Director – representing the French State
Member of the Strategy and Major Projects Committee
Laure Reinhart

Laure Reinhart

Expertise and experience

Born in 1955, Laure Reinhart studied at École Normale Supérieure. She obtained a degree in mathematics and a doctorate in applied mathematics from Université de Paris VI. She began her career in 1979 at INRIA (French Research Institute for Computer Science and Automation) where she successively held the posts of Researcher in scientific computing, Head of industrial relations, and Director of industrial relations and technology transfer. In 1992, she became Director at the

Rocquencourt research center where she was responsible for managing the center's research, research orientation and technology transfer activities.

In 1999, Laure Reinhart joined Thales as Head of operations at the central research and development laboratory, then Head of public research partnerships in France and Europe and of technical cooperation with companies in the R&D domain. She was also responsible for coordinating the Company's actions in the areas of competitiveness and technical communication.

In 2006, she was appointed Director of Strategy within the Directorate-General of Research and Innovation in the French Ministry for Higher Education and Research where she implemented the new strategy.

Between 2007 and 2008, she participated in the Committee working on France's white paper on defence and national security.

In October 2008, Laure Reinhart joined OSEO as Deputy CEO in charge of Innovation. In July 2013, she became the Head of Partnerships within Bpifrance Financement's innovation Department.


Current offices

  • Safran:
    • Director representing the French State: Safran


  • Non-Group:
    • Head of Partnerships: Bpifrance Financement, since July 2013
    • Director: INPI (Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle); INRIA (Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique); IHEST (Institut des Hautes Études pour la Science et la Technologie)
    • President of three associations: Ile de Science, the Scientipole Initiative and Scientipole Growth
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