AAGEF (Association des Amis des Grandes Écoles Françaises) is a not-for-profit organization based in New York City that brings together the US Alumni Clubs of major French Grandes Écoles, including Art & Métiers, Audencia, Centrale Lyon, Centrale Paris, EDHEC, EM Lyon, ENA, École Normale Supérieure, ENSAE ParisTech, ESSEC, ESCP Europe, INSEAD, Mines ParisTech, HEC, Polytechnique, Ponts ParisTech, Sciences-Po, Supélec, Supaéro and Telecom ParisTech.
Over 3,000 Grandes Écoles alumni work in the New York area and play an active role in the economic and associative life of the city.
Alumni associations, light structures drawing on volunteer participation organized in the US by regional chapters, observed a strong dichotomy between their means and the strong expectations from the Grandes Écoles as well as the numerous young graduates attracted by the US.
With the objective of capitalizing on cooperation already achieved on an ad-hoc basis, several presidents of associations have proposed to create a coordinating structure between Grandes Écoles.
AAGEF organizes events, helps alumni find jobs and also has many other activities.
The success of AAGEF in New York City is now expanding to other major places in the US and internationally. Local chapters have been set up in Chicago and San Francisco and an international chapter has been set up in Ottawa, Canada.