Ambassador Catherine Colonna took up her duties as Permanent Representative of France to the OECD on 23 October 2017.
Ms. Colonna is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (“Solidarité” class of 1983). She has a Master’s in Public Law (1977), a DEA in Public Law (1978) and a diploma from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris (1980).
She entered the French diplomatic service in 1983, and was posted to the French embassy in Washington (1983-1986), before being placed in charge of European Affairs and Economic Law at the Legal Affairs Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris (1986-1988).
Ms. Colonna then became a technical advisor in the cabinet of the Minister of Public Works and Housing (1988-1989), before being appointed Head of European Affairs at the Analysis and Forecasting Centre at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1989-1990), Deputy director of the Press Office at the Press, Communication and Information Directorate at the same Ministry (1990-1993), and Deputy spokesperson at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1993-1995).
In 1995, Ms. Colonna joined the Elysée Palace, and was Spokesperson of the French’s Presidency from 1995 to 2004.
From 2004 to 2005 she was Director General of the National Centre of Cinematography (CNC) and Vice-President of the Cannes Film Festival.
From 2005 to 2007, Ms. Colonna was Minister Delegate for European Affairs.
Prior to taking up her duties as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of France to the OECD in 2017, Ms. Colonna was French Ambassador to Italy (and San Marino) from September 2014 to September 2017. Prior to that, she was Managing Partner of the Paris office of Brunswick Group (2010-2014) and Ambassador, Permanent Representative of France to UNESCO (2008-2010).
Ms. Colonna is an Officer of the Legion of Honour, and Officer of the National Order of Merit, Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters.