Current Honorary Board Members

SGAC’s Honorary Board is a lifetime recognition from the organisation, 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.


Barbara Adde NASA SCaN Policy and Strategic Communication
Adigun Ade Abiodun Founder of African Space Foundation
Fatma Al Sumatti Former SGAC Advisory Board member
Abimbola H. Alale Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communication Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT)
Victoria Alonsoperez Founder of Chipsafer
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)
Michael Brett Former SGAC Chair 2012; CEO, QxBranch
James D. Burke US Naval Aviator and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Caroline Burke Teacher and Arts in Space Advocate
Lance Bush Chief Strategy Officer, Paragon Space Development Corporation
Sergio Camacho Secretary General of the Regional Centre for Space Science
A.C. Charania Manager of Advanced Programs, Strategy and Business Development group at Blue Origin
Chris De Cooker Head of International Relations for the European Space Agency
Ariane Cornell North American sales for New Glenn, Business Development and Strategy team for Blue Origin
Catherine Doldirina Former SGAC Co-Chair (2012-2013)
JR Edwards Manager of Space Exploration Systems, Lockheed Martin
Matteo Emanuelli Former SGAC Chair
Reinhold Ewald German physicist and ESA astronaut
Norbert Frischauf Future Studies Systems Engineer, Spacetec
Gernot Grömer Director, Austrian Space Forum
Loretta Hidalgo-Whitesides Flight Director for ZERO-G
Yasushi Horikawa Technical Counselor, Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Jonathan Hung President and Founder of the Singapore Space and Technology Association (SSTA)
Agnieszka Lukaszczyk Director for EU Policy at Planet
Tanja Masson-Zwaan Former president, International Institute of Space Law
Clay Mowly Chief Revenue Officer, Voyager Space
Susan Murabana Managing Director at The Travelling Telescope Africa Ltd.
Ali Nasseri Former SGAC Chair
Johannes Ortner Former President of the Austrian Space Agency and of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF)
Mazlan Othman Project Director of Megascience 3.0 at the Academy of Sciences Malaysia
Egemen Ozalp Project Director of Megascience 3.0 at the Academy of Sciences Malaysia
Enrique Pacheco-Cabrera Former 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 (ESA)
Arnau Pons Former SGAC Chair, Operations Research Analyst at NATO HQ SACT
Dumitru Prunariu Former Chairman of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS)
Kai-Uwe Schrogl Director of the European Space Policy Institute
Kevin Stube Deputy Project Manager, Rodent Research Program at NASA AMES
Christopher Vasko Former SGAC Co-Chair (2014-2015), Contractor at ESA Strategy Department
Stephanie Wan International Government Relations Manager at I.M. Systems Group Inc. (IMSG)
Danielle Wood Assistant Professor in the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Jim Zimmerman President of International Space Services, Inc. and Former IAF President


