Hélène Pichon is Franco-Swiss and holds a DEA in Political Science in English from the Sorbonne Paris IV.
Her professional career has taken her successively to Lebanon, the UN in Geneva for the Republic of Korea, and Bahrain. She directed the Alliance Française of Cork in Ireland, European Capital of Culture, and ran its French Film Festival. In January 2011, Ms Pichon joined the Centre d’Étude et de Prospective Stratégique, Center for strategic and foresight studies, an INGO with participatory status with the Council of Europe, UNESCO, the OECD, the OIF and the European Commission, as Director of Relations with Institutions. She has been director of the Alliance Française of the Hague and coordinator of the network of Alliances Françaises in the Netherlands for the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs since September 2022. Hélène Pichon has also been a Colonel in the French Air Force Citizens’ Reserve since 2012.
Hélène Pichon takes equality to heart and is the author of the manifesto “L’Éternel au Féminin“, The Eternal through the Feminine, which calls for full parity for women in the hierarchies of the major monotheisms.
A founding member of the French chapter of the International Women’s Forum, she was a member of the global board of the International Women’s Forum from 2019 to 2021; she is an ambassador for the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Foundation for Youth, and vice-president of the Robert Schuman Institute for Europe for the European Union. She has taught at the École d’Art et de Culture. In 2020, Hélène Pichon co-founded the Toutes Apôtres – All Apostles collective, which became an association on 8 March 2021. She joined the boards of the Comité de la Jupe – Committee of the Skirt and the Société des Amis de la Fondation de l’Islam de France – Society of the Friends of the Foundation of Islam in France in 2021. Hélène Pichon has been General Secretary of the SDGS Champions Association since June 2021.