Biography

Audrey Azoulay is a French civil servant, politician and former French Minister of Culture and Communication. She speaks fluent French, English and Spanish.

Her candidacy for the post of Director-General of UNESCO was submitted on 15 March this year by the French government. From the first days of her mandate, French President, Emmanuel Macron, has given his strong support for her candidacy.

Career

Audrey Azoulay’s career has been centred around using her skills for culture and ensuring culture reaches the widest possible audience.

During successive experiences in the French public audiovisual sector, she worked on the implementation of digital terrestrial television and funding for the audiovisual sector. She worked as an expert for the European Commission on issues of culture and communication.

During her time at the French National Centre of Cinematography and the Moving Image (CNC) she also reformed and modernized the systems of aid for French cinema. As Culture Adviser to the President of the French Republic François Hollande, in 2014 she launched the creation of a plan to protect endangered heritage. Appointed French Minister of Culture and Communication in 2016, she implemented this plan of action to protect endangered heritage in conflict zones. She presented Draft Resolution 2347 to the UN Security Council on the protection of endangered heritage. This resolution, put forward by France and Italy, was adopted unanimously.

Throughout her professional career, she has undertaken several modernisation reforms thanks to her mediation and consensus-building capacities.

As a global citizen with family ties to Morocco, Audrey Azoulay is actively committed to innovation, intercultural and intergenerational dialogue to drive education for all and the dissemination of scientific and cultural knowledge. She launched an international plan for cultural diversity through books and also introduced gender parity measures for cultural institutions into French law. As the initiator of the “Creation in Progress” project, an innovative educational and artistic project led in conjunction with the French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research, Audrey Azoulay is dedicated to promoting the fulfilment of young generations, widening their future perspectives and giving them a voice on the world in which we would like to live.

Training and education

A former student at the Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA), she graduated from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and holds a Diploma of Business Administration from Lancaster University (UK).