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Henri Verdier

French Ambassador for Digital Affairs

Henri Verdier, born in 1968, is the French Ambassador for Digital Affairs within the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. Since 2018, he leads and coordinates the French Digital Diplomacy. 
He previously was the inter-ministerial director for digital information and communications systems (DG DINUM) of France; and he was the director of Etalab, the French agency for public open data.

Verdier is also an entrepreneur: he was the co-founder and 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, located in Paris.  In addition, 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 LagardĆØre Group as well as director of foresight at Institut Telecom. 

He co-authored three books: in 2012, with Nicolas Colin, L'Age de la Multitude, Entreprendre et Gouverner AprĆØs la RĆ©volution NumĆ©rique (The Age of Multitude, Entrepreneurship and Governance After the Digital Revolution), in 2017, with Pierre Pezziardi, Des Startup dā€™Ć‰tat Ć  lā€™Ć‰tat plateforme ( From State Startups to the Platform State), and in 2022, with Jean-Louis Missika, Le Business de la haine : Internet, la dĆ©mocratie et les rĆ©seaux sociaux (The Business of Hate: Internet, Democracy and Social Networks). Verdier is a graduate of Ecole Normale SupĆ©rieure.


During the conference PublicSpaces Conference 2023: For a Collective Internet in 2023, Henri Verdier was part of the following session(s):