The Club des Leaders in Geneva, Gstaad, Monaco, Luxembourg, London & Zurich
The Club des Leaders is a powerful network that was launched seven years ago by Jean-Sébastien and Claudia Robine. It today counts five hundred members and has six antennas based in Geneva, Gstaad, Zurich, Monte-Carlo, Luxemburg and London. Prominent personalities are invited to speak at the monthly lunches or dinners we hold in selected venues. Topics may vary from politics to philanthropy or from economy to culture (see list of previous keynote speakers below).
During exceptional trips abroad our donor members have the opportunity to meet each other in exclusive conditions.
List of previous keynote speakers
ECONOMICS / POLITICS
in alphabetical order
Vice-president of the French political party ‘Les Républicains’, member of the European Parliament (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), former Minister of Defence, Minister for the Interior, Minister of State, Minister of Justice, Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Geneva 2012: ‘Future economic key issues and the crucial role of the French Presidential election 2012’.
Geneva 2014: Presentation of her latest book ‘La tentation totalitaire de la gauche’ (Plon Editions). An interview was conducted by the Swiss TV newscaster Darius Rochebin.
Mayor of Geneva, Switzerland. Member of the Swiss National Council.
Geneva 2017: ‘The city’s future challenges’.
President of Gravitation and founder of Poweo.
Paris 2012: ‘Investment opportunities in the areas of green growth, financial services and new media’.
Editor-in-chief of the Swiss journal ‘Le Temps and former editor-in-chief of the Swiss magazine ‘Bilan’.
Geneva 2012: ‘The methods used to determine the ranking of the great fortunes in Switzerland’.
Maître Francois Besse
Swiss lawyer specialised in intellectual property.
Geneva 2015: ‘How to protect your brands and patents’.
Professor Christian de Boissieu
Economist, Professor at La Sorbonne and an authority on European Securities and Markets in France.
Paris 2012: ‘The crisis of the Euro’
Maître Marc Bonnant
Renowned Swiss Attorney and former chairman of the Geneva bar association.
Geneva 2012: ‘What is the purpose of the rich?’
H.R.H. Prince Charles-Emmanuel de Bourbon-Parme
French historian and author.
Luxembourg 2016: Book presentation of ‘Le bon sens du pouvoir’, Lacour-Ollé Editions.
Author, business man and banker.
Geneva 2015: Book presentation of ‘The Crisis. Which crisis?’, Slatkine Editions.
French political journalist, former president of the CSA, director of information at TF1, general director at France 2 and Professor at ‘École de journalisme de Sciences Po’.
Geneva 2016: Book presentation of ‘Comment en est-on arrivé là ? Histoire d’un chaos politique’, Robert Laffont Editions.
President and founder of Due Diligence
Geneva 2012: ‘Business intelligence at the rescue of finance’
Jean-Louis Debré is a conservative French political figure. He was President of the National Assembly of France from 2002 to 2007 and was President of the Constitutional Council from 2007 to 2016.
Geneva 2016: ‘Ce que je ne pouvais pas dire’ (Robert Laffont)
Editor-in-chief of ‘Market’, a Swiss magazine covering global economy, politics and culture.
Geneva 2014: ‘Russia-Switzerland, 200 years of diplomacy’
Co-Founder and chairman of Accor Group, former Mayor of Fontainebleau, former Senator of Seine-et-Marne, president of ‘Entreprise et Progrès’, co-founder of the World Travel and Tourism Council.
Geneva 2013: ‘Tourism, a growth factor. My experience with Accor’
Chairman of the Swiss newspaper ‘Le Temps’ and former managing director of the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Geneva 2015: Book presentation of ‘Etes-vous un tigre, un chat ou un dinosaure? 100 questions de tous les jours sur comment la compétitivité influence votre vie’, Slatkine Editions.
French journalist, writer and editor of the magazine ‘Le Point’.
Paris 2012: Book presentation of ‘Derniers Carnets’, Flammarion Editions.
French politician and special advisor to the French President Nicolas Sarkozy from 2007 – 2012, member of the Regional Council (Yvelines).
