Bénédicte de Montlaur
Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy in the United States, New York
A seasoned diplomat, Bénédicte de Montlaur is the head of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.
After completing her studies at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Ulm) and Sciences Po, Paris, Bénédicte de Montlaur spent the first part of her career analyzing political questions relevant to the Middle East and Africa. At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris, she was as head of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. She then served as a political analyst at the French Embassy in Syria, a Negotiator on the United Nations Security Council, and Head of the North Africa Division at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She also taught diplomacy and international relations at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris.
Appointed Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy in the United States in April 2015, she draws from her knowledge of the Middle East and Africa to promote francophone arts and culture and intercultural debate.
While Cultural Counselor in New York, she re-launched the FACE Foundation, a frequent partner of the Embassy which raises public and private funds to fosters transatlantic exchange in the fields of contemporary arts, bilingual education at American public schools and transatlantic higher education exchanges.