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Stephan Haimo, President

Having lived, studied and practiced law in France and the United States, Mr. Haimo has received the benefits of both cultures and educational systems. He was born of French parents but reared in New York and schooled at the Lycée Français de New York. After his Baccalauréat, he moved to Paris where he enrolled at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (SP, 1977) and obtained law and graduate degrees from the University of Paris in 1978 (Maîtrise) and 1980 (DEA). He returned to New York to study at NYU’s School of Law (LL.M., 1984). He is a member of the New York Bar and Avocat à la Cour de Paris.

Mr. Haimo is a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, an international law firm with over 1000 lawyers in 15 offices. His practice consists predominantly of representing global corporations, sovereign funds and investment firms in Mergers and Acquisition transactions and corporate financings in the United States, Latin America and Europe.

Mr. Haimo was a student elected member of the Conseil d’Administration of Sciences Po in 1975-76. He has pursued his interest in education by becoming the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Lycée Français de New York.

Vanessa Bressler, Secretary

Vanessa Bressler is an Associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. She has served as a volunteer at the City Bar Justice Center, through which she has successfully represented asylum seekers from various countries. She graduated from the Institut D'Etudes Politiques de Paris (1996 Diplome Cum Laude) and received her J.D. from Columbia Law School (2002).

David Malamed, Treasurer

David Malamed is a Partner Auguste & Debouzy in Paris.

He started his legal career at White & Case LLP in New York in aircraft financing before joining Gide Loyrette Nouel in Paris in 1996 and then New York, specializing in finance and investment funds.  In 2011, he joined 2011 Weil Gotshal & Manges.

He is admitted to the Paris Bar and the New York Bar. He graduated from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (1991), received a Postgraduate degree (DEA) in business law from the University of Paris II (1992) and earned a Master of Laws at Columbia Law School (1994).

Cédric Meeschaert, Vice President

Cédric Meeschaert received his BS degree in Finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 1997. He then worked at Merrill Lynch in New York for three years. He returned to France in 2000 to work at Meeschaert Gestion Prive, a leading independent private bank in France. While rotating through all of the departments in order to understand the business, Cedric was also responsible for restructuring each department's section on the firm's web site. This activity helped Cedric to learn the business and build relationships within the business. Cedric was named President in 2005.

Thierry Delaporte, Director

Thierry Delaporte is the Chief Operating Officer of the Application Services Business of Capgemini Group. Thierry started his career as an Auditor at Arthur Andersen in the early 90’s for 3 years. Thierry joined the Capgemini Group in 1995 in its Internal Audit Department where he stayed for 2 years, before going into the Operations area. Since then, Thierry has lived in 5 different countries, on 4 continents, for Capgemini, either as CFO or COO of Operations of CG Group.

Thierry has a proven track record of working internationally in different cultures and habits, and delivering improved performances.

Michel Perez, Director

Michel Perez was elected President of the Sciences Po Alumni Association in May 2008.

He is President of MAPI LLC, a consulting company he created in 2002, specialized in international financial compliance and educational issues. He is currently on assignment at a Wall Street bank for the implementation of anti-money laundering (AML) policies. Michel is an ACAMS accredited Anti Money Laundering Specialist. He had a three-decade career in international banking with BNP and Bank One where he was First Vice President and Region Head for Brazil and the Caribbean Countries. Before his arrival in New York in 1985, he held positions with the Bank One's predecessor, First Chicago NBD, in Paris, Chicago, Port au Prince and São Paulo.

Michel (SP'69) earned an MBA from INSEAD and a post-graduate degree in international trade from the Fundacao Getulio Vargas Business School in São Paulo, Brazil.

He is Honorary President and Director of the Association des Amis des Grandes Ecoles de France (AAGEF) and Director and Member of the Nomination Committee of Metro International, an organization associated to the Fulbright Program that provides assistance to international students in the New York Region.

David Sarfas, Director

Mr. Sarfas is a Senior Vice President in Houlihan Lokey’s London office, where he is a member of the Transaction Advisory Services practice. He has over 15 years of experience providing audit, lease structuring and transaction advisory services in the industrial, infrastructure and financial services industries.