Geneva 2012: Book presentation of ‘La Nuit et le Jour’, Plon Editions. An interview was conducted by the Swiss TV newscaster Darius Rochebin who also devoted his TV show ‘Pardonnez-moi’ to Henri Guaino on that day.
Maître Philippe Kenel
Swiss Attorney and author of ‘Guide juridique et pratique des délocalisations et des investissements de personnes fortunées en Suisse’.
Geneva 2012: ‘Towards the end of the forfait fiscal (lump sum taxation) in Switzerland? What are the consequences and what are the alternatives for the rich?’
Founder of Hemisphere Pipe, McDonald’s Switzerland and Midas France, CEO of Blue Orchard (2004-2008), co-founder and Chairman of Azure Partners.
Geneva 2014: ‘Microfinance, a business in service of poverty’
Politician, member of the Swiss National Council, a Swiss Attorney and associate of the Cabinet CMS von Erlach Poncet.
Geneva 2015: ‘Analysis of the votation on the inheritance tax initiative in Switzerland’
Writer and political journalist for the French television channel ‘France 3’.
Paris 2012: ‘Analysis of the Muslim world today’
Founder and CEO at Epic Foundation
London 2016: Presentation of Epic Foundation.
Member of the Swiss State Council (Geneva) in charge of the Security Department and former Mayor of Geneva.
Geneva 2012: ‘Consequences of the increasing insecurity in Geneva for tourism and business. What are the solutions ?’
Member of the European Parliament, Member of the French political party ‘Les Républicains’, president of ‘Rassemblement pour le Peuple de France’ (RPPF), member of the Regional Council (Lorraine), former Minister and Secretary of State under the government of François Fillon and president of the European Parliament group ‘Pour un nouveau dialogue avec la Russie’.
Geneva 2015: ‘The new relations between France and Russia’. An interview was conducted by the Swiss TV newscaster Darius Rochebin.
Professor Xavier Oberson
Swiss Attorney and tax specialist, Professor at the University of Geneva.
Geneva 2014: ‘The Swiss bank secrecy... and after that?’
London 2016: ‘The tax implications of Brexit - A Swiss point of View’.
The President of the Swiss Confederation Adolf Ogi
Former President of the Swiss Confederation in 1993 and 2000.
Geneva 2016: ‘My career path from Kandersteg to Berne, Geneva and New York’.
Tigran Petrossian & David Scholberg
Partners at KBSD SA - Digital Intelligence & E-Reputation.
Geneva 2014: ‘E-reputation, how to protect your image on the internet?’
President and CEO of Forbes Media Group.
Geneva 2013: ‘My ideas on the World Economic Forum - an insight into the on-going transformation of Forbes Media’. An interview was conducted by Maître Jack Andersson, an international consultant.
Economist, investment banker, president of Leonardo & Co. and former president of Credit Lyonnais
Paris 2012: ‘The next crisis will be French’
The Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin
Former Prime Minister of France and vice-president of the Senate.
Paris 2012: ‘Current issues and market transformations in France’.
Renowned TV newscaster for the Swiss TV channel RTS.
Geneva 2013: ‘Do journalists create the general opinion? An insight behind the scenes of daily news’’
A French novelist, essayist and journalist. He was elected to the Académie française in 1997.
Geneva 2017: ‘Une jeunesse perdue’ (Gallimard) & ‘Les romans de l’amour et du pouvoir’ (Bouquins, Robert Laffont)
Robert Salmon & Christopher H. Cordey
Robert Salmon, former vice-president of the French multinational corporation L’Oréal.
Christopher H. Cordey, CEO and founder of the Futuratinow Sustainable Luxury Forum.
Geneva 2014: Book presentation of ‘Heidi wake-up ! Did Switzerland fall into the traps of its success?’, Slatkine Editions.
Sir Anthony Seldon
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham, political historian to Downing Street, commentator on British political leadership, government adviser on education, co-founder of ‘Action for Happiness’.
London 2015: Book presentation of ‘Cameron at 10: The Inside Story 2010-2015’, William Collins Editions
A global financier, entrepreneur, adventurer, pioneer, philanthropist and a founding Astronaut with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, Per Wimmer is expected to be the first Danish private astronaut ever to enter space.
London 2015: ‘The Sky is No Limit - Making Big Dreams Reality’
H.E. Ambassador Ardeshir Zahedi
His Excellency Ardeshir Zahedi was advisor to the Prime Minister of Iran, ambassador to Washington and London, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran and a loyal friend of the Shah, his Father-in-law.
Geneva 2015: An interview of His Excellency Ambassador Ardeshir Zahedi was conducted by H.R.H. Princess Marie Gabrielle of Savoy.
Editor-in-chief of the Swiss magazine ‘Bilan’
Geneva 2014: ‘Can one still become
French Journalist at RTL and at Figaro Magazine.
Geneva 2016: Book presentation of ‘Un quinquennat pour rien’, Albin Michel Editions.
Hélène Carrère d'Encausse
Great expert and historian of Russia, Member of the French Academy since 1991 and its Permanent Secretary since 1999, Hélène Carrère d’Encausse was awarded the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor, the highest distinction that was granted only to 14 women since its creation in 1802.
Geneva 2016: Book presentation of ‘Six années qui ont changé le monde 85-91, la chute de l’Empire Soviétique’, Fayar Editions. Darius Rochebin, the Swiss TV newscaster devoted his show ‘Pardonnez-moi’ to Hélène Carrère d’Encausse.
His Majesty King Fouad II of Egypt
Son of His Majesty King Farouk of Egypt.
Monaco 2013: ‘Egypt, a fast-changing country.
French underwater archaeologist.
Zurich 2017: Presentation of ‘Osiris : Egypt’s Sunken Mysteries’, followed by a private visit of the exhibition at the Rietberg museum.
Princess Caroline Murat
Chairman and founder of the ‘New Year Music Festival in Gstaad’, descendant of Joachim Murat, King of Naples.
Naples & Capri 2015: Trip to Italy with the friends of the ‘New Year Music Festival in Gstaad’ on the occasion of the celebrations of the bicentenary of Joachim Murat, King of Naples.
Venice 2015: Trip to Venice with the friends of the ‘New Year Music Festival in Gstaad’ during the Biennale 2015.
A French novelist, essayist and journalist. He was elected to the Académie française in 1997.
Geneva 2017: Book presentation of ‘Une jeunesse perdue’, Gallimard Editions & ‘Les romans de l’amour et du pouvoir’, Bouquins, Robert Laffont.
Count Gonzague Saint Bris
French writer and historian.
Geneva 2013: Book presentation of ‘Sade, l’ange de l’ombre’, Télémaque Editions.
Luxembourg 2016: Book presentation of ‘Louis XI le méconnu’ (Albin Michel)
Monaco 2017: Book presentation of ‘Déshabillons l’Histoire de France’, XO Editions.
Journalist at Paris Match & Europe 1 and French author specializing in the Vatican.
Geneva 2016: ‘The functioning of Pope François, his stakes’, and book presentation of ‘Ainsi fait-il’ and ‘Pape François, Paroles en liberté’.
Editor-in-Chief of Majesty magazine, the leading monthly journal covering all aspects of British, European and other royal families around the world, one of the pre-eminent writers and commentators on the British Royal Family and royal commentator for ABC network’s Good Morning America.
London 2016: Presentation of her latest book ‘The Queen’s Speech - An Intimate Portrait of the Queen in Her Own Words’ .
Editor-in-chief of Huffington Post France. French Television and interviewer known for her famous show “7sur7” on TF1. Rédactrice en chef du Huffington Post France, worked also at the Radio channels RTL et France Inter.
Geneva 2017 : Book presentation of « Chronique d’une France blessée », Grasset Editions.
Dr Geza von Habsburg
Curatorial Director at Fabergé since 2007, historian, former Chairman of Christie’s Switzerland and Christie’s Europe, great-great-grandson of Emperor Franz-Joseph of Austria.
London 2017: ‘The Incredible Story of the Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs’.
H.R.H. Princess Lea of Belgium
President of ‘Fonds d’entraide Prince et Princesse Alexandre de Belgique’.
Luxembourg 2014 / Geneva 2013: Book presentation of ‘Le Prince Alexandre de Belgique’, Editions de l’Arbre.
