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To perpetuate more than two centuries of shared ideals and friendship; to build lasting, practical working ties; and to advance solutions to problems of shared concern.
You do not need a Zoom account to join. Registered guests will receive a link to join in the days leading up to the event. You can find the full list of descriptions and recordings of our webinars on our website.
Public policy | Open to the public

Date: Thursday, February 11 at 1:00 pm EST
Description: Our guest speaker Kathryn Wylde will explain how to build bridges between the leaders of global industries and government, drawing on the resources and expertise of business to help solve public challenges, create jobs and strengthen neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs.
Speaker: Kathryn Wylde, President and CEO of the nonprofit Partnership for New York City, the city’s leading business organization. 
Moderator: Remy Raisner, Founder and CEO of the Raisner Group (formerly Proteus Capital Management), a private real estate investment firm headquartered in New York. 
Young Leaders | Private event

Date: Thursday, February 18 at 1pm ET / 19h CET
Description: The French-American Foundation will host its fifth Young Leaders Café newt week to discuss potential legal issues related to public policy in France and the United States in 2021. Topics may include the impact of the Barrett nomination on the US Supreme Court and challenges associated with the legal system in France.
Speakers: The event will feature Young Leaders from France and the United States with a background in law. Though participants are welcome to share details of their work and their particular legal expertise, alumni from all sectors are encouraged to attend.

If you are a Young Leader or member of our alumni community, and you would like to participate in this event, please contact Katie DeMallie at kdemallie@frenchamerican.org.

The Young Leaders Café series is exclusive to Young Leaders and alumni. Featuring a different topic of interest every one to two months, it is an informal online gathering for individuals from different class years to see each other on screen, share thoughts, and learn something new.
Information & updates about the Foundation and its programs

The Transatlantic Forum assembles professionals of all backgrounds on a monthly basis to advance crucial dialogue between France and the United States. Forums are held virtually for the time being and are private for our members.

The mission of the Transatlantic Forum is twofold:
  • to bring together a carefully selected group of well-networked professionals already established in their careers to engage in frank discussion on issues of common concern—politics, innovation, culture, and current events, among others;
  • to build lasting friendships between its members.

If you are interested in learning more about this program, you can take a look at our Transatlantic Forum page or send an email to nbastin@frenchamerican.org.

Our next virtual Transatlantic Forum is tonight on the following topic:

Description: Our guest speaker Matthew Smith will explain how policymaking should concert and coordinate better in the face of mass atrocities and instability. His organization Fortify Rights has been working closely to end and remedy genocide in Myanmar. 
Date: Wednesday, February 10 at 6:00 pm EST
Speaker: Matthew Smith, Co-Founder and CEO of Fortify Rights and Fellow at Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University
Moderator: Emmanuel d’Harcourt, Chief Program and Innovation Officer at Hellen Keller International
Interviews with members of our growing community of leaders and experts (Young Leaders, Transatlantic Forum members, Cyber Security experts, Translation Prize winners, Immigration Journalism Fellows, and more)
Chief Program and Innovation Officer at Helen Keller International & Forum Member

Q/ You are a pediatrician and public health expert with over 20 years of international experience. Since 2019, you have been the Chief Program and Innovation Officer at Helen Keller International, a global health organization that aims to accelerate its impact on healthcare for the most vulnerable communities. Can you describe your responsibilities and why you decided to work for this organization?

My main responsibility as Chief Program and Innovation Officer is to make sure that we are doing things right—and that we are doing the right things. This might seem like a top down job; but, done right, it’s the opposite. One of my favorite aspects of the job is learning about creative solutions our staff in the field have developed, so that we can disseminate successful innovations to peers across the world. For example, these days I am working with our team in Senegal to help evaluate the impact of a new approach to treating malnutrition they’ve put in place. Initial data suggests that they have more than tripled the number of children being treated, with great results in terms of cure. We’re working with the government to document this scientifically, with an eye to using the same approach in other West African countries hard hit by the economic and nutritional consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Human Rights & Mass Atrocities
"The military coup in Myanmar has been widely denounced as a lethal blow to a fledgling democracy. But it also increases the likelihood of further atrocities and mass displacement. The world cannot forget that the Myanmar military is the same institution that led the campaign of genocide against the Rohingya people.(...)"

"On January 19, one day before leaving office, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that China’s actions against the Uyghur minority group constituted “genocide and crimes against humanity.” Antony Blinken, Pompeo’s successor, would later agree with this characterization in his confirmation hearing. (...)"

"The Biden administration will reengage with the United Nations Human Rights Council, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Monday -- its latest bid to reverse the policies of the Trump administration and return to a foreign policy with roots in multilateral institutions. (...)"

Photo credit: Rohingya refugees walk from Myanmar to refugee camps in Bangladesh. 
REUTERS/Jorge Silva