Mrs. Alessia Lefébure is the Director of the Alliance Program since the spring 2011. Prior to this, she has served as the Director of the Centre for Asia and the Pacific at Sciences Po, from 2006 to 2011. In this position, she was responsible for the definition, implementation and development of the school’s institutional policies towards the countries of the Asia-Pacific region. She managed a seven-member staff in Paris and coordinated a network of representative offices in China and India. She was in charge of developing relationships with universities and research institutes as well as governments, NGOs, press, alumni, and students in the Asia-Pacific region.
Between 2001 and 2006 she was based in Beijing, at Tsinghua University, where she served as Sciences Po’s permanent representative for Greater China. She acquired an in-depth understanding of China and was able to strengthen academic ties with Chinese institutions.
Within Sciences Po, she was the head of Career services, from 1999 to 2001, and served as Executive Training Programme Manager for Economics and Finance. Her previous professional experience includes Communication Manager for the French State owned bank Caisse des Dépots et Consignations, and International Programme Coordinator for a French research centre on European Criminal Law (ARPE).
She holds a Masters in Comparative Law at LUISS (Rome, Italy) and a Masters in Communication and Journalism at Sciences Po. She also speaks Mandarin fluently. Her experience in a series of international positions within academic and research institutions has provided her with the background and knowledge necessary to pursue her PhD in Sociology at Sciences Po on higher education models in China. At present, she also teaches a class titled, "Higher education, policy and development in Asia," at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.