Genevieve FIORASO, MPi, Former French Minister for Higher education, Research and Space

Professional background

2003-2007, CEO of Minatec entreprises, a public-private company welcoming in clean rooms start ups in the field of micro and nanotechnologies and biotechnologies, created via partnerships between private companies and public research laboratories, mainly CEA-Tech...

From 2001 to 2004, part time expert for a telecom operator (Orange) in the field of innovative services for health and social applications.

In 1999, creation and general management for 2 years of the Rhône-Alpes agency for the diffusion of digital in regional SMEs (ARN, Agence Régionale du Numérique).

From 1995 to 1999, director of cabinet of the mayor of Grenoble.

From 1989 to 1995, deputy general manager of a start-up, CORYS, spin-off from the French Energy commission (CEA), specialized in the design of simulators for training operators in the field of energy (nuclear, thermal, electric networks) and transportation (trains and tramways). In charge of institutional relations and European RandT projects (Eurêka, Phare and Tacis programmes).

From 1979 to 1986 : collaborator of Hubert Dubedout, Mayor of Grenoble and member of the French Parliament, successively in charge of press and documentation, communication and Parliament relations.

Teacher during 2 years in Amiens from 1975 to 1977, then moved to Grenoble in 1978.

Political commitment

Since 2015, Member of scientific boards of Marseilles Infectiology IHU (Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire) and Clinatec in Grenoble, of Paris Imagine Health Scientific Foundation and of the University Grenoble Alpes Foundation.

From January to July 2016: missioned by French Minister Manuel Valls for a report on space “Open Space, the opening as answer to the challenges of the space sector” (

April 2015: Back to the French Parliament, member of the Defence Commission and parliamentary space group.

2014-2015: Secretary of state for higher education and research, including space, within Manuel Valls 1 and 2 governments. Resignation in March, 2015, for personal reasons.

As minister, government’s representative and contributor for Ministerial Conference of the European Space Agency in Napoli, 2012, and Luxembourg, 2014 where Ariane 6 launcher was decided by ESA state-members

2012-2014: Minister for higher education and research, including space, within Jean-Marc Ayrault government

2007-2012: member of the French Parliament and of the Parliament Office for the evaluation of scientific and technological choices (OPECST), member of the commission for economic development and energy. Publication of 3 reports on industry and energy budgets, 1 report on synthetic biology and 1 report on technological transfer from research to industry

2001-2012: deputy mayor of the City of Grenoble and 1st vice-president of the Grenoble urban area, in charge of economic development, universities, research and innovation

Yearbook on Space Policy

India in Space: Between Utility and Geopolitics

A Fresh View on the Outer Space Treaty

Space Resource Utilization: A View from an Emerging Space Faring Nation

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