He joined Institut Montaigne in January 2017 as Vice-President and is a Partner at Perella Weinberg Partners since March 2017.
David Azéma has a law degree and is a graduate of Sciences Po (Paris Institute of Political Studies) and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration. He started his career in 1987 as an auditor in the government accounting office. In 1993, after two years in the cabinet of France’s Minister of Employment, he joined SNCF, the French railway company, where he held positions as project manager reporting to the strategy department, advisor to the chairman and director of subsidiaries and investments.
He moved to the UK to take up the position of chairman of ICRRL (Intercontinental and Regional Railways Limited) before becoming chairman and CEO of Eurostar Group Ltd, the subsidiary of SNCF, SNCB (Belgian railway company) and Eurostar UK that operates the Eurostar high-speed rail service. He joined VINCI in October 2002 as chief operating officer of VINCI Concessions. In June 2008, David Azéma returned to SNCF Group as Chief Strategy and Finance Officer and became Deputy CEO in October 2011.
He also became a member of Keolis’ supervisory board in 2011. From June 2012 to September 2012, David Azéma was appointed Executive Chairman of Keolis. From 2012 to 2014 he was Commissioner for the French Government Shareholding Agency.
David Azéma was Chairman of Global Infrastructure Group and Head of infrastructure investment banking in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Bank of America Merrill Lynch until September 2016.
David Azéma is a member of the steering committee of La Fabrique de la Cité.