Jean-Jacques Dordain was Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA) from 2003 to 2015. He had held various executive positions at ESA since he joined the agency in 1987. Previously he held different positions at ONERA, the French center for aerospace research. In 1977, Jean-Jacques was amongst the five first French astronaut candidates. He is also a member of various advisory boards in relationship to space research and activities.