Ladies and Gentlemen,

As many of you know, our association was created in 1994 by Mr Declan Mc Cavana, and throughout these 23 years we have had the distinct pleasure of organising the most prestigious debating tournament in France.

This year, as our family grows, we are launching a brand new annual event: the FDA Veterans’ Exhibition Tournament.

Indeed, the FDA proudly now counts well over 1200 veterans, many of whom are now pursuing high-level careers in finance, consulting, diplomacy, law, engineering, education, and the public sector. Our veterans notably include Mrs Audrey Azoulay, Ministre de la Cluture et de la Communication, and Mr Frédéric Mion, Directeur de Sciences Po Paris.

Our aim is to bring together all of the FDA’s alumni, and to foster a deeper exchange between our veterans, both old and new.

Indeed, students taking part in the FDA Tournament will now also be entering a true community, and receive the opportunity to meet and discuss with their predecessors.

The first edition of the VET was held on the 2nd of June in the magnificent halls of the Hotel Talleyrand, under the patronage of the United States’ Embassy in Paris which we thank for their support.

Two teams of veterans from ten different institutions debated the motion “This House would return to the good old days”.

We hope many of you will be able to attend this event in the years to come!