Managing Director, ispace Europe
Kyle Acierno is an international expert in commercial space and a specialist in lunar exploration. Over the past decade, he has developed broad knowledge extending into space science, engineering, law, policy, finance, and business development. As an international speaker, Kyle has presented at over 100 conferences worldwide. He is a member of numerous working groups, both commercial and technical, and regularly contributes to legal debates surrounding space resources. Currently, Kyle works as the Managing Director of ispace Europe. ispace is a lunar exploration and transportation company with its headquarters in Japan and regional offices in Luxembourg and at NASA AMES in California. With both Canadian and Italian citizen and a passion for exploration, Kyle has visited over 90 countries. He speaks Chinese and has limited proficiency in both French and Spanish. He received a Bachelors in International Security and a Masters of Science in Space Studies.
Lars Krogh Alminde
Chief Product and Innovation Officer, GOMspace
Lars K. Alminde is co-founder of GomSpace and is today serving as its Chief Product and Innovations Officer and is also leading GomSpace’s initiative to bring the cost disruption of nanosatellites to the ground segment through its GomSpace Luxembourg subsidiary
Business Development Manager, Telespazio VEGA
Alvaro Alonso is currently leading the commercial space business development for Telespazio VEGA. Having worked in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, he has driven business strategies and managed diverse corporate investment and research projects serving major firms and institutions. Since 2008, he has been a collaborating member of the Coaching & Professional Development SIL organisation, with a particular focus in Emotional Intelligence and Positive Psychology. He is also a member of the New Worlds Institute, building the knowledge and technologies to sustain prosperous human communities beyond the Earth. Mr. Alonso holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and is currently pursuing an additional one in Astrophysics from the Australian National University. He is an alumnus of the RealAcad Venture Management & Leadership Program at both Stanford University and National University of Singapore.
Head of Business Development, D-Orbit
Stefano holds a Master’s degree in Space Engineering in a collaboration between the University of Rome "La Sapienza" and the Delft University of Technology. He has worked as Space System engineer in Paris for 7 years, focusing on feasibility studies for space exploration and the environmental impact of space activities. When he came back to Italy in 2014, he immediately joined D-Orbit as Program Manager for most of the activities done in collaboration with the European Space Agency. Now, Stefano is in charge of managing the Institutional Business, drawing the future of space transportation.
Digital Officer and Final Assembly Line project manager, OneWeb Satellites
Pierre Bertrand joined OneWeb Satellites in 2016 to digitalize the satellite industry. He empowered this 900 satellites manufacturing company with a unique big data analytics strategy and supported the design and implementation of the world first serial Final Assembly. Graduate from Ecole Centrale in Paris in 2013, he joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a master in aerospace engineering where he worked on spacesuit design with NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman, and on Lunar cubesats as secondary SLS payload.
Principal - Defense and National Security, Deloitte
Patrick Biewer is the Chief Executive Officer of GovSat since 2015, a new satellite operator created out of the Public-Private Venture between the Luxembourg Government and SES. He reports directly to GovSat’s Board of Directors and is in charge of all the business activities as well as building customer relationships with International institutions such as the European Union (EU), the United Nations (UN) or the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). Prior to this position, Patrick held a number of executive positions within SES since he joined in 1993, including Managing Director of SES Broadband Services (SBBS). He is a Luxembourg national and was educated in France and in the UK. He holds a Master Degree in Telecommunications and an MBA from the Open University.
CEO and Co-Founder, Vector Launch
Jim Cantrell is a well known entrepreneur and expert in space systems and has 30 years of experience in the aerospace and high technology industries. Jim was part of the SpaceX founding team and served as the company’s first Vice President of Business Development. Jim founded two other successful aerospace and automotive engineering companies and has held CEO positions in aerospace and biometric software companies. Jim also played key roles in the development of Skybox Imaging (now Terra Bella) and has had developmental roles in numerous venture funded space efforts including Rocket Lab, Planet, Black Sky and Spaceflight.
Executive Vice President of Space Systems, Airbus Defence and Space
Nicolas Chamussy became Executive Vice President Space Systems within Airbus Defence and Space and a member of the division’s Executive Committee on 1 July 2016. Prior to assuming this position, Chamussy was appointed Chief of Staff to Airbus CEO Tom Enders in July 2012. He served as Head of Mission Air Systems leading UAV programmes in the former EADS Cassidian Division from 2008, and was the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) Programme Manager for the former Astrium space Division from 2004 to 2008. From 2002 to 2004, Chamussy was Director of Ground Infrastructure for Astrium and started with the Group in 1999 as Director of the Satellite Business for EADS in Paris. Nicolas Chamussy began his career in 1992 as an engineer on space matters at Phillips Laboratory (US Air Force). He went on to work for France’s Direction générale de l'armement (DGA) as a Deputy Programme Manager for reconnaissance satellite in 1993, followed by positions as an Advisor to the French Minister of Defence and as Deputy Head of Bureau at the French Ministry of Finance. Nicolas Chamussy, born in July 1967, holds degrees from École polytechnique, École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées, and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. Toulouse,
Mr. Steve Collar was appointed CEO of SES in April 2018. He had been the CEO of SES Networks since May 2017. Prior to SES Networks, Mr. Collar was CEO of O3b Networks and guided the company through the successful build and launch of its constellation of state-of-the-art satellites. In 2015, O3b Networks became the fastest growing satellite operator in history. In 2016, O3b was fully acquired by SES and now forms an integral part of SES Networks. Mr. Collar is a satellite industry veteran, having previously worked in a variety of commercial, business development and technical roles at SES WORLD SKIES, New Skies Satellites, Astrium and Matra Marconi Space (now Airbus). Mr. Collar is a British national.
Science Editor, Financial Times
Clive Cookson is science editor at the Financial Times. He joined the newspaper in 1988 as technology editor and has also written about the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Previously, he was the science and medical correspondent for BBC Radio. He also spent four years in Washington DC as American Editor of the Times Higher Education Supplement. He has won several science journalism awards and is an honorary member of the British Science Association and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Clive graduated from Oxford University with a first class honours degree in chemistry.
Space Journalist, Broadcaster and Author
Sarah Cruddas is a British Space Journalist, TV Presenter and Author. She has a BSc in Physics with Astrophysics from the University of Leicester and a Masters in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Westminster. She is the face of space on British television and can be seen covering space on Sky News, as well as other national UK channels, including Channel 5, Channel 4 News and ITV. She also appears on screen on shows on National Geographic and The Discovery Channel as well as various BBC shows such as Coast and Horizons Business. Sarah specializes in space exploration, but has reported on all aspects of science and technology from across the world including from Rwanda, North Korea, Tibet and Eastern Europe. Her reports have featured on BBC Radio’s flagship ‘From Our Own Correspondent’, BBC World Service and across BBC News. She is also an established writer, covering all aspects of space exploration for Discovery, the BBC, New Scientists, The Sunday Times (London), The Telegraph, CNN, The Royal Aeronautical Society and a host of other publications. Away from journalism, Sarah works as a communication consultant for start ups in science and technology and as the the Director of Marketing for Space for Humanity, a global non-profit which aims to democratize access to space. Sarah is passionate about STEM education and helping to inspire the next generation of space explorers. Her 3rdChildren’s book will be released World Wide in Spring 2019.
Chris is an experienced financial and business innovator with an aerospace background, and has been involved in the financing side of commercial space since 1981. Prior to being a pioneer in developing fund-linked products at Citigroup, Chris consulted to various aerospace companies and worked at NASA/JSC developing cost and schedule estimates for the ISS. He has been part of NanoRacks management team since early 2010. Chris holds a MS in Statistics from NYU, a MBA from Yale, and a BA in physics and in government from Cornell, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Named to the list of “The best public-relations people in the tech industry” by Business Insider, Eric Desatnik currently runs Synaptic Public Relations, advising clients on communications and public relations strategies, focused on science, technology and media. He works with SpaceChain, a community-based space platform, as their Chief Marketing Officer. He recently led Global Communications at XPRIZE, the leading non-profit organization that manages high-profile competitions to encourage technological breakthroughs to benefit humanity. He holds degrees from Yale University and Ohio University, and is on the advisory boards for WildAid and SXSW Eco.
Head of Division of Innovation Finance Advisory, European Investment Bank
Shiva heads the Innovation Finance Advisory Division in the EIB. She has been at the EIB since 2003, first in Risk Management, then in its Lending Directorate financing higher risk, innovative projects before joining the Advisory Services Department. Before EIB, Shiva was Director of High Yield at Fitch Rating Agency developing its European High Yield rating business and worked in the M&A Advisory and Emerging Markets Investment Banking Group at J.P. Morgan in New York and London. Shiva holds a BA in Economics from Columbia University and an Executive MBA from London Business School (LBS). In 2000, Shiva co-founded the European High Yield Association (EHYA), which is now part of the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME). In 2006, Credit Magazine nominated Shiva to its Top 50 Women in Credit.
