Executive office


As a national authority, ANSSI reports to the Secretary General for Defence and National Security (secrétaire général de la défense et de la sécurité nationale - SGDSN). The SGDSN assists the Prime Minister in fulfilling his responsibilities in matters of national defence and security.

ANSSI’s Executive Office is composed of a Director General appointed by Decree from the Prime Minister, and a Deputy Director General, both of whom are assisted by a Chief of Staff.

 

Guillaume Poupard – Director General

g. poupard portraitDr. Guillaume Poupard graduated from École polytechnique, class of ’92. Having completed a research degree in armament engineering, he started as a PhD candidate in cryptography under the supervision of Jacques Stern at the École normale supérieure in Paris, and became doctor in 2000. He also holds a university diploma in psychology.

He began his career as a cryptography expert and later became head of the cryptography laboratory at the Central Network and Information Security Directorate (Direction centrale de la sécurité des systèmes d’information – DCSSI) which formed in 2009 the basis of the new National Cybersecurity Agency of France (Agence nationale de la sécurité des systèmes d’information – ANSSI).

In 2006, he joined the Ministry of Defence, continuing in the field of government cryptography and progressively moved to cybersecurity. In November 2010, he was appointed Head of the Cybersecurity Division within the Technical Branch of the National Defence Procurement Agency (Direction générale de l’armement – DGA), responsible for expertise and technology policy in the field of cybersecurity. On 27 March 2014, he was appointed Director General of the National Cybersecurity Agency of France. He is married with three children.

 

 

Emmanuel Germain – Deputy to the Director General

e. germain portraitCol. Emmanuel Germain graduated from Saint-Cyr military academy, with a master degree in engineering. He holds a PhD in public law and a MBA from the business school HEC. As a Marine Corps officer, he spent most of his career in military operations, in France and abroad where he held command responsibilities.

He also served with the ministry of Outre-mer, seconded to the préfecture in Mayotte from 2003 to 2006. In 2014, he attended the NATO Defence College (NDC) in Rome and held operational responsibilities within the French Armed Forces General Staff.

On 1st November 2016, he was appointed the new deputy to the Director General of the French National Cybersecurity Agency.

 

 

 

Julien Barnu – Chief of Staff

j. barnu portraitA graduate of École Polytechnique and École des Mines, Julien Barnu holds the position of Chief of Staff since January 2016.

He joined ANSSI in 2013 as a project manager, responsible for the implementation of cyber measures for Military Programming Law in all sectors of vital importance.