The Berkeley Club of France is run by a small but committed cohort of alumni, placing their professional expertise and diverse areas of interest at the service of the university. Since founding the club in 2008, the  leadership team has grown to include an increasing number of alumni volunteer interested in promoting Berkeley and serving fellow Cal Bears in France. It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that we continue to encourage interested alumni to join us in our activities and efforts. 


Executive Committee

Claire Chabat (Visiting Scholar, Berkeley Law '05)

Claire spent a semester abroad at Berkeley Law in 2005 and has served as the editor-in-chief of Les Gens de Berkeley, Berkeley Club of France’s official magazine since 2010. She has a Master from University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas with a concentration in private international law and a Master from Sciences Po Paris with a major in communications.  

VP, Events & Communications
Lindsay King (B.A. English and French '10)

A graduate of the UC Berkeley English and French departments, Lindsay earned her Master 1 and Master 2 degrees in French Literature and Civilization from the University of Paris 3. She has served in various volunteer roles for the club since 2014.

Vice President, Startups & Entrepreneurship
Catherine Ivari (B.A. Political Science '09)

Catherine is a graduate of UC Berkeley in Political Science. She also holds a master's degree in law from Sciences Po Paris and Georgetown University. After working in mergers & acquisitions, Catherine became an entrepreneur in the health and beauty industry. As Vice-President Startups & Entrepreneurship of the Berkeley Club of France, Catherine is the primary point of contact for Cal entrepreneurs in France and regularly organizes startup-related events.

Honorary Board of Advisors

Nicolas Tollet (LL.M. '05)
Partner, Hughes Hubbard & Reed

Nicolas is the founder and president emeritus of the Berkeley Club of France. A graduate of University of Aix-en-Provence Law School and Berkeley Law, he is an attorney-at-law admitted to the Bars of Paris, New York, and the United States Supreme Court.

Helen Ploix (M.P.A. '66)
Former Director, International Monetary Fund


Francesco Bandarin (M.C.R.P. '77)
Former Assistant Director General for Culture, UNESCO
Thierry de Montbrial (M.A. '68, Ph.D. '71 Economics)
Founder & President, French Institute for International Relations (IFRI)


Christine Delphy
French Sociologist, Feminist, Writer, and Theorist