The Team
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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.

Sarah CASSIN, Assistant


Sarah has been the Chair's assistant since September 2018. She used to work as an assistant for the Program Management department at ESSEC Executive Education. There, she handled logistics for the planned training sessions, doing so since October 2012.


She now supports the chair's activities in regards to administrative duties and logistics. She also helps planning events for the Chair.

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: