Former 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:

Adigun Ade Abiodun Founder of African Space Foundation
Ciro Arevalo Former Chairman of the United Nations Committee on the
Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS)
Ben Baseley-Walker & former SGAC Chair
Yolanda Berenguer Space Education Programme Coordinator for the
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Lance Bush Chief Strategy Officer, Paragon Space Development Corporation
Sergio Camacho Secretary General of the Regional Centre for Space Science
Chris De Cooker Head of International Relations for the European Space Agency
Dumitru Prunariu Former Chairman of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS)


Biographies published here reflect the board member's status at time of appointment to the Advisory Board.

Adigun Ade Abiodun

Adigun Ade Abiodun received his undergraduate and graduate education from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science (1965), Master of Science (1966) and his Ph.D. (1971) in Civil Engineering (Hydraulics and Hydrology). His academic and professional experience included his services as (i) Civil and hydraulic engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle (1966-68), (ii) Hydraulics systems research engineer with the Boeing Company, Seattle, USA (1968-71), (iii) Lecturer and Senior at the University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, 1971-77; (iv) Post-Doctoral Research Fellow of the National Research Council of Canada, tenable at the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (Dec. 1974- Feb. 1976); and (v) Remote Sensing Specialist (1977-1981) and later as the United Nations Expert on Space Applications, (1977-1999). He was appointed United Nations Expert on Space Applications in November 1981 and served in that position until September 1999 when he retired from the services of the United Nations. In this capacity, he initiated, designed, implemented and supervised, globally, the United Nations Space Applications Programmed, including the establishment of the Un-Affiliated Regional Centres on Space Science and Technology Education. He is a contributor to five books and the author of over 68 scientific and technical publications.
Thereafter, Ade Abiodun also served/(is serving) as (i) Senior Special Assistant to the President (of Nigeria) on Space Science and Technology.(March 2000 –June 2003); (ii) Member of the College of Commissioner of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission–re Iraq (UNMOVIC), 2000-2007; (iii) Chairman, Board of Directors, Spaceweek International Association (Oct. 2001– Oct. 2004); (iv) Chairman, United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), June 2004 – June 2006; (v) One of 20 global panelists that explored, in Feb. 2006, ‘Space and Humans in the Next 1,000 Years’ for the “Foundation for the Future,” Bellevue, State of Washington, USA; (vi) Member of the Association of Space Explorers’ Panel on the Mitigation of Asteroids Impact (2007-2008); (viii) Trustee, The ISPRS Foundation, and (ix) Founder, African Space Foundation.


Ciro_ArevaloCiro Arevalo is the Chairman of the Latin American and Caribean Regional Group of the International Astronautical Federation.  Prior to this post, he was the Chairman of COPUOS as well as the advisor on space matters to the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has worked in the space sector for the past twenty years. He has law degree from Universite de Lausanne, Switzerland and postgraduate studies in international relations and international public law at the Universidad de los Andes. He is a member of Colombian Bar Association since 1985. Member of the Colombian delegation to various international entities including ITU, IAEA, UNTAT, ILO, CBTO etc. Dr. Arevalo Yepes was one of the main organizers of the Fourth Space Conference of the Americas held in Cartagena, Colombia in 2002, during which the Colombian Space Commission has originated. In addition to his diplomatic career, Dr. Arevalo Yepes has dedicated portion of his time to the academics. He was a Dean of the Post Graduate International Business Program at University of Bogotá, UJTL and a Founder and Director of the Centre of U.S. Studies, CEUS, Bogotá. He authored a number of papers and articles on Space related matters, Space and Society, and Space and Education.


BenBeasely_WalkerBen Baseley-Walker is a Legal and Policy Advisor for the Secure World Foundation. A British national, Ben works on legal and policy issues related to space security. He has worked in the policy and legal field in a variety of settings and countries including Chile, Kenya, Ethiopia and the Netherlands. From 2006 to 2007 Ben lived in Kenya working for the United Nations and the Kenyan Government. He is also the former Co-Chair of the Vienna-based Space Generation Advisory Council. Ben is an alumnus of the University of Edinburgh and the Universiteit van Amsterdam from which he graduated with a M.A. degree in Politics and an LLM degree in International and European Law respectively. He is a graduate of the International Space University Space Studies Programme (2007, Beijing).





yolanda2Yolanda Berenguer is currently the Space Education Programme Coordinator at the UNESCO. Yolanda is a specialist in international relations and Earth observations applications. She was former Chair of the CEOS Working Group on Education, Training and Capacity Building and is currently Co-Chair of the GEO Capacity Building Committee and Board Member of the World Space Week Association. Yolanda is UNESCO’s representative to COPUOS, UN Inter-Agency Meeting on Outer Space Activities, IAF’s Space and Education Outreach Committee, APRSAF’s Working Group on Space Education and Awareness and Space Conference of the Americas’ Education Committee. Yolanda is UNESCO’s Focal Point for the International Year of Astronomy (2009) and follow-up actions.




Lance BushLance Bush has designed and analyzed human space transportation systems, including space shuttles, space station rescue vehicles, aerospace planes and Moon/Mars vehicles. He was the Chief Structural Engineer and System Configuration Manager for the HL 20, the most advanced human spacecraft development program since the shuttle. In the course of the HL 20 program, he also developed state-of-the-art software to perform optimal designs for safety and efficiency of space vehicles. While working as Manager for International Space Station Commercial Development at NASA Headquarters, Dr. Bush managed the International Space Station Entrepreneurial Offer Program. There he developed policy and technical reports for, and responses to, the US Congress and the White House regarding space commercialization programs. He also represented NASA as a space commercialization expert to international bodies including the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, United Nations, and International Astronautical Federation.


Sergio Camacho

Sergio Camacho is currently the Secretary General of the Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education for Latin America and the Caribbean. The Centre is affiliated to the United Nations and has a Campus in Brazil and a Campus in Mexico.

Dr. Camacho is the former Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA), a post that he held from 2002 to 2007. From 1999 to 2002, he was Chief of the Space Applications Section of OOSA and United Nations Expert on Space Applications. In this capacity, Dr. Camacho organized a series of three symposia in Graz, Austria that led to the establishment of the Space Generation Advisory Council to the United Nations Programme on Space Applications, a recommendation made by UNISPACE III. From 1994 to 1999, he held the post of Chief, Committee Services and Research Section of OOSA. In his various capacities, Dr. Camacho has worked in space-related capacity building for developing countries, the organization of the Third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III) and in the implementation of the recommendations of the Conference. Other highlights of the implementation of the recommendations of UNISPACE III which he supported have been the establishment of the International Committee on GNSS and the establishment of the “United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER)”.
Prior to joining the United Nations, Dr. Camacho carried out research at the Institute of Geophysics, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México where he worked on modeling of the interaction of electromagnetic radiation with matter. Dr. Camacho received his Ph. D. in Aerospace Science from the University of Michigan, in the United States and his Bachelor’s degree in physics from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.


Chris_de_CookerChris De Cooker holds law degrees from the University of Amsterdam and of Columbia University. He was for nine years senior lecturer in international law at the University of Leyden in the Netherlands. He then joined the European Space Agency (ESA) in 1984, where he held a number of positions, mainly concerning internal institutional matters. His current position is that of Head of the International Relations Department. He is Head of the ESA delegation to COPUOS. He has authored a large number of publications, mostly in the field of International Administration. He has also been advising many regional and global international organisations. He is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics.





sgc_Dumitru-Dorin-PRUNARIU_smallDumitru Prunariu is the current Chairman of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space for the period of June 2010-June 2012 and is an Associate Professor of Geopolitics at the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, Romania. He acted as a Diplomatic Engineer for industrial sector prior to enrolling in the Romanian Air Force Officers Training School in 1977. He was selected for spaceflight training in 1978 as a part of the Intercosmos Program. In May 1981, he completed an eight-day space mission on board Soyuz 40 and the Salyut 6 space laboratory, where he completed scientific experiments in the fields of astrophysics, space radiation, space technology, space medicine and biology. Since 1995, Dr. Prunariu has been the Vice-President of the International Institute for Risk, Security and Communication Management (EURISC) in Bucharest. He is the former President of the Romanian Space Agency and former Director of the Romanian Office for Science and Technology Union (ROST) in Brussels. He is also a corresponding member of the International Academy of Astronautics, a member of the Romanian National COSPAR Committee, and a member of the Association of Space Explorers (ASE). He was elected in 2004 as the Chairman of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the UN COPUOS and has also served as a permanent representative of the Government of Romania and ASE to UN COPUOS. Dr. Prunariu obtained a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Politehnical University of Bucharest in 1976 and received a PhD from the Aviation Institute in Bucharest with research on flight dynamics.


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