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  • Advisory Board

  • The Parsons Paris Advisory Board draws on an elite global array of creative leaders. These changemakers from across the spectrum of industries connect with students and amplify our school’s mission of cross-pollinating creative fields and creating impact through art and design.

  • Peter O. Price

    Chairman & CEO of Premiere Previews

    Price graduated from Princeton University and Yale Law School. His media career began as Director of Corporate Development for Time Inc., followed by serving as President of Media Networks, Publisher of The New York Post, President of The National Sports Daily, President of Liberty Cable, Founder of The New York Times Film Club, CEO of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and currently Managing Partner of Dow Jones’ Lessons in Leadership.

    His public service has included serving as an Officer in the U.S. Air Force, Counsel to the New York Council on Child Psychiatry, Chairman of Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, Trustee of The New School, Chairman of Reporters sans Frontieres USA, Founder of The International Chapter of The Young Presidents’ Organization, and Chairman of NYC 2020 for Mayor Bloomberg. Price has received La Médaille de la Ville de Paris. He now serves as Chair of Parsons Paris’ Advisory Board.

    Corice Arman

    Collector and Head of Arman Trust

    With her background in fine arts and design, collector and educator Corice Arman is a passionate patron of the arts, both in the United States and France. Her advocacy on behalf of art, art history, and artists was honed and deepened during her marriage of thirty-five years to the renowned artist Arman, who died in October 2005. Together she and Arman assembled a highly personal art collection, including antiquities, works by contemporary artists, and one of this country’s most distinguished collections of African tribal art. For over twenty years, Corice Arman was a Trustee of New York’s Museum for African Art and deeply involved with the museum’s outreach and educational programs. As Trustee of Arman’s estate, she works tirelessly to further the understanding of the historical significance of Arman’s artistic legacy and that of his colleagues. In recognition of her contributions as art collector, patron, and educator, in 2009, the French Ministry of Culture appointed Corice Arman a Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

    Miren Arzalluz

    Director of Palais Galliera

    Miren Arzalluz studied History (BA) at the University of Deusto and Comparative Politics (MSc) at the London School of Economics before specializing in the history of dress and fashion at the Courtauld Institute of Art (MA). She was curator and head of collections at the Cristóbal Balenciaga Foundation between 2007 and 2013, where she played a key role in the conception and curation of the new Balenciaga Museum, inaugurated in June 2011. As a freelance curator and researcher, she has collaborated with various fashion museums on diverse projects such as Fashion Mix—Mode d’ici, créateurs d’ailleurs (Palais Galliera—Palais de la Porte Dorée, Musée de l’histoire de l’immigration); Les Années 50—La Mode en France1947-1957 (Palais Galliera—Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao); and Game Changers: Reinventing the 20th-Century Silhouette (MoMu Antwerp). She is currently director of Palais Galliera, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris.

    Gérald Azancot

    President of Groupe Fiminco and Fondation Fiminco

    As a private collector and an entrepreneur, Gérald Azancot has supported the arts in France for more than a decade.

    He has been a patron of several cultural institutions such as the Musée du Louvre, Salle Pleyel, and the Paris Opera. Azancot is an active supporter of the French National Collections and a member of the Acquisition Committee of the Centre Pompidou Friends—Musée National d’Art Moderne.

    Through Groupe Fiminco, which was founded by Azancot in 1993, he supported the Orchestre de Paris from 2011 to 2018 as well as other cultural institutions, such as the educational programs of Festival d'Automne in Paris. Azancot is a founding member and Treasurer of the Cercle de l’Orchestre de Paris, where he initiated an educational program allowing children from the Paris suburbs to meet and work with the musicians of the Orchestra.

    In 2016, Azancot launched his major philanthropic project so far: creating in the Grand Paris (with the future international residency program in Romainville) an artistic and cultural hub to open in 2019. The hub will welcome philanthropic activities in support of the arts, private galleries, and academic and associative structures such as the Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain (Paris Region).

    Lorenz Bäumer

    Founder and Creative Director of Lorenz Bäumer

    Lorenz Bäumer is a jewelry designer, collector, and entrepreneur, located at 19, Place Vendôme.

