Ambassador for Digital Affairs
David Martinon was appointed Ambassador for Digital Affairs by the President of the French Republic on November 22nd, 2017. Prior to that he was Ambassador for Cyber Diplomacy and the Digital economy since October 2015, and had been the Special Representative for international Negotiations on Information Society and the Digital Economy since April 2013. As such, he is the coordinator and chief negotiator on all Digital Affairs, including internet governance, cybersecurity, cybercriminality, freedom of expression and the fight against the use of internet for terrorist purposes, intellectual property, and counter-narrative on the internet. He is also the French contact point of the Open Government Partnership and was notably responsible for the OGP Summit in Paris (December 2016).
From May 2002 to December 2006, he was Diplomatic Adviser to Nicolas Sarkozy at the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Industry. He was appointed Chief of Staff for Nicolas Sarkozy’s 2007 presidential campaign. After the victory (May 2007), he was appointed the Press Secretary and Communications Director to the President of the Republic.
David Martinon was then appointed Consul-General of France in Los Angeles, California. He joined the French Mission to the UN in New-York, in August 2012. After graduating from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris (IEP) and with a Master of Economy at Paris-Sorbonne University, he completed his studies at the French National School of Public Administration (ENA).
He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and became, from 1998 to 2001, deputy spokesperson of the Ministry and then a desk officer at the European Cooperation Directorate. David Martinon previously taught International Relations at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris and worked in the advertising industry. He got involved in Politics at an early age and notably worked at the office of the Ministry of Defense (1995).