Geoffroy Berson

Digital Affairs & International cooperation, in Europe and Africa
I believe the tech scene has a big responsibility in showing the path towards a desirable, inclusive and sustainable future.

I have been working to be part of that global effort through personal involvements and career choices in France πŸ‡«πŸ‡·, Estonia πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ͺ, and currently in Madagascar πŸ‡²πŸ‡¬

I like to write about digital societies on Medium and recently launched a newsletter πŸ“© to follow how societies are being reshaped under the climate emergency.


I work at the intersection of Tech, Government and International cooperation

πŸ‡²πŸ‡¬ In April 2019, I have joined the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) to be part of their new network of "Digital Ambassadors" that aim to drive digital inclusion across Africa.

Based in Antananarivo, Madagascar, I have joined a project in cooperation with the Malagasy administration that seeks to help agricultural value chains adapt to climate change.

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ͺ Previously, my latest full-time position (2016-2018) was a 2-year mission in Tallinn to create and shape the position of Digital AttachΓ© for the French Institute and the French Embassy to Estonia.

My responsibility consisted in enhancing bilateral cooperation by engaging decision makers and civil society actors on political and ethical issues of innovation, and rolling out a strategy of online influence towards local influencers and the general public for the French Institute of Estonia.

Working for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the most digitally avanced nation that is Estonia made me learn a lot about the future of institutions, democracy and diplomacy.

πŸ“‡ I have also been working as a freelance consultant in Public Affairs, helping innovative companies take part in the conversations about the future of their industry.


I like to write about digital societies
to share my critical views on innovation or draw attention on controversies I find important.

My latest Medium posts in English were about digital democracy in Estonia πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ͺ, the attention economy 🀳 and Bitcoin πŸ’°. Writing about e-Estonia had me interwied by French media such as the online newspaper Mediapart or the crypto podcast #21MILLIONS.

In October 2019 I launched Pivots πŸ“©, a personal newsletter where I recommend and comment resources that help understand how societies digest and respond to the climate and environmental emergency.


I advocate the values of openness & inclusiveness in technology

and have been involved in the open government and civic tech scenes in France and Estonia.

πŸ‡«πŸ‡· I co-founded in 2015 the French chapter of DemocracyOS, a global movement born in Argentina that promotes an open source tool for more inclusive models of governance.
DemocracyOS France is now a major actor of Code for France (ex- Open Democracy Now), the most effervescent activist network in France dedicated to promoting digital commons and open source software for democratic innovation and social good.

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ͺ While in Tallinn, I was by the side of Open Knowledge Estonia when it emerged as the organization that would structure Estonian activism in favor of open data and e-democracy. OKEE is now working hand in hand with the Estonian government to enhance its open data policy.


I'm a Sciences Po Alumnus
I graduated from the Paris Institute of Political Studies in 2016, where I studied Political Science and Public Affairs with a minor on EU Affairs and Central Europe.
I studied for one year at the Charles University in Prague as part of my Bachelor.


I'm a citizen of Europe
After growing up in the French town of Dijon, I have successively lived in Prague πŸ‡¨πŸ‡Ώ, Paris πŸ‡«πŸ‡·, Berlin πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ and Tallinn πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ͺ. Europe is my playground.


I consider myself a travel addict
There's not much I'm prouder of than my references on Couchsurfing πŸ™ and I'm always eager to learn about people and cultures.

As a French rapper put it, I want to go around my planet like the rings of Saturn.