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 twelve 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:
|Victoria Alonsopérez||Founder at Chipsafer (IEETech) - Former SGAC Chair 2016|
|Catherine Doldirina||Former SGAC Chair 2013|
|Steve Eisenhart||Senior Vice President - Strategic & International Affairs, Space Foundation|
|Agnieszka Lukaszczyk||Policy Officer at the European Commission, Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Space Data for Societal Challenges and Growth Unit I-3|
|Tanja Masson-Zwaan||President, International Institute of Space Law|
|Clayton Mowry||President, Arianespace, Inc.|
|Mazlan Othman||Project Director of Megascience 3.0 at the Academy of Sciences Malaysia|
|Enrique Pacheco-Cabrera||Deputy Director for Space Science and Technology Affairs, Mexican Space Agency|
|Kevin Stube||Chair of the IAF Workforce Development and Young Professionals Programme Committee|
|Christopher Vasko||Former SGAC Chair, Contractor at ESA Strategy Department|
|Chris Welch||Director MSc Programmes, International Space University; IAF Vice President: Education and Workforce Development|
Victoria Alonsopérez is an Electronics and Telecommunication Engineer and an entrepreneur. She invented Chipsafer, a platform that can track and detect anomalies in cattle behavior remotely and autonomously. Thanks to Chipsafer in 2012 she was the winner of the International Telecommunication Union Young Innovators Competition and in 2013 she won the Best Young Inventor Award from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). In 2014 the Inter- American Development Bank selected Chipsafer as the Most Innovative Startup of Latin America and the Caribbean, and the MIT Technology Review selected Victoria as the Innovator of the Year - Argentina & Uruguay. Victoria graduated from Universidad de la Republica, the International Space University, and Singularity University. From 2014 until 2016 Victoria served as Chair of Space Generation Advisory Council, and she is currently a member of the Advisory Board. Victoria is also the New Generation Member of the Board of Directors of the Space Foundation.
Catherine 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 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.
Agnieszka Lukaszczyk A Polish/American national, currently works at the European Commission, Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Space Data for Societal Challenges and Growth Unit. She also worked at the Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry, Space Policy and Research Unit. Before she joined the Commission, Agnieszka was the Brussels Office Director for the Secure World Foundation. In addition, she is the former Chairperson and the former Executive Director of the Space Generation Advisory Council in Support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications. Agnieszka also worked at the European Space Policy Institute as a research fellow.Agnieszka 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 is currently pursuing a PhD in Space Security at the Polish Defence Academy. She holds a Master's degree from the Warsaw School of Economics in Management of Space in New Economies and a Master's degree from the American University School of International Service in International Politics plus 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.
Tanja 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.
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.
Dr. Mazlan Othman was educated in Malaysia and received her PhD in Astrophysics at the University of Otago, New Zealand. On returning to Malaysia in 1981, she pioneered an academic programme on astrophysics at the National University of Malaysia and was appointed Professor of Astrophysics in 1994. She was seconded to the Prime Minister’s Department in 1990 to direct the establishment of the National Planetarium, under the Space Science Studies Division. As its first Director-General, she also led the design and manufacture of Malaysia’s first remote-sensing satellite, TiungSAT-1, launched in 2000. In 1999, she was appointed Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and, in 2002, returned to Malaysia to set up the National Space Agency (ANGKASA). As its founding Director-General, she established the National Space Centre which houses TT&C, AIT, calibration and research facilities; founded the Langkawi National Observatory; and initiated the programme which placed the world’s first remote-sensing satellite in the near-Equatorial orbit. She spearheaded the Angkasawan Programme which saw the launch of the first Malaysian astronaut to the International Space Station in 2007. That year, she left Malaysia again to resume the post of Director of UNOOSA. In 2009, she was appointed Deputy Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV).
She retired from the UN in 2013 and is currently Project Director of Megascience 3.0 at the Academy of Sciences Malaysia. She is a fellow of several professional bodies and is the recipient of several national and international awards.
Enrique 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.
Kevin Stube sees peaceful exploration and settlement of space as a priority for humanity. He supports a dynamic international cooperative space environment including government, commercial, private, and advocacy groups such as the Planetary Society to help reduce the cost of space exploration, improve the economy, and make life on Earth better for all.
Kevin Stube has followed a passion for space since he was ten years old and received a poster of the Hubble Space Telescope his future stepfather brought back from the 38th IAC. Kevin received a Masters Degree in Space Studies and a Masters in Business Administration and Project Management. Kevin was a member of the TESS mission proposal team and test support engineer for the TEGA instrument of the Mars Phoenix Mission. He is now the Wyle Engineering Deputy Project Manager for Rodent Research on the ISS at NASA Ames.
Kevin Stube helped start the first, and all subsequent, IAF Young Professionals Programmes at the IAC. He has taken part in organizing the Next Generation Plenaries at the past eight IACs. Kevin serves on several IAF committees. He is the Chair of the IAF Workforce Development and Young Professionals Programme Committee and a member of the IAF Technical Advisory Committee for the Cultural Uses of Space (ITTACUS), and the Entrepreneurship and Investment Committee as well as a member of several award selection panels for the past 8 years and a special advisor to the IAF president on youth and workforce development. Kevin is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Planetary Society and served in several positions in the Space Generation Advisory Council between 2004 and 2009.
Christopher Vasko was born in Vienna, Austria. He studied Physics at the Vienna University of Technology, which brought him in contact with the topic of space and research from a scientific perspective. Ealry during his studies he became an active volunteer in local space organizations in a number of outreach/educational projects. His passion soon brought him to work as an intern at a small privately held Austrian company assisting in developing a novel plasma engine for space applications. Fueled by this experience, Christopher worked as intern at the European Space Policy Institute, the SGAC Vienna office and worked as scientific advisor for an international think-tank based in Germany.
Christopher then decided to return to academia for a PhD in applied physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. This allowed him to focus on science as well as to remain active in SGAC where was active from 2009 on in various positions ranging from web editor to Treasurer and Chairperson of the organization.
After defending his PhD, Christopher worked as an engineer before he started his current job at European Space Agency’s Strategy Department in Paris.
Chris Welch 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. 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.