Lionel Grotto is the CEO of Choose Paris Region, a governmental agency that attracts business, capital and talents to Paris and its surrounding area and promotes the region internationally. He holds a Master’s degree in engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique and a Master in Business Administration from the Ecole des Mines de Paris. He started his career at BNP Paribas IT department and EDF Energies Nouvelles in Italy. He then joined the French telco regulator ARCEP before becoming Financial counsellor at the French Embassy in Mexico for the French Treasury. He was the appointed advisor for Economic Affairs to the President of the Paris Region.