Fusion Forum 2013

The Space Foundation and SGAC Partner to Offer a Very Special Rate to the National Space Symposium

29 January, 2013

The Space Foundation and the Space Generation Advisory Council have partnered to offer a deeply discounted registration fee for the 28th annual National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA.

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Global Grants Programme 2013


A main goal of the Space Generation Fusion Forum is to provide firsthand international perspectives to the US event.  SGAC is enabling this through its Global Grants Programme for the Forum. Top international applicants will be selected to attend the Space Generation Fusion Forum and the National Space Symposium. Winners must be SGAC members between the ages of 18-35 (it is easy and free to sign up for SGAC).  The Programme will cover round trip travel to Colorado Springs, lodging, visa costs, and the registration fees for both the Fusion Forum and the National Space Symposium. The winners of the Global Grants Programme will participate in one of the three panels and will be noted at the National Space Symposium.

How to Apply

  1. To apply for the Global Grant Programme, please fill out an application form for the Space Generation Fusion Forum.
  2. At the bottom of the application form, please check the box indicating that you are applying for the Global Grants Programme.
  3. By February 11, send separately a one page letter of intent and a CV with date birth and head shot photo to Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo..  Applications will not be complete until your letter of intent and CV are received.

The winners will be selected based on their Space Generation Fusion Forum application, letter of intent, CV as well as their contributions to SGAC over the prior year.



  • All Global Grants application materials must be in by February 11, 2013 -- please note this deadline is earlier than the regular Fusion Forum application deadline.
  • Winners will be notified by February 26, 2013.


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Travel, Venue and Accommodation



Please plan to arrive in Colorado Springs (airport code is COS) by the morning of April 7 (evening of April 6 for international travelers in case of travel delays), as the program begins at 2pm on April 7. If you are staying only for the Space Generation Fusion Forum, please plan on departing late on April 8 (programme ends at 7:30pm) or on April 9. Those also staying for the National Space Symposium may wish to depart later. More information can be found on the National Space Symposium’s Attendee Info web page.


Space Generation Fusion Forum 2013 Venue

Broadmoor Hotel
Broadmoor Hotel
Cheyenne Lodge
Cheyenne Lodge

The Space Generation Fusion Forum 2013 will be held at the Cheyenne Lodge of the Broadmoor Hotel. The Broadmoor Hotel is the longest-running consecutive winner of both the AAA Five-Diamond and the Mobil Travel Guide Five-Star awards. The resort is located on 3,000 lush acres under the shadow of Cheyenne Mountain and offers an award-winning spa, fitness center, two swimming pools, three outdoor hot tubs, one lap pool; 54 holes of championship golf, six tennis courts; children's programmes; 24-hour room service, and 25 specialty retail shops.

Please note that the Cheyenne Lodge is a five minute drive from the main buildings of the Broadmoor Hotel.

Venue address:

A: Broadmoor Hotel
1 Lake Avenue
Colorado Springs
Colorado, USA

B: Cheyenne Lodge
4199 S Club Dr.
Colorado Springs
Colorado, USA

For a more detailed map, click here


All Space Generation Fusion Forum delegates are required to make their own hotel arrangements in Colorado for the Forum.  SGAC has arranged a very special rate at the Comfort Inn South in Colorado Springs.  The special booking code will be provided to those who are accepted to attend the Fusion Forum.  Room rates include complementary breakfast and internet; free transportation will be provided between the Comfort Inn and the Fusion Forum venue. Delegates are free to stay where they wish and may also refer to the National Space Symposium lodging website for other hotels in the area.

For people who would like to share a double room, please email, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo..  Your name will be added to a list which will be distributed to others who are interested in sharing a room.  Roommates are then responsible for contacting the hotel directly to make the reservation.

Delegate Information


This page shall give you some useful information concerning the Fusion Forum, in order to facilitate your planning and to encourage your participation.


How do I apply?

The applications for the Space Generation Fusion Forum will open on January 25 and close on February 26. The Space Generation Fusion Forum will have no more than 50 people, so only the most motivated and highly qualified applicants are selected. All selected delegates will be informed about their participation by 6 March.  To apply, you must have a membership account with SGAC.  Don't have one?  It's easy and free to create one, just click here.  Also note that only, 15-20 of the 50 applicants will be selected to be on a panel.

Admission to the Fusion Forum will be rolling.  The sooner you apply, the sooner you could be selected.

I have been selected as a delegate, how do I complete the registration?

Page_-_Delegate_Info_Place_-_I_have_been_selected_as_a_delegate_rightTo confirm your attendance, the non-refundable full registration cost is due by March 18 or your position will be forfeited. For information on the registration costs please see below. Preferred payment is via bank transfer but Paypal is also available; please see below for bank details. If you require further assistance or confirmation, please let us know: Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo..

What does it cost?

The registration fees for the Space Generation Fusion Forum are:

Early Bird Registration (Acceptance before February 18 and/or payment before the February 24)

Full-time Student: $70 USD

Young Professional: $115 USD

Late Registration (Acceptance after February 18 and/or payment after February 24)

Full-time student: $80 USD

Young Professional: $130 USD


How do I pay for my registration?

Bank transfer is highly preferred for the registration payment but Paypal is also available.

SGAC Bank Transfer Details:

Bank Bank of America
Routing number
054 001 204
Account number 002 260 358 150
Account name AT981200050670270201
Account type Business Economy Checking Account


Delegate registration

What do I need to know about the Space Generation Fusion Forum 2013?

Page_-_Delegate_info_Place_-_What_do_I_need_to_know_about_the_rightAll of the information regarding the Fusion Forum programme structure, topics, and panels can be found on the About the Fusion Forum and Panel Topic page. Information on the location of the event and where to stay in the area can be found on the Venue & Accommodation page.  For a schedule of events, please click here (coming soon).

The dress code for the Fusion Forum is business casual. For those attending the National Space Symposium, formal business clothing is mostly expected.


How do I apply to receive a Global Grant to attend the Space Generation Fusion Forum?

Read the Global Grant Section in the Space Generation Fusion Forum Website, here. Read this carefully, if you wish to apply for a Global Grant you must follow the instructions and complete the application as it is explain in the Global Grants Section.

I am applying for the Space Generation Fusion Forum.  Does this application also count for the National Space Symposium?

