A graduate of the Paris-Sorbonne University, the Paris Institute of Political
Studies, the French Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations and the
Beijing Languages Institute, Mme Bermann embarked on her diplomatic career in 1979.
Vice-Consul at the French Consulate in Hong Kong from 1979 to 1980, she became Second
Secretary at the French Embassy in China between 1980 and 1982. She was subsequently
responsible for policy relating to China at the Quai dOrsays Asia and Oceania Directorate
until 1986, when she became Second Counsellor at the French Embassy in Moscow. In 1989,
Sylvie Bermann returned to Paris to take up the post of Head of the Southeast Asia
In 1992 she was appointed Second Counsellor at the French Permanent Mission to the UN. In 1996, she became Head of the Common Foreign and Security Policy Department
at the French Foreign Ministry, before becoming Ambassador to the Western European Union
and to the European Unions Political and Security Committee in Brussels in 2002.
She headed the French Foreign Ministrys directorate for the UN and international
organizations, human rights and Francophony, from 2005 to 2011.
She was Ambassador to China from February 2011 to July 2014, becoming the first woman to
hold the post of French Ambassador in a country which is a permanent member of the
Security Council. She was then French Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2014 to 2017 before being appointed Ambassador to the Russian Federation in September 2017.
The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.
The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.
Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.
The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 180 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 81 countries worldwide, and 186 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.
The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian t.me/Roscongress, English – t.me/RoscongressDirect, Spanish – t.me/RoscongressEsp and Arabic t.me/RosCongressArabic. Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation:roscongress.org.