Jean-Yves LE GALL

IAF Bureau • Former IAF President and Honorary Ambassador
Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES)Former President

Jean-Yves LE GALL is IAF Former President and Honorary Ambassador.

Jean-Yves Le Gall has been President of the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the French space agency, from 2013 to 2021. In this capacity, he was Interministerial Coordinator for satellite navigation programmes and Chair of the Administrative Board of GSA, the European GNSS Agency. He was also Co-Chair of the Council of the European Space Agency (ESA) and Former President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF).

Born in 1959, Jean-Yves Le Gall is a qualified engineer and scientist who has devoted his entire career to the European space programme, holding positions within the French national scientific research agency CNRS, several French ministries, at Novespace and a first stint with CNES before joining Starsem and Arianespace for 12 years, where he was CEO then Chairman & CEO.

Jean-Yves Le Gall is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and Vice-President of the “Space Circle” at French think-tank CEPS (Centre d’Etude et de Prospective Stratégique). He also chairs the France-Japan business council of Medef International, and is a member of the French-Mexican Strategic Council.

He received the Astronautics Prize from the French Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AAAF) in 2001. He was named Via Satellite magazine’s 2005 Satellite Executive of the Year and received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 from the Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council (APSCC). In 2011 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SPPI) and received the Icarus Prize from the French association of professional aerospace journalists (AJPAE). In 2014 he received a Laureate Award from Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine.

Jean-Yves Le Gall holds the rank of Officer in both the Legion of Honour and the National Order of Merit in France. He has also been awarded the Order of Friendship by the Russian Federation and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, by the government of Japan.


IAF Spring Meetings 2024

26-28 March 2024

Paris, France


International Astronautical Congress 2020

12-14 October 2020

Cyberspace edition


The Global Space Applications Conference 2018

21-23 May 2018

Montevideo, Uruguay


The Global Conference on Space and the Information Society 2016

6-7 June 2016

Geneva, Switzerland


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