Welcome to the website of the Georgetown University Club of France. We serve the 500+ Georgetown alumni living and working in Paris and other cities/ regions in France.

The Georgetown Alumni Club of France serves as the bridge between Georgetown University keeping alumni, faculty, parents, and friends connected to the heart of the Hilltop. We are a chartered club of the Georgetown University Alumni Association (GUAA) and we are managed and operated entirely by alumni volunteers.

The Club of France was founded in 1991 as a non-profit association in accordance with French law and with the full recognition and support from Georgetown University. Our mission is to engage with Georgetown alumni in France to promote social, cultural and professional relations. We organize activities with alumni and the university itself to enrich our intellectual, cultural and professional lives, to provide ongoing ties to the university and to represent Georgetown’s values of excellence and community in France.

The club organizes events throughout the year, including talks, cocktails with visiting Georgetown professors or deans, happy hours and cultural outings. We also co-sponsor events with other university alumni clubs in Paris and aim to keep our members informed about the upcoming activities of Georgetown alumni clubs in nearby countries.

Get Involved

1) Sign up to be a member of our club here. Otherwise you will not get any communications from us.

2) Connect with fellow members on Linkedin- GU Club of France page and join the GU France Whatsapp group.

3) Alumni interviewing in France ‚Äď stay connected to GU and help Admissions select great candidates through the Alumni Admissions Program. Georgetown graduates can volunteer to interview prospective students seeking admission to various schools in the University The interviewing program shows prospective students a critical part of what makes GU stand out among great American universities. By offering and requiring an alumni interview to all applicants, candidates directly experience alumni connectedness, underlining the importance of community at Georgetown. That sense of community sets Georgetown apart and is inseparable from Georgetown’s academic excellence and ethical values. If you would like to help identify future Hoyas among the applicants from this great country, please contact Jon Lillian (guaap-france@jhlco.com) the Chairman of APP France supported by William Holmberg, (wch@georgetown.edu).

4) Learn about events organized by American University Clubs of France (AUC France). GU is one of 40+ American University/ college clubs in France. The 2 major annual events are:

  • Traditional AUC Thanksgiving Dinner in November.
  • Annual reception / cocktail typically held at the Tallyrand Center in coordination with the US Embassy to France in late June or early July.

5) Learn from past events which were recorded and posted on the Club’s Youtube channel.

If you have any specific comments or questions, write to guclubfrance@georgetown.edu.

Fall 2023

October 24, 2023
Whiskey tasting: a unique American brand for the French market 

The Georgetown and Yale Clubs of France hosted their alumni and friends to attend  a Whiskey tasting event at The Travellers Club in Paris during which Ashley Donahey, president of Two Worlds Whiskey, presented and described different diverse whiskies, explained the history of American Whiskey and its French origins as well as the story behind the creation of the first luxury American Whiskey created for France named to honor Marquis de la La Fayette.
To order a bottle, visit: https://twoworldswhiskey.com/

Pictures below:

November 14, 2023
Managing taxes and investments as a US citizen in France: a workshop

Please find below a summary, info and contact information for the speakers and a link to the video recording of the event/ presentations.

Summary of the event:

Close to 30 alumni from various US alumni clubs came to the offices of Sekri Valentin Zerrouk in central Paris to hear 4 experts address the topic of Managing tax and investments as a US citizen in France. Our host, Jerome Assouline, tax advisor @ Sekri Valentin Zerrouk, opened the presentation on tax reporting obligations for US citizens that are resident in France to the French tax authorities. Diego Pajaro & Adam Myers, Executive Directors, London & Capital, a wealth management firm, complemented those remarks, including a case study/ example and thus allowing the audience to compare and contrast their potential profile and tax compliance issues to the profile in this illustration. Finally,  John Zolidis, president of Quo Vadis Capital, a wealth management firm, presented some key observations and factors to consider when selecting how best to invest in equities over the long term and important issues to support the decision of how exactly to do it.

The speakers/ experts are available for addressing specific circumstances and exploring tax and wealth optimisation options via 1-1 discussions. Their contact details are:

J√ČR√ĒME ASSOULINE Partner, Tax Law, SVZ¬† ¬†jassouline@svz.fr

ADAM MYERS Executive Director, London & Capital, Specialist in working with US connected families, Adam.myers@londonandcapital.com

DIEGO PAJARO, Executive Director, London & Capital, Specialist in working Cross Boarder European families, Diego.pajaro@londonandcapital.com

JOHN ZOLIDIS, President & Founder, Quo Vadis, US RIA working with French residents, john.zolidis@quovadiscapital.com

A video recording of the event is available on the YouTube channel of the Georgetown Club of France: www.youtube.com/@georgetowncluboffrance2338

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This alumni club currently offers membership sign-up only for students to opt in to club communications. Alumni and current parents receive local club communications when their address is in the club region.

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EVENTS- SPRING 2023 

 

  1. March 29, 2023:  Spring Cocktail
    hosted by Belinda de Gaudemar, member of the Board, Georgetown Club of France hosted a dozen alumni at her residence to offer a social event to welcome the change of season and first gathering since winter.
  2. April 11,2023: Transatlantic Challenges: The View from Paris
    More than 20 attendees comprising not only Georgetown alumni but also those of other APSIA schools (Professional Intl Affairs) including Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Duke, Tufts/ Fletcher, GW and others) gathered in the office of Dentons close to the Madeleine in central Paris to hear and respond to remarks made by Amy Schedlbauer (GU BSFS 1995, Princeton MPP 2008), Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs, Environment, Science, Technology & Health as well as  Liam Wasley, (Brown AB 1988, GU MSFS/ MA History 1991) Minister Counselor for Political Affairs.    Both long term career foreign service offices based at the U.S. Embassy around the corner, they led an off-the-record discussion and interaction session with the audience or a range of topics, from responses to political and economy consequences of heighten tensions between US-China, US-Russia and the Ukraine conflict to Climate policy and investment, the reinvigorated role and responses of NATO, noting its newest member Finland, to its pivot back to preparedness for state on state conflict after 2 decades of exclusionary mission capabilities and much more. Hosted by Pascal Chadenet, Partner at Dentons and Board member of the GU Club of France, the group pivoted from formal remarks and Q/A to continued debate and discussion over cocktails and food until late evening.
  3. June 26,2023: the history of political division in the US and a roadmap to address it
    On a sunny late June evening, 40+ attendees representing many university clubs with chapters in France gathered at the offices of Gide Loyrette Nouel in the 8th arrandissement to listen to Seth David Radwell (MPP Harvard, BA Columbia) present the key findings in his book: American Schism: How the Two Enlightenments Hold the Secret to Healing Our Nation. The book has received received wide-ranging praise from across the political divide and has been an a #1 Amazon Bestseller in Politics and Government. The talk was moderated by Yannick Mireur (graduate, Sciences-Po, a Fulbright scholar, MA & PhD from the Fletcher School at Tufts University) who offered his expertise as a distinguished French specialist on the US and a regular guest of French news channels on US and international affairs to the audience.  Our co-hosts, the leaders of the Fletcher and Tufts clubs did a great job coordinating the event, logistics, invite and more. It was a great capstone event for the 2022-2023 academic year!

 

EVENTS- FALL 2022

  1. September 15: Welcome to the Neighborhood– social event held near Bastille
  2. October 6: Founding Fathers’ Walking Tour of Paris: Jefferson, Franklin & the American Founding Fathers: The tour began on the Concorde square where Benjamin Franklin signed the Treaty of Alliance and France was the first to recognize the independence of the U.S. Led by Brad Newfield of Paris Walks, an historian, has earned a doctorate in Franco-American relations and it shows at his gives deep insights during his walks.
  3. November 29:  Update on Paris as a place for international dispute resolution: round-up about the most recent and debated French court decisions on international commercial arbitration.

 

Related events:

A)  Annual AUC Thanksgiving diner event November 22 hosted by AUC at the Ecole Militaire. Photos of the event are available here: https://www.facebook.com/AUCFrance/photos

B)¬†note: in October, the International Trailblazer Awards, organised by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS) and in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Paris, honored three courageous leaders who embody GIWPS’ mission. the event took place at the residence of the US Embassador to France.

 

Contact Us

The Georgetown Alumni Club of France is a volunteer-driven organization. We welcome the participation of all alumni from every school within the University. To contact us, please email us at guclubfrance@georgetown.edu.