When this article was published, Thierry Coulhon was the president of Paris Sciences & Lettres (PSL). He is now Higher Education Adviser to the French President Emmanuel Macron. Thierry Coulhon has started his career as an assistant professor of mathematics in université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie (UPMC), before being appointed full Professor in 1992 at université de Cergy-Pontoise. His research is on heat kernels and analysis on manifolds, graphs, and metric measure spaces. He is a member of the editorial board of the Annales mathématiques Blaise Pascal and of Nonlinear analysis: theory, methods and applications. Alongside his career as a researcher, he has held several senior officer positions in the higher education system, both in France and abroad.
Prior to his election as President of PSL on December 16th, 2014, he was Director of the Mathematical Sciences Institute, Australian National University, Canberra (2012-2014). He also served as President of the Université de Cergy-Pontoise, France (2004-2008), as special advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to Ms. Valérie Pécresse, French Minister of Higher Education and Research (2008-2010) and was Program Director for the French Commissariat Général à l'Investissement's Centres d'Excellence program (2010-2012). Thierry Coulhon was executive Vice President of the Conference of French University Presidents (CPU) from 2006 to 2008.