Michèle Coninsx was appointed Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) and Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on 11 August 2017. Ms. Coninsx took up her functions on 3 November 2017.
Prior to her position at the United Nations, Ms. Coninsx was President of Eurojust – the European Union agency tasked with dealing with judicial cooperation in criminal matters –2012-2017, after having served as its Vice-President for five years.In addition, Ms. Coninsx was National Member for Belgium at Eurojust, and Chair of Eurojust’s Counter-Terrorism Team.
Before joining Eurojust, Ms. Coninsx was a Federal Prosecutor (Magistrat Fédéral) in Belgium dealing with terrorism and organised crime. She holds a Belgian noble title of Baroness, as well as the title of Fellow of Law and Criminology at the University of Brussels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel (2014-2017)), Visiting Professor in the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London (2015-2018), and in the College of Europe (2016-2018). Ms. Coninsx has a Master’s Degree in Law, a Master’s Degree in Criminology, and is a specialist in Air Law and Aviation Security (UK – USA). She also served for nine years as an expert in aviation security for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).