About LEF

Established in December 2004, the Luxury Education Foundation was incorporated in 1988. LEF is a public not-for-profit organization that focuses on educational programs for undergraduate and graduate students in Design and Business related to the creation and marketing of luxury goods. LEF programs provide students with various platforms to engage with senior executives in leading luxury firms to understand and appreciate the unique properties of this industry.
LEF is proud to encourage young talent and creativity by sponsoring the interdisciplinary course “Design and Marketing of Luxury Products” with students and faculty from Columbia Business School and Parsons the New School for Design; awarding scholarships for Design and Business students; organizing educational events, such as the Annual Luxury Round Table; and supporting student-run organizations at Columbia Business School. For more information, please see Programs.

The Luxury Education Foundation is a public not-for-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

LEF Board Members

In addition to a Board of Directors, the LEF Advisory Board is comprised of a select group of the world’s leading luxury firms, dedicated to providing Business and Design students with unique opportunities to gain first-hand experience and knowledge of the luxury industry. The LEF Advisory Board members commit financial support, time, resources, and expertise to ensure the success of the foundation’s programs, and help to promote scholarship about the luxury industry. For more information, please contact us.


Chairperson: Barbara Cirkva
President: Ketty Maisonrouge
Treasurer: Robert Chavez
Secretary: Safwan Masri

Advisory Board

Cadillac (Melody Lee)
Cartier (Mercedes Abramo)
Chanel (Barbara Cirkva)
Christian Dior (Pamela Baxter)
Hermes (Robert Chavez)
Lalique (Maz Zouhairi)
Loro Piana (Fabio Leoncini)
Louis Vuitton (Anthony Ledru)
Louis XIII (Philippe Farnier)
Maclaren (Farzad Rastegar)
St.Regis (Hermann Elger)
Salvatore Ferragamo (Vincent Ottomanelli)
Stuart Weitzman (Wayne Kulkin)
Tiffany & Co. (Jean-Marc Bellaiche)
Van Cleef & Arpels (Alain Bernard)
Corporate Sponsor
Havas Luxe (Thomas Serrano)