Founder and President - Board member since 2014

Hélène Vareille

After 30 years in management and consulting, Hélène now focuses exclusively on the Foundation, launched by the Vareille family in 2014 after long and careful thought. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Fondation Royaumont.

Founder and Vice-President - Board member since 2014

Pierre Vareille

Pierre joined his wife Hélène in establishing the Foundation, and project selection is extremely important to him. He brings to the Board his recognized experience as a corporate executive, his extensive network and his unwavering focus on performance and proven results.

Board member since 2018

Helena Maffli

A native of Finland, Helena Maffli has lived in a variety of countries, including the United States, where she completed part of her studies. A pianist by training, she headed the Lausanne Conservatory for 13 years and served as President of the European Music School Union from 2011 to 2018.

Board member since 2018

Hervé Cosnard

From May 2017 to May 2020, Hervé Cosnard served as director of education for the département of Val-d’Oise. He brings to the Board his wide-ranging experience in education and deep knowledge of the French education system.

Board member since 2023

Ghislaine Dehaene

Ghislaine Dehaene-Lambertz is a full-time researcher (DRCE) at France’s National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), and directs the developmental neuroimaging laboratory at NeuroSpin, a neuroscience research center with ties to the CEA, the University of Paris-Saclay, and France’s National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm). Her team uses magnetic resonance imaging and electroencephalography to study the neural basis of higher cognitive functions in infants and children. The goal is to understand the special features of the infant brain that enable children to acquire language so quickly and to develop complex cognitive functions in many different areas.

Board member since 2018

Alain Poirée

After an executive career at Saatchi & Saatchi, Publicis and other world-class names in corporate communications, Alain is now an independent consultant specializing in communications strategy. He joined the Vareille Foundation Board in early 2019.

Board member since 2014

David Hürlimann

David is a partner at CMS, one of Switzerland’s leading law firms, and is involved with a family foundation established by one of his ancestors. David used his expertise to create and register the Vareille Foundation, which continues to benefit from his legal acumen, sophisticated understanding of Swiss culture and society, and network of contacts in Switzerland.

Board member since 2022

Alain Robert

Alain Robert is an accomplished musician and banker. He studied the clarinet professionally before earning his degree in economics at the University of Neuchâtel. He then worked at UBS Group for over 40 years, including some 20 years in executive positions. He brings to the Board his passion for music and his extensive banking experience in Switzerland and elsewhere, including work with non-profit foundations. He currently sits on the board of Unigestion and chairs the boards of the Helmut Horten Foundation and the Foundation for the University of Neuchâtel.

Board member since 2022

Marie Vareille

Marie is the Vareille children’s representative on the Board, a 2-year position that rotates among 4 siblings—Olivier, Marie, Clément and Paul.

Marie has already published 10 novels. Her bestseller, La Vie rêvée des chaussettes orphelines, sold over 200,000 copies in France and has been translated in many countries. She lives on the North Sea Coast in the Netherlands with her husband and 2 daughters.