Honorary Board Members

SGAC’s Honorary Board is comprised of distinguished individuals who have been of great service to our organisation or who we have wished to recognise for their furtherance of goals similar to those of SGAC. The Honorary Board provides advice as appropriate to the experience of Honorary Board members.

Members in alphabetical order:

Barbara Adde
NASA SCaN Policy and Strategic Communication
Ciro Arevalo Former Chairman of the United Nations Committee on the
Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS)
Ben Baseley-Walker Legal & Policy Advisor for Secure World Foundation
& former SGAC Chair
Yolanda Berenguer Space Education Programme Coordinator for the
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
James D. Burke US Naval Aviator and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Caroline Burke Teacher and Arts in Space Advocate
Chris De Cooker Head of International Relations for the European Space Agency
JR Edwards Manager, Human Space Flight Programs Lockheed Martin Washington Operations
Gernot Grömer Professor and Researcher of human mars exploration at the University of Innsbruck
Johannes Ortner Former President of the Austrian Space Agency and of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF)
Kai-Uwe Schrogl Director of the European Space Policy Institute
Loretta Hidalgo-Whitesides Flight Director for ZERO-G
Jim Zimmerman President of International Space Services, Inc. and Former IAF President

 

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


Barbara_Adde_resizedBarbara LB Adde has been a Policy & Strategic Communications (PSC) Manager for Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) since the position was created in March 2008. In this role, she is responsible for SCaN’s education and public outreach (EPO) program and policy and strategic communication with key stakeholders, such as other Federal departments and agencies, and international agencies and organizations. This includes serving as the Secretariat to the Interoperability Plenary (IOP) and the Interagency Operations Advisory Group (IOAG). Ms. Adde joined NASA in April 1997 as a political appointee, serving in the Office of Legislative Affairs. Her portfolio as Legislative Affairs Specialist included the International Space Station, Space Shuttle, microgravity research program, and external relations. She became a civil servant in 2001, supporting the Office of Space Operations’ policy and EPO activities until her move to SCaN in 2005. Prior to joining NASA, Ms. Adde served as Confidential Assistant to the Associate Director for Technology in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, from 1993 to 1996. Ms. Adde earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Delaware in 1981.

 

 

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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

James_Burke_resizedJames D. (Jim) Burke, a Caltech graduate and former US Naval Aviator, worked at the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 1949 to his retirement in 2001. His main professional interest is the exploration and settlement on the Moon. Since 1989, he has been a faculty member of the International Space University. He and his wife, Caroline (Lin), were advisors at the founding conference of SGAC during UNISPACE III in Vienna and have participated in many Space Generation activities since then.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lin_Burke_resizedCaroline C. (Lin) Burke is a teacher of children's music and movement according to the principles of Carl Orff and Emile-Jaques Dalcroze. She has participated in summer sessions of the International Space University since 1989, founding ISU's English language assistance program and aiding in the cultural adjustment of students. Pursuing her interest in dance in partial gravity, she has flown three times in the Zero G Boeing 727. At both ISU and SGAC, she continues to advocate for the incorporation of arts in space future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

J.R. Edwards is Manager of Human Space Flight Programs in Lockheed Martin’s Washington Operations office. In this position, J.R. is an interface with NASA Headquarters for Space Exploration programs and supports Lockheed Martin Government Affairs activities in promoting NASA Human Space Flight programs on Capitol Hill. These programs include the Orion/Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, NASA’s flagship of the human exploration program. J.R. is also responsible for Lockheed Martin’s Space Exploration Outreach & Advocacy Program and strategic planning activities, domestic and international. He manages horizontal integration functions, ensuring that NASA activities that Lockheed Martin is supporting are well integrated from an organizational and technological perspective. This includes current as well as future programs. J.R. began his career at the Indiana University School of Business and the I.U. Center on Philanthropy. He then helped launch the Philanthropic Advisors Services group at the Council on Foundations, a nonprofit membership association of 1800+ grant making foundationsand corporations committed to promoting responsible and effective philanthropy. Since joining Lockheed Martin Corporation, J.R. completed assignments in Corporate Government Financial Management, Space Operations, and Energy and Security Solutions before transferring to Space Systems Company in 2006. A lifetime member of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), J.R. represents Lockheed Martin on the AIAA Public Policy and Career and Workforce Development Committees and manages Lockheed Martin participation in industry conferences and symposia. He serves on the Board of the American Astronautical Society and has been active with the International Council on Systems Engineering and International Astronautical Federation, where he currently represents Lockheed Martin on the Workforce Development/Young Professionals Programme Committee. Recently, J.R. was selected to participate in Lockheed Martin’s Executive Development and Growth Enhancement (EDGE) Program. J.R. received his bachelor degree from Indiana University, where he attended as a Senator Richard G. Lugar Scholar, Herman B. Wells Scholar, and Ronald E. McNair Scholar.

