Anne Fontaine is a French-Brazilian environmentalist, fashion designer, business woman and successful entrepreneur raised in Rio de Janeiro – home to the world’s largest urban forest, the Floresta da Tijuca – with a unique experience of the Mata Atlântica.
When she was 17, she spent 8 months living with the Canela Indians in the Amazon Forest. This time spent with the tribe changed her vision of life. She learned alternative ways of living where nothing was wasted. In 1991, at 20, she created her own fashion company: “Anne Fontaine”, with its iconic white shirts for business women. Based in Normandy, she now has 42 stores across Asia, Europe and the USA. In 2011, she created the Anne Fontaine Foundation a non-profit organization (501c3) with its mission of the reforestation and protection of the Atlantic Brazilian Forest: the Mata Atlântica – her way of giving back to the forest and to her tribe who taught her so much.
Mr. Ari Zlotkin is the CEO of Anne Fontaine as well as the Treasurer and Director of Anne Fontaine Foundation. He has expanded the core business of Anne Fontaine from the well known Anne Fontaine white blouses to personal and home fragrances, soaps and two Anne Fontaine Signature Spas. Previously, Mr. Zlotkin ran his family business that was in the production of men’s and women’s apparel for French retail chains. Mr. Zlotkin began his career at Hermes where he focused on economic and marketing analysis. He serves as a Member of Advisory Board of Solas Investments LLC
Dorothee was previously Cultural attachée for Visual Arts – Architecture and Design at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York. She has a strong Arts background having worked at the Fondation Cartier for Contemporary Art and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (MAD) in Paris. She was also a Professor at Institute Sciences Po, Paris.
Her vision is to put in place new artistic and educational projects to raise awareness and funds for the NGOs that we work with in Brazil.
Alexandra Lauvaux is an attorney with DLA Piper US LLP’s New York Office. She obtained her LLM from Columbia Law School in 2000. Ms. Lauvaux represents a number of private and public charities in the United States as well as international clients having commercial activities in the United States.
Laurent Brunois is CFO of Anne Fontaine SAS. He joined the group in 2000. He was previously for 10 years, senior assistant at Cie EECC (Compagnie Européenne d’Expertise et de Contrôle Comptable), CPA & Audit company. He obtained his DECF/DEFC from the CNAM (Conservation National des Arts et Métiers) and his DESCF from the Bessières Business School.
Holder of a PhD in Literature, alumnus of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris and holder of a Master’s in Business Law from University Paris 2, Matthieu de Boisséson’s practice expertise is in the area of litigation and international arbitration. He is visiting Professor at the Universities of Nanterre and Versailles and represents international clients in many countries including Brazil. Matthieu de Boisséson is the author of several law books, as well as works of literature.
Since 1990, Wayt Thomas has been studying the plant diversity of the Atlantic coastal forests of Brazil in order to better conserve them. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1982 and began working at The New York Botanical Garden in 1983. His field work has focused on the forests of northeastern Brazil, especially Bahia, where he collaborates with local universities and assists different NGOs with his expertise. Currently he is also one of the coordinators of the World Flora Online, a global project to make information on all the World’s plant species available online.
Marc Pottier is an international curator of contemporary art, specializing in art in public spaces. He managed the Sawada collection of modern and contemporary art. He worked for eight years at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a Cultural attaché in Rio de Janeiro and Lisbon. As an independent curator, Pottier organized important exhibitions such as “Picasso Ceramics”, in Rio de Janeiro. He is the author of the book” Made by… Feito por Brasileiros” (Enrico Navarra publishers) featuring interviews with 230 people representing the world of contemporary Brazilian art. He was the guest curator of the 3rd Bahia Biennial and also of the ‘Made by…’ creative invasion at the former Matarazzo hospital in São Paulo Pottier.