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The ESSEC Philanthropy Chair has benefited from the intellectual and financial support of three individual co-founders:

Jerôme Kohler (ESSEC 92) is the founder of L’Initiative Philanthropique, a European consulting firm of philanthropic advisers for strategic philanthropy. Prior to this activity, Mr. Kohler worked at Fondation de France, was Head of Philanthropy at L’Oréal, Adviser to the President of the Louvre, and Executive Director of the American Friends of the Louvre. A former President of Paris-Musées, he is a board member of Friends and Patrons of the Opéra Comique, Entreprendre pour Aider Fund, as well as a member of the steering committee of Culture and Diversité Foundation. He participates to numerous expert networks on philanthropy.

Jean-Pierre Scotti (ESSEC 75) is a cofounder and President of Greffe de Vie foundation, which aims to encourage organ donation, to foster removal and transplant activities, to improve the patients’ lives and to further medical research. Mr. Scotti is a serial entrepreneur and a former president of the ESSEC House. He is also President of CSA Finance, Coach Invest, and Treasurer of the Academy of Medicine Foundation.

Antoine Vaccaro holds a doctorate in organization science - Management of nonprofit organizations, Paris-Dauphine, 1985. After a career in major NGOs and communication agencies (Fondation de France, Médecins du Monde, TBWA), he is chairman of CerPhi (Center for Research and Studies on Philanthropy), Faircom International and Fundraising Lab. He is board member of various associations and foundations. He teaches at Sciences Po Paris. He is also co-founder of several professional organizations promoting private funding of common good causes: French Fundraisers Association, Comité de la Charte, Euconsult and the ESSEC Philanthropy Chair. He has authored several books and articles on philanthropy and fundraising.