A team of twelve is now working towards creating an impressive speakers series, called MEET HARVARD WOMEN, organizing networking events, and reaching out to the community through this website and a newsletter.
The HWF team :

Fabienne Herlaut – President

Fabienne, MBA 1984, is a graduate from ESC Paris (1980). She worked for Bain&Co, then was General Manager at Harwanne, managing participations (M&A) and operational performance of subsidiaries. In 2001, she joined Pechiney as head of Corporate Strategy and co-lead the Alcan-Pechiney integration. In 2005, she joined ArcelorMittal, Flat Carbon division, in charge of business development and partnerships with Nippon Steel. In 2007, she joined SNCF as head of Corporate Strategy and Sustainable Development, (Executive Committee). In 2008, she launched Eco-Mobility Partenaires, the SNCF Corporate Venture fund dedicated to sustainable development, and in 2011 Eco Mobility Ventures.


Christine Valentin

Co-founder and Treasurer of the HBS Club de France, Christine is an environment and sustainable development expert who has spent the past 10 years working with her clients to develop pragmatic and technical solutions to help them reduce and mitigate their impact on ecosystems and the planet. Prior to this focus, she acquired experience in finance and strategic account development in international groups such as Ernst & Young, Waste Management and United Technologies, both in France and the US. She graduated from Sciences Po in 1983, obtained an M.A. in American Litterature in 1984 and a B.A. in Philosophy in 1985 from the Sorbonne and completed an Executive Program at HBS in 1999 (PMD74, HBS).

Meriem Ait Ali Slimane – Events team

Meriem has been working at the World Bank since her graduation from Harvard Kennedy School in 2008, where she studied international development and was a beneficiary of the Harvard Public Service Scholarship. Prior to that, Meriem worked in Paris for five years in Telecoms strategy. She holds an Engineering degree from Ecole Nationale Polytechnique in Algiers and a Masters degree from Ecole Centrale de Paris.

Catherine Bouvier d’Yvoire

Catherine, MBA 1982, is working at Citi, in Paris, advising Emerging Markets governments on international financial issues such as sovereign rating, investor relations and borrowing strategies. Before Citi, Catherine worked at Lazard in Paris in the government advisory group. Catherine also holds a Masters Degree in English from Sorbonne University and graduated from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris with a Major in Finance.

Laura Champion Geoffroy – Web and communication

Laura has an MA in Social Anthropology from Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (90), and a Master’s in English from the Sorbonne University in Paris. She has worked at the Paris newsroom of Reuters news agency, and now works manages communication for EEIE, a business intelligence school, and for CHECy, an executive training program on the digital revolution.
She manages web and social media for HWF, and also builds websites and does graphic design and communication as an entrepreneur.

Danielle Feunteun

Danielle, MBA 1976, also has an MS in Engineering (INSA), and a PHD in Geophysics. She worked for Renault as CFO of the Billancourt plant, then joined Areva as Nuclear Division Controller. In 1990, she joined Sommer Allibert as Group Controller, head of International Operations Divisions. In 2007 she launched an M&A consulting firm, helping sellers of small businesses. She serves on the Boards of the HBS Alumni Association and HBS Club of France (Career and Networking). She represents the FSI/FMEA (Fonds Stratégique d’investissements-CDC) on two Boards, and is a Business Angel. She has been awarded the Légion d’Honneur for International Business Developpement.

Gwarlann de Kerviler

Gwarlann, MBA 2007, graduated from ESSEC in 1998. After ESSEC, she worked for Danone as a Product Manager, contributing to the growth of several brands. While in Strasbourg, she was elected in 2000 as a member of the City Council. In 2003, she joined Elior (food service industry) as a Group Manager in charge of innovation. After her MBA, she joined Staples in Boston in 2007, as Manager for Staples Rewards. She is now teaching marketing at ESSEC, Dauphine and ISC. She has also created her own marketing consulting company, Markitude. She is responsible for Young Alumni events of the HBS Club of France.

Marianne Najafi – Events team

Marianne is a graduate of Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she pursued a Master in Public Administration. Marianne works at the Strategy Department of EDF and her areas of expertise cover electricity and gas sectors, geopolitics of energy and sustainable development. She also advised CAC 40 companies for several years in a management consulting firm on corporate finance and financial risk management. She speaks French, English, Persian, Turkish, Arabic, and Spanish.

Marie-Christine Maheas

Marie-Christine is a mathematician who applies her skills to business. She conducted research at the University of Montreal on the application of artificial intelligence to aircraft and ship management. At American Airlines in Paris she created the EMEA competence center for flight scheduling, profitability, capacity forecasting and fleet assignment. She worked for most of the major airlines of the region, SNCF and Carlson Wagonlit Travel. In 2010, she followed the General Management Program at HBS and is now Business Director at Logica, in charge of Travel & Transport activities. Marie-Christine is co-president of European Professional Womens-Paris Network, a networking and leadership development platform for professional women, with 3,500 members.

Margaret Milan – Events team

Margaret, MBA, also holds a BSc in Engineering (Warwick). After working in consumer marketing with Procter & Gamble, she set up her own mail order toy company, Eveil & Jeux. From a garage start-up in 1990, the company grew to become France’s leading educational toy brand. It was sold to French distribution group PPR in 2001. She returned to the company with her husband, Gilbert Milan, in 2006 to carry out transformations necessary to compete in the fast-changing retail and on-line environment. They also accompanied the sale of Eveil & Jeux by Fnac to ID Group, in 2010. Margaret was one of the initiators of European Professional Womens Network and was President of the European Federation from 2005 to 2007.