    For the past 25 years, Lorenz Bäumer has approached jewelry differently and created audacious and innovative pieces inspired by either poetry or architecture. He stands out by innovation, thanks to an engineering background.

    In 2010, he created the Ecume de Diamants tiara for Princess Charlène of Monaco for her wedding to SAS Prince Albert II of Monaco.

    His works have been recognized internationally through various prestigious exhibitions, among them the National Jewelry Institute of America in 1997. In France, four of his jewels are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris.

    In parallel to his creations, he worked with Chanel and Louis Vuitton as Artistic Director.

    Albert Bensoussan

    Consultant in Luxury Management

    Albert Bensoussan has more than 28 years of experience in managing apparel, accessories, shoes, watches, and jewelry in the luxury retail industry in Europe and Asia. He was the director of the watches and jewelry division at Cartier from 1984 to 1994. From 1996 to 2000, Bensoussan was the president of Givenchy Couture in Japan, responsible for local retailing of ready-to-wear apparel and accessories. Before his posting in Japan, he had managed the leather goods, fashion accessories, and eyewear division in France for Givenchy. Earlier Bensoussan was associated with Moet Hennessey – Louis Vuitton for more than 16 years, serving in various senior capacities. He was the director of the watch and jewelry business unit for the Louis Vuitton brand from 2003 to 2010 and the sales and marketing director of the entire LVMH Watch & Jewelry Division from 2000 to 2003. In that role, he was responsible for integrating all the brands acquired at the end of 1999, including streamlining distribution subsidiaries, planning distribution in China and India, and assisting individual brands with their marketing strategies. As the owner of AB Consultants, he advised retail groups on business plans and brand, sales, and marketing strategies for four years. From 2014 through 2019, Bensoussan served as chief executive officer for the Luxury — Watches & Jewelry Division at Kering Group.

    Grégoire Blanche

    Regional Managing Director for the European Region of Cartier

    Grégoire P. Blanche began his professional career in 1996 with the internationally acclaimed Jewellery Maison Cartier. Having majored in marketing and business management, he primarily focused on product management, communication, and branding and was posted successively in Europe and the Americas. He was then appointed as Chief of Staff to the Cartier President, Mr. Bernard Fornas. In this pivotal role, he contributed to the drafting and formulating of the Maison’s global strategy. Building on this rich and insightful experience, Blanche then returned to operational missions, successfully taking the leadership role of the fast-growing Southeast Asian Region before being appointed Regional Managing Director for the European Region in 2017. With a mandate to accompany the Maison’s transformation in its leading and historical markets, he has engaged teams in a thoughtful reassessment of its core offering and positioning.

    A regular keynote speaker to international luxury conferences and summits, Grégoire Blanche has developed over the years a deep understanding of the jewelry and fashion industries. He has also served as a board member of the Cartier Charitable Foundation since its inception in 2012.

    Dominique Bluhdorn

    President, The Altos de Chavon Cultural Center Foundation

    Ms. Bluhdorn established the Altos de Chavón Cultural Center Foundation in the Dominican Republic, with the mission of creating and supporting a multifaceted arts community that encompasses the visual and performing arts, craft workshops, an artist-in-residence program that also serves as the Caribbean site for the Davidoff Arts Initiative, an archaeological museum, and teaching programs in design and visual arts.

    At the center of the Cultural Center Foundation is the Altos de Chavón School of Design, with campuses in La Romana and Santo Domingo. Since its establishment in 1983 the school has been affiliated with Parsons. This two-year, university-level school has graduated nearly 3,000 students, many of whom now hold distinguished creative positions in fashion, graphic design, digital design, fine arts, and illustration around the world.

    Ms. Bluhdorn is a member of the Davidoff Art Initiative Advisory Council. She has served on the boards of the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC, and the New York Academy of Art.

