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Nicolas Chapuis, French Ambassador to Canada

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  • Nicolas Chapuis, French Ambassador to Canada

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Biography

Nicolas Chapuis, French Ambassador to Canada

Mr. Chapuis began his career in the 1980s as the Press Attaché at the Embassy of France in Beijing. In 1983, he was appointed Second Secretary (Political Affairs) at the Embassy of France in Beijing and then Desk Officer for China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Mongolia at the Asia-Oceania Department of France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). Between 1987 and 1988, he was a CFIA Fellow at Harvard University.

In 1988 and 1989, he held the position of Desk Officer for NATO & European Security at the Political Affairs Department of France’s MFA. From 1989 to 1992, he was the Cultural Counsellor at the Embassy of France in Beijing.

His diplomatic career continued in the role of Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of France in Singapore. Following this, he held the position of Personal Assistant to the Deputy General Secretary for European and Economic Affairs at the MFA before becoming the Deputy Director (East Asia) of the Asia-Oceania Department of the MFA from 1995 to 1998.

In 1998, he returned to China as the Consul General in Shanghai. Between 2002 and 2003, he was First Counsellor (Cultural Affairs) at the Embassy of France in the United Kingdom and the Director of Institut français du Royaume-Uni.

From 2003 until 2005 he served as Ambassador of France in Mongolia and in 2005–2009 he was Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of France in Beijing.

In 2009–2010, he was Prefect of the département of Hautes-Alpes. Following this, he held the position of Chief Coordinator of the MFA WikiLeaks Taskforce until 2011.

Between 2011 and 2015 he was the MFA Chief Information Officer.

Mr. Chapuis has been the Ambassador of France to Canada since February 4th, 2015.

Education: DEA in Chinese Studies, University of Paris VII (1997); MA in Chinese Studies, University of Paris VII (1978); BA in World History, University of Paris (1978); BA in Mongolian Studies, INALCO, Paris (1977).

His academic career includes the following experiences: Weicker Scholar, Saint Paul’s School (New Hampshire) (1971–1972); student at Mongolia State University, Ulan Bator (1978–1979); Fellow at Harvard University Center for International Affairs (1987–1988); Fellow, Directors Management Seminar, Paris (2012); Fellow, Leaders Program, SGMAP Paris (2013).

He speaks English, Chinese, and Mongolian.

 

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