Yann Coatanlem, La Médaille d’Or de La Renaissance Française


Yann Coatanlem is an economist and a philanthropist. Managing Director at Citigroup in charge of the development of quantitative and econometric Models, he started his career on the Arbitrage Desk of Salomon Brothers in London. Yann is also the founder and president of Club Praxis, a French think tank based in New York that promotes Open Government, Collective Intelligence and Collective Decision. 


Recent projects include an ambitious micro-simulation of all tax and social benefit systems in France, in collaboration with the Institut des Politiques Publiques and the AXA Research Fund; and a report on the teaching of Economics with Olivier Blanchard, Thomas Philippon, Kevin H. O’Rourke, Salvador Barbera and Bernard Salanié. 


As a Foreign Trade Advisor to the French Government in New York, he has participated to the Creative France Campaign with Business France, and is also helping French startups expand in the United States. 


A graduate from HEC and ENSIMAG, Yann has contributed to many reports, papers and op-eds in Finance and Economics, and is the author of Le Gouvernment des Citoyens, published by PUF (2017), which has just been awarded the Special Prize of the French Académie des sciences morales et politiques. He is also a frequent speaker, lately at the Open Government Partnership conference and at the Institut de France, where he was invited to speak on Economics and Education. 


Yann supports many non-profit organizations: he is the Chairman of the Maison Française of New York University, President of the American Foundation for the Paris School of Economics, and serves on the board of trustees of the European-American Chamber of Commerce, French Heritage Society and Droit & Croissance. 


He is Chevalier in L’Ordre National du Mérite, and is listed in the Who’s Who France and in Le Guide du Pouvoir