SMEs, Innovation, and the Digital Economy, France
Fleur Pellerin was born in Seoul (South Korea) in 1973. Adopted at the age of 6 months by a French family, she was raised near Paris, first in Montreuil, then Versailles.
Fleur Pellerin started her career as a civil servant after attending the National School of Administration (ENA). After graduating, she became a judicial officer at the Court of Auditors (Cour des comptes). In this capacity, she conducted financial and legislative audits of public institutions and policies in the fields of education, culture, research and media. In addition of her duties at the Court of Auditors, she served in Iraq, New York and Geneva as an external auditor to the United Nations between 2001 and 2007. Also in 2007, she was appointed rapporteur to the Committee on Professional Conduct in the State Civil Service.
After six years in the public sector, Fleur Pellerin joined in 2008 the Paris-based communications consulting firm Tilder for two years as associate director, before returning the Court of Auditors.
In 2011, she joined the presidential campaign of François Hollande, where she was in charge of digital economy and society issues. Following the election, she was named in May 2012 Minister Delegate with responsibility for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Innovation and the Digital Economy.
Fleur Pellerin has also been very active in several not-for-profit organizations; she was President of the 21st century club, a network of successful leaders working to promote social diversity and equality in France, from 2010 to 2012.
Fleur Pellerin is a graduate of both ESSEC business school and Institut d'études politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po), where she studied after being awarded both the French (Baccalaureat) and German (Abitur) high school final exams.