Bertrand de La Chapelle is the Co-Founder and Chief Vision Officer at the Datasphere Initiative and the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network. The mission of the Datasphere Initiative is to help responsibly unlock the value of data for all.
Bertrand has been a determined promoter and pioneering implementer of multi-stakeholder governance processes for more than 20 years, building upon his diversified experience as a career diplomat, civil society actor and tech entrepreneur.
He was previously a Director on the ICANN Board (2010-2013), France’s Thematic Ambassador and Special Envoy for the Information Society (2006-2010) and an active participant in the World Summit on the Information Society (2002-2005), where he promoted dialogue among civil society, private sector and governments. Bertrand is a frequent speaker in major international conferences on internet issues and data governance.
As an engineer, Bertrand was in the 1990s the Co-founder and President of the virtual reality company Virtools, later acquired by Dassault Systèmes. Bertrand de La Chapelle is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique (1978), Sciences Po Paris (1983), and Ecole Nationale d’Administration (1986).