Director of Business Development, ICEYE
Matti is a passionate business and sales developer with previous experience in high tech medical solutions such as patient specific 3D-printable medical implants and algorithmic analysis of osteoarthritis. Matti’s educational background is in medical physics and he also has an airline transport pilot’s licence. Matti has had a lifelong interest in space, which got him a NASA diploma already by the age of 17. For ICEYE, Matti has worked in total for nearly 3 years, first through his own consultancy, and for the past 14 months as a full-time employee, focused on running information services product development and sales.
Ralph Ewig holds 3 aerospace degrees from the University of Washington, and an MS in Business Management for experienced leaders (MSx) from Stanford. In 2000, he joined Andrews Space (now Spaceflight), where he was Principal Investigator for the Mini-MagOrion program with Sandia National Labs, worked with the FAA/AIAA RLV Safety Group, contributed to the NASA Alternate Access to Space Station program, and was the exploration architecture lead under NASA’s Project Constellation program. In 2005, he became a partner in Holder Aerospace, consulting on space systems and launch vehicle development. From 2006 through 2008, he joined AirLaunch, and was responsible for the VaPak propulsion system and performance of the QuickReach launch vehicle under the USAF/DARPA Falcon program. In 2010, he transitioned to SpaceX as a Mission Operations Engineer, focused on the Dragon spacecraft for the NASA Commercial Space Transportation Services (COTS) program. There he supported spacecraft integration, and was a mission operator for the first 3 flights to the International Space Station (ISS). In 2012, he joined Aerojet as VP of Engineering for Sacramento, managing 300+ engineers and in 2013 transitioned to VP of Avionics following Aerojet’s acquisition of Rocketdyne, managing staff at 8 sites across the US while executing programs in space, launch, defense, aviation, and energy. In 2014, he returned to school at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and upon graduation transitioned to founder & CEO of Audacy – a provider of spacecraft communications with the mission to deliver anytime & seamless space connectivity that advances humanity to a new age of space commerce, exploration, and discovery.
Chairman of the Board, Space Frontier Foundation
Jeff Feige is currently Chairman of the Board of the Space Frontier Foundation and has held this position since 2013. In this role, he oversees the strategic direction of the organization and top level industry and partner interfaces. The Space Frontier Foundation is a not-for-profit organization committed to the expansion of humanity’s presence in space. The expansion of humanity beyond Earth requires the harnessing of private enterprise in the development of space to be successful. As one of several activities to fulfill its mission, the Space Frontier Foundation is also the host of the NewSpace conference – the premier event in the world for entrepreneurial disruptive space companies. Prior to his work with the Space Frontier Foundation, Jeff Feige was the CEO of Orbital Outfitters Ltd., the world’s first private spacesuit company. Before that, he worked as a strategy and policy associate at PoliSpace, a political consulting firm supporting space entrepreneurs in business development, government relations, and public affairs. Prior to joining PoliSpace, Feige was the Assistant to the Executive Director of the Aerospace States Association (ASA), an organization representing the U.S. States on matters relating to Aerospace policy. In addition to his work in the space industry, he sits on the board of directors of Talon Aerospace LLC., a lighting company focused on supporting the commercial aircraft industry through the replacement of incandescent lighting systems with LED products. He lives in Washington DC, holds a BS from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, and is an avid SCUBA diver, sky diver, sailor, and private pilot.
The Moon Race, Airbus
Luis Ferreira is a curious and active space professional with high-drive to harness all the possibilities that space has to offer to humankind. He seeks purpose in all he does. Luis has a Physics Engineering background complemented with several years of experience in the space sector in the fields of engineering, procurement, business development and management of Earth Observation payloads. He was trained at the European Space Agency and is currently working for Airbus in the Future Space Business department. Luis is one of the initiators of The Moon Race. He enjoys applying knowledge in a variety of technological, philosophical, and creative fields.
Partner, SpaceTec Partners
Partner and head of Management Consulting practice at SpaceTec Partners, 20 years management consulting experience, previously space strategy practice leader at Booz & Co. (now PwC) Expertise in dealing with space policies, impact assessment, strategic planning and technology management having supported several leading public and private organisations (e.g. EC DG GROW, ESA, GSA, and leading space players in Europe) Extensive knowledge of space market and industry, with focus on Navigation, Earth Observation, Launchers , Space Debris Mitigation and NewSpace B.A. in Aerospace engineering and Master Science (Hons) in Space Engineering
Founder, Jansky Partners
Damien Garot is a space executive with more than 20 years of experience in business and investment. He worked 11 years for Eutelsat as the director of Corporate Development. He has signed the first partnership between Facebook and the space industry, to bring satellite broadband to Sub-Saharan Africa. He also managed organic and external investments opportunities for a total of $2.7Bn validated by Eutelsat’s Board. Damien believes tomorrow's growth of the space sector will come from its ability to demonstrate its value to the terrestrial and digital economy. He is the founder of Jansky Partners and provides active support to start-ups, investment funds and corporates. Damien is a space engineer by training (ISAE- Supaéro) and owns an executive MBA from EM Lyon.