 

Gernot_GroemerGernot Grömer was born in 1975 and obtained his masters degree in Astronomy at the Leopold-Franzens University in Innsbruck, Austria. He is an alumni of the Space Studies Programme of the International Space University (Houston, Texas) and was a teaching assistant of the same programme at the ISU Cleveland, Ohio campus. Mr Grömer has international academic experience having already conducted research in Italy, the US and Chile. His experience with outreach activities is considerable having already coordinated such activities for the European lunar mission, LunarSat; for the crewed Mars simulation expedition in Utah; for the 37th ESA Parabolic Flight Campaign as a flight crew member; and for the AustroMars and PolAres, as part of the Programme Management Group. Currently, he teaches and researches in the field of human Mars exploration at the University of Innsbruck in Austria.

 

ortnerJohannes Ortner studied Electrical Engineering and Technical Physics at the University of Technology of Vienna and in 1960 obtained his Ph.D. in Meteorology and Geophysics at the University of Vienna. While working as a physicist at the Geophysical Observatory of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences at Kiruna, Sweden, he was charged with preparing and performing the first Swedish sounding rocket experiments to measure the energy spectra of electrons causing the northern lights (aurora borealis), which were successfully launched in August 1962. Among his many professional positions, Mr. Ortner worked for the European Space Research Organization (ESRO) in Paris, France, was Assistant Director for Scientific Projects at the European Space Laboratory (ESLAB) in Noordwijk, Netherlands, and was Assistant Director for Program Planning in Paris. In 1974, Johannes Ortner was appointed as Managing Director of the Austrian Space Agency (ASA) in Vienna and directed this agency until his retirement in 1998. In this function, he prepared Austria for full membership at the European Space Agency (ESA), which was obtained in 1987. Mr Ortner has also a respectable history with international institutions dealing with outer space, as he was President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), Vice-President of Eurisy (Paris), Member of the Board of Trustees of the International Space University, ISU (Strasbourg), Member of the Board of Trustees of the International Space Science Institute, ISSI (Bern) and Member of several committees of the International Astronautical Federation, IAF (Paris). Additionally, Johannes Ortner was the Director of the annual European Summer School on Space Research in Alpbach, Tyrol, for more than twenty years.

 

KUSKai-Uwe Schrogl is the Director of the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in Vienna, Austria, since 1 September 2007. Prior to this appointment, he was the Head of the Corporate Development and External Relations Department of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Previously, he worked with the German Ministry for Post and Telecommunications and the German Space Agency (DARA). He has been a delegate to numerous international forums having recently served as the chairman of various European and global committees (ESA International Relations Committee and two UNCOPUOS plenary working groups). Dr. Schrogl’s prestige is internationally recognized by many high level governmental institutions, like the European Parliament and the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was called several times to present his professional assessment. Kai-Uwe Schrogl has written or co-edited 12 books and more than 130 articles, reports and papers in the fields of space policy and law, as well as telecommunications policy. He is editor in chief of the “Yearbook on Space Policy” and the book series “Studies in Space Policy” both published by ESPI at SpringerWienNewYork. Additionally, he sits on editorial boards of various international journals in the field of space policy and law (Acta Astronautica, Space Policy, Zeitschrift für Luft- und Weltraumrecht, Studies in Space Law/Nijhoff). Kai-Uwe Schrogl is also a Member of the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Space Law, Member of the International Academy of Astronautics and the Russian Academy for Cosmonautics. He holds a doctorate degree in political science and lectures international relations at Tübingen University, Germany (as an Honorary Professor), as well as at the International Space University (where he serves as Adjunct Faculty) and the European Centre for Space Law’s Summer Courses.

 

Loretta_resizedLoretta Hidalgo Whitesides is a leader and pioneer in the space community. With degrees in biology from Caltech and Stanford, she has travelled with NASA to Haughton Crater in the Canadian Arctic to study plants in extreme environments, lectured at the International Space University and travelled two miles deep to the bottom of the ocean with Avatar director James Cameron to be in his 3D IMAX documentary Aliens of the Deep. She currently serves as a Flight Director for ZERO-G, the weightless parabolic flight company. Loretta is also the Executive Director of Yuri's Night, an annual worldwide celebration of space observation around April 12th in over 200 cities in over 50 countries. Loretta and her husband George co-created Yuri's Night in 2001. Loretta is passionate about training the next generation of space leaders.

 

 

 

 

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Caroline C. (Lin) Burke is a teacher of children's music and movement according to the principles of Carl Orff and Emile-Jaques Dalcroze. She has participated in summer sessions of the International Space University since 1989, founding ISU's English language assistance program and aiding in the cultural adjustment of students. Pursuing her interest in dance in partial gravity, she has flown three times in the Zero G Boeing 727. At both ISU and SGAC, she continues to advocate for the incorporation of arts in space future.

