Vanessa Badré

Lawyer - art historian - keynote speaker

American University Faculty Fellow, Vanessa Badré is a lawyer, art historian, and keynote speaker specializing in observing and analyzing works of art to explore broader social and economic themes and concepts.

Based in Washington DC, she focuses on the intersection of the visual arts, leadership, innovation, design and communications.

Vanessa’s research interests focus on improving the quality of decision-making and problems analysis.

She has lived in Paris, London, New York and Washington DC. She is French, married to Bertrand Badré and the mother of four children.

Professional Credentials

education background

  • A graduate of the prestigious Paris Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po) and a trained attorney, Vanessa Badré has made a second career in the United-States as an art historian.

  • Ms. Badré holds an M.A. in Art History from La Sorbonne and a Master’s degree in Business and Tax Law University Paris II Panthéon Assas.

Professional Experience

  • Before entering the art world, Ms. Badré worked for more than a decade as a corporate lawyer specializing in human resources for the leading French automobile firms Citroën and Peugeot.
  • She also practiced in the Human Resources Department for Colgate-Palmolive Paris.