Nicolas is Research Director. He is in charge of designing and implementing the Institute's research programme, bringing together the best and most diverse expertise to shed light on the issues identified as priorities. To do so, he coordinates the team of researchers and leads the Institute's Senior Fellows team. He is also responsible for developing the Institute's international partnerships.
Nicolas joined the Institute in September 2018 after eight years serving the French cultural diplomacy. As Head of the Culture and Cooperation Section of the French Office in Taipei from 2014 to 2018, he worked on the development of French soft power in Asia. From 2010 to 2014, he was Cultural Counsellor at the French Embassy to the Holy See and Director of the Centre Saint-Louis, the French cultural centre in Rome.
As a historian, he devoted his doctoral thesis to the question of the relationship between religion and politics in communist Hungary. A graduate of Ecole normale supérieure and holder of an agrégation of history, he has taught at Sciences Po and Harvard.