Thierry Vircoulon is a former student of the National School of Administration (ENA) and holds a DEA post-graduate diploma in Political Science from the Sorbonne University. He has worked for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and the European Commission in Africa.
He has worked in several post-conflict countries (East Timor, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, etc.), which has included opening the EU office to support reconstruction in Ituri, in the East of DRC, during the war (2003/2004). His research focuses on the analysis of conflicts and the political economy of governance reforms, especially in Central Africa. He is currently Director for Central Africa for the think tank International Crisis Group.