Annual Benefit 2016

The US Sciences Po Foundation looks forward to hosting its 6th Annual Benefit Dinner in New York on October 25, 2016 at the Metropolitan Club.

This year, the Gala will feature a panel discussion of Women Leaders.  The theme chosen reflects the leading role of women in all walks of public and corporate affairs globally. 

A panel discusssion

Karen Donfried

Dr. Karen Donfried is president of The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). Before assuming this role in April 2014, Donfried was the special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs on the National Security Council at the White House. In that capacity, she was the president’s principal advisor on Europe and led the interagency process on the development and implementation of the president’s European policies. Prior to the White House, Donfried served as the national intelligence officer (NIO) for Europe on the National Intelligence Council, the intelligence community’s center for strategic thinking. As NIO, she directed and drafted strategic analysis to advance senior policymakers’ understanding of Europe. Donfried first joined GMF in 2001 after having served for ten years as a European specialist at the Congressional Research Service. From 2003 to 2005, she was responsible for the Europe portfolio on the U.S. Department of State's Policy Planning Staff. Her second term of service at GMF was 2005 to 2010, first as senior director of policy programs and then as executive vice president. Donfried is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, vice chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the United States, and a member of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Advisory Board.

Bianca Jagger

Bianca Jagger is Founder, President and Chief Executive of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, a Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador, IUCN Bonn Challenge Ambassador, a Member of the Executive Director's Leadership Council of Amnesty International USA, Patron of the Circle of Conscience, Amnesty International, a Member of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, and Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). 

For over three decades she has been a voice for the most vulnerable members of society, campaigning for human rights, civil liberties, peace, social justice and environmental protection throughout the world. As a result, Ms. Jagger is the recipient of over twelve prestigious international awards for her human rights and humanitarian work, including the Right Livelihood Award and the Amnesty International USA Media Spotlight Award for Leadership.

Sophie L’Hélias

Sophie L’Hélias serves on the board of Kering, a world leader in apparel and accessories that develops an ensemble of powerful brands across Luxury and Sport Lifestyle with brands that include Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, and Boucheron. Kering is ranked in the top 25 companies of Thomson Reuters Diversity Inclusion Index.

Sophie L’Hélias is a co-founder of the International Corporate Governance Network, today’s leading global investor-led governance organization and the founder of LeaderXXchange™, which collaborates with institutional investors, business leaders to increase board diversity. Formerly a Managing Director with an event-driven hedge fund and an attorney in New York and Paris, Ms. L’Hélias is currently a Senior Fellow at The Conference Board, Governance Center as well as at the Samuel Heyman Center for Corporate Governance at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University in New York.

Ms. L’Hélias holds an MBA from INSEAD, an LLM from the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters of Laws from the University of Pantheon-Sorbonne- Paris I law school and a comparative law degree from the University of Saarbrücken, Germany.

Virginie Morgon

Virginie Morgon is Deputy CEO of Eurazeo, one of the leading listed investment companies in Europe with a diversified portfolio of 5 billion euros in assets. Eurazeo is notably either a majority or key shareholder in 35 companies including AccorHotels, Asmodee, Elis, Europcar and Moncler. She also runs Eurazeo’s office in New York, which the company recently opened in order to directly invest in American companies.

After working as an investment banker in New York and London, Virginie became the youngest managing senior partner at Lazard Frères et Cie in Paris where she advised numerous French and international groups.
Virginie sits on the Boards of Directors of L’Oreal and Vivendi as an independent Board member.

She is Vice Chair of the Paris Committee for Human Rights Watch and has been supporting the Women's Forum for over a decade.

The Michel David-Weill Scholarship

We will also award the Michel David-Weill Scholarship to a deserving student from Princeton University.

The Michel David-Weill Scholarship carries a monetary value of $80,000 and covers the cost of tuition and living expenses during a two-year master’s program at Sciences Po.

Michel David-Weill is an alumnus of Sciences Po and former Chairman of Lazard Frères, a leading financial advisory and asset management firm. The Michel David-Weill Foundation created this scholarship to encourage exceptional American students to pursue their graduate education at Sciences Po.

Join us

We would be delighted if you could join us and we invite you to fill out our form to purchase tables, tickets, or a spot in our event program for your ad to appear.  You may download the Commitment Form and contact Anne Scattolin ( for any additonal information.

Our Annual Benefit Dinner supports the Foundation’s mission to provide access to a Sciences Po education to students from the United States whose talent and promise exceed their financial resources. It exemplifies Sciences Po’s very special place in the world of higher education in France and its global reputation as a world-class university: internationally-recognized degrees and research, a multicultural community and a worldwide network of partners. 

Register for the Gala 2016 (tickets)


The US Sciences Po Foundation would like to thank the following individuals and corporations for their support.

Summa Cum Laude

Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation

Cum Laude

Amber Capital • Capgemini US LLC •Jean-François Ducrest • Stephan H. Haimo • L’Oréal • Meeschaert Gestion Privée

With Honoris

Philippe Buhannic • Hubert Joly • Agathe and Pierre Mordacq • RSM • Société Générale


Béatrice Stern •Vanessa Bressler • Maura Barry Grinalds • Yann Coatanlem • Anne Dias • Fresh Inc • William Haft, Orrick • Jean Karoubi • Lazard • Mr. and Mrs. François Maisonrouge • Monique and Robert Schweich • Marie-Monique Steckel • Gregori Volokhine


Nicholas Brown • Raphael Camp • Sébastien Fiaux • John Ginsbury  • Clarisse Hagege • Francis Hinterman • Anthony Saracco • Valérie Zilkha • Jean-Luc Sinniger • Cyril and Constance de Warenn

Young Graduates

Sarah Andre • Laura Bertillotti • Valentine Bleicher • Charles Catherine James Chapman • Nicolas Conrad • Thomas Costerg • Alexis De Paola Chiparo, ESQ •Amélie Dubois • Suzanne Drouet • David Escalante • Bailey Eisen • Austin Evans • Jennifer Famery • Omar Fayez • Stephane Guittet • Aurélie Harp • Travis Ivy • Léa Levy-Lambert • Olivia Lopez-Balboa • Marguerite Mangin • Alina-Maria Necula • Diani Nevares • Dimitri Nouveau • Delphine Papaud • Nisha Rajan • Justin Sunshine • Elizabeth Walch

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