A 34-year-old graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Cachan, agrégé in Economics and Management with a Master’s in International Economics, and a graduate of Sciences Po Paris and the EHESP (School for Higher Studies in Public Health), Rennes, Fabien Verdier’s career is already a distinguished one: work in Silicon Valley on behalf of the French Consulate in San Francisco (innovation ecosystems, venture capital, etc.), Assistant Director of hospital centres and teacher at Sciences Po and the National Conservatory of Arts and Trades (economics of social protection, the silver economy, etc.). He has also worked at a number of private companies (financial analysis, auditing, etc.). In his previous posts, he helped develop the industrial sector devoted to the silver economy (the economy of ageing) by contributing, among other things, to setup of a €45-million venture capital fund, a B-to-B fair devoted to the economy of ageing and an AFNOR standardisation procedure. The silver economy is one of the French Ministry of Industry’s “Industries of the Future”. A number of clusters and “silver regions” have also materialised, enabling creation of an ecosystem fostering innovation, exports and economic development of companies active in the sector.
Currently a Municipal Councillor for Châteaudun (Eure-et-Loir) and a Regional Councillor chairing the Spatial Planning, Digital Technology and Rural Development Committee, Fabien Verdier has also become President of CENTRECO, the agency for the economic development and promotion of the Centre-Loire Valley Region.
Major regional economic development projects identified by Fabien Verdier include the following focuses:
- Development of innovation ecosystems fostering collaboration between companies on a variety of themes (innovation, research, international markets, etc.).
- Support of SMEs and growing businesses in order to increase numbers of intermediate-sized enterprises (ISEs, over 250 and fewer than 5000 employees).
- Reinforcement of communication to companies that make the utmost of the Centre-Loire Valley’s assets (territorial attractiveness, sectors of excellence, competitive clusters, quality of life, etc.).