Keynote Speakers 2019

Peter Caine

PCainePeter and his wife Oriel founded Paris Walks in 1994 which has grown from being the first to becoming the leading English speaking walking tour company in Paris. Peter weaves together history, art, and architecture to tell the story of Paris. He will instill in each of us a deeper excitement, knowledge, and appreciation for this city that we now call home and will give you hints on how to discover some of the City's secrets for yourself. Peter has lived in Paris for over thirty years and has written several books about the city including the beautifully illustrated 'Paris Then and Now'

 

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Adrian Leeds

ALeedsPhoto: ©Paul de BergerFrench property expert, HGTV personality, published journalist and author, events coordinator, marketing, public relations and communications expert, Adrian Leeds® arrived in Paris in 1994 with more than 21 years of experience in marketing and public relations, not to mention a daughter. In her need to survive in the City of Light as a single mother, she created a variety of businesses devoted to assisting other expats in their quest to fulfil their dream to live in France. Her company, the Adrian Leeds Group, is a licensed real estate agency offering complete property consultation services primarily for North Americans and other Anglophones wanting to live and/or invest in France.

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Craig Carlson

CCarlsonPhoto: ©Stéphane CugnierWith a background in journalism, Craig studied cinema at the University of Southern California where he was awarded the prestigious John Huston Directing Award. In 2003, he completely shifted gears and opened the first American diner in Paris. He’s been serving hearty breakfasts to hungry customers from all over the world ever since.

Breakout Session Speakers 2019

Lisa Anselmo

LAnselmoPhoto: ©Carla CoulsonLisa Anselmo lives in Paris and is an author, writing coach, and branding expert. She has spent most of her professional career in magazine publishing in New York, working on such iconic brands as Allure, InStyle, and People. Her memoir, My (Part-Time) Paris Life: How Running Away Brought Me Home (St. Martin’s Press), is a candid story of a woman searching for purpose in the City of Light.

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Jude Smith

JSmithJude Smith is a 23-year French resident, served for five years as MESSAGE Education Directory coordinator and for the past nine years, as co-Chair of the AAWE Education and Bilingualism Committee. She co-edited the AAWE Guide to Education in France, 8th edition and Beyond the Bac-Higher Education in France and Abroad (AAWE).

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MaryClaire King

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Oliver Gee

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Oliver Gee is the host of the award-winning show The Earful Tower, one of the top travel podcasts in the world. Oliver was born in Australia and came to Paris almost five years ago. He has been working ever since on unlocking the mysteries of Paris and its locals.

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Tom Wilscam

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Tom Wilscam has been with the ACP for over 16 years, dedicating much of his time to social impact projects while living in Europe. Tom runs a non-profit dedicated to helping immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs start their own business. He is a volunteer leader and sits on the Board of Serve-the-City-Paris, now delivering food to the homeless and refugees each week. Tom has been on the ACP Properties Committee, the ACP Refugee Task Force, and Tom held both the ACP Chair and Vice Chair role for the ACP Council Nominating Committee.

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Janine Springall

JSpringallJanine Springall has always had a passion for food from a very early age. She has a degree in Culinary Arts and Pastry based on Classical French techniques. She worked in restaurants and private clubs in the U.S. for 15 years before moving to France. After moving to France in 1998 she has taught cooking classes for 20 years from her spacious, fully equipped kitchen in Orgeval. Along with cooking classes Janine is very well known for her Cakes and Catering.

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Stuart Cole

SColeStuart Cole has been selling wine in France for over thirty years plus a few years of buying wine for export. His specialty is small producers and he has acquired a first hand and detailed knowledge of the French wine producing regions and domains.

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