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François Davenne

Secretary General, Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF)

François Davenne, a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications d’Evry in 1988 and of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in 1999, has always promoted interdisciplinarity as a key factor for success. After working in international satellite telecommunications, his first assignments were in the housing sector and required strong financial and legal skills. He was involved in policy and regulation of the sector and managed key operational programmes, in particular for the city of Paris. After three years in the French Ministry of Transport working on railway safety and regulations, with the emphasis on European regulations, he was elected Secretary General of OTIF in 2012. Since January 2013, he has promoted interdisciplinarity and partnership building to expand the uniform regulations for international carriage by rail. He was re-elected in October 2015 for a second mandate of another 3 years.