Etienne de PONCINS is a French diplomat, aged 37, married with three children. He is a graduate of the ENA (college for senior civil servants) (Jean Monnet class of 1990) and holds a diploma from the IEP (Political Studies Institute) in Paris (1984). Before joining the European Convention Secretariat, he was:
- executive officer at the European Cooperation Directorate in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1990-1993);
- technical adviser in the Private Office of the Minister with responsibility for European Affairs, Mr Lamassoure (1993-1995);
- counsellor at the French Permanent Representation to the European Union (1995-1999);
- deputy head of mission at the French Embassy in Warsaw (1999-2002).
Mr de PONCINS has also lectured on European Affairs on several occasions at the ENA and the IEP in Paris.