Ms. Marie-Hélène Bérard has been honored for her contributions to France with the distinction of Commandeur de la Légion d'Honneur (Commander of the Legion of Honor) and Commandeur de l'Ordre National du Mérite (Commander of the Order of National Merit). She is a graduate of the prestigious Ecole Nationale d'Administration and l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques and she holds a Masters Degree in law from the University of Paris. She is an expert on French constitutional law and is the co-author of "Le Dictionnaire de la Constitution" (The Dictionary of the Constitution), an original and in-depth analysis of the current French fifth republic 's constitution, first published in 1974 and often cited as a standard reference work in French law schools.
From 1972 to 1988, Ms. Bérard was posted to the Ministry of Economy and Finance where she served in various increasingly senior capacities. During this period she also acted as an advisor to Simone Veil the Minister of Health and Social Security, as Deputy Advisor to Prime Minister Raymond Barre and as Special Advisor to Prime Minister Jacques Chirac, on matters of civil service, immigration and trade union relations.
In 1988 Ms. Bérard transitioned from government and has since held a number of executive positions in the private sector, including as Deputy Managing Director of Marceau Investments a French investment firm and as a senior member of management of Crédit Commercial de France (now HSBC France).
Ms. Bérard is presently the treasurer of the Chirac Foundation and of the France-Israel Chamber of Commerce. She is Vice President of the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, a Director of the Russian Investment Fund Verno, and a Director of United Cement Group (Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan).