Rinaldo Poli started his independent career in 1987 at the University of Maryland at College Park, raising through the ranks to Full Professor, then moved to France in 1996. He is now Professor at ENSIACET and leads a research group at the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination of CNRS in Toulouse. He is the current President of the Coordination Chemistry Division of the French Chemical Society. His research interests span from structure-bonding-reactivity relationships, especially for open-shell organometallic compounds, to the application of metal complexes to (enantio)selective catalysis and to controlled radical polymerization. He also uses precision polymer synthesis to develop innovative catalytic nanoreactors.