Deputy Director General of the IRD
Elisabeth Barbier graduated from the French Institute of Political Studies (IEP-Paris) and from the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO). In 1976, she took up the position of Secretary of Foreign Affairs at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Between 1977 and 1979, she was Vice-Consul at the General Consulate of France in Jerusalem. She was later appointed Consul General in Johannesburg (South Africa) between 1994 and 1998 and principal adviser of the Permanent Representation of France to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna (Austria) between 1998 and 2003. In 2003, Elisabeth Barbier was named Deputy Director of the African and Indian Ocean Division at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a position which she held until 2006, when she was appointed Ambassador of France to Kenya until 2010. Elisabeth Barbier was also an administrator at the French Development Agency (AFD).
Throughout her career, Elisabeth Barbier has showed a particular interest for science diplomacy and for the intersection between science and public policy. This was especially evident in her role as Ambassador to Kenya and later South Africa, where she was deeply involved in promoting science, research and innovation, and worked closely with the representatives of French higher education and research to develop cooperation with the academic communities of these countries and the entire African continent.
She is also an Officer of the French Legion of Honour.
Elisabeth Barbier was appointed Deputy Director General of the IRD on 1 November 2017.