• About us

    Here comes the sunHere comes the sun

    Here comes the sun
    The concept of the Foundation is to bring together the most brilliant minds of the rising generation: the world leaders of tomorrow.

    Aged 25 to 35, these Rising Stars are nominated by prominent academics, business leaders, scientists, artists, religious leaders, and others. They are currently completing their university studies (graduates, postgraduates, post-doctorates, interns, etc.) or just beginning their professional careers. They come from the five continents of the world.

  • About us

    The Global Governance IndexThe Global Governance Index

    The Global Governance Index

    Today, there is no comprehensive system for assessing government commitment and effectiveness. No synthesis that takes into account all major areas of public action in the world has ever been done. This is why we created the Global Governance Index (GGI).

    Three criteria were used to evaluate the action of governments:

    Unity: The capacity to form a nation and unite its people (education, social policies, economic policies, fight against corruption, promotion of equality and social progress).

    Security: The ability to preserve the integrity of the territory and that of its citizens (defense, domestic security, public health, freedom of speech and sustainable development).

    Progress: The ability to create optimism, momentum and innovation (research and development, business stimulation, technological innovation, scientific research, quality of higher education).

    If you wish to learn more about the Global Governance Index, about its results, methodology or the concept on which it is based, please visit the dedicated website : www.globalgovernanceindex.com

  • A few Rising Stars

    Myriam Benraad

    Myriam Benraad has a PhD in Political Sciences and is a specialist of the Middle East and the Muslim world. After her PhD thesis at the Paris Institute of Political Science, she joined the Center of International Studies and Research (CERI) and the Institute of Studies on Islam and Societies of the Muslim World (IISMM) …
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    Ruth Bernabé Palanca

    Ruth Bernabé Palanca is a Strategy Consultant in the field of security and defense analysis. After a first experience as project manager in the French Directorate General of the High Council of Strategic Training and Research (CSFRS-Prime Minister’s Office), she served as a communication officer and publication manager at the Institute for Strategic Research of the Ecole Militaire (IRSEM- Ministry of Defense) and later as legal analyst for ...
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    Benedetta Berti

    A native of Italy, Benedetta Berti is currently a fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), a TED Fellow, and lecturer at Tel Aviv University. Since August 2017, she works as Senior Advisor and Acting Head of the Policy Planning Division (PPU) in the Office of the Secretary General at NATO…
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    Nadia Biryukova

    Nadia Biryukova graduated with a Master’s degree in « Litterature Theory » from the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) and another Masters’ in Russian and French history, litterature and culture from the Russian University of Humanities. Interested in culture and communication, she participated in the elaboration of « Arzamas », a Russian think tank…
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    Ehki Busquet

    Ekhi Busquet successfully participated in the 2017 edition of Rising Generation. She won the the hearts of the audience with her innovative project “Les Estampillés”, a design studio where small furniture and interior design is produced based on 3 founding principles: 100% handmade, 100% professional insertion and 100% young French creation…
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    Rosa Maria Cayo Moreano

    Rosa Maria Cayo Moreano graduated in Peru with a Law degree and is currently completing her Master’s degree in Environmental Law at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. She participated in Rising Generation’s 2nd edition by presenting her worldview, “I must succeed in my life”…
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    Pierre Dugué

    Pierre Dugué is a BA candidate in War Studies at King’s College London, majoring in military strategy and grand strategy. He has received the King’s Excellency Prize for the academic year 2015-16. He recently worked as an intern at the Public Affairs section of the U.S. Embassy in Paris…
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    Riccardo Dugulin

    Riccardo Dugulin is passionate about Middle Eastern geopolitics, security issues, European integration and religion. He is currently an Analyst in charge of the European desk at Drum Cussac, for which he advises clients on security risks…
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    Choralyne Dumesnil

