Jean-Claude Cousseran assumed the position of Secretary General of the Académie Diplomatique Internationale in March 2007 until January 2016.
Mr. Cousseran has a distinguished career in government and foreign affairs with expertise in the Middle East, where he continues to be engaged in diplomatic efforts.
He has served as ambassador of France to Egypt, Turkey and Syria, and has held diplomatic posts in Jerusalem, Beirut, Baghdad, Tehran and New York. He has been counselor to the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Minister of Defense and served as director of French intelligence services.
Chantal Poiret is a career diplomat who was French Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Norway and Latvia.
For ten years, Ms. Poiret was also involved in multilateral diplomacy, including three years at the UN in New York and three years as Deputy Director of the United Nations and International Organizations. She was Assistant Director for South Asia and worked on Russia and Eastern Europe. She was posted to Germany and Romania.
She has also held several positions as Thematic Ambassador; she was the first Ambassador in charge of coordinating the fight against maritime piracy internationally and was Ambassador for the French regions, with a brief to attract foreign investments and provide support to export growth.
Major General Marc Foucaud left active service in late 2014 after 37 years in the military and just after commanding Operation Serval from August 2013 to August 2014 in Mali and then across the Sahel.
During this campaign, he developed close contacts with the military and political authorities throughout the sub-region.
Throughout his military career, he was assigned the responsibility of major operational commands. He also participated in numerous operations in West Africa. Consequently, his knowledge of the continent and its population is extensive.