EDA appoints Jean-François Ripoche as new Director for RTI
The European Defence Agency (EDA) has appointed Jean-François Ripoche as its new Director for Research, Technology and Innovation (RTI) as of 1 May 2019. Previously, Mr. Ripoche held the position of Research and Technology Director at the Strategy Directorate of DGA (Direction générale de l'armement), the French Ministry of Defence Procurement Agency. Mr Ripoche graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique (X90) and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Techniques Avancées in Paris, and holds a PhD in laser Physics and brings to EDA years of experience in Research and Technology in the military field.
As EDA's Director for RTI, Mr. Ripoche heads the directorate responsible for promoting and supporting defence research at EU level. Based on the Overarching Strategic Research Agenda (OSRA), developed together with the Member States, the Directorate coordinates and plans joint research activities and the study of technical solutions to meet future operational needs. The Directorate provides support to Member States and to the European Commission for the Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR), including its implementation, and the research dimension of the European Defence Fund. The Directorate also ensures the promotion of innovation in defence and the exploitation of synergies at EU level with civil research in dual-use technology.
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