Annual Benefit 2011-2014

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    Stephan Haimo, President of the US Sciences Po Foundation

    The US Sciences Po Foundation was formed several years ago to deepen the awareness of Sciences Po mostly in the United States and to be a platform for fundraising. What’s happening tonight is our Fourth Annual Gala at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City. We’re expecting about three hundred guests.

    H.E. Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States

    Vous avez à New York, aux États-Unis plus largement, une très large, une très grande communauté française qui est passée par Sciences Po.

    There is, in New York, and in the United States more widely, a very large French community that has gone to Sciences Po.

    Amélie Dubois, Sciences Po 2008

    I think it’s great for networking opportunities because there are many people who have great careers and we can learn from each other.

    Christophe Fortier-Guay, Sciencse Po 2007

    We need to continue to promote that and to foster this community in the US and in Canada because we have a few Canadians and Québécois in particular that come here.

    François Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United Nations

    Je crois dur comme fer dans le développement de Sciences Po ici aux États-Unis comme partenaire des plus grandes universités américaines.

    I strongly believe in the development of Sciences Po here in the United States, as a partner of the leading and most prestigious American universities.

    Philippe Camus, Senior Advisor of Evercore Partners

    Sciences Po has already been very active in the US especially here in NewYork with the corporation[sic] of the Alliance Program with Columbia.

    Images of the Mandarin Oriental Ballroom

    Frédéric Mion, President of Sciences Po

    We will work tirelessly to ensure that our beloved institution shall remain at the forefront of academic excellence, of civic relevance, of international openness, of social awareness…

    Xavier Flory, Recipient of the Michel David-Weill Scholarship

    It’s just the most incredible gift to have these two years in Paris at Sciences Po.

    In Paris studying what I want surrounded by brilliant, inquisitive, argumentative students and wonderful professors.

    I’m really interested in the concept of representation and free speech and in the differences between how Americans and the French view free speech.

    Stephan Haimo

    And we’re honoring Maurice Lévy, chairman of Publicis, who will be interviewed by Charlie Rose.

    Charlie Rose interviewing Maurice Lévy

    Maurice Lévy, Chairman & CEO, Publicis Groupe

    We had members of the Directoire who were from Sciences Po and the most important aspect of what they bring is an education which is very broad, very, very good to be at an executive level.


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  • Sciences Po - US Sciences Po Foundation Benefit: October 10, 2013

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    David Sarfas, US Sciences Po Foundation, board member

    This evening, we have a reception, which is a major fundraiser, where we will be attending a little bit less than 300 guests.

    Frédéric Mion, President of Sciences Po

    I came here tonight to tell you that I believe education is everything.

    Vanessa Bressler, US Sciences Po Foundation, board member

    The US Sciences Po Foundation is a foundation that was created in the US, by Alumni of Sciences Po. We took the US model of having an alma mother, Sciences Po, and decided to help Sciences Po raise money in the US, to help students from the US go and study in Paris, or Reims, or any other of the campuses, and students from Sciences Po come and discover America like we all did.

    Gaëtan Müller, French student, Dual BA Sciences Po Columbia

    I would like to really say big thank you to everybody at the US Foundation for granting this scholarship and enable me to take part to that Dual BA program between Sciences Po and Columbia, and to realize my dream to come study here in New York.

    Katherine Li, American student, Michel David-Weill grant recipient

    The scholarship is the Michel David-Weill scholarship which is given to an American citizen from an elite university, to study on a full ride for a two-year master at Sciences Po. And my master that I am studying is a double degree in journalism and international affairs, with a specialization in human rights and humanitary actions, and latin America.

    Sam Miles, American student, former Michel David-Weill grant recipient

    I arrived in 2011 as the recipient of the first Michel David-Weill scholarship. I majored in international energy, with a concentration in Africa and environment. Now I will be moving to Dakar, in Senegal, tomorrow, to begin a career as a consultant with Dalberg Global Development Advisors working in the field of energy and environment.

    View of the “Annual Benefit” brochure

    Eleonore Thénot, French student, Marion Bruley grant recipient

    (in French) Mon premier sentiment, c’est qu’on a l’impression de rentrer à la maison, en faisant quelques pas dans Manhattan, dans la mesure où on est extrêment nombreux à faire notre année universitaire aux États-Unis, que ce soit en stage ou en séjour universitaire.

    David Herbert, supporter of Marion Bruley grant

    Obviously, the US and France have a very long relationship, and it’s a relationship that I think needs constant attention and gardening.

