Biography - Mrs Marie Paule Roudil

Since 1 October 2010, Marie Paule Roudil is the Head of the UNESCO Liaison Office in Brussels and the UNESCO Representative to the European Union.

Marie Paule Roudil began her career in 1986 as a lawyer at the Cour de Paris (Paris Court). She then joined UNESCO in 1990, as a consultant in the Social and Human Sciences Sector. In this capacity, she participated in, and contributed to the design and launching of, the joint UN programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). In March 1993, she was appointed Programme Specialist within the Natural Sciences Sector. As part of her responsibilities, she acted as UNESCO’s AIDS focal point, promoting a UNESCO interdisciplinary approach, ensuring cooperation with UNAIDS and developing joint activities with Professor Luc Montagnier’s Fondation mondiale Recherche et Prévention Sida.

In April 2001, she joined the International Standards Section of the Culture Sector, assisting in the final stages of the negotiations that led up to the adoption of the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. She also carried out preparatory work on the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, adopted in 2003.

From January 2003 to September 2010, Ms Roudil has been Head of the Culture Section in the UNESCO Office in Venice, where she was responsible for developing and implementing a culture strategy for South-East Europe. In particular, she worked on UNESCO’s contribution to the reconstruction of the Old Bridge of Mostar and to the rehabilitation of the Cultural Heritage in Kosovo, and the establishment of annual Ministerial Conferences on Cultural Heritage in South-Eastern Europe. She was also in charge of the Organization’s Programme for the Safeguarding of Venice.

Ms Roudil holds a "Licence en Droit public international", a "Maîtrise de Droit privé", and a "Diplôme d’études approfondies (DEA) de Droit des affaires et Droit économique".

Ms Roudil is member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (www.euro-acad.eu)

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