Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Economy, Finance and Recovery, and Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, have appointed Ms Frédérique Pain as Director of the Ecole nationale supérieure de création industrielle (ENSCI), by order of 3 August. This appointment will take effect on 1 Januaryer september 2020.

ENSCI is a public industrial and commercial institution under the supervision of the Ministries of Culture and Industry. The school, exclusively dedicated to industrial creation and design, welcomes nearly three hundred students per year that it trains according to an innovative and personalized pedagogy.

The appointment of Frédérique Pain, following a hearing and opinion by the ENSCI Board of Directors on 26 June, follows a selection process led by a committee chaired by Saran Diakité Kaba, Chair of the Board of Directors, and composed of qualified personalities and officials of the responsible ministries.

With nearly twenty years of professional experience in design, Frédérique Pain has notably led research and innovation activities at Bell Labs. In 2013, she was the Research Director of STRATE School of Design and then became the Director of the Paris campus.

His project for ENSCI will be to promote, at the national and international levels, this unique school that combines the challenges of design and industrial creation with those of research, entrepreneurship and societal, economic and environmental issues.

The director must be committed to disseminating and implementing design in the various sectors of the economy and facilitating its appropriation by entrepreneurs and business leaders.

In the continuity of the projects currently developed within the school, Frédérique Pain will be committed to the professional integration of students, notably through the enhancement of their achievements, the introduction of specific training modules, the creation of a network of alumni and the implementation of tools for monitoring ENSCI graduates.

Frédérique Pain’s professional experience and recognized expertise in these fields will enable it to carry out these various projects. Within the school, it will pay particular attention to the proper functioning of governance bodies and consultation spaces, as well as the imperatives of equality, diversity and the fight against all forms of discrimination.

Frédérique Pain succeeds Yann Fabès, whose action from July 2016 to March 2019 has enabled notable advances in international rankings, strong collaborations with academic actors and design companies, and the institution’s budgetary adjustment.  Since the beginning of 2020, Anne-Marie Le Guével, Inspector General of Cultural Affairs, assisted by Anne Nouguier, Secretary General of the institution, has been in charge of the interim management. Ministers thank them for their collective commitment over the past four years.