Jean Yves Le Gall, President of CNES

Jean Yves Le Gall is since 2013 the President of CNES, the National centre for Space Studies.

It is in 1981 that he began his career as a researcher at the Astronomy Laboratory, French National Scientific Research Centre; he worked there on the European scientific satellites project Hipparcos and ISO. He was appointed as advisor for space affairs in 1985 at the Minister for the Postal Service, Telecommunications and Space. There, he participated in the definition of CNES and ESA programs. He also was Managing Director at a subsidiary of CNES in 1993, called Novespace.

Le Gall was appointed as CNES Deputy Managing Director in 1996. In this function, he was the French Representative to the ESA. In 1998, he was appointed as Chairman and CEO of Starsem. In 2001, he worked as COO for Arianespace, and from 2002 to 2013 he took the position of CEO at Arianespace.


In the afternoon dedicated to the topic “Open access to space: a view from Europe and China” on May 21st, Jean Yves Le Gall will highlight the place of France in the space industry. Do not miss his presentation.   

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