The Steering Committee is composed of the founding members of the France China Foundation and of French and Chinese personalities chosen for the important role they play in the political, economic and cultural relations between both countries.
The Steering Committee approves the annual budget and program activities. The members of the Committee meet twice a year, once during the annual session of the Young Leaders Program.
Emmanuel Lenain began his diplomatic career in 1997, serving in the French Foreign Ministry’s United Nations Department, where he took part in peace negotiations on Kosovo. In 2000, he was appointed First Secretary to France’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, to follow the cases related to the Security Council and the Sanctions Committees. In 2003, he has been assigned at the Embassy of France in Beijing as a Political Adviser.
As the French Embassy’s Political Counselor, he tracked China’s foreign policy and supervised negotiations on issues such as the European arms embargo and textile quotas. Mr. Lenain returned to Paris in June 2005 to serve as the Prime Minister’s technical advisor on multilateral affairs, and in July 2007, he came to Washington to head the French Embassy’s Press and Communication Service. From 2010 to 2015, he served as Consul General of France in Shanghai. He became Director for Asia and Oceania at the French Ministry of Foreign Development in 2015, until he was appointed Diplomatic Adviser to the Prime Minister in 2017.
Mr. Lenain graduated from Sciences Po (IEP) in Paris and ESSEC Business School. He is also an alumnus of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA). In addition to his diplomatic activities, he has lectured on international relationship at Sciences Po and served as an expert on the Carnegie Foundation’s Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflicts.
Emmanuel Lenain is a founding member of the France China Foundation.
Nicolas Macquin is Managing Director at Vitruvian Partners. He began his career in 1998 with Morgan Stanley in London. In 2002, he joined Alpha Private Equity in Paris, where he became a Partner in 2009. In 2017, he joined Vitruvian Partners to focus on dynamic investment opportunities in Europe.
Since 2000, Nicolas has served on several boards of directors, including in the areas of fashion & retail (Comptoir des Cotonniers, Sandro, Tom Tailor, Hans Anders, Stokomani) and business services (Babilou, Crossknowledge, AsiaInspection, Wynd), as well as in a number of digital & tech growth investments (DRcom, Wefix, BandsinTown, Thedetoxmarket among others). Nicolas is also involved in other investment activities in Europe, Asia and Africa as a business angel, in particular as support for French entrepreneurs in emerging countries.
Nicolas graduated from HEC Business School (1998) and earned an MBA at INSEAD (2005).
Nicolas Macquin is a founding member of the France China Foundation.
Shan Sa epitomises “French elegance and Chinese sensitivity”. Shan Sa originally comes from Beijing and has lived in France for around twenty years. From the age of 9, Shan Sa published her collections of poems in China: “Yan Ni’s poems”, “Red Dragonfly”, “Let Spring come back”. She became the youngest writer in Beijing during the 1980s.
Thanks to the support of the famous poet, Ai Qing, Shan Sa pursued her higher education in France and she became assistant to the painter, Balthus. At just 25, Shan Sa published her first French novel “Gate of Celestial Peace” which received the Goncourt first novel prize. Her second novel “The Four Lives of the Willow” was rewarded with the Cazes prize.
“The girl who played Go” then received the Goncourt des Lycéens prize and finally the novel “Empress”, published in 2005, received the “Lecteurs du Livre de Poche” prize. Her novels have been translated into around thirty languages. As well as poetry and literature, Shan Sa also explores artistic design in its pictorial form. Her paintings are exhibited in Paris, Shanghai, New York, Tokyo and Brussels. In 2009, she was awarded the title of Chevalier de l‘Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 2011, she was given the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite. Shan Sa is a member of the Beijing Writers Association. Shan Sa is a founding member of the France China Foundation.
