Joëlle Garriaud-Maylam has been a Senator of the French Republic since 2004.
She represents French citizens living outside France. She has been a member of the French Senate’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Armed Forces since 2004. Ms Garriaud-Maylam is also a member of the Committee for European Affairs and Vice-President of the Delegation of Women’s Rights and Equal Opportunities.
Moreover, she is the deputy chairperson of several senatorial friendship groups: France – West Africa (for Senegal), France – South-East Asia (for Myanmar), and France – Gulf States (for the United Arab Emirates). She is an international lawyer by occupation and also sits on the Board of Directors of the Institut des Hautes Études de la Défense Nationale (IHEDN). Additionally, she is a member of the National Commission for the Elimination of Anti-Personnel Mines and Cluster Munitions.
She is Secretary General of the Assemblée Parlementaire de la Francophonie and a member of the Board of Directors of Campus de France, of the National Association of French schools abroad (ANEFE), and of the Franco-British Council. Lastly, she has been a member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly since 2008.
Since then, her active engagement with the institution has earned her a number of senior posts in the Committee on the Civil Dimension of Security (Chair, Vice-Chair, General Rapporteur) and its Sub-committee on Democratic Governance (Vice-Chair, Rapporteur). Ms. Garriaud-Maylam was elected Vice President of the NATO PA at the November 2020 Annual (online) Session and President at the 68th Annual Session in Madrid in 2022.
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