José Achache is managing director of AP-Swiss. Previously, he was Director of Earth Observation Programmes at ESA and Deputy Director General for Research and Technology at CNES, the French space agency. He is the architect of COPERNICUS, the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security programme of the European Union. A graduate of Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, he holds a PhD in Geophysics and a PhD in Physical Sciences.
Laurent is Programme Manager for AP-Swiss. He has more than ten years experience managing international projects in the energy and aerospace sectors. He also has experience in entrepreneurship and non-for-profit organization. He holds master degrees from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and from Cranfield University.