Georges Kutukdjian (Lebanon)

Born in 1942 in Cairo (Egypt). Married to a French citizen and has two children.

His formal education is in philosophy and social anthropology, mostly at the University of Paris.

After a research assignment of three years from 1968 to 1971 at the French “Centre national de la recherché scientifique” (CNRS), he held several positions at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) from 1972 to 2001. He was in particular Director of the Bioethics Programme, Senior Director of the Division of the Ethics of Science and Technology, Secretary-General of the International Bioethics Committee of (IBC) and Executive Secretary of the World Commission of the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST). From 2002 to 2003, he was the Rapporteur of the IBC Drafting Group of the International Declaration on Human Genetic Data.

In addition, since 1996 he has taught a Master’s seminar on diplomacy and international organizations (University of Paris-South) and, since 1999, a Master’s seminar in bioethics and biotechnologies (University of Versailles).

He is the author of several articles, essays, reports and publications on social anthropology, human rights issues, bioethics and the ethics of science.