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A discussion with Bénédicte de Montlaur - What is Cultural Diplomacy?

Join us on January 22 for an exclusive discussion with Bénédicte de Montlaur about "What is cultural diplomacy?" at The Pierre Hotel.
About this Event
The conference will take place on the 4th floor of The Pierre (Park/Lexington rooms) and will be followed by a glass of champagne in the Two E lounge at 8pm.

Bénédicte de Montlaur is Chief Executive Officer of World Monuments Fund (WMF), the world’s foremost private organization dedicated to saving extraordinary places while empowering the communities around them. She is responsible for defining WMF’s strategic vision, currently implementing that vision in more than 30 countries around the world and leading a team that spans the globe.

Her background mixes culture and the arts, politics, international diplomacy and human rights. Prior to joining WMF, Montlaur spent two decades working across three continents as a senior diplomat at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Most recently, she served as Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy in the United States, leading France’s largest international cultural advocacy network and its two partner foundations—Albertine and FACE—and directing a team of 90 people in ten US offices. In this role, Montlaur created and expanded numerous programs, including the French-American Dual Language Fund, the annual Festival Albertine featuring curators including Ta-Nehisi Coates and Gloria Steinem, and the podcast The Thing About France, which presented conversations with prominent Americans about their country’s relationship with France. Previously, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in charge of North Africa, United Nations Security Council Negotiator on Africa and the Middle East and French Embassy First Secretary in Damascus, Syria.

Montlaur studied sociology and Arabic at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Ulm) and public affairs at Sciences Po, Paris. She was a Marshall Memorial Fellow at the German Marshall Fund. She has served on the Boards of several cultural and educational institutions, and is currently a Trustee of the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas. Montlaur is a member of The New York Times literary critic Liesl Schillinger’s book club and created an original exhibition of photos entitled “Islam and the City.” Beyond her professional accomplishments, Montlaur is a polyglot—speaking French, English, Arabic and Spanish—and completed the New York City Marathon in 2011.


Recent Events

Storm wines at Sen Sakana

Join us on December 10 for an exclusive wine pairing dinner at Sen Sakana restaurant featuring Storm Wines.

Ernst Storm came in 2001 from South Africa to study the techniques used in California. He never left and decided to create 2 wineries : Storm Wines and Notary Public. His wines reflect the beauty of Santa Barbara Terroir from the Chardonnay , the Sauvignon Blanc , the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Pinot Noir. Santa Barbara is becoming an American gem for winemaking and Ernst is happy to produce wines that respect the standards of the area : Terroir driven wines and biodynamic.

5 course menu with wine pairing from Storm Wines:

Storm Wines Sauvignon Blanc Presqu'Ile Vineyard 2014
Notary Public Chardonnay 2016
Storm Wines Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2016
Notary Public Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Ynez Valley 2015
Storm Wines Pinot Noir Presqu'Ile 2014
Storm Wines Pinot Noir Duravita Vineyard 2015
Aperitif will start at 6:30pm and dinner at 7:00pm.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Startup tour finale 2019

FrenchFounders organise une conférence le 24 septembre à New York, avec finale du Startup Tour 2019.

Cette demi-journée est axée sur l’innovation et la tech américaines et françaises.

Ils recevront des speakers comme Luc Julia, CTO & SVP Innovation @ Samsung, Matt Salzberg, Founder & Executive Chairman @ Blue Apron, Fabrice Grinda (n1 business angel by Forbes 2018), Adele Maynes, Head of Anthropological Research & Strategy Innovation @ Eventbrite, Nicola Palmer, SVP of Technology & Product development @Verizon ainsi que les 10 startups finalistes du Startup Tour Americas.

C’est également une opportunité de networker avec les 500+ personnes présentes.

En tant partenaire officiel de l'évenement, AAGEF offre le 50 tickets à $50 au lieu de $80-120 jusqu'au 15 sept avec le code AAGEF-STguest.

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After work - Fall 2019

You are invited to the AAGEF Afterwork - Fall 2019 on Wednesday Sept 18th. The event will take place at the O Cabanon bar (Midtown) on the mezzanine floor starting at 6pm.

The registration fee covers: entrance to the event, a glass of wine and a platter of charcuterie & cheese. Each attendee will also receive a 10% discount to shop French curated items in the bar's “Boutique”.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

O Cabanon
245 West 29th Street
New York, NY 10001

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From startup to public company

The AAGEF is pleased to invite you to a discussion on

"From Start-up to Public Company"


Renaud Deraison
Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder, Tenable

Moderated by Erwan Keraudy
CEO & Co-Founder, Cyber Angel
From startup to public company

Join us at the Pierre on May 29th at 7pm to explore this fascinating subject.