CTO and Co-Founder, Arralis
Mike Gleaves. CTO & Founder. Mike’s history in high frequency product development dates back to his time in the Royal Air Force, where he worked on the design and build of radar. He went on to work for the British Ministry of Defense, which increased his international network and status. Whilst working for Schaffner, a Swiss RF and Microwave company, he was responsible for building sales in RF & Microwave EMC Systems in automotive, aerospace and telecom markets. He has also held similar positions at MA Instruments, Comtest (Thermo-Electron), Racal Instruments and Eaton.
CEO, NewSpace Capital
Bogdan Gogulan is acting as CEO of NewSpace Capital and is a member of the Investment Committee of NewSpace Capital Fund I. He has more than 15 years of experience in finance, product and business development. Before initiating NewSpace Capital he worked in communication, security and defense industries, managing break through projects for security and defense agencies in the Middle East and Central Asia. Prior to that, Bogdan worked for American Express and Deutsche Bank. Since 2010, Bogdan actively cooperated with UN Alliance of Civilization's (UNAOC) participating as a OYW Ambassador in the UN Sustainable Development Goal’s initiative. Bogdan holds a BSc in Financial Economics from University of Essex and graduated from Abingdon Whitney College. NewSpace Capital is a specialized investment firm focused on the space industry. Luxembourg-based NewSpace Capital is the first international private equity firm investing across the value chain with dedicated teams in Europe, US and the Middle East. NewSpace Capital works with teams developing technologies and building companies that redefine space market. It leverages its investment and industry expertise to generate returns to its investors whilst enabling future of humanity and its advancement in space.
Sales Manager, PTScientists
Chaitanya is an Aerospace Engineer according to his background. After completing his formative education in India, he earned a bachelors’ degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom. He continued to work as a research assistant, focussing on spacecraft structures and deployment mechanisms. Consequently, he pursued a masters’ degree in Space Studies at the International Space University (ISU) in Strasbourg, France. While continuing work on technical projects, including development of CubeSat solar panels, he also diversified his research into space logistics and infrastructure with a focus on privatization of deep space communications. Chaitanya has always worked in international, intercultural and interdisciplinary settings. In the past, he has been involved with organisations such as Renault-Nissan, SpiceJet Ltd. And Trident Exhibitors. Aside from the space industry, Chaitanya has also managed multiple projects in the field of events and exhibitions organisation for both, public and private entities. His focus was mainly on the European and the Indian Subcontinent markets, but he was also involved in the South & North American and a few other Asian markets. Chaitanya’s technical background along with his sales and project management experience is valuable at PTScientists.
Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Arianespace
Co-Founder and CEO, Exotrail
David started Exotrail project when he was studying at Ecole polytechnique. David holds an engineering and corporate strategy degree from Ecole polytechnique, the leading university for science in France. He completed his education with a Master Degree from the University of Cambridge in Industrial Systems, Manufacture and Management. David has an experience in the French Air Force and has been working at Swiss Space Systems, a New Space start-up which designed a suborbital launcher for small satellites. He had an engineer role in the Propulsion department. He then worked in a Corporate Venture Capital (ENGIE New Ventures). David is now President & CEO of Exotrail, a French start-up designing electric propulsion systems and software for small satellites. The company employs 17 people and is based in Paris and Toulouse in France.
Antoni Hernández Bonet
Principle RF Engineer, Kleos Space
Partner, Promus Ventures
Jim is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of OffWorld (www.offworld.ai), building an industrial robotic workforce to undertake mining, manufacturing and construction on planetary surfaces and in space. The robotic workforce forms a solar system platform that will enable the construction of space based solar power stations, propellant depots and entire settlements leveraging a new industrial AI that OffWorld is developing. He brings 30 years of experience and visionary leadership founding innovative startups in multidisciplinary areas such as aerospace engineering, space systems, robotics and machine intelligence, manufacturing and construction, computer science, synthetic biology and molecularly precise control systems. Jim is a prolific technologist and an accomplished entrepreneur able to identify integration opportunities in the accelerating technological landscape. Jim started his career in the space launch industry managing launch programs overseeing over a dozen successful orbital launches on Russian, European and US launch vehicles. Modular satellite design, integration engineering and program management were part of this process.
Research Staff Member, Institute for Defense Analyses, Science and Technology Policy Institute
Bhavya Lal, Ph.D., is a researcher at the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI), a Federally Funded Research and Development Center established by Congress to provide independent and objective advice to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and other executive branch agencies. At STPI, Dr. Lal leads analyses of topics incommercial space and related areas for OSTP, the National Space Council, NASA, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Federal Aviation Administration, and other space-oriented Federal agencies and departments. She recently co-chaired the National Academy of Science (NAS) Committee on the State of U.S. Electronic Parts Radiation Testing Infrastructure for Space Applications, and was previously vice-chair of the NAS committee on Achieving Science Goals with CubeSats, and member of the committee on 3D Printing in Space. She is serving a second term on the NOAA Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES), and on the UN Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) to develop an international scientific roadmap for small satellites. She co-organizes a seminar series on space history and policy with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Before joining STPI, Dr. Lal was president of C-STPS LLC, a science and technology policy research and consulting firm. Prior to that, she was the Director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Studies at Abt Associates. Dr. Lal holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a second M.S. from MIT’s Technology and Policy Program, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Public Administration (Science and Technology Policy) from George Washington University.
Director - International Affairs & SpaceResources.lu, Luxembourg Space Agency
Mathias Link is Director of International Affairs & SpaceResources.lu at the Luxembourg Space Agency. He focusses on the definition and implementation of Luxembourg’s space sector development policy. In particular, he coordinates the spaceresources.lu initiative that promotes the exploration and utilization of space resources. Prior to his current job, Mathias Link occupied a similar function at the former Directorate of Space Affairs within the Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy, as well as at Luxinnovation, the National Agency for Innovation and Research, where he also took care of the Luxembourg Space Cluster. For the past 10 years, Mathias Link has represented Luxembourg in numerous space-related boards of the European Union, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the United Nations, in particular in the field of satellite communications. He was involved in the preparation of several ESA Council meetings at Ministerial level, as well as of Luxembourg's presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2015. He also served as ESA's Ambassador to the European Investment Bank in the frame of the “Space for Mediterranean” initiative. Mathias Link represents Luxembourg in the ESA Council and International Relations Committee. He is also the current Chairman of the JCB, ESA’s satellite communications board. Before joining the public sector, Mathias Link was an associate in the management consulting company Booz Allen Hamilton, where worked on various projects across Europe concentrating on operational excellence, strategy development and innovation management. Previous work experiences include R&D activities at Siemens Corporate Technology in Munich and at the Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven, with a focus on microsystems and sensors. Mathias Link holds a PhD in physics from the Université de Lorraine in France, and a Master in micro- technical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Switzerland.
Artificial Intelligence DevRel | EMEA, NVIDIA
After spending her first 18 months with NVIDIA as a Deep Learning Solutions Architect, Alison is now responsible for NVIDIA's Artificial Intelligence Developer Relations in the EMEA region. She is a mature graduate in Artificial Intelligence combining technical and theoretical computer science with a physics background & over 20 years of experience in international project management, entrepreneurial activities and the internet. She consults on a wide range of AI applications, including planetary defence with NASA, ESA & the SETI Institute and continues to manage the community of AI & Machine Learning researchers around the world, remaining knowledgeable in state of the art across all areas of research. She also travels, advises on & teaches NVIDIA’s GPU Computing platform, around the globe.
Senior Advisor, Luxembourg Space Agency
Gary Martin is Senior Advisor to the Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy on space education and research. He retired from NASA in 2017. At NASA, he worked for 32 years at multiple NASA Centers across the Agency (LaRC, NASA HQ, GSFC and ARC) supporting science missions, advanced technology development, and human spaceflight. In 2002, he became NASA’s first Space Architect, leading strategic planning at the Agency, and provided the analysis used to develop the Vision for Space Exploration announced by the President Bush in 2004. For this work he was awarded NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal. Mr. Martin was seconded by NASA to the International Space University in Strasbourg, France as the Director of the Space Studies Program for SSP06, SSP07, SSP12, and SSP13. Mr. Martin holds a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering/Astronautical Engineering from George Washington University, dual Bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Applied Mathematics from Virginia Commonwealth University and Bachelors in Anthropology from Colorado State University.
Co-Founder, Hague Working Group; President Emerita of the International Institute of Space Law
Tanja Masson-Zwaan is Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of the International Institute of Air and Space Law at Leiden University, The Netherlands. In 2016 she was elected President Emerita of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), after having served on the Board for twenty-five years, the last nine as President. Tanja advises various bodies on space law issues, teaches and supervises students at Bachelors, Masters and PhD level, and carries out research and publishes on a broad range of space law topics. Since more than ten years, she is part of a team of experts advising the Dutch government on the implementation of the Netherlands Space Activities Act. Tanja lectures at universities worldwide, set up courses in air and space law at the National University of Singapore and worked as a consultant. She attends the annual sessions of the Legal Subcommittee of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space as an observer since 2003. She is co-founder of the The Hague International Space Resources Governance Working Group, established at Leiden University in 2015. The Dutch Government appointed Tanja as an arbitrator for space related disputes at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in 2012, and as a member of the Space Learning Group of ICAO in 2014. She was a member of the Local Organizing Committee of the 2018 Space Studies Program of International Space University (ISU), and is a regular lecturer at various ISU programs. She is an elected member of various professional associations such as IAA, ILA and ECSL, and serves as advisor to several organizations, including Secure World Foundation. She is an Honorary Board Member of Space Generation Advisory Council, serves as editor of various publications and was a Member of the Founding Board of Women in Aerospace-Europe. Tanja is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award of the IISL (2001), the Social Sciences Award of the International Academy of Astronautics, IAA (2008) and the IAF Distinguished Service Award (2015). She was elected as the first female Honorary Member of the Netherlands Space Society NVR (2018).
Senior Strategy Officer, European Space Agency
Piero Messina is a senior strategy officer at the European Space Agency (ESA) in Paris. He has been working over 25 years,in different roles, on space programmes strategy and management as well as on international cooperation at ESA including the conception of the former European Space Exploration programme Aurora. He served as Chief of Staff of the ESA Director for Human Spaceflight. More recently he was tasked by ESA DG to develop the concept for a vision for the Moon Village. He holds a degree from the University of Florence (Italy) in Political Science, he is an alumni of the International Space University (ISU) and of the Ecole en Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris.
Key Account Manager - European Public Sector, DigitalGlobe
Based in Munich (Germany), 42 years old, I am working for DigitalGlobe as Key Account Manager for the European public sector since 1st of August 2018. Before joining DigitalGlobe, I founded AdviceGEO in February 2016, a "boutique" that provides specialized services for the Geospatial & Earth Observation (GEO) market, helping this particular segment to tackle the digital (r)evolution and at the same time I was coordinating the Copernicus World Alliance (CWA) since September 2015. During my career, I held various positions at some of the most innovative geospatial solutions companies and world’s leading geospatial businesses such as EADS Fleximage, Ionic Software, ERDAS, Intergraph and CloudEO. I began my career based in Bucharest (Romania) then Paris (France) working for IGN France International, subsidiary of the French National Institute of Geographic and Forest Information (IGN), recognized worldwide as a key player in geographic information engineering (http://www.ignfi.fr/en). I hold an engineering degree in land surveying from Ecole Supérieure des Géomètres et Topographes (ESGT – France - siti.cnam.fr/)
Vice President for global sales, marketing and customer experience, Blue Origin
Clay Mowry is Vice President for global sales, marketing and customer experience at Blue Origin, a private space company developing launch vehicles and technologies that dramatically improve access to space for people and payloads. His mission is to provide customers with safe and affordable commercial space transportation services using the reusable New Shepard & New Glenn launch vehicles. Clay came to Blue Origin from Arianespace, Inc. where he served for 15 years as Chairman and President. As the leader of Arianespace’s U.S. subsidiary, he was responsible for managing sales, marketing, strategy, communications and government relations activities in the region. He also served for six years as the founding Executive Director for the Satellite Industry Association (SIA), a non-profit alliance of satellite operators, manufacturers, and ground equipment suppliers. Prior to his role at SIA, Clay worked as a commercial space industry analyst and Senior International Trade Specialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Clay Mowry received a Master of Business of Administration from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Arts in politics and government from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. In addition to his work at Blue Origin, Clay is the Vice President of Finance for the International Astronautical Federation. He currently serves on the advisory boards of Via Satellite magazine and the Space Generation Advisory Council. Clay is also the founder and Chairman of the Future Space Leaders Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the career development of young space and satellite industry professionals.
Joost van Oorschot
Founder and CEO, Maana Electric
Joost van Oorschot is the CEO of Maana Electric, a new space startup specialised in solar panel production from the lunar regolith. Joost has founded several software & space industry companies, has Space Venture Capital experience and a background in Space Studies and Economics.
CEO, Trillium Technologies
James is the founder and CEO of Trillium Technologies - a technology contractor that specializes in the application of emerging technologies to grand challenges, such as climate change, violent extremism, prevention strategies for cancer and obesity, deforestation mitigation, climate resilience and planetary defence from asteroids. He is Director of the Frontier Development Lab (FDL) an AI research accelerator based in Silicon Valley in partnership with NASA and the SETI Institute and FDL Europe, in partnership with ESA and Oxford University. He is also founder of the Open Space Agency (OSA) - which is dedicated to democratization of space exploration through citizen science and open hardware. He lives in London with his wife and twin daughters.
