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Bertrand de la Chapelle

The Internet & Jurisdiction Project, launched in 2012, is a global multi-stakeholder dialogue process to establish a transnational due process framework for the Internet, in order to handle the tension between its cross-border nature and the diversity of national jurisdictions. Bertrand 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 WSIS process (2002-2005). A determined promoter and implementer of multi-stakeholder governance processes for more than 15 years, he builds upon his experience as a diplomat, a civil society actor but also a tech entrepreneur, as co-founder and president of Virtools (1994- 1998), a pioneer provider of virtual reality development environment, acquired in 2005 by Dassault Systèmes. Bertrand is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique (1978), Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (1983), and Ecole Nationale d’Administration (1986).