Arnaud Ventura is a cofounder and the Vice-President of Positive Planet, and also the founder and CEO of Microcred. As a young internet entrepreneur, Arnaud Ventura discussed the idea of an international organisation using IT to develop microfinance back in 1997. In December 1997, Arnaud Ventura met with Jacques Attali who had developped the idea of a virtual bank using Internet to support microenterprise. Both Attali & Ventura worked together to create Positive Planet in Paris, in October 1998. From its start as a non profit organization, Positive Planet matures in a group that includes an international non profit organization, a foundation and a number of social businesses. Today, Positive Planet is one of the leading organizations developing microfinance worldwide. With more than 1400 staff, Positive Planet is active in close to 80 countries. Before co-founding Positive Planet, Mr.Ventura worked for BNP Paribas in France and Argentina. Prior to that, he participated in the creation of two leading Internet providers in France and in Thailand (Club-Internet & Internet Thailand).
Arnaud Ventura is a founding member of the France China Foundation.
Cyril Benoit chairs investment bank B&A Investment Bankers, which he founded in 2011. B&A intervenes in cross-border transactions, in particular between France and China.
Cyril Benoit worked from 2007 to 2010 in London as Principal of Perella Weinberg. From 2003 to 2007, he was a senior executive at Unibail-Rodamco. His positions included Head of Corporate Development and M&A, CIO/CFO of the shopping center division as well as member of the Strategic Committee of the group.
Previously, Cyril Benoit worked at the French Treasury Department and contributed to the creation of the French Government Shareholding Agency. From 2000 to 2002, Cyril Benoit was Advisor to the Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry (Laurent Fabius). Before 2000, Cyril Benoit notably worked at the Office of Congressman Tom Lantos, in Washington D.C., and at the Office of the President of the French Chamber (“Assemblée Nationale”).
Cyril Benoit is the president of “Vouloir la République » think-tank, which he has founded in 1995. He was also the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Aspen Institute France from 2013 to 2015, and one of the founders of the public interest organization “Fondation France Israël” in 2006.
Cyril Benoit graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines and the Université de Paris-IV Sorbonne in philosophy.
Sébastien Billioud is Professor of Chinese studies and Head of the East Asian studies department of University Paris-Diderot, Sorbonne Paris Cité. Based on a cross-disciplinary approach in anthropology and intellectual history his research explores the modern and contemporary fates of Confucianism in a variety of realms such as philosophy, education, religion and rituals, social practices and politics.
Among other works, he is the author of Thinking Through Confucian Modernity and co-author of The Sage and the People, The Confucian Revival in China. The French version of this book was awarded the 2015 Bernheim Prize for the History of Religion by the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres.
Before his appointment as Professor, Sébastien Billioud was successively visiting scholar at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Chief Editor of China Perspectives and Researcher at the French Center for Research on Contemporary China in Hong Kong and Associate Professor at University Paris-Diderot.
A graduate from HEC Paris (1993), Sébastien Billioud also holds a MA in Law (U. Paris 2), a Ph.D. in East Asian Studies (U. Paris-Diderot, 2004) and a Habilitation for the supervision of doctoral theses (INALCO, 2012).
Managing Director, Eurazeo Capital
Marc Frappier joined the Eurazeo investment team in 2006. At Eurazeo, he participated in the investment or in the oversight of Accor/Edenred, APCOA, Elis, Foncia and Rexel investments.
He began his career in 1996 as a financial auditor with Deloitte & Touche in Paris and New York. From 1999 to 2006, he worked for The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Paris and Singapore, where he participated in numerous strategy and operational effectiveness assignments in the industrial goods and services sector, energy, as well as the media and telecommunication sector.
Marc Frappier graduated from EMN (Ingénieur Civil des Mines).
1986-1991 : Staff member, Attaché, Third Secretary, Embassy of China in the Federal Republic of Germany
1991-1994 : Third Secretary, Department of West European Affairs, MFA
1994-1997 : Third Secretary, Second Secretary, Embassy of China in Austria
1997-2001 : Second Secretary, Deputy Director, Department of West European Affairs, MFA
2001-2003 : First Secretary, Embassy of China in Austria
2003-2007 : Counsellor, Embassy of China in Austria
2007-2010 : Counsellor, Department of European Affairs, MFA
2010-2014 : Consul General, Consulate General of China in Zurich and Liechtenstein
2014-2016 : Consul General, Consulate General of China in Frankfurt
2016-2017.2 : Deputy Director-General, Department of European Affairs, MFA
2017.2- : Vice President, Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs
Caroline Puel graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (IEP), the French Institute of Oriental Languages and the Chinese Foreign Affairs College. She started her career as a French Embassy press attaché in China. In 1989, she joined Radio France Internationale (RFI) as a war correspondent.