The Pierre
2 East 61st Street
New York, NY 10065

Many "unicorns" are due to hit the stock market this year and become public companies. What happens behind the scene to get ready for such an event, why does it mean for the company in terms of organization, culture and finances? Why are companies waiting longer and longer before they become public? What are the pros and cons of private vs. public? Renaud will talk about his experience at Tenable, a cybersecurity company that he co-founded 17 years ago and became public last year.

About our speakers:

Renaud Deraison

Renaud Deraison is chief technology officer of Tenable. Prior to co-founding Tenable, Renaud redefined the vulnerability management market by authoring Nessus, the world’s most widely deployed vulnerability scanner, with over one million downloads.

Nessus has received numerous awards, including being named one of the Most Critical Products of the Last 30 Years by SC Media, winning SANS Institute’s Best of 2015 Award for vulnerability assessment, and Network World Asia’s 2015 award for best vulnerability assessment and management product.

Renaud continues to contribute to the global security community, including authoring several patents related to network scanning and security and publishing his work in a variety of respected books and magazines. In 2018, Renaud was recognized by SC Media as a Visionary of the Last 30 Years.

Erwan Keraudy

Erwan Keraudy is Chief Executive Officer of CybelAngel. Prior to co-founding CybelAngel, Erwan was Deputy Chief Investment Officer at SBI Funds Management Private Limited in Mumbai. Previously, Mr. Keraudy was a Credit Trader and Portfolio Manager at Societe Generale Asset Management. He started his career as Finance Credit Analyst at Natixis CIB. As a trader, Erwan was deeply attuned to the danger of free-floating confidential information.
Erwan is a Post Graduate in Economics from Manchester University and has earned an M.Sc. in Finance from ESCP Europe, Paris. He is an alumni of the Institut des Hautes Etudes de Defense Nationale with specific training on International Affairs and Strategic Intelligence.

CybelAngel is a leading digital risk management platform providing enterprises with actionable threat intelligence that enables effective remediation and improved cybersecurity posture. By leveraging artificial intelligence and proven machine learning capabilities, to monitor, detect and manage digital risk across all layers of the Internet, CybelAngel helps organizations protect their intellectual property, brand, and reputation. Every day, CybelAngel detects data leaks that others don’t. To learn more, visit


Will your next boss be Chinese?

The AAGEF invites you on April 22nd at 6:30 pm for a discussion with
Denis Jacquet
Entrepreneur. Author. Founder of the Day One Movement

"Will your next boss be Chinese?"

Think !! Technology is not only about to change business models, jobs, time and space. Technology is not only about to change education, health, cities. It's about to change our societies deeply than ever. For a single reason: Technology is about to change humanity and the world order. The fabric of the current society. Data, AI, computerization are about to give god like powers to 2 super powers. China and the US. The other countries have almost nothing.

Power will side with countries with more data and capability to process it, experiment, move fast and steadily. Because size is key, China has a clear edge. Because regulation or absence or regulation matters, China will have the lead. Because investment is key, China is catching up with the US and even start to overpass it. Because democracy can be an obstacle to innovation and rapid changes, China authoritarian regime is a clear advantage. Unfortunately!

Will your next boss be Chinese? Is it just a matter of time? We will discuss the issues and challenges together.

Hotel Le Pierre, 6:30pm, followed by the signing of his best selling book !

We look forward to seeing you there, AAGEF event team

About Denis Jacquet (HEC 89, Master in Business Law and Tax).

Denis Jacquet started as a tax lawyer with Baker & Mackenzie in NYC. Launched his first company in 93 at the age of 27. Made a success of it. Acquired a declining leading distance education company in France and revamped it, turned it international.

He became a pioneer of the e-learning market. International development has been the key factor for EduFactory success. EduFactory became one of the only French training companies with a presence in more than 8 countries. He spent 10 years living abroad (Morocco and USA) to develop the business.

Back in France in 2010 Denis thought that we could help other SMBs to do likewise and started Parrainer la Croissance-PLC (Mentor the Growth). A network of 4000 entrepreneurs dedicated to international growth, but also lobbying, access to investment and press.

Recently Denis and G.Leclercq launched the UBERIZATION OBSERVATORY, a “Think and Do” Tank aimed at analyzing the impact of this tsunami at every level of our societies. The objective is to think instead of catching up with the crazy pace the digital is setting.

