France Desmarais | Brunswick Group
France Desmarais

France Desmarais

Partner, Abu Dhabi – Head of Brunswick Arts Gulf

With global experience in high impact positions, France is passionate about supporting new cultural endeavours. She brings 25 years of institutional creation, strategic development and change management experience in diverse, complex public and private cultural organisations.

As an arts and heritage leader, she has transformed and established institutions, while navigating through crises, and raising and managing important funds in the process.

Before joining Brunswick, she led the creation of new museums and cultural institutions in Saudi Arabia, and spearheaded a World Heritage Site. Prior to that, she helped set-up a new public-private foundation with international organisation status in Switzerland, serving as Founding Scientific Director and Founding Deputy Executive Director of the International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas (ALIPH).

For eight years, France was Director at the International Council of Museums (ICOM) in Paris, during which she represented the NGO on the global stage, created an International Observatory, contributed to furthering professional standards, spoke at conferences worldwide, and published on the protection of heritage and on ethical practice.

France is an experienced Board of Directors and Scientific Committees member. Her career also included lecturing at Lebanese University's Faculty of Arts, and has enabled her to experience living in Canada, Lebanon, Cameroon, France, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, where she is currently based.