New Permanent Observer of the International Organization of Francophonie Presents Letter of Nomination to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva
Henri Monceau, the new Permanent Observer of the International Organization of Francophonie to the United Nations Office at Geneva, today presented his letter of nomination to Tatiana Valovaya, the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva.
Prior to his appointment to Geneva, Mr. Monceau had been serving as Director of the Economic and Digital Francophonie of the International Organization of Francophonie since December 2019. From May 2017 to 31 January 2020, he was Permanent Observer of the International Organization of Francophonie to the United Nations Office at Geneva and the United Nations Office at Vienna.
From 2014 to 2017, Mr. Monceau served as High Representative of the Governments of Wallonia and the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (Belgium) for fundamental rights, the information society and the digital economy. He was Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the Government of Wallonia and Minister of Economy, New Technologies and Foreign Trade from 2009 to 2014. Other posts he has occupied include being Advisor for international relations to the Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade of Wallonia from 2006 to 2009; Co-director of the “Multilateral governance and deliberative democracy” programme within the international foundation Notre Europe/Institut Jacques Delors from 2004 to 2009; Chief of Staff to the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Mobility and Transport of the Belgian Federal Government from 1999 to 2003; and Advisor to the European Commission (Socrates Programme) from 1996 to 1999.
In the context of the International Organization of Francophonie, Mr. Monceau served as the programme and scientific coordinator of the Second World Forum of French Language, which took place in Liège in 2015, and the Sherpa for the International Organization of Francophonie of the Minister of Higher Education of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation at meetings of French-speaking Ministers of High Education in Paris in 2015 and in Bamko in 2016.
A specialist in innovation, creativity and digital governance, Mr. Monceau holds a master degree in public affairs and international relations from the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and a master degree in economy from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers. He also holds a bachelor degree in history from the University of Louvain and a certificate in innovation management from the HEC Montréal. He was born on 22 May 1965 and has three children.