Leah Pisar new President of the Aladdin Project


The Board of Directors and the General Assembly of the Aladdin Project, an international non-governmental organization based in Paris, met on Monday, May 29, and elected the association's new leadership. Leah Pisar was elected President of the Aladdin Project ten years after its creation. She succeeds Anne-Marie Revcolevschi. The Council paid tribute to the untiring efforts of the outgoing president.

Eric de Rothschild, one of the founders of the Aladdin Project when it was created at the French Holocaust Memorial Foundation in 2007, becomes vice-president of the organization, along with French Senator Bariza Khiari. Former vice-president Serge Klarsfeld becomes advisor to the president, and André Azoulay assumes charimanship of the international advisory board of the organization, the Committee on Conscience. Yves Kugelmann was elected treasurer and Dominique Bocquet secretary general.

Abe Radkin, who has been the NGO's executive director since its launch, remains in that post.

The Council also approved the entry of three new members: Rachid Benmokhtar, former Minister of Education of Morocco; Cinzia Catalfamo Akbaraly, President of the Akbaraly Foundation in Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean, and Adama Dieng, Special Advisor to the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the Prevention of Genocide.

In thanking the Board members for the confidence they have placed in her, Leah Pisar stressed the importance of pursuing the innovative work of the Aladdin Project, which has established itself as a credible platform for intercultural rapprochement, while recognizing the need to reinforce the international character of the organization's initiatives and expand the coalition of women and men of good will that it has assembled across five continents.

For Leah Pisar, this new responsibility is in the continuity of the deep commitment of her father, Samuel Pisar, survivor of Auschwitz and member of the Board of Directors of the Aladdin Project, who passed away in 2015.  

Leah Pisar is a former director of communications at the National Security Council during the administration of US President Bill Clinton. She is a director of the French-American Foundation, the French Institute Alliance Française, the Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship, and the Franco-American Fulbright Commission.

The new president of the Aladdin Project is the author of "Storm on the Atlantic: France and the United States in Front of Iraq" (Fayard, 2010). She is a graduate of the University of Harvard (BA in political science), the Paris Institute of Political Sciences (DEA in international relations) and the University of Paris II (Ph.D in Political Science).

Born in Paris in 1972, she married in 2011 Jérôme Haas, President of the French Accounting Standards Authority (who died in 2014). Their son, Jeremiah, is two and a half years old.