Olivier Darrason began his career in the prefecture of Guadeloupe in 1982 and later in the Var department of France. He was later Chief of Cabinet of the Minister of Culture and Communication, and then Secretary General of SVP, a management consultancy. He was an elected member of parliament of the Bouches-du-Rhone from 1993-1997. In 1997 he founded CEIS. He is a defence specialist and has participated in numerous major reforms of defence in France. He is also a graduate of Political Science (IEP, Aix-en-Provence) and the National Administration School (ENA) of France.