Ambassador for Digital Affairs, Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs
Henri Verdier, born in 1968, is the French Ambassador for Digital Affairs. Since 2018, he leads and coordinates the French Digital Diplomacy. He previously was the inter-ministerial director for digital information and communications systems of France; and he was the director of Etalab, the French agency for public open data. Mr Verdier is also an entrepreneur: he was the CEO of MFG Labs, an internet-based startup involved in social data mining, and chairman of the board of Cap Digital, the French-European Cluster for Digital Content and Services. Mr Verdier was the founding director of Edition Odile Jacob Multimedia, a publishing company in the field of e-learning and executive adviser for innovation at Lagard're Group. He co-authored three books: L'Age de la Multitude, Entreprendre et Gouverner Apr's la R'volution Num'rique (The Age of Multitude, Entrepreneurship and Governance After the Digital Revolution), Des Startup d''tat ' l''tat plateforme (From State Startups to the Platform State), and Le Business de la haine: Internet, la d'mocratie et les r'seaux sociaux (The Business of Hate: Internet, Democracy and Social Networks). Mr Verdier is a graduate of Ecole Normale Sup'rieure.