Born in 1959 in Rouen (France), Valérie Fourneyron has remained faithful to her city throughout her professional, political and family life.
After a PhD in medicine in 1983, she obtained a complementary degree in biology, sport medicine and sport traumatology in Paris, France.
During more than 20 years, she practices sport medicine at the Rouen’s University Hospital and accompanies high level athletes and in particular the French national teams of volleyball, ice-hockey and basketball.
In 1995, she begins a political career at the sport department of the City of Rouen. She will become departmental Counselor, Regional Vice-President, Deputy of Seine Maritime, Mayor of the City of Rouen before being appointed as Minister for Sports, Youth, Education and Associative Life. For health reasons, she must leave the French Government in 2014 and joins the French Parliament at the Foreign Affairs Commission. She leaves politics in 2017.
Mrs Fourneyron immediately becomes a reference through her engagement in the field of health and sport and of the fight against doping. In 2012, the Council of Europe designates her to represent the European continent in the Executive Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). On this occasion, the daily newspaper L’Equipe writes: “Europe finally recovers a voice that can makes a difference at WADA”. In 2014, she is elected President of WADA’s Health, Medical and Research Committee. In 2017, WADA unanimously validates her nomination as Chair of the Board of the International Testing Agency (ITA).
As parliamentarian, she manages to have registered for the very first time in the French legislation that physical activity be prescribed by medical doctors to patients suffering chronical diseases. Holder of the French Order of Merit, Mrs. Fourneyron is also a sports passionate. National level volleyball player during her youth, she continues to practices hiking, jogging, cycling and golf. Mrs. Fourneyron is married, mother of 4 children and the grand-mother of 3 grand-children.