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The National Academy of Technologies of France (NATF) has renewed its governance 2017-2018, electing President Alain Bravo and Vice-President Bruno Jarry.

The National Academy of Technologies of France (NATF)
has renewed its governance 2017-2018,
electing President Alain Bravo
and Vice-President Bruno Jarry.

During its November 9, 2016 plenary session, the National Academy of Technologies of France (NATF) elected the members of its Executive Bureau, of the Academic Council, of the Executive Committees and the Chairpersons of the NATF Standing Committees for the term of office 2017-2018.

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Alain Bravo elected President of the National Academy of Technologies of France (NATF)

Graduating from Ecole polytechnique (EP) and Ecole nationale supérieure des télécommunications (ENST), Alain Bravo devoted his entire career to the field of telecommunications and the digital economy: firstly at the French ministry in charge of the Post and Telecommunications (PTT); then in the private sector – e.g., SFR and Abhexius which he founded; and finally, being appointed Director General for ‘Supélec’ (a French ‘grande école’ in electrical engineering) for 9 years.

As a high-level expert in communications policies and, more widely, for high level communications research and innovation strategy policy framing, Alain Bravo has accepted responsibilities (often in a capacity of chairman) for a number of governing bodies and associations. Of particular note here, his chairmanship (1991-96) of the Telecommunications Standing Committee at the CNPF (the business managerial professional trade union) where he advocated and defended a policy to open the communications sectors to competition; the with ANRT (a national association for technological research, distribution grants and thesis subsidies) where he headed the Futuris project, a foresight operation in respect to the French research and innovation system (2003-2004); finally with the NATF (elected member in April 2008, Delegate General for the term 2013-2014 and Vice-President 2015-2016) polkaing a major role in coordinating academic studies on industries of the future and France’s national research policy orientations.

In his inaugural address, at the NATF Plenary session January 11, 2017, President Bravo declared that he wanted to “stay firmly on course”, ensuring that the Academy remain to the forefront with respect to the following priority thematics: “vocational training, apprenticeships and, more generally, promoting technology-intensive awareness culture vis-a-vis scientific culture. These thematics lie at the core of our national school, higher education and research strategies; likewise in terms of a New Industrial France and in terms of the impacts of innovation on the domestic labour market”.

A graduate from Ecole Polytechnique (EP) and ENST (X-Télécom), rising to the public servant rank of Engineer General, Telecommunications, Alan Bravo began his career in the public sector of France Telecom where he was in charge of the then* Director General’s advisory board, before being appointed as Director of Production for France Telecom in 1980. (*Gérard Thery).

In 1885, he moved to the Compagnie générale des eaux, and as of 1987 became their Deputy Director General for the Teledistrbution Division, creating the Société française de radiotéléphonie (SFR) where he was Chairman and CEO from 1988 to 1992. In 1992, he became Vice-Chairman & CEO of the Compagnie financière du radiotéléphone - Cofira, a subsidiary of Compagnie générale des eaux. In 1995, he set up a new telecomms operator, Siris, later integrated to the Numericable-SFR Group.

Late 1995, he was recruited by Alcatel as Head of the group’s Mobile Networks Division. He then became Director of Research and Technology in 1998 and special advisor to the Group Chairman & CEO, Serge Tchuruk, in 2000.
He left Alcatel in 2001 and founded his own technology transfer advisory agency Abhexis. In this capacity he was invited to direct the ANRT FutuRIS programme, a foresight operation in respect to the French national research and innovation system (2003-2004).

Alain Bravo was appointed Director General of ‘Supelec’ in 2004 and held this post until 2013, during which term of office he contributed to the creation of ‘CentraleSupélec, chairing its transition organization over the first semester 2015.

For the periods, March-October, 2007 and November 2008-April 2009, he presided over the scientific co-operation Foundation ‘Digiteo-Triangle of Physics’ (later to be named the Saclay Scientific Campus Cooperation Foundation). He was also President (2006-09) of the learned society called SEE ‘Société de l'Electricité, de l'électronique et des technologies de l'information et de la communication Vice-President of the Conférence of French Engineering Grandes Ecoles (CDEFI, 2008-2013) and of Pasc@line (2012-2013), an association committed to promoting jobs and training in computer sciences and their applications.

Since 2014, Alain Bravo has chaired the scientific advisory councils for the IRT Jules Verne, Nantes and P2P, Metz, which are institutes devoted to materials oriented industrial innovation. As of 2015 he is chairman of the board of Télécommunications Saint Etienne – TSE and likewise for the scientific and pedagogical advisory council of the Data ScienceTech Institute created in 2015 on the Sophia Antipolis science park (ed. near Antibes, South France).

Alain Bravo co-authored « Avenirs de la recherche et de l’innovation en France [the Future of Research and Innovation France] (published by Documentation française – 2005) ; he chaired the working party for the
Conseil d’analyse stratégique and authored their Report on La société et l’économie à l’aune de la révolution numérique (2009) [Society and economics as the digital révolution takes hold]. Alain Bravo also chaired the panel of European experts which published the mid-programme assessment report for FP7ICT : Catalysing European competitiveness in a globalising world.CEE, June 2010, 42 p .

Alain Bravo holds the rank and distinction of Officer of the French Légion d’honneur and Commander of the National Order of Merit.

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Bruno Jarry elected Vice-President of the National Academy of Technologies of France (NATF)

Following an academic, university career - Bruno Jarry was a research scientist at the CNRS, the professor of genetics at the University Louis Pasteur (Strasbourg) and Director of the Ecole supérieure de Biotechnologies de Strasbourg [a French grande école in the field of biotechnologies), before being recruited as Vice-Chairman for R&D for Orsan, a ‘biotech-intensive’ subsidiary of the major Lafarge Group.
As of 1995, he became Director for R&D for the Belgian groupe Amlylum and as of 2000, Chief Scientific Officer with the British Group Tate & Lyle. He then became advisor to the President of the Fench Institut Curie (2004-2006) and finally chargé de at the French Prime Minister’s Privy Council for the thematics: biofuels and green chemistry (2007-2013).

At NATF, Bruno Jarry chairs the Standing Committee for Biotechnologies, where he and fellow colleagues develop their thoughts on bio and agro-food technologies. We can quote several recent studies on foodstuffs and industrial implications: a joint Advice Note (with the French Academy of Medecine (ANM)) on regulations applicable to targeted mutagenesis used to improve plants, or another joint Academic Report (again with the ANM) on the use of new DNA techniques in the field of human medicine.
Bruno Jarry sits on the Board of IFP Energie nouvelle and of several biotech companies.

The NATF Executive Bureau for the term of office 2017-2018 is as follows:

  • Alain Bravo, President – former Director General ‘Supelec’.
  • Bruno Jarry, Vice-President – Chairman of the NATF Standing Committee for Biotechnologies, former Chief scientific Officer at the Tate & Lyle Group.
  •  Olivier Appert, Delegate General - President of the French Council for Energy (French representative on the World Energy Council. Former Chairman of IFP Energies nouvelles.
  • Alain Bugat, Past President, Vice-Chairman of the Board at NucAdvisor. Former Administrator General of the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA).

Yves Bamberger, président du comité des travaux, membre de droit du conseil académique, participe au bureau.

The NATF Academic Council (part renewed), plus the Members of the Executive Bureau, statutorily, is as follows:

Five ex officio Members

  • Yves Bamberger, Chairman of the NATF Executive Academic Studies Committee - Scientific advisor to the Chairman of the French national Electricity Facility (EDF), former Director of the EDF R&D Division, former Member of the Board of the Electric Power Research Institutes (EPRI).
  • Alain Cadix, NATF Delegate for ‘key skills and training questions’.
  • Bruno Revellin-Falcoz, NATF Delegate for Foreign Affairs – former President of NATF (2011-2012); former Deputy Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation. Member of the scientific advisory committees for the Parliamentary Office of Scientific and Technological Assessment (OPECST) and for the Ministry of Defence; Member of the Executive Board of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT).
  • Bernard Saunier, NATF Delegate for Regional Affairs – Founder member and former Chairman of several engineering agencies, among which: Saunier & Environnement, Saunier & Associés. Former Chairman of Safege and Lyonnaise des Eaux services associés.
  • Roland Vardanega, NATF Delegate for Communication – former Member of the Directoire and former Chairman of PSA Peugeot Citroën.

Seven elected Members

  • Christian de Boissieu – Professor of Economics at University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, former Chairman of the national Economic Analysis Council, member of the French Stock Exchange Financial Market Regulation Authority. 
  • Alice Dautry – Head of the biological research unit for Cell interactions and former Director General of the Institut Pasteur.
  • Michel Godet – Professor at the CNAM, founder and moderator of the Cercle des entrepreneurs du futur (Circle of Future Entrepreneurs), consultant in foresight and strategic issues.
  • Marion Guillou – President of Agreenium (French Institute for Agro-Scientific Co-operation), former President Director General for INRA, former Chairperson on the Board of Ecole Polytechnique.
  • Jacqueline Lecourtier – Chair of the NATF standing committee on Training/ Employment.
  • Manoelle Lepoutre-Saint-M’leux – Director for Corporate Social Responsibility with the Total Group.
  • Pascal Viginier – Director of the ICT Systems for the Orange-France Telecom Group.


The mission assigned to the National Academy of Technologies of France (NATF) consists of issuing proposals and recommendations to the relevant public authorities and socioeconomic actors to ensure a best use of technologies in the service of Mankind. NATF acts as a go-between between policy decision-makers, public opinion at large, research and the socio-economic players in the field. The Academy is a bench-mark for all questions related to technologies and their impact on Society, on the environment and to foster economic growth.

Its original feature lies in the diversity of its Fellow members: technologists, engineers and industrialists, as well as research scientists, agronomists, architects, medical practitioners, sociologists, economists, with a fairly large proportion of R&D top executives from various industrial enterprises.

NATF is a high-level organization for studies on France’s industrial policies and thereby contributes to addressing technology-related questions, in particular through the commitment of its Fellow members to various reflection and decision-oriented institutions (on national strategic research, CESE, OPECST, ANR …).

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