    Jean-François Ducrest, supporter of an international student scholarship

    I really wanted to give back to the school that I really love and make sure that students who really deserved it could get the help they needed to go to Sciences Po and France, and get the amazing experience that I had quite a few years ago now.

    Noham Ohana, supporter of David Gritz scholarship

    It is a scholarship that helps Israëlis students to Sciences Po and hopefully fulfil the visions of David of bringing together people of different opinions, of different faiths.

    Stephen A. Scharzman, keynote speaker

    I really admire what Sciences Po has achieved.

    Vanessa Bressler

    Our guestspeaker tonight is Stephen Scharzman, of Blackstone firm which tells a lot of how important it is for people to know, feel associated with the Sciences Po Foundation.

    Stephen A. Scharzman, keynote speaker

    Globally, but particulary in the United States, individuals and corporations have a real responsability in  the philanthropic area . When you do well, you should help other people.


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  • US Sciences Po Foundation Benefit : June 7, 2012

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    Cédric Meeschaert, Vice-President of the US Foundation

    The Alumni who are present here in the United States and a lot of them have gone through Sciences Po and are very grateful for the education they receive and also want to give back to their community

    David Malamed, Secretary and Treasurer of the US Foundation

    Eventually, I managed to live in New York and became a corporate lawyer and that’s because of Sciences Po.

    Michel Perez, President of Sciences Po Alumni USA

    I think we are helping to make Sciences Po better know in the United States.

    Joseph Oughourlian, Vice-president of the US Foundation

    We are hoping to raise about $400,000, and that money will go to a number of scholarships and a number of projects that we have.

    Guillaume Goutheillas, US Sciences Po Foundation, Executive Director, speaking

    Philippe Buhannic, alumnus, TradingScreen Inc

    If you want to attract the best teachers you need money, if you want to help the best students you need money. That’s the way it goes.

    Bill Rhodes, former Senior Vice Chairman àf Citigroup

    Sciences Po is a great university and I think the Foundation does great work.

    Christine Lagarde, keynote speaker, IMF Managing Director

    Today I want to do is talk about something different from what I talk about every day. So I am going to talk about the value of Education with a particular focus on diversity, a particular focus on gender, and the way which a school like Sciences Po embodies this ideal of diversity, opening of the brain of people. I will try to identify a few common trends between Sciences Po and the IMF.

    Rajaa Moussadik, Student at Sciences Po, 3rd year

    News year, I will begin the Master of Human Resources, in Paris. I would really like to have a career in HR, but with a more international focus.

    Yacine Simpore, student at Sciences Po, 3rd year

    It was my first time interning in the newspaper abroad and they gave me a lot to do. I had the opportunity to publish some articles.

    Charlie Rose, journalist, executive editor and anchor of “Charlie Rose”

    The more education you have, the more you can understand issues. And issues today are more complex than they have ever been. Education, technology, they are all tools.

    Victoire Mulliez, student at Sciences Po, graduated this year

    Ideally, I would like to start my own company. Right now, I am in New York to meet some French entrepreneurs and to work on this idea I have.

    Ben Schenkel, 2012 recipent Michel David-Weill scholarship

    The Michel David-Weill scholarship means a real validation of the way I have spent my time, my energy in college wether it has been in journalism or working in development projects. I hope that being at Sciences Po will give me more resources and the direction to continue carrying out these public service initiatives, I really do feel attached to.

    A tribute to Richard Descoings, President of Sciences Po 1996-2012

    Lee Bollinger, President of Columbia University

    I first talked to Richard about this in 2004. He had a little conference at Sciences Po. He was the person who lived by and urged everybody to live actually by the ideals of the their society, or of the world or of the institution they were part of.
    So if you believe that Education should be available to everybody and that we need to really build society through Education, and you believe talent can be found any place in society, as he did all those things, and then you act on it to change an institution, that’s a great thing. He did that in many many different ways. I think of Richard is an idealist who really brought things to fruition and action.

    Nadia Marik, Vice-President of Sciences Po

    During 16 years, he was the soul of Sciences Po.

    Francis Verillaud, Vice-President of Sciences Po

    I can tell you how much he was dedicated to open Sciences Po on the world.

    Christine Lagarde

    Richard, he was a generous, he was a passionate, he was an engaged prophet of Education. I think he is very very closed and associated with Sciences Po. He gave a lot of himself to that school. It is a great legacy he leaves behind. It is only too sad that he has left so early.


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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.

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