Transatlantic Forum

The Transatlantic Forum is an invitation-only membership group that brings together established French and American professionals for in-depth conversations on contemporary issues of concern on both sides of the Atlantic.

The program aims to provide a deeper understanding of the forces shaping American and French societies in a warm, convivial atmosphere that fosters stimulating conversations and lasting friendships. Our goal is to build a community that is informed, open-minded and committed to engaging personally on issues of critical import to the U.S. – France relationship. Our members cross nationalities and professional fields: government, media, non-profit, academia, business, law, finance, the arts, and more. In general, half are American and half French. Forum members share a passion for debate and a desire to engage across cultures to help build a more peaceful and unified world.


The Transatlantic Forum meets every four to six weeks from September through July.

The format is a seated dinner or cocktail event (locations will vary), with a guest speaker presentation followed by a Q&A session. Discussions are moderated by Forum members.

Benefits of Membership

Annual membership benefits include:

  • Invitation to regular dinners and cocktail receptions with fellow members and guest speakers
  • Privileged access to networks including the French-American Foundation Young Leaders, the Foundation’s Board of Directors, policy experts, and other constituents of the French-American Foundation
  • Invitations to special Foundation events, including conferences, webinars and more.

Application Process

Candidates interested in joining the Transatlantic Forum must submit a resume or bio and brief candidate statement. Candidates will be contacted by a Foundation staff member to schedule a follow-up meeting. The French-American Foundation will review applications and inform candidates of the decision regarding their membership status.

Candidates interested in joining the Transatlantic Forum should contact Cindy Klarwasser at for more information.

Please note: Membership in the Transatlantic Forum does not influence a candidate’s application to the French-American Foundation’s Young Leaders program. Although members of the Forum may apply and be accepted to the Young Leaders program, participation in one does not guarantee access to the other.

Membership Dues

Members are invited to join the Forum for the annual fee of $500.

Click here to pay your membership dues.

Please note: Annual dues are billed on a rolling basis. Annual dues cover goods and services provided by the French-American Foundation; they are not tax deductible as a charitable contribution. The French-American Foundation reserves the right to suspend the privileges of a member in default for more than sixty days.

Our Members

Utaukwa Allen, SVP, Sustainability, Community Affairs & Social Impact, ADA Infrastructure
Negah Angha, Associate Vice President, The Cohen Group
Maria Aspan, Senior Writer, Fortune Magazine
Marie-Laure de Bailliencourt, Deputy Head of marketing and Communications, BNP Paribas
Raphael Camp, CEO, Eurovet Americas
Jennifer Campo, Director of Teacher Preparation Program, Friends School
Alexandre Chenesseau, Managing Director, Evercore
Didier Choix, Founder & President, DDA & Company, LLC
Jonathan Cramer, Partner, Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP
Chloe Demrovsky, President & CEO, Disaster Recovery Institute International
Belinda DiGiambattista, CEO, Choose Your Metric
Marie-Pierre Dhers, Founder, MP & Partnairs, LLC
Hannah Fisch, Managing Director, Newmark
Rémi Forgeas, France Country Practice National Leader (North America), RSM US
Marie de Foucaud, Founder, Elovation Consulting
Julie Girard, Writer and Scholar, Gallimard
Marie-Barbe Girard, Entrepreneur
Eda Haksal, Construction Transactional and Litigation Attorney, Troutman Pepper
Emmanuel Harcourt, (former) Chief Program and Innovation Officer, Helen Keller International
Maya Henry, Principal, Blackstone
Sarah Jancot, Senior Investment Manager, Norges Bank
David Janes, Executive Director, Global Citizens Initiative
Roy Kabla, Global Head of Media & Entertainment Investment Banking, Barclays
Katie Kirts, Director of Global Technology, New York Life Investments
Lindsey Laveaux, Criminal Defense Attorney, New York County Defender Services
Thibaud Leblanc, Transaction Adviser, SSW Partners
Tara McAllisterAssociate Professor, New York University
Kayemba Mvula, Founder & CEO, Pivot LLC
Mike Naft, Senior Advisor, Astria Group
Gurpreet Oberoi
, Managing Partner, Singh Global LLC
Anaïs Rameau
, Assistant Professor of Laryngology, Chief of Dysphagia, and Director of New Technologies, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Weill Cornell Medicine
Julia Rubalevskaya
, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
Remy Raisner Rufenach
, Founder & CEO, The Raisner Group
Anne de Louvigny Stone, Senior Vice President, International Wealth Advisor, at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Jean Suhas, Vice President , BNP Paribas
Gregory Yigitkurt, Regional Marketing Manager, Americas, AXA XL