Born on 18 November 1972, a graduate of the École Nationale (Supérieure) des Finances Publiques, Bertrand Barbé worked for a time as a civil servant in the public finance administration before specialising in international cooperation. He joined ADETEF, the public agency for international technical cooperation of the Ministry of Finance, as Finance Director. During the same period, he helped set up France Coopération International, the operator of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In April 2012, he joined France Expertise International as Deputy Director General. When the international technical cooperation agencies merged in 2015 to become Expertise France, he was appointed Director General of the new organisation. In September 2017, he joined Civipol as deputy to the CEO with responsibility for operations.