Juan Carlos CORTES

Center of Development for Industrial Technology (CDTI) • Head of Space, Large Research Infrastructures and Dual Programs

Juan Carlos Cortés is Aeronautical Engineer by the Polytechnic University of Madrid, specialized in propulsion. He also keeps a Master Degree in Management from IESE Business School and a specialist’s degree in National Defense by CESEDEN.

He has developed most of his professional career in the defense, aeronautics and space domains, both in the private and public sectors.

He started his professional career in private sector in 1990 before joining the National Institute for Aerospace Technology INTA as Flight test Engineer, working for programs as “Eurofighter” and the unmanned aircraft development (DRONES), as well as in the Logistic Center for Armament and Experimentation (CLAEX) of the Spanish Air Force.

He joined CDTI in 1996, as member of the Spanish Delegation to the European Space Agency (ESA) being Spanish representative in most of its Programs Committees. He has held different executive positions at CDTI: Head of the Space Department, Head of the Aeronautics Department, Director of Aerospace Programs, Director of Global Innovative Markets and Director of International Programs. Presently, he is Director of Space, Infrastructures and Dual Programs and is member of the HISPASAT S.A. Board of Directors.