François Davenne is the Secretary General of the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF). He is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications d’Evry in 1988 and of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in 1999. ENA is a national school. Its prinmercipal responsibilities are to recruit and train men and women to the highest executive levels of government service and to provide professional training for senior civil servants. François Davenne has always promoted interdisciplinarity as a key factor for success.After experience in international satellite telecommunications, his first assignments were in the housing sector and required strong financial and legal skills. He was involved in policy and regulation of the sector, and managed key operational programmes, in particular for the city of Paris. After three years in the French Transport Ministry working on railway safety and regulation, François Davenne was elected Secretary General of OTIF in 2012, where he has promoted since 1January 2013 interdisciplinarity and partnership building to expand uniform regulations for international carriage by rail.