François Davenne

Director General, International Union of Railways (UIC)

Mr. Davenne graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications d’Evry in 1988 and from the École Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in 1999. Throughout his career, he has consistently promoted interdisciplinarity as a key factor for success. 

Having gained experience in international satellite telecommunications, he initially held various roles in the housing sector, making use of his strong financial and legal skills. He was involved in policy and regulation of the sector and managed key operational programmes, most notably for the city of Paris.

After three years with the French Ministry of Transport, working on railway safety and regulation with an emphasis on European regulations, in 2012 he was elected Secretary General of OTIF, the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail. 

From early 2013 to the end of 2018, he promoted interdisciplinarity and partnership building in order to expand and develop uniform regulations for international carriage by rail.