THE VAN ALLEN FOUNDATION

ORGANISATION AND GOVERNANCE

Organisation and governance is provided by the members of the Van Allen Foundation Board of Directors: founder members, elected members and representatives of the University of Montpellier.

Our founder members

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University of Montpellier

6th largest university in France, by student numbers

“The Foundation plays a vital networking role for the University and major stakeholders in the industry, and in steering the No.1 French University Space Centre. Each participant can contribute to the projects.”

Philippe AUGE, President

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3D Plus

World leader in 3D electronic components for space

“The dynamism and calibre of the team has inspired us to support the Foundation for many years now. It is of great benefit to us to hire students from the University of Montpellier who are well-trained in the demands of the space sector.”

Pierre MAURICE, CEO

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AIRBUS DEFENCE & SPACE

World No.1 in Space

“Airbus Defence & Space is a founder member of the Van Allen Foundation. Our support is aimed at encouraging the training and development of future talent and skills in the space field. We want to support students on innovative nanosatellite-based projects, enabling tomorrow’s technology to be tested and demonstrated in orbit!”

Arnaud DE ROSNAY, Director of Space Systems Engineering

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The EXPLEO Group

is noted for its technical know-how and proven expertise in complex and critical systems

“Through the Van Allen Foundation in Montpellier, Expleo is strongly committed to training young people in the space field. Our Expleo experts support nanosatellite activities through joint R&D projects, integrate students into the realities of the industry and share with other members the passion for technological innovation topics.”

Frédérique REBOUT, Global Head of Space

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LATÉCOÈRE

World specialist in interconnectivity systems for aeronautics and space (No.1 for avionics units, No. 2 for electrical harnesses, No.1 in Europe for satellite cabling)

“A “win-win” approach: on the one hand to support and accompany teachers and students in their innovative projects in the field of nanosatellites, and on the other to bring together our shared skills and resources to enhance what we can offer, through innovation, and strengthen our position as a major player| in the space industry.”

Nicolas WUYAM,
Space Unit Business Director

ELECTED MEMBERS
OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board of Directors of the Van Allen Foundation includes leading international figures in the space field, who are together defining the strategy for nanosatellite development.

Philippe ADELL,
Jet Propulsion Laboratory / Nasa

Jean-Louis FELLOUS,
former Director of COSPAR

Jean-Claude GAYSSOT,
Former Minister, President of the Port of Sète-Frontignan

Martin GIARD,
Scientific Delegate for Space Affairs / CNRS INSU

Philippe LATTES,
President of SPACE SEED

Josick PAOLI,
Director of Mission Med Vallée

Frédéric TESTON,
Director of the ESA/ESTEC Systems Department

Michel TOGNINI,
French astronaut, Former Director of ESA’s Astronaut Centre

François ROCARIES,
Scientific Director, F’SATI

Representatives of the University of Montpellier

The Van Allen Foundation also comprises various representatives of the University of Montpellier.

Jacques MERCIER,
Vice-President in charge of Research

Nabil BOUREGHDA,
Technician at the IUT of Nîmes

Eric NATIVEL,
Senior Lecturer, Institute of Electronics and Systems (IES)

François PIERROT,
Vice President in charge of Industrial Partnership Development

Julien AVERSENG,
Senior Lecturer, Mechanics and Civil Engineering (LMGC)

Denis PUY,
Professor, Particle Physics UM (LUPM)

Serge PRAVOSSOUDOVITCH,
Professor, IT, Robotics and Microelectronics, UM (LIRMM)

Philippe COMBETTE,
Professor, Institute of Electronics and Systems (IES)

Lionel TORRES,
Professor, Director of Polytech

Benoît HEINTZ,
CSUM design engineer

Jean-Pierre HABAS,
Professor, Charles Gerhardt Institute (ICG)

Our Patron

Claudie HAIGNERÉ,
Former Minister, ESA Astronaut

Campaign Committee Ambassadors

Anne BONDIOU-CLERGERIE,
R&D, Space and Environment Affairs Director, GIFAS

Jean-Paul HERTEMAN,
Former CEO of Safran Group

Bernard BIGOT,
Director-General of ITER

Christophe CARNIEL,
CEO of VoGo

Daniel KUNTH,
CNRS Research Director, Astrophysicist

Hubert REEVES,
Astrophysicist

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