Jean-Marie Guéhenno is a professor of professional practice at the Saltzman Institute of Columbia University, and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He currently serves as the Chairperson of the Advisory Board of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the chair of the Senior Advisory Group on the civilian capacities of the United Nations. He is also a member of the boards of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva and the International Crisis Group in Brussels.
Previously, as the Under-Secretary-General for peacekeeping operations from 2000 to 2008, he became the longest-serving head of peacekeeping. He led the biggest expansion of peacekeeping in the history of the United Nations.
Before joining the United Nations, Mr. Guéhenno had a distinguished career in the French Government and in the private sector. Mr. Guéhenno was the director of policy planning in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1989 to 1993. He has also been ambassador to the Western European Union, and chairman of the French Institute of Higher Defense Studies.
Mr. Guéhenno has published articles in many newspapers and magazines, and is the author of the End of the Nation-State (1993). Mr. Guéhenno has been a professor at the ENA and at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris.
Mr. Guéhenno is officier de la legion d’honneur and has the commander’s cross of the German order of merit.