Axelle Lemaire

French Minister of State for Digital Affairs and Innovation

Axelle Lemaire has been the French Minister of State for Digital Affairs and Innovation since April 2014. She calls her new position the “portfolio for imagination”.

Born in Canada in 1974, she studied political science at Sciences Po in Paris and law at the Sorbonne and King’s College London. She worked as a researcher and international lawyer before entering politics as a parliamentary assistant in the House of Commons.

In 2012, Axelle was elected to the French National Assembly to represent the French diaspora living in Northern Europe. As the Secretary of the Law Committee and a member of the European Affairs Committee, her main areas of interest were the digital society and digital economy, the protection of human rights and gender equality, and European politics.

The mother of three children, Axelle enjoys reading, running, and travelling.

Axelle will be talking about 'The Power of Open' at the ODI Summit.

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