Gilles Rabin is the Director of Innovation, Applications and Science by CNES. Born in 1961, Gilles Rabin is Doctor of Economics and a graduate of the Paris II Assas French Press Institute (IFP). In 2015-2016, he was space and innovation advisor to Thierry Mandon, the French Secretary of State for higher education and research. Prior to this, he was director of a private strategic consultancy for businesses and local authorities, after working as an associate researcher at Grenoble University’s PACTE Territories Laboratory.
Gilles Rabin began his career in 1989, as director of the transport department and deputy director of the local development department at BIPE Conseil (a CDC subsidiary), where he acquired a wealth of expertise in transport matters and worked in land-use planning. In 1996, he became deputy director of Nancy urban planning agency, in charge of the city’s economic development and the Nancy-Brabois technopole.
Between 1999 and 2008, Gilles Rabin was CEO of Essonne development board, where he worked to promote businesses in collaboration with several university laboratories e.g. Génopole, Supélec, INT, Polytechnic, and signed a partnership with the MIT. He then went on to join Greater Lyon city council in 2008 where, as executive director for economic development and land policy, he dedicated himself to developing business and innovation and to projects that enhanced the attractiveness of the region.
From 2012 to 2014, he was advisor to the French minister for the economy, productivity increase and digital affairs, with particular responsibility for decentralization, innovation, middle-market companies and business creation, plus the health and transport sectors.