Avenol, Joseph

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Avenol, Joseph

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  • Avenol, Joseph Louis Anne

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1879-1952

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Joseph Louis Anne Avenol, better known as Joseph Avenol, was born in 1879 in Melle, France, and died in 1952 in Dulier, Switzerland. A high-ranking public servant at the French Ministry of Finance, he was finance expert at the French Embassy in London between 1916 and 1923. In addition to this work, he was appointed French representative to the Inter-Allied Food Council in 1916, and later in 1919 became a member of the Permanent Committee of the Supreme Economic Council.

As a financial expert on the French delegation he was sent to the economic and financial conferences at Brussels and Genoa, convoked by the League of Nations (LN) in 1920 and 1923 respectively. In February 1923, he became Under Secretary-General of the LN, succeeding Jean Monnet. In this capacity he tried to support the financial reconstruction of countries affected by the First World War. Henri Bonnet, future director of the IIIC, was his chief of staff during this time. On 1 July 1933, Avenol replaced Eric Drummond as Secretary-General of the LN. He resigned in August 1940.

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Created by Marie Caillot 17/10/2011. English translation by Jan Stöckmann 11-08-2015.

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