    Jimmy K.W. Chan

    Founder and Chairman of Semeiotics

    Jimmy’s journey began by convincing his parents to forsake a university education to pursue his career — realized when he invested in the first streetwear store in Hong Kong back in 1991–1992 and led him to his subsequent ventures in Toronto, Canada; a streetwear store (Stüssy, Union, Supreme, and Bathing Ape, among others) in 1993–1994 and haute couture store (Yohji Yamamoto & Comme des Garçons) in 1994–1995. When he sold his business in 2000, his company expanded from 1,000 square feet to over 8,000 square foot operations with over 26 exclusive brands and 20 staff members.

    Dissatisfied with the state of retail and also without any creative input, Jimmy K.W. Chan applied to and attended Parsons School of Design in New York to develop his appreciation of creativity and aesthetics.

    In 2003, Jimmy K.W. Chan founded Semeiotics to serve as a creative platform with investments in Paris, New York, and Hong Kong. Though focused primarily on fashion, the company also invests in other creative platforms, such as graphic design, film, and publishing, among others.

    Madison Cox

    President of Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent & Fondation Jardin Majorelle in Morocco

    Michaël Fribourg

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chargeurs

    Michaël Fribourg founded Groupe Familial Fribourg, the controlling shareholder of Colombus Holding, alongside long-term institutional investors and several French family offices. He began his career in the cabinet office of Renaud Dutreil (Minister for Trade, Craft Industry and Small Businesses and Enterprises), where he worked from 2005 to 2006 before joining the Inspection générale des finances (the French tax inspectorate), where he led several advisory and support projects for the French administration and for the Office of the French President.

    Olivier Gabet

    Director of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs

    Olivier Gabet is a French art historian and curator.

    He started his career at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 2002. In 2005, he joined the Musée d’Orsay, where he was the curator in charge of decorative arts and also responsible for the contemporary art program, Correspondances, with many French and international living artists.

    From late 2007 to July 2013, he was part of the team in charge of the project of Louvre Abu Dhabi, first as curator for decorative arts and then as deputy curatorial director.

    In 2013, at age 37, Olivier Gabet became director of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, including national collections of design and fashion. Since then, he has been curator of several exhibitions, including Fornasetti and Korea Now! (2015), L’Esprit du Bauhaus (2016), and Christian Dior, couturier du rêve (2017).

    Gay Gassmann

    Contributing Editor, Architectural Digest

    Art consultant, writer, and editor Gay Gassmann’s creative career spans decades and continents. Gay is an American who has spent most of her life abroad, creating a vast network across the worlds of fashion, art, publishing, and lifestyle. An academically trained art historian, she has collaborated with the J. Paul Getty Museum, Peter Marino Architect, T Magazine: The New York Times Style Magazine, and the Serpentine Galleries in London. Gay is currently a contributing editor at Condé Nast and an ambassador for Architectural Digest. She also works closely with contemporary artists on site-specific commissions and projects and contributes art-focused features to the pages of Architectural Digest, both online and in print. She recently co-authored a Phaidon monograph on the contemporary French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel. Gay has also sat on the Parsons Paris Senior Fashion Jury for the past three years.

    Paul Guyot-Sionnest

    Head of Institutional Affairs, Kering

    Paul Guyot-Sionnest is the head of institutional affairs at Kering, a global luxury group led by François-Henri Pinault. Since 2014, he has overseen Kering's relations with companies and political institutions, employing an international approach to a perpetually changing sector.

    A graduate of Sciences Po Paris and ESSEC Business School, Guyot-Sionnest began working in the political sphere alongside former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin and Roger Karoutchi. Since 2011, he has served as an advisor to Bruno Le Maire, the French minister of the economy, first in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries and then in the minister's campaign team. In 2015, he was elected vice president of the Young Republicans and board member of Les Républicains.

    Guyot-Sionnest has also worked in a number of private-sector organizations, including Crédit Agricole in New York and Lazard and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Quebec in Paris.

    In 2019, Guyot-Sionnest was elected a Young Leader of the France-China Foundation. He is also involved with the Philippe Chatrier Foundation, which fights Alzheimer's disease, and the Friends of Philharmonie de Paris Association.

    Leon Jakimič

    President of Lasvit

    Leon Jakimič is founder and President of Lasvit, the Czech Republic-based manufacturer of unique works of glass, especially bespoke glass art installations, innovative design lighting, and original crystal glassware. Born into a glassblowing family in Liberec, Czech Republic, Leon graduated in 1998 from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and Economics degree. He came to Hong Kong in 1999 to complete his studies at the Kellogg-HKUST EMBA, and founded Lasvit in 2007.