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

Barbara LB Adde
Barbara 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.
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.
Abimbola H. AlaleManaging Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communication Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT)
Victoria Alonsopérez
Ciro Arevalo
Ciro 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.
Ben Baseley-Walker
Ben 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).
Yolanda Berenguer
Yolanda 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.
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.
James D. (Jim) Burke
James 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.
Caroline C. (Lin) Burke
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.
Lance Bush
Lance 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.
A.C. Charania
A.C. Charania is an entrepreneurial engineer and technical innovator possessing more than a decade of experience creating and advancing new aerospace ventures for both commercial and government customers; helping to turn advanced concepts into reality. He was a visionary/founder/early employee of three aerospace start-ups (SpaceWorks Enterprises, Generation Orbit and Terminal Velocity Aerospace). He was one of the leaders of the LauncherOne program at Virgin Galactic (now Virgin Orbit) and is currently Manager of Advanced Programs with the Strategy and Business Development group at Blue Origin. He is a member of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Entrepreneurship and Investment Committee. He earned an M.S. and B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a specialization in systems design and optimization. He also earned a B.A. in Economics/Mathematics from Emory University.
Chris De Cooker
Chris 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.
Ariane Cornell
Ariane Cornell works on the Business Development and Strategy team for Blue Origin, LLC, a developer of vehicles and technologies to enable human space transportation. At Blue Origin, she leads North American sales for New Glenn and the astronaut portfolio. Ariane was formerly based in Vienna, Austria as the Executive Director of the Space Generation Advisory Council in Support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications (SGAC). She headed SGAC’s delegations to international conferences and the United Nations, as well as ran the organization’s operations, business development, strategy, and policy output. Ariane has supported the international aerospace community in other capacities and organizations. She has served on the board of Women in Aerospace – Europe, has guest blogged for Space News, and has sat on several committees of the International Astronautical Federation and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Previously, Ariane worked in international management consulting, first with Accenture based in San Francisco and then with Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, DC. With Accenture, she lived and worked on IT projects in the Philippines, South Africa, Brazil, and the US. With Booz Allen Hamilton as a senior consultant in the aerospace and defense commercial consulting group, she helped develop strategies and solve operational issues for executives of the world’s top aerospace and defense companies. Ariane earned an MBA from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in science, technology, and society, with a focus in management science and engineering, from Stanford University.
Catherine Doldirina
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.
J.R. Edwards
J.R. Edwards is Manager of Space Exploration Programs based in Lockheed Martin’s Washington DC-area office, where he develops and manages strategic partnerships and special projects in support of critical national missions. Frequently, he is called to advise on the unique and distinct roles that private industry, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and Federal entities can play in realizing shared visions. An alumnus of Lockheed Martin’s Executive Development and Growth Enhancement (EDGE) Program, Mr. Edwards has been acknowledged for his global leadership in outreach and advocacy before the General Assembly of the United Nations. Edwards is an Associate Fellow and lifetime member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He served on the American Astronautical Society’s Board of Directors. And, he represents Lockheed Martin to the International Astronautical Federation. A Senator Richard G. Lugar Scholar, Herman B. Wells Scholar, and Ronald E. McNair Scholar, he is a graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University. Mr. Edwards is an arts enthusiast and classically trained pianist and vocalist, having studied with Ms. Camilla Williams, the first African-American to hold a professional opera contract, and American heldentenor Mr. James King.
Reinhold EwaldGerman physicist and ESA astronaut
Norbert Frischauf
Norbert 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.
Gernot Grömer
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. For many years, he has been a professor and researcher in the field of human Mars exploration at the University of Innsbruck in Austria. Currently, he works as Director at the Austrian Space Forum.
Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides
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.
Yasushi Horikawa
Yasushi 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).
Jonathan HungPresident of the Singapore Space and Technology Association (SSTA)
Mr. Jonathan Hung is President of the Singapore Space and Technology Association (SSTA), Singapore’s lead, industry association focused on supporting the development of the space technology industry. His international work experience includes management roles with the Contraves Group, a Rheinmetall Defense & Boustead Joint-Venture, Flex International and CAE Inc. Prior to CAE, he managed Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at Singapore Technologies Electronics (Satcom & Sensor Systems) and ST (Satellite Systems). Earlier in his career, Mr. Hung was the Centre Director for Middle East & North Africa Operations at the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). There, he handled portfolios in aerospace, marine/offshore and luxury yacht sectors. In particular, he led the development of the space incubator unit that is presently EDB’s space office. Mr. Hung currently serves on the Board of the Air Transport Training College, Spacetime Technology Pte. Ltd., Space Generation Advisory Council and sits on the Steering Sub-Committee for the new Science Centre Singapore. He is also a member of the Singapore Tourism Board’s Conference Ambassador Programme. He also serves as Vice-President of the Singapore Institute of Aerospace Engineers (SIAE), Co-Chair of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) – SIAE Singapore Aerospace Technology & Engineering Conference, Member of the National University of Singapore’s Physics Task Force, International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Commercial Spaceflight Safety Committee, and the Ngee Ann Polytechnic Aerospace Technology Advisory Committee. Mr. Hung was also nominated to the Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum’s (APRSAF) Executive Committee. Jonathan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, double majoring in Aerospace Science and Aviation Business Administration, and currently serves on the ERAU Asia Alumni Council.
Agnieszka LukaszczykDirector for EU Policy at Planet
Agnieszka Lukaszczyk is a Director for EU Policy at Planet. A Polish/American national, has worked 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-Zwaan
Tanja Masson-Zwaan has 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 MowlyChief Revenue Officer, Voyager Space
Clayton Mowry has worked for over 20 years in the commercial launch and satellite sectors serving in government, as the leader of an industry trade association and as a senior executive for leading commercial launch services companies. Mr. Mowry joined Blue Origin in September 2016 to lead global sales and marketing for the innovative private company developing the New Glenn orbital launch vehicle and other technologies to enable commercial satellite and human space transportation. Mowry previously served for 15 years as the President and Chairman of Arianespace, Inc. As the head of the Arianespace’s U.S. subsidiary, he was responsible for managing the company’s sales, marketing, strategy, government relations and corporate communications activities.  Before joining Arianespace, Mr. Mowry served for six years as Executive Director at the Satellite Industry Association, a non-profit alliance of U.S. satellite operators, manufacturers and ground equipment suppliers.Prior to his role at SIA, he worked as a commercial space industry analyst and Senior International Trade Specialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Clay Mowry received a Master of Business of Administration from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Arts in politics and government from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.  In addition to his work at Blue Origin, Mr. Mowry currently serves on the advisory boards of Via Satellite magazine and the Space Generation Advisory Council. Mr. Mowry is also the founder and Chairman of the Future Space Leaders Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the career development of young space and satellite industry professionals.
Susan MurabanaManaging Director at The Travelling Telescope Africa Ltd.
Ali NasseriFormer SGAC Chair
Ali currently works as a aerospace consultant with Defence Research and Development Canada, and also supports Skolkovo Foundation in their selection of grant recepients. Prior to that, from 2014 to 2018, he was a European Commission funded Marie Curie Early Stage Research Fellow at ISI Foundation in Torino, Italy, where he worked as part of the ITN-WALL project on modeling magnetic phenomena for novel sending and memory devices. Ali is also a former Chair of SGAC, serving in this role from 2016 to 2018. Prior to becoming Chair, he served as the SGAC Operations Manager, Executive secretary, and space safety and sustainability project group co-lead among other roles. Outside of SGAC, Ali is the vice-chair of the IAF Space Education and Outreach Committee, a mber of the IAF Workforce Development-Young Professional Program (WD-YPP) committee and a recepient of the IAF Young Space Leader Award. Since 2009 he has been active in teaching at the University of Toronto, supporting the Engineering Outreach Office, the Engineering Strategies and Practices program and the Aircraft Design course throughout the years. He also volunteers with Let’s Talk Science, and is a mentor of the Ontario Online Research Coop program.
Johannes Ortner
Johannes 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.
Mazlan OthmanProject Director of Megascience 3.0 at the Academy of Sciences Malaysia
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.
Egemen OzalpTechnologies Research Institute of Turkey
Dr. Egemen Ozalp, has more ten years of international cooperation and business development experience in space market. He had acted as national point of contacts for many international space bodies on behalf of the Space Technologies Research Institute of Turkey. There, he was a Chief Senior Researcher, heading the Business Process Management and Quality Assurance Department working on harmonization of international standards in space market and their implementation in business processes. He had received his degrees of PhD from the Informatics Institute of Middle East Technical University on Holistic Work System Theory, MSc from the Engineering Faculty of University of Ulm on Communication Technology, and BSc from the Engineering Faculty of Middle East Technical University on Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He also graduated the following courses of the Summer Course on Space Law and Policy of European Centre for Space Law, Space Studies Program of International Space University, and European Studies of University of Cologne.
Enrique Pacheco
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.
Arnau Pons
Arnau Pons