The Space Generation Fusion Forum and the National Space Symposium are two separate events.  If you wish to attend the National Space Symposium, we encourage you to do so as a Space Generation Fusion Forum member at a significantly discounted registration rate of $550. This includes access to the New Generation Space Leaders Programme and Hall of Fame dinner, whose key note speaker is Sigourney Weaver. For more information, see here.  To access this rate, please sign up as an SGAC member and log in.  Once logged in, a page will have instructions to access this rate.  As a delegate of the Space Generation Fusion Forum, you will be able to attend the New Generation Leadership Exchange, New Generation Opening Ceremony, and the National Space Symposium's Opening Reception on Monday, April 8.

Where and how can I connect to other delegates and the organisers?

Page_-_Delegate_Info_Place_-_Where_and_how_can_I__LeftExplicitly for the purposes of introducing yourself to other delegates and exchanging information on travel planning, a set of discussion forums have been created on our SGAC Facebook group page.

Please check these forums together with the Space Generation Fusion Forum website regularly for latest news and updates.

You may always email questions to Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo..

Fusion Forum Panels 2013

Note: Description of the panels may be slightly modified to taylor the scope of the discussions; however the main topics will remain the same.


Long Term Sustainability of Space

The use of space has grown exponentially during the last decades. International cooperation, discussion, and agreements designed to ensure that outer space is safe, secure and peaceful are required to ensure that all humanity can continue to use outer space for peaceful purposes and socio-economic benefit . Panelists will discuss the main issues that potentially may threaten the long term sustainability of the space industry, as well as come up with some recommendations as to how to address them.


Regional Space Programmes: Benefits and Risks

The era of national competitiveness my be waning with a shift towards the focus of regional space programmes. In particular, emerging countries in regions where the space sector is rather new (Asia-Pacific, for example) are becoming more influential. This panel will discuss the benefits and risks of having regional vs national space programmes, the need of new international space policies and laws, and the ways competitiveness vs collaboration can influence the future of the concept of global space activities.


Operational Data Exchange and Sharing of Space Assets

GEO and LEO are becoming highly congested orbits due to the growth of the space satellite business, specially for telecommunications and Earth observation. This panel will discuss potential threats to the development of this sector of economy, as well as ways of encouraging the collaboration between governments and industries to exchange and validate their data, or even to share space assets. The panel will analyse the current ways of data gathering, spectrum allocation issues, as well as the need to and benefits from a common base for data exchange.

Innovative Space Exploration Strategies*

Commercialisation of the space sector is now a reality, and current and emerging players are now moving towards getting more involved in exploration programmes for profit (example, asteroid mining and colonisation of Mars). This panel will discuss the social, technological and economic benefits of commercisalising space exploration, as well as the market development and its economic growth. This panel may also discuss ethical implications of the commercialisation of space exploration.

*Note: Former title of thi panel was "Commercialisation of Space Exploration"

Fusion Forum Staff


Chair: Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. (Georgia)

Catherine Doldirina has recently submitted her PhD thesis at the Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University. She has been conducting legal research relating to space activities since 2005. Her expertise lies in the field of intellectual property law and her current research relates to the legal status of remote sensing data. She has lectured on European competition law, European copyright law and space law at the University of Bremen and at the European Humanities University (Lithuania). She has also tutored at the European Space Law Centre summer school on space law and policy. Her professional experience was gained as legal assistant to specialist copyright lawyers (Bremen). She successfully completed an internship at the European Space Policy Institute, Vienna, drafting the study “Case for Space” during this time. She authors work on other aspects of space law, is engaged in the research activities at the Institute of Air and Space Law (e.g., the Space Security Index) and is a member of the International Institute of Space Law. In 2009, she was awarded the Diderick Verschoor award and prize for the best paper by a young author for the Colloquium on Space Law of the International Institute of Space Law. Catherine has been involved with SGAC for several years as the SGAC’s National Point of Contact for Georgia and the Project Coordinator for the 2010 Space Generation Congress.


Co-Chair: Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. (Georgia)

CJ NwosaCJ Nwosa holds a Bachelor degree in Astrophysics from the University of Nigeria, and a Masters in Space Science and Technology from the University of Cape Town. His Masters research focussed spacecraft-environment interactions including space debris and space weather effects on space missions. As an ardent space enthusiast, CJ has been involved in payload design, experimental rocket campaigns, in-orbit risk assessment for spacecraft, and has actively participated in many local and international space-related events. He was a major driving force behind the success of the first-ever Space Generation Congress, and International Astronautical Congress, on the African continent. CJ's professional membership profile includes the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS), South African Space Association (SASA), South African Institute of Physicists, and Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC).  is the CEO of Heliocentric Technologies ZA Ltd, and co-lead for SGAC’s Space Safety and Sustainability Working Group, which contributes to the global debate on the safety and long-term sustainability of outer space activities.


Executive Director and Fusion Forum Co-Manager: Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. (Spain)

Andrea Jaime Albalat (Andrea Jaime) is a Spanish aerospace engineer that was born in Onda, Spain. She earned in 2007 a double undergraduate degree in both Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), in Barcelona.  During these studies, she spent one year at the North East of Wales Institute (NEWI) in the United Kingdom.  In 2010, Andrea earned her masters in Aerospace Science and Technology, also from UPC in Barcelona (2010). Additionally, Andrea is an alumni of the International Space University's (ISU's) Summer Studies Program (SSP) 2009 which was hosted by the NASA Ames Research Center in California, USA.  Andrea also completed the CVA (Communauté des Villes Ariane) Summer School, hosted by Rome in 2011. She started her professional career working as part of the organizational committees of several workshops and conferences including, ISU's SSP 2008 in Barcelona. Since then, Andrea has worked at the European Space Agency as a Young Graduate Trainee.  Based at ESTEC in the Netherlands she worked for the Human Spaceflight and Operations Directorate. Andrea is an enthusiast of space exploration and strongly believes in the power of the space sector for the development and improvement of Earth.


