Francis Kurkdjian (born in Paris on May 14, 1969) is a French contemporary perfumer and businessman. and winner of the Prix François Coty in 2001 for his lifetime achievements. He was made famous at age 26 for designing the scent of Le Male for Jean Paul Gaultier, one of the world best selling perfumes. This was followed by an additional forty creations for major perfume companies worldwide. Some of these creations include the Elie Saab Le Parfum (Elie Saab), My Burberry (Burberry), L'extase (Nina Ricci) and Narciso Rodriguez for her (Narciso Rodriguez). In 2009, he co-founded luxury fragrance house Maison Francis Kurkdjian with French-Lebanese businessman and ex Ernst & Young partner Marc Chaya, now a major global player in the luxury niche fragrance segment.