[WEBINAR] The New Cold War is Coming—the Internet is the Battlefield

An insight from Maëlle Gavet, in conversation with Christophe Duthoit.

Alumna Maëlle Gavet will talk about the new geopolitics of the tech industry.

While the Internet has unquestionably improved almost every aspect of the way we live and work, it has also altered the balance of power between states, changed the role of the private sector and modified the role of consumers/citizens. 

Gavet will discuss with Christophe Duthoit, partner and leader BCG's global work in Technology Advantage and Operations, how these changes have disrupted the geopolitical balance of power and created new dynamics

Hubert Joly, former Chairman and CEO of Best Buy, will give some closing remarks.

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One of the tech industry’s brightest stars, Maëlle Gavet has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, one of Fortune’s 40 Under 40, one of the Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company and was fifth among Time magazine’s List of the Top 25 ‘Female Techpreneurs’. After six years as a Principal at the Boston Consulting Group she went on to become CEO of, Russia’s largest e-commerce site, and executive VP of operations of the Priceline Group, the largest online and travel agency in the world which includes brands like OpenTable, Kayak, and

Most recently Gavet was Chief Operating Officer at real estate platform Compass, valued at over $6bn. She has spoken regularly at the leading technology industry events and her writing has appeared in Wired, the Harvard Business Review, the World Economic Forum, Fast Company and Fortune magazine.


Christophe Duthoit is currently Senior Partner & Managing Director with Boston Consulting Group. Over his 30+ year career, Christophe has advised software and IT services clients on matters of strategy, performance, M&A, PMI and change. Besides, given his work with B2B technology-enabled clients (financial services, business services, industrial goods), he has gained extensive experience in digital and tech transformation, disruptive innovation, agile ways of working and cybersecurity. Before joining BCG in 1994, Christophe worked for 7 years with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). Christophe holds significant BCG leadership in addition to several non-executive board roles.


Hubert Joly is a senior lecturer at the Harvard Business School and the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Best Buy Co., Inc. He is also a member of the board of directors of Johnson & Johnson and Ralph Lauren Corporation.

In addition, Hubert is a vice chairman of the Business Council, an executive advisor at World50, a member of the International Advisory Board of HEC Paris, and a Trustee of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Through his foundation, he has endowed the Joly Family chair in Purposeful Leadership at HEC Paris where he actively collaborates with the faculty.

Prior to Best Buy, he was the CEO of Carlson Companies, a global leader in the hospitality and travel industry, the CEO of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, a senior executive at Vivendi S.A., the president of EDS France and a partner at McKinsey & Company. He is a graduate of HEC Paris and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.

Hubert has been recognized as one of the top 100 CEOs in the world by the Harvard Business Review, one of the top 30 CEOs in the world by Barron’s and one of the top 10 CEOs in the U.S. by Glassdoor. He is a knight in the French Legion of Honor and the French National Order or Merit.

Hubert is the author of the upcoming book “The Heart of Business – Leadership Principles for the Next Era of Capitalism” which is slated to be published in the Spring of 2021 by Harvard Business Review Press.

[WEBINAR] Behind the scene of the 2020 Presidential Campaign

An insight from Mike Schmuhl in conversation with Célia Belin

Behind the scene of the 2020 Presidential Campaign

After a 10-minute insight from Mike Schmuhl on leading a historic political campaign, he will discuss with Celia Belin the steps and challenges to be the chef d’orchestre of a team that skyrocketed Pete Buttigieg from obscurity into the top tier of a pool of a field of more than two dozen Democratic presidential candidate. They will talk division in America, act of voting, fundraising, foreign policy, post Trump world, etc.

