Founder and President

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

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 2019

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 2020

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 2019

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 2021 (two-year term)

Olivier Vareille

Olivier serves the Board as the Vareille children’s representative, a two-year position that rotates among four siblings—Olivier, Marie, Clément and Paul.

Olivier heads the North American division of a consumer goods company. He and his wife are teaching their three children to love playing music, with the eldest learning the piano and the two younger children the violin. They live in New York.