SGAC welcomes new team members!

SGAC is proud to announce the following appointments to our team after the latest round of vacancy applications.

  • Legal Team Co-Lead – Alice Riviere
  • Legal Team Co-Lead – Hamza Hameed
  • Legal Team Member – Alex Marinova
  • Legal Team Member – Tereza Odstrcilikova
  • Public Relation and Communications Co-Lead – Erin Gibbons
  • Public Relations and Communications Team Co-Lead – Maggie Handler
  • Strategic Partnership Team Member – Simon Shuham
  • Strategic Partnership Team Member – Laura Gonzalez Llamazares
  • Treasurer – Josh Schertz
  • Regional Secretary Africa – Yusuf Suleiman
  • Project Groups Coordinator – Alessandra Vernile
  • Space Law and Policy Project Group Co-Lead – Kyran Grattan
  • Space Safety and Sustainability group Co-Lead – Anne Marlene Rüede
  • Commercial Space Group Co-Lead – Andrew Kurzrok

If you are interested in being part of the SGAC Team, you can find the latest vacancies here.

Alice Riviere

Legal Team Co-Lead


Alice Rivière LL.M. is admitted as attorney-at-law in the State of New York and as avocat la cour in Paris. She works in the Legal & Compliance of Airbus Defence  and Space in Munich, Germany.

She holds an LL.M. in International Law from the University of Miami, Master’s degree in International Economic Law from Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and Columbia Law School/Sciences Po Paris, a Maîtrise en droit from Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, and an LL.M./Magister legum from Universität zu Köln.


Hamza Hameed

Legal Team Co-Lead

Hamza Hameed is a Pakistani lawyer currently working as a Legal Consultant at the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) in Rome, Italy. His primary focus is on secured transactions law whereby he works on the Cape Town Convention and its Protocols, specifically those relating to Space Assets, and Mining, Agricultural and Construction (MAC) equipment. He is closely involved in the activities of the Cape Town Convention Academic Project and is the Manager for Fundraising and Administration at the UNIDROIT Foundation. He holds an Advanced LLM degree in Air and Space Law from the International Institute for Air and Space Law at Leiden University. He has been a member of the Space Generation Advisory Council’s (SGAC) Legal Team since 2018, and has also served as the National Point of Contact for Pakistan since 2016.


Alex Marinova

Legal Team Member

Alex is a legal consultant running her own company First Steps Legal in the UK. The consultancy works with space and tech startups and SMEs from all around the world. She has graduated Lancaster University with a degree in international law and went to pursue a career as an independent advisor. She is an amateur astronomer, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, long-standing member of UKSEDS and sit on the Legal Council of For All Moonkind.


Tereza Odstrcilikova

Legal Team Member

Tereza is a lawyer in one of the most exciting industries in the whole world – aviation. As a legal professional, she has been providing in-house legal counselling at the Civil Aviation Authority Czech Republic. She joined SGAC as she believes that some interesting parallels between air and space law exist, in particular its significant technological aspect, and what she came to appreciate the most, the depth of the international legal challenges.

Erin Gibbons

Public Relation and Communications Co-Lead 

Having completed an Honours Bachelor of Science in the Earth and Environmental Sciences at McMaster University, Erin is currently a direct-entry PhD student studying Planetary Sciences at McGill University. She is researching how traces of ancient life on Mars may have become fossilized and preserved in the rocks. She studies   the ecology and fossilization of microbial life in glacial/subglacial systems in the highlands of Iceland to simulate the cold, nutrient-limited conditions of ancient Mars. As a student collaborator with NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, she hopes that her work will help focus the search for life on Mars and maximize the likelihood of detecting Martians. Erin is a strong advocate for cross-disciplinary and experiential learning in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) and hopes to inspire her peers to engage with the space sector and experience all the wonder that it has to offer.


Maggie Handler

Public Relations and Communications Team Co-Lead 

At the age of two, Maggie was quickly escorted out of a movie theater in her father’s arms during a showing of “Contact,” an adaptation of Carl Sagan’s classic novel. The opening scene is a beautiful montage of interstellar space, and Maggie couldn’t help but yell, “Stars! Moon!” Even then, Maggie wanted to share her passion for space with everyone around her. While she has mostly grown out of shouting about the majesty of space in crowded theaters, space remains Maggie’s driving energy. Her mission is to promote the importance of human exploration of outer space and open the doors of the space community to anyone who wants to be part of it. While studying at Miami University, Maggie founded a student-run organization, “Business in Space,” dedicated to helping students navigate the space sector and learn more about ongoing exploration efforts. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in marketing, Maggie interned at the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, a non-profit lobbying group for space policy. Currently, Maggie is the marketing communications specialist at Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI), an aerospace software company. Through digital marketing campaigns and public outreach efforts, Maggie shares AGI’s story of supporting the space industry. “Contact” is still her favorite movie.


Simon Shuham

Strategic Partnership Team Member 

Simon Shuham is a propulsion engineer at Blue Origin working on engine system design and assembly for the BE-3U and BE-4 engines. Prior to working at Blue Origin, he worked as a propulsion system design engineer at United Launch Alliance, focusing on pressurization systems on the Delta, Atlas, and Vulcan launch vehicles. Simon works extensively with STEM outreach groups including AIAA, Seattle’s Museum of Flight, SEDS, and SGAC focusing on young professional development and youth engagement. Simon holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Harvard College and an M.S. in aerospace engineering from University of Colorado Boulder.

