The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations
The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations

Legacy transformation

The mission of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations is to promote social empowerment and a collaborative society. It is rooted in a century-long tradition of giving founded on humanism, inclusion and the search for excellence. We continue to apply the same principles in the transformation of our philanthropic legacy by identifying innovative solutions and creative partnerships in the arts, health and impact entrepreneurship.

Capacity-building is at the core of our activities as we equip individuals with the tools and knowledge to improve their own lives and those of others. We develop environments and relationships where human beings, communities and institutions draw on each other’s capabilities to create a better world.

We also demand the best from ourselves and seek to measurably improve our contribution and the impact of our programs. We value successes as well as failures for what they teach us.

By cross-fertilizing experience and initiatives, our international network builds a professional community of changemakers who are an extraordinary source of inspiration.

As a clearinghouse and a multiplier of best practices in the social sector, the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations bring an entrepreneurial zeal to philanthropy.
 

Firoz Ladak
CEO

7 Generations
10 Foundations
100 Projects
 

Our Values

Harnessing legacy, promoting excellence, catalysing change, building an inclusive society
Legacy
Excellence
Change
Inclusion
 

International Network & Projects

By cross-fertilizing experience and initiatives, our international network builds a professional community of changemakers who are an extraordinary source of inspiration.

GENEVA

Fondation Maurice et Noémie de Rothschild

Fondation Edmond de Rothschild

Mémorial A. de Rothschild

CAESAREA

The Rothschild Caesarea Foundation

NEW YORK

The Edmond de Rothschild Foundation

PARIS

Fondation A. de Rothschild

Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique

Fondation OPEJ Edmond de Rothschild

MADRID

Fundacion Ariane de Rothschild

Founders

Benjamin de Rothschild
Ariane de Rothschild

" We all play a role in building a future for the next generations. Through innovative programs, our Foundations build gateways between today's world and the more collaborative world of tomorrow. "

CEO

Firoz Ladak

"We are developing a resolutely modern vision of philanthropy through which we stand up for the dignity and responsibility of everyone."

Benjamin de Rothschild

Baron Benjamin de Rothschild, born on 30th July 1963, in Neuilly s/Seine, France, is the son of the late Baron Edmond de Rothschild, and Baroness Nadine, née Lhopitalier. He is married and father of four daughters.

After his secondary education in Paris and Geneva, he studied Business Management at Pepperdine University in California and in 1985 joined the Benjamin and Edmond de Rothschild Group, where he undertook extensive training in various banking entities. Then, in 1989, he created his own company based in Geneva, La Compagnie de Trésorerie Benjamin de Rothschild specialized in risk management for institutional clients, renamed in 2012 CBR Conseils.

Since his father passed away in November 1997, Benjamin de Rothschild presides  the Benjamin and Edmond de Rothschild Group. He also chairs, amongst others, the Board of Directors of Edmond de Rothschild (Suisse) SA and Edmond de Rothschild (France) SA.

Benjamin de Rothschild is actively involved in philanthropic and charitable foundations for the arts and sciences. He holds the chairmanships of The Edmond de Rothschild Foundation, New York, the Caesarea Edmond Benjamin de Rothschild Foundation and the Fondation Ophtalmologique Adolphe de Rothschild, Paris.

Ariane de Rothschild

Baroness Ariane de Rothschild is a French citizen, was born in San Salvador and grew up in Latin America and in Africa.  She is fluent in French, English, Spanish, German and Italian.

She graduated in Paris with a bachelor of commerce and completed a Master in Business Administration at Pace University in New York.

Baroness Ariane de Rothschild has gained a solid experience in finance and banking over the last twenty years. She began her career as a trader in foreign exchange and metals with Société Générale in Australia and in New York. She then joined US insurance corporation AIG and developed successfully the group’s European operations from Paris, France.

Baroness Ariane de Rothschild now holds various board positions across the Edmond de Rothschild Group, including Edmond de Rothschild (Suisse) S.A., Holding Benjamin & Edmond de Rothschild Pregny, and Barons & Baronne Associés.

In January 2015 she has been appointed as Chairwoman of the Group Executive Committee.

She also devotes a considerable amount of time to philanthropy through of a historical network of family foundations in Switzerland, France, Spain, Israel, the United States, India and South Africa. The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations play a pivotal role in demonstrating the commitment of her family and her own personal dedication to education and social engagement in the arts, social entrepreneurship, medical research, environment and cross-cultural dialogue.

She resides in Geneva, Switzerland with her husband Baron Benjamin de Rothschild and their four daughters.

