Emmanuel Lenain, Ambassador of France to India [fr]
A brief profile of Mr Emmanuel Lenain, Ambassador of France to India.
Born on 27th March, 1970, Mr Emmanuel Lenain graduated from Sciences Po (IEP) in Paris and ESSEC Business School. He is also an alumnus of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA).
Mr Lenain began his diplomatic career in 1997, serving in the French Foreign Ministry’s United Nations Department, where he took part in peace negotiations on Kosovo. In 2000, he was appointed First Secretary to France’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, to follow cases related to the Security Council and the Sanctions Committees.
In 2003, he was assigned at the Embassy of France in Beijing as a Political Counsellor. In this capacity, he tracked China’s foreign policy and supervised negotiations on issues such as the European arms embargo and textile quotas.
Mr Lenain returned to Paris in June 2005 to serve as the Prime Minister’s technical advisor on multilateral affairs until July 2007, when he came to Washington, D.C., to head the French Embassy’s Press and Communication Department.
From 2010 to 2015, he served as Consul General of France in Shanghai. Thereafter, he became Director for the Asia-Pacific Division of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development in 2015, a post he held until his appointment as Diplomatic Adviser to the Prime Minister in 2017.
In addition to his diplomatic activities, Mr Lenain has lectured on International Relations at Sciences Po and served as an expert on the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict. Apart from French, he is also fluent in the English, Mandarin and German languages.
Mr Lenain has a passion for gelatine silver print photography. His work has featured in many publications. It has also been exhibited at Maison européenne de la Photographie (MEP), and entered the collections of this institution.
He is married to Mrs Géraldine Lenain, International Director of the Asian Arts Department at Christie’s. Géraldine Lenain wrote the first biography on the major Asian art dealer, C.T. Loo (1880-1957), which was published in 2013 to critical acclaim. With over 20 years of expertise in Asian fine arts and a wealth of international experience in Asia and the West, Géraldine Lenain plays a significant role in the auction world. She was elected President of the Friends of Musée Guimet in 2018. Raised in Hong Kong, Mrs. Lenain is French and obtained her Master’s in Art History at the Sorbonne in Paris. She speaks French, English and Mandarin.
The couple has four sons.