Since June 25, 2010, ICRI has a new co-chair: Ambassador Jean-Pierre Thébault, French Ambassador for the Environment (since Ambassador Stefanini has moved to another position).
Ambassador Thébault is familiar with ICRI, since he was the diplomatic Counsellor to the Minister for Regional Development and Environment while France was chairing ICRI in 1999.
Mr Jean-Pierre Thébault was Consul-General of France in Hong Kong prior his new assignment. He is graduated from the Political Institute in Paris. After graduation he joined the Financial and Economics Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1988-1991). Over the years he has held various diplomatic positions including: Technical Counsellor for European Affairs at the Prime Minister Office (1991-1992), Diplomatic Counsellor to the Minister of Justice (1992-1993), Head of the European Community Monitor Mission in Bosnia then Albania (1993-1994), First Counsellor at the French Embassy in Zagreb (1994-1995), Counsellor at the French Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York (1995-1997), Diplomatic Counsellor to the Minister for Regional Development and Environment (1997-1999), First Counsellor at the French Embassy in Berlin (1999-2000), Diplomatic Counsellor to the Minister for Administration and Public Management Reform (2000-2003), and Minister-Counsellor at the French Embassy in Tokyo.
Ambassador Thébault is looking forward to working with ICRI members.