François Carrel-Billiard

François Carrel-Billiard

François Carrel-Billiard is the Associate Director for the European Institute - which manages the MA program in European History, Politics, and Society - and the Sakıp Sabancı Center for Turkish Studies at Columbia University.


Before joining the European Institute, François was the Managing Director of the International Peace Institute, a think tank which works with the United Nations.

He previously worked as a French diplomat, and served as the head of the division on European security in Paris and as an adviser on strategic affairs to the French Foreign Minister. He was also posted as a diplomat in Moscow, in Brussels, and at the United Nations in New York


  • École Nationale d’Administration, Paris, (1990)
  • Université Paris II, law degree with honors (1986)
  • Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), BA & Master of Public Administration (1985)