Jean-François Cautain joined the European Institute of Peace as a Senior Advisor at the end of 2022 with a specific focus on Afghanistan where he currently resides.
Jean-François Cautain worked for the European Union from 2001 until mid-2022. He worked successively on cooperation issues in Afghanistan and political issues in Thailand (with a mandate in Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia). In 2011, he became the first resident EU Ambassador to Cambodia. From 2015 to 2019 he was EU Ambassador to Pakistan. Back in Brussels in 2019, based on his experience with conflict and post-conflict situations, he advised the Director of the Integrated Approach for Security and Peace Directorate in the European External Action Service. Prior to joining the European Union, Jean-François Cautain worked for 16 years as Director of International NGOs both in HQ (Vétérinaires Sans Frontières) and in the field (Afghanistan).
Jean-François Cautain holds a Master in Development Management from the London School of Economics, and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.