Jean-Jacques Subrenat is involved in voluntary and educational activities. Writes and debates on global issues, current affairs, international relations, governance. Has an interest in research. Is self-educated about the Internet. Currently involved in the EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture) network and projects, and at CCRN (Centre culturel et de rencontre Neumunster) Luxembourg, as the senior adviser to its Board.
He was a volunteer in the French Navy (1960-63), a scholarship student (1964-68), a researcher at the CNRS in Paris (Centre national de la recherche scientifique 1967-71), a diplomat (1972-2005).
In the French diplomatic service, he worked at the Policy Planning Staff (1976-78); on secondment to the Ministry of industry to help set up the Solar Energy Authority, where he headed the international affairs department (1978-80); Diplomatic Adviser to the Minister for Europe (1980-81); Deputy director for Asia and the Pacific (1984-86); Alternate director for development aid (1986-88); Alternate director for the Americas (1992-95).
He was posted in Singapore (Embassy Secretary 1973-76), in Japan (Counsellor 1981-84, Minister Counsellor & Deputy Head of mission 1988-92). He was Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the Western European Union (WEU in Brussels 1995-98), Ambassador to Estonia (1998-2002), Ambassador to Finland (2002-05), acting Governor for France at the ASEF Board of Governors (2005).
Recent responsibilities: Chairman of the Advisory Board of Institut Pierre Werner in Luxembourg (2007~2009), and tutor at ENA (Ecole nationale d'administration in Strasbroug, 2007~2008).
Ambassador Subrenat has a doctor's degree from the Sorbonne University in Paris, and diplomas from Bordeaux, Paris, Osaka. Edited a book on Estonia, published a book on music in Finland. Guest of the International Visitor Program (USA, 1986); honorary distinctions from Estonia, Finland, France, Japan, Thailand.
Jean-Jacques Subrenat was selected for the ICANN Board by the Nominating Committee. His current term, which started after the 2007 annual meeting, will end after the conclusion of ICANN's annual meeting in 2010.