    Choralyne Dumesnil is a lawyer at the Paris Bar. She is a member of the legal commissions of the associations “Innocence en Danger”, “Avocat Femmes Violences” and “Commission pour l’Abolition des Mutilations Sexuelles “. She is a tutor at the Law Clinic “Accès au Droit”, of Sciences Po Paris. Since 2015, she teaches the course “Legal Aspects of Gender Violence in Conflict” in ...
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    Bertrand Epstein

    Bertrand Epstein is a senior officier in the french Light Aviation Battalion. He graduated from the Ecole de Guerre (french School of War) and from the US Command and General Staff College where he obtained a Master of Military Art and Science. He previously graduated from the Ecole Spéciale de Saint-Cyr (2002)…
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    Christelle Essola Moabo

    Christelle Essola Moabo is a young Cameroonian graduate from Sciences Po Paris who specializes in risks analysis and evaluation in sensitive areas. Fascinated by international security, she has integrated the organizational team of the 1st edition of the Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa as project manager…
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    Fernando Garlin

    Fernando Garlin graduated from the International Strategy and Influence Master of Science from SKEMA Business School Paris. Specialized in methods of competitive intelligence, he considers information and knowledge as strategic assets. Consultant in Strategy for Atos, one of the biggest actors in the IT services domain, he currently works as the Director’s advisor on market analysis and strategic planification…
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    Kristell Guizouarn

    Agricultural engineer, Kristell Guizouarn completed her training with a MAS in Agricultural Sciences before pursuing her studies at the French Institute of Petroleum in order to become a Petroleum Products Engineer. Between October 2011 and February 2018, Kristell Guizouarn was AVRIL Group’s Head of Sustainable Development. She is currently the Group’s Head of Renewable Energies and European Affairs… ©Bruno Clergue
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    Betul Gurbuz

    Betul Gurbuz is a lawyer of the Istanbul Bar. After obtaining a law degree from Yeditepe University in Istanbul and a Master of Public Law in Turkey, she joined the University of Paris-Ouest Nanterre for a Masters degree in Public Financial Law…
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    Benjamin Haddad

    Benjamin Haddad graduated from both the Paris Institute of Political Science (with a master degree in International Affairs) and HEC Paris (with a master in Financial Economics)…
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    Geoffroy Hinterlang

    Geoffroy Hinterlang successfully participated in Rising Generation’s first edition in November 2016. He was awarded the audience prize for his worldview: “Citizen commitment for the salvation of France?”.
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    Julie Jardel

    Julie Jardel is currently studying at Sciences Po Paris’ School of International Affairs (PSIA). Specialized in project management and diplomacy, she made cultural cooperation her professional objective. She is the Foundation’s manager since January 2018…
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    Stéphanie Kauv

    Stéphanie Kauv obtained an undergrad diploma in Economy from Paris Dauphine University, a Master’s degree of Science and Economics from the University of Edinburgh, and a “Diplôme d’ingénieur des Grandes Écoles” from the National School of Statistics and Information Analysis. She joined the American University of Myanmar in 2015 as assistant to the rector and lecturer in Economics and Statistics…
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    Maud Koenig

    Maud Koenig O’Carroll is a young French-Irish graduate with a Master’s degree in International Security from Sciences Po Paris. She also completed her bachelor’s degree at Sciences Po Paris’ Euro-American Campus of Reims. Specialized in crisis and conflict management in Africa and the Middle East, she is particularly interested in issues related to sustainable development and culture…
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    Aymeric Mailler

    Aymeric Mailler is currently studying for a Master’s degree at the School of Computer Science and High Digital Technologies (CFA-AFTI) and at Pierre and Marie Curie University. He works alternately for Atos as a consultant in information systems security where he participates in risk analysis and threat modeling…
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    Maryline Morel

    Maryline Morel graduated from Saint-Cyr Military School and is currently president of NDO’O Habitat, an innovative start-up that aims at revolutionizing African housing by offering modular and ecological housing built from recycled maritime containers…
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    Mbayi Mukendi

    A graduate from Sciences Po Paris, Mbayi Mukendi is currently KLJ TV’s director of external relations, a Franco-Congolese television channel focusing on education, culture and science. He is also director of Tshivuma Consulting, a company for which he manages press and public relations in Europe and Africa, as well as the communication and digital marketing strategy…
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    François Muteau

