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President M. François Hollande of France Visits Exploratorium to Meet with Bay Area Technology and Academic Leaders

For Immediate Release:
February 12, 2014

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President M. François Hollande of France Visits Exploratorium to Meet with Bay Area Technology and Academic Leaders

President M. François Hollande of France greets Bay Area technology and academic luminaries on the Exploratorium’s Fisher Bay Observatory Terrace, February 12, 2014. Pictured left to right: Dr. Astro Teller, Google; Elon Musk, Tesla; President M. François Hollande; Dr. Stephen Krassner, Stanford University; Ian Clark, Genentech. 

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (February 12, 2014) —Today, President M. François Hollande of France convened an intimate, closed-press meeting at the Exploratorium with San Francisco Bay Area technology and academic leaders, and members of the French ministry, for an informal discussion about global technology, sustainability and economic issues. The meeting was held from 4:30-5:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 12, 2014 in the Exploratorium’s Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery, chosen specifically by the President’s team for its modern design, spectacular city and bay views, and sustainable design. 

“There is tremendous intellectual capital in the Bay Area, and the Exploratorium nurtures the creativity which is essential to solve the world’s problems,” said Exploratorium Board Chairman George Cogan. “We are honored that President Hollande chose our new campus to meet with area leaders to discuss technologies and strategies critical to driving a sustainable future.”

In attendance at the meeting with President Hollande and his ministry were:

  • Dr. Paul Alivisatos, Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Ian Clark, CEO, Genentech
  • Jeff Clavier, Founder and Managing Partner of SoftTech VC
  • George Cogan, Director, VP and Partner of Bain & Company and Exploratorium Board Chairman
  • Dr. Stephen Krasner, Graham H. Stuart Professor of International Studies and Senior Associate Dean for the Social Sciences, Stanford University
  • Elon Musk, CEO, Tesla
  • Dr. Astro Teller, Captain of Moonshots, GoogleX

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