Fondation Apprentis d'Auteuil International


These four action words summarize the line of action Apprentis d’Auteuil has developed over 150 years to pursue, with our local partners in around thirty countries, our mission to help young people who experience social, academic and/or family related hardships.


  • Trust can save the future! In order for young people to take their place in society and be successful in life, we must place our trust in them.
  • Never give up! Every single young person has potential and talent, no matter their past nor the difficulties they face. Our ambition is to give them every chance and empower them to succeed in life.
  • Each young person deserves a global and personalized development programme; we see each one of them as a unique personality with their own individual story. We care for them independently of their past and regardless of the difficulties they face.
  • Parents are the primary caregivers for their children; the family unit is the nest where a child grows up emotionally and socially. A child needs to develop close links with his/her family rather than grow up in opposition to them. When an individual family situation doesn’t allow reuniting its members, the tie must be maintained and nurtured as much as possible.
  • Taking action at an early stage prevents difficulties from developing; we are fully committed to prevention.


Jean-Paul Redouin


Chair of the Administrative Board of Review of the European Central Bank, chair of the dotation fund for the Development of social ties and chair of the Participation & Fraternité association which supports and implements participatory dynamics involving people in precarious situations.  

"My commitment in favour of young people in difficulty is fuelled by professional experiences that have taught me that trust is a key element in educational relationships; that supporting people requires taking a necessary risk; and that giving one’s time and skills is rewarding for both the recipient and the giver."

Bernard Firmenich


Originally from Geneva and a chemist by training, after 40 years spent in the family business and eager to devote more time to personal activities, he is committed to projects helping young people in difficulty and addressing the problem of plastic waste in the oceans.

"We were fortunate to have received a lot throughout our lives, it is right to give back to those in need and to take care of our planet for our children and future generations."

Patrick Besse


40 years of volunteering in the non-profit sector in France, in parallel to a 32-year career at the Agence Française de Développement, (the French Development Agency), in Africa and the French overseas territories.

"(…)The way in which the Foundation operates, based on a genuine partnership of exchange with local structures, seemed extremely interesting to me. In my opinion, this is a real success factor and is rewarding for all parties.  It is this approach, coupled with the expertise of Apprentis d’Auteuil and the support of its donors, that makes the development of vocational training and job creation possible."

André Altmeyer

Member of the Board

Following a career in teaching and communication, he joined Fondation Apprentis d’Auteuil in 1998 and became Director of Development and member of the Foundation’s Executive Committee in 2004, before being promoted to Deputy Executive Director in 2012.

"I am happy to employ my 10-year experience in international cooperation between Apprentis d’Auteuil and its international partners in 40 countries, at the service of the FAAI. Young people and families facing precarity and exclusion, must not be deprived of the benefits of multiculturalism. We are keen to share this essential dimension of our education project with as many young people as possible, to promote their social and professional integration."


Henri Danguy des Deserts

Member of the Board

Independent company director in Geneva and Paris and Board member for over 15 years of Zurich-based Limmat Stiftung – a non-profit foundation supporting ‘Street Children’ and ‘Mother and Children’ programmes in various countries.

"Delighted to express my great affinity with Apprentis d’Auteuil and its values: it is one of the most dedicated and impactful associations committed to young people in difficulty."

Valentine Denjoy

Member of the Board

Valentine Denjoy was born in Geneva. Following a career in the art world and patronage of the Louvre Museum, she now spends her time on philanthropic projects such as the French American Cultural Society (FACS), Villa Albertine in San Francisco and the Association pour le Rayonnement de l’Opéra de Paris (AROP). She also sits on the board of the Friends of the Musée de Condé, Chantilly.

“The FAAI is an organization that successfully promotes the cause of youth and sustainable integration, causes that are dear to me and to which I wish to bring my Franco-American experience.”

Louis Fauchier-Magnan

Member of the Board

Born in Geneva and a graduate in Mathematics from EPFL, he began his career at KPMG in Zurich. In 2009 he joined the Banque Mirabaud and Cie in Geneva, and then in Zurich and Paris. He is now Managing Director of the Paris entity. Keen to ensure a brighter future for young people in difficulty, he is committed to promoting Swiss expertise in vocational training.

"Through my engagement with FAAI, I aim to promote Swiss expertise in vocational training and enable young people in difficulty to benefit from the expertise of Apprentis d’Auteuil in this field, in Switzerland and abroad."

Jean-Paul Faugère

Member of the Board

A graduate of the École polytechnique, the Institut d’études politiques de Paris and the École nationale d’administration, Jean-Paul Faugère began his career as an insurance supervisor (1980–1981). He subsequently held supervisory, advisory and management positions at France’s Council of State (1983–1990) and Atomic Energy Commission (1990–1994) and on various ministerial staffs. Between 1997 and 2007, he was prefect of Loir-et-Cher, Vendée, Alsace and Bas-Rhin departments. After serving as the Prime Minister’s chief of staff from 2007 to 2012, he joined CNP Assurances as Chairman of the Board of Directors. In July 2020, he was appointed Vice-Chairman of the Prudential Supervision and Resolution Authority (Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution (ACPR)).

Marc Mandosse

Member of the Board

Marc Mandosse is active in the finance sector and dedicates a large part of his free time to ambitious philanthropic projects.  From the early days in the foundation’s history, he boldly supported FAAI’s set up in Switzerland.

"My commitment to the FAAI is motivated by a desire to offer the most vulnerable children access to education and infrastructures and above all to show generosity. It is through the determination and the solid approach of the FAAI that we prepare our youth for a better world."

Anna Panka André

Member of the Board

As qualified German and Italian attorney with 25 years of professional experience assisting clients in the luxury, food and beverages, and pharmaceutical industry in Germany, Italy, USA, France and Switzerland, Anna Panka André specialized in Intellectual Property. She is further Council Member of World Taekwondo and Member of the Board of Trustees of the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation.

"I am passionate about youth protection and believe that it is our duty to give young people, especially to the more vulnerable, all our help and attention to make sure they have a fair chance to succeed. Our world is in their hands."



As part of our international action, Apprentis d’Auteuil cares every year for:

  • 22'000 young people and families, and as many as 300'000 young people when taking into account our network of local partners,
  • In as many as 54 countries in Europe, West Africa, Central Africa, North Africa, Middle-East, Indian Ocean, South America and South-East Asia,
  • With 195 different partners, within a framework of international cooperation.

Each year, Apprentis d’Auteuil International is involved in approx. 20 international projects.

  • Our work focuses on 4 major areas:
    • Childhood protection
    • Integration and Entrepreneurship
    • Family support and Parenting
    • Multiculturalism

Partnerships are a key component to the delivery of all of this work.


Apprentis d’Auteuil is involved in work programmes abroad in partnership with 195 local organisations. We share with our local partners the experience and expertise in education and pedagogy we have gained over the years, observing the four following principles:

  • Subsidiarity: we work with, and not instead of, local actors and we share with them the initiative and responsibility.
  • Reciprocity: we consider the local associations as full partners and we establish with them a balanced and mutually enriching relationship.
  • Long-term commitment: we commit to a long-term working relationship with our partners.
  • Full respect for the young people and families we support: respect for their cultural environment, the language they speak, their customs, and traditions…