Olivier Colom is a former French diplomat and diplomatic adviser to President Nicolas Sarkozy, with extensive experience of African affairs. At the French Foreign Office, he helped to reform France’s development aid programme before specialising in European Union affairs, notably economic, financial, budgetary and agricultural affairs. He has served as a diplomat in Oslo and London, where he was seconded to the office of UK Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2005-2006, and subsequently joined the French President’s staff at the Elysée Palace in 2007, serving as diplomatic advisor and deputy “Sherpa” to President Nicolas Sarkozy. From 2013 to 2016, he was a member of the Edmond de Rothschild Group’s Executive Committee. Mr. Colom is currently the chairman of OC Advisory. He is a graduate of the National School of Administration and the Institute of Political Studies in Paris, and holds a degree in General Public Law (Sorbonne) and a masters degree in International Law from Paris-X University.