Jean-Michel Despax is the ambassador of France in Jamaica since july 2014.
Jean-Michel Despax was Delegate for the External Action of Local Authorities at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and Secretary-General of the National Commission on Decentralized Cooperation, chaired by the Prime Minister.
Mr Despax is a trained engineer and became a diplomat at the age of 32 when he completed his studies at the French National School of Public Administration (ENA). He specializes in multilateral negotiations linked to security, disarmament and non-proliferation.
With an engineering diploma from the French National School for State Public Works (ENTPE, 1977), and as an alumnus of the French National School of Public Administration (Fernand Braudel year, 1987), he began his career as First Secretary at the French Mission to the United Nations in New York in 1987, before being appointed Diplomatic Adviser to the Private Office of the Minister Delegate for Francophony in 1991.
In 1993, Jean-Michel Despax became First Counsellor at the French Embassy in Cameroon, before occupying the position of First Counsellor at the French Mission to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva from 1996.
From 2000 to 2002, he occupied first the position of Special Assistant to the Political Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and then that of Diplomatic Adviser to the Private Office of the Minister for Education.
From 2002 to 2006, he was Deputy Permanent Representative at the French Mission to the Conference on Disarmament.
Having been French Consul General in Milan from 2006, he became Delegate for the External Action of Local Authorities at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs on 22 August 2011.
He holds the rank of Conseiller des Affaires étrangères hors classe.
Jean-Michel Despax was born on 15 December 1954 in Lavaur (Tarn). He his married and has three children.
Jean-Michel Despax: Ambassador of France in Jamaica
Laurent Geslin: Counsellor, Deputy Head of Mission
Karlene Lemaire: Commercial Attaché
Carol-Anne Menou: Assistant, Administrative Attaché
Walissa Ho: Attaché