Following an advanced degree at the Paris-based European Business School, a Master’s degree in Business Law and a BA in Philosophy, Xavier Boutin began his career in the international grain trade at Louis Dreyfus in 1978.
In 1980, he decided to devote himself to teaching Philosophy and training young people. He became the Manager of a Community Education organization two years later. Concerned with showing solidarity to people in need, Xavier Boutin co-founded IECD (Institut Européen de Coopération et de Développement) in 1988, of which he remains currently the executive director.
In 1989, IECD started its activities at the request of local civil society actors, first in Madagascar, then in Lebanon and Cameroon. The organization then gradually expanded those activities to Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle-East, but also Latin America and South-East Asia.
In 2014, IECD has now implemented 40 development projects in 16 different countries. In 25 years, IECD has developed a proven expertise in three core activities: technical training and professional integration for young people, support to small enterprises as well as promoting access to education and health for the most vulnerable populations.
Since June 2013, Xavier Boutin, together with Alain Boinet, has been acting as Chairman of CHD (Coordination Humanitaire et Développement). Previously, he was a member of Coordination d’Agen’s Board of Directors, and, from 1997 to 2011, acted as Coordination SUD Financial Manager.
Xavier Boutin also teaches at IRCOM and contributes to a number of conferences on development-oriented issues.