Jean Baptiste DESBOIS

Cité de l’Espace • CEO

Mr. Jean Baptiste Desbois is the CEO of SEMECCEL, a Private Public Partnership operating Cité de l’Espace, the main Science Centre in Europe dedicated to space and astronomy and L’Envol des Pionniers, an interpretation centre dedicated to the history of early aviation. For 30 years he has been leading touristic and cultural facilities in France: Nantes convention and congress centre, Nantes’ historical castle -Château des ducs de Bretagne-, the urban street show – Les Machines de l’île-, international festival of classical music -La Folle Journée. Mr. Jean Baptiste Desbois is actively serving the community of Space Museums and Science Centre through various engagements among which: chair of the Space Museums Committee of IAF (International Astronautical Federation); Board member of the World Space Week Association; former board member of ECSITE (European network of science centers), and founding member of its Space Group. M. Jean Baptiste Desbois has been raised Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite by the French Ministry of Universities, Research and Innovation for his service to the French Nation.