In this lecture Jean-Jacques Dordain shares his experiences of working at the European Space Agency (ESA) for nearly thirty years, the last twelve of which he has been the Agency’s Director General. Mr Dordain will step down from this position in June 2015.
When Mr Dordain joined ESA in 1986 the organisation was made up of eleven member states and only had one partner which was NASA. Now, in 2015, the ESA has twenty-two member states and has plans to grow further. It is viewed as a leading scientific agency in terms of both Space and planet Earth, is a well-proven ‘player’ with a real economic dimension which supports competitiveness and growth, and is a reliable partner with European industry, operators and investors. It now has many more partnerships with countries including the USA, Russia, China and Japan.
About the speaker:
Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General, European Space Agency
When Jean-Jacques Dordain joined ESA in 1986, he was appointed Head of the newly set-up Department for the Promotion and Utilisation of the International Space Station. In 1993, he became Associate Director for Strategy Planning and International Policy, then in 1999 he took the position of Director of Strategy and Technical Assessment. In 2001, he became Director of Launchers and then in July 2003 he was given the position of Director General. Since then he has been reappointed to this position twice by the ESA Council.
Mr Dordain has been given a number of awards including the honours of Officer of the French Légion d’Honneur and the Ordre National du Mérite. He was awarded the Order of Friendship by the Russian Federation, the title of Grand Officer in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic and the Officer’s Cross (Verdienstkreuz I. Klasse) in the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and the title of Commander in the Order of Orange-Nassau of the Netherlands.