Before joining the Office for Science & Technology at the French Consulate in San Francisco this month, Philippe Perez, from 1990 to 1995 started his career at Aerospatiale (now Thales Alenia Space), working on civilian and military applications of satellite remote sensing. Notably, he helped to improve the optical performance of the HELIOS observation satellite; contributed to the independent report on military photointerpretation in France; and co-ordinated European projects based on the merging of multisensor space images.
Then he’s been was hired by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to hold positions in the French scientific diplomatic network. From 1995 to 1999, he was Science and Technology Attaché at the French Embassy in Japan, responsible for bilateral cooperation in the fields of ICT, naonotechs and robotics. As such, he organised around fifty scientific research missions and helped to create the first international laboratory of the CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research) in the field of microtechnologies (LIMMS – Laboratory for Integrated Micro Mechatronic Systems). From 1999 to 2003, he was Scientific and Cultural Counsellor at the French Embassy in New Zealand. He was thus able to work in scientific fields complementary to those investigated in Japan (forestry, oceanology, agronomy). Furthermore, in Wellington, Mr. PEREZ created the first residence for French writers in the southern hemisphere (Randell Writers Cottage).
In 2004, Mr PEREZ was a consultant in science and technology international cooperation. During that year he also wrote a book on science history for children.
From 2005 to 2014, he was General Manager of Méditerranée Technologies, the Regional Innovation Agency for the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur Regional Council (France), in charge of all innovation-related matters for the regional authority (strategy design, supporting policies to start-ups, European affairs, investments, international events, technology transfer offices), a team of 15 experts in innovation support.
Mr. PEREZ also takes a keen interest in all matters related to the dissemination of scientific and technical knowledge (countless training sessions, responsible for science and technology popularization in the Asia-Pacific region in behalf of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, president of an association dedicated to science teaching to teens, author of various reports on science history and science medias, etc)
Philippe PEREZ is a civil engineer in telecommunications and image processing (Telecom ParisTech 1988 and University of Penn in Philadelphia 1989).