Albina du Boisrouvray, FXB Founder
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.
Since 1989, 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: French distinction “Officer of the Legion of Honor,” highest decoration bestowed in France
- 2017: Inscription of her name in the Academy of Honor constituted in the name of the therapeutic benefits of Music, by the European Center of Music in Bougival (France).