Jean-Yves Le Gall - President, French Space Agency (CNES)
Born in 1959, Jean-Yves Le Gall is a trained engineer and scientist who has devoted his entire career to the European space programme, holding positions within the French national scientific research agency CNRS, several French ministries, at Novespace and a first stint with CNES before joining Starsem and Arianespace, where he was Chairman & CEO until his appointment as President of CNES. Jean-Yves Le Gall is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and Vice-President of the "Space Circle" at French think-tank CEPS (Centre d'Etude et de Prospective Stratégique). He also chairs the France-Japan business council of Medef International, and is a member of the French-Mexican strategic council.
He received the Astronautics Prize from the French Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AAAF) in 2001. He was named Via Satellite magazine's 2005 Satellite Executive of the Year and received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 from the Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council (APSCC). In 2011 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SPPI) and received the Icarus Prize from the French association of professional aerospace journalists (AJPAE).
In 2013, the French government appointed Jean-Yves Le Gall as President of the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the French space agency, and extended his term in 2015. He is also interministerial coordinator for satellite navigation programmes. In 2015, he has been elected Co-Chair of the Council of the European Space Agency (ESA) and Incoming President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF).