François Alter has joined the French Space Agency (CNES) since 1st January 2017 where he is in charge of venture and business development. He managed the creation of the CosmiCapital fund and is involved in strategic private-public projects of the agency.
He has a strong focus in innovation, public policies and technologies. After few years in aerospace & software companies, he became in charge of the Paris Region industrial development. Then he joined the French Ministry of Higher Education & Research as Head of the technology transfer department, and after as the Science, Space and Innovation Advisor of the Minister. After working as an investment director at the Prime Minister Office, he joined the French Ministry of Finance & Economy.
He graduated from “Ecole Normale Supérieure” Paris and is a “Corps des Mines” engineer. He holds a PhD on applied mathematics with works on satellite image processing chain.