Table Ronde: Almost Australian

Presented by Laurence Crussol (Global Deputy CEO at Jurlique International), Sabine Duffy-Gilbert (former General Manager of French-Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry) and Marie Chretien (Council Member of the Power Institute of Sydney University and a Board Director of Alliance Francaise Sydney). 

Join us for an energetic exchange with three pioneering women who will discuss their  experiences with owning and consolidating their French cultural identity within an Australian context.

Wine is included upon arrival. TALK IN ENGLISH.


Florence Crussol
Laurence has been working for more than 20 years in the beauty industry (including national sales manager for L’Oreal’s luxury division of Lacome). She joined Jurlique in 2011 as general manager of Australia and New Zealand and then Global Deputy CEO. Under her leadership, the brand has become Australia’s number one premier skincare brand.

She has been living in Sydney since 2003. 

Sabine Duffy

She had worked for 20 years in the Financial industry, both in Belgium and Australia. At the head of Fan (French speaking Association of the North Shore), she then managed the bilingual program of Killarney Heights Public School for 14 years. From few teachers and a group of volunteer parents, the program grew to a team of 16 employees teaching to 250 francophones and 350 anglophones students. It was officially recognised in 2012 by France when it received the Label FrancEducation.

In 2018, Sabine was the General Manager of FACCI, the French Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industries.

Sabine has been in Australia since 2000.

Marie Chretien

With an engineering (Paris) and an MBA (Macquarie University) degrees, Marie had spent 20 years in the energy industry, both in France and Australia. She has a keen interest in Art and has graduated from Sydney University with a Master of Art in 2014, winning the Francis Stuart Prize. She is a Council Member of the Power Institute of Sydney University and a Board Director of Alliance Francaise Sydney. She has competed under the Australian colours in the 2016 triathlon world championship in Mexico.

Marie was in Australia between 2000 and 2002 and has been permanently living in Sydney since 2006