Firoz Ladak

Since 2005, Firoz Ladak is the CEO of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations. He is in charge of the strategy, implementation and financial management of a philanthropic network that spans Europe, the United States, Africa, South Asia and the Middle East. Across all regions, EDRF works to create social empowerment and a more collaborative society, supporting projects and programs in education, the arts, health and social entrepreneurship. Firoz is leading the Foundations' transition from traditional giving to strategic philanthropy through an innovative mix of impact-driven programs and best practice sharing. 

Firoz is also a member of the board of various foundations under the Edmond de Rothschild umbrella, including the Fondation Ophtalmologique Adolphe de Rothschild, a Paris-based teaching hospital specializing in ophthalmology and neurology; Carnegie Hall, New York ‘s landmark musical stage; Admical, France’s leading organization for the professionalization of philanthropy; and Mozaik RH, French first non-profit agency in diversity recruitment

Previously, he spent over 12 years in investment banking at Paribas, specializing in project and media finance, privatization and the creation of public-private partnerships. Through his work in emerging markets, he gained considerable experience in economic development and the management of relations with international organizations and governments.

Firoz is a graduate of McGill University and the University of Oxford, where he completed an M. Phil in Oriental Studies as an Aga Khan Scholar. He is a Canadian and French citizen and resides in Geneva, Switzerland.

Delphine BottgeDelphine Bottge

Delphine Bottge is a partner of the Law Firm Bottge & Associés. For more than 15 years, she has been mainly practising law in the field of philanthropy and has been involved in numerous philanthropic projects.

She is a specialist in the incorporation of philanthropic structures (foundations, associations etc.), in the drafting of donation agreements and an expert on governance questions. She has inside knowledge on the specific issues of the philanthropic field. In this respect, she often accompanies philanthropists over the life of their projects, helping them to define and develop their strategy.

Delphine also sits on two boards of foundations under the Edmond the Rothschild umbrella, namely the Fondation Maurice et Noémie de Rothschild, based in Geneva and the Fundacion Ariane de Rothschild based in Madrid. 

Julien GottsmannJulien Gottsmann

Julien Gottsman is the general director of the Rothschild Foundation and associate professor at the University of Versailles. He has successively occupied the positions of director of human resources at Garches Hospital, director of economic services and finances at Pitié-Salpêtrière, general secretary at the National Institute of Cancer and director of medical human resources at AP-HP.

A graduate of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique (majoring in hospital direction), he also holds a diploma from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, an MBA in public law from the London School of Economics and Columbia University and a certificate of law (EFB laureate).

Gilles NobécourtGilles Nobécourt

Gilles Nobécourt joined the Life Sciences Team of Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners in 2002. Previously, he was Social Advisor in the French Senate (1981-1982), Chief of Staff to the President of Languedoc Roussillon Regional Council (1982), Advisor to the French Minister for Industry and Research (1983), and subsequently Advisor to the French Prime Minister (1984-1986). He was the field Officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Africa and Central America until 1988, and subsequently the Vice President in Public Affairs at the Rhône-Poulenc Group.

Gilles is a founding member of RPR Gencell, the biotechnology division of Rhône-Poulenc Rorer. He was a consultant at Russell Reynolds & Associates until 2002and has been a Partner at Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners since. Gilles is a director of Genkyotex, Complix, Gamamabs, Inotrem, Fondation Ophtalmologique Adolphe de Rothschild and EdRIP. He graduated from the Paris Institute for Political Sciences in 1980 and holds a Masters degree in applied economics and a certificate from the Stanford Global School of Business.

Antonio Salgado BarahonaAntonio Salgado Barahona

Since 2013, Antonio is a member of the Board of Edmond de Rothschild Foundations in Spain. Antonio collaborates actively in social entrepreneurships actions, educational and cultural events and promotes closely the development of the programs.

Antonio joined the Edmond de Rothschild Group in March, 2008. He is CEO for Spain and General Manager in Edmond de Rothschild (Europe), Spanish Branch.
In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of BODEGAS BENJAMIN DE ROTHSCHILD &VEGA-SICILIA, S.A., the join venture between Edmond de Rothschild and Vega Sicilia, in Rioja (Spain).

Previously, he worked for BNP PARIBAS for over 7 years as Spain Head for UHNW clients. In addition to that, he was member of the UHNW International Committee and member of the Board of Directors of several companies related to BNPP Group.

