Ambassador’s biography [fr]
On September 2nd, 2016, the President of France nominated Mr. Frédéric Bontems to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. H. Exc. Mr. Bontems presented his credentials to President Mulatu Teshome on October 27th, 2016.
Frédéric Bontems was born in 1964 near Paris. After studying Law (Master Degree of Law in 1986) and Political Science (diploma from the Institut d’études politiques in Paris, 1986), he graduated from the French National School of Administration in 1991 (ENA, promotion Victor Hugo).
He then accepted a position within the Ministry for Cooperation and International Development, where he worked for six years (1991 – 1996), as Desk Officer for Bénin, Togo, Haïti and the West Indies, and later as the Officer in charge of cooperation in the Media sector.
For the next six years (1996 - 2002), his activities veered towards the social sector, as IGAS inspector (General Inspection for Social Affairs, main monitoring body for the social sector in France), then as member of the Health Minister’s cabinet, in charge of the fight against social exclusion, and finally, within the Department for Social Affairs, as deputy director for social integration policies and fight against exclusion.
After joining the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he was appointed Head of the department for cooperation and cultural action in the Ivory Coast (2002 – 2005), then Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy in Jordan (2005 – 2008).
From 2008 to 2011, he was detached as Head of Strategic Planning Unit for the AFD (French Development Agency, key implementing body for French cooperation policies).
From 2011 until 2013, he was posted in Houston as the Consul general of France.
In 2013, Frédéric Bontems was appointed Director for Development and Global Public Goods at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris.
Frédéric Bontems holds the rank of Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Mérite and was awarded the Médaille de bronze de la Défense nationale.