Dr Pascal Colombani

Dr Pascal Colombani

After graduating from École Normale Supérieure in 1969, Dr Colombani began his career as a Research Scientist in Nuclear Science in France and at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in California, USA. In 1974 he obtained a doctorate in physics from the University of Paris XI.

He joined Schlumberger in 1978 and spent the next nineteen years in various high level assignments in the USA and Europe, and lastly as President of Schlumberger KK in Tokyo, Japan (during which time he also initiated implantation of R&D facilities in China).

He was Director of Technology at the French Ministry of Research and Technology in 1998 and was thereafter appointed Chairman and CEO of the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) in 1999. During this period he initiated the restructuring of the CEA industrial subsidiaries into Areva, where he chaired the Supervisory Board from 2001 to 2003.

Board Mandates

Dr Colombani has been a Non-Executive Director of Alstom (2004-2017), British Energy Group (2003-2011), Rhodia (2005-2011), Technip (2007-2017), Energy Solutions (2009-2013), EDF (2000-2003), France Telecom (1998-1999) and the French Institute of Petroleum (2002-2008).

He chairs the Paris Advisory Board of ATKearney, and is a member of the European Advisory Board of JP Morgan Chase.

Dr Colombani is also Vice-President of the French Strategic Council for Research, which is chaired by the French Prime Minister. He is a board member of the National Agency for Research and of Sorbonne Universités.

He serves as Special Envoy of the President of the French Republic for the nuclear partnership between France and South Africa.

In the past he has been a board member of British Energy Group, Rhodia, Energy Solutions, France Telecom, Electricité de France, Cogema, Framatome, the French Institute of Petroleum, CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research), as well as the high government representative to the boards of CNES (French Space Agency) and BRGM (French Geological Survey).

He also chaired the boards of École Normale Supérieure de Cachan and of the French Association for the Advancement of Science and was a member of the advisory board of Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems.


Dr Colombani is a member of the French Academy of Technology, and a Council Member of the Science and Technology Forum (STS – Kyoto forum).

He is an Officer of the Legion of Honor and an Officer of the Order of Merit and has been awarded the Order of the Rising Sun by the government of Japan.

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