Current Advisory Board Members

SGAC’s Advisory Board is designed to give strategic direction and advice to SGAC in order to help guide the organisation in its fulfillment of its goals and objectives. It provides comment substantively on the work of the organisation and suggests ways in which to improve its functions and its engagement. The board is composed of eight board members, each of whom serves for a two-year term. Our Advisory Board members are influential members of the international space community who have been strong supporters of the goals of SGAC and of the organisation itself.

Members in alphabetical order:

Michael Brett Outgoing SGAC Chair 2012
Catherine Doldirina Outgoing SGAC Chair 2013
Steve Eisenhart

Senior Vice President - Strategic & International Affairs at the Space Foundation

Norbert Frischauf Future Studies Systems Engineer for Spacetec
Yasushi Horikawa Chairman of UN COPUOS and Technical Counselor at the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Agnieszka Lukaszczyk Former SGAC Chairperson and Policy Advisory at the European Commission, Directorate General Enterprise and Industry, Space Policy and research Unit
Peter Martinez Chairman of the South African Council for Space Affairs
Tanja Masson-Zwaan President of the International Institute of Space Law
Clayton Mowry President, Arianespace, Inc.
Enrique Pacheco-Cabrera Deputy Director for Space Science and Technology Affairs, Mexican Space Agency
Nicolas Peter Exploration Strategy Officer in the Director General's Cabinet - European Space Agency
Chris Welch Director MSc Programmes, International Space University


Michael Brett

Michael Brett is the outgoing Chair of SGAC. He lives in Canberra, Australia where he works as a consulting systems engineer on a range of projects including the HIFiRE hypersonics research program and Antarctic Broadband satellite program. He has a degree in Aerospace Avionics Engineering from the Queensland University of Technology in Australia and is currently studying an Executive Masters of Business in Project Management also at QUT. Michael was a delegate at SGS 2002 in Houston, Sponsorship Manager for SGC 2005 in Fukuoka, moderated a group at SGC 2009 in Deajeon, and was SGAC’s Treasurer for four years. He has been actively involved in the Australian space community for many years assisting the Australian Youth Aerospace Association, Royal Aeronautical Society, Aerospace Futures conference and National Space Society.


Catherine DoldirinaCatherine Doldirina is the former Chair of Space Generation Advisory Council. She is engaged in legal research related to space activities since 2005. Her expertise lies in the field of intellectual property law, some fields of European law, (geographic) data policies and regulations, as well as general questions of space law. In 2011 she defended her PhD thesis entitled “Remote sensing data and the common good” at the Institute of Air & Space Law, McGill University (Montreal, Canada). She lectured on European competition law, European copyright law and space law at various universities in Canada and Europe. She authors work on various aspects of space law and is a member of the International Institute of Space Law. She currently works as a researcher at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (Italy), with the focus on policies and regulations regarding access to and use of geographic and Earth observation data.


Steve EisenhartSteve Eisenhart leads the strategic integration of the public, policy and international affairs of the Space Foundation. He supervises the Foundation's Washington, D.C. team’s support of the Foundation’s mission and customers, including their government affairs and research and analysis efforts, work with government agencies, other space advocacy organizations and associations, and corporate interests.  Eisenhart is principally responsible for the Space Foundation's global strategy and relationships with international space agencies and organizations, foreign embassies, and U.S. organizations involved with international space programs. He is directly responsible for the program development and integration of key Space Foundation activities including the widely acclaimed Space Symposium.  Since joining the Space Foundation in 1996, Eisenhart has had a broad range of responsibilities, serving as senior vice president of strategic communications, director of communications and public affairs and communications manager. Eisenhart was military public affairs official and is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. 


Norbert FrischaufNorbert Frischauf is a future Studies Systems Engineer for  Spacetec.  He studied Technical Physics at the Technical University in Vienna (Austria). Following his specialisation on high energy physics, he moved to CERN in Geneva (Switzerland) to work on two particle detectors in the DELPHI Experiment of the Large Electron Positron Collider (LEP). After having spent some years at CERN, his professional career led him to the European Science and Technology Centre (ESTEC) of the European Space Agency (ESA) in Noordwijk (Netherlands), where we worked as future studies systems engineer and expert for emerging technologies. From 1999 to 2006, Norbert was engaged with consultancy work for Booz Allen Hamilton, mostly focusing on aerospace, telecoms and hi-tech. After a professional detour into management with the start-up QASAR in Vienna, Norbert returned to the Netherlands in the beginning of 2009, where he worked for three years as a scientific officer at the EC JRC-IE in the action for “Hydrogen Safety in Storage and Transport”, being responsible for scientific aspects of high pressure hydrogen storage activities and further technical developments. Beside these scientific activities, Norbert is a leading member in various associations (like the OEWF) and is active as science communicator, making science documentaries for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation and writing popular science articles in various magazines. In addition, Norbert is a keen acrobatic pilot and a high sea skipper, enjoys skiing and ballroom dancing.auf


