Gérard Collomb has been the mayor of Lyon and the President of Greater Lyon since 2001 and the senator of Rhône since 1999. Collomb was short listed for the 2010 World Mayor Prize. His vision combines a strong ambition of economic development and a real attention brought to quality of life and living environment.
Collomb has also been active in both municipal and national fronts. He is the European and international lead for the French Association of City Mayors and President of the Association of Urban Communities, while internationally he has held the presidency of both Eurocities and the United Cities and Local Governments organization.