JAMAICA, Kingston (2 July 2015)  – – On 30 June 2015, His Excellency, Mr. Jean-Michel Despax presented his credentials to the Secretary-General of the Authority, Mr. Nii Allotey Odunton as the Permanent Representative of the Republic of France to the International Seabed Authority.
Ambassador Despax is a trained engineer who joined the diplomatic service in his early thirties after completion of his studies at the French National School of Public Administration. 

He began his career in 1987 as First Secretary at the French Mission to the United Nations in New York.  In 1991 he was appointed Diplomatic Adviser to the Private Office of the Minister Delegate for Francophony.  From 1993 to 2011 his overseas postings took him to Cameroon, Geneva and Milan.  He was appointed Delegate for the External Action of Local Authorities at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs in August 2011, and Secretary-General of the National Commission on Decentralized Cooperation, which was chaired by the Prime Minister. 

Ambassador Despax holds the rank of Conseiller des Affaires étrangères hors classe.