    Over the course of 12 years, Leon has built Lasvit into a prestigious multinational company recognized worldwide, including, most recently, when Lasvit received the Milan Design Award at Salone del Mobile 2018. His vision is for Lasvit to be the most inspirational and successful glassmaker in the world.

    Leon is a member of many eminent professional organizations, including the Hong Kong-Europe Business Council and Young Presidents' Organization, and through the Lasvit Foundation is actively engaged in supporting the less fortunate in the North Bohemian region of the Czech Republic. He is a keen tennis player and the father of five children. He and his wife, Lucie, live in Hong Kong.

    Jean-Christophe Jourde

    General Manager, French Affiliate, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

    Jean-Christophe Jourde was appointed president of the French affiliate of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. in 2015. The French affiliate, which also encompasses North Africa and the Indian Ocean and includes a vast distribution network, has grown considerably under his leadership. Jean-Christophe joined the corporation in 2004 and has held various positions in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and North America. Before joining Estée Lauder, he worked for 13 years in various senior positions at L’Oréal.

    Of French and German heritage, Jean-Christophe has spent many years living outside France, including ten years in Germany and seven years in North America.

    After graduating from ESSEC, Jean-Christophe obtained a master’s from HEC Business School. He is still involved in both institutions: He sits on HEC’s Admissions Jury and recently co-created the first worldwide Beauty Chair at ESSEC.

    A socially engaged individual, Jean-Christophe expresses this side of his personality through involvement with Estée Lauder’s CSR activities and his chairmanship of its breast cancer awareness charity.

    Florence Leclerc-Dickler

    Dean of Parsons Paris

    Florence Leclerc-Dickler is the dean of Parsons Paris. She is also senior director for Strategic Academic Partnerships and works on both campuses — New York and Paris — of The New School. Leclerc-Dickler has spent most of her life abroad and currently lives in the United States and France. She obtained her master's degree in translation from the École de Traduction et d’Interprétation of Geneva, Switzerland, as well as an MBA in Marketing from SUNY New Paltz. For a number of years, she chaired the Foreign Languages Department at The New School in New York, where she taught all levels of French language and culture. In 2013, she moved back to France to relaunch Parsons Paris. Florence Leclerc-Dickler is also an associate professor of foreign languages and a fiction writer: RoméoXXL was published in January 2017 and Elle avait du Chien! in March 2018 at Editions ThoT.

    Tim Marshall

    Provost of The New School

    Tim became provost in March 2009. As dean of Parsons School of Design from 2006 to 2009, he led a major restructuring effort and developed an academic plan that emphasized stronger faculty culture and a more integrated and comprehensive suite of undergraduate and graduate degrees. He came to Parsons in 2004 as associate dean for Academic Affairs. He holds a faculty appointment as a tenured associate professor. Previously he was director of academic and international programs and chair of the School of Design, at the University of Western Sydney, where he held a range of academic leadership positions over 14 years. He has written, lectured, and consulted internationally on design research and design education. He co-edited Design Dictionary: Perspectives in Design. Educated at the City Art Institute of Australia and the University of New South Wales, Tim has a background in photography and fine arts.

    Arnauld Mitre

    Co-Founder of Coorpacademy

    Arnauld Mitre is CEO and co-founder of Coorpacademy, a growing force in the provision of user-centric corporate digital learning solutions based in Paris, Lausanne, and London. He also leads the content strategy and the commercial development of the company.

    Before founding Coorpacademy in 2013, Arnauld occupied the positions of Head of Agencies — Southern & Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa at Google, Deputy General Manager at Isobar (Aegis Group), and General Manager at Carat.

    Arnauld, a France native, studied at Paris’ ESSEC Business School, where he received his Master of Science in Management in 1997. He also received an MA in Applied Mathematics from Université Paris Dauphine (1995).

    Arnauld is also a professional speaker at Sciences Po Paris (Paris Institute of Political Studies).

