Dr. Minh-Hà Pham was appointed Counselor for Science and Technology at the Embassy of France in the United States in Washington, DC on September 1, 2013.
After coordinating scientific cooperation for the Asia-Pacific Region for the French National Center for Scientific Research (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, CNRS), she served as Director of the European Research and International Cooperation Office (DERCI) in charge of implementing the European and international policy of CNRS. She was in charge of creating this office and managed a team of fifty staff members and ten satellite offices abroad.
As a member of the board of ParisTech (Paris Institute of Technology, a consortium of 12 “Grandes Ecoles” or Engineering and Management Schools), Dr. Pham was in charge of promoting ParisTech at the international level and the recruitment of international students. She also contributed to the creation of a Europe-China Masters program focused on renewable energy.
During her time at the French National Institute of Research in Agronomy (INRA), Dr. Pham was the head of a research laboratory and she has published 100 articles, chapters in 5 books and 2 books on honeybee biology targeting the general public. She supervised 16 PhD students and coordinated a European Union project investigating the impact of GMOs on beneficial insects. She was member of various national expert committees for the French Ministries of Agriculture, Research and Environment.
Dr. Pham also participates in the European Union EXPERTS Program for cooperation with Asia.
Dr. Pham’s scientific background is in neurobiology and the risk assessment of GMOs and pesticides on beneficial insects. She graduated from the Institut National Agronomique de Paris-Grignon (now AgroParisTech). She obtained her PhD in neuroscience at Pierre et Marie Curie University (Paris 6) in 1983, her Habilitation in 1992 and she is a Senior Scientist at CNRS.