Bertrand de la Chapelle

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Bertrand de la Chapelle is the Executive Director of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network, a multistakeholder organization.

He is a former member of the Board of Directors at ICANN. From 2006 to 2010, he was France’s Thematic Ambassador and Special Envoy for the Information Society, participating in all WSIS follow-up activities and Internet governance processes, including in particular the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), and was a Vice-Chair of ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC). Between 2002 and 2005, he actively participated in the World Summit on the Information society (WSIS) to promote dialogue among civil society, private sector and governments, including as Director of the collaborative platform WSIS-online. An engineer, diplomat and civil society actor, he also has nine years of private sector experience, including as co-founder and President of Virtools, now a subsidiary of Dassault Systèmes.


The Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network addresses the tension between the cross-border nature of the internet and national jurisdictions. Its Paris-based Secretariat facilitates a global multistakeholder process to enable transnational cooperation. Participants in the Policy Network work together to preserve the cross-border nature of the Internet, protect human rights, fight abuses, and enable the global digital economy. Since 2012, the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network has engaged more than 200 key entities from six stakeholder groups around the world.

Responding to the pressing needs of the global community, the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network enables the development of policy standards and shared cooperation frameworks that are as transnational as the internet itself in order to promote legal interoperability and establish due process across borders. The work of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network is currently structured around three thematic programs: Data, Content, and Domains.

Through the Global Conference, as well as regional and thematic meetings, its Secretariat facilitates a neutral dialogue process to build trust among the different actors and help them develop the operational solutions necessary for the coexistence of diverse laws on the cross-border Internet. The first Global Conference of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network was organized in November 2016 in partnership with France, the second Global Conference in February 2018 in partnership with Canada. The third Global Conference will take place on June 3-5, 2019 in Berlin, in partnership with Germany. The Global Conferences are institutionally supported by the OECD, UNESCO, Council of Europe, European Commission, and ICANN.


He was appointed to the ICANN Board by the Nominating Committee, starting in 2010 and serving through the Annual General Meeting of 2013.[1] He was known as one of the most active and vocal on ICANN's Board of Directors.[2]

Mr. de la Chapelle has excused himself at least once from voting on issues related to ICANN's new gTLD program as per a conflict of interests policy passed in 2011.[3]

His long career of representing the French government at international ICT fora included time spent on ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), where he also served as Vice-Chair.[4]


Watch Bertran de la Chapelle, along with other familiar ICANN participants, discuss the Multistakeholder Model. The video was produced with help from Google at ICANN 44 in June, 2012, in Prague.

Past Work

Bertrand de la Chapelle has held many positions in the French government and represented it in many international forums. His first post in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was as in charge of the German Desk, which was responsible for French-German relationships. He went on to work in the Ministry in a variety of capacities.

In 1993 he co-founded Virtools and was the CEO of the company until 1998. The company provides a leading development environment for 3D interactive content. Around this time he also founded the consulting department of a leading French technology monitoring firm.[5]

Beginning in1998 he was a Member of the G-8 Digital Opportunities Task Force (DOT Force), one of the first multi-stakeholder efforts in the field of ICTs. From 2006 until 2010 he served as France's Thematic Ambassador and Special Envoy for the Information Society. This saw him working with a number of international organizations, including sustained work with the World Summit of the Internet Society (WSIS), where he also served as the Director OpenWSIS / WSIS-Online. He represented the French government in the Information Society and Internet Governance Forum (IGF). His work with the IGF saw him participating in its Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group.[6][7]


He received his education from the Ecole Nationale d'Administration, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris and Ecole Polytechnique.[8]