Claude Arpels spent the first twenty years of his career in the luxury goods industry. A Columbia MBA, he was an executive in his family business Van Cleef & Arpels, then became CEO of the Italian fashion companies Redwall and Alessandro Dell’Acqua, and later, Managing Partner of the children’s furniture business NettoCollection. Afterward, Claude graduated from the French Culinary Institute and decided to dedicate himself to his interests in food, the environment, and social enterprise. He has become an avid angel investor, particularly in businesses with a sustainable food and agriculture mission. Claude is a member of the Advisory Board of Slow Money NYC and a founding member of Foodshed Investors New York. He is also Co-Chair and board member of Taste of Tribeca and a member of New York’s Community Education Council for District 2. Passionate about the arts, Claude is the Board President of the avant-garde music ensemble International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).