Isabelle Duvaux-Béchon

Head of the Member States Relations and Partnerships Office in the ESA Strategy Dept., ESA, France

Isabelle Duvaux-Béchon is in charge of the Relations with ESA Member States ensuring the coordination at corporate level of the information on Agency’s policies and actions towards the 22 ESA Member States, acting as their entry point to the Agency and aiming at optimisation of mutual current and future interests. She is also in charge of the coordination across ESA of transverse initiatives representing global challenges on Earth, with a thematic (Space & Energy, Sustainable Development, Health…) or geographical approach (Oceans, the Arctic, Antarctic, the Alps, Africa…), making the links between ESA and potential users, and coordinating partnerships with non-space entities. She is co-chairing the ESA Space & Arctic Task Force formed with ESA Member States interested by the Arctic.

After 4 years in the space industry, she joined ESA in 1987 and worked in various areas: Microgravity, International Space Station, Budget, Education, Corporate Planning and Finance, Studies and Advanced Concepts.

Isabelle Duvaux-Béchon is a diplomed engineer from Ecole Centrale Paris (specialisation in Air & Space engineering) and an auditor of the French Institute of Advanced Studies in National Defence (IHEDN). She is a full member of the International Academy of Astronautics.