Laurent Lévi-Strauss is presently Chargé de Mission to the President of the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris. He is also member of the Commission of Ethics for the Museums of the City of Geneva.
During some 15 years, he worked at UNESCO, namely as Deputy Director of the Division of Cultural Heritage, where he supervised the implementation of numerous international safeguarding projects, for example in Angkor, Afghanistan, Iraq and Bosnia and Herzegovina, among others, and later the operational and juridical activities for the support to museums and the safeguarding of cultural objects, including the implementation of several international conventions. Previously, he worked at the French Ministry of Culture, as Deputy-Director of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, then as Director of the Office of the President of the public television channel Antenne 2 (now France 2). He holds a diploma from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris and a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Paris X. He has published several books and articles concerning cultural heritage and its preservation.