François MorinFrançois Morin

In 1987 François L. Morin joined Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, one of the largest and oldest law firms in Canada and became partner in 1997. As a result of mandates from trust companies and a wide range of wealthy individuals, François has acquired expertise in everything relating to income tax issues, particularly with regard to wealth preservation and transfer of wealth to future generations, including planning involving family trusts and other types of estate planning for Canadians and international clients.

He has advised families on business succession issues and on corporate reorganization after a death. In recent years, he has assisted registered charities and wealthy individuals in structuring, from a tax point of view, the gifting of substantial assets. He has advised registered charities with respect to technical and reporting issues with the revenue departments and with respect to investment opportunities.

Valérie MonchiValérie Monchi

Valerie Monchi is Managing Director in Research and Business Manager for Global Research at Barclays, New York. In her role, Valerie supports the strategic and economic decision-making, business development, and implementation of regulatory and strategic initiatives as they relate to Research.  Valerie also leads the Chief Content Operating Office, responsible for the production and distribution of Research to clients globally. Ms. Monchi joined Barclays in September 2008. Prior to that, she worked in similar roles at Lehman Brothers, which she joined in London in 2000.  Prior to joining the investment banking industry, Ms. Monchi worked as a journalist and publisher for 10 years.

She was one of the founding editors of Prospect magazine in the UK, where she worked between 1995-2000. Prior to that, she was deputy foreign editor at the Jewish Chronicle in London. Throughout her career, Valerie has championed diversity efforts, most recently as co-chair of the Women’s Initiative Network at Barclays. Ms. Monchi was born in France and holds a First Class Honours degree in Philosophy from McGill University, as well as a B.Phil. from Balliol College, Oxford.

 

Philippe SussweinPhilippe Susswein

Philip M. Susswein is a partner at the international law firm Proskauer Rose LLP.  He is one of a line of lawyers at Proskauer Rose LLP stretching back over fifty years who have represented members of the Rothschild family in personal, business and philanthropic pursuits. He has been involved with the work of The Edmond de Rothschild Foundation since 1999 and has been Secretary to the foundation since 2003.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin and of the Rutgers Law School, he has taught at Fordham Law School and served as a Director of a pro bono legal services organization created by the New York City Bar Association. For over twenty years, he has managed one of the firm's longest-lived programs providing end-of-life planning for persons with AIDS. 

David HayonDavid Hayon

David Hayon is a board member of Ariane de Rothschild Foundation (ADRF) since 2007. He serves as treasurer for the ADRF and works actively together with Edmond de Rothschild Foundations’ team on the definition and implementation of different projects and programs developed in Spain, particularly in social entrepreneurship, education and arts.

David joined Edmond de Rothschild Group in 2001. He has developed his professional career as a business development manager in the private banking and fund services in the Spanish and LATAM markets. He has more than 15 years experience and advanced knowledge of the Luxembourg Banking Industry and Private Banking & Wealth Management business. David is a business administration graduate of Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He is a Spanish citizen and resides in Madrid, Spain.

Pierre SassonPierre Sasson

Since 2002, Pierre Sasson is the Chairman and CEO of COGIFRANCE, a subsidiary of the Edmond Rothschild group in Paris, specialized in real estate development.  He started his career in management consulting at GAMMA INTERNATIONAL and has previously worked for CIC-Banques(1990 -1998),  within the Process and Organization Department and within the Marketing Branch.

Pierre Sasson is member of the Board of the Holding Benjamin and Edmond Rothschild Pregny. He is also member of the Board and Treasurer of the Fondation Ophtalmologique Adolphe de Rothschild, a Paris-based Hospital, and of the OPEJ-Baron Edmond de Rothschild Foundation, an organization specialized in the protection of children and young people. Pierre is a graduate from the French École Polytechnique and the French École Nationale de la Statistique et de l'Administration Economique.

Francis-André WollmanFrancis-André Wollman

Since 2007, Francis-André Wollman is the Director of the Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique (IBPC) in Paris - a research institute dedicated to life sciences which is supported by the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation for the Development of Scientific Research.

In the past ten years Francis-André Wollman fostered an integrated view of the current challenges in the dynamics of cellular bioenergetics that places IBPC at the frontier of knowledge in contemporary biology. He promoted the association of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation for the Development of Scientific Research͟ with the Paris Sciences et Lettres͟ (PSL) research university.

He was awarded several prizes, including the Silver Medal of the CNRS. Francis-André Wollman is a graduate from the Science University of Paris (P7) where he completed a PhD in biophysics. He developed most of his career at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), where he is appointed as the Director of Exceptional Class.

