Michel Raimbaud, born in 1941

Director of Ofpra from June 2000 and February 2003

Minister Plenipotentiary
Distinctions : Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur ; Officier de l’Ordre national du mérite

Michel Raimbaud holds a Certificate of Higher Studies in Science and a B.A. in English Education. He joined the French Ministry of Education in 1961 before moving to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1971. He passed the competitive examination for foreign secretaries in 1975 and was Secretary in Jeddah from 1976 to 1978 and then in Aden from 1978 to 1979. From 1979 to 1985, he was in charge of African and Malagasy affairs at the central administration of the Ministry, and was later appointed Second Counsellor in Cairo and then in Brasilia in 1988.

Prior to becoming Director of Ofpra, he served as French Ambassador to Mauritania from 1991 to 1994 and then to Sudan.

He then became French Ambassador to Zimbabwe and retired in 2006.

He is focused on his activities as a teacher and lecturer, especially in connection with the Centre for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies (CEDS).

He is the author of Le Soudan dans tous ses États - L'espace soudanais à l'épreuve du temps (“Sudan in all its States - The Sudanese space against the test of time”), Karthala Publications, 2012