Profile-Jean-Christophe BAS

Jean-Christophe BAS
Director of Democratic Citizenship and Participation, Council of Europe.
Previously, Deputy Director Strategic Development and Partnerships at the United Nations secretariat of the Alliance of Civilizations in New York (www.unaoc.org). The Alliance of Civilizations aims to improve understanding and cooperative relations among nations and peoples across cultures and religions and, in the process, to help counter the forces that fuel polarization and extremism.  
Jean-Christophe is the author of L'EUROPE A LA CARTE ( Editions du Cherche-Midi), a book of reflections on Europe published at the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, with contributions of the UN Secretary General, the Secretary General of the League of Arab States, the CEO of Euronews and seventy prominent leaders from around the World.    
From 1999 to 2008, Jean-Christophe served as Development Policy Dialogue Manager at the World Bank and set up innovative mechanisms of strategic dialogue  between the World Bank and key constituencies around the World on Development and Poverty eradication challenges.

In this capacity, he was instrumental in the creation of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank, an independent network of approximately 2000 legislators from 100 countries around the World; the Researchers Alliance for Development, an independent organization that brings together hundreds of research Institutions from University, trade unions, private banks, think tanks and NGOs; and the Youth, Development and Peace Network, an organization representing hundreds of millions Youth around the World.

He is a former Executive Director of the Aspen Institute in France (1994-1999), chaired at that time by the former French PM Raymond Barre; he is now serving as vice chairman of  the advisory Board of Aspen Institute in France, currently chaired by Michel Pebereau (CEO BNP Paribas).

He was a Professor of Political Sciences at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Lyon and a Vice President of the European Fund for the Freedom of Expression.

He was previously the General Manager of JCB Eurostrategy (1992-1994), a Public Affairs Company based in Paris and Brussels.

Jean-Christophe started his carrier as Head of staff of the President of the Committee on External Economic Relations (1984-86) at the European Parliament, and Secretary General of the French branch of the E P P  (1986-1989) at the European Parliament. He has been elected in 1989 as city counselor in Besançon, capital of Franche Comte Region.

From 1989-1991, he was a journalist working for several newspapers and magazines ('Réponse à Tout' as founder and Editor in Chief, 'Enjeux les Echos' and 'Valeurs Actuelles' as a journalist).

He is the proud father of two daughters: Zelda and Apolline.