Annual Benefit 2011-2014

Gala 2014

On October 7, 2014, the US Sciences Po Foundation hosted its 4th Annual Benefit Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City. 250 Sciences Po alumni, friends, faculty, and distinguished guests, including Ms. Jane D. Hartley, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the French Republic, H.E. Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States, Bertrand Lortholary, Consul General of France in New York, and Antonin Baudry, Cultural Counselor for France in the United States, participated in the event to celebrate the accomplishments of the US Sciences Po Foundation. Maurice Lévy, Chairman & CEO, Publicis Groupe, attended as honored guest.

Stephan Haimo, President of the US Sciences Po Foundation, welcomed guests with opening remarks. Afterwards, Bruce Oberfest, Executive Vice President and Treasurer of the Michel David-Weill Foundation, and US Sciences Po Foundation board member, Sophie L’Hélias, turned the discussion to the Michel David-Weill Scholarship, one of the most prized honors the US Sciences Po Foundation and the Michel David-Weill Foundation have the privilege of conferring to a deserving and exceptional student each year. This year's recipient, Xavier Flory, a 2014 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, accepted the award with a charming speech describing the bumpy and exciting adjustments since having started his studies at Sciences Po this fall.

Sciences Po President, Frédéric Mion, took to the podium and proceeded with a focus on Paris Climat 2015: Make It Work, a Sciences Po initiative that will complement the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) taking place in Paris in December 2015. Led by professors Bruno Latour and Laurence Tubiana, this Sciences Po project demonstrates the global vision and scope of Sciences Po’s efforts for civic engagement and its commitments to public debate. Sciences Po is taking advantage of its strategic positioning as an institution in the political, administrative, and media spheres to play the role of a hub in the climate change conversation.

President Mion also discussed Sciences Po’s acquisition of the Hôtel de l’Artillerie, representing a crucial addition to the Paris campus.

While guests enjoyed dinner, the honoree of the evening, Maurice Lévy, Chairman & CEO, Publicis Groupe, sat with Charlie Rose for a Q&A where the leader of the advertising giant, Publicis Groupe, answered questions about what the digital age has meant for communications and advertising and how it continues to shape development and innovation in these fields.

For more information on guest and supports, see Annual Benefit 2014.

Gala 2013

On October 10, 2013, the US Sciences Po Foundation held its 3rd Annual Benefit Dinner at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. 270 distinguished alumni, friends, and faculty attended to celebrate the excellence that has defined Sciences Po since its inception. The featured keynote speaker was Stephan Schwarzman, CEO and co-founder of Blackstone.

The event opened with welcome remarks from David Malamad, Secretary and Treasurer of the US Sciences Po Foundation, and Master of Ceremonies for the evening. After stating some of Sciences Po’s incredible accomplishments, David introduced the new President of Sciences Po, Frédéric Mion, who reiterated Sciences Po’s international mission and Richard Descoings’s legacy.

Next was the presentation of the Michel David-Weill Scholarship, awarded to Katherine Jinyi Li by Bruce Oberfest, the Vice President and Treasurer of the Michel David-Weill Scholarship. Oberfest summarized the values of the scholarship and introduced the 2013 laureate. Katherine thanked the audience and described her plan to pursue the Journalism and International Affairs dual masters degree at Sciences Po. She hopes to combine her love of public service and journalism interests to become a human rights journalist.

After the dinner, Erik Schatzker, editor-at-large at Bloomberg Television, and Stephen Schwarzman engaged in a formal dialogue regarding the state of the international economy.

Gala 2012

On June 7, 2012, the US Sciences Po Foundation held its 2nd Annual Benefit Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City. Alumni, friends, and faculty attended to celebrate the excellence that has defined Sciences Po since its inception. The featured keynote speaker was Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund. The event opened with remarks from Lee Bollinger, President of Columbia University, who praised Richard Descoings’ commitment to diversity in higher education and the tenacity and enthusiasm with which he approached his work.

Following a tribute to Richard Descoings, Guillaume Coutheillas, the Executive Director of the Foundation, reiterated Science’s Po’s mission, and Nadia Marik, Director of Strategy & Development of Sciences, also spoke, affirming Sciences Po’s commitment to Richard Descoings’s vision for the university.

Next was the presentation of the Michel David-Weill Scholarship, awarded to Benjamin Schenkel by Bruce Oberfest, the Vice President and Treasurer of the Michel David-Weill Scholarship. Oberfest summarized the values of the scholarship and introduced the 2012 laureate. Benjamin thanked the audience and described his excitement about moving to France and working toward a Master’s degree in International Economic Policy and Journalism through the Sciences Po’s School of International Affairs.

Rajaa Moussadik, a French Sciences Po student, spoke about her opportunity to intern in the United States in 2012 thanks to a Mobility Grant; she stated that her experience in New York has introduced her to both a new culture and new people. She will continue to pursue her Master’s degree in International Human Resources at Sciences Po.

After the dinner, Charlie Rose, Executive Editor and Anchor of the news and interview show “Charlie Rose”, and Christine Lagarde engaged in a formal dialogue. In Madame Lagarde’s remarks, she emphasized the importance of diversity in education and maintained that in an increasingly international world, different voices lead to increased efficiency and productivity. In their dialogue, she spoke about the current role of the IMF, the state of the world economic crisis, and the Eurozone.

Gala 2011

On June 16, 2011, the US Sciences Po Foundation held its first Benefit Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City. Alumni, friends, and faculty came to celebrate the excellence that has come to define Sciences Po as an institution. The Honoree and Keynote Speaker was Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the European Central Bank. With support from sponsors and attendees the gala was a wonderful start what would become an annual tradition. The event opened with remarks from Anne Sinclair, the President of the Foundation, followed by Richard Descoings, Director of Sciences Po.

Next, Bruce Oberfest, Vice President and Treasurer of the Michel David-Weill Foundation, presented the first Michel David-Weill Scholarship to Samuel Miles. Mr. Oberfest highlighted the values of the Foundation and the qualities of a deserving scholar: excellence, leadership, multiculturalism, tolerance, and high achievement. Samuel thanked the audience and described his hope to work in energy development in Africa.

The gala culminated in a conversation between Jean-Claude Trichet, the President of the European Central Bank and keynote speaker, and Jim Hoagland, Contributing Editor of The Washington Post.

The first benefit dinner was a great success and served as a catalyst for other events hosted by the Foundation, including future galas.