Bertrand de la Chapelle

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Bertrand de la Chapelle is the Director of the Internet & Jurisdiction Project - a global multi-stakeholder policy network.

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 Project facilitates since 2012 a pioneering global multi-stakeholder process. It addresses the challenge of how to handle the digital coexistence of diverse national laws in shared cross-border online spaces and prevent a fragmentation of cyberspace. The Internet & Jurisdiction Project enables multi-stakeholder cooperation in order to develop new mechanisms that are as transnational as the Internet itself and guarantee due process across borders. The process has a high visibility in various global Internet Governance fora and actively engages over 100 key entities including states, Internet companies, technical Internet operators, civil society organizations, international organizations and leading universities around the world.[1]


He was appointed to the ICANN Board by the Nominating Committee, starting in 2010 and serving through the Annual General Meeting of 2013.[2] He was known as one of the most active and vocal on ICANN's Board of Directors.[3]

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.[4]

On the Board of ICANN, Mr. de la Chapelle was known as on

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.[5]


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.[6]

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.[7][8]


He received his education from the Ecole Nationale d'Administration, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris and Ecole Polytechnique.[9]