Bertrand Lortholary joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after graduating from the Institute of Political Science and the University of Paris-Dauphine. He began his career at the Quai d’Orsay as a member of the Directorate of Africa and the Indian Ocean team, where he mainly followed the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. His career continued, first in Washington as an exchange diplomat at the State Department, then at the French Embassy, where he followed Asian and African political matters. After Washington, he served as a political adviser in Beijing. In 2008, he became the French President’s Advisor on Asian and Oceania matters. Since 2012, Bertrand Lortholary has been Consul General of France in New York.
Bertrand Lortholary introduced La Sapienza at FFC 2015.