Alain FischerAlain Fischer

Dr Alain Fischer studied medicine, with a specialization in pediatrics and immunology at the University of Paris. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University College London, he started independent research in an INSERM unit at the Necker Hospital in Paris.

From 2009 to 2016, he was the director of the Institute for Genetic Diseases (Imagine) at Necker University Hospital. Dr Fischer also served as a professor of pediatric immunology at the Paris Descartes University. From 1996 to 2012, he has served as the director of the pediatric immunology department at Necker Hospital. Dr Fischer is presently Professor at College de France. Dr  Fischer's main research interests are gene therapy, primary immunodeficiency diseases, and the development of the lymphoid system. Dr Fischer received the Louis Jeantet Prize for Medicine in 2001 and the Japan Prize in 2015.

Eric MolinieEric Molinie

Eric Molinié graduated from HEC Paris and first joined Banque Indosuez in 1983 as a syndicate manager for bond issues. Previously he was the Deputy CEO at Cyril Finance (1987-1998), the CEO of the NGO (AFM) which created the French telethon (1999-2003) and an Advisor to the EDF CEO (2004-2009). Additionally, he has acted as the French Ombudsman (2010-2011) and the President of Samu Social de Paris dedicated to the homeless people(2011-2013). From 2010 to 2014, he was in charge of Ethics and Corporate Responsibility as a Deputy Vice President within EDF Group Sustainable Development Division. Eric has published 20 propositions for developing CSR in France and since 2013, is the President of EDF group Ethics and Deontology Committee.

Since 2015, he is a member of the Deontology Committee of the French National Authority for Health" and a member of the Board of the French NGO ATD Quart Monde. In 2016 he was appointed Member of SRI (Socially Responsible Investment) Label Committee by the French Government.

Pascal ChevaletPascal Chevalet

Pascal Chevalley holds a bachelor degree in accounting from the School of Business in Geneva.He began his career with the international firm Deloitte SA as an Accountant Officer (1989 -1995).

Pascal Chevalley joined the Edmond de Rothschild Group in 1996 at Edmond de Rothschild Holding SA. He then joined the Baron Benjamin de Rothschild Family Office in 1999, where he was appointed General Manager in 2008.

In addition to his current role as Head of the Family Office, Pascal Chevalley serves as a member of the Board of Directors of several companies and foundations in Switzerland and abroad.

Alejandro Fernandez de AraozAlejandro Fernandez de Araoz

Co-founder partner at Araoz & Rueda (1994), he has developed his practice advising in general corporate and commercial matters and, more specifically, in mergers, acquisitions and capital markets, where he has extensive experience. Furthermore, he regularly advises in litigation (including arbitration) and restructuring/insolvency matters. He has been Associate Professor for Commercial Law at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and is the author of numerous publications on corporate and security laws.

Alejandro holds a J.D. (1985) and a Ph. D. ("Cum laude", 1998) from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, as well as a LL.M. from the London School of Economics and Political Science (1986) and LL.M. from the New York University School of Law (1987). He has been Visitor Researcher at Harvard Law School and Ludwig-Maximilian University (Munich) (1992-1993).

Pierre DonnensbergPierre Donnensberg

Pierre Donnersberg is the director of SIACI SAINT HONORE, the second brokering insurance group in France. He began his career in 1968 at Séquanaise (UAP), and shortly joined the French General Insurance as an inspector.

In 1974 he became the principal inspector at Winterthur. Under the umbrella of the Edmond de Rothschild company, he created the Courtage Saint-Honoré society which has since developed into the Saint-Honoré Insurance Brokerage.

A lover of contemporary art, Pierre is also the administrator of the Adolphe de Rothschild Ophthalmological Foundation since 1995, and the administrator and treasurer of the French Federation for Epilepsy since 2012. He was named officer by The National Order of the Legion of Honor in 2016.

Board members

Delphine Bottge
Delphine Bottge
Julien Gottsmann
Julien Gottsmann
Gilles Nobécourt
Gilles Nobécourt
Antonio Salgado Barahona
Antonio Salgado Barahona
François Morin
François Morin
Valérie Monchi
Valérie Monchi
Philippe Susswein
Philippe Susswein
David Hayon
David Hayon
Pierre Sasson
Pierre Sasson
Francis-André Wollman
Francis-André Wollman
Alain Fischer
Alain Fischer
Eric Molinie
Eric Molinie
Pascal Chevalet
Pascal Chevalet
Alejandro Fernandez de Araoz
Alejandro Fernandez de Araoz
Pierre Donnensberg
Pierre Donnensberg