Philippe Etienne has been Ambassador of France to the United States since June 2019 and Chairman of Villa Albertine since September 2021.
After studying at the ENS and ENA and specializing in mathematics, then spending several years teaching, he opted for a diplomatic career and worked in varied positions, particularly as a specialist in European affairs and cultural diplomacy. After occupying posts notably in Belgrade and Bonn, he served as the Ambassador to Bucharest, as Permanent Representative to the European Union, and as Ambassador to Berlin. He also directed the French Cultural and Scientific Services in Moscow and piloted French cultural diplomacy from Paris, before working as Deputy Director of the Cabinet and then Director of the Cabinet for the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Before taking on his role in Washington, he acted as the Diplomatic Counselor to President Emmanuel Macron, notably during the Sherpa G7 and G20. He speaks English, German, Spanish, Russian, and Romanian.
Since September 2021, Gaëtan Bruel has served as Villa Albertine's first director.
A former student of the ENS specializing in history, he has been Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy and Permanent Representative of French Universities in the United States since September 2019. In January 2020, the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs conferred upon him the mission of creating and opening Villa Albertine, the fourth French Villa abroad in the United States following the Villa Médicis in Italy, Casa Velazquez in Spain, and Villa Kujoyama in Japan.
Having begun his career as a teaching fellow at Columbia University, he worked in three different ministries—Defense, Culture, and Foreign Affairs—first as a speechwriter, then specializing in cultural affairs. He created the cinema program at the Ministry of the Armed Forces, and worked as an administrator on the Arc de Triomphe and the Panthéon during his time at the Centre des monuments nationaux. Before taking on his current role in New York, he was an advisor to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, in charge of the Americas and cultural diplomacy.
Judith Roze joined the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in September 2021 as Deputy Cultural Counselor and Deputy Director of Villa Albertine.
A graduate of the École normale supérieure, Judith holds an MA in Classics from the Sorbonne. After studying and working in the UK for 3 years, she worked in Paris as a journalist and literary translator, publishing various works of fiction by American, Canadian, and British writers in French translation.
In 2010, she joined the Institut français, the French cultural relations agency, as Deputy Director and then Director of its French Language, Books and Ideas Department. In this position, she worked closely with the French cultural network around the world to foster intercultural exchange through intellectual debate, French-teaching activities, translation programs, and worldwide events like the Night of Ideas.
She now assists the Director in the management of Villa Albertine.