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Innovation in digital marketing with Christophe Menard (Essec 2003)

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)

The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York
2 East 61st Street
New York, NY 10065

The AAGEF and ESSEC invite you to join a persentation on Innovation in DIgital Marketing by Christophe Menard, Co-founder & COO Americas, Sublime Skinz Inc. (ESSEC 2003.)

The presentation will be followed by a networking cocktail.

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About Christophe Ménard

Co-founder & COO Americas, Sublime Skinz Inc.

In 2012, Christophe Ménard co-founded Sublime Skinz, a global high-impact advertising marketplace, and first worked there as Chief Programmatic Officer. Living in France, he decided to cross the Atlantic with his wife and children to open the New York office in 2016. Now as COO Americas, his role is to lead the US teams to help Sublime Skinz shining at an international level providing programmatic high-impact advertising tailored to the US market needs.

Graduated from ESSEC, he has a master degree of the Bradford University and a double MBA from Audencia-University of Bilbao. He started his career as financial controller at Accor Group. In 2005, he became account manager at Yahoo! just before working for as Sales Director Europe. After that, in 2008, he successively held the positions of Account Director and Development Director at Vibrant Media. He also founded Smart Digital Link in 2012, and he joined Improve Digital the same year taking care of the development of this company into the French Market.

Based in the USA, Christophe is French and used to live in Paris. Since he moved on the other side of the Atlantic, he is very curious about the American culture that he spends time to discover with his family.

About Sublime Skinz

Sublime creates and delivers performance-based brand ad experiences that captivate, inspire and activate digital audiences at scale. By combining market-leading technology with a creative-first approach, Sublime simplifies the delivery of premium, non-intrusive digital ad formats that elevate brand equity and drive results. Sublime respects and complements the user experience, utilizing both creativity and relevance to build awareness and achieve campaign performance goals. Clients and partners benefit from a corporate culture of creative innovation and a collective dedication to the highest level of service and support.

Founded in 2012, the Paris-based company has offices in London, Singapore, San Francisco and New York, delivering direct and programmatic advertising campaigns across the globe.

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Germinators Faceoff

The French-American Chamber of Commerce is partnering with executives from top French brands in the United States to create a robust package, to reward a company representing French excellence and innovation in the U.S. food, beverage and hospitality market. The finalists, and ultimately the winner, will be chosen as the company best representing French excellence, know-how, or innovation in the Food, Beverage, and Hospitality industries, and the most likely to succeed in the United States market. By offering our combined expertise in sales, knowledge of the market, customer engagement, and relationships with investors and retailers, our program will help entrepreneurs promote French excellence.

The Prize:

One winner will receive:
$10,000 cash prize
1 year of mentoring from a committee of executives
10 Days of FACC-NY CoWork space usage
1 year free FACC-NY Membership

10 Finalists will receive exceptional networking opportunities with Venture Capitalists and Angels.

Deadline for Applications: March 1, 2019


All contestants must be a French or American company in the food, beverage, or hospitality industries. Which has been in those industries less than three years or is planning to enter those industries.

The products, services or technology must represent French excellence, know-how, or innovation.

The companies must be new to the United States market, and in no event in the United States market for more than three years.

All contestants must submit a five-minute video by March 1, 2019, detailing the reasons their company should win.

All contestants must be present for the pitch event on Monday, June 24th, 2019, if chosen as finalists.

Contest Details:

Videos must include the applicants name, company name, location of headquarters, current revenue, year established in the U.S., number of employees domestically and globally, what the company does, how the company represents French innovation and excellence, and why the company deserves to win.

Contestants must fill out the application and include a link to their uploaded video.

Finalists will be notified. All applicants must be available for a video call interview with one of the Committee Executives. Finalists must be present in NYC on Monday, June 24th, 2019.

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Nicolas Feuillatte Wine Pairing Dinner at Charlie Palmer Steak

Join us on Wed Jan 23rd 2019 for an exclusive champagne pairing dinner at Charlie Palmer Steak featuring champagnes from Nicolas Feuillatte

Cocktail followed by 4 course menu with champagne pairing from Nicolas Feuillatte:

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Brut nv served for the reception Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte blanc de blancs 2006 Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte rose nv Champagne Palmes d’Or 2006 Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte D’Luscious rose

Aperitif will start at 6:30pm and dinner at 7:15pm.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Charlie Palmer Steak
45 West 38th Street, New York, NY 10018