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 one-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:
|Abimbola H. Alale||Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communication Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT)|
|Andrea Jaime||Business Development Manager at OHB System|
|Clayton Mowry||Sales, Marketing & Customer Experience, Blue Origin|
|Danielle Wood||Assistant Professor in the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA|
|Jonathan Hung||President and Founder of the Singapore Space and Technology Association (SSTA)|
|Kai-Uwe Schrogl||Chief Strategy Officer of the European Space Agency; President of the International Institute of Space Law|
|Miglena Zhekova||Project Manager at SMG Aerospace|
|Nobu Okada||Founder and CEO, Astroscale|
|Pablo Gabriel de León||Director of the Human Spaceflight Laboratory at the University of North Dakota (UND)|
|Reinhold Ewald||Professor of Astronautics and Space Stations, University of Stuttgart; Pre-2009 ESA Astronaut|
|Steve Eisenhart||Senior Vice President – Strategic & International Affairs, Space Foundation|
Abimbola H. Alale
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communication Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT)
Business Development Manager at OHB System
Sales, Marketing & Customer Experience, Blue Origin
Assistant Professor in the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
President of the Singapore Space and Technology Association (SSTA)
Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl
Chief Strategy Officer of the European Space Agency; President of the International Institute of Space Law
Founder and CEO, Astroscale
Nobu founded Astroscale in Singapore in 2013 due to a strong desire to address the growing threat of space debris. He used his personal funds as seed money and hired a team in Singapore in 2013 and opened an R&D office in Japan in 2015, a UK office in 2017, and a US office in 2019 whilst raising US $132M USD capital. The team call themselves, “Space Sweepers” and their mission is to secure long-term space flight safety by developing space debris removal technologies.
Nobu is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and is also a member of The Future of Space Technologies Council, World Economic Forum and International Astronautical Federation. He also served as a member of the Subcommittee on Space Civil Use, and Space Industry at the Cabinet Office for the Government of Japan. Nobu won the Forbes JAPAN “Start-up of The Year 2019” and was listed as Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum in 2017.
Prior to Astroscale, Nobu was an IT entrepreneur and strategy consultant, and had managed IT companies in Japan, China, India and Singapore. He led one company to a successful IPO. Before joining the IT industry, he worked for McKinsey & Company and the Japanese Government in the Ministry of Finance. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from the University of Tokyo in 1995 and an MBA from the Krannert School of Business, Purdue University in 2001.
When he was a teenager, Nobu attended a camp at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in the United States where he met Japan’s first astronaut, Mamoru Mohri. He received the handwritten message, “Space is waiting for your challenge.” and he has been inspired to work on space ever since.
Pablo Gabriel de León
Director of the Human Spaceflight Laboratory at the University of North Dakota (UND)
Project Manager at SMG Aerospace
Senior Vice President – Strategic & International Affairs, Space Foundation