Fusion Forum Manager: Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. (USA)

Stephen C. Ringler is a Project Leader in the NASA Programs Division, Civil and Commercial Operations at the Aerospace Corporation. Currently, he is responsible for leading program development activities in support of system engineering tasks, technical analyses, and programmatic analyses for NASA and other civil customers. His responsibilities also include providing project and technical leadership and management of the successful execution of NASA requested tasks. Ringler joined Aerospace in 2000 supporting the Guidance, Navigation, and Control Subdivison. There he supported and led technical teams for NSS and NASA customers in the area of precision pointing systems. His responsibilities included development of advanced concepts, detailed design, integration and test of flight hardware, and independent technical review. In 2008, Stephen joined the NASA Programs Division where he conducted independent cost and schedule estimates for NASA proposal evaluations and independent assessments for a variety of different NASA missions and organizations. He has led studies which have evaluated historical cost and schedule performance of NASA spacecraft, instruments, and subsystems. Ringler has a passion for personal development and the development of others. In 2010, he received The Aerospace Corporation Achievement Award for the “Development of Aerospace Mentoring Initiative Plans and Products for the Corporate-Wide Mentoring Program” in 2010. From 2009 – 2010, he was an active member of the Young Emerging Professionals Council which conducted intergenerational surveys and analysis. Stephen earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. Ringler’s hobbies include sound engineering, drumming, and community service with his local church.
Programme Team Co-Lead: Paul Gauthrie
Paul_Guthrie_NPOC_USPaul Guthrie is a Senior Analyst The Tauri Group, a consulting firm based in Alexandria, VA (USA). Work at this firm has included economic analysis and cross-cutting emerging technology research in the Space and Energy industries. Results have been presented internationally, and cited widely by trade and mainstream press, in congressional testimony, and by US President Barack Obama. Paul is a Masters’ candidate at the Johns Hopkins University in Applied Economics, holds a Masters degree in International Science and Technology Policy from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University; and received BA in Philosophy from the Honors Program at The College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA). Paul is also a former member of the United States Rowing Team (2003-2004), a Pan American Games Bronze Medalist (2003), a former Academic All-American (1999), and has coached two teams to national championships.
Programme Team Co-Lead: Julio Aprea

Julio Aprea is an Engineer from La Plata, Argentina. He attended the National University of La Plata (UNLP) where he earned his Industrial Engineering degree. After his studies he worked as Software Project Manager for two years before moving to France in order to attend the International Space University and earn an MSc in Space Studies. Since his ISU degree he has been working for the European Space Agency participating in different Earth Observation satellite development projects until 2010. From 2011 he has joined ESA’s Launchers Directorate as Project Controller for the Ariane 5 Programme and has currently joined the development team for the new Ariane 6 launcher

Programme Team Co-Lead: Emmanuelle David

Emmanuelle David is research engineer at the Department of Space Launcher System Analysis at the DLR (German Aerospace Centre). She is a PhD student of the University of Braunschweig, studying the End-of-Life of Rocket Upper Stages. In 2011, Emmanuelle served as a young graduate trainee at the European Space Agency Office in Washington DC. During her stay in the United States, she conducted a study on the commercialization of space transportation for cargo and crew in the US. She holds Space Engineering degrees both from the University of Technology of Compiegne, France, and the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany.

She is also an active member of SGAC since 2012, supporting the working groups as Project Co-Coordinator. She was a recipient of the global grant award for the first Space Generation Fusion Forum in 2012 and Subject Matter Expert of the Agency working group at the Space Generation Congress in Naples in 2012.

Delegate Co-Lead and Communications Lead: Tiffany Chow
Tiffany Chow is Program Manager for Secure World Foundation, where she oversees and supports projects dealing with international security and legislative issue areas. She has been active in the international relations and international security fields for the past four years and brings to SWF a diverse range of experience. Prior to joining Secure World Foundation, Tiffany worked for the Center for American Politics and Public Policy at UCLA where she assisted the Director and Administrative Director with research projects and program logistics. Before that, she interned with the Monterey Institute for International Studies' Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) in Washington, DC where she provided research support on a wide array of topics including export control issues in the United Arab Emirates, United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540, and the potential for microreactors to be used for the proliferation of chemical weapons. Tiffany held this internship while participating in the prestigious UCLA Quarter in Washington program, where she also completed a large-scale independent research paper entitled "Reevaluating the Nonproliferation Regime: An Application of John Ruggie's Regime Theory." Tiffany received her Master of Arts degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. At SAIS, she specialized in General International Relations and International Economics and was involved in SAIS Leads, the school's leadership development program. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she double majored in European Studies and Political Science, with an emphasis in International Relations. She has also studied at the University of Cambridge in England and in Rome, Italy.
Delegate Co-Lead: Kyle Buse
Kyle began work in the space launch industry on the Delta rocket program as an industrial engineer with The Boeing Company.  Originally working on the Delta IV Common Booster Core and Delta II final assembly areas, he eventually moved into a role as a propulsion test engineer with United Launch Alliance supporting various areas of production including tanks, payload fairings, and final assembly on both the Delta and Atlas V programs.  Presently, he is a participant in ULA’s executive leadership development program.  He studied aerospace engineering and business at Mississippi State University and enjoys supporting the athletic teams of his Alma Mater.  Kyle participated in the inaugural SGAC Fusion Forum as a panelist discussing the new role of commercial space.
Logistics Co-Lead: Kristine Ferrone
Logistics Co-Lead: Emma Hinds

Emma Hinds lives in Washington, DC and is a Technology Analyst with The Tauri Group.  Emma currently supports NASA Headquarters, the Federal Aviation Administration Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA/AST), and other government and commercial clients. Previously, she worked at Booz Allen Hamilton, The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the Space Policy Institute.  Emma holds an MA in International Science and Technology Policy from The George Washington University and attended the Space Studies Program of the International Space University.  She has been a member of SGAC since 2006.


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Biographies of 2nd SGFF Panellists

Long Term Sustainability of Space

Joyeeta Chatterjee (India)

Joyeeta Chatterjee

Joyeeta Chatterjee is a graduate student at the Institute of Air and Space Law at McGill University, Canada. She is currently working on her thesis on the legal aspects of active removal of debris and on-orbit satellite servicing. She earned her undergraduate law degree from India. Additionally, she is an alumnus of the International Space University’s Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program 2011. Her areas of interest lie in the legal aspects of space sustainability, commercial human spaceflight and exploitation of planetary resources.

Owing to her passion in space outreach activities and international space collaboration, she is also involved with the Space Generation Advisory Council as the Asia-Pacific Regional Coordinator and was awarded the 2011 SGAC Young Leader Award at the Space Generation Congress, Cape Town. Along with her co-lead, she has started the SGAC Space Law Working Group to promote the voice of the youth in space law and policy. While away from work, Joyeeta enjoys reading, films, food and travelling to experience international cultures.



Alex Karl (Germany)

Alex KarlAlex Karl is an Operations Engineer for Space Application Services based in Belgium, where he operates payloads onboard the International Space Station. He holds a Postgraduate Master degree in Space Exploration and Development Systems (SEEDS) from the Politecnico di Torino in Italy. He received his Diploma in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Aachen, Germany. Previously, he worked at Austrian Aerospace (now RUAG Space) in Vienna, Austria and at the Max-Planck Institute for Radioastronomy in Bonn, Germany. Alex is an active volunteer for SGAC since 2006, serving in different positions, most notably as Chairman from 2007-2009 and leading the NEO Project Group since its creation in 2007. He was a presenter and panelist at UNCOPUOS, UNIDIR, and IAC advocating youth involvement in space and sharing their concern about the long-term sustainability of space.


Dan Hendrickson (USA)

Dan HendricksonDan Hendrickson has been the Director of Civil and Commercial Space Systems at the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) since July 2011, and is the primary author of AIA’s recent publication Space in our World.  In May 2011, Dan received an M.A. in International Science and Technology Policy from The George Washington University, and was named a 2009 Boeing Fellow at the Space Policy Institute. Prior to his time at AIA, Dan served on the space team for the Tauri Group, an analytic consulting firm in Alexandria, Virginia.  In 2009, he was a visiting researcher at the European Space Policy Institute in Vienna, analyzing U.S.-European space cooperation.  Before transitioning to the policy world, Dan served as a mission assurance engineer at Cape Canaveral for the assembly and launch of five successful Atlas V launch vehicles for the U.S. Air Force.  Dan received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology.



Justin Kugler (USA)

Justin KuglerJustin works for the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), where he translates innovative space research proposals into actionable projects for the International Space Station National Laboratory. He has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University, and is working on a M.S. in Human Space Exploration Sciences at the University of Houston. Justin was a 1999 Goldwater Scholar for his study of orbital debris as an intern for the NASA Mission Operations Directorate.

Justin has previously worked in research planning for the ISS Program, Crew Health System modeling for the Constellation Program, and as a weapons analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency.  He volunteers at the George Observatory Challenger Center, serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for International Space Education, and is the AIAA Young Professionals Committee liaison to the Public Policy Committee.  Justin also has written for the Houston Chronicle on politics and space issues and done media consulting and writing for TV and games.


Operational Data Exchange and Sharing of Space Assets

Natassa Antoniou (Greece)

Natassa AntoniouNatassa Antoniou is a Project Manager for Secure World Foundation. She is based in Brussels where she supports and oversees projects dealing with space policy and human and environmental security issues. She has been active in the European and international policy environment for the past six years and brings to SWF a diverse range of experience, both academic and administrative.

Prior to joining Secure World Foundation, Natassa worked as a trainee for the European Commission, DG Enterprise & Industry, Unit Space, Research & Development, where she assisted The European Earth Observation Programme (GMES) in organizing the FP8 Space Research Hearing and preparing the FP7 high-level Space Conference in Budapest. Moreover, she facilitated communication strategies for the FP7 Space third call such as a series of brochures and an i-phone application. As an external consultant for Ecopolis Europa and Act2innovate, Natassa was responsible for different environmental and legislative issues all the while gaining outstanding management skills, which have helped serve her collaboration with the Chinese and Egyptian Municipal staff on environmental and security issues. Moreover, in her work as a former EU policy assistant in REGIOEUROPA, the representation office for Greek Local and Regional Authorities in Brussels, she assisted the regional and local authorities in meeting the demands of a modern regional policy with a European dimension. During her time as a consultant, she made invaluable working relationships with many European organizations and DGs of the European Commission, think tanks, consultants, top researchers and experts as well as NGOs.

Natassa is actively involved with the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and is member of the Space Technologies for Disaster Management Project Group.

Natassa attended the International Space University's (ISU) 2012 Space Studies Programme (SSP12) held in Florida, USA. She also studied Environmental Science at Aegean University, Department of Environment, in Greece. She received her Master's at the Wageningen University in the Netherlands where she double majored in Urban Environmental Management and Environmental Communication and Education, with an emphasis in environmental management systems and tools. She also holds a specialization as a Project Consultant and Community Advisor from the Universite Catholique de Louvain in Brussels, Belgium in collaboration with the Italian-Belgian Chamber of Commerce.


Michael Brett (Australia)

Michael BrettMichael Brett is the Chief Operating Officer of Aerospace Concepts, one of Australia's leading systems engineering design firms. The company assists its clients in delivering some of Australia’s most complex technical projects in the defense, space, and IT sectors. In particular, the company is a world leader in quantitative risk analysis, applying this work to across the aviation and space domains and, more recently, the finance sector. The company is also the lead partner in the Antarctic Broadband program, a collaborative international effort to deliver high-bandwidth communications to Antarctica using small satellites.

Michael has had a long association with the broader space community, currently serving as Secretary of the Space Industry Association of Australia, supporting the Australian commercial space sector and policy developments within Government. He has also held leadership roles within the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), recently completing a two-year term as Chair.

He has a degree in Aerospace Avionics Engineering from the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia and is currently completing a Master of Business in Complex Project Management at the same institution.


Jon Vince (Canada)

Jon VinceJon is a licensed attorney in the State of New York whose practice focus has been in satcom regulatory and commercial law. Jon holds an LL.M. in Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Law from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Law, 2010, and a J.D. from the University of Manitoba, 2009. Jon was awarded the 2010 Society of Satellite Professionals International scholarship and was recognized as an emerging young scholar in satcom law. Jon has continued to work with SSPI by helping to incorporate and organize their Rocky Mountain Chapter in Denver, Colorado. Over the last decade, Jon has worked in the legal and telecommunications sectors in various roles - as a salesperson for a Canadian national telecommunications provider, as a summer associate for a Winnipeg law firm working directly with a regional telecommunications employee's union, as a risk analyst in the financial services group of a global insurance brokerage and as a research assistant with a university-based business and intellectual property law clinic. In the past year, Jon has guest lectured an aerospace engineering class on the legal aspects of commercial spaceflight operations at the University of Colorado at Boulder and has worked as a business consultant for a leading space and satellite consulting firm. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jon now calls Denver, Colorado home.


Thu Vu (Vietnam)

Thu VuInspired by black and white pictures of the planet Mars sent back from the Pathfinder ‘97 mission, then high school Thu was quickly captivated with space stuffs. He and his friends founded many amateur astronomy clubs around the countries where they organize space events such as World Space Week, Yuri’s Night, water-rocket launching competition… in order to raise public awareness of space. Currently, he is leading the team at FSpace laboratory, FPT University to research on development of nano-satellites and their applications. Their first space mission, an educational satellite called F-1 CubeSat was deployed to orbit from Kibo module/ISS on Oct 4th 2012.

A passionate space advocate, he has been actively supporting SGAC since being appointed as the NPoC for Vietnam in November 2009. He served as a rapporteur during several UNOOSA/IAF meetings and as the SGAC booth manager during IAC 2010.


Innovative Space Exploration Strategies

Sirisha Bandla (USA)

Sirisha BandlaSirisha Bandla currently serves as Assistant Director at the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. She has a diverse range of experiences in aerospace engineering, leadership, and STEM education. Before joining the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, she worked as an aerospace engineer designing mechanical components for advanced aircraft at L-3 Communications in Texas. While at Purdue University, Sirisha served as Team Leader for the NASA-supported Zero Gravity Flight Program in which she flew on board the ZERO-G's G-FORCE ONE aircraft, and managed and led a group of ten engineers who designed, fabricated, and flew a microgravity science payload. At Purdue, she also participated heavily in STEM Education outreach and helped run Purdue Space Day, an outreach event in which children are invited to Purdue to learn about spaceflight. She has a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Purdue University’s School of Aeronautics and Astronautics and also has a FAA Private Pilot’s License.


Ross Findlay (United Kingdom)

Ross FindlayRoss has worked at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) since 2009 as a system engineer for the Asteroid Finder and MASCOT projects. Before this he completed a one-year Young Graduate Trainee position at ESA/ESTEC in the Concurrent Design Facility, and will begin a six-month secondment to JAXA/ISAS in Sagamihara, Japan from April 2013. Since 2012, he has also been a Copy Editor for SGAC and was a moderator for the Society Working Group at the Space Generation Congress 2012 in Naples, Italy.


Pascal Renten (Germany)

Pascal RentenPascal Renten is an aerospace engineer, who graduated from the University of Stuttgart in May 2012 with specialisations in space systems and practical aspects of astronautics. He is an alumnus of the International Space University and completed the Space Studies Program 2009 at NASA Ames Research Center, where he worked in an international team on mission architecture for a human mission to Mars, investigating the potential of Martian caves as future habitats. During his studies he completed internships at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, and at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany. For his diploma thesis he worked in ESA’s Exploration Architecture Office at ESTEC in the Netherlands, performing a comparative assessment of ISECG mission scenarios for human exploration. In that timeframe he also participated in the first Caltech Space Challenge, a 5-day human asteroid mission design contest. Together with his team he won the first prize being responsible for the overall mission architecture. He participated in SGC 2011 and 2012, both times as a member of the Exploration Working Group. Recently he has been selected to join the Study Group 3.16 of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) dealing with Global Human Mars System Missions Exploration. Currently he is working on astronaut basic training as a Young Graduate Trainee in the Astronauts Training Division of ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany.


Kris Lehnhardt (Canada)

Kris LehnhardtDr. Kris Lehnhardt is an Attending Physician and Assistant Professor at the George Washington University (GWU), where he specializes in Emergency Medicine and Aerospace Medicine.  He is the director of the GWU “Introduction to Human Health in Space” interdisciplinary graduate course.  Dr. Lehnhardt is also a Major in the reserves of the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Chief Flight Surgeon for the Mars Desert Research Station, and a Flight Member and the Chief Medical Officer of Astronauts4Hire.



Samantha Marquart (USA)

Samantha MarquartSamantha Marquart is a second year graduate student at George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute. She will graduate in May 2013 with a master’s degree in International Science and Technology

Policy. Her research has focused on using lean/six sigma techniques in launch vehicle development and their impact on new market entrants. While completing her degree, Sam has worked for Alliant Techsystems (ATK), Virgin Galactic, the Aerospace Industries Association, and the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Sam completed her undergraduate studies at MIT, graduating in 2011 with an S.B. in Political Science. While at MIT, Sam focused her research on space policy and the aerospace industrial base. In addition to her work in aerospace, she spends her free time volunteering with the MIT Alumni Association and the 10,000 Girls Educational Support Program in Senegal, West Africa.


Regional Space Programmes: Benefits and Risks

Alanna Krolikowski (Canada)

Alanna KrolikowskiAlanna Krolikowski is a PhD candidate in political science approaching program completion at the University of Toronto. She conducted research for her dissertation on China-U.S. relations in the civil-commercial air and space sectors in China and the United States. In this context, Alanna was a visiting scholar in the Space Policy Institute of The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing with support from the Fulbright Foundation and other organisations. She has presented at international conferences, written articles and chapters, and testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Alanna graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours from McGill University and has a Master's degree from the University of Toronto.


Yusuke Muraki (Japan)

Yusuke MurakiYusuke Muraki is an engineer of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and now seconded to Asian Development Bank (ADB) as Space Technology Specialist. He has a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Hokkaido University. He worked as an engineer and a flight controller of Japanese Kibo module in the International Space Station (ISS) program in JAXA. He also worked for the promotion of satellite applications seconded to ADB. He planned and implemented various projects applying space technology for the sustainable development in developing member countries in Asia and the Pacific. He attended Space Generation Congress (SGC) in 2003, 2004 and worked as Assistant Manager of SGC 2005.


Tilo Kauerhoff (Germany)

Tilo KauerhoffSince January 2012, Tilo has been the Young Graduate Trainee for ESA's office in Washington D.C.. Prior to that, he attended Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK) where he graduated as a Diplom-Industrial Engineer, writing a thesis about optimising a miniature Radiofrequency Ion Thruster through physical research methods at the Leibniz-Institute of Surface Modification (IOM) Leipzig in cooperation with EADS Astrium ST. During his studies, he conducted internships at Astrium in Friedrichshafen and Ottobrunn, engaging in Payload Engineering as well as Business Development for Propulsion and Equipment. Besides, he also received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics and Information Management from the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) in 2009.

Supplementary, Tilo is a voluntary translator and editor for the German Space Magazine "Raumfahrt Concret" and participated as CapCom and Flightplaner in the recent Mars2013 Analog Field Simulation, conducted by the Austrian Space Forum (ÖWF) in February 2013.



Olubunmi Akinwumi (Nigeria)

Olubunmi AkinwumiOlubunmi is an undergraduate student of Meteorology from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria in his final year, expecting to complete his degree by July. He did an internship at National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Abuja for a period of six month where he worked in the Strategic Space Application Department. During his stay with the Agency, Olubunmi worked with images captured by Nigeria Satellite by developing them into ones that can be used for application in other fields. I also had the opportunity to partake in training professionals and Students from other fields on how to make use of the data.

Olubunmi became an active member of SGAC during his stay with the Agency, and he won a scholarship to attend SGC 2012 held at Naples, Italy alongside Matthew Noyes. Olubunmi worked with the Earth Observation Group and took part in writing the final group Report with Katrina Laygo, Neomie Bernede and others.

Olubunmi is currently, working on his Final year project using precipitation data from TRMM in studying the Change in Rainfall Trend over Tropical West Africa.



Lewis Groswald (USA)

Lewis GroswaldLewis B. Groswald is a Research Associate at the Space Studies Board of The National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Mr. Groswald is a graduate of The George Washington University, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in international affairs, with a double concentration in conflict and security and Europe and Eurasia, and a master’s degree in international science and technology policy. Following his work with the National Space Society during his senior year as an undergraduate, Mr. Groswald decided to pursue a career in space policy, with a focus on educating the public on aerospace issues and informing policy. He has worked on NAS studies covering a wide range of topics, including near-Earth objects, orbital debris, microgravity research in space, and planetary science. Mr. Groswald’s current study portfolio includes Earth science and applications from space, astronomy and astrophysics, and autonomy in unmanned aircraft systems.

SGFF Speakers and Moderators 2013

A.C. Charania
Business Development Manager, Virgin Galactic


A.C. CharaniaA.C. Charania is Virgin Galactic’s Business Development Manager. Located in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office he supports current and advanced programs within the company ranging from WhiteKnightTwo, SpaceShipTwo, and LauncherOne. He also focuses on government business affairs and development of the government business segment. He has experience in technical project engineering and business development, focused on maturing advanced aerospace launch vehicle and spacecraft concepts. He previously worked on advanced space system analysis and design for more than a decade at SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc. (SEI). He has worked on projects for NASA, the U.S. Air Force, DARPA, large aerospace prime contractors, and the emerging field of smaller aerospace ventures. While at SEI, he also founded two aerospace start-ups (Generation Orbit and Terminal Velocity Aerospace) and has developed several international aerospace projects with East Asian commercial entities. Mr. Charania holds a B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.A. in Economics/Mathematics from Emory University.


Leroy Chiao
Special Advisor - Human Spaceflight, Space Foundation

Leroy Chiao

Educated as an engineer, Space Foundation Special Advisor - Human Spaceflight, Dr. Leroy Chiao, works in business and academia. He is also a consultant, speaker and former NASA astronaut. Chiao grew up in Danville, Calif., and earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in chemical engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara. A native English speaker, he also speaks Mandarin Chinese and Russian. He has flown three Space Shuttle missions: STS-92 Discovery, Oct. 11-24, 2000; STS-72 Endeavour, Jan. 11-20, 1996; and STS-65 Columbia, July 8-23, 1994. In addition, he flew as Flight Engineer 1 aboard Soyuz TMA-5 to the International Space

Station (ISS), where he served as commander and NASA science officer during Expedition 10. Chiao received the NASA Distinguished Service Medal in 2004. After a 15-year career with NASA, he left in 2005 to work and consult on a number of projects. In 2009, he served as a member of the Review of United States Human Space Flight Plans Committee, and currently serves on the NASA Advisory Council. He holds appointments at Rice University and the Baylor College of Medicine, and is involved in educational programs. He also serves on the editorial board of New Space Journal. An instrument- rated pilot, Chiao has logged over 2,900 flight hours in a variety of aircraft.


Carissa Christensen
Managing Partner, The Tauri Group

Carissa ChristensenCarissa Bryce Christensen is a founder and Managing Partner of The Tauri Group, an analytic consulting firm based in Alexandria, Virginia. Ms. Christensen is a recognized expert in commercial space and for 25 years has engaged the leading edge of the space industry with innovative analysis of space systems, industry economics, advanced technologies, unique regulatory requirements, and underlying demand. Ms. Christensen conceived and originated data resources that remain industry standards. Those include: an innovative, industry-wide, demand-based global market forecast for commercial satellite services, which became a benchmark in better understanding industry dynamics; the first comprehensive economic measurement of the commercial satellite industry through the development of the Satellite Industry Association's (SIA) annual indicators; a re-definition of the segments of the space industry in the inaugural Space Report published by the Space Foundation; and, an industry model, and measures of revenue, investment, and employment, of the emerging commercial human spaceflight industry for the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF).

These resources reflect consistent commitment to an objective viewpoint, rigorous analysis, and realistic characterization of trends. Her on-going work with government agencies, industry organizations, launch firms, and satellite manufacturers and operators helps decision makers better understand market positioning, future demand for space services, and competitive dynamics. For example, recent projects led by Ms. Christensen have evaluated changing orbital launch prices for commercial satellites and analyzed segments of the suborbital launch market. She is currently the external space industry expert for the sector-by-sector tier-by-tier industrial base analysis being conducted by the DoD Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy (MIBP). Ms. Christensen's publications include contributions to peer-reviewed journals, industry publications, books, and conference proceedings. She has often been quoted in trade and popular media, including Wired, the CBS Evening News, Space News, and the Los Angeles Times.


James H. Crocker
Vice President & General Manager for Civil Space, Lockheed Martin

JamesCrockerJim Crocker is Vice President & General Manager of the Civil Space line of business for Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Space Systems Company. In this role Crocker has executive responsibility for critical national space programs relating to human space flight and space science missions; including planetary, solar, astrophysical, and Earth remote sensing for civil government agencies. Some of these major programs include the Orion Multi-purpose Crew Vehicle, Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, GOES-R weather satellites, Juno, GRAIL, MAVEN, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Odyssey, and OSIRIS-REx planetary missions, and the company’s nuclear space power programs. He began his career as a junior engineer working on Apollo 17 and designing electronics for the three crewed SkyLab missions. Since then he has had an extensive career across the space industry holding positions at Ball Aerospace and Technologies, the European Southern Observatory, Sloan Digital Sky Survey, the Center for Astrophysics; John Hopkins University and Space Telescope Science Institute all prior to joining the Lockheed Martin team in March of 2002.

Crocker has led some of the world’s most important projects in astronomy and astrophysics. Notably, he is known for conceiving the idea and leading the team that developed COSTAR – the solution to the flawed optics of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). He worked closely with the crew of the STS-61 Space Shuttle mission to develop on-orbit repair techniques and crew planning for the installation of COSTAR installation, which successfully restored Hubble’s vision. He also led the system design effort of the HST Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS). Crocker played a major role in the design and construction of the largest astronomical observatory in the world, the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Northern Chile and served as project manager for the construction of Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), considered one of the most scientifically important projects in astrophysics. Crocker holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master of Science degree in engineering from the University of Alabama–Huntsville and a Master of Science degree in management from John Hopkins University. He is an Associate Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and is the recipient of numerous honors including the Space Telescope Science Institute Outstanding Achievement Award and two NASA Public Service Medals for his work on the Hubble Space Telescope. In 2013, Crocker was the recipient of the AIAA von Karman Lectureship in Astronautics Award. He was selected by the University of Alabama–Huntsville as an “Alumni of Achievement,” received the American Astronautical Society (AAS) 2009 Industrial Leadership Award, and was recently elected to the International Academy of Astronautics. Crocker is active in the local communities through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) outreach initiatives and is Chair of the Board of the Denver Museum of Nature of Science.



Richard DalBello
Vice President, Government Affairs, Intelsat General Corporation

Richard DalBelloRichard DalBello is responsible for the government relations and public policy efforts of Intelsat and Intelsat General. In this role, Mr. DalBello represents the company before the U.S. Congress and numerous U.S. and international policy bodies. With more than 20 years of experience, Mr. DalBello is well-versed in satellite communications and government space policy issues. He previously served as President of the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association and for more than three years as the President of the Satellite Industry Association (SIA). Mr. DalBello’s previous positions include General Counsel for Spotcast Communications Inc. and Vice President of Government Affairs, North America for ICO Global Communications, a provider of mobile satellite communications services. He also served for four years as the Assistant Director for Aeronautics and Space in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Mr. DalBello is currently serving on the National Space-Based Position, Navigation, and Timing Advisory Board, The Advisory Committee of the Secure World Foundation, and the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) Expert Group on the International Code of Conduct. Mr. DalBello earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois, a Master’s degree in Law from McGill University, and a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from the University of San Francisco.



David Finkleman
Senior Scientist, Center for Space Standards and Innovation (CSSI), Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI)

David FinklemanDr. David Finkleman, a leading authority on civil, commercial, and military space systems, serves as CSSI's senior scientist. In this capacity, he evaluates and designs orbit estimation and space system simulation techniques while expanding the use of standards in space research. Before coming to CSSI, Finkleman was a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and served as Director of Analysis and Chief Technical Officer for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, CO. He led U.S. and Canadian personnel responsible for all analytical and technical matters regarding U.S. military satellite systems; space surveillance; ballistic missile warning and

defense; and all North American aerospace sovereignty and control capabilities. Finkleman is also currently affiliated with the International Standards Organization and SkySentry, LLC.



Norimitsu Kamimori
Director of Washington Office, JAXA

Norimitsu KamimoriNorimitsu Kamimori has served as the Director of the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Washington Office since 2010. Mr. Kamimori began his career in 1985 at NASDA, the National Space Development Agency of Japan, where he remained in a variety of roles until 2001.  After a one year stint at the headquarters of the European Space Agency as an exchange staff member, Mr. Kamimori returned to Japan as Deputy Director in the Cabinet Office of the Council for Science and Technology Policy from 2002 to 2003. In 2003, he returned to JAXA and served in a variety of management and director positions before coming to Washington, DC, in 2010. Mr. Kamimori studied Quantum Chemistry at Hokkaido University in Japan and is an avid tennis player and marathon runner.




Lon Levin
Board of Governors, National Space Society

Lon LevinLon Levin is an executive and entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in space, new media, and telecommunications industries. Lon is President of SkySevenVentures, which works with, helps manage, and invests in new technology companies, particularly space-based businesses, including Sentinel Satellite (CEO), Integral Systems, Transformational Space (Chief Strategic Officer), Terrestar Networks, Slacker Radio (Senior Advisor to CEO and Board), and Near Earth LLC. Lon speaks at industry, academic, and government conferences on space business, policy, and finance. Lon is the cofounder of XM Satellite Radio and played an integral role in the formation and development of other satellite, media, and wireless companies including

Mobile Satellite Ventures, XM Canada, Motient Corporation, American Mobile Satellite Corporation, and TerreStar. Before his corporate career, Lon was a partner in the law firm Gurman, Kurtis, Blask & Freedman, where he specialized in space, satellite, media, and wireless matters. He started his career as an attorney at the Federal Communications Commission. Throughout the 1990s, Lon served as a United States Delegate at many United Nations International Telecommunication Union conferences. Lon just completed serving on the Department of Defense sponsored CSIS commission to study the Health of the Space Industrial Base and Export Controls. Lon holds two mobile satellite service patents. Lon is a member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the Space Foundation, the Board of Directors of the Planetary Society, the Board of Governors of the National Space Society, and the Board of Directors of International Association of Space Entrepreneurs. He was a founding board member of the Satellite Industry Association and was its co-chairperson from 1996-98. Lon is a member of the Board of Directors of the Cultural Development Corporation of Washington, DC, which helps artists secure affordable housing and work places. Lon was inducted into the Space Foundation Technology Hall of Fame in 2002.


