François Candelon is the Global Director of the BCG Henderson Institute, Boston Consulting Group’s think tank dedicated to exploring and developing valuable new insights from business, technology, economics, and science by embracing the powerful technology of ideas. He is also a leader of BCG’s AI@Scale effort for technology, media, and telecommunications companies.

François joined BCG in 1993. He has worked in several European countries, led BCG’s global telecommunications work from 2008 to 2012, and spent seven years in China where he worked with the most advanced tech companies. His research is focused on AI and digital as a source of competitive advantage for businesses and national economies. His work has been published in several prestigious reviews (Harvard Business Review, MIT, and Sloan Management Review), and he has been a speaker in global conferences like Mobile World Congress, TED@BCG, Web Summit, Politico AI Summit, and Wuzhen Internet Conference.

You can read François's latest thinking on artificial intelligence and digital technology in his monthly column published on


  • DEA, industrial economy, Paris Dauphine University
  • Engineering degree, École Polytechnique and MINES Paris Tech


  • Thinkers50 2021 Digital Thinking Award nominee
  • Board member and strategic advisor, Virtuos Games