Gilles Rabin is the Director of Innovation, Applications and Science by CNES. Born in 1961, Gilles Rabin is Doctor of Economics and a graduate of the Paris II Assas French Press Institute (IFP). In 2015-2016, he was space and innovation advisor to Thierry Mandon, the French Secretary of State for higher education and research. Prior to this, he was director of a private strategic consultancy for businesses and local authorities, after working as an associate researcher at Grenoble University’s PACTE Territories Laboratory.
From 2012 to 2014, he was advisor to the French minister for the economy, productivity increase and digital affairs, with particular responsibility for decentralization, innovation, middle-market companies and business creation, plus the health and transport sectors.