President, National Association of Directors of Social Care and Health of the Départments (ANDASS), France

With a legal background, Yvan Ferrier began his career as Health and Social Affairs Inspector for the Val de Marne County where his particular focus was the issue of hospital supervision and social action for the elderly and disabled.  In 1991, he joined the General Council of the Gard as Director of the Care and Social Action for the Elderly and Disabled Department before being appointed Assistant General Director for Education and Culture in 1999 and in 2002, Assistant General Director of Social Development.  He currently teaches Social Politics at Masters level.  He will join the European Round Table debate in the final plenary session of the conference.