Former Innovation and digital affairs Minister in the French government
A French and Canadian citizen and mother of three children, Axelle Lemaire worked in the French Governement as Minister for Innovation and Digital Affairs between 2014 and 2017. She scaled up the French Tech ecosystem, introduced the Digital Republic Bill to Parliament, and initiated the national Artificial Intelligence Strategy. She was awarded the European Innovation in Politics Prize in 2017 for the transparent and collaborative construction of her Bill. Under her leadership esport competitions were given an official legal status, allowing esport to become part of public policies in France. Before being elected as a Member of Parliament in 2012 to represent French citizens living in Northern Europe-including the UK-, Axelle worked as a lawyer and researcher specialized in international law, arbitration and human rights.