Jean-Pascal Le Franc (59) graduated in engineering from the Ecole Centrale de Paris engineering school in 1980. He started his career as science attaché to the French Embassy in South Korea (VSNA) before joining CNES in 1982, where he occupied various positions at Head Office in international and European affairs and relations with subsidiaries.
In 1989, he was appointed technical adviser to Hubert Curien, the French Minister for Research and Technology and subsequently for Research and Space. In 1994, he became Director of Development of the “Aeronautics and Space” sector at the CECAR group, France’s first insurance broker to cover industrial special risks.
He returned to CNES in 1997 as Strategy Officer before becoming Deputy Director of International Relations and then, in 2004, head of the European Affairs department of the Strategy and Programmes Directorate (DSP), where he subsequently occupied the post of Deputy Director in charge of coordinating CNES’s international relations in 2014.