Principal, Paladin Capital
Mr. Pentimonti is a Principal at Paladin, focused on sourcing, negotiating, and monitoring investment opportunities for Paladin. Prior to joining Paladin, Mr. Pentimonti spent six years as an investment banker with JPMorgan Chase (and the growth-focused investment bank, Hambrecht & Quist, which was acquired by JPMorgan Chase). While at JPMorgan, Mr. Pentimonti led the execution of over 20 equity offerings, 10 M&A transactions, and various other public and private capital raising transactions. Mr. Pentimonti also identified and led four late stage private equity investments made by JPMorgan Partners. From 1991 to 1994, he was a senior consultant and auditor with Arthur Andersen & Co. in San Francisco. Mr. Pentimonti received his B.A. degree in Economics and Political Science from Stanford University, and his M.B.A. from the Anderson School at UCLA.
CEO, Spire Global
Peter Platzer co-founded Spire in 2012 with a vision to provide high frequency/high accuracy satellite-powered data from anywhere on earth. While Platzer is regarded as a pioneer in launching small form factor satellites into space, he is also known for his visionary leadership and was named a White House Champion of Change in 2013. Prior to launching Spire, Platzer trained at CERN, Max Planck Institute, interned at NASA Ames’ Space Portal, and was awarded an MSS from the International Space University, an MS in Physics from the Technical University of Vienna and an MBA from Harvard.
Founder and CEO, OQ Technology
Omar Qaise worked for more than 12 years in the satellite telecommunications industry namely at the German Aerospace Centre, European Space Agency, OHB Systems, and recently at SES in Luxembourg. He started OQ TECHNOLOGY with the aim to disrupt the satellite IoT telecommunications industry. OQ TECHNOLOGY aims to build a global constellation dedicated for Internet-o-Things communication to connect machines and devices in remote and rural areas where there is limited cellular and WiFi coverage.
Co-Founder, The Hague Working Group; President, Moon Village Association
Giuseppe Reibaldi is a Senior Space Policy Adviser. Apart from being President of the MVA he also acts as the Executive Secretary of the “The Hague Space Resources Governance Working Group” which started under his initiative in 2015. Moreover, he is, since 2013, the Director of Human Spaceflight at the International Academy ofAstronautics. For 35 years (1977-2012) he worked for the European Space Agency covering different functions and fields. Reibaldi has introduced Space Policy in the Italian Universities in the 90s and he teaches in Turin for the 2017/2018 academic year. He is the author of more than 80 publications, as well a book about the International Space Station Utilization, translated in Italian, English and Greek.
CEO, Luxembourg Space Agency
Marc Serres is CEO at the Luxembourg Space Agency. He heads the Luxembourg Delegation at the European Space Agency (ESA) and represents Luxembourg in the Council of ESA. He is also vice-chairman of the ESA Council until June 2019. Before joining the Luxembourg Space Agency, Marc Serres managed Luxembourg’s relations with ESA at the Ministry of Higher Education and Research as an industrial policy officer for 8 years. Prior to becoming a civil servant, he spent 5 years in the satellite communications antenna manufacturing industry within the company HITEC Luxembourg S.A., first as a Project Engineer and finally as a Chief Engineer for satcom products development. Marc Serres holds a PhD in optoelectronics and a Masters in electrical engineering with specialty in microwave frequencies, both from the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium.
Project Executive of Collaborations for Commercial Space Capabilities, NASA JSC
Dennis Stone has 40 years of space commercialization, management, technology, and international experience. At NASA, he manages technical support to US commercial industry as Project Executive of Collaborations for Commercial Space Capabilities. He helped lead the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program which invested in development of commercial cargo capabilities of SpaceX and Orbital Sciences. Prior to COTS, Mr. Stone supported the International Space Station Program in system engineering, avionics, international relations, risk management, and technology development. Before joining NASA in 1985, he worked for McDonnel Douglas, Ford Aerospace, and Rockwell in civil and commercial space programs. He is CEO of Ion Biotechnology, a startup developing cancer therapeutics. He is also volunteer President of World Space Week Association which coordinates World Space Week, the largest space event on Earth with 5,000 events in 90 nations each October 4-10. He earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Hawaii in electrical engineering and physics
Founder and CEO, Interstellar Ventures
CEO, Origin Space
Head of Sector Engagement, Spaceport Cornwall
Melissa Thorpe heads up the business engagement, communications, marketing and education outreach for Spaceport Cornwall, the UK’s first horizontal launch site. This ambitious project will deliver safe and low-cost access to space by 2020 and inspire a generation of young people to take up STEM subjects. Melissa engages with businesses across the entire horizontal launch environment, working towards a commercially viable operation from an existing civilian airport. This recently included the MOU signing with Virgin Orbit to be their exclusive launch location for Cosmic Girl in Europe. Graduating from the London School of Economics in 2010, Melissa moved to Cornwall where she has worked in economic development, foreign direct investment and EU funded projects. She has been part of the Spaceport Cornwall team since the project’s inception in 2014. Originally from Canada, Melissa maintains her love of the outdoors with swimming, trail running, and skiing whilst exposing her three year old daughter to as much ice hockey as possible.
