Chairman, Center for Studies and Research on Political Decision (CERAP)
Graduated from École normale supérieure, Sciences-Po Paris and École nationale d’administration (ENA), he has a Master degree in History.
Former adviser to the French Minister of Finance, he was investigator at the Accounting Court and Head of Department in Strategic Planning Commission (Prime Minister’s Office). He served as head of a special mission on international issues for the French government. He had several missions for international organizations in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Algeria, Ukraine, Montenegro, Serbia, Haiti, Morocco and Jordan. He is the co-founder, former chairman and CEO, and now honorary chairman of Initiative for the Development of French Expertise Abroad in Europe and Worldwide (IDEFIE). He has been member of the board, CFO, and then executive president of Aspen Institute France (2010-2015). During the last presidential election campaign in France, he publicly supported Emmanuel Macron.
Nicolas wrote three official reports for the French government: The New Challenges for the Public Service: How to Address Them?; A New Organization for European and International Policies in France; and International Expertise: The New Heart of Diplomacy and Development Policy in the 21st Century: Tools for a French Strategy of Influence.
Chairman of the Center for Studies and Research on Political Decision (CERAP) and the editor of the review Le Banquet, he is guest professor at Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA, Sciences-Po), ENA Paris, and France’s Institute for Advanced Studies on National Defence, he has been visiting professor at foreign universities (U.S., Canada, Serbia, South Korea, etc.) and guest speaker at many international conferences on security and international issues and policy-making process. It’s his fourth participation as a speaker to Bucharest Forum.
He is the author of 21 books, including Political Philosophy; The World in 2030. The Rule and the Disorder; and France Needs Others. He regularly appears in leading newspapers worldwide and TV and radio talk-shows.
He has been awarded knight of Légion d’Honneur and knight des Arts et Lettres.