Founder & President
Nicolas co-founded The Future Society (TFS) in 2014 and originally incubated it at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) in Massachusetts, the independent think-and-do tank specializes in questions of impact and governance of emerging technologies (starting with Artificial Intelligence through its “AI Initiative” launched in 2015), innovation (especially urban innovation through its “CitiX” initiative launched in 2016) and the Law (through its “Law & Society Initiative” launched in 2016). A recognized thought-leader, strategist and implementer, Nicolas advises cities, governments, international organizations, NGOs and industrial players. He has over fifteen years of professional experience building partnerships across Europe, America and Asia. Nicolas is the co-Convener of the AI Civic Forum (AICF) organized in partnership with UNESCO, University of Montreal (Algora Lab), and Mila; and of the Global Governance of AI Forum (GGAF) organized yearly during the World Government Summit in Dubai. He is also an appointed expert to the Global Partnership on AI (GPAI), to the AI Group of experts at OECD (ONE.AI & AIGO), and to the Global Council on Extended Intelligence (IEEE & MIT Media Lab). Nicolas teaches at the Paris School of International Affairs (Sciences Po), and at the IE School of Global and Public Affairs in Madrid. He is also a Fellow with the Center for the Governance of Change at IE Business School in Madrid. Nicolas is a member of three Committees (Policy, Economics, and General Principles) of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethically Aligned Design of Autonomous & Intelligent Systems. An Arthur Sachs Scholar, Nicolas holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School, a Master in Defense, Geostrategy & Industrial Dynamics from Panthéon-Assas University, and a Bachelor of Arts in European Affairs and International Relations from Sciences Po Strasbourg.