean-Yves Le Gall and a presentation by Serge Grudzinski followed by a cocktail party (finger food and drinks) where you will mingle with fellow alumni. There will be plenty of time left afterwards to enjoy the Fête de la Musique in the streets of Paris if you wish to do so!


   8:00 am - 6:00 pm

   Station F | 55 Boulevard Vincent Auriol - 75013 Paris

8:00 am - 9:00 am:    Registration & Welcome breakfast

9:00 am - 9:30 am:    President's welcome

9:30 am - 11:00 am:   Education Roundtable

Speakers: Etienne Denoël, Marjolaine Grondin, Andreas Schleicher

Moderator: Peter Zemsky

11:00 am - 12:30 pm:   Social Economics Roundtable

Speakers: Jean Guo, Olivier Jeannel, Jean-Michel Lécuyer

Moderator: Lisa Cirenza

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm:    Lunch break

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm:   News from Stanford

2:15 pm - 3:45 pm:   Business Roundtable

Speakers: Frédéric Mazzella, Morin Oluwole, Jérémie Rosselli, Jamie Russell

Moderator: Jamie Soon-Kesteloot

3:45 pm - 5:15 pm:   Politics Roundtable

Speakers: Karim Bennis, Larry Diamond, Reed Kennedy, Cédric Villani

Moderator: Greg Rosston

5:15 pm - 5:45 pm:   Closing remarks


   7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

   Cercle de l'Union interalliée | 33 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré - 75008 Paris

The evening cocktail party will take place in the magnificent salons of the Cercle de l'Union Interalliée in the heart of Paris. Men are required to wear a tie and jacket as per the venue's policy; no jeans.

Cultural activities - Pick one!

The Promenade Plantée: The Original High Line

   10:00 am - 12:00 pm

   Meet in front of 15 boulevard de Picpus - 75012 Paris

The Promenade Plantée, which locals call La Coulée Verte (the Green stream), stretches for nearly three miles from the Bastille area to the Bois de Vincennes. It’s an old railway converted into a series of small gardens and promenades, like a green ribbon running through & over tunnels, trenches, slopes, and viaducts. We’ll begin below ground, along the train tracks that once brought food and flowers into the city. From this wild vegetation, we will emerge to street level at the Jardin de Reuilly. We’ll wander over the park bridge, which gives you the opportunity to admire the mosaic of trees & flowers from above and then we’ll walk among flowering pergolas, fruit trees, rose bushes and fragrant shrubs to the restored Viaduc des Arts.

Street Art Tour of the 13th Arrondissement

   9:50 am - 12:30 pm

   Meet at the exit of métro Nationale | 120 boulevard Vincent Auriol - 75013 Paris

Once upon a time in the 13th arrondissement... atypical and unique... we find ourselves in THE place for street art. Twenty-eight frescoes co-exist in the 13th arrondissement, painted by 21 street artists from 10 different nationalities. While some of these frescoes can be found on enclosure walls, most of them are on walls of enormous proportions. These can be found on the facades of this area's social housing or on the gables of these buildings. Some frescoes are more than 50 meters tall and their widths as large as the buildings themselves (more than 20 meters long). How can we explain these monumental works of art? This is a very special visit of an area of Paris not known to many visitors - an area of recent urbanization and modernization in line with the theme of our conference. Part of this visit will also include an explanation about the site of our Saturday conference, Station F. 

Tutankamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

   1:15 pm - 3:00 pm

   Grande Halle de la Villette | 211 avenue Jean Jaurès - 75019 Paris

Fifty years after “the exhibition of the century” – which had gathered more than 1.2 million visitors in 1967 in Paris – this guided tour is a unique opportunity to rediscover the history of the most famous of the Pharaohs before the permanent installation of the artifacts within the new Egyptian Grand Museum currently under construction. Presented by the Ministry of Egyptian Antiquities, this immersive exhibition will unveil more than 150 original objects from the tomb. More than 50 pieces from this collection will travel for the first and last time out of Egypt. Come discover many personal belongings of the young sovereign who accompanied him in the two worlds that are life and death.

