Jean-Christophe Bas has been the CEO and Executive Board Chairman of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute since September 2018. Prior to that, he held senior policy positions with several inter-governmental organisations.
From 1999 to 2008, he was the Head of Policy Dialogue at the World Bank, where he set up innovative strategic engagement mechanisms with key decision-makers and opinion-shapers around the world on development and poverty eradication. In this capacity, he was instrumental – alongside the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders – in the creation of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and the IMF, an independent organisation of approximately 2000 legislators in 100 countries around the world to strengthen the transparency and accountability of international financial institutions and to advocate development. He was also key to the establishment of the Researchers Alliance for Development – which brought together hundreds of research institutions including universities, trade unions, private banks, think tanks and NGOs – and the Youth, Development and Peace Network, an organisation representing hundreds of millions young people to strengthen their voice in the promotion of development. Collaborating with chief economists Joe Stiglitz, Nobel laureate in Economics, and Nick Stern, he was the coordinator of the Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics, the premiere global conference on development economics, for nine years.
From 2008 until 2014, he was the Head of Strategic Development and Partnerships at the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, an initiative of the UN Secretary General aimed at improving understanding and cooperation among nations and peoples across cultures, promoting cultural diversity, and building inclusive societies. In that capacity, working closely with successive UNAOC High Representatives Jorge Sampaio, former President of Portugal, and Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, former President of the General Assembly of the UN, Jean-Christophe forged innovative initiatives with some of the world’s major corporate brands including BMW Group; Vivendi; Silicon Valley firms; and Education First to enhance intercultural understanding and cooperation. During this time: he spearheaded the expansion of the activities of the Alliance of Civilizations in the Asia and Pacific Region (China; Korea; India; Australia; Malaysia; Indonesia; ASEAN); he designed and led the global campaign ‘Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion’, aimed at building a global movement in support of diversity with partners such as UNESCO, the Red Cross, American Airlines; Civicus; Intel; and Deloitte; and he coordinated the organisation of the UNAOC Global Forum in Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro, Doha, Vienna, and Bali. Jean-Christophe was also the founder of a fellowship programme for emerging leaders to foster dialogue and understanding between the Western world and the Muslim world, in partnership with the League of Arab States, the British Council, the Organization of Islamic Conference, the Institute of International Education, and Euronews.
In 2014 and 2015, Jean-Christophe served as Director of Democratic Citizenship and Participation at the Council of Europe, running a team of approximately 160 staff dedicated to fostering democratic competences, participation, and responsible citizenship, and fighting radicalisation and extremism.
Jean-Christophe developed a unique understanding in the field of policy dialogue as the first Executive Director of the Aspen Institute in France (1994-1999), chaired by the former French Prime Minister Raymond Barre; he is now a vice chairman of the advisory board of the Institute, appointed by Michel Pebereau (CEO BNP Paribas). He was a Professor of Political Sciences at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Lyon and a Vice President of the European Fund for the Freedom of Expression, one of the very rare organisations that advocated and supported freedom of speech and pluralism activists in Eastern Europe before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. He started his carrier in 1984 at the European Parliament and collaborated with Simon Veil.
Jean-Christophe is the author of Europe à la carte (Editions du Cherche-Midi), a book of reflections on European identity published in English and French in November 2009 on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, with contributions by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; the Secretary General of the League of Arab States; the CEO of Euronews; the conductor Daniel Barenboim, and seventy other prominent leaders from around the world.