Nicolas is a senior civil servant, former head of department in Strategic Planning Commission (reporting to the French Prime Minister), former inquirer at French Accounting Court, former member of Cabinet Office of Economy and Finance Minister. He is expert in international programs for European Commission and Inter-American Development Bank, and also former chairman and CEO of Initiative for the Development of French Expertise Abroad in Europe and Worldwide (IDEFIE). He was director of Institute Aspen France. Author of two official reports for the French Government on international issues (2002 and 2008) and of one on the reform of civil service (2000), he is senior lecturer and visiting professor at French and many countries’ Universities and think tanks (US, Canada, South Korea, Russia, Serbia, Morocco, etc.). He regularly participates as a panellist in many seminars and conferences worldwide on state reform and geopolitical issues. He also is the chairman and editor of the editorial board of the journal Le Banquet. He is the author of 21 books, among them: France: The Impossible Reform? (2004), When France Disappears from the World (Grasset, 2008), The End of French Misfortune? (Stock, 2011), The World in 2030, The Rule and the Disorder (Perrin, 2011) and France Needs Others (Plon, 2012). Nicolas graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris Institute of Political Sciences and Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA).