Jean-David Levitte is a French diplomat and a Distinguished Fellow with the Foreign Policy program at Brookings Institute. Levitte has had a highly-regarded career holding various senior positions in France’s Government since 1970 when he joined as a Foreign Officer.
Levitte acted as Senior diplomatic Advisor and Sherpa for President Chirac from 1995 to 2000. He the nerved as France’s permanent representative to the United Nations (2000-2002) before becoming Ambassador of France to the United States (2002-2007). He was then Senior Diplomatic Advisor and Sherpa for President Sarkozy.
Levitte holds a law degree from Sciences-Po. He is also a graduate of the National School of Oriental Languages, where he studied Chinese and Indonesian.