Alain Le Roy

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Alain Le Roy
Ambassador of France to Italy
In office
President Nicolas Sarkozy
François Hollande
Preceded by Jean-Marc de La Sablière
Succeeded by Catherine Colonna
Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations
In office
30 June 2008 – 25 August 2011
Appointed by Ban Ki-moon
Preceded by Jean-Marie Guéhenno
Succeeded by Hervé Ladsous
Personal details
Born (1953-02-05) 5 February 1953 (age 63)
Moscow, Russia
Nationality French
Alma mater École des Mines de Paris
University of Paris

Alain Le Roy (born 5 February 1953) is a French diplomat serving as Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS)since 1 March 2015. Until August 2011, he served as Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations at the United Nations. He was appointed to the position in June 2008 by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. From December 2011 until August 2014 he served as Ambassador of France to Italy. As of 1st September 2014 he rejoined the Cour des comptes as Conseiller maître.

Before joining the United Nations, Le Roy was Conseiller maître à la Cour des comptes and served as Ambassador in charge of the Union for the Mediterranean Initiative since September 2007. Previously, he held several positions in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including the French Ambassador to Madagascar, Assistant Secretary for Economic and Financial Affairs and National Coordinator for the Stability Pact for South-East Europe. He also acted as the European Union Special Representative in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Earlier in his career, he was involved in the works of the United Nations in different capacities. He served as Deputy to the United Nations Special Coordinator for Sarajevo and Director of Operations for the restoration of essential public services, went on missions for the United Nations Development Programme in Mauritania and was appointed United Nations Regional Administrator in Kosovo (West Region).

He holds a degree in engineering from the Ecole nationale supérieure des Mines de Paris; a Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies [Master of Advanced Studies] in economics from Paris 1 (Pantheon-Sorbonne University), and an Agrégation d'économie et gestion. He also has completed the program for senior managers in Government at the Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

During the 2008 Nord-Kivu campaign in DR Congo, Le Roy pushed for more troops in the region, stating that "With so much at stake, the international community simply cannot afford to let the Congo slide into the abyss, the time to act is, and indeed must be, now."[1]


Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Jean-Marc de La Sablière
Ambassador of France to Italy
Succeeded by
Catherine Colonna