Conference on the Future of Europe by Mr Christian Masset [fr]
Mr Christian Masset, Secretary-General of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will hold a conference on "The Future of Europe: France’s Responsibility and Prospects for EU-Asia Relations" on Wednesday 25th January from 5:00pm to 6:30pm at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.
The presentation will address how the EU intends to tackle the uncertainties arising from the prospect of the UK’s withdrawal as well as to redefine its priorities and ambitions among the 27 member states. As both an EU founding member, and a permanent member of the UN Security Council, France bears a particular responsibility in ensuring that the EU remains an essential partner to all the Asian countries on all the issues of common interest, from security and stability in the Asia-Pacific region to global governance and trade.
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About the speaker:
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Christian Masset was born on 23 January 1957 in Sète (Hérault). He is a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and of ESSEC Business School Paris. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs upon graduating from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA), class “Louise Michel”.
He was first assigned to the Political Affairs Directorate (1984-1987), before being posted as First Secretary in London (1987-1989) and then joining the European Affairs Directorate (1989-1991). He was First Counsellor in Pretoria (1991-1994) and then Counsellor at the French Permanent Representation to the European Union (1994-1997), before joining the Private Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Hubert Védrine, as Technical Adviser (1997-1999).
Between 1997 and 2002 he was Minister-Counsellor in Italy, then becoming French Deputy Permanent Representative to the EU from 2002 to 2007.
He was appointed Economic and Financial Affairs Director (DAEF) in 2007 and took over the Directorate for Global Affairs, Development and Partnerships in 2009, when it was formed from the merger of the Economic Directorate and the International Cooperation and Development Directorate-General. In that capacity, he chaired the Board of the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE), which coordinates the network of French education establishments abroad, as well as the Public Interest Grouping France coopération internationale (FCI), responsible for promoting French technical expertise abroad. He was also a member of the Strategic Guidance Board of the Institut français.
From January 2012 to July 2014, he was French Ambassador to Japan.
He returned to Paris in August 2014 and is also member of the Boards of EdF, AREVA, France Médias Monde as well as of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration.
He is married and has three sons. He is Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honour and also in the National Order of Merit.