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Francois Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United States
Robert Paxton, Professor Emeritus at Columbia


Robert Pelletreau
Donna Redel
Ghassan Salame, Chairman of the Board
George Stone
Roland Tricot



The Alliance Program is endowed at Columbia University, for what it is the first joint endowment of this kind with international partners. Sponsors of the Alliance endowment include:

French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Columbia University

Ecole Polytechnique
Sciences Po
Universite Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne
Conseil Regional d'Ile de France

See Press Release on the launch of the endowment on the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs website


BNP Paribas North America
Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP New York


French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
French Ministry of Higher Education
Conseil Regional d'Ile de France


Albouy, Pierre
Anders, Alan
Audi, Joseph
Camus, Philippe
Cohn, Stephanie
De Clapiers, Luc
Debray, Pierre
Gambini, Brigitte
Ginsbury, John
El Chaar, Edgard
Kassouf, Michael
Malamed, David
Merle, Emmanuel
Moneton, Jean-Noël
Raffet, Serge
Stone, George
Ross, Alfred
Shearer, Philip
Tricot, Roland


Donna Redel
Former Managing Director of the
World Economic Forum

Donna Redel attended Barnard College (B.A. 1974), Columbia University Business School (M.B.A. 1977) and Fordham University School of Law (J.D. 1995).

Donna Redel started her career as an investment banker for Blyth Eastman Dillon. She then served as Executive Vice President for Redel Trading Co., Inc., (1981-1992). In 1992 Donna Redel made history when she was elected the first woman chairman of the Comex. In this position she completed a successful merger with the New York Mercantile Exchange, thereby creating the world's largest physical commodity exchange. From 1994 to 2000, she was the Chief Information & Technology Officer for Prudential Securities, Inc. In 2000, she became managing director of the World Economic Forum in Geneva. From 2002 to 2004, she was the Executive Vice President of AEA Investors LLC, a global private equity firms. Since 2004, she applies her business experience and global contacts to non-profit and social enterprise organizations for their management portfolio

Donna Redel has created and supported numerous philanthropic programs. She has been an advocate for women's health issues and created mentoring programs, and she has frequently been invited to speak to professional organizations about both financial and philanthropic issues. She sits on various boards such as New York Presbyterian Hospital Advisory Council and Smeal College of Business, Penn State University.

Created in the fall 2002, the Alliance Program is a non-profit transatlantic joint-venture between Columbia University and three French prestigious institutions, The École Polytechnique, Sciences Po and the Université of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne.

Alliance is an innovative program whose aim is to initiate and accompany new initiatives in the fields of education cooperation, research collaboration, and policy outreach. Over the last four years the Alliance’s scope of activities have included the organization of numerous academic conferences both in Paris and in New York, the setting up of international multidisciplinary research teams, and the creation of joint-courses and curricula targeting the students of its founding partners.