Albert Prevos Biography


Joined EDF Board in May 2017

Albert PREVOS is vice-president of the French Council for people with disabilities for European and international affairs (CFHE) after having been its president for 4 years.  He was vice-president for eight years of the Federation of Associations for Adults and Young People with disabilities (APAJH), of which he is a member of the Board of Directors since 30 years.

He is the father of a 46 years old adult with multiple severe disabilities. He is particularly involved in promoting the personal and civic autonomy of people with intellectual or psychological disabilities and in supporting the families of children with disabilities.

A professor of literature and an education administrator, now retired, his involvement as an associative activist has always accompanied his professional career.

His career was articulated between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education. For more than ten years, he was in charge of France’s negotiations with the European Commission in the fields of research, higher education and education. He participated in the creation of the ERASMUS programme and in 1990 launched and conducted the Student Social Plan in French universities, which aimed in particular to make higher education accessible to students with disabilities.

He has been responsible of introducing and promoting inclusive education in the French education system at his appointment as General inspector of Education in 2000. In 2008, he organised the first conference in France on education of students with disabilities during the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union.  He chaired the working group on inclusive education set up at UNESCO, which led to the organisation of an international UNESCO symposium on inclusive education in Paris in 2013.

Albert PREVOS was a member of the follow-up Committee of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities chaired by the Defender of Rights (French ombudsman), a member of the National Advisory Council for Persons with Disabilities (CNCPH) and a member of the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights (CNCDH), where he was the rapporteur in January 2017 for the recommendation on the right to vote of people with disabilities under guardianship. He is a member of the board of the International Foundation for Applied Research on Disability (FIRAH).

In May 2017, he was elected to the board and executive committee of the European Disability Forum.