The Ambassador [fr]
H.E. Mrs Florence Jeanblanc-Risler Ambassador of France to New Zealand
H.E. Mrs Florence Jeanblanc-Risler took office as Ambassador of France to New Zealand on March 1st 2015.
She has an extensive career in economics, trade and international affairs.
She arrived on March 1st from Tokyo where she was Minister Counsellor for Economic affairs at the French Embassy in Tokyo, also responsible for Asia-Pacific affairs (coordination of action plans for Korea, Australia, New-Zealand and the Pacific Islands).
Born November 30, 1957 in Belfort (France), Mrs Jeanblanc-Risler is a graduate of the National School of Administration (ENA) in Paris and holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Columbia. She completed her undergraduate studies at the School of Political Sciences in Paris, “Sciences Po”.
Mrs Jeanblanc-Risler started her career in aeronautics and civil aviation in 1984 with official positions in Paris within the Civil Aircraft Financing Bureau at the French Ministry of Transport, in charge of export financing, and also, multilaterally through a three year appointment with the United Nations Montréal-based International Civil Aviation Organization as Adviser to the Secretary-General of ICAO and then with the Internal audit division. She also acquired business experience with French company Aerospatiale as special adviser to the CEO of GIE ATR.
Since 1992, she has alternated between Paris and foreign postings throughout her career for the Ministry of Economy and Finance, mainly in G7 countries - Japan, United States, Canada - with major exposure to international trade and multilateral affairs with GATT and WTO through the Uruguay and Doha Rounds, the G20, as well as with European affairs with a five year position at the French Representation to the European Union.
She has been working actively with the private sector, business and professional organizations, in promoting trade and investment both ways to France and foreign countries and defending French positions in many free trade negotiations, for example the concluded EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement and the on-going EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement.
As Head of the International Services Division of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, from1992 to 1995, she was closely involved in the services negotiations of the Uruguay Round whereby France was asking for a “cultural exception”.
During the French Presidency of the G20, she was the French co-chair of the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group when she was back to Paris at the French Treasury from 2009 to 2011.
Mrs Jeanblanc-Risler served as Minister Counsellor for Economic Affairs at the French Embassy in Ottawa, Canada from 2006 to 2009 and at the French Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels from 2001 to 2006. She also spent two years in Washington and five years in Tokyo at the French Embassy from 1995 to 1999.
She has 3 children: Gabrielle (21), Samuel (24) and Claire (27), all with a strong interest in globalisation.
She is a Knight of the Legion of Honor, the Order of Merit, and the Order of Art and Culture.
Knight of the French national Order of Merit - November 10, 1998
Knight of the French Order of Les Arts et Lettres - December 21, 1993
Knight of the French national Order of the Légion d’Honneur - December 31, 2006
Graduate from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris – « Sciences Po » - 1978
Master of Arts in International Relations, University of Columbia- USC -1980
E N A - Ecole Nationale d’Administration - promotion « Louise Michel » - 1984
1984 - 1987:Head of the Civil Aircraft Financing division - Ministry of Transportation -Paris
1987 - 1989: Adviser to the CEO of GIE ATR – Aerospatiale - Paris
1989 - 1992: Deputy Chief of the Internal Audit Division - Adviser to the Secretary General - International Civil Aviation Organization - Montreal – Canada
1992 - 1995: Head of the International Services Division - Ministry of Economy and Finance – Paris
1995 - 1999: Deputy Head to the Minister Counsellor -Trade and Economic Section French Embassy in Tokyo – Japan
1999 - 2001: Deputy Head to the Minister Counsellor - Trade and Economic Section - French Embassy in Washington - United States
2001 - 2006: Minister Counsellor for Trade and Economic Affairs, French Permanent Representation to the European Union – Brussels - Belgium
2006 - 2009: Minister Counsellor for Economic Affairs - Economic Section - French Embassy in Ottawa – Canada
2009- 2011: Special Representative for International Affairs of the Director General of the Treasury, Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry - Paris- France
2011- 2014: Minister Counsellor for Economic Affairs - French Embassy - Tokyo