Our commitments and our values
In 2019, Francis Kurkdjian created the Per Fumum Endowment Fund from a genuine desire to build and maintain, through patronage, the many ways he has personally supported fragrance for nearly 20 years.
This initiative allows him to reveal a lifetime of passion and commitment, dedicated to promoting France’s olfactory heritage to experienced enthusiasts as well as underexposed audiences.
Named Per Fumum (“through smoke”), the endowment fund’s missions are as follows:
- Preserve and showcase tangible and intangible French olfactory heritage
- Support and promote contemporary fragrance-related creation
- Organise and support, by all means possible, scientific research related to fragrance and smell
- Organise and support educational and social actions related to fragrance, specifically for underprivileged or underexposed audiences.
Transformed by a perspectivist vision and community values, the Per Fumum Endowment Fund’s patronage will make it possible to secure the precious heritage related to fragrance in the modern world thanks to philanthropy uniting the perfume world’s key players and reaching a wide audience in France and abroad.
It determines the political orientations and selects the projects whose execution and follow-up are ensured by the Executive Director.
Upon deciding to become a perfumer, Francis Kurkdjian quickly discovered that the passion, perfectionism and perseverance he developed while learning piano and ballet would serve him throughout his career.
Devoted to fragrance for over twenty five years, winner of multiple awards and appointed as Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters (by the French Minister of Culture), Francis Kurkdjian is respected by his peers and equally thankful.
In 2019, he founded the Per Fumum Endowment Fund to coordinate his acts of patronage, aiming to promote France’s olfactory heritage and support its innovation.
“Wisdom is to have dreams big enough not to lose sight when we pursue them.”
Working closely with Francis Kurkdjian for over ten years, Delphine Pinet is quite familiar with this saying which rings true to her each day through the projects and encounters sparked by her curious and multifaceted nature
Her role as an Event project manager and personal assistant naturally made her an important member of the Per Fumum Endowment Fund which demonstrates the constant and bold philanthropic efforts undertaken by Francis Kurkdjian since its creation.
A former Chairman of the Hauts-de-Seine lawyers Bar Association, Philippe-Henri led the Not-for-Profit Organizations network at EY for nearly 25 years. Today he is a member of the French High Committee for Association Life and of the French Higher Council for the Social and Solidarity Economy. He uses his non-market sector legal expertise to advise the Per Fumum Endowment Fund and its partners.
His vision of what is at stake is, above all, guided by his respect for authentic and loyal commitment that Francis Kurkdjian has to his passions.
Through their expertise, they provide valuable support to the Per Fumum Endowment Fund.
Writer and Journalist
Mediation & Literary Creation
Marie Desplechin is a writer, known for her way with words which charms children and adults alike. She studied journalism and regularly publishes articles in various magazines, and co-authors scripts for films and plays.
A prolific author of almost 70 books, she has received multiple awards for her work, some of which has also been published as comic books.
She also speaks at schools and artistic venues.
Restoration & Heritage
Stéphane Bern is a journalist, author of over 50 books, TV presenter of “Secrets d’Histoire”, among others, radio host, producer and actor. In September 2017, the French President assigned him to the mission of protecting endangered heritage. He founded the Stéphane Bern Foundation for History and Heritage, under the aegis of the Institut de France, and contributes to the protection of heritage by funding projects which educate and share knowledge about History.
Design exhibitions Curator
Crafts & Design
After studying Art History, Alain Lardet began a career dedicated to drawing parallels between the cultural, social and economic aspects of design and expertise. He co-created and led, until 2018, the Agora Pour le Design grant awarded by the Ministry of Culture and Communication. He is a founding member and Honorary Chairman of Designer's Days, which organises its eponymous week of design in Paris, and he also curates exhibitions including “L’Intelligence de la Main” in Venice in 2018.
Cristiano Leone earned a PhD in Romance Philology and an Executive Master in Management. He teaches Artistic Direction at Sciences Po Paris and Performing Arts at Bocconi University. He oversaw projects on Education and Training at Sorbonne University, then was Head of Cultural Programming and Communication at the French Academy in Rome - Villa Medici. He designed and directed the multidisciplinary Festival Ō at the National Roman Museum's Baths of Diocletian, which has recently ventured into the Palazzo Altemps as well.
Museum director and Consultant
Björn Dahlström is an art historian (École du Louvre, Paris) and museum director in various types of institutions: museums of modern and contemporary art, civilization, history and fashion.
The major stages of its journey since 2000 are: the exhibition curator, the scientific direction and the direction of several museums in Luxembourg, Marrakech, Paris and Monaco.
In 2021, he will take over the direction of the New National Museum of Monaco and will open the doors of the Dreyfus Musem, whose project he has led.
The Executive Director
The Word from the Executive Director
“Revealing beauty which is neither seen nor felt.
Lifting this important yet invisible subject out of the shadows by sharing priceless tangible and intangible heritage.
Exploring by focusing on Research, to find solutions with hope and creativity.
Sponsoring Contemporaneity. These are the ambitions to which the Per Fumum Endowment Fund aspires through ardent passion and patient generosity.”
Stéphanie PRINET MOROU
From working for major luxury and cosmetics companies to founding a consultancy firm dedicated to brands strategies and a start-up, Stéphanie Prinet Morou is an ambassador for cultural and multi-cultural expertise. Eclectic and confident that the Creative and Cultural Industries represent catalysts for innovation and development, she met Francis Kurkdjian and stepped into a world where meaning and value come together.
Today at the Per Fumum Endowment Fund she strives to explore new avenues.
For nearly 20 years, Francis Kurkdjian has carried out numerous personal support actions related to perfume. The Per Fumum Endowment Fund was born in 2019 out of his sincere desire to sustain and structure them through philanthropy.
Also, 4 major projects, prior to the creation of the Fund, were decisive; we propose you to discover them here :
2017 - Creative support from Francis Kurkdjian for the olfactory performance of the play Festen to Cyril Teste of the Collectif MxM.
2018 - Francis Kurkdjian's olfactory innovation for the Homo Faber exhibition showcasing the Pour l'intelligence de la main® prize recipients awarded by the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation.
2005 - Thanks to Francis Kurkdjian's contest, Marie-Antoinette’s travelling case was restored and transferred to the Château de Versailles as part of an exhibition on the Queen.