Annenberg Leadership & Management Speaker Series: Marie Ekeland, daphni

January 29, 2019 Add to Calendar

7–8 p.m.


Shanahan Center, Drinkward Recital Hall
320 E. Foothill Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711


“Achieving the Unexpected by Being True to Yourself”

Marie Ekeland will share her thoughts on how integrity, purpose and mathematics led to seeding the first French unicorn (Criteo) and bringing it to the Nasdaq, creating the first French startup lobby (France Digitale), changing French taxation law, resigning in protest from the French Digital Council's presidency and founding a new, $200 million venture capital fund.

Ekeland is co-founder of daphni, a venture capital firm that invests in European tech startups and is supported by an online platform and international community. She began her career in 1997 at J.P. Morgan in New York as a computer scientist. In 2000, Ekeland joined CPR Private Equity as a venture capitalist. She moved to Elaia Partners in 2005 leading investments in Criteo, Edoki Academy, Mobirider, Pandacraft,, Teads, Wyplay and Ykone. In 2012, she also created France Digitale, a European startup lobby that brings more than 700 startups and investors together.

The Annenberg Leadership and Management Speaker Series is an integral part of Harvey Mudd College’s commitment to encouraging students to lead with integrity. Funded by the Annenberg Program Endowment for Leadership, this series brings to campus accomplished individuals who are recognized, world-class leaders in their fields of endeavor. The lectures provide an engaging forum for senior executives to address pertinent leadership issues and to share their insights with the Harvey Mudd community.

Admission to this public lecture series is complimentary. Lectures are held on campus in the Wayne ’73 and Julie Drinkward Recital Hall of the R. Michael Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, California, 91711. A dessert reception follows each lecture.

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