The Office of Science and Technology in Atlanta [fr]
The Mission for Science and Technology is a multidisciplinary team of professors, researchers and scientists, in charge of scientific diplomacy. It aims to promote French research and technological innovation in partnership with local institutions and French organizations.
Placed under the authority of the Embassy of France in Washington DC, the Mission for Science and Technology is spread throughout the United States with its headquarters in DC and six offices in the French consulates in Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, San Francisco and Los Angeles. These strategic locations ensure coverage of high-potential sectors in terms of research, technological innovation and dynamic science policies.
The Office for Science and Technology of the Consulate General of France in Atlanta ensures the action of the Mission for Science and Technology in the entire consular district, i.e. six states: Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, the state of Florida depending on the Consulate General of France in Miami and the territory of Puerto Rico.
Its creation in February 2010 marks the willingness of the Ministry for Europe and and Foreign Affairs to participate in the scientific and technological dynamism of the Southeast of the United States through the development of structuring partnerships between local public or private institutions and French organizations.
The main missions of the Office of Science and Technology in Atlanta are to:
- promote French science and technology to U.S. actors and expatriate French scientists;
- monitor scientific innovations and provide technology watch for French leaders and scientists in France and in the Southeast of the United States;
- learn from the U.S. strategy in terms of innovation policy and R&D investment in key areas, in order to strengthen the French strategy and maintain its competitiveness;
- strengthen existing scientific and technological partnerships and create new ones;
- encourage exchanges of doctoral students and researchers between France and the Southeast of the United States.
Rami Abi-Akl, PhD
Attaché for Science and Technology
Embassy of France in the United States
Consulate General of France in Atlanta
Rami holds a PhD and MSc in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, a Diplôme d’Ingénieur from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines de Paris and is a government official of the Corps des Mines. He has explored a wide range of industries and led various entrepreneurial programs, especially the MIT Global Startup Workshop in India (2016), Chile (2017) and Thailand (2018), as organizer, managing director then advisor.
Rami joined the Consulate General of France in Atlanta in March 2020, as Attaché for Science and Technology. Prior to this appointment, he was a project lead at the Ministry of Economy and Finance of France focusing on the growth of the French innovation and startup ecosystem. He has led several Government initiatives to foster deep tech entrepreneurship and nurture innovative ventures across the country, through a dual appointment with La French Tech. He also participated in the interministerial efforts aiming to develop growth strategies for the ecosystem, design funding and training programs for deep tech startups, and implement funding initiatives in cooperation with Bpifrance.
During his tenure as Attaché for Science and Technology to the South East of the United States (MS, AL, FL, GA, NC, TN, SC, PR), Rami seeks to build strong partnerships in science, research and technology between the two countries, and to cultivate transatlantic innovation and technology transfer.
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