Monique Brouillet Seefried has a strong international background. She was born in Tunisia and grew up in Austria, France and Italy. In 1973 she married Ferdinand Carlos Seefried (an Austrian) in the Vatican City. They lived in Germany until 1977 when they moved to Atlanta, United States, which has been their home ever since. They have three children, who are all IB Diploma Programme graduates. Monique was born a French citizen and also became a US citizen in 1985.
"Introduction to the Peterson Lecture and His Highness the Aga Khan, 2008" [PDF 43.5kb] North Atlanta High School, April 2008
Monique completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in history, and also received her PhD, awarded with summa cum laude, at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. She speaks, reads and writes English, French and Italian, has a basic conversational knowledge of Spanish and is fluent in German.
Monique has worked in education for 30 years and has also been involved in the archaeological and museum world. She started her career by teaching history and geography in French high schools before moving to the USA, where she taught courses on Islamic art and ancient archaeology as an adjunct professor in the art history department of Emory University. Between 1982 and 2002 she was curator of Near Eastern art at the Michael C. Carlos Museum. She is the founder and was the executive director of the Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education (CASIE) from 2000 until 2004. CASIE serves as a professional training centre for foreign language and IB teachers and offers workshops on multicultural diversity in the classroom.
Monique has lectured extensively on art and archaeology topics, as well as on international education. She is also very involved in civic activities and serves on many boards and board committees, including the board of Atlanta International School.
In May 2003 Monique became chair of the IB Board of Governors.