Space Generation Advisory Council’s Mentoring Program connects mentees and mentors in the space sector to foster and support the development of a robust space sector for the long-term. The Mentoring Program runs two sessions yearly, one in Spring and another in Fall. Overall, the program has mentored over 700 young professionals and university students.

To recognize the efforts of our mentors the organization has since late 2022 launched a “Best Mentor Award” for each session to acknowledge outstanding mentors who have put their best foot forward to develop the next space generation. Mentors are nominated by their mentees, before being screened through a blind review process detailed here by a jury that comprises the SGAC Executive Director, Mentoring Co-Lead and members of the Mentoring Committee.

The Spring 2023 session award goes to Elisabetta Lamboglia. Huge congrats! Please read the testimonials below to learn more about her contributions. 

The Spring 2024 session will be opening soon for Mentee applications in early 2024, and Mentors can already apply at: . For any questions, please feel free to write to [email protected] .

Best Mentor Award (Spring 2023) Winner: Elisabetta Lamboglia

Her reaction:

“I am humbled to receive the Best Mentor Award, and I would like to express my sincere gratitude for this recognition. Being acknowledged in this capacity is not just a personal achievement but a celebration of the enriching volunteering exchange and shared growth with my mentee. The SGAC mentorship program is a powerful and well-structured tool, it has been profoundly rewarding for me. This journey and this recognition serve as a reminder of the importance of mentorship in fostering personal and professional growth.”



Elisabetta Lamboglia is a senior professional with expertise in space systems, programmatic, strategy. At the age of 23 she has gained her first engineering working experience, at 26 she participated to the UNISAT-4 launch campaign at Baikonur, and shortly thereafter, she first joined the European Space Technological Center of the European Space Agency. With a Master of Science in Astronautic Engineering, earned with the highest honours, Elisabetta embarked on a journey at the International Space University at the NASA Ames Research Centre in 2009, where she made significant contributions to the DREAM project for The World Bank Group. After a brief working experience in the Off-Shore Industry, her unwavering enthusiasm for exploring our Planet Earth led her to take on the role of external officer for the PRISMA project of the Italian Space Agency in 2013, and in 2015, she pursued a degree in International Relations at the LSE. Elisabetta serves as an influential advocate for women in STEM, in Italy and throughout Europe. Currently PhD candidate in Remote Sensing at ‘Tor Vergata’, she has led various endeavours related to the ESA Climate and Sustainability strategy and today she leads the ESA Cost Engineering team for the Earth Observation Program.

Elisabetta was nominated by Tanjin Huda.

Her reaction:

“Elisabetta has been a great mentor sharing her knowledge and lessons learned from her personal experience to gain perspective on how to grow my career. She has been great in working together with me to help focus my interests and identify specific career goals, helping me to map out a career path to achieve those goals. She has also helped me go through my application materials such as CV, cover letter and help identify areas to develop and improve which increased my chances of success. She has also gone out of her way after the mentorship was over to introduce me to potential PhD supervisors. Overall, Elisabetta is a great mentor and holds a great well of knowledge and experience that any aspiring engineer in the space industry could learn a great deal from.”


Tan is a young professional with a background in mechanical engineering and practical experience as a software engineer. Her most recent professional appointment will involve joining Airbus as a software engineer in the spacecraft simulation and modelling team. Passionate about space and learning, she also enjoys volunteering at organisations such as UKSEDS and SGAC to share her love of space through organising space competitions to grow students’ skills and organise other space-related activities and events with like-minded people.