    Matthew Pollock

    President of InDigital Media Group

    Matthew is an Australian entrepreneur who has been pioneering digital development since 1992. He has seen his companies influence the growth and development of the industry. Matthew is a founding partner of InDigital. In 2001, InDigital started working with major publications and fashion weeks around the world to modernize accreditation and image rights for digital content and its exploitation.

    In this new landscape, InDigital has become one of the leading video and stills companies for fashion, luxury, lifestyle, arts, and culture — amassing 6 million images and 25 years of video. In 2007, Pollock was asked to become a Director of Fashion Rocks on behalf of the Prince’s Trust, and since 2014, he has worked with the UN and UNICEF to develop content programs such as John Lennon’s IMAGINE Project.

    Today Pollock is a partner in Fidem Capital Partners Hong Kong and Executive Director of Quintessentially China and Macau.

    Pollock and InDigital have worked with Parsons, both in New York and Paris.

    Judith Price

    President of The National Jewelry Institute

    Judith Price is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and attended Columbia University Graduate School of Economics. She is President of the National Jewelry Institute, which conducts courses and global events on the business of luxury in fashion, jewelry, beauty, and design. Price began her career at Time magazine as a business reporter, and later founded AVENUE magazine and its international editions in China and Japan, which she published for 25 years.

    Price is the author of six books, including Executive Style and Masterpieces of French Jewelry. She has received an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as the Creator of the NBC series Made in New York. Mrs. Price received the L'Etoile Award from the International Herald Tribune, was honored by the Mayor of Paris with the Medaille de Vermeil, and was appointed to the rank of Chevalier in the National Order of the Legion of Honor by the President of the Republic for her “exemplary personal commitment to the culture of France.”

    Price is currently a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization as well as the Chief Executives Organization.

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    Philippe Schaus

    Chief Executive Officer of Moët Hennessy

    A graduate of INSEAD, Philippe Schaus began his career in 1987 at J.P. Morgan Inc. before joining The Boston Consulting Group in 1990. In 1992, he became International Commercial Director of the Porcelain Tableware Division at Villeroy & Boch A.G. before being promoted to Managing Director for the Division in 1999 and then Member of the Board.

    He joined Louis Vuitton in 2003 as President of the Europe Zone and was appointed Senior Vice President, International, in 2006. Between 2009 and 2011, he was Executive Vice President of Louis Vuitton. Philippe joined DFS Group in Hong Kong in 2011 as Group President of Merchandising and Marketing. He was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DFS Group in 2012. In 2017, he was appointed CEO of Moët Hennessy. He has been a member of the Executive Committee of LVMH since 2012.

    Kay Unger

    Chair of Board of Governors of the Parsons School of Design

    Fashion designer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Ms. Unger began her multifaceted career in 1968 as design assistant to Geoffrey Beene. Two years later, she founded her own dress firm, Kay Unger — the first of several successful global fashion concerns she founded and managed, including The Gillian Group, Kay Unger New York, Kay J’s Pajamas, and Phoebe Couture. In 2012, she formed Kay Unger Design as a means of focusing her boundless energy on unique design projects that benefit from her creative and leadership skills.

    A committed philanthropist, Kay is CEO of the Kay Unger Family Foundation (KUFF), with its mission of “venture philanthropy.” KUFF supports existing foundations for cancer care and research and also provides funding for scholarships to underserved youth who are talented in the arts.

    Born and raised in Chicago, Kay has lived in New York throughout her career; she currently lives in SoHo. She has two sons and five grandchildren.

    Alisa Volskaya

    Executive Director and Head of Fundraising at Naked Heart Foundation

    Alisa Volskaya is an entrepreneur and a specialist in public relations, international fundraising, and partnerships. She studied at Trent University and Russian State University for the Humanities and holds a master’s degree in business administration. Alisa started her career at Condé Nast International in Paris, where she managed digital projects and partnerships. Since 2015, she has served as executive director of Naked Heart France, a charity founded by the top model and philanthropist Natalia Vodianova. Alisa has extensive experience in bringing in new talent, sponsors, partners, and donors to companies and organizations and building brand awareness at events taking place all over the world.

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