Who’s who ?
The Board of Directors for AIDA comprises a dynamic team where creative and administrative personnel have the same desire to share: to share experiences, knowledge and expertise to ensure the association’s projects are well thought-out and run.
Frederic Garcin | Acting President
Director of memberships
In parallel of his role at AIDA, Frédéric is President at MCSC perpetuating a 4 generations old family tradition of real estate investments in and around Monaco. He is also a director at a Zurich based Family Office focusing on alternative and liquid investments.
Previously in London, as a principal at Argenthal Private Capital, Frédéric developed private equity projects with his brother François after gaining experience as a European sales manager at Structured Retail Products ltd advising in particular regulators, among which the AMF. Prior to this, he was a strategic analyst in Milan for a merger project in the field of health insurance for which he received the first prize of Financial Performance from the French Ministry of Foreign Trade. Frédéric studied in Prépa HEC, at Bocconi in Milan and holds a master’s degree in business from Sciences Po Paris. Frédéric speaks French, English, German, and Italian and his passions are philanthropy and art. Frederic actively participates in the Monegasque artistic and philanthropic agenda.
Calypso de Sigaldi | Vice-president, artistic director
Born into one of the oldest Monegasque families, Calypso is also a descendant of a line of artists who embraced contemporary means of expression. Her grand-mother, Emma de Sigaldi (1910/2010) was one of the great sculptors of her era. After a first career as a Prima Ballerina in the Munich Opera where she revolutionised established codes with her affiliation to the expressionist trend, she joined the Bauhaus movement and then trained as a sculptor.
Her father, Fabien de Sigaldi (1934/2005), was a talented illustrator in Paris working in the world of fashion and advertising, which at the time was a favourite playground for those who succeeded in getting illustration recognised as a major art form. With such a diverse cultural background in her family, it was only natural that Calypso should turn to a form of artistic expression from her generation, fashion photography, before moving into art photography. She started as a privileged spectator during her modelling career, then became a photographers’ agent before picking up a camera herself in 2006. Since then, she has been expressing her view of society in a series of exhibitions (galleries and museums) where her experience of the fashion world remains palpable. Co-founder of the association, Calypso remains in her role of artist by imagining and organizing all the cultural events proposed by the association.
Jeanne Kostenko | Tresurer
An art lover to the core of all forms of art and wife of the manager of the Monaco jewellery brand ‘Kalina’ which draws all nationalities, she is particularly active in the community and involved in cultural exchanges.
Jeanne Kostenko brings her administrative skills to AIDA to ensure projects are well run.
Alexander Bazhenov | our representative in Germany
Born in 1969, his father is the distinguished violin professor, Anatol Bazhenov (Kiev). He started his musical training at a very young age from 1976 to 1987 at the Ukraine Ministry of Culture’s Special Music School and at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Professor O. Krysa, assistant to David Oistrakh, and Professor A. Korsakov, assistant to Leonid Kogan. He completed his post-graduate education at the Ukrainian Academy of Music where he became a music teacher.
From 1988-1990 he assisted Professor Shirinsky at the Moscow Conservatory, then Professor Bazhenov from 1992-1993 at the Ukrainian Academy. Meanwhile, he successfully completed his diplomas and State exams as a violinist (soloist and quartet), the State qualification, and his diploma to teach violin. From 1992 he performed as a soloist and chamber musician as a member of the Ukrainian Lysenko Quartet. From 1994 to 2004 he was a member of the Beethoven and Bonn Philharmonic Orchestras. In 1997 he founded the Prometheus Quartett for strings in Cologne which he manages and plays first violin. Since September 2003 he has been director of the Cultural Education Institute. Alexander Bazhenov performs in concert tours throughout Europe, the USA, Japan, Turkey and Korea, and has appeared on TV programmes and recordings in Germany, Ukraine, Finland, Russia and The Netherlands.
Alain Sarfatti | Correspondent in the USA and Asia
Based in Shanghai since seven years, Alain Sarfatti has spent most of his professional career outside of France, his native country... and especially in the USA, a country where he became a citizen. For over 30 years he has been associated with various International Business Clubs, including his own one in California, all vested in the defence of a certain Lifestyle.
Thanks to this very international route, he defines himself as a world citizen who has spent his life promoting the European traditions, its culture and arts. Through his involvement with AIDA, Alain Sarfatti, wants to build a bridge between Asia and Europe in order to boost cultural exchanges between two continents that prove, through their current trade, how much everyone is hungry for a better knowledge of each other.