Dr. Arnau Pons is the former Chair of the Space Generation Advisory Council. He works as Operations Research Analyst at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO HQ SACT) in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. He obtained his PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN working at the Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories. He was awarded the “la Caixa” fellowship to research on rocket propulsion and combustion instabilities in aerospace propulsion systems. Arnau holds a Master’s Degree of Aerospace Propulsion Theory and Engineering by Beihang University in Beijing, China and an Aeronautical Engineering degree (B.S. and M.S.) specialized in Space Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (BarcelonaTech-UPC) in Terrassa, Spain. He attended the International Space University Space Studies Program 2015 hosted by the Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, in partnership with NASA Glenn Research Center. He has been SGAC Chair, Co-Chair, Interim Chair, Treasurer, Financial Comptroller, SGC 2017 Congress Manager and SGC 2016 Deputy Congress Manager. He has also been a member of the IAF Space Propulsion Committee since March 2016 and IAF Workforce Development Young Professionals Program Committee since 2019. Arnau is a glider pilot, loves playing soccer and doing trekking with his wife, Orzuri.

Nicolas Peter
Nicolas 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).
Dumitru Prunariu
Dumitru 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.
Kai-Uwe Schrogl
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.
Kevin StubeDeputy Project Manager, Rodent Research Program at NASA AMES
Kevin Stube servers as a contractor at the NASA Ames Research Center as the Program Manager for the Exploration Technology Directorate. Kevin sees peaceful exploration and settlement of space as a priority for humanity, but this is difficult in the current economic difficulties of the world. He supports a dynamic international cooperative including government, commercial, private, and advocacy groups such as the Planetary Society, helps reduce the cost of space exploration and improve the economy. 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. He has also studied doctoral level planetary science at the University of Arizona. Kevin was a member of the TESS mission proposal team and test support engineer for the TEGA instrument of the Mars Phoenix Mission. Kevin Stube helped start the first, and all subsequent, IAF Young Professionals Programme at the IAC. He has taken part in organizing the Next Generation Plenaries at the past three IACs and the IAC in Naples. 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. 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
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.
Stephanie Wan
Danielle WoodAssistant Professor in the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Jim Zimmerman
Jim 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.