An international lawyer specialised in international economic law (investments, trade and development), Christophe Yvetot worked as university assistant at the Institute of International Economic and Development Law at René Descartes University in Paris (1992-1994) before joining the Intergovernmental Organization of Francophonie (OIF) as Head of the Secretary General’s Cabinet (1994-1998) contributing to reinforce the cooperation with member countries and international organisations. He then joined the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna as Policy Officer (1999-2004) in charge of industry, research and development in the office of the Director General. He then moved to UNIDO where he worked successively as strategic donor relations officer (2004-2018) in headquarters, Representative to the European Union (2008-2018) in Brussels and Representative to Senegal and the Sahel (2018-2023) in Dakar.
As UNIDO Representative to the European Union institutions (Commission, Council, Parliament, European Investment Bank) from 2008 to 2018, Christophe Yvetot contributed to strengthen the policy dialogue with various Directorates general of the EC (development, environment, industry, agriculture, climate, consumer protection and research and innovation) and to support international industrial cooperation (local productive jobs, quality and competitiveness, circular economy as well as renewable energy and energy efficiency in industry) in more than hundred developing countries around the world. He has regularly participated in EU bi-regional dialogues with Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Neighborhood to support private sector investments and industrial cooperation.
During his time as Representative in Senegal from 2018 to 2023, Christophe Yvetot supported the implementation of the Plan Senegal Emergent including the reform of special economic zones and the review of the industrial policy, investment promotion through modern and attractive industrial infrastructures (industrial parks, agropoles, mining hub) and the transfer of industrial know-how and technologies. Since 2018, with the support of UNIDO, the volume of public
investments leveraged has reached an amount of more than $1 billion dollars for Senegal industrial projects. On 6 January 2023, the President of Senegal Macky Sall decorated Christophe Yvetot as Commander of the National Order of the Lion in recognition of his contribution to Senegal’s industrialisation. Christophe Yvetot has also represented UNIDO in many international conferences and missions.