THE CRANS MONTANA INSTITUTE IS THE NATURAL DECLINATION OF THE CRANS MONTANA FORUM. BOTH WERE BORN IN THE MOUNTAINS OF VALAIS
Amb. JEAN-PAUL CARTERON
PRESIDENT & FONDATEUR
Jean-Paul Carteron is the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Solomon Islands to UNESCO and FAO. Since 2015, he is the President of the Cercle des Ambassadeurs à Paris garnering most of the heads of diplomatic missions based in the French capital.
He was the Founder of the Crans Montana Forum in 1989 at the very moment of the collapse of communism. Thanks to Itzaak Rabin, he played a key role in the implementation of the Bucharest Peace process between Palestine and Israël then, assisting Richard Holbrooke, he took an important part in the process of reconciliation in Cyprus. He was also present and active at the moment of the dissolution of the former Yugoslavia.For many years he has been working on the implementation and the stabilization of Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe. Since 1998 he si working on the world integration of Africa.
Today, Amb. Carteron is the Honorary Chairman of the Crans Montana Forum. He welcomed during 30 years, in so many Conferences, thousands of heads of state and government, ministers, Officials and businesses...
After being nominated Honorary member of the Bar Association of Paris, he worked as Special Advisor to the Director General of UNESCO before accepting to represent a country struggling for development and integration.Jean-Paul Carteron has been granted with numerous National Orders among them the Legion d’Honneur, the two Belgian Orders of Leopold, the Wissam Al-Alaoui, the special Medal of the President of the European Commission and the medal PRO MERITO of the Council of Europe.
Michel Faillettaz is a diplomat. He graduated at Ecole Supérieure de Commerce in Lausanne. High civil servant of the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DFAE) he spent most of his career abroad since 1973.He was appointed to Germany, Iran, Yougoslavia, Saudi Arabia then Brazil.He joined the Consular Inspectorate of the Foreign Ministry from 1993 to 2000. In this capacity, he accomplished numerous missions of audit and evaluation in the Swiss missions and embassies abroad.Since 2033, Michel Faillettaz was General Consul of Switzerland in Marseille (France), Lyon (France) then in St. Petersburg (Russia)