Our Board

Jean-Christian Agid

Jean-Christian Agid represents French companies and institutions in the United States as a publicist and development consultant. Clients include the Women's Forum for the Economy and Society, L’Avion Paris-New York, the French Institute Alliance Française, and various French media.

Prior to founding his communication agency, he was in charge of Media and Public Relations for the French Embassy's Cultural Services in the United States and handled the promotion of top executives, government members, and French artists. A former journalist, he worked as a foreign correspondent in New York for several French leading broadcasting companies, newspapers and magazines as well as CBS News Productions. He also co-authored books, including one with French chef Alain Ducasse.

Jean-Christian holds a Master's Degree in journalism from Columbia University and a Master's Degree in Business and Tax Law from the Paris-Assas University.

Jimmie Briggs

Jimmie Briggs is an award winning journalist, author, advocate, and human rights activist. His most recent book, Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go To War is credited with shedding a new and important light on the tragedy of child soldiering. His next book, The Wars Women Fight: Dispatches from a Father To His Daughter  will be released in the fall of 2009 by Chicago Review Press. Formerly a staffer at The Washington Post and LIFE magazine, he has contributed writing to several book collections and worked as a freelance writer for nearly a decade.

As an advocate, Jimmie was a Special consultant for the United Nations Special Session on Children, 2002, and has worked with Amnesty International, the International Rescue Committee and The ENOUGH Project, among others. A consultant to various non-governmental organizations and media productions, including Participant Films, Jimmie also lectures at high schools and universities throughout the United States, and Europe. In 2005, Jimmie Briggs was an Adjunct Professor for Media Studies at the New School for Social Research and recently was appointed a George A. Miller Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, by the Department of African and African-American Studies.

Sumi Das

Covering everything from technology and politics to hurricanes, high-profile trials and Hollywood awards, Sumi Das has filed feature stories, hosted programs, and reported breaking news live for CNN, TechTV, MSNBC, and the Fine Living Network.  She has more than 10 years of broadcasting experience. 

Sumi graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Psychology and a minor in English literature.

Guillaume Gauthereau

Guillaume Gauthereau is a business consultant and French Foreign Trade Advisor. He specializes in helping companies become sustainable from the inside out as well as revitalizing and building luxury brands. He is currently a managing partner of Wave Management Group. Prior to consulting, Guillaume was president and CEO of Lalique in North America.

Guillaume serves as Chairman of Design Watch for the Copper-Hewitt Design Museum, is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, and a committee member of Trail Blaizers. Guillaume is also a passionate photographer who wants to bear witness through his photography of the world most pressing issues like climate change, poverty and human rights. This has led him to travel around the world, working on photography books and documentaries. He is working with Ayoka to develop ways to incorporate the photography medium to our mission.

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