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Corinne Brunon-Meunier appointed Director General of IRD

Corinne Brunon-Meunier takes over as head of the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (photo: IRD)
Corinne Brunon-Meunier takes over as head of the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (photo: IRD)
FRANCE. President of the Institute for Research for Development (IRD), Valérie Verdier appoints Corinne Brunon-Meunier to the position of Director General of this French public institution.

A graduate of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, with a Master's degree in law and an advanced degree in public and private international relations law, Corinne Brunon-Meunier was France's ambassador to Croatia from 2016 to 2019.

She joined the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) in 1979 and successively held the posts of secretary and then counsellor at embassies in Abidjan, Rome, Brussels, Nairobi and Ottawa, where she led negotiations on international development cooperation, climate and environment, in conjunction with partner institutions in Canada, Belgium and Kenya, where she was deputy representative to the United Nations Environment Programme.

From 1994 to 1995, Corinne Brunon-Meunier was seconded to the General Secretariat of the European Council. Between 2000 and 2005, she held the posts of Deputy Director of Military Cooperation and Defence and Deputy Deputy Director of Security at the EEAM, developing her expertise in integrated policies for international stability and crisis response.

From 2008 to 2012, she was also seconded to the French Development Agency (AFD) as Deputy Director for Africa. Returning to the MEAE following this mission, Corinne Brunon-Meunier took up the position of Deputy Director for East Africa from 2012 to 2013, then Deputy Director for Sustainable Development at the Directorate General for Globalisation from 2013 to 2016.

Placed under the dual supervision of the Ministries of Higher Education, Research and Innovation and of Europe and Foreign Affairs, the IRD provides "research, expertise, training and knowledge sharing services for the benefit of territories and countries that make science and innovation one of the first levers of their development".

Frédéric Dubessy

Wednesday, March 4th 2020

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