New York City: A Dinner with His Excellency Pierre Vimont, Ambassador of France to the United States

AFLSE members have been invited to attend this event by the Association des Amis des Grandes Ecoles de France.

Association des Amis des Grandes Écoles de France

A Dinner with

His Excellency PIERRE VIMONT

Ambassador of France to the United States

How Relevant is France to Europe and to the World?

The Yale Club

50 Vanderbilt Avenue

Between 44th and 45th street

New York, NY 10017

Ball Room

Monday May 5th, 2008

7:00 10:00 PM

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Contribution: $100 per person


H. E. Pierre VIMONT, Ambassador of France to the United States

Born 15 June 1949

Degree in Law

Graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques

Graduate of the Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA), class of 1977 (‘Andre Malraux’)

1975 1977 Ecole Nationale d’Administration

June 1977 Appointed and established as Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1977 1978 Second Secretary, London

1978 1981 First Secretary, London

1981 1985 Information and Press matters, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1985 1986 Institute for East-West Security Studies, New York

1986 1990 Second Counsellor at the French Permanent Representation to the European Communities, Brussels

1990 1993 Chief of Staff to the Minister for European Affairs

25 Nov. 1993 Chevalier of the Ordre national du Mérite

Dec. 1993 Nov. 1997 Director for Development and Scientific, Technical and Educational Cooperation (cultural, scientific and technical relations)

Nov. 1997 Nov. 1999 Director for European Cooperation

Nov. 1999 Ambassador, Permanent Representative of France to the European Communities

2002-2007 Chief of Staff to the Foreign Minister

2007 Ambassador of France to the US.


Association des Amis des Grandes Écoles de France

New York Network of Alumni Associations of French Grandes Écoles

If graduates from Grandes Ecoles weave the economy of France, the schools themselves are not well known in the US. Yet, over a thousand alumni from French Grandes Ecoles work in the New York area and play an active role in the economic life of New York, either in French organizations located on the east coast or because they hold management positions in large US firms. Alumni associations, light structures drawing on volunteer participation organized in the US by regional chapters, observed a strong dichotomy between their means and the strong expectations from the Grandes Ecoles as well as the numerous young graduates attracted by the US. By the same token, many older graduates had distanced themselves from the representatives of official services. With the objective of capitalizing on cooperation already achieved on an ad hoc basis, several presidents of associations have proposed to create a coordinating structure between Grandes Ecoles. That’s how, early in June 2003, the fourteen major alumni associations of French Grandes Ecoles (Centrale Lyon, Centrale Paris, ESCP-EAP Paris, ENA, ESSEC, HEC, HECJF, EM Lyon, Mines, Polytechnique, Ponts, Science-Po Paris, INSEAD and ENSTA[*]) united to join their efforts. In 2005, EDHEC and Supelec joined the club, followed by ENSAE and Supaéro in 2007.

Without giving up their identity, this joint action leads to quarterly meetings when regional Presidents coordinate their actions in areas such as employment of young alumni, connection with the French association world represented in the US or services offered by French consular or diplomatic services, contacts with US universities or organization of common events, cultural or invitational.

The centralization of these networks will also foster French-American contacts while broadcasting key messages to American decision and business centers where alumni of Grandes Ecoles operate.

Since the founding meeting, several concrete initiatives have been launched, including exchange meetings in the framework of Happy Hours (meetings for drinks after work), an action plan for aid to get temporary or permanent employment, an ad hoc structure to promote exchanges between leaders trained in these Grandes Ecoles and their American counterparts and the sponsoring of cultural and sports events.

For more information please contact Anne de Louvigny Stone, President AAGEF on (212) 284-5629.