VIENNA, AUSTRIA, 23 October 2021 – SGAC is very pleased and honoured to announce that Blue Origin has been selected as the recipient of the 2021 SGAC SpaceGen Ambassador Award!

Through the SpaceGen Ambassador Award programme, SGAC wants to acknowledge organisations that deeply care for our generation, our talents, skills and needs that actively support us as the ‘next’ generation of space leaders, empower us as such and enable us to grow. The award is presented to an organisation from the space sector, either governmental, non-governmental, or private company that demonstrates genuine care for the next generation, actively supporting and empowering young space professionals and students.

Blue Origin has been a longstanding sponsor and partner of SGAC, greatly contributing to SGAC’s mandate of providing a platform for growth and engagement for our members around the world to gain skills that prove essential to their future careers.

Furthermore, the significance of our partnership with Blue Origin is reflected in the many accomplishments, and we are greatly thankful for the generous donation of $1 Million presented in July 2021 through Club for the Future. This grant will allow us and our members to propel our space endeavours into prominent careers in the space sector, update our infrastructure and governance to better support our members throughout the world and expand SGAC’s presence and impact in emerging space regions and countries to build closer relationships with regional partners to generate greater impact in local areas. 

In addition, through Blue Origin’s Club for the Future generous donation, we are ready to start our visionary endowment fund which will allow us to support long term growth for SGAC and sustainably provide more scholarships that enable access to international, regional, and local space events for our members.

For these reasons, SGAC is thrilled to present the 2021 edition of this Award to Blue Origin, congratulating its employees and representatives, vital for making the organisation a true SpaceGen Ambassador!

Ariane Cornell, Blue Origin’s Vice President of Commercial & International Sales, Blue Origin, said:

“We’re honored to receive this year’s SpaceGen Ambassador Award and to collaborate with the Space Generation Advisory Council on advancing our shared mission to build and grow the next generation of space leaders; They are the architects of our vibrant future in space.”

Anthony Yuen, SGAC Co-Chair, remarked on the award presentation saying:

“Blue Origin has been a tremendous supporter of SGAC for many years. They have been unwavering in their support of the next generation of space leaders around the world. This has come in the form of mentorship, partnership on events, and now this transformative donation from Blue Origin’s Club for the Future.  We are grateful for their continued support and for investing in the next generation of space leaders.  Thank you!.”

Harriet Brettle, SGAC Chair, adds:

“SGAC is profoundly appreciative for the longstanding support of Blue Origin over many years of close partnership. We are extremely grateful for the transformative grant from Blue Origin’s Club for the Future. This incredible gift will allow us to tremendously expand our ability to reach and empower more members throughout the world, to promote diversity and inclusion in our industry, and to do more of what we do best – to launch space careers across the world.  From future generations of space professionals and leaders, thank you to Blue Origin and the Club for the Future for investing in and giving back to the future.”

Davide Petrillo, SGAC Executive Director, commented on the news saying:

“It’s through collaborations like Blue Origin that we will continue to inspire and learn from the next generation and strengthen the future talents with this important collaboration. Blue Origin has been a long-standing sponsor and partner of SGAC, and has greatly contributed to SGAC’s mandate of providing a platform for growth and engagement for our members around the world to gain skills that prove essential to their future careers. SGAC is grateful that so many of Blue Origin’s representatives go above and beyond to share their knowledge and dedicate their time to SGAC. Special mention must be made of Ms. Ariane Cornell, former SGAC Executive Director, Ms. Yasmine Almond, Mr. A.C. Charania and last, but not the least, a special mention goes especially to Mr. Clay Mowry, former Blue Origin Vice President of Global Sales, who is always willing to give his valuable time to network with our members and support the growth of our organization.”

The 2021 SGAC SpaceGen Ambassador Award was presented at the closing ceremony of the first hybrid Space Generation Congress (SGC), held 23rd October 2021, in Dubai, UAE. The SGC is the annual meeting of the Space Generation Advisory Council always held in conjunction with the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) at the same hosting Country.

About SGAC

The Space Generation Advisory Council in Support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications is a global non-governmental, non-profit (US 501(c)3) organisation and network which aims to represent university students and young space professionals ages 18-35 to the United Nations, space agencies, industry, and academia. Headquartered in Vienna, Austria, the SGAC network of members, volunteers and alumni has grown to more than 15 000 members representing more than 150 countries.

About Blue Origin 

Blue Origin was founded by Jeff Bezos with the vision of enabling a future where millions of people are living and working in space to benefit Earth. To preserve Earth, Blue Origin believes that humanity will need to expand, explore, find new energy and material resources, and move industries that stress Earth into space. On July 20, Blue Origin will fly its first astronaut crew on board New Shepard to space and back. To watch the launch live on July 20 or sign up for updates visit

Nominations to the SpaceGen Ambassador Award will be open again in 2022. 

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