Jean-Michel Severino is General Inspector of Finances, at the French Ministry of Finances. He is the former Director of France's international development agency - Agence Française de Développement (AFD,  ). He was appointed in 2001 for a three-year term, renewed in 2004 and 2007. He was previously Director in charge of international development at the French Ministry of Cooperation, then Vice President for Asia at the World Bank. Mr. Severino regularly publishes articles in the French and international press. In October 2007 he launched the blog Ideas4development alongside Josette Sheeran, Donald Kaberuka, Kemal Dervis, Pascal Lamy, Abdou Diouf and Supachai Panitchpakdi, in which the authors share their visions, doubts and hopes for international development.
- 2001-2010 : CEO - Agence Française de Développement, Paris. President of PROPARCO, Paris.
- 2000 : General Inspector of Finances - Ministry of the Economy and Finances, Paris
- 1997-2000 : Vice-president for Asia - World Bank, Washington
- 1996-1997 : Director for Central Europe - World Bank, Washington
- 1994-1996 : Director in charge of international development - Ministry of Cooperation and Development, Paris
- 1990-1994 : Chief of geographic coordination - Ministère Ministry of Cooperation and Development, Paris
- 1988-1990 : Technical advisor for economic and financial affairs - Cabinet of the Minister of Cooperation and Development, Jacques Pelletier
- 1984 : Inspector of Finances, Ministry of the Economy and Finances, Paris
- 1984 : École nationale d'administration, "Louise Michel" class
- 1980 : Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris
- 1979 : Masters of Sciences in Economics, Paris IX Dauphine University
- 1978 : Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris and Bachelors of Law (Université Paris I Sorbonne)
- "The End of ODA : Death and Rebirth of a Global Public Policy", written with Olivier Ray. Center for Global Development Working Paper, March 2009.
- "Il est urgent que l'Europe développe une vision planétaire", article published in Le Figaro, June 2009.
- "Gouvernance mondiale - Illusoire quête du Léviathan ? ", written with Olivier Ray and published in La gouvernance démocratique, un nouveau paradigme pour le développement ? (Karthala, 2008).
- L’Aide Publique au Développement, book written with avec Olivier Charnoz (2007), Editions La Découverte, Paris.
- "Le secteur privé, un levier du développement à ne pas négliger", article by Claude Bébéar, Henri Proglio, Franck Riboud et Jean-Michel Severino, published in Le Figaro, December 2008.
- "De l’ordre global à la justice globale : vers une politique mondiale de régulation", tomes I et II, articles written with Olivier Charnoz, En temps Réel, Cahiers n°33 et 36, May and November 2008.
- "Heart of darkness", article written with Donald Kaberuka and published in Emerging Markets, October 2008.
- "Feeding Africa", article by Jean-Michel Severino and Jacques Diouf, published in the International Herald Tribune, Octobre 2007.
- "There’s much ground to make up, but the reform of EU aid is now under way", article published in Europe's World, Septembre 2007.
- "Solving the water equation", article by Jean-Michel Severino and Mikhael Gorbachev, distributed by Project Syndicate in June 2007.
- "Cultivating Energy", article distributed by Projet Syndicate, December 2006.