Jasmine Zerinini served as director for South Asia and Afghanistan in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs between 2009 and 2012. During that period, she set up and led the French interdepartmental team in charge of reconstruction and assistance support to Afghanistan and Pakistan. She also acted as Special Representative to these two countries for 18 months.
Prior to that she had held a number of roles in the French Ministry of Defence and Prime Minister’s Office, in relation with Asia, security and rule of law issues.
After moving to the UK, Jasmine retrained in law and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2014. She was also accredited as a civil and commercial mediator. Her current work focuses on public international issues, from the use of drones on counterterrorism operations to environmental issues in the run-up to the Paris COP21.
She is trustee of InterMediate, a charity whose mission is to advance conflict resolution and reconciliation through dialogue and mediation with the aim of achieving lasting settlement to violent and complex conflicts. She is also a member of Justice and of the Bar Human Rights Committee.
Jasmine has a Masters in International Relations and an MPhil in Political Sociology from Sorbonne University in Paris. She was a researcher for three years at the French Centre for Human Sciences in New Delhi and published several articles and book chapters on Indian and South Asian affairs. She taught at the Paris Institute for Political Sciences (‘Sciences Po’) and the French School of Oriental Languages (INALCO).
She speaks French, English, and has conversational Spanish, Hindi and German.