Jean-Christophe Bas has been the CEO of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute since September 2018. He has previously held senior policy positions with intergovernmental organisations over the past twenty years. From 1999 to 2008, he was the Head of Policy Dialogue at the World Bank and set up innovative mechanisms of strategic engagement with key decision and opinion makers around the world. Collaborating with chief economists Joe Stiglitz, Nobel laureate in economics, and Nick Stern, Bas was coordinator of the ABCDE, the premiere global conference on development economics.
From 2008 to 2014, Bas was the Head of Strategic Development and Partnerships at the United Nations of the Alliance of Civilizations, an initiative of the UN Secretary General aimed at improving understanding and cooperation among nations and people across cultures, promoting cultural diversity, and building inclusive societies. In this capacity, he worked closely with UNAOC successive High Representatives Jorge Sampaio, former President of Portugal and Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, former President of the General assembly of the UN.
Bas has forged innovative initiatives with major world corporate brands (BMW Group, Vivendi, Silicon Valley firms, Education First, among others.) to enhance intercultural understanding and cooperation. Jean-Christophe Bas is spearheading the expansion of the activities of the Alliance of Civilizations in the Asia and Pacific Region (China, Korea, India, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, and other ASEAN countries). Bas has also been designing and heading the world campaign ‘Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion’, aimed at building a world movement in support of diversity with partners such as UNESCO, the Red Cross, American Airlines, Civicus, Intel, Deloitte). He coordinates the UNAOC Global Forum
(Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro, Doha, Vienna, and Bali), and is the founder of a fellowship program for emerging leaders to foster dialogue and understanding between the Western world and the Muslim countries, in partnership with the League of Arab States, British Council, Organization of Islamic Conference, Institute of International Education, and Euronews.
In 2014 and 2015, Jean-Christophe Bas served as Director of Democratic Citizenship and Participation at the Council of Europe, running a team of approximately 160 staff working to foster democratic competences, participation and responsible citizenship, and fighting radicalisation and extremism.
Prior to this, Bas gained unique experience 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. Bas is now member of the Aspen Institute in France’s Executive Broad.
Jean-Christophe Bas 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, a very rare organisation 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.
Bas is the author of EUROPE A LA CARTE (Editions du Cherche-Midi), a book of reflection on European identity published in English and in French in November 2009 during the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, with contributions from the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, the Secretary General of the League of Arab States, the CEO of Euronews, the music conductor Daniel Barenboim, and seventy other prominent leaders around the world. He is the proud father of two daughters, Zelda – who works on the integration of refugees in Europe and Apolline, who works in the film industry.