For generations, the Evens family has distinguished itself in the diamond and silver trades.
In 1956, Georges Evens created the eponymous group. At one time, he was considered to be one of the largest diamond dealers in the world. Today, his daughter Corinne Evens manages the family Group. She holds a Masters in Mathematics and is also passionate about art and jewellery. She designs Goralska jewels, produces documentaries and also makes art video. Over the past 50 years, the Group has diversified into real estate and private equity and finds a balance between economic dynamism and philanthropy.
Participated along with her family members in the creation of the Evens Foundation in 1990, she is now Honorary President. The Evens Foundation supports projects promoting the harmonious co-existence of citizens and states within a peaceful Europe, respectful of diversity. Every two years, the Foundation originates initiatives for media education, peace education and the empowerment of civil society through an awards ceremony. In 2013, Corinne Evens created her own jewellery brand “Goralska” - a brand that embodies the values of courage, sharing, ambition and hope.
The Evens Foundation is a public benefit foundation based in Antwerp, Belgium and with offices in Paris and Warsaw.
The Evens Foundation initiates and supports sustainable projects, and awards biennial prizes, that contribute to the progress and strengthening of Europe based on cultural and social diversity.
The Evens Foundation initiates, develops and supports projects that encourage people and ultimately nations to live together harmoniously in a diverse Europe. It promotes respect for diversity, both individual and collective and works to strengthen people’s physical, psychological and moral integrity.
Learning for Well-being Foundation
Following an initial period of reflection and fact finding missions, Daniel Kropf, Marwan Awartani and Corinne Evens established the Universal Education Foundation, now called the Learning for Well-being Foundation (L4WB-F), in the Netherlands in 2004 with the intention of engaging co-creative partnerships that foster the well-being of children and those with whom they engage in meaningful relationships, in all environments. L4WB-F operates from Brussels in Europe through its community members and in the Middle East, solely in Palestine.
We witness a fragmentation in our societies at various levels. Within ourselves, between human beings, between ourselves and our environments. A separation between our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects. Between our “childhood” and our “adulthood” qualities, as well as between our feminine and our masculine attributes. This ever permeating fragmentation is at the root of many contemporary problems: the failure of economic, educational and social welfare systems, conflicts based on prejudice, and contamination of natural environments.
We believe the most important and foundational change that needs to happen is what people believe about themselves and about their societies. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy. We must “bring the pieces” together. Share a new story about development and progress of individuals and communities that focuses on realizing their unique potential, as it unfolds. A story that considers process as much as outcome, and promotes a worldview based on the assumption of interconnection.
Social diffusions theory says that once 15% of a community’s population (e.g. European Union) has adopted a new idea, it has the critical mass to spread with its own momentum. This is called the “tipping point”. Therefore our strategy is to engage a community of “innovators” and “early adopters” around a holistic worldview, so that they become partners in diffusing a different mindset in their own circles. L4WB-F has developed "Learning for Well-being" - a process-oriented approach to life, a language and a tool that cultivates capacities of individuals and communities to inspire a shift of mindset that places well-being at the center of all our endeavours.
Positive Planet was created out of the growth and transformation of PlaNet Finance, of which the initial mandate, at its creation in 1988, was to fight poverty through the development of microfinance. Having developed its experience of financial inclusion which remains an important component of its activity, Positive Planet has also conducted projects centered on entrepreneurship, financial education, and the organization of value chains over several years. The headquarters of Positive Planet are in Courbevoie, France. It has developed its activities in 39 countries, and manages them through local satellite organizations in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and the USA.
The Bethlehem Multidisciplinary Industrial Park
The Bethlehem Multidisciplinary Industrial Park (BMIP) is a French Palestinian - Public Private Partnership - project (50/50) which will be developed by the BMIP, AFD and PIEFZA (Palestinian Industrial Estate and Free Zones Authority). The Palestinian private sector is represented by Al Mutaadeeda holding chaired by Mr. Samir Hazboun (40%) and FTF Investments chaired by Mr. Sami Abu Dayyeh (10%). The French private sector is represented by Deska, an Evens group company chaired by Mrs. Corinne Evens (42%) and the Agence Françaisede Développement AFD (8%). The mission of BMIP is to develop suitable infrastructure for companies looking for local or regional markets and provide the needed services to support developing their businesses. BMIP is asking for help to reach American companies that want to expand their businesses by opening commercial operations and factories in the BMIP Park. Please email Ed Thompson to refer an American business match or someone who can provide a lead that will help us find such a match. The project aims at supporting and contributing to the sustainable growth of Palestinian economy. A Multidisciplinary Industrial Park established in the southernout skirts of Bethlehem, and supported by France and the Palestinian Authority through a public-private partnership, will allow the creation of new jobs, high quality professional training and the reduction of unemployment.