Boat Tour on the Seine

   9:30 am - 12:30 pm

   Port de l'Arsenal | 50 boulevard de la Bastille - 75012 Paris

Even after losing the main part of its roofs, Notre Dame and its elegant gothical mainstays will still look like a gigantic rowboat moving upstream over the Seine river. This is one of the wonders that we offer to watch as part of a 2h boat roundtrip where we will also be able to catch views of François Mitterrand Library, St Louis and Cité Islands, Pont Neuf, Pont des Arts, Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Invalides, Pont Alexandre III, Eiffel Tower, Paris' own Statue of Liberty… The “Gavroche” boat will be fully privatized for us and has a capacity of 50 passengers. Hopefully the weather will allow us to also enjoy its outside terrace.

Emil Bührle collection at the Maillol Museum: Technological disruptions in the art world

   10:00 am - 12:00 pm

   Musée Maillol | 61 rue de Grenelle - 75007 Paris

The Maillol museum is a hidden Parisian gem offering a permanent collection dedicated to the French painter and sculptor Aristide Maillol, in addition to exhibitions highlighting historically significant works. In anticipation of its permanent home of the Kunsthaus in Zurich, the Maillol museum is currently exhibiting the Emil Bührle Collection masterpieces. Exhibited for the first time in France, this ensemble of French art--assembled between 1936 and 1956--is one of the most prestigious private collections in the world providing a panorama of French art including several art movements: works by the major Impressionists (Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Degas, Renoir, and Sisley) and post-Impressionist artists (Cézanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh, and Toulouse-Lautrec), works from the beginning of the twentieth century by the Nabis (Bonnard and Vuillard), the Fauves (Braque, Derain, and Vlaminck), and the École de Paris (Modigliani), and, lastly, the art of Picasso. We will join Lisa Cirenza, a Stanford alumnus and accomplished international artist, as she provides insights on a selection of Art works, discussing artistic inspiration, processes, and the role of technological disruptions/opportunities with regards to the Impressionists and contemporary digital artists.

Discover the venues


Hôtel de l'Industrie

Friday's Welcome Keynote & Cocktail Dinner will take place at the Hôtel de l'Industrie, an early innovation lighthouse in 19th century Paris. The Hôtel de l'Industrie opened its doors to researchers and lecturers, arranged experiments and exhibited inventions in all industrial fields; the Lumière brothers organized the first movie screening in history in one of its rooms in 1895.

Today, the Hôtel still houses the Société d'Encouragement pour l'Industrie Nationale but is also a place of political, social and cultural life. The Hôtel often hosts talks and exhibitions and, true to its tradition, a number of scientific and industrial events.

Station F

Saturday's conference will take place at Station F, world’s largest startup facility. The 34,000 m2 incubator opened in 2017 and houses more than 3,000 desk spaces, 8 event spaces, a fablab, a pop-up store, restaurants and a wide range of other features. It aims at gathering in a single space entrepreneurs, investors, companies, mentors in order to bring together a traditionally scattered ecosystem.

Station F is located in the Halle Freyssinet, a 310-meter long, 58-meter wide former rail freight depot first opened in 1929. The original building, an outstanding historical monument with an exceptionally light load-bearing structure, was extensively remodeled by award-winning agency Wilmotte & Associés to meet the needs of this gigantic project.

Cercle de l'Union Interalliée

The Saturday evening cocktail will take place at the Cercle de l’Union Interalliée, a harbor of peace in the heart of Paris with magnificent salons, splendid gardens and rich century-old history.

Created in 1917, when the United States officially entered World War I, the Cercle de l’Union interalliée was established as a place of welcome providing moral and material resources to the officers and personalities of the Allied nations, in order to develop the allied life that had just begun. The Union interalliée settled in a splendid private mansion, the 18th-century gem hôtel Henri de Rotschild.

Between and after the wars, the Cercle interallié became the regular host of sovereigns and heads of state passing through Paris and a focal point of Parisian literary life, where figures such as Paul Valéry, André Gide, Jean Giraudoux, Paul Claudel and André Malraux met regularly.

Today, the Cercle is a prominent venue of exchanges between the French and international elite and offers its members and their guests the possibility of cultivating friendship through many activities, remaining a reference thanks to the timeless art of fine living that it proposes.