Ambassador Jean-Marc Châtaigner

Deputy Director - IRD (Institut de recherche pour le développement)

Born in 1964, Jean-Marc Châtaigner is a Foreign Affairs counsellor of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development. He was appointed Ambassador of France to Madagascar from 2009 until 2012. Then, he served as the Deputy Managing Director of globalisation, development and partnerships at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development until 31 September 2014.
Jean-Marc Châtaigner graduated from the École Nationale d’Administration (ENA) (class of 1990), and holds a degree in politics from the Institut d’études politiques (IEP) in Bordeaux, France. He started his career as a civil administrator at the French Ministry of Cooperation and Development in 1990, successively acting as head of mission for Niger, Mali, Equatorial Guinea and Chad. Then he served as an economic and governance advisor, as well as deputy advisor to the head of the cultural action and cooperation mission at the French embassy in Côte d’Ivoire (1992-1995). In 1995, Jean-Marc Châtaigner joined the French Ministry of Economy and Finances to take on the role of financial attaché to the French permanent mission to the UN in New York. He has also represented France on the board of directors at UNICEF, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA). In 1998, he was appointed second advisor in charge for monitoring African portfolios at the UN Security Council, as part of the Permanent Mission of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2001, Jean-Marc Châtaigner was appointed deputy director of development and technical cooperation at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2004, he was seconded to the French Development Agency (AFD) as director of the Policy and Strategic Relations Department. From 2007 until 2009, he served as chief of cabinet of the French Secretary of State for Cooperation and Francophonie, and as deputy director to the French Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Jean-Marc Châtaigner is an expert on issues of international development, crisis recovery, and the organisation of the multilateral system. As part of the development assistance committee at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), he co-chaired the ‘Fragile states’ group (2007-2008) and the Heiligendamm process development group, which brought together members of the G8 and the G5 (2008-2009). In 2014, he chaired the Multilateral Organisation Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN) at the OECD. In a personal capacity, he is administrator of the French committee for UNICEF and a member of the strategic direction board for Interpeace in Geneva.


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