François Carrel-Billiard graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and from France’s Ecole Nationale d’Administration. He also holds a law degree from Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II. As a diplomat, he was posted in Moscow, in Brussels, and at the United Nations in New York. He served in the Foreign Ministry in Paris as the head of the division on European security and as an adviser on strategic affairs to the French Foreign Minister. He is the Associate Director European Institute and was previously the Managing Director of the International Peace Institute, a think tank which works with the United Nations.