The Team

Anne-Claire PACHE, Chaired Professor

Chaired Professor in Philanthropy since 2011, Anne-Claire is a Professor within the ESSEC Public and Private Policy Department and was Dean for Academic Programs between 2014 and 2017.

She graduated from ESSEC Business School in 1994, holds a Master in Nonprofit Management from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (2001) and a Ph.D. in Organisational Behavior from INSEAD (2009).

Her research focuses on social enterprises, in particular on their growth process and their relations with their institutional environments. She authored several books and articles in the best management journals (Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Leadership Quarterly...).

Before embarking on an academic career, Anne-Claire was part of the co-founding team of Unis-Cité, a French nonprofit organisation which advocated the idea of voluntary civil service in France.

Arthur GAUTIER, Executive Director & Professor

Executive Director of the ESSEC Philanthropy Chair, Arthur is Assistant Professor at ESSEC Business School in the Public and Private Policy Department. He teaches in the Master in Management program since 2015 and is the Academic Director of the French Fundraising Certificate since 2016.

He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM) de Paris (2009) and is an alumnus from ESSCA School of Management (2005).

His research focuses on philanthropy and more broadly on private initiatives for the common good, from organizational, sociological, psychological and historical perspectives. He studies the emergence and the institutionalization of individual and corporate philanthropy, both as concepts and practices. He is also interested in hybrid philanthropic practices combining multiple institutional logics, such as impact investing, crowdfunding, and foundation-owned companies.

Before joining ESSEC, Arthur was Publications & Events Director at Admical, France’s leading institute for corporate philanthropy, and worked as a consultant in the music industry.

Anne Monier, Chercheuse

Anne Monier is a Research Fellow at the ESSEC Philanthropy Chair since September 2020.

She is an alumna of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS 2005), agrégée and holds a PhD in social sciences from EHESS (2016).

Her dissertation was published in September 2019 at the Presses Universitaires de France (Nos chers Amis Américains. Une enquête sur la philanthropie transnationale). She has also published several scientific articles and book chapters, notably in the Socio-Economic Review.

She was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, Harvard University and New York University.

Her interdisciplinary work focuses on transnational philanthropy, elite philanthropy, cultural philanthropy, and public-private relations. She is currently developing projects on "Philanthropy and Climate" and "Meaningful and Meaningless Work in Philanthropic Organizations".

Gaétane LEFEVRE, Project Manager

Gaétane joined the team in 2019 as a Project Manager in Case Writing and Research Dissemination. She works towards creating new pedagogical cases and planning events to promote the Chair's research and disseminate knowledge about Philanthropy. She also lends her supports to the rest of the team's activities.

She graduated from a Masters in Communication at Sciences Po Paris (2015), as well as from a Masters in Anthropology at EHESS Paris (2017).

After several work experiences as a communications and project officer, both in France and in Cambodia within the humanitarian sector, she conducted a research project on the role of music in the migrant camps of Northern France. She also worked for two human rights NGOs, Amnesty International and ACAT-France.

Gwenda HAÏKAL, Assistant

Gwenda arrived at ESSEC’s Philanthropy Chair in 2021. She is in charge of missions related to administration and logistics and contributes as well to the Chair's various event activities. She also holds the position of assistant in the Chair of Entrepreneurship and Innovation with Impact, the E&MISE Lab, and Antropia ESSEC.

She graduated as a Translator from the Faculty of Languages and Translation of the Lebanese University (2016), got her first master's degree in international and European relations (2020) and her second master's degree in the negotiation of international projects, both from France (2021).

After several years of professional experience in the field of her studies, she decided to pursue a career in higher education at ESSEC, in a sector that resonates with her educational background and her passion for communication and cross-cultural relations.

Since 2013, the chair has hosted several post-doctoral fellows who conducted various research after their thesis alongside us:

Students from the Masters in Management at ESSEC and PhD students also get involved in the Chair's activities as research assistants.

Besides, the Chair also welcomes visiting professors from international universities and business schools: