José ACHACHE

Chairman of the Board, ASTROCAST SA

José Achache is founder and CEO of ALTYN, a Swiss company providing consultancy and services in the design and development of satellite projects and the commercial utilization of Space.

He is Managing Director of AP-Swiss, the Ambassador Platform of the Business Applications Programme of ESA.

Besides Astrocast, José Achache is Director or Advisor of several Space companies in Switzerland and Italy: Chairman of the Board of Media Lario Srl, a world leader in advanced optical components and systems for space missions; Chairman of the Board of Geosatis SA, a company providing a GPS-based ankle bracelet for tracking and monitoring offenders; Advisor of Gamaya SA, a company providing actionable information to farmers using remote-sensing from drones and satellites and AI; Advisor of Arcatrust SA, a cyber-security company providing secure environment for Crypto/Digital asset management.

Prior to that, José Achache was successively Professor of Geophysics at Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP), Vice-President for Research and Development at BRGM, the French geological survey, Deputy Director General of CNES, the French space agency, Director of Earth Observation Programmes at ESA, the European Space Agency, and Secretary General of GEO, the Intergovermental Organization on Earth observation satellites, in Geneva.

A graduate of Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, he holds a PhD in Geophysics from Université Pierre et Marie Curie, a PhD in Physical Sciences from Université Denis Diderot and was Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University.

He is the Architect of the Sentinel series of satellites of the Copernicus/GMES programme of the European Union and the author of Les Sentinelles de la Terre, an essay on space policy and the applications of space infrastructures. He has published numerous scientific papers as well as editorial, interviews and conferences for wider audiences on space and environmental Issues.