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Edith Cresson

Speaker at the Women & Challenges Forum 2019

First and only female Prime Minister in France

A graduate of the Haut commercial education for young girls (HEC-JF), Edith Cresson also holds a doctorate in demography.
She works in several consulting companies as an economic engineer. In 1966, she joined the Convention of Republican Institutions created by François Mitterrand then after the Epinay congress which saw François Mitterrand accede to the post of 1st Secretary of the Socialist Party, she was a member of the National Secretariat, in charge of youth and students . Elected Member of the European Parliament (1979-1981) and Mayor of a rural town in Vienne (1977), she was elected Member of Parliament for Vienne in 1981 and General Councilor in 1982.
In 1981, she was appointed Minister of Agriculture, then Foreign Trade and Tourism (1983-1984) and finally Industrial Redeployment and Foreign Trade (1984-1988). She was elected Mayor of Châtellerault (1983-1997) and Member of Parliament for Vienne (1986-1988) and appointed member of the national secretariat of the Socialist Party. She was Minister of European Affairs (1988-1990) and resigned from the government to occupy the post of Chairman and CEO of Schneider Industries, international service (1990-1991) which aims to help French companies in the countries of the is European.
Appointed Prime Minister by President François Mitterrand (1991-1992), she joined the Service, Industries, Strategies, International and Environment Society (SISIE) from 1992 to 1994 while holding the presidency of the Institute of European Studies.
Appointed European Commissioner (1994-1999), she is in charge of Research, Education and Training. In 2001, she created the Schools of the 2nd Chance for “dropouts” from 18 to 25 years old and chaired the Foundation associated with the Network of Schools (15 young people per year) to allow better social integration. She is also a consultant (since 500) to the Agency for the dissemination of technological information (ADIT), an economic intelligence company which she had created as Prime Minister.

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