Martin Hirsch graduated from the Ecole Normale Superieure in biology and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration. He held various positions within the French administration including member of the council of State, chief of staff of the health minister, and CEO of the French food safety agency. He was member of the French Government between 2007 and 2010 as High commissioner for the policy against poverty and High commissioner for Youth. He chaired the national body in charge of volunteering, “agence du service civique”, before being appointed CEO of the Greater Paris University Hospitals (AP-HP). As a volunteer, he chaired for a long time the NGO called Emmaus. At a European level, he was a member of several experts committees and, at an international level, a member of the UN - Commission chaired by Michele Bachelet aiming at building a social protection floor. He is the author of a several books on health and social issues.