Marie-Monique Steckel was named President of the French Insitute Alliance Française (FIAF) twelve years ago. FIAF is a non-for-profit organization that is a part of the international Alliance Française network.
Through her bi-cultural education –a political science diploma from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, Yale Graduate School in political Science and later the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School– and her career, Ms. Steckel has helped create a bridge between France and the United States.
Among her accomplishments, she founded the French Industrial Development Agency (now Invest in France) in the United States, went on to found and become the President of France Telecom North America and finally served as Ronald S. Lauder’s (son of Estée Lauder) senior advisor before joining FIAF. On the other side of the Atlantic she worked with Jacques Chirac as the National Director of Communication at the creation of the RPR.
In each experience she saw the potential to strengthen Franco-American ties and was awarded the title of Officier de l’ordre National du Mérite, et Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur, and de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. She is also an active member of the French-American Chamber of Commerce, The French-American Foundation and the International Women’s Forum.