Catherine Lefebvre, Ph.D

SpecialitySenior Advisor - OQI, GESDA

Dr Catherine Lefebvre is Senior Advisor for the Open Quantum Institute of the Geneva Science Diplomacy Anticipator foundation. She is also Vice President Global Policy and Partnerships at PASQAL, a full-stack quantum computing company. Catherine is chair of two Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standard Association working groups, as well as convenor of a European Committee for Standardization Standard working group, on the topic of quantum computing. Catherine previously worked as Innovation Ambassador US & Canada at M Squared Lasers, Scientific Advisor in quantum technology for the Quebec Government, Scientific Liaison Officer in artificial intelligence for the National Bank of Canada and for the startup ElementAI (acquired by ServiceNow). Catherine has a background in research and holds a PhD in molecular physics and theoretical quantum chemistry from Université Paris-Sud and Université Laval. She then pursued research as postdoctoral fellow and research associate for almost a decade, at the Université de Sherbrooke, the Canadian Space Agency and the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique.


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