AJC Names New Paris Representative

AJC Names New Paris Representative

April 1, 2010 – New York – The American Jewish Committee (AJC) has appointed Simone Rodan-Benzaquen as its representative in France. A leading global advocacy organization, AJC has long recognized the critical role that France, home of the European Union’s largest Jewish community, plays in political, strategic and societal issues in Europe and the Middle East.
 
“We are delighted Ms. Rodan-Benzaquen is on the AJC team,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris. “Simone has the perfect experience to further deepen our cooperative relationships with many sectors of French society, and to advocate on our concerns regarding the Middle East and transatlantic relations.”
 
Rodan-Benzaquen comes to AJC after a distinguished career in French and European political advocacy positions. She served as an adviser to Francois Zimeray, Ambassador for Human Rights, in the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. She also was the founding General Secretary of the Brussels-based Medbridge Strategy Center, an organization created in 2003 to strengthen ties between political and civil society leaders in Europe and the Middle East.  And, she served as vice president and co-founder of SOS Darfur, a European advocacy organization co-chaired by Bernard-Henri Levy.
 
"I am honored to represent AJC’s century-old commitment to safeguarding democracy, pluralism and human rights,” said Rodan-Benzaquen. “My aim is to build on the existing achievements and establish AJC as a crucial partner to France's political and civil society representatives on transatlantic relations, the Middle East and the fight against anti-Semitism.” 
 
Rodan-Benzaquen holds a law degree from Kings College in London, a M.A. in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics, and in February was awarded a PhD in international relations from Sciences–Po in Paris.
 
She succeeds Valérie Hoffenberg, AJC’s previous representative in Paris, who has assumed a Middle East policy position in the government of President Sarkozy.

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