Diplomat, humanitarian delegate, researcher, university teacher, consultant, writer, public speaker and coach… Orianne Aymard (Ph.D.) has lived many lives.

Her expansive career has taken her to many regions of the world. As part of her assignments with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), she spent time mostly in Africa, as well as in Haiti in the midst of the post-earthquake emergency. Orianne also worked for several years at the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs, on religious issues, violent extremism and human rights.

Orianne holds a Ph.D. (Religious Studies) from the Université of Québec in Montréal, as well as a MSc (Social Policy) from the London School of Economics (LSE). She was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and is the author of "When a Goddess Dies" (Oxford University Press, New York).

She now lives in Chamonix, in the French Alps, and has just published a second book "Sous l’œil de la Déesse" (Under the Eye of the Goddess) with Editions du Mont-Blanc (Catherine Destivelle), which is a story of sheer resilience as she recounts her ascent of Lhotse (8516m), the fourth highest mountain in the world.


  • 2021


    Executive member

    Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP)

  • 2021-2019


    Research Associate

    Center for Studies and Research on India and South Asia (CERIAS)

  • 2018-2014

    Paris, France

    Advisor - religious issues / human rights

    Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE)

  • 2013


    Research Affiliate

    Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI)

  • 2013-2011


    Visiting Scholar

    Columbia University (SIPA)

  • 2011-2008

    Burundi & Haïti

    Protection officer

    International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

  • 2007-2004


    Teacher / Research Associate

    Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

  • 2003-2001

    Indonesia & Romania


    United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Université du Québec à Montréal