Board of Directors

President: Anne Fontaine, founder of Anne Fontaine


Treasurer: Ari Zlotkin, CEO Anne Fontaine

Secretary: Laurent Brunois

Laurent Brunois is CFO of Anne Fontaine SAS, based in Honfleur (France) with more than 70 stores worldwide. 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.

Director: Alexandra Lauvaux, Of Counsel, DLA Piper US LLP, New York.

Alexandra Lauvaux is an attorney with DLA Piper US LLP’s New York Office. She obtained her LLM from Columbia Law School in 2000 and graduated in her native country France from Ecole des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC), a Diplome d’Etudes Appliquees from La Sorbonne, and a J.D. from Paris II Assas. 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. Ms. Lauvaux is a member of the New York Bar.

Advisory Board

Matthieu de Boisséson, attorney and partner at Paris-based law firm Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

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, which include « Une amitié stellaire » (novel, Denoël, 1990), « Le Grand Chariot » (novel, Gallimard, 2011), « Echapper aux tueurs » (prose and poetry, Gallimard, 2012), « Cimes et souterrains » (prose and poetry, to be published, Gallimard). He has a longstanding interest in the Brazilian language and civilization.

William Wayt Thomas, Elizabeth G. Britton Curator of Botany at the New York Botanical Garden

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. Wayt Thomas also studies the evolution of the sedges (Cyperaceae) and bitterwood (Picramniaceae) plant families. 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.

Maria Uriarte, Associate Professor, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology, Columbia University, New York

Dr. Uriarte obtained her MS from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Science. She completed her PhD at the Dept. of Ecology, Cornell University in 2002 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Since 2005, Dr. Uriarte has held a faculty appointment at the Dept. of Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology. Through an integrated program of empirical and quantitative approaches, her research examines the impacts of human land use and natural disturbance (e.g., fire, hurricanes) on the dynamics of tropical forests. Uriarte’s research aims to contribute to the scientific underpinnings for sustainable management of forests in the tropics, with a regional focus in Latin America.


Marc Pottier, curator & art advisor

Marc Pottier – a Frenchman, living between Paris and Rio de Janeiro, is an international curator of contemporary art, specializing in art in public spaces. Pottier managed the Sawada collection of modern and contemporary art between Paris, New York, Tokyo and Nagoya. 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 “Aleksander Rodchenko” at MAM-SP, “Picasso Ceramics”, in Rio de Janeiro and “Luzboa-abienal da Luz” in Lisbon. 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 is now the creator and host of ‘Foreign Eye, Rio de Janeiro’, a weekly program on channel Arte1.

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