Jean Jacques Dordain, Industry Advisory Board Member


Jean Jacques Dordain graduated in engineering from the Ecole Centrale de Paris in 1969 and began his scientific career in 1970 in the field of propulsion and rocket boosters at the French National Office for Aerospace Studies and Research (ONERA). In 1997, he was invited to be the Executive Secretary of the Evaluation Committee of the Japanese space agency NASDA. Mr Dordain has led Europe’s space activities since 2003 as Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA). He is the first person to have had his appointment renewed not once but twice. Under his direction, ESA has extended its previous highly successful space programmes with world class achievements, including Rosetta’s rendezvous with a comet and the Sentinel Earth Observation satellites. He has set in place the governance, technical management and assurance regimes that have resulted in an unbroken string of >60 successful Ariane 5 launches since 2003. 


Mr Dordain is a Member of the French Académie des Technologies, an Associate Member of the Belgian Académie Royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux Arts. He is also a Member of the Air and Space Academy (France); the International Academy of Astronautics, the Association Aéronautique et Astronautique de France, a Foreign Member of the National Academy of Engineering (USA) and an Advisor of the Chinese Space Foundation. Mr Dordain has honorary functions as Vice President of the International Astronautical Federation and Chancellor of the International Space University.

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