Our identity

Established in January 1980 by the French Aerospace Industry Association (GIFAS), IAS is a nonprofit organization, based in Toulouse. The members of its board are the GIFAS, Airbus Group, Safran, Thales, Dassault Aviation, and the GIFAS Aerospace and Defence Equipment Group (GEAD).

IAS President is Mrs. Anne Tauby and its Managing Director is Mr. Pierre Valenti.

Working under supervision of the GIFAS International Affairs Commission, and participating to various activities organized by the Commission (monthly meetings, country workshops, delegations, missions and international air shows, etc.), IAS is the French Aerospace Industry Association agency for international professional training.

IAS mission is to design and implement professional training solutions dedicated to foreign professionals operating in the aeronautic and space sector, as partners and/or customers of the French industry.

Whether based upon the schools’ academic training or tailor-made by IAS, these solutions leverage the know-how of our educational partners and the expertise of our industrial lecturers. Last but not least, our institute also takes an active part in various reference aeronautic and space clusters and counts among some influential institutional organizations.

History & key milestones

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Anne Tauby

Anne TAUBY, born 19th of February 1961, is Deputy Head of Airbus Group International.

Anne started her career in 1984 as a marketing analyst in advertising. She joined Matra Défense International Business Direction in 1993.

She moved to EADS International in 2003, where she successively served as Executive Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer for Strategy, Marketing and Industrial Development, Mr. Jean-Paul Gut, then as Vice President of Business Coordination and Senior Vice President Latin America for Airbus Group International.

She became Senior Vice President Marketing & Globalization for Airbus Group International in mid-2014.

Anne joined the IAS board in June 2014 as an Airbus Group representative.

She was also the sponsor of the 2014–2015 class of the IAS Master Program.

A graduate of the Université de la Sorbonne (Paris), Anne holds a degree in Political Science and Contemporary History as well as a doctorate in Media Law and Economics.

She is a Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour.

Anne is married with three children.

Pierre Valenti

Hired in June2013 as Deputy Managing Director, Pierre Valenti officially took over the Institute's leadership as of the 2nd of January 2014. At 45 years old, Pierre has spent most of his career in the space industry in the commercial domain, from consultancy (Andersen Consulting: 1994-1996, Euroconsult: 1996-1998 and SATConsult: 2011-2012) to manufacturers (Astrium Satellites: 1999-2009 and Arianespace: 2009-2011).

Specialized in business development, marketing and communication, Pierre is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (International section, 1994) and holds a Master's degree in Technology and Management of the Ecole Centrale de Paris (1998).