A Swiss Business woman and esteemed entrepreneur, who is also a successful sportswoman, playing a leading role in the Bertarelli Foundation.
Geneva 2017: Book presentation of ‘J’ai osé, Journal de bord de la femme la plus rapide autour du monde à la voile’, Favre Editions.
Chairman of Hublot.
Geneva 2013: ‘Philanthropy and the universe of luxury’.
Industrial group Marcel Dassault.
Geneva 2014: Presentation of ‘One Drop Foundation’. Interview conducted by Jack Andersson, international consultant.
The French Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy
President of UNITAID, Special adviser in charge of innovative financing at the General Secretary’s Office of the United Nations, cardiologist, Deputy and Mayor
of Lourdes and Toulouse and several times Minister (Culture, Health, Foreign Affairs).
Geneva 2013: Book presentation of ‘La Solidarité sauvera le monde’, preface written by President Bill Clinton, Plon Editions.
Managing Partner and Co-Founder of WISE
Geneva 2014: ‘Switzerland, a champion of philanthropy. How to engage in philanthropic activities and how to avoid pitfalls’
Regina Frey & Dr Andreas Messikommer
Two heroes of nature: a philanthropist and an engaged surgeon.
Geneva 2016: Presentation of the foundation ‘PanEco’.
S.E. Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva
Uzbekistan’s ambassador to UNESCO.
Geneva 2017 : Private screening of the documentary ‘Ulugh Beg - The Man who Unlocked the Universe’ with Armand Assante and Vincent Cassel, Best Documentary Award at the Ischia Film Festival 2017.
Serial entrepreneur and philanthropist, Founder and CEO of Epic Foundation
London 2016: Presentation of ‘Epic Foundation’.
H.I.H. George Romanov, Grand Duke of Russia
Heir to the Imperial Throne of Russia
Geneva 2015: ‘The Russian Imperial Foundation for Cancer Research’
Baron David de Rothschild
Chairman of Rothschild & Co., administrator of the Casino Group and Compagnie Financière Martin Maurel, Commander of the Legion of Honour, President of the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah, Director of the Institute for Brain and Spinal Cord Disorders and President of the Foundation FondaMental Suisse.
Geneva 2016: Presentation of ‘FondaMental ‘ with Professor Marion Leboyer.
H.R.H. Princess Marie Gabrielle of Savoy
Daughter of the last King and Queen Humbert II and Marie José of Italy.
Geneva 2013 / Monaco 2013 / Paris 2013 / Gstaad 2014 : Presentation of the foundation ‘Humbert II and Marie José of Savoy’.
World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Founder of Mara Group and Mara Foundation.
London 2016: Book presentation of ‘The Lion Awakes: Adventures in Africa’s Economic Miracle’.
CEO & Co-founder of Seedstars World.
London 2017: « The future of innovation in emerging markets ».
Dr. Michel-Yves Mourou
President of the Crown Council of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, founder of the Medical Imaging Centre and council member of the Monaco Red Cross.
Monaco 2015: ‘The current economic situation and philanthropic activities in the Principality’
Head of Bespoke Design at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
London 2015: ‘Lifting the veil on how the most exclusive Rolls-Royces are created, recounting some amusing tales of the most unusual requests’. Private visit of The Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood.
Jeweler, great-granddaughter of Peter Carl Fabergé.
London 2015: ‘A journey through the history of Fabergé from its birth in 1842 to the present day’
Founder and CEO of News & Sport Factory, blogger for the Swiss magazine ‘Bilan’.
Geneva 2013: ‘Chinese luxury invading Europe’.
Sport journalist for ‘France Television’.
Geneva 2014: Book presentation ‘Sport, mes héros et légendes’ Place des Victoires Editions.
Development director of Cos d’Estournel (Domaines Michel Reybier).
Geneva 2015: Presentation and tasting of Champagne Michel Reybier & Cuvées of Cos d’Estournel.
Industrial group Marcel Dassault
Luxembourg 2015: Presentation and tasting of Cuvées from the family winery Château Dassault.
Co-owner of Château Giscours, former president of the ‘Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux’ and former Mayor of Labarde-Margaux.
Gstaad 2015: ‘Wine – a controversial yet wonderful subject’.