SGC Speakers

In alphabetical order:

Lorenzo Campo

Research fellow at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Florence

Lorenzo CampoLorenzo Campo graduated Summa cum Laude in Environmental Engineering in 2003. He earned his PhD in 2007 with a thesis about the coupling between a limited area atmospheric models and an assimilation scheme for the Land Surface Temperature retrieved by satellite platform, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

His research interests include the retrieving and the assimilation of satellite data at the purpose of estimating the energy and water budget at the interface between land and atmosphere, the distributed hydrologic modeling for flood forecasting and water resources management, remote sensing application for the soil moisture estimate, the land-atmosphere interactions, the soil moisture feedback on precipitation, and the seasonal forecasts of drought indices.

He presently works at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Florence, in Italy.


Mario Cosmo

Technical Director, Italian Space Agency (ASI)

Mario CosmoMario Cosmo graduated, Summa Cum Laude, in Aerospace Engineering, in 1987. He presently works at the Italian Space Agency (ASI) where he is the Technical Director.

Before ASI, Dr. Cosmo worked for over 20 years at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A. where he has been involved in several NASA programs and international collaborations, like: Tethered Satellite System 1 and 1R, SEDS, the UV coronagraph onboard SOHO; the X-Ray telescope on board Hinode, and several other scientific space-borne payloads.

Dr Cosmo has authored a book and over a hundred scientific publications and technical reports and he is the reviewer of various scientific publications. He is the Vice-Chair of the Industrial Policy Committee at the European Space Agency Dr. Cosmo has been awarded the “Superior Performance Award” by the Smithsonian Institution in USA and the “Giuseppe Colombo” fellowship by the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in Italy.


Antonio Fabrizi

Director of Launchers, European Space Agency

Antonio FabriziAfter completing his studies at La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy, where he graduated in mechanical engineering, he began work with BPD. Between 1975 and 1989 he held several positions, as design engineer or project manager for different types of propulsion systems apogee motors, liquid propulsion systems, Ariane boosters...

In 1990 he was appointed Commercial Manager at Fiat Spazio in charge of developing new initiatives. Then in 1993 he returned to BPD to become head of the Space Transportation Systems Business Unit. From 1997 to 1999 Antonio Fabrizi carried out the same responsibilities for FiatAvio’s Space Business Unit where his duties included responsibility for the Cyclone and Vega launchers programmes. In 2000 he became Vice President of Fiat Avio’s Space Business Unit, with responsibility for all the space activities of the company.

Antonio Fabrizi has held several positions as member of the board of Directors of companies, including Europropulsion, ELV, Regulus and Arianespace.


Marco Ferrazzani

Legal Counsel, Head of the Legal Department, European Space Agency

Marco FerrazzaniMarco Ferrazzani is the Legal Counsel and Head of the Legal Department at the European Space Agency at ESA Headquarters, in Paris, France. In this position, he provides a full spectrum of legal advice and guidance on the legal and programmatic aspects of ESA programmes and policies.

As ESA’s Legal Counsel, Dr. Ferrazzani is advisor to the ESA Director General and to the ESA Council for all institutional and legal matters, including the interpretation of the ESA Convention and all relevant legal instruments. As the head of ESA’s Legal Department, he provides advice to the Agency’s organs and Member States on all legal matters, including defending the rights of the Agency, preparing draft Agreements and conducting international negotiations, identifying the Agency’s legal liabilities and devising legal solutions to mitigate them, and preparing Resolutions, Declarations, and other legal instruments for the execution of the Agency’s programmes.

He graduated cum laude from the University of Naples’s Faculty of Law, where he specialized in and received the university prize for best doctoral thesis in international and comparative law. His postgraduate legal studies included courses at the Georgetown University Legal Center, Harvard Law School, and the University of Salzburg, and he practised corporate law, international transactions, and foreign investment at the Milan offices of Baker & McKenzie

Dr. Ferrazzani is a member of the International Institute of Space Law, the European Centre for Space Law, the Société française pour le droit international, and the Institut International pour la Recherche sur les Biens Communs. He has worked at ESA since 1988, represents the Agency at the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and regularly lectures and publishes on the international law of space activities.


Berndt P. Feuerbacher

President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF)

feuerbacher_250Dr. Feuerbacher currently serves as the President of the International Astronautical Federation. He is also an Executive Committee Member of the European Physical Society (EPS) and a member of the IAF IPC Steering Group. As a scientist, he joined the ESLAB (European Space Laboratory, today Research and Science Support Department of ESA) in 1968 and has worked on projects such as the International Ultraviolet Explorer, the First Spacelab Payload as well as on experiments on lunar material returned by the Apollo missions. Starting in 1981, Dr. Feuerbacher was promoted to managerial positions including those of the director of the Institute of Space Simulation at DLR in Cologne and the Chair for Space Physics at the University of Bochum, Germany. He was also appointed vice chairman of the DARA Advisory Panel, Chairman of the ESA Microgravity Advisory Committee, the Space Station User Panel, and Committee Member and President of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR). Elected full member of the International Academy of Astronautics in 1986, he also acted as Co-Chairman of the IAF International Program Committee (IPC) at the International Astronautical Congresses in Toulouse 2001, the World Space Congress 2002 in Houston, and the Bremen IAC in 2003. Prof. Feuerbacher has published scientific achievements in more than 180 contributions to international scientific journals. He is holder of 8 patents and has written 14 books.


William H. Gerstenmaier

Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations Directorate, NASA


William H. Gerstenmaier is the associate administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. In this position, Gerstenmaier provides strategic direction for all aspects of NASA's human exploration of space and cross-agency space support functions of space communications and space launch vehicles.

Gerstenmaier received a bachelor of science in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University in 1977 and a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Toledo in 1981. In 1992 and 1993, he completed course work for a doctorate in dynamics and control with emphasis in propulsion at Purdue University.

Gerstenmaier began his NASA career in 1977 at the then Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, performing aeronautical research. In 1998, Gerstenmaier was named manager, Space Shuttle Program Integration, responsible for the overall management, integration, and operations of the Space Shuttle Program. In December 2000, Gerstenmaier was named deputy manager, International Space Station Program and two years later became manager. He was responsibility for the day-to-day management, development, integration, and operation of the International Space Station. Named associate administrator for the Space Operations Directorate in 2005, Gerstenmaier directed the safe completion of the last 21 Space Shuttle missions that witnessed assembly complete of the International Space Station.


Kiyoshi Higuchi

Vice President,Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Mr. Higuchi is vice president of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Previously, he was vice president, Japan Manned Space Systems Corporation; served as technical counselor and managing director, Lunar and Planetary Exploration Program Office; was executive director, JAXA; served as executive director for strategic planning and international relations, National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA); and was special advisor to the executive director, NASDA. Higuchi earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Nagoya University, Japan, and a Master of Science degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).





Yasushi Horikawa

Chairman, United Nations Committee on the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS)
Technical Counselor, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Yasushi HorikawaDr. 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).


Mendieta Jimenez

General Director, Mexican Space Agency (AEM)


Dr. Mendieta-Jimenez was appointed the first general director of the Mexican Space Agency on November 1, 2011. Previously, he was director of the Applied Physics Division and general director of Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE). He has been published in diverse scientific journals, has written conference papers and holds several patents. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and electrical engineering from the National University of Mexico (UNAM), and his Certificate of Higher Studies and Doctor of Engineering degree is from the National Superior School of Telecommunications (ENST), France, in the field of optical telecommunications.




David J.W. Kendall

Senior Executive Advisor to the CSA President

David KendallDr. David Kendall is currently the Senior Executive Advisor to the CSA President and past Director General of the Space Science and Space Science and Technology branches of the Canadian Space Agency located in Montréal. He is also a faculty member of the International Space University based in Strasbourg, France.

Born near London, England and having obtained his undergraduate degree in physics at the University of Wales, Dr. Kendall obtained both Masters and Doctoral degrees in Atmospheric Physics from the University of Calgary, Canada. After his Ph.D. he worked in private industry as an R&D scientist specializing in Fourier Transform Spectroscopy. Since the early 1980s, he has worked for the federal government, first with the National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa as a program scientist in the Space Sciences Division and in 1989 with the newly created Canadian Space Agency.

Dr. Kendall's scientific interests include upper and middle atmospheric chemistry and physics, atmospheric spectroscopy, Michelson interferometry, space environment interactions and space debris. In 1984 he was the principal investigator for an experiment that flew on the Space Shuttle to measure orbiter glow and has served on several science teams involved with space science experiments devoted to the atmospheric sciences.

Dr. Kendall is a full member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and serves on numerous national and international advisory committees and working groups including as a Vice President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), leads the Canadian delegation at the STSC and plenary meetings of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS), is a Canadian delegate to the ESA Council and a member of the Steering Group of the International Living With a Star (ILWS) program. He is past-chair and current member of the Steering Group of the Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC), a past co-chair of a subgroup of the international ad hoc Group on Earth Observations (GEO) as well as a past Bureau member of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR).

In 2002, Dr. Kendall was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of his significant contributions and achievement to Canada. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union and is listed in Canadian Who's Who.


Michael K. Simpson

Executive Director, Secure World Foundation


Dr. Michael K. Simpson is the Executive Director of Secure World Foundation, after joining SWF as the Senior Program Officer in September 2011 following seven and a half years as President of the International Space University (ISU). Simpson holds a post as Professor of Space Policy and International Law at ISU. He is a corresponding member of the International Academy of Astronautics. After 23 years of service, Simpson retired from the Naval Reserve in 1993 with the rank of Commander.

He is the author of numerous scholarly papers, presentations, articles and book contributions and his practical experience includes service as a Political Military Action Officer, observer representative to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and member of the Association of Space Explorers International Panel on Asteroid Threat Mitigation. He currently serves on the Commercial Spaceflight Safety Committee of the IAF.


Johann-Dietrich Wörner

Chairman of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Johann-Dietrich WörnerJohann-Dietrich Wörner was born in Kassel in 1954. He has been Chairman of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) since 1 March 2007.

He studied civil engineering at the Technische Universität Berlin and the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, from where he graduated in 1985. In 1982, as part of his studies, he spent two years in Japan, investigating earthquake safety. Until 1990 Wörner worked for the consulting civil engineers König und Heunisch. In 1990 he returned to Darmstadt University, where he was appointed to a professorship in Civil Engineering and took over as Head of the Testing and Research Institute. Before being elected President of the Technische Universität Darmstadt in 1995, he held the position of Dean of the Civil Engineering Faculty.

Wörner has been honoured with a series of prizes and awards such as the Prize of the Organisation of Friends of the Technische Universität Darmstadt for 'outstanding scientific performance'. He was also appointed to the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and is a representative of the Technical Sciences Section of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. Wörner has received honorary doctorates from the State University New York (USA), the technical universities of Bucharest (Romania) and Mongolia, the Saint Petersburg University for Economics and Finance (Russia), and École Centrale Lyon (France). He has been honoured by the German state of Hesse and the French government.

Wörner is Vice President of the Helmholtz Association; he is also a member of various national and international supervisory bodies, advisory councils and committees. He was a member of the board of École Centrale Paris and École Centrale Lyon, the Convention for Technical Sciences (acatech) and the supervisory board of Röhm GmbH, to name just a few. Furthermore, he was appointed to the energy expert group of the German Government. He continues to be a member of the advisory boards of several universities such as the Technische Universität Berlin and the IST Lisboa.


Badri Younes

Deputy Associate Administrator, Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Program Office, NASA


Mr. Badri Younes is presently the Deputy Associate Administrator for NASA Space Communications and Navigation (NASA SCaN). He is responsible for NASA’s space communications and navigation infrastructure and services. Mr. Younes manages the SCAN Program Office at NASA Headquarters and oversees all NASA telecommunications and navigation projects and networks, including NASA’s Space Network (SN), Near-earth Network (NEN), and Deep Space Network (DSN). Mr. Younes is also responsible for the development of enabling technologies critical to meeting the Agency’s vision for an integrated SCaN architecture aligned with NASA’s future space exploration needs.

Prior to returning to NASA in 2007, Mr. Younes was the DoD Director for Spectrum Management with responsibility for spectrum policy and strategic planning and implementation for the Department of Defense. Under his leadership, the Department has successfully negotiated major win-win agreements with the FCC, NTIA, and US private sector. He has successfully led the DoD spectrum management organization to become more proactive in addressing RF and spectrum issues and has been instrumental in transforming the management and use of the electromagnetic spectrum within and outside the Department. He has played a lead and positive role in developing the Presidential Initiative Recommendations on Spectrum Reform.

Mr. Younes’ experience spans over twenty two years of leadership in microwave and RF systems engineering and technology. His interpersonal skills and rich linguistic ability have been instrumental in furthering US objectives both nationally and abroad. He has over ten years of involvement in various forums of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), and has provided direct support to US ambassadors to three World Radio Conferences (WRCs). Prior to joining the Department of Defense, Mr. Younes successfully managed the RF systems engineering and spectrum management for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Space and Ground Networks.

Mr. Younes is a recipient of the 2005 Meritorious Presidential Rank Award. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, engineering honor society. He holds a Masters in Electronics Engineering from Catholic University of America and had completed all his PhD requirements except for the dissertation.

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