Our staff carries out the programming, business, communications, and administrative functions of the Institute for Ideas and Imagination in Paris.

Mark Mazower
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Director

Mark Mazower has written several books, including Dark Continent: Europe’s Twentieth Century (1998), Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430–1950 (2004) and Governing the World: The History of an Idea (2012). What You Did Not Tell: A Russian Past and the Journey Home (2017), explores his father’s family and its revolutionary past. His most recent book is The Greek Revolution: 1821 and the Making of Modern Europe (2021). He is an historian of modern Europe and has a particular interest in modern Greece. His reviews and commentaries on current affairs appear in the Financial Times and elsewhere.

Mark is responsible for the Institute’s overall cultural and intellectual direction.

Marie d’Origny
Paris Director

Marie d’Origny was the Deputy Director of the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library from 2009 to 2017. Previously she worked in film preservation and programming. She holds a B.F.A. in Cinema Studies from the Tisch School of the Arts and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New York University.

Marie manages the overall administration of the Institute, including financial matters, programming, and relations with Reid Hall and other institutions.

Email Marie: md3155(at)columbia.edu

Meredith Hunter-Mason
Projects Assistant

Following her career as a professional ballet dancer, Meredith Hunter-Mason has worked in arts administration at Boston Ballet and FEDORA –  The European Circle of Philanthropists of Opera and Ballet. She holds a BS in Dance Arts Administration from Butler University and an MBA from IÉSEG School of Management.

Meredith is proud to pursue her personal and professional objective of supporting artists and creatives by assisting Fellows and Displaced Artists and contributing to the day-to-day operations of the Institute.

Sari Castro
Programming and Communications Assistant

After graduating from the Universidad Externado de Colombia where she majored in journalism and completed an internship at the Colombian Embassy in Paris, Sari Castro worked in the cultural department of the Alliance française de Bogota. In 2020, she moved to France, where she obtained a master’s degree in international cultural project management at the Universite Lyon II.

Before joining the Institute as the Programming and Communications Assistant, Sari worked at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris in administration and production at the Direction des études chorégraphiques and organized the Soirées Nomades series at the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain.

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