About François Jacq
Born in 1965, François Jacq is a graduate from Ecole Polytechnique and holds a PhD of Ecole des Mines de Paris – MINES ParisTech. . He began his career as a researcher at the Center for Sociology of Innovation (Mines-Paris Tech) from 1993 to 1996.
He then joined the Ministry of Higher Education and Research as a project officer at the Directorate General for Research and Technology from 1996 to 1997; he was then appointed Head of the "Energy, Transport, Environment, Natural Resources" Department. In 2000, François Jacq became Director General of the French National Radioactive Waste Management Agency (ANDRA). As of 2005, he was appointed Director of Demand and Energy Markets at the Directorate- General for Energy and Raw Materials within the Ministry of Industry. In May 2007, he was appointed Advisor for Industry, Research and Energy to the French Prime Minister François Fillon, then in August 2008, Advisor for Sustainable Development, Research and Industry.
In April 2009, he became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Météo-France, the French national meteorological and climatological service. He served as Chairman of the Council of the European Forecast Center (ECMWF) from 2010 to 2013. Since 2013, François Jacq’s previous position was Chairman and CEO of Ifremer, the French research institute for the exploitation of the sea. In 2016, he was also elected President of AllEnvi, the national alliance for environmental research.
He was appointed Chairman of CEA by the Council of Ministers on April 20, 2018.