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Building on the success of the numerous SGAC event in the United States, the 2nd International Student House Event is a local event focused on international space utilization that follows the same objectives of the SGAC local events currently being held around the world for university students and young professionals in the Washington D.C. area. This event is held by the International Student House in Washington D.C. and organized by the Space Generation Advisory Council and the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology with the support of JAXA’s Washington D.C. office. This event will feature a panel format, with guests from space agencies and embassy space attaches. It focuses on two themes: International space cooperation and Utilizing space technology for international development and economic growth.


The panel is the second event to be held by SGAC in collaboration with the ISH. The objective of the event is as follows.

(i) To strengthen the regional network of the students and young professionals in the Washington D.C. region;

(ii) To provide a perspective of space cooperation and diplomacy to the participants from the top professionals in the area;

(iii) To examine and consider key questions in space cooperation and diplomacy that the community is facing. The panel format allows participants to discuss and to provide inputs from the next generation; and

(iv) To allow tomorrow’s leaders to have the opportunity to interact with today’s space leaders and professionals in the region through the cooperation.

Venue & Logistics

International Student House in Washington D.C., 1825 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009


Time Event
18:00 – 18:05 Opening Remarks (ISH Representative)
18:05 – 18:10 Guest Speaker (Dr. Hertzfeld, GWU)
18:10 – 18:20 Agenda & GPP Program Overview (Prof. Iwata, TUAT)
18:20 – 18:35 GWU/TUAT Presentation
18:35 – 18:55 Keynote Lecture (Dr. Isobe, TUAT)
19:00 – 20:00 Panel Discussion
20:10 – 21:10  Reception


Cody Knipfer
Cody KnipferGovernment Affairs Specialist
Cody Knipfer is a Government Affairs Specialist for Virgin Galactic, Virgin Orbit, and The Spaceship Company. In this role, he supports and manages the companies’ interactions and work with the United States Congress, federal agencies, and state governments. Cody is a graduate of George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute with a Master’s degree in domestic and international space policy.
Jeffrey Manber
Jeffrey ManberCEO at NanoRacks
Jeffrey Manber is regarded as one of the pioneering commercial space entrepreneurs. As CEO of NanoRacks, from 2009, Manber has steered the growth of the first company to own and market its own hardware and services on board the International Space Station. Manber has been involved in several of the key breakthrough commercial space projects, principally those revolving around the commercialization of space assets as well as the integration of the Russian space industry into major space programs, including that of the International Space Station. Manber is believed to be the only American to be an official part of the Russian space corporation, RSC Energia, during their privatization period of the 1990s.
Dr. Hiroaki Isobe
Dr. Hiroaki IsobeAssociate Professor at Kyoto City University of Arts
Dr. Hiroaki ISOBE completed his Ph.D. thesis “Observational and numerical studies on magnetic reconnection in the solar corona” at Kyoto University. He joined the newly established Unit of Synergetic Studies for Space (USSS) at Kyoto University as a faculty member, where his mission was to promote and pioneer interdisciplinary studies about space science and space utilization. He also collaborates with humanities scholars and started several projects such as space ethics, space anthropology and the survey of historical aurora records. In addition, he promoted this activities with Prof. IWATA. Based on this background, he has been supporting GPP since 2017. In particular, he advised the students for creating their ideas.
Mike Gold
Mike GoldV.P for Regulatory/Policy & General Counsel
Mike Gold serves dual roles for Maxar Technologies as a Vice President for Regulatory / Policy and as General Counsel for the company’s Radiant Solutions business unit. Mr. Gold deals with a wide variety of issues ranging from the implementation of international treaty obligations to export control, reform-focused policy development, and technology commercialization. Mr. Gold Chairs the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee which provides independent advice to the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation. Mr. Gold also serves on the NASA Advisory Council where he Chairs the newly formed Regulatory and Policy Committee. Additionally, Mr. Gold has served on the Executive Board of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (“CSF”) and is currently Chair of the CSF’s Export Control Committee. Mr. Gold is the recipient of a NASA Group Achievement Award for his role in the development and deployment of the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module. Moreover, Mr. Gold has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate on space law, policy, and commercialization, and has written three law review articles and one book chapter on export control reform. Mr. Gold is admitted to practice law in New York and the District of Columbia, and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Guest Speakers

Dr. Henry Hertzfeld
Dr. Henry HertzfeldResearch Professor of Space Policy & International Affairs
Dr. Henry R. Hertzfeld (Ph.D., Temple University; J.D., George Washington University) is the Director of the Space Policy Institute, a Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs at The Elliott School, and an adjunct Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School. His research interests include economic and legal issues of space policy, commercial uses of space technologies, technology policy, innovation and technology transfer, microeconomic analysis and administrative law.
Prof. Yoko Iwata
Prof. Yoko IwataAssociate Professor at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
Prof. Yoko IWATA has been implementing innovative educational programs for linking Science and Technology and Society since she started her career in Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). In JAXA, she was the first coordinator of interdisciplinary research. In addition, she developed educational programs for thinking concerning Space. Based on this background, she launched Global Professional Program, GPP at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT). GPP aims at fostering of “Global Professionals” who will contribute to increasing Japan’s presence in the global community by creating innovative solutions to trans-scientific problems.








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