A graduate of Ecole des Mines (Paris) and the California Institute of Technology (Pasadena), Philippe Lebrun has been working on the design, construction and management of high-energy particle accelerator projects at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva (Switzerland) since the 1970s. With a background in superconducting magnets and cryogenics, he led the “Accelerator Technology” department of CERN during the construction of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), CERN’s flagship facility. He also led several bilateral and multilateral international collaborations in the field of scientific projects. Recently retired from CERN, he is now the director of the Joint Universities Accelerator School (JUAS) at the European Scientific Institute, Archamps (France). Philippe Lebrun has received several scientific awards and is Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.