Patrick Kedziora, a founder of five technology companies in the past fifteen years and an ex-Managing Director for a $250-million investment fund, has been appointed as High Commissioner for France. High Commissioner Kedziora represents France at the Grand Assembly of the World Business Angels Investment Forum.
Patrick Kedziora works closely with early-stage companies and has been a founder of five technology companies in the past 15 years. He is currently focused on growing his most recent venture, Kedzoh.com, a mobile learning platform for the enterprise which has won three major international innovation awards: Startup Chile, Startup Brazil and French Tech Ticket. His experience encompasses both banking and industry. He headed a number of corporate finance groups in New York City and he is experienced in both commercial and investment banking. Additionally, he was the Managing Director for a $250-million investment fund. He has also been the Chief Financial Officer of private companies and a public company, head of business development and an arranger and financier of management-led buyouts. He has held senior positions at Solomon Equities, Société Générale, and the Barington Capital Group and counts amongst his previous clients Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and T. Boone Pickens. He has an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University and received Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Economics and Political Science from New York University. He is proficient in Spanish and has native fluency in English and French. Mr Kedziora is a mentor to entrepreneurs and is actively involved in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the US and France. He is passionate about sharing his experiences and has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels in both the US and in France and has been a judge in numerous start-up competitions.