Pierre Michel

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Attaché for science & technology (Environment and sustainable development), Embassy of France in the USA (September 2013-).

Attaché for science & technology (Environment and sustainable development), Embassy of France in the USA (September 2013-).

Pierre Michel joined the Office for Science and Technology of the French Embassy in Washington in September, 2013 as Scientific Attaché specializing in Environment and sustainable development. His office is currently based in the Embassy of France in Washington, DC.

Before joining the Embassy of France, Pierre MICHEL was Director of Higher Education, Research and Innovation at the Rhône-Alpes Regional Council. The missions of this direction encompasses elaboration of regional policies and financial support to universities, research institutions ans SME’s .
Previously, he has been working for the French Ministry of Higher Education, and Research as regional director of science and technology in Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur (2008-2012).

From 2000 until 2008, Pierre MICHEL worked for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as scientific attaché in Boston (Ma) and Warsaw (Poland). In Boston, he set up several programs to develop French-American cooperation in the field of technology transfer and innovation, involving universities and start-ups on both sides of the Atlantic. In Warsaw, he was in charge of the French-Polish cooperation in the field of life sciences and environment.

Pierre MICHEL graduated from Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA LYON) in the field of energy and chemical engineering. He started his engineering career in various companies (Serete, Ecopol, CEA, Total) in the field of system reliability, industrial risks and environment management to reduce environmental impact of industrial plants. He then moved to the public sector and was hired by the Lyon Chamber of Commerce and Industry during ten years to develop new services for innovative SME’s.