Through her training, Elisabeth Barsacq has become an expert in Eastern and Central Europe. Her diplomatic career has focused on two issues: political analysis and cooperation. As a senior executive of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, she has also developed managerial skills required to perform the duties of her positions, in particular as Head of Mission.
During her postings in Poland (1988-89), Hungary (1993-97), Turkey (2003-2006), Russia (2010-2013) and Mongolia (2015-2018), as well as at the Permanent Representation of France to the International Maritime Organization (IMO, London, 2013-2015) or at the Department for Europe of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1990-1993) she has been involved in analyzing the political situation, international integration and strategy of the countries she was in charge of.
Several positions in the fields of public policies assessment (2000-2003) and of science, research and higher education cooperation, both within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in a scientific research institute (2006-2008), have led Elisabeth Barsacq to deal with issues linked to development and political influence through cooperation.
During her career, Elisabeth Barsacq has had several senior managerial responsibilities. Over the last decade, she has served as Consul General in St. Petersburg, Ambassador to the International Maritime Organization and Ambassador to Mongolia.
For the past two years in Lyon, she has been diplomatic advisor to the prefect of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in the south-eastern quarter of France, bordering Switzerland and Italy.
Minister Plenipotentiary (1st Class)
Knight of the Legion of Honor, Officer of the National Order of Merit, Medal of Honor for Foreign Affairs (bronze).
Diploma from the Institute of Political Studies in Paris, Diploma of Advanced Studies (Soviet and East European Studies), Higher Diploma from the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (Polish).