Valérie Verdier, IRD Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, has appointed Corinne Brunon-Meunier as IRD’s Deputy Executive Director.
As the French ambassador to Croatia from 2016 to 2019, Corinne Brunon-Meunier has held responsibilities in the fields of security, cooperation, sustainable development and European affairs throughout her career. She takes up her duties at IRD on March 2, 2020.
A graduate of the Institut d'études politiques de Paris, Corinne Brunon-Meunier also holds a master's degree in law and an advanced degree in public and private international relations law.
From 2008 to 2012, she was seconded to the French Development Agency (AFD) as Deputy Director for Africa.
Back to the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) from 2012 to 2013, she served as Deputy Director for East Africa and then as Deputy Director for Sustainable Development in the Directorate General for Global Affairs from 2013 to 2016.
Corinne Brunon-Meunier has strengthened her commitment to promoting sustainable development, in all its economic, social and environmental dimensions, as well as in the fight against climate change and the preservation of biodiversity and the environment, in conjunction with a wide range of stakeholders, particularly in the areas of research and innovation for development, such as CIRAD.
Since joining the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) in 1979, she has successively held the positions of secretary and then embassy counselor in Abidjan, Rome, Brussels, Nairobi and Ottawa. There, she led negotiations on international development cooperation, climate and the environment with partner institutions in Canada, Belgium and Kenya, where she was Deputy Representative to the United Nations Environment Program.
From 1994 to 1995, Corinne Brunon-Meunier was also seconded to the General Secretariat of the European Council. Between 2000 and 2005, she held the positions of Deputy Director of Military Cooperation and Defense and Deputy to the Deputy Director of Security at the MEAE, developing her expertise in integrated policies for international stability and crisis response.
Corinne Brunon-Meunier was elevated to the rank of Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honor in 2011 and Officer of the National Order of Merit in 2018.