Leadership

Libraries without Borders is an association under the 1901 Associations French law. It is chaired by an Executive Board of 24 members, elected by the General Assembly, constituted by the totality of LWB's members. In the US, LWB is a nonprofit organization 501(c)(3), also chaired by a Board.

A word from our Chairman

Patrick Weil

Historian, visiting professor at Yale Law School and Senior Research Fellow at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS, France)

In 2007 we founded a nonprofit that seeks to improve access to information, education and culture in the world.

We believed that access to books, to information, and to knowledge required a new kind of mobilization and innovation, and that libraries represented this future where, through the use of new tools and digital technologies, everyone could have access to culture.

We thus sought to reinvent the 21st century library in all its forms. Whether digital or physical, mobile or fixed, libraries give everyone the tools to understand and change the world.

I am proud of the results so far that have allowed Libraries Without Borders to play a novel and significant role in the humanitarian and international communities.

More than a decade ago, we were already driven by the ambition to create a library that would constantly evolve and reinvent itself to better address the major challenges our society faces. That same ambition is now shared by a growing community including our financial and operational parnters, our volutneers, our members and donors, our staff in our offices and those on the ground, of course, and all the individuals and organizations – more and more every day – who collaborate with us in a variety of ways. Together, we are inventing new ways in which libraries can transform and improve the lives of their users.

Board of Directors - United States

Chairman


Patrick Weil

Historian, Senior Research Fellow at the CNRS, visiting professor at Yale Law School

Member of the Board


Chelsea Stieber

Assistant Professor, Catholic University of America

Executive Committee


Katherine Reisner

Counselor, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Executive Committee


Zach Sims

Co-founder & CEO of Codecademy

Member of the Board


Anthony Chase

Program Officer, Humanity in Action

Member of the Board


Owen M. Fiss

Professor, Yale Law School

Member of the Board


Jeanne Friedman

Strategic Development Advisor

Member of the Board


Noorain Khan

Program Officer, Office of the President, Ford Foundation

Member of the Board


Jessica Marshall

Co-Founder LightSail Education

Member of the Board


Eric Parrie

Teacher at Colleagiate Academies

Deputy chairman


Peter Sahlins

Historian, Professor at UC Berkeley

Treasurer


Mark Cramer

Applied Artificial Intelligence Product Management at Xerox

Member of the Board


Ramona Nadaff

Publisher, Professor of Rhetoric at UC Berkeley

Committee of Advisors - United States

Board of Directors - France

Chairman


Patrick Weil

Historian, Senior Research Fellow at the CNRS, visiting professor at Yale Law School

Deputy Chairman


Olivier Bassuet

Producer, So Films

Deputy Chairman


Véronique Brachet

Retired, former Press Relations Manager of Radio France

Deputy treasurer


Julien Serignac

Counselor at Paris administrative court

Member of the Board


Farid Benlagha

Member of the Board


Olivier Bosc

Library and archives Curator of the Chantilly Castle

Member of the Board


Christian Connan

Former French ambassador to Mali, Haiti and Cambodia

Member of the Board


Mary Fleming

Writer

Treasurer


Philippe Laffon

General Inspector at the General Inspection for Social Affairs

Deputy Chairman


Geneviève Brisac

Writer and editor

Deputy secretary


Jean-Baptiste Soufron

Lawyer

Secretary


Ghislaine Hudson

Former Principal of the Lycée Français de New York, Honorary Principal, France

Member of the Board


Constance Rivière

Deputy chairman


Peter Sahlins

Historian, Professor at UC Berkeley

Member of the Board


Arnaud Delalande

Writer

Member of the Board


Antoine Boulay

Institutional relations Director at Bpifrance

Member of the Board


Thierry Marembert

Lawyer at the Paris Bar

Member of the Board


Silvère Mercier

Librarian, in charge of mediation and digital innovations at the Bibliothèque Publique d’Information (BPI), France

Member of the Board


Frédéric Régent

Lecturer at Paris I University – Panthéon-Sorbonne, and professor at the University of the French West Indies and Guiana, Guiana

Member of the Board


Eros Sana

Journalist, social activist, France

Member of the Board


Anna Soravito

Former Programs Director at BSF

Member of the Board


Cyril Zimmermann

Founder of the Hi-Media group, Chairman of ACSEL, France

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