Biography of Mr Philippe Zeller [fr]
Ambassador of France to Canada
Philippe Zeller was born on October 3rd, 1952. He is a graduate of the École des hautes etudes commerciales (1974) and an alumnus of the École nationale d’administration Promotion Pierre Mendès-France (1978).
Senior Minister Plenipotentiary
1978–1980 – Head of Mission under the Director of Economic Affairs, then under the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE).
1980–1984 – Assistant to the Deputy Budget Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
1984–1986 – Head of a cooperation mission to the Embassy of France in Seychelles.
1986–1988 – Second counsellor at the Embassy of France in Morocco.
1988–1992 – Diplomatic advisor to Professor Hubert Curien, Minister of Research and technology.
1991–1993 – Director of Development and Scientific, Technical, and Educational Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
1993–1997 – Director of Budgetary, Administrative, and Financial Affairs (MAE).
1997–2000 – Prefect of the Department of Ariège.
2000–2001 – Ambassador-at-Large regarding issues related to the environment.
2001–2004 – Director General of Administration (MAE), member of the Conseil supérieur de la function publique de l’Etat [National Higher Civil Service Council of France]
2004–2007 – Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of France to Hungary.
2007–2008 – Ambassador responsible for a mission on international adoption.
2008–2011 – Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of France to Indonesia and to the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. Representative of France at the Association of South East Asian Nations.
August 2011– Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of France to Canada.
Officer of the Legion of Honour: July 13, 2010
Officer of the National Order of Merit: May 15, 2006
Ambassador Zeller is married to Odile Zeller. They have two children and one grandson.