FXB USA Staff
Silvana Paternostro, Executive Director
Silvana Paternostro is part of the group of family and friends, who helped Albina du Boisrouvray begin her work in memory of her son. Born in Colombia, Silvana Paternostro helped create FXB initiatives in Brazil, Uruguay and in her native Colombia. Her involvement with the initial stages of FXB is essential for helping the organization move into its next 27 years.
Silvana Paternostro is an award-winning author and journalist who specializes in women’s issues and has written extensively about Cuba, Central and South America, AIDS, and revolutionary movements. She is the author of In The Land of God and Man: A Latin Woman's Journey and My Colombian War: Journey of The Country I Left Behind. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Paris Review among other publications.
Silvana Paternostro has a B.A. in Political Science and Journalism. She also holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).
Karina Weinstein, Program Director
Karina Weinstein is an entrepreneurial community development professional with fourteen years of experience in strategic planning, program development, monitoring and evaluation, and organization development. With strong passion about improving the effectiveness of social sector organizations that create access to opportunities and transform lives, Karina Weinstein has been working with FXB USA since 2015. She is leading FXB’s work in the United States by developing a broad base of support for FXB programs, building a strong evidence base for FXB’s impact and expanding its presence in the U.S.
Karina Weinstein was previously a Program Associate at the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (AJLI), where she provided capacity-building services to the organization to strengthen its community impact programs. She has extensive experience with public and private social sector programs in both Latin America and the United States. From 2008 to 2012, she lived in Mexico and held leadership positions in diverse social change organizations dedicated to poverty alleviation. From 2013 to 2015, she was successively a fellow member at We Are All Brooklyn and Council of Jewish Émigré Community Organizations (COJECO).
Karina Weinstein holds a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government.
FXB Founder and President Emerita
Albina du Boisrouvray
Albina du Boisrouvray spent her childhood in New York and her adolescence traveling around the world. She started her professional career working as a freelance journalist, most notably for Le Nouvel Observateur, after studying at the Sorbonne University in Paris.
Albina Productions, her film company founded in 1969, produced 22 movies in 18 years, including Les Zozos(1972) by Pascal Thomas, Police Python (1975) and Fort Saganne (1984) by Alain Corneau and L’important c’est d’aimer (1975) by Andrzei Zulawski. Alongside this, and together with Spanish writer Juan Goytisolo, Albina founded Libre in 1970, a literary magazine that published the works of Latin-American writers including Plinio Mendoza, Carlos Franqui, Octavio Paz, Claribel Allegria, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Carlos Fuentes. In 1985, the French Government appointed Albina du Boisrouvray Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, in 2001 she was awarded Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur and she became the first film producer to be awarded L’Ordre National du Mérite in 2009. From 1981, Albina also chaired and managed SEGH, a family real estate and hotel properties group.
In 1986, Albina’s only child François-Xavier, a search and rescue pilot, was killed in a tragic helicopter accident in Mali – aged just 24. This loss prompted Albina to walk away from her successful career as a film producer to champion the cause of the tens of millions of vulnerable women and children left in the wake of the devastating AIDS pandemic. After spending time two years with Médecins du Monde, during which she went on a mission to Lebanon, Albina devoted all her energy, creativity, experience and credibility as an entrepreneur to humanitarian causes, as well as social development and research on numerous projects worldwide.
In 1989, she created the FXB Foundation and NGO FXB International in honor of François-Xavier, to perpetuate the values of generosity and compassion that had guided his life, and to keep his mission alive by also seeking to rescue people – some of the poorest on the earth. In 1991, Albina developed the FXBVillage program, a pioneering and holistic three-year program to eradicate extreme poverty. This program marked a step-change in the way aid was administered, delivering sustainable and self-sufficient change for people and communities.
Over the past 27 years, through her personal dedication and together with the FXB Foundation and FXB International, Albina has touched the lives of 17 million adults and children across 20 countries through poverty eradication, sustainable community development, infrastructure rehabilitation, education, prevention, awareness and access to water and sanitation programs.
In a special April 2003 edition on ‘European Heroes’, TIME Magazine described Albina du Boisrouvray as an ‘alchemist’ who turned private pain and personal wealth into loving care for the estimated 100 million AIDS orphans and vulnerable children of this decade.
Her dedication has been acknowledged through numerous international awards:
• 1993: Doctor of Humane Letters Degree by the University of Michigan
• 1996: John Harvard Fellow by Harvard University.
• 1999: Special Recognition Award for Responding to the HIV/AIDS Orphan crisis at the second conference on Global Strategies for the prevention of HIV transmission from mothers to infants in Montreal
• 2001: Harvard Project for International Health and Development Award by Harvard students
• 2001: Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by the French Government
• 2002: North-South Prize by the Council of Europe together with Xanana Gusmão, President of East Timor
• 2003: Doctor of Humane Letters Degree by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
• 2003: Lifetime Achievement Award at the 4th International Conference on AIDS in India, in recognition for the projects initiated in the 35 States and Territories of India
• 2004: Thai Komol Keemthong Foundation Award of Outstanding Personality for the Year
• 2007: Award for her activities on behalf of orphans and vulnerable children affected by AIDS in the world by the French Fédération nationale des Clubs Convergences
• 2009: Officer in l’Ordre National du Mérite by French President Nicolas Sarkozy
• 2009: BNP Paribas Jury’s Special Prize in recognition of Albina’s 20 years of action on behalf of AIDS orphans and vulnerable children
• 2011: Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by Frederic Mitterrand, the French Minister of Culture and Communication
• 2014: Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) Humanitarian Award
• 2016: Officer of the Legion of Honor, highest decoration bestowed in France
• 2017: Inscription in the European Center of Music's Academy of Honor, constituted in the name of the therapeutic benefits of music, in Bougival, France
FXB USA Board of Directors
Albina du Boisrouvray
FXB Founder and President Emerita
Jean-Louis Sarbib, Chair and Treasurer
CEO, Development Gateway Foundation, Former Senior Vice-President, World Bank
Clarke Anderson, Secretary
CEO, A.J. Boggs & Company
Founding Partner, A+B Kasha
Robert Noyce Senior Fellow, Informal STEM Learning, U.S. Department of Education
Advisor to the Chairman, Soros Fund Management LLC
Adjunct Associate Professor, Global Health and Population Harvard School of Public Health
Chairman and CEO, Wolfensohn & Company LLC , Former President, World Bank