Laura Gonzalez Llamazares

Strategic Partnership Team Member

Laura is the CMO and cofounder of Radian Systems, a recently launched thermal analysis start-up for space. She is also involved in two ESA science missions, PLATO and ATHENA, at the spanish equivalent of a space agency (INTA). Laura graduated as Aerospace Engineer from University of León with a year at University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. She received her masters from University Carlos III of Madrid, doing her thesis on Model Based Systems Engineering in collaboration with SENER Aerospace. During her bachelor’s and masters studies she participated and lead several engineering collaborative projects, includying 3D printers, rockets and cubesats. She is passionate about space and eager to contribute to this thrilling field !


Josh Schertz


Josh is a software engineer, serial entrepreneur, and Space Resources Master student at the Colorado School of Mines. He is currently a Graduate Researcher developing laser power beaming technology for eventual deployment at the lunar poles. Josh’s background is in finance, having received dual BBAs in finance and accounting from University of Texas at San Antonio. He worked at a Fortune 10 company on financial projections and transfer pricing, before cofounding an algorithmic trading firm. After an opportunity to tour SpaceX’s Hawthorne factory, he was inspired to change careers into the space industry. Beyond the quantitative, Josh is also a science communication journalist at, a news platform he cofounded. Josh’s passion is in empowering people to make a better world, whether that’s through technology, science outreach, or by providing a friendly ear. While Josh previously held an Event Finance Manager position within SGAC, he will now contribute greater strategic oversight of SGAC’s entire finance system.

Yusuf Suleiman 

Regional Secretary Africa

Yusuf is a human-centered designer and Geo enthusiast who is very passionate about the environment, climate change, and public policy. He was both a UN SDSN Youth localpathways and  YouthMappers Leadership Fellow and has gained extensive experience in research and data analysis. He has lead several advocacy campaigns that leverages on open data and technology to raise awareness about environmental and sustainability issues. There’s a huge difference between people talking about change, transition and sustainability and people doing it. Yusuf fits the last description. What describes him best is an innovative catalyst in each part of the process. He lives and breathes sustainability, instead of talking about it. And he’ll make it happen, whatever is required.

Alessandra Vernile

Project Groups Coordinator 

Alessandra Vernile is Project Officer at EURISY, in Paris since December 2017. Previously, she worked as Resident Fellow at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in Vienna, with a fellowship from the Italian Space Agency, where she focused mainly on the rise of the private actors in the space sector, the engagement of stakeholders in the UNISPACE+50 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Between 2015 and 2016 she spent six months as Intern at the Strategy Department at European Space Agency HQ (Paris). Before this, Alessandra held the position of Event Manager at NATO Defence College Foundation (Rome). Graduated with a Master’s degree in International Relations at LUMSA University (Rome), she also attended a Master in Economic Security, Geopolitics, and Intelligence at SIOI (Rome). Since 2015 Alessandra is actively contributing to Mediterranean Affairs drafting analysis and reports, mainly on the topic of terrorism and international security. Alessandra is also a member of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) since 2016, where she serves as Project Group Coordinator and member of the Executive Committee since June 2018. Alessandra has also been part of the organising team of the Space Generation Forum 2.0 in support of UNISPACE +50 that took place in Vienna in June 2018.

Kyran Grattan

Space Law and Policy Co-Lead 

Kyran is a young scholar committed to international peace and prosperity in outer space. He holds diplomas from the International Institute of Air and Space Law, International Space University and the European Centre for Space Law, where he championed space law students as a Class President, Class Speaker and Student Representative. Currently, Kyran is a science communication lecturer at the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, but is looking to do doctoral research in the domain of space law.

Anne Marlene Rüede 

Space Safety and Sustainability Co Lead

Anne-Marlene is a space and extreme environments architect from the Swiss Polytechnic Federal Institute in Lausanne (EPFL). She has worked on various projects, including satellite design, Mars human exploration mission planning and habitat design. She currently is a PhD student at the EPFL Space Center (eSpace), where she works on the topic of sustainable space logistics. She has a particular interest in architectures, which allow for sustainable and resilient life support, in-situ (re)manufacturing, and their potential applications on Earth.

Andrew Kurzrok

Commercial Space Group Co-Lead 

Andrew Kurzrok is an entrepreneur and technologist. As a Business Manager at Amphenol Times Microwave Systems, he leads a design and manufacturing team that helps the world’s leading spaceflight and research organizations solve their hardest RF communications and power challenges. His spaceflight interests include on-orbit servicing, orbital debris, and community-built cubesats. He is a proud alumni of NASA’s Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program and the Caltech Space Challenge. Prior to Times Microwave, Andrew designed, implemented, and evaluated policies to stop the spread of nuclear weapons as a Research Scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. His analyses and reform proposals on behalf of numerous U.S. agencies and international organizations have led to several changes in U.S. regulations. He has published in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, ESARDA Bulletin, Arms Control Today, and the New Haven Register. Andrew holds a BA and MBA from Yale University and outside the office enjoys hiking, transcontinental road trips, and watching the ISS fly over.