    Former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, François Muteau is currently chief of staff for the mayor of Courbevoie and President of the public intercommunal cooperation institute Paris Ouest La Défense (POLD),  creating partnerships among the cities of Courbevoie, Puteaux, Levallois-Perret, Rueil-Malmaison, Neuilly-sur Seine, Saint-Cloud, Suresnes, Nanterre, la Garenne-Colombes, Garches et Vaucresson. He is former speechwriter for ...
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    Leyla Mutiu

    Leyla Mutiu is a Romanian graduate of the International Security Masters degree of Sciences Po Paris and she is currently in charge of communication and management of humanitarian projects in Haiti for the Brazilian NGO Viva Rio…
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    Amélie Naudascher

    Amelie graduated from HEC Paris in the Entrepreneurship Major. In 2014 she studied at the Chinese University of Hong Kong for an exchange program. During her gap year, Amelie worked in the finance department of Air Liquide and as a strategic consultant for Bain & Company, where obtained a full-time job in September 2017 as associate consultant…
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    Chad O'Carroll

    Chad O’Carroll is the founder of NK News, a North Korea specialized news, information and data service that serves researchers, academics and business people around the world. O’Carroll established the website in 2010 while living in Washington DC. He has an MA in Nuclear Non-proliferation & Intl’ Security from Kings College London and a BA in International Relations from Sussex University. He previously worked at the ...
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    Bertrand Oliva

    Bertrand Oliva graduated from the Special Military School of St-Cyr Coetquidan. He is an army officer with a 15-year experience based on a strong operational background: he experienced French and American command in NATO as well as in European and UN frameworks.
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    Giulia Paola Spreafico

    Giulia Paola Spreafico is an Italian journalist and redactor for the Russian website tribuna.com. She obtained her bachelor’s degree at the University of Milan before graduating with a dual Master’s from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and Sciences Po Paris in 2014…
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    Clément Roy

    Clément Roy is a French-Swiss entrepreneur who studied Applied Sciences before obtaining a Master’s degree in Environmental Science, another one in Geology and Geophysics and a “Master of Philosophy” in Geopolitics. He is currently working for the private company Geocorps in Geneva…
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  • About us

    The College of MentorsThe College of Mentors

    The College of Mentors

    The Rising Stars are assisted by a College of Mentors. These Mentors, who all have remarkable career achievements, come from one of the Foundation’s five sectors of expertise: politics, economics, science, the arts and religion.

    Their mission is to use their knowledge and experience to contribute to the process of defining and structuring the most relevant topics for consideration. The mission of the Rising Stars is to respond by defining the kind of world in which they want to live, whatever their visions, utopias and choices for the future.

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    The College of TrusteesThe College of Trustees

    The College of Trustees

    A College of Trustees made up of leading organizations, companies and sponsors provides support for our project, and is able to access the research conducted by the Foundation to inform their own strategies.

  • EXECUTIVE BOARD

    Gérard Askinazi

    Gerard Askinazi is a communications specialist for corporate and institutional influence and for the organization of public events and major global conferences in France and on the International stage. He has been organizing most important economic and political events for over 25 years. He is working in more than 75 countries worldwide…
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    Eric Danon

    Eric Danon is, since September 2016, Deputy Director General for Political Affairs and Security at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to that, he ran the Conseil Supérieur de la Formation et de la Recherche Stratégiques (CSFRS), a Public Interest Grouping (GIP) under the Prime Minister’s supevision. Educated in the prestigious Ecole Normale Supérieure (1977-1982), holder of a physics agrégation (1980), a diploma from Sciences Po ...
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    Alain Dassas

    Alain Dassas started his professional career as a corporate banker at  Chase Manhattan in New York and then in Paris. He later joined Renault and then Nissan where he held several executive positions, including: Chairman of Renault Capital Development in the US, Head of Mergers & Acquisitions of Renault in France and CFO of Nissan in Japan. Alain was one of the key actors in deciding the alliance between Renault and Nissan and took part ...
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    Nathalie Dassas

    After completing a BA in economics at Nanterre university, and between the horse riding competitions (she is French champion in the Jumping category), tennis, skiing, her children’s education and the management of the Public Relations of the Dassas & Co group, Nathalie Dassas spends her free time working. She has been Director of Development and Production for 10 years, founder of Liberty Communications (editing) …
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    Pierre Dassas

    Pierre Dassas is Chairman of The House of the Rising Stars Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland), Chairman of the European Leadership Network (Diplomacy & Defense issues, USA – Europe – Middle East). He is also Chairman of the Africa Alive Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland) and a board member of the Hudson Institute (Washington, D.C., USA) and of the Actigenomics Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland). He is currently Dassas & Co.’s Chairman ...
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    Gilles Didier Parisot

    Gilles Didier Parisot is Chairman and Founder of Actigenomics (Lausanne, Switzerland), a pharmaceutical lab specialized in nutritional research. With his associate Professor Walter Whali, Chief of Research for Actigenomics and Head of the Genomic Research Department of the Lausanne University …
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    Marie-Christine Dupuis

    Marie-Christine DUPUIS is an executive coach and an expert/consultant on behavioral ethics, financial governance, as well as financial crime. She has worked as an investment banker advising many governments in their debt restructuring and the management of their public finances, before joining the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) where she was coordinating the organization’s technical assistance programs to UN ...
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    Jean-Marc Duquesne

    Jean-Marc Duquesne is Lieutenant General, Director of the French National Institute for Defense Studies (IHEDN) and Head of the Superior Military Competence of the French armies (2014-2014). He graduated from the Saint-Cyr military school and got a certificate from both the French and German Army Warfare Schools.  Auditor of the French National Institute for Defense Studies (2002-2003) …
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    Philippe Errera

    Amb. Philippe Errera is the Director General for international relations ans strategy at the French Ministry of Defence since January 2015. He is the former Permanent Representative of France to NATO (2011-2013). He served as Chief of Staff (2009-2010) and, previously, adviser for strategic and multilateral affairs (2007-2009) to the Minister of Foreign and European affairs. He was deputy director for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation ...
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    Marc de Fritsch

    General Marc de Fritsch entered the Special Military School of Saint-Cyr in 1985 after the preparatory classes. In 1989, he became a helicopter pilot for tactical transport. From 1990 to 1997, he was deployed on many theaters of operations for the French army : Chad, Cambodia, the Balkans. Also, he joined the helicopter-carrier Jeanne d’Arc for several months …
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    Steve Gentili

    After acting as Chairman and CEO of a prominent agribusiness company, Steve Gentili is currently the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Banque Populaire Caisse d’Epargne (BPCE group), BRED-Banque Populaire, the Banque Internationale du Commerce (BIC) and the Francophone Economic Forum (FFA). He is a board member of Thales, Veolia, Natixis, Pramex International. In January 2014, Steve was appointed Chairman of the Board of ...
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    Camille Grand

    Managing Director of the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS) between 2008 and 2016, Camille Grand has been recently named Assistant Secretary General of NATO in Brussels, in charge of defense investments. Prior to 2008, he was deputy director for disarmament and multilateral affairs in the directorate for strategic, security and disarmament affairs of the French ministry of foreign affairs (2006-08). He was previously the diplomatic ...
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    Nicole Guedj

    After a career as lawyer specializing in human rights, Nicole Guedj was Secretary of State for real-estate justice programs (2004), then Secretary of State for victim’s rights (2004-05). Within the government, she has notably initiated the institution of an abduction alert system in France and the establishment of 08VICTIMES, a national hotline designed to inform victims of their rights. After the Tsunami, she convinced the French President ...
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    Daniel Haber

    Daniel Haber spent 18 years in operational positions for French and US companies (Denis Freres, Corning Glass, Societe Generale). He also held positions for public institutions, first as an economic researcher in Japan (1965-1967) and then as technical advisor in the Cabinet of Minister of International Trade (1986-1988) …
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    Michel Hervé

