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General (Retd) Philippe Meyer

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Chief Operating Officer (COO)

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Philippe Meyer graduated from the French Air Force Academy in 1977, and earned his wings as tactical transport pilot in 1978. He logged over 5,000 flying hours on C160 Transall and C130 Hercules, commanded the tactical transport wing of Orleans, and his flying operational career included many detachments in Africa and others in Cambodia (UN), Sinai (MFO) and Saudi Arabia (Desert Storm). Since 1993 he has been deeply involved in international relations and politico-military issues, serving in the Ministry of Defence’s office in the diplomatic cell and as advisor at the strategic planning office of the joint headquarters. He was assigned for four years in Doha (Qatar) as Defence Attaché at the French Embassy and four years in Vienna as General Head Military Advisor to the French Ambassador near the OSCE. Before joining the GCSP in 2011, he ended his career at the Air Defence and Operations Command in Paris where he was Deputy to the Commander, in charge of international relations (EU, NATO).

From 2011 to 2014 he was seconded from the French Ministry of Defense to the GCSP and served as Special Advisor of the Director and Senior Defense Advisor in the Regional Development Programme. In that position, he supervised relations between GCSP and the French Ministry of Defense and developed the “Francophonie” programme. Lecturer on diplomacy and defense issues, he helped further GCSP projects in the Gulf Region and Africa.

He was appointed as COO on the 1st of July 2014.

His educational background includes a Diploma of Engineering in Aeronautics, and courses at the US Air War College at Maxwell AFB, the National Defence and Security Institute in Paris, the High Military Institute in Paris and the European Security and Defence College.

Born in 1956, he is married and has three children.