Before joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Sarfas was a Senior Manager in Ernst & Young’s Transaction Advisory Services Practice, providing due diligence services to financial and strategic buyers and sellers. Prior to his tenure at E&Y, Mr. Sarfas was a Director at Dexia Bank, where he advised clients on asset based financed cross border leases financings.

Mr. Sarfas earned a graduate degree in accounting and finance from the University of Paris and a master’s degree in economics and finance from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.

Brigitte Taittinger-Jouyet, Director

Since May 2013 Brigitte Taittinger-Jouyet is Director of Sciences Po Paris in charge of partnerships and business development.

Previously she was President of the Société des Parfums Annick Goutal (1991 – 2012), successively a subsidiary of the famous Groupe Taittinger (until 1995), then of the American global investment firm Starwood Capital (2005 – 2011) and lastly of the Korean Group Amore Pacific (from 2011 on).

From 1988 to 1991 she was Project Manager in the Marketing Direction of the Groupe du Louvre (a subsidiary of the Groupe Taittinger) in charge of the industrial products (Deville – Eurosit) and of the budget hotel business (Campanile).

She began her career as an Advertising Manager of the Groupe Publicis, a worldwide known communication and advertising agency (1984 – 1988).

Francis Vérillaud, Director

Francis Vérillaud is Vice President of Sciences Po Paris since 2002 and the Director of International Affairs and Exchanges at Sciences Po since 1995.

In his position, Francis Vérillaud has been the main architect of Sciences Po’s internationalization strategy. He contributed to shape vigorously the large opening of the institution to international students and faculty, to negotiate and set the educational and scientific institutional programs such as the dual degrees with the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia and the London School of Economics and Political Sciences and many others, including the Global Public Policy Network or create the Alliance Program at Columbia University with Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne and Ecole Polytechnique. He is also responsible for the implementation of a unique international university network which gives Sciences Po a worldwide notoriety.

Previous to coming to Sciences Po, he has held several positions within the Ministry of Affaires étrangères in France, being posted in Washington and Santiago de Chile. He has taught Economics classes in several French lycées, at Universidad Catolica de Chile and at Sciences Po.

Francis Vérillaud is a graduate in Philosophy from Paris University Nanterre and a graduate from Sciences Po Paris. He is a member of the steering committee of the Sciences Po MPA Program and of the Copernicus Program.

He was awarded the honorific distinction of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques in 1996.

Sophie L'Helias Delattre, Director

A specialist on corporate governance, Sophie L’Hélias began her career as an M&A and corporate finance attorney in New York and Paris before founding the first corporate governance consulting firm in France in 1993. She represented global institutional and activist investors aiming to improve governance practices in companies in which they invested. 


In 1998, she became managing director of a hedge fund in New York with an activist governance investment strategy. She later launched a strategic governance and crisis management firm where she developed proprietary investor and governance risk models, and developed investor and stakeholder engagement strategies for business leaders.


Sophie is co-founder and former director of the International Corporate Governance Network (www.icgn.org) a London-based non-profit with an investor membership that exceeds $18 trillion under management. She is a frequent speaker on governance and has published numerous articles in Europe, the United States and Canada on these matters.


This year, Sophie co-founded Global Board Access a non profit in the United States and Canada. GBA is a peer-to-peer director and CEO network to identify and promote cognitively diverse directors for listed companies boards worldwide. GBA’s launch took place in New York at KPMG, garnering support from CEOs, directors and large institutional investors, including CalPERS.


Sophie is also on the steering committee of the Women in Governance Lunch, an annual event in its fourth year gathering 50 Women directors of publicly traded companies and 50 women representing the largest institutional investors worldwide. This year’s event was hosted at BlackRock in New York.


Sophie was admitted to practice law at the Paris and New York bars. She holds an MBA from INSEAD, an LLM from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a Masters of Law from the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne and a law degree from the European Law Institute at the University of Saarbrücken, Germany. 


She is Senior Fellow at the Samuel Heyman Center on Corporate Governance at the Cardozo School of Law in New York – Yeshiva University, and Senior Fellow, Governance, The Conference Board.  Sophie has served on the Boards of various academic and non-profit institutions, as well as private companies and investment funds in Canada, France and the United States.

Louis Desazars, Director