 

 

 

 

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Gernot Grömer was born in 1975 and obtained his masters degree in Astronomy at the Leopold-Franzens University in Innsbruck, Austria. He is an alumni of the Space Studies Programme of the International Space University (Houston, Texas) and was a teaching assistant of the same programme at the ISU Cleveland, Ohio campus. Mr Grömer has international academic experience having already conducted research in Italy, the US and Chile. His experience with outreach activities is considerable having already coordinated such activities for the European lunar mission, LunarSat; for the crewed Mars simulation expedition in Utah; for the 37th ESA Parabolic Flight Campaign as a flight crew member; and for the AustroMars and PolAres, as part of the Programme Management Group. Currently, he teaches and researches in the field of human Mars exploration at the University of Innsbruck in Austria.

 

Johannes Ortner.jpgJohannes Ortner studied Electrical Engineering and Technical Physics at the University of Technology of Vienna and in 1960 obtained his Ph.D. in Meteorology and Geophysics at the University of Vienna. While working as a physicist at the Geophysical Observatory of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences at Kiruna, Sweden, he was charged with preparing and performing the first Swedish sounding rocket experiments to measure the energy spectra of electrons causing the northern lights (aurora borealis), which were successfully launched in August 1962. Among his many professional positions, Mr. Ortner worked for the European Space Research Organization (ESRO) in Paris, France, was Assistant Director for Scientific Projects at the European Space Laboratory (ESLAB) in Noordwijk, Netherlands, and was Assistant Director for Program Planning in Paris. In 1974, Johannes Ortner was appointed as Managing Director of the Austrian Space Agency (ASA) in Vienna and directed this agency until his retirement in 1998. In this function, he prepared Austria for full membership at the European Space Agency (ESA), which was obtained in 1987. Mr Ortner has also a respectable history with international institutions dealing with outer space, as he was President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), Vice-President of Eurisy (Paris), Member of the Board of Trustees of the International Space University, ISU (Strasbourg), Member of the Board of Trustees of the International Space Science Institute, ISSI (Bern) and Member of several committees of the International Astronautical Federation, IAF (Paris). Additionally, Johannes Ortner was the Director of the annual European Summer School on Space Research in Alpbach, Tyrol, for more than twenty years.

 

Picture 033Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl is the Director of the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in Vienna, Austria, since 1 September 2007. Prior to this appointment, he was the Head of the Corporate Development and External Relations Department of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Previously, he worked with the German Ministry for Post and Telecommunications and the German Space Agency (DARA). He has been a delegate to numerous international forums having recently served as the chairman of various European and global committees (ESA International Relations Committee and two UNCOPUOS plenary working groups). Dr. Schrogl’s prestige is internationally recognized by many high level governmental institutions, like the European Parliament and the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was called several times to present his professional assessment. Kai-Uwe Schrogl has written or co-edited 12 books and more than 130 articles, reports and papers in the fields of space policy and law, as well as telecommunications policy. He is editor in chief of the “Yearbook on Space Policy” and the book series “Studies in Space Policy” both published by ESPI at SpringerWienNewYork. Additionally, he sits on editorial boards of various international journals in the field of space policy and law (Acta Astronautica, Space Policy, Zeitschrift für Luft- und Weltraumrecht, Studies in Space Law/Nijhoff). Kai-Uwe Schrogl is also a Member of the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Space Law, Member of the International Academy of Astronautics and the Russian Academy for Cosmonautics. He holds a doctorate degree in political science and lectures international relations at Tübingen University, Germany (as an Honorary Professor), as well as at the International Space University (where he serves as Adjunct Faculty) and the European Centre for Space Law’s Summer Courses.

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Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides is a leader and pioneer in the space community. With degrees in biology from Caltech and Stanford, she has travelled with NASA to Haughton Crater in the Canadian Arctic to study plants in extreme environments, lectured at the International Space University and travelled two miles deep to the bottom of the ocean with Avatar director James Cameron to be in his 3D IMAX documentary Aliens of the Deep. She currently serves as a Flight Director for ZERO-G, the weightless parabolic flight company. Loretta is also the Executive Director of Yuri's Night, an annual worldwide celebration of space observation around April 12th in over 200 cities in over 50 countries. Loretta and her husband George co-created Yuri's Night in 2001. Loretta is passionate about training the next generation of space leaders.

j zimmermanJim Zimmerman is President of International Space Services, Inc. – a space policy firm in McLean, Virginia – which he founded in 1997. He also serves as Past President of the International Astronautical Federation, President of which he was from 2004 till 2008. Jim has more than 35 years of international space and science program and international cooperation experience. He is particularly familiar with space program and policy developments in the United States and in Europe where he served as NASA’s European Representative for twelve years. Jim is a Fellow in the American Astronautical Society and an Associate Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics where he also served as Vice President - International. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Beloit College and a Master of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, both in the USA. He also studied at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and at universities in Finland, Austria and Italy. Zimmerman was twice awarded NASA's Exceptional Service Medal, European Space Agency's International Space Station Award and the German Space Agency's International Cooperation Award, as well as the American Astronautical Society’s Award for the Advancement of International Cooperation.


 

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