Don’t miss a talk with Denis Zerbudacki at Alexandria’s French Cultural Institute

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 15 Nov 2022

Denis Zervudacki
Denis Zervudacki


American University in Cairo
Mon 21, 7-8pm (Online event): “The Egyptian Food Bank: Transitioning from Hunger Relief to Food Security”, join this Gerhart Centre Webinar Series session featuring Mohsen Sarhan, CEO of The Egyptian Food Bank and moderated by Hana El Sadat, humanitarian and philanthropist. Under the title “The Aftermath of the COVID 19: The New Social Impact Ecosystem”, this series aims to discuss concepts that are currently not mainstream and may (or perhaps should) become mainstream in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.  



French Cultural Institute

Madrasset Al-Huquq Al Frinseya St, Mounira, Tel 02 2791 5800 

Media Library

Fri 18, 1.30pm: On the occasion of the project “Pépites Internationales”, the Media Library invites its young public (8-12 years old) to a series of reading clubs around the Pépites internationales offered by the French Institute, the Salon du livre, and the Presse Jeunesse.

Reading and discovery sessions with Lucia Salgueiro

a teacher at Collège du Sacré-Cœur and a specialist in workshops for young people.




French Cultural Institute

Shafiq Al-Deeb St, Al-Golf, Heliopolis, Masr Al-Gedida, Tel 02 2417 4824 

Wed 22 and Mon 28, 7pm: “A Night of Live Debates”, a meeting between the MUN Eloquence Club of the Balzac International School in Cairo and the French Institute of Egypt in Cairo, for a debating activity between the IFE students and the Balzac school students. The art of speech at the service of the ideas we defend, rich exchanges over social issues, philosophical questions, or even famous quotes!

The evening will be hosted by Jules Thomas, philosophy teacher at the Lycée International Balzac and Coline Mathias, academic advisor at the IFE in Heliopolis and New Cairo.




French Cultural Institute

30 Al-Nabi Danial St, Mahatet Misr, Alexandria, Tel 03 3913435/3918952

Tues 22, 6pm: A talk with author Denis Zervudacki about his book, Le Dictionnaires Amoureux De L’Entreprise Et Des Entrepreneurs, which will be led by the President of the French Chamber of Commerce, with a simultaneous Arabic translation. For the first time, not one but 90 authors such as Xavier Niel, Vincent Bolloré, Bernard Arnault, Martin Bouygues, Sophie Bellon, Erik Orsena, Christophe Bonduelle, have collaborated on the latest addition to the Dictionnaires amoureux collection, dedicated this time to enterprises and entrepreneurs. The topics covered are diverse: capitalism, customers, the right to make mistakes, entrepreneurship, liberalism, innovation, artificial intelligence, freedom, merit, diversity, trust, money, the common good… Each of them will have done it with their own words, their own style, their own view, their own experience, and their own convictions. The proceeds of this book will be donated to the association “Les Determinés” which supports young people from working-class neighborhoods on their path to entrepreneurship.

Zerbudacki, a leading businessman and employer, was Secretary General of the CNPF from 1985 to 1992 (which became Medef in 1998). In 1992, he founded DZA, a consulting firm that assists in the development of foreign multinationals in France and Europe. Still highly involved in the world of entrepreneurship and consulting, as evidenced by his time on the national council of French employers, he joined last summer Bain and Compagnie, an international consulting specialist on strategy and management.

*A version of this article appears in print in the 17 November, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.

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