Yasushi HorikawaYasushi Horikawa is a technical counselor of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in Tokyo, Japan. He earned his PhD from Tokyo University in Electrical Engineering. He worked for many years in the field of spacecraft design. He contributed to the successful implementation of Japanese meteorological satellite programs and Earth observation programs, as well as the development of the International Space Station program. Dr. Horikawa also contributed to the implementation of the Japanese International Space Station program as the Program Manager. Subsequently, Dr. Horikawa was responsible for all satellite application programs as an Executive Director of JAXA. This included the operation of satellites for many diverse uses including Earth observation, global positioning, communications and broadcasting. Today, he continues as an advisor for Japanese satellite application development and utilization programmes. Additionally, Dr. Horikawa is a professor at Tokai University and is the president of the Japanese Society of Cost Estimate and Analysis since 2011.  In June 2012, Dr. Horikawa began a two year term as the Chairman of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS).


Aga_BoardAgnieszka Lukaszczyk is the former SGAC Chairperson. From 2006 until 2009 she held the Executive Officer position at SGAC. She was the Brussels Office Director for Secure World Foundation. A Polish/American national, Agnieszka is based in Brussels and was working on the European space policy and United Nations (UN) civil space activities covering the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) and working closely with the UN Office of Outer Space Affairs (OOSA). In addition, during the period of September 2006 to June 2008, Agnieszka worked at the European Space Policy Institute. Currently Agnieszka works at the European Commission, Directorate General Enterprise and Industry, Space Policy and Research Unit. Agnieszka also serves as the Vice President - Europe for the World Space Week And Sits on the Board Of Directors for the Women in Aerospace-Europe. She holds a Masters degree from the American University School of International Service in International Politics and a Bachelor degree in Political Science from the University of Tennessee. She also studied at the Universite Catholique de Louvain in Brussels, Belgium; the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland and the World Trade Institute in Berne, Switzerland. She gained professional experience at the Political Section of the Polish Embassy in Washington DC, American Electronics Association in Brussels, European Department of the Polish Senate in Warsaw and the Warsaw Business Journal.


Peter MartinezPeter Martinez has made significant contributions to the development of South Africa’s national space policy and to space-related activities in South Africa in general. He has been a member of the South African delegation to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS) for a number of years and is currently the Chairman of the COPUOS Scientific and Technical Subcommittee’s Working Group on the Long-Term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities. Dr Martinez holds a Doctorate in astrophysics from the University of Cape Town. He is also an alumnus and occasional visiting faculty of the International Space University, Strasbourg. He is currently the Division Head for Space Science and Technology at the South African Astronomical Observatory, a facility of the National Research Foundation. He has authored, co-authored or edited over 190 publications and is an Associate Editor of the COSPAR journal Advances in Space Research.


Tanja_Masson_Zwaan_smallTanja Masson-Zwaanhas specialised in the field of air and space law since 25 years. She currently teaches air and space law in the advanced Masters programme in air and space law of Leiden University (The Netherlands), supervises research of LLM and PhD students and carries out research activities for various clients. She is the President of the International Institute of Space Law, to which position she was re-elected for a second term in October 2010, and has published on a variety of topics over the years. She lectures on space law all over the world, advises the Dutch government, the EU and other national and international bodies on matters relating to space law, and attends the sessions of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space as an observer. Before returning to Leiden where she obtained her LLM in public international law, Tanja set up and taught graduate courses in air and space law at the National University of Singapore, worked as a consultant in France and the Netherlands for industrial and institutional clients, and served many years as Executive Secretary of the IISL, organising numerous conferences, symposia, meetings and the Manfred Lachs space law moot court competition. Tanja is a recipient of several awards (IISL Distinguished Service Award, 2001 and IAA Social Science Award, 2008), and is a member of various professional organisations such as the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA, full member), the Académie de l’air et de l’espace (ANAE, France), the International Law Association (ILA, including its Space Law Committee), and the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL, former Board member). Tanja is a Board member of the Space Generation Advisory Council in Support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications (SGAC), Women in Aerospace-Europe (created in 2009), the Netherlands Space Society (NVR), and HE Space Operations.


Clay Mowry

Clayton Mowry has worked for over 17 years in the commercial launch and satellite sectors serving in government, as the leader of an industry trade association and as an executive for the world’s leading launch services company. Mr. Mowry joined Washington, D.C.-based Arianespace, Inc. as its President and Chairman in August 2001. As the head of the Arianespace’s U.S. subsidiary, he is responsible for managing the company’s sales, marketing, government relations and corporate communications activities. Before joining Arianespace, Mr. Mowry served for six years as executive director at the Satellite Industry Association (SIA), a non-profit alliance of U.S. satellite operators, manufacturers and ground equipment suppliers. Prior to his role at SIA, he worked as a satellite/launch industry analyst and senior international trade specialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Clayton Mowry received a Master of Business of Administration (MBA) from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in politics and government from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. In addition to his work at Arianespace, Inc., Mr. Mowry currently serves on the board of directors and as president of the Society of Satellite Professionals International. He is now in his second term as vice president for international programs with the American Astronautical Society. Mr. Mowry is also an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.


