Nathalie Delapalme was previously a French senior civil servant. Her most recent position was Inspector at the Inspection Générale des Finances.

Prior to this, Mrs Delapalme served the French Government as an advisor for Africa and Development in the offices of various Foreign Affairs Ministers, between 1995-1997 and 2002-2007. She also served the French Senate as advisor for the Finance and Budgetary Commission, where she assessed fiscal and public expenditures and policies between 1984–1995 and 1997–2002.