The Friends of Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi

The Friends of Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi Association was established under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. It is supported by the French Ambassador to the UAE.

The Association was founded in Spring 2007 as a result of a group collaboration between Emirati and French residents in the UAE who are keen to support the development of a prestigious and ambitious project; while bringing together renowned Emirati and French companies as strategic partners in the outreach and development of Sorbonne Abu Dhabi. Members of the Association believe that education and culture are a crucial part in the economic development and the wellbeing of the community.

The Association’s primary role is to seek funds to support the university’s scholarships and to facilitate the transition of graduates into the professional world.

The Association Executive Committee consists of:

Mrs. Fairouz Villain

H.E. Saeed Al Hajiri,
Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA)

Mr. Sultan Al Hajji,
Total E&P UAE

General Secretary
Mrs. Asma Al Ghanem,
Doctors without Borders

Committee Member
Dr. Usra Soffan,
National Center for Documentation and Research

Committee Member
Mrs. Eudeline de Tinguy,
Thinkers & Doers

Committee Member
Mrs. Raphaele Francois-Poncet,
Baker & McKenzie/Habib Al Mulla

Committee Member
Mr. Hussain Al Jaziri, Ja’Afar Alwan,
Al Jaziri & Associates

Committee Member
Dr. Laurence Renault,
Acting Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director
for Academic Affairs of Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi

Member of Honour
Prof. Jean Chambaz,
President of Sorbonne University

Member of Honour
H.E. Ludovic Pouille,
French Ambassador to the UAE


Total E&P United Arab Emirates

Chalhoub Group

ARDIAN Foundation