Director of Business Development (Australia) and Launch Director, Rocket Lab
Dr. Sandy Tirtey joined Rocket Lab in 2013 as Vehicle Team Lead, where he supervised the development and construction of the Electron launch vehicle. In 2015, Dr Tirtey took on the role of Vice President of Vehicle Systems, before becoming Rocket Lab’s Launch Conductor in 2016. In this role, Dr Tirtey led mission operators through the successful launches of ‘It’s A Test’ and ‘Still Testing’ in 2017 and 2018, respectively. In June 2018, Dr Tirtey was appointed as Director of Business Development (Australia) and is based in Brisbane. In his current role, he is responsible for supporting the local commercial and government space industry to reach orbit. He is working to foster the development of CubeSat programs within Australian universities and works alongside small satellite companies as they develop spacecraft bound for Low Earth Orbit.
Chairman, Breakthrough Prize Foundation; Executive Director, Breakthrough StarShot
Simon Peter “Pete” Worden, (Brig. Gen., USAF, Ret., PhD) (born 1949, in Michigan, USA) is the Chairman of the Breakthrough Prize Foundation and Executive Director of the foundation’s ‘Breakthrough Initiatives’. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Astronomy for the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, Dr. Worden was Director of NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California, USA until his retirement on March 31, 2015. He has held several positions in the United States Air Force and was research professor of astronomy at the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA. He is a recognized expert on space and science issues – both civil and military, and has been a leader in building partnerships between governments and the private sector internationally. Dr. Worden has authored or co-authored more than 150 scientific papers in astrophysics space sciences, and strategic studies. He served as a scientific co-investigator for three NASA space science missions – most recently the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph launched in 2013 to study the Sun. He received the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal for the 1994 Clementine Mission to the moon. Dr. Worden was named the 2009 Federal Laboratory Consortium Laboratory Director of the Year and is the recipient of the 2010 Arthur C. Clarke Innovator’s Award. On July 20, 2015 at the Royal Society in London, UK, Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking launched the Breakthrough Initiatives. At the press conference Pete Worden was introduced as the Chairman for the Breakthrough Prize Foundation. In this capacity he leads the Breakthrough Initiatives. On April 12, 2016 in the One World Observatory in New York, NY, Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking announced the Breakthrough StarShot Initiative to develop and launch Earth’s first interstellar probe within a generation. Pete Worden leads this Initiative as its Executive Director.
Director General, European Space Agency
Chief Business Development Officer, Axelspace
Experienced Marketing, Branding and Corporate Access professional with extensive global financial sector exposure. At Daiwa Capital Markets, originated fund raising road shows, organised and hosted various corporate access initiatives, bridging ASEANI (ASEAN + India) corporates with the global institutional investors. Prior to that, at Lehman Brothers, developed marketing solutions and worked as a strategic advisor to the business heads to increase revenue through marketing mix, including client events, marketing collaterals, advertising, sponsorships etc. Nurtured marketing and branding experiences at the world’s best global creative agencies, including McCann-Erickon, Saatchi&Saatchi and Bartle Bogle Hegarty. Contributed in planning and executing integrated marketing communications to build Brand Equity for iconic brands, including P&G, Adidas, Levi’s, Unilever and Virgin Atlantic. Participated in Axelspace in August 2017 and serves as a Brand Manager.
Director of Lab system simulation and concurrent engineering technology, NSSC
Dr. Zhen Yang is the Director of Lab System Simulation and Concurrent Engineering Technology and the Deputy Director of Key Laboratory of Electronics and Information Technology for Space Systems at the National Space Science Center at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, where he has worked since 2007. He earned a Ph.D. in Computer Application Technology from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences and a M.S in Information and Communications Technology from the National University of Defense Technology. From 1997 to 2007, Dr. Yang worked as an engineer at Beijing Aerospace Control Center and participated in the operation of manned space missions as a member of flight control team.