Governance

Officers & Board of Directors

Axelle Davezac spent the first part of her career as Chief Financial Officer at various large industrial groups. She then decided to join the philanthropy sector as managing director of the ARC Foundation for Cancer Research. She was previously treasurer of Comité de la Charte, board director of IDAF and Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire de Strasbourg and served two terms as Vice-President of France Générosités (union of the charity organizations in France), the most recent ending in 2019. Axelle joined Fondation de France in 2016. She currently sits on the board of directors of the French Foundation Center, Fondation Suez and the Board of Alliance Publishing Trust, and she is Vice President of the Management committee of the European Foundation Center (EFC).

Victoria Bjorklund is a Retired Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, an international law firm based in New York, where she founded and led the Exempt Organizations Group. She taught the Law of Nonprofits at Harvard Law School for nine years. In 1989, Victoria helped found Doctors Without Borders USA and today chairs its Board of Advisors. She chairs the Robin Hood COVID-19 Relief Committee, which has rapidly granted over $70 million to more than 575 community-based organizations aiding NYC’s needy, and previously chaired Robin Hood’s Superstorm Sandy and 9/11 relief efforts. She is also a director of Friends of Fondation de France, Robin Hood Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and she co-chairs the Planned Giving Advisory Committee at Princeton University.

Miles Hankin, has been a television news producer, communications consultant, and international peace and security NGO manager and advisor.  He has produced public affairs television programming for the Council on Foreign Relations, public television, and NBC and ABC news.

Christopher Harris is a member of the international Management Team of PSJP (Philanthropy for Social Justice & Peace). He worked for a decade as the Senior Program Officer on Philanthropy at the Ford Foundation. Prior to that, he was a Senior Consultant to the Norwegian Centre for Conflict Resolution (NOREF) in Oslo and the Bernard van Leer Foundation in The Hague. He currently serves on the boards of several foundations and nonprofits.

Originally trained as an anesthesiologist, Francis Charhon devoted his professional career to developing and transforming philanthropy in French territories. Francis started his career as President and Managing Director of Médecins Sans Frontières, a position he held for 15 years before undertaking the same responsibilities for Fondation de France for 25 years. He was also president of the European Foundation Center and now serves as member of the board. He created the French Foundation Center, where he served as chairman for 15 years.

Suzanne Siskel is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Asia Foundation based in San Francisco. She formerly worked in leadership positions for over two decades at the Ford Foundation’s Indonesia, Philippines and New York offices. She currently serves on a number of nonprofit and philanthropic boards. Suzanne is an anthropologist with degrees from Harvard and The Johns Hopkins University.

Dominique Lemaistre started her professional career in 1984 as administrator of a French public photographic mission. She joined Fondation de France four years later as director of communication, and then subsequently dedicated herself to philanthropy, serving as head of Fondation de France’s grantmaking activities for two decades. In this role she supervises the team in charge of the 30 programs and nearly 1,000 charitable funds administrated by the organization. Additionally, she ensured representation of Foundations within the French instances of Social economy and was the chair of the Network European Foundations (NEF), an association of leading European foundations dedicated to strengthening philanthropic cooperation.



 

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Fondation de France
Dating back to postwar France, philanthropy was an underdeveloped market, but by 1958, France was experiencing a cultural and philanthropic reawakening. President Charles...
Our Process
Friends of Fondation de France is committed to rigorous assessment and transparency, offering American donors peace of mind about where their gifts go and how they are used.

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