In the early 1980s, Damien Lepoutre started his career in remote sensing at the Nationwide Forestry Applications Program (NFAP), a joint program of NASA and the U.S. Forest Service, in Houston, Texas. Damien then worked in the IT department of the French Ministry of Agriculture to develop software to advise growers on when and how to apply chemicals. In 1983, Damien started and managed the remote sensing and GIS lab of the French Ministry of Agriculture in CEMAGREF (now IRSTEA – Institut National de Recherche en sciences et technologies pour l’environnement et l’agriculture / National Institute for Science Research and Technology, for Environment and Agriculture).
Damien founded Geosys in 1987 to better serve agribusinesses and farmers. Damien consults with numerous organizations and has extensive experience in research and development, information technology, remote sensing and agriculture development and management.
Damien is an agronomist and holds an executive MBA degree from the ESC Toulouse Group in France.
Over the course of his career, Damien has been involved in the following professional organizations:
- Member and scientific advisor of the scientific committee of Arvalis, a cereal growers association research center
- Vice president of SPDG (the French society for the development of geographic technologies business)
- President of the School of Geometricians in Toulouse, France
- Member of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
- Member of SFPT - Société Française de Photogrammétrie et de Télédétection (French Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing)
- Member of CNIG – Conseil national de l’information géographique (French Geographic Information Committee) and its association, the AFIGEO — Association française pour l’information géographique (French Association for Geographic Information)
- Member of the research and development program of the CNES — Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (Government agency responsible for shaping and implementing France’s space policy in Europe)