Françoise Gamerdinger has been named as the Principality’s new Director of Cultural Affairs. As the first woman to hold this position in Monaco, the appointment also marks a historic occasion.
Ms Gamerdinger has an impressive resume including a prestigious DEA (Diplôme d’études approfondies), a postgraduate degree that prepares candidates for advanced doctoral studies, a CAPES de Lettres, which certifies her to be a secondary school language professor, and a Latin training license.
She entered the department of cultural affairs in 2002 and made her mark, rising to deputy director in 2008. During those years, she was responsible for literary awards, files pertaining to heritage, and conferences for the Prince Pierre Foundation, as well as various managerial and administrative duties. Additionally, she is Monaco’s cultural expert representative to the Council of Europe. In 2012, she expanded her duties and took on the job as director of programming at the Princess Grace Theatre.
“A cultural policy is in essence a collective work,” Ms Gamerdinger said. “It is also working on a daily basis so that each generation can benefit from a cultural offer corresponding best to its expectations.”