    Michel HERVEÉ is the Founder and President of the Surveillance Council of the HERVÉ GROUP.  Trained as an engineer, he is involved in the Group’s various firms and its current 2800 employees. Between 1971 and 2001, he served as: Mayor of Parthenay and President of the District, Regional Councillor of Poitou-Charentes, Member of the Social and Economic Committee of Poitou-Charente, Deputy in the National Assembly, European Deputy and ...
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    Craig Klafter

    Craig Evan Klafter earned a Bachelor of Arts with General Honors in History and Master of Arts in History from the University of Chicago, and Doctor of Philosophy in Modern History from the University of Oxford. He began his career in England as a lecturer in American history at the University of Manchester and then a lecturer in modern history at the University of Southampton…
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    Mona Makram-Ebeid

    Mona Makram-Ebeid is a Distinguished Lecturer of Political Science at the American University in Cairo since 2005. After her bachelor degree at Cairo University, she obtained her M.A.at the American University in Cairo and her M.P.A at the John F. Kennedy School of Governement of Harvard University in 1982, with specializations in Middle-Eastern politics, International Development, Management in Developing Countries and ...
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    Jean-Jacques Martin

    Jean-Jacques Martin is an experienced lawyer with over thirty years in the practice, with degrees in both theology and law from the University of Geneva. He has worked as an associate at numerous firms, and has also taught at the University of Geneva in the department of constitutional law. Jean-Jacques Martin is currently chair of two cooperative housing associations, Aurore and Les Hirondelles, the latter of which he is also the founder. ...
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    Jean-Philippe Puig

    Before joining Avril Group, Jean-Philippe Puig spent twenty-two years at Bauxite, Alumina and Chemicals in all the different fields of the business (R&D, Process, Operation, etc.) in countries around the world, including France, Greece, Australia, and Venezuela. He has served as the Chairman of Rio Tinto Alcan Europe, Middle East and Africa. Since April 2012, Jean-Philippe Puig has acted as the CEO of Avril Group. Avril is a major ...
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    Gilbert Roubach

    During his career as General Engineer from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Gilbert Roubach held many positions with responsibilities in ministerial cabinets, in the French administration or in several companies. More particularly, he worked as the Ministry of State for the Sea’s Chief of Staff, as Central Administration Chief Executive of the Ministry of Equipment, as Executive Director of the Public Institution for Modern City ...
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    Claude Skalli

    Claude Skali is an entrepreneur with businesses in two different sectors: agribusiness and Cloud computing. He is a member of the Board of two agribusiness firms: Lustucru and St. Supery – a prominent California vineyard and winery. Claude Skalli is also the CEO and Chairman of Global SP, one of the French leaders in the Cloud industry. The company operates out of its own datacenter and offers a SaaS-based offer processing business ...
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    Kenneth R. Weinstein

    Kenneth R. Weinstein is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hudson Institute. He joined the Institute in 1991, and was appointed CEO in June 2005. He was named President and CEO in March 2011. Kenneth R. Weinstein has written widely on international affairs for leading publications in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He is a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors …
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  • About us

    The HouseThe House

    The House

    The Rising Stars interact with each other and their Mentors through a social network called the House. It is this discussion network that provides the internal communication structure, workshops and rating process.

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    ValuesValues

    Values

    Dramatic changes in our world have provided a unique opportunity to assemble a new generation, the Rising Stars, to analyze and prepare the foundations of a new global civilization. It is the moment where those who have already achieved remarkable careers, the Mentors, and who have never abandoned their own values, wish to act as guides and teachers. Together, they want to construct, orient, convey and participate in the birth of a new world. They pledge:

    • to respect: the origins, beliefs, customs, and culture of each person.
    • to combat: exclusion, racism and totalitarianisms.
    • to promote: universality, initiative, talent, creativity, and conscience.

     

    Download the Ethics Chart of the Foundation