These four women who could succeed Mounir Mahjoubi
In view of the European and municipal elections, three personalities from the government of Edouard Philippe left their functions to lead the various electoral battles of La République En Marche (LREM). In addition to Nathalie Loiseau, the Minister responsible for European Affairs, and Benjamin Griveaux, government spokesperson and Secretary of State to the Prime Minister, Mounir Mahjoubi, who for nearly two years was Secretary of State in charge of Digital, is leaving his position to devote himself fully to the municipal elections of 2020 in Paris.
Thank you to everyone who took action to make digital technology a chance for all. Happy to have been able to serve the country for two years with the President and the Prime Minister. On the way to a new horizon. Paris must give everyone a chance. # Paris2020 pic.twitter.com/zaWE3r87nJ
– Mounir Mahjoubi (@mounir) March 27, 2019
After Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, Éric Besson, Fleur Pellerin and Axelle Lemaire, who had carried the Digital issue in previous governments, Mounir Mahjoubi had taken up the torch when Emmanuel Macron arrived at the Élysée in 2017. His last A feat of arms within the government will remain the creation of the “inclusive digital” label which aims to put in place devices to help people who do not master the codes of digital. Last September, he also announced the release of an envelope of 75 to 100 million euros to train 13 million French people in digital technology. Advocating diversity within the digital ecosystem, the former president of the National Digital Council between 2016 and 2017 was also the spokesperson for French start-ups for almost two years. At the beginning of January, he had also announced the creation of the Next 40, an index bringing together the most promising young shoots of French Tech.
As soon as he left the government announced, several names are already circulating behind the scenes to take over. For the moment, three names come back regularly to occupy her position: Aurélie Jean, Paula Forteza and Olivia Grégoire. According to our information, the name of Amélie de Montchalin has been added to this short-list.
On the men’s side, the names of Sébastien Soriano, president of Arcep, and Nicolas Dufourcq, managing director of Bpifrance, are also circulating, although a Secretary of State is preferred by the executive.
Nevertheless, a surprise could come out of the hat …
Aurélie Jean, the artificial intelligence specialist
A well-known figure in the digital ecosystem in France and internationally, Aurélie Jean is an algorithm specialist. An expert in digital biomechanics, she worked for five years at the prestigious MIT in Boston before discovering finance at Bloomberg in New York. Founder of the firm In Silico Veritas, specializing in code, and of the start-up MixR, Aurélie Jean sees computer code and artificial intelligence as levers to move society forward. Like Mounir Mahjoubi, she advocates for diversity in the ecosystem.
Paula Forteza, the MP who pleads for a “digital democracy”
LREM deputy for the second constituency of French people living abroad (Latin America and the Caribbean), Paula Forteza worked in the government of the city of Buenos Aires before becoming interested in entrepreneurship. In 2015, she joined the Etalab mission under the leadership of the Prime Minister in order to work on several digital-related topics, such as the modernization of public administration, the opening of data and the introduction of transparency policies. At the National Assembly, she is particularly involved in the working group on “digital democracy and new forms of citizen participation”.
Olivia Grégoire, spokesperson for the LREM group at the National Assembly
LREM Member of Paris, Olivia Grégoire also participated in the Etalab mission under the authority of the Prime Minister. In 2014, she founded her own strategy and communication consulting firm to monitor SMEs and very small businesses, and to work on digital and health issues. Now spokesperson for the LREM group in the National Assembly, Olivia Grégoire chairs the special committee responsible for examining the “Pact” bill.
Amélie de Montchalin, the rising star of LREM
Member of the Essonne and first vice-president of the LREM group in the National Assembly, Amélie de Montchalin could create a surprise. Passed by Exane and Axa, she joined the movement Working ! in December 2016, seduced by Emmanuel Macron’s appeal to the world of start-ups.