NEW YORK, Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Association of François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB International), a leading global poverty alleviation organization, has announced the appointments of Khadija Rejto as Chairman of the Board for FXB USA, Anne Lauvergeon as Chairman of the Board for FXB France and Didier Cherpitel as Chairman of the Board for FXB Switzerland. In addition to guiding the organization's overall strategy and operations, FXB's new leadership team will focus on replicating the proven FXB Village Network model around the world.
"I couldn't be more proud to appoint leaders who embody FXB's commitment to combating poverty through sustainable means," said Albina du Boisrouvray, founder of FXB International. "The next year will bring many exciting new developments for our organization, and I am confident that these three individuals will see us through as FXB evolves and new projects are brought to fruition."
The FXB-Village-Network model is a comprehensive and integrated approach to combating poverty that empowers families to attain economic and social autonomy. FXB provides families with cash grants to start small enterprises, enabling them to provide for their children. Program participants also receive nutritional and medical assistance, school enrollment, professional training, HIV prevention and treatment, and psychosocial counseling. Over three years, participants gradually replace FXB services with their own resources until they are entirely self-sufficient. An external evaluation of the model has found that 86% of participants are living above the poverty line four years after the program's end.
FXB's new leadership team will focus on developing and disseminating a toolkit for organizations around the world to replicate the FXB-Village-Network model in the communities they serve. The team will also oversee a restructuring of FXB's governance structure, establishing national boards empowered to tailor FXB programs to their own specific cultural, political and economic realities, creating services that more effectively address the needs of each community.
Founded in 1989, FXB is a global non-profit organization dedicated to raising a generation of children impacted by the HIV/AIDS pandemic and extreme poverty. FXB was founded on the belief that the best way to help these children is to strengthen the socio-economic capacities of their families, teaching them sustainable methods to pull themselves out of poverty. The work of FXB has attracted support from governments and prominent leaders around the world, including current FXB board members James Wolfensohn, former President of the World Bank; Harvey Fineberg, former Provost of Harvard University and Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health; and Dr. Amartya Sen, 1998 Nobel Prize winner in Economic Sciences.
Khadija Rejto – Chairman of the Board, FXB USA
Khadija Rejto is Managing Director of Solutions International Advisors, a global firm providing strategic planning, management and monitoring services to support philanthropists and impact investors around the world. Prior to founding Solutions, Khadija served as the representative of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Health Action in Crises Unit to the United Nations and a director at International Medical Corps. She also held financial management positions at Harvard University and One Beacon Group/CGU. Khadija earned a Masters degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, a Diploma in International Law from the Graduate School of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and an undergraduate degree in finance with highest honors from Northeastern University.
Anne Lauvergeon – Chairman of the Board, FXB France
Anne Lauvergeon most recently served as the Chairman of the Executive Board of AREVA, a nuclear and renewable energy company. She began her professional career in the iron and steel industry, directing European safety studies for the Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique. After serving as Deputy Director of the General Mining Council, Anne was appointed Advisor for Economic International Affairs to the French Presidency, rising to Deputy Chief of Staff in 1991 and leading the President's preparations for the G7 Summit the same year. She returned to the private sector in 1995, becoming Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of COGEMA. She has been ranked by Forbes magazine as the ninth-most powerful woman in the world, third-most in Europe and most powerful in France. Anne graduated from the French National School of Mining Engineers (Ecole des Mines) and the French Ecole Normale Supérieure and holds a degree in physics.
Didier Cherpitel – Chairman of the Board, FXB Switzerland
Didier Cherpitel worked for J.P. Morgan for nearly 30 years in New York, Paris, Singapore, Brussels and London, notably serving as Managing Director of J.P. Morgan Guaranty Ltd in London, Chairman and Managing Director of J.P. Morgan France and Managing Director in charge of private banking activities in Europe. After two years serving as Managing Director in charge of capital market activities at Security Capital Group in London, he moved to the Federation Internationale des Societes de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge in Geneva, where he worked as General Secretary for four years. In 1998, he became an Independent Member of Supervisory Board of Wendel SA and Chairman of the company's Governance Committee. Most recently, he has held leadership positions for Fidelity International, ProLogis European Properties, Federactive and the Swiss Philanthropic Foundation, among others. Didier holds a postgraduate degree in economic sciences and graduated from Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris.
About Albina du Boisrouvray
Albina du Boisrouvray is the founder of FXB International and recipient of numerous awards for her work as a philanthropist, visionary activist and social entrepreneur. A former film producer, she has donated two-thirds of her own personal fortune ($100 million) and dedicated 25 years of her life combating child poverty and HIV/AIDS. Albina works with the conviction that the best solution for helping children is to strengthen the social and economic capacities of their families and communities. FXB serves in nearly 20 countries such as Columbia, India, China and Rwanda, and focuses its efforts on helping lift families and entire communities out of extreme poverty in order to raise future generations of children.
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