William V. Parker

Special Advisor for International Affairs, Space Foundation

William ParkerWilliam V. Parker is the Principal of Global Engagement Solutions, LLC, an international consulting firm providing advisory, business development and strategic planning services for commercial and government clients. He is an Associate at PACE Government Services a global business development and government affairs firm based in Washington, DC with offices in Tokyo, Honolulu and Berlin. Mr. Parker also serves as a Senior Program Advisor at Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation; Chairman of the Board of BSC, LLC and Special Advisor for International Affairs to the Space Foundation. Mr. Parker completed a 31-year Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State, culminating at the rank of Minister-Counselor while serving as Foreign Affairs Advisor to General James E. Cartwright, former Commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM). Mr. Parker started his career at the United States Information Agency (USIA), the branch of the U.S. Government responsible for strategic communication, public diplomacy abroad and international educational exchanges. USIA was subsumed into the Department of State in 1999. Mr. Parker’s Foreign Service postings include New Delhi, India; the U.S. Mission to NATO, Brussels, Belgium; Davao, Philippines; Paramaribo, Suriname; Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; and Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science and International Affairs from Thiel College, in Greenville, Pa., and has trained at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, U.S. Department of State and at the National Security Space Institute (NSSI). He speaks French and survivor Spanish and Dutch.



Elliot Pulham
Chief Executive Officer, Space Foundation

Elliot PulhamMr. Pulham is the chief executive officer of the Space Foundation. Prior to joining the Space Foundation, he was senior manager of public relations, employee communication and advertising for all space programmes of The Boeing Company, where he served as spokesperson at the Kennedy Space Center for a half-dozen space shuttle flights. Pulham’s non-profit experience includes serving as executive director of the Kona-Kohala, Hawaii, Chamber of Commerce, and as director of corporate communication for the Boeing Employees Good Neighbor Fund. He is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools and an alumnus of the University of Hawaii.






Bart Reijnen
Head of Orbital Systems & Space Exploration; Head of Site Bremen, Astrium Space Transportation

Bart ReijnenBart Reijnen is in charge of the Orbital Systems & Space Exploration activities within Astrium Space Transportation. In addition he is heading the Astrium Site in Bremen (Germany). Reijnen holds this position since February 2013.

Before starting to work for Astrium in Bremen, Reijnen has been Chief Executive Officer of Dutch Space in the Netherlands, since the company was acquired by Astrium in 2006. Previously he held different positions within the EADS (European Aeronautics Defence & Space) group, in Germany as well as in France, over the course of a ten year period. At EADS’ division Airbus in Toulouse Reijnen was responsible for the Project Management Office of the A380 megaliner project (at that time known as A3XX) and at EADS Headquarters in Munich Reijnen was Executive Assistant and later Chief of Staff of the CEO.

Reijnen, who has the Dutch nationality, holds a Master degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Technology in Delft, department Flight Dynamics, Stability & Control and Simulation. He is married and has 2 daughters.




Victoria Samson
Washington Office Director, Secure World Foundation (SWF)

Victoria SamsonVictoria Samson is the Washington Office Director for Secure World Foundation and has more than fourteen years of experience in military space and security issues. Among her significant previous positions, Samson served as a Senior Analyst for the Center for Defense Information (CDI), where she leveraged her expertise in missile defense, nuclear reductions, and space security issues to conduct in-depth analysis and medial commentary. Prior to her time at CDI, Samson was the Senior Policy Associate at the Coalition to Reduce Nuclear Dangers, a consortium of arms control groups in the Washington, D.C. area where she worked to

share information quickly and efficiently between Congressional staffers, members of the media, embassy officials, citizens and think-tanks dealing with national missile defense and nuclear weapons reductions. Before that, she was a researcher at Riverside Research Institute, where she worked on war-gaming scenarios for the Missile Defense Agency's Directorate of Intelligence. Known throughout the space and security arena as a thought leader on policy and budgetary issues, she is also a prolific author of numerous op-eds, analytical pieces, journal articles, and electronic updates on missile defense and space security matters.


Mark Sirangelo
Corporate Vice President, Sierra Nevada Corporation & Head, Sierra Nevada Space Systems

Mark SirangeloMr. Sirangelo leads Sierra Nevada Space Systems, a producer of satellites, space transportation vehicles, propulsion systems, and space subsystems. Sierra Nevada has been involved during its 20+ years of combined activity in over 400 space missions and has produced over 4,000 systems, subsystems and components for a wide variety of earth orbit and planetary missions. SNC is also the owner and prime developer of the Dream Chaser, an orbital vehicle transportation system currently being funded in partnership with NASA as a replacement vehicle for the Space Shuttle. Mr. Sirangelo was formerly the Chairman & CEO of SpaceDev, Inc., prior to its merging with SNC and has spent his career leading aeronautics, space and technology companies. Mr. Sirangelo’s industry board memberships include being the Chairman Emeritus of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, the founding and current Chairman of eSpace, The Center for Space Entrepreneurship and a Trustee for the Aeronautics Industries Association. His charity boards include being a board member and trustee of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and a founder, Vice Chairman and Treasurer of the International Centre for Children. Corporate and personal awards include NASA/Space Foundation’s Technology Hall of Fame, the Defense Industry’s Fast Track 50, Deloitte’s Fast Track 500, being a finalist in Ernst &Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year and on Inc. Magazine’s top 200 companies. Mr. Sirangelo holds Doctorate, MBA and Bachelor of Science degrees, has been scientifically published, has served as an officer in the US Military and is a licensed pilot.


Roger W. Teague
Director of Strategic Plans, Programs and Analyses, Headquarters Air Force Space Command

Roger W. TeagueBrig. Gen. Roger W. Teague is Director of Strategic Plans, Programs and Analyses, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. He is responsible for programming and advocating resources for the command; planning for the command's force structure, bases and facilities; managing the command's international relations and foreign disclosure programs; and overseeing the command's modeling, simulation and scientific analysis activities. General Teague was commissioned in 1986 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. His career includes a broad range of assignments primarily acquiring, operating and supporting space control, missile warning, and communications systems. He has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels and served on the staffs at Air Force headquarters. He commanded the 4th Space Operations Squadron, Schriever AFB, Colo., where he led his unit during launch, test and operational activation of three Milstar communications satellites. He also commanded the Space-Based Infrared Systems (SBIRS) Space Group and the SBIRS Wing, leading development, launch, test and on-orbit checkout of the final Defense Support Program satellite, the first two SBIRS polar orbiting payloads, and the first SBIRS geosynchronous satellite. Prior to his current assignment, he served as Vice Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.


Johann-Dietrich Wörner
Chairman of the Executive Board, 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.

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