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Joseph MAÏLA

Joseph MAÏLA is member of the IRENE team on mediation and professor of geopolitics, mediation and international relations at ESSEC.

Joseph MAÏLA was director of the Direction de la Prospective (Policy Planning Directorate) at the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (Quai d’Orsay) until December 2012, and previously head of the Religious Affairs Department in the same Directorate.

Graduated in Law, Political Science and Philosophy, he holds a PhD in Philosophy and a PhD in Sociology. He also graduated, valedictorian of the 1972’ promotion, from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris.

He was elected dean of the Faculté des Sciences Sociales et Économiques, before being the president of the Université Catholique de Paris. Visiting professor and researcher in different foreign, European, North American and Arab universities, he has also developed consultant and expert activities in the field of international relations and mediation.

He was member of the commission of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) in charge of the preparation of the Conference of Bamako (Mali) on Democracy (November 2000) and the International Conference of St. Boniface (Canada) on "Human Security and Conflict Prevention" (13-14 May 2006).

He was also member and expert in charge of the preparation of the conference organized by the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs and OIF on "Contemporary Practices of Political Mediation ", Geneva, 15-17 February 2007, and member of the second conference on “International Mediation” also organized by the OIF in Geneva in 2012.

He was member of the White Paper Commission on the Foreign and European Policy of France (2008), and was as well member of the White Paper Commission on Defense and National Security (2013).

He has also been invited as expert on interreligious dialogue and mediation to participate to the First Forum of Catholic-Muslim Dialogue, held at the State of the Vatican, in November 2008. In December 2014, he participated as well to the Third Islam-Catholique Summit hosted by the Holy See.

In 2013, he ran for the office of Director General of UNESCO.

Joseph Maïla founded in 1997 the Institut de Formation à la Médiation et à la Négociation  (IFOMENE) and acted as its Director until 2004. He was a member of l’Association des Médiateurs Européens (AME) at the Paris Bar.

He is a member of the editorial Boards of Etudes and Esprit. He was the co-founder of the Cahiers de l’Orient (1986) and chief editor until 1992. He has many research studies and publications in philosophy, conflict resolutions, international relations and islam. His recent publications include as a co-editor: Médiation et facilitation dans l’espace francophone, Bruylant, Bruxelles, 2010, 911 p; Démocratie et élections dans l’espace francophone, Bruylant, Bruxelles, 2010, 935 p; Déterminants des conflits et nouvelles formes de prévention, Bruylant, Bruxelles, 2013, 1095 p; De Dakar à Dakar. 25 ans de Francophonie politique, Bruylant, Bruxelles, 2014, 505 p.