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Mike Schmuhl is a Director at Heartland Ventures, where he works on brand development and investor relations. A South Bend native, he was the national campaign manager of Pete for America, Pete Buttigieg’s groundbreaking 2020 presidential campaign. In that role, he led an organization of 550 team members with over $100 million in resources. Mike was previously Vice President at the consulting firm 270 Strategies in Chicago, advising not for profit clients and issue-based causes. In Indiana, he has led political campaigns for U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly and Mayor Pete Buttigieg. He also served as chief of staff to the Mayor of the City of South Bend. He received a BA in History from the University of Notre Dame and a MA in International Affairs from Sciences Po in Paris, France.

Célia Belin is a visiting fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings. Her areas of expertise include trans-Atlantic relations, U.S. foreign policy toward Europe, French politics and foreign policy, the role of civil society in foreign policy, religion/secularism, and strategic prospective analysis. Prior to joining Brookings, she served for over five years as an advisor on U.S. affairs and trans-Atlantic relations in the French foreign ministry’s Centre d’Analyse, de Prévision et de Stratégie (policy planning staff), where she recommended policy options through notes, reports, speech-writing, and transition documents, as well as conducted 1.5 dialogues and led multiple long-term research projects on areas of strategic importance to French foreign policy.

[WEBINAR] US-China Economic & Trade Relationship

An insight from Jamieson Greer, in conversation with Emily de la Bruyère.

After a 10-minute insight from Jamieson Greer on trade negotiation(s) from his time at USTR, he will discuss with Emily de la Bruyère the relationship between China and the United States, and how is Europe fitting in this new global world. They will talk trade, digital technology, espionnage, Covid, etc.

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Jamieson Greer is a partner in the International Trade team at King & Spalding. His practice covers trade remedy litigation, trade policy, WTO dispute settlement, export controls, economic sanctions, CFIUS, anti-corruption, customs and import, private equity and debt financing. He has represented clients in trade remedy litigation before the Department of Commerce, the International Trade Commission and federal courts. His clients include manufacturing, energy, pharmaceuticals, investment services, insurance, hospitality, aerospace and defense and technology companies.
Emily de La Bruyère is a co-founder of Horizon Advisory. She has led extensive China research programs and developed novel analysis tools and techniques. She received her BA summa cum laude from Princeton University and her MA summa cum laude from Sciences Po, Paris, where she was the Michel David-Weill Fellow. Her public commentaries have been published in The New York Times, Bloomberg, and the Wall Street Journal. Her expertise has been cited in sources ranging from Tech Crunch to Politico.
2019 Annual Gala

The Sciences Po American Foundation looks forward to hosting its Annual Benefit Dinner in New York on November 18, 2019.

Sciences Po American Foundation will present President Nicolas Sarkozy with our prestigious Stanley Hoffmann Award.

Keeping with our format, President Sarkozy will engage in a 30-40 minute “fireside chat” discussion on current international relations and global affairs with Hala Gorani, anchor and correspondent for CNN International in London.

Please visit the dedicated website to RSVP for a table or make a donation.

Should you be looking to attend individually (ticket), please follow this link to join our wait list.  We will contact you as soon as tickets are on sale!

[Alumni NYC] Summer Happy Hour at Raphaël's!

The Sciences Po American Foundation and Raphaël Camp ('01) invite you for a Summer Reception and informal gathering on June 27, 2019 at Raphaël's!

[Alumni Westchester] A conversation with Anastasia Colosimo: Judging religion ? Law, politics and liberty facing blasphemy in democratic societies

The Sciences Po American Foundation, in partnership with FASNY invites you to attend a conversation with Anastasia Colosimo:  Judging religion ? Law, politics and liberty facing blasphemy in democratic societies

The discussion will be followed by a "Wine and Cheese" reception.

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Anastasia Colosimo is a political scientist, former journalist, and teacher at Sciences Po. After completing studies in philosophy, law, and criminology, she obtained her Ph.D. in Political Science and published a book, Freedom on the Pyre (Stock, 2016), about blasphemy, freedom of religion and freedom of expression.

She currently holds the position of Advisor to the Chairman at Richard Attias & Associates.

2019 US Sciences Po Alumni Award to Maëlle Gavet

The Sciences Po American Foundation is honoring an Alumna whose professional success embodies the values of excellence of Sciences Po.

Maëlle Gavet, COO, Compass /, will receive the 2019 US Sciences Po Alumni Award from Frédéric Mion, President of Sciences Po.

Maëlle Gavet is a celebrated global tech leader and an instrumental force behind scaling Compass. As Chief Operating Officer, she is responsible for overseeing its business operations.

Before Compass, Maelle oversaw the global operations at The Priceline Group, where she was responsible for delivering on the company’s strategy and integrating its six multinational brands. Prior to that, she was CEO of Russia’s largest e-commerce site, Ozon, and a principal at The Boston Consulting Group.

A passionate advocate for women in tech, Maëlle was called one of “the world’s most powerful women to watch,” by Forbes, and is the executive sponsor for Women of Compass. She is also an outspoken thought-leader around cultivating empathy in tech as she firmly believes “what makes a great company is not a great product, it’s the great people who build the great product.”

Maëlle was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, one of Fortune's 40 Under 40 and one of the Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. A native of France, Maëlle holds degrees from The Sorbonne, ENS, and Sciences Po.

[Alumni SF] Data&Privacy, and Diversity in ad tech with Anne Bezancon

Join us for a conversation with Anne Bezancon ('85), Chief Operating Officer at Ericsson, Emodo

From the Minitel to Mobile Advertising, on a Harley!

Anne discovered her passion for technology when she helped develop the Minitel. She moved to the Silicon Valley in 1996, and has since started three companies and participated in the launch of two more. 

Anne believes in “ privacy and digital life ” and has been involved in defining the rule of law in regard to personal data collection and use, especially as mobile phones are quickly becoming the main Internet channel. 

As part of the very few female leaders in ad tech, Anne also has some thought-provoking ideas on how to define diversity , why diversity matters, and how diversity hiring can improve everything from company culture to product usability and bottom lines. 

[Alumni NYC] Fred Chesnais, Atari: from Pong to Blockchain

The Sciences Po American Foundation invites you to attend a conversation with Fred Chesnais ('85), Chairman and CEO of the Atari Group: from Pong to Blockchain.

Mr. Frédéric Chesnais has been Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Atari, Inc., Atari Interactive Inc. and Atari société anonyme since February 2013.

Mr. Chesnais founded Interactive Game Group, LLC in 2007 and serves as its Executive Producer. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Atari Interactive Inc., a subsidiary of Atari. He served as an Executive Vice President at Atari société anonyme.

He served as a Member of the Management Team of Atari Group (first as the Deputy Chief Operating Officer, later as the Chief Financial Officer) Chief Executive Officer of Atari Interactive from 2001 to 2007.

He started his career as a Financial Consultant and practised as a Lawyer focused on merger and acquisitions. He then worked for Lazard from 1995 to 2000.

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DC Annual Benefit Dinner honoring Gérard Araud

The Sciences Po American Foundation request the pleasure of your company at the WASHINGTON BENEFIT DINNER honoring Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the U.S. on TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 2019 at the Résidence of France in Washington DC.

Araud grew up in Marseille, graduated from France’s top universities, and joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the early eighties. During his more than thirty-year career in diplomacy, he has served as France’s ambassador to Israel, a Middle East expert for the French Embassy in D.C., permanent representative to the United Nations in New York and, most recently as Ambassador of France to the United States. After 36 years in diplomacy and 13 years on American soil, Gérard Araud will be retiring from his position in the spring.

Araud, a life-long French diplomat is perhaps the most remarked upon foreign diplomat the US capital has seen in years. Araud’s style of diplomacy has been, at times, a little untraditionally diplomatic. Vogue called him outspoken, the New York Times said his tweeting was “zesty undiplomatic diplomacy.”


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