Yves Champetier has considerable experience in rural development at local, regional, European and international level.
He was the director of the LEADER Coordinating Unit from 1992 to 1994, and the European LEADER Observatory from April 1992 to January 2001.
From 2001 to 2013, he was the director of business development at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Montpellier (France). In parallel, Mr Champetier also ran a consultancy specializing in rural and/or local development at international level.
In 2003, he worked for three months for the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington to learn about and share information on rural development in Latin America. During 2004, he worked with the Andalucía Region in Spain to establish a rural development network between Europe and Latin America, and in 2008, he participated in the “Capitalisation task force” created by the URBACT Secretariat to prepare for the implementation of URBACT II.
In 2006-2009, he assisted DG MARE with the preparations for the implementation of Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund.
In 2010-2014, he was also involved in local development projects in Tunisia, notably within the ENPARD programme.
He is currently an expert with FARNET, the European network of fisheries areas, and with the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD).
Within AEIDL, he has been actively involved in the promotion of citizen-led initiatives for the reception and integration of migrants and refugees.
In Montpellier, he is the president of PFCA 34, a network of some fifty start-up support organisations. He is also a member of the technical committee of ALTERINCUB, a social innovation business incubator.