CFI's Chairman and Managing Director, Jean-Emmanuel Casalta, has appointed Marc Fonbaustier to the position of Deputy Managing Director. He starts his new role on 4 September 2017.
This appointment forms part of the new set-up put in place for CFI, which since 27 June 2017 has been a wholly owned subsidiary of France Médias Monde.
Marc Fonbaustier studied at the French National School of Administration (ENA) and the Paris Institute of Political Studies, and served as the French Ambassador to Togo from 2014 to 2017.
Aged 53, he has held various French diplomatic posts, predominantly in Europe and Asia. Between 1999 and 2001, he served as a Counsellor at the French Permanent Representation to the European Union, where he was in charge of relations with the European Parliament, most notably during the French Presidency of the Council in 2000. He rounded off his diplomatic career in Europe by serving as a political adviser to the French Embassy in Rome, Italy from 2001 to 2004. He was Minister Counsellor at the French Embassy in India from 2006 to 2009, and then the French Consul General in Hong Kong and Macao from 2009 to 2011.
He spent the following three years (2011 to 2014) working for the Crisis and Support Centre of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, as the Deputy Director of the Situation Centre.