Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson is Managing Director of POLITICO’s European operation, a joint venture between POLITICO and Axel Springer.
Shéhérazade was previously owner and publisher of European Voice, the leading media in Brussels covering EU policy, which she acquired from The Economist Group in 2013. In December 2014, POLITICO and Axel Springer jointly acquired European Voice and Paris-based Development Institute International (DII), France’s leading event promoter in the public affairs space, a business Shéhérazade cofounded in 1993.
A native of Tehran, Iran and a French national, Shéhérazade graduated from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University in 1990 with a B.A. and a M.S. in International Finance.
Shéhérazade serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Georgetown University, Washington D.C. She also serves on the
Advisory Board of Georgetown’s Master of Science in Foreign Service. In addition, Shéhérazade serves on the Board of Directors of the French-American Foundation.
Shéhérazade previously served on the Board of Governors (2003-2009) and the Board of Regents (2010-2013) of Georgetown University.
From 2008 to 2010, Shéhérazade served on the Board of Directors of Femmes Forums, a leading women’s club in Paris, France. She represents DII at two French think tanks: the Institut Français des Relations Internationales and Institut Montaigne.
Shéhérazade lives in Brussels with her husband Laurent de Boisséson and their three children: Inès, Louise and Cyrus.