Enrique PachecoEnrique Pacheco is native of Chalco, Mexico. He has a Bachelor in Electronic Engineer from the Autonomous University of Baja California, Mexico, and a M.Sc. in Telecommunications from CICESE Research Center. Also he has doctoral studies in Space Technology from Surrey Space Centre at University of Surrey, UK.
He has been involved on space technology since 1993, working as Technical Coordinator for SATEX 1 and SENSAT (Self –Explore Nano-Satellite) projects, the latest project aims to research, design, development, and construct High Performance Educative Nano Satellites (HPENS). Also was the leader of a research project to develop a multispectral camera for an UAV and a multispectral optical camera as Payload for the CONDOR mission that is a microsatellite developed jointly between Mexico and Russia under the leadership from Mexico of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Has been lecturer of topics related with telecommunications, space satellite communications and space technology since 1993, also participating in national and international conferences.
He is Founder Member of the Mexican Academy of Aerospace Science and Technology and he is part of the Board. Also is part of the Mexican Space Network for Academic Research. He is also a corresponding member of the International Academy of Astronautics. He started to support the General Director of the Mexican Space Agency (AEM) right after his appointment in November 2011. Since January 2012 he has been formally appointed as Deputy Director for Space Science and Technology Affairs on the AEM and from that position has been representative of Mexico on the COPUOS were he is co-chair of the Expert Group A: Sustainable space utilization supporting sustainable development on Earth, that is part of the Working Group on the Long-term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities.


nicholas_peter_smallNicolas Peter works currently in the Director General’s Cabinet (H/DGC). He was previously in the Director General’s Office (DG) and has been a Research Fellow at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) from 2006 to 2009 including a secondment during two years from ESA’s Director General Policy Office (DG-P). Mr Peter has been a Lockheed Martin Fellow for two years at the Space Policy Institute at the George Washington University (GWU). He has also been Teaching Associate for the International Space University’s Master programme and Faculty and Team Project Co-chair for the 2003 Summer Session Programme.
Mr Peter has published and presented over 100 reports, book chapters, articles in peer-reviewed journals, international conferences related to space activities, particularly on space policy issues and co-edited three books on space affairs. He has been invited to be Chair and Rapporteur for sessions dealing with space policy affairs held in the framework of international space conferences (e.g. IAC) on four continents. He has been also invited to take part in numerous working groups on a diversity of space related fields and serves currently as the Secretary of the IAF Space Security Committee.
Mr. Peter holds a Bachelor of Geography from the Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg, France. He holds also his first Masters Degree in Space Systems and second Masters Degree in Space Technology Applications from the Louis Pasteur. Nicolas Peter is also a graduate from the International Space University’s Master in Space Studies programme with a specialisation in business, policy and law and holds a Master of International Science and Technology Policy with a focus on space policy from the GWU’s Elliott School of International Affairs (Washington D.C., USA). Mr. Peter also attended Executive Education courses on foresight, strategy and policy evaluation at ESSEC (France), HEC (France) and the Manchester Business School (UK).


Chris WelchChris Welchis a frequent commentator on space and astronautics, has made more than 300 television and radio broadcasts and has also advised on a number of space-related television programs and films. In 1989, Chris was one of the final 25 candidates to fly to the Mir space station on the UK-USSR Juno mission, which continues to fuel his passion for space in general and space education and outreach in particular. He is former chair of the UK’s Space Education Council and is Chair of the IAF’s Space and Education and Outreach Committee. He is Vice-President and a Council Member of the British Interplanetary Society and a subject editor for its journal, JBIS and is also on the board of the World Space Week Association and a trustee of the Spacelink Learning Foundation and the Arts Catalyst. In 2009 he won the Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Achievement in Space Education. Chris Welch is a Professor and Director of Masters Programs at the International Space University (ISU) in Strasbourg, France. He has a PhD in spacecraft engineering from Cranfield University in the United Kingdom – where he is also adjunct faculty – and an MSc in space physics from the University of Leicester. He is a Chartered Physicist and Member of the Institute of Physics, the Institute of Engineering and Technology (and a member of its Aerospace Network Executive Committee) and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Chris has also served as a special advisor on two UK government enquiries into space policy.
In 1989, Chris was one of the final 25 candidates to fly to the Mir space station on the UK-USSR Juno mission, which continues to fuel his passion for space in general and space education and outreach in particular. He is former chair of the UK’s Space Education Council and is Chair of the IAF’s Space and Education and Outreach Committee. He is Vice-President and a Council Member of the British Interplanetary Society and a subject editor for its journal, JBIS and is also on the board of the World Space Week Association and a trustee of the Spacelink Learning Foundation and the Arts Catalyst. In 2009 he won the Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Achievement in Space Education.
Chris is a frequent commentator on space and astronautics, has made more than 300 television and radio broadcasts and has also advised on a number of space-related television programs and films.


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