In 1992, she joined the French daily, Libération, as the Asia Desk Editor. From 1993 to 1997, she was based in Hong Kong as a correspondent for Libération and Le Point, a weekly news magazine. Ms. Puel set up Le Point’s Asia desk in Beijing where she became responsible for coverage of North Korea, Mongolia, South-East Asia and launched the special editions on China. From 2003 to 2007, Ms. Puel was also the China Correspondent for Radio Suisse Romande and Radio France.
Ms. Puel is an art critic and author of more than fifteen books about Chinese contemporary artists and writers. She received the Albert Londres Prize in 1997 for her coverage of China. She has been observing this country for more than 25 years.
In January 2011, she published her new book ” 30 years that changed China (1980-2010)”
After he studied design, Frederic Raillard started his career as a Strategic Planer at Euro RSCG (Havas Worldwide). Then, He met Farid Mokart and they decided to work together as a team (1994-96). Fred & Farid worked in six agencies in France and became the youngest Creative Directors in France.Then, they worked for BBH London, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners USA. Back in Paris they launched Marcel for Publicis. In 2007 they set up their own independent company, making the largest growth in France in the last 5 years (turnover of 44 million € in 2011). Fred & Farid have worked for over 100 brands as prestigious as VanCleef & Arpels, Yves Saint-Laurent, Giogio Armani, Mont-Blanc, Wrangler, Martini, Orangina… and have won more than 200 international awards, including D&AD Pencils and Gold Lions at Cannes. They won the Brit Awards and an MTV Award for Robbie Williams’ “Rock DJ” music video.
In 2012, Fred & Farid Group launched a new digital agency in Shanghai.
For more than 25 years Jingzhou Tao has advised many Fortune 500 companies on their projects in China. Jingzhou specialises in the cross-border mergers and acquisitions, arbitration and corporate law. Jingzhou is a member of the International Court of Arbitration, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), and the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC). He is president of the Commission on International Trade Arbitration of the ICC in China, assistant professor in the school of Law at Pékin University as well as a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration. He is also part of the recognised list of arbitrators with the Court for Arbitration of Sport, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the CIETAC as well as Pékin Arbitration Commission. He is the author of numerous works in both English and French regarding Chinese Law. He regularly publishes articles on Chinese law in the Chinese and international press and he has been a columnist in the Century Weekly magazine since 2011.
Wang Bo is now partner of CEL Partners, the first independent continental Europe private equity fund dedicated to investments in China. Prior to joining CEL Partners, Bo was a founding Partner of the China Private Equity Fund of LCF Rothschild. Before that, he spent 10 years in the retail industry where he held senior management positions including the roles of Vice-President and Executive Committee member of Carrefour China, CFO of Promodes China and he also spent more than 10 years in international banking sector. Bo hold a TRIUM Global MBA Degree from HEC, NYU Stern and the LSE, he also graduated from ENA in France and Beijing Foreign Studies University in China.
YAN Lan was graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University, Peking University and the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International Studies. She is a French lawyer. In 1991 she joined the French law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel, and became a partner in 1997. From 1998, she managed the firm’s Beijing representative Office. Since 2011, she was appointed Managing Director and Head of Greater China Investment Banking of Lazard. Yan Lan is also arbitrator of China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, French Foreign Trade Advisor, independent administrator of China Merchants Bank, vice president of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society (Asia), president of the Advisory Board for the Beijing International Music Festival and chairman of “CHINA HERITAGE SOCIETY”. On November 1st, 2012, she was made a Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour.
YAN Lan is special advisor to the France China Foundation.