The Ambassador, Laurence Beau

Laurence Beau, Ambassador to the Republic of Botswana, and Special Representative to SADC (Southern African Development Community).

Ms. Laurence Beau, Ambassador of France to Botswana, arrived in Gaborone on the 5th of August 2019, before presenting her credentials to President Mokgweetsi Masisi on the 12th of August 2019.


Ms Beau graduated from the Paris Institute of Political Studies and holds a Masters of English Language, Culture and Economics from Sorbonne University. In 2005, she was an auditor at the Diplomatic Institute in Paris.

Diplomatic career

A career diplomat, Ms. Beau was first assigned to the Directorate of Strategic Affairs, Security and Disarmament at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1992 to 1995.

She then held two embassy posts in Latin America, in Panama as Deputy Head of Mission, as well as Head of the Culture, Science and Cooperation Service from 1995 to 1998, and in Mexico as Political Advisor from 1998 to 2001.

She was then appointed Deputy Head of Mission in the Seychelles from 2001 to 2002, before returning to France in Paris from 2002 to 2007, where she worked in the Economic Affairs Department and then in the Human Resources Department.

She then pursued her diplomatic career in the Pacific and Southeast Asia, first in Australia as Senior Political Advisor from 2007 to 2011 and then in Singapore as Deputy Head of Mission from 2012 to 2016.

She returned to Paris in 2017 where she worked in the Financial Affairs Department until 2019.


Ms Beau was named a Knight of the National Order of Merit in 2016.

Last updated on: 13 July 2020