SGAC is proud to announce the following appointments to our team after the latest round of vacancy applications.
- Space Law & Policy Project Group Co-lead – Martin Sarret
- Space Exploration Project Group Co-lead – Caitlin Crawford
- Commercial Space Project Group Co-leads – Daniel Reynolds & Stefan Siarov
- Scholarship Team Members – Maria Grulich & Michael Kretzenbacher
- Web Editors – Laurie Dickason, Avishek Ghosh & Michael Mwaura
- Local Events Coordinator – Ariane Bouilly
- Social Media Leads – Eniola Ennmae Adeniji & Sophia Huda
If you are interested in being part of the SGAC Team, you can find the latest vacancies here.
Space Law & Policy Project Group Co-Lead
Martin is a French researcher seconded by the Centre national des études spatiales (CNES) at the European Space Policy Institute. The current focus of his research is Space Security and transatlantic cooperation in the field.
Martin graduated in Modern Languages – English, German, Italian – and Management with a minor in Astronomy. As an undergraduate, he completed two exchange programmes in Germany, one of which was funded by the German Academic Exchange Office. He holds a MSc in Science and Technology Policy from Sussex Business School (Science Policy Research Unit) and is currently completing an MA in Strategic Management at the University of Paris Sud. Prior to joining ESPI, he studied Russian at the French National Institute for Oriental Civilizations and Languages (INALCO). He also worked on Launcher Development Policy and inter-agency cooperation for the Foundation for Strategic Research, a Paris-based think tank specialized in defense matters and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in collaboration with the OECD Space Forum.
Space Exploration Project Group Co-Lead
Caitlin Crawford is currently a NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Fellow and Ph.D. candidate in materials science at the Colorado School of Mines and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Her research focuses on the development and testing of new semiconductor materials for the next generation of radioisotope thermoelectric generators for deep space power. Caitlin received her Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2015. She previously worked with the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, in partnership with NASA Langley Research Center, working on public outreach for the consortium and the agency. Caitlin is passionate about space, the outdoors, and fine art.
Commercial Space Project Group Co-Lead
Daniel is currently an active duty 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force and a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studies guidance, navigation, and control theory in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Daniel is also a Draper Fellow at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, where he conducts research into the development of modernized control laws applied towards large space structures in geocentric and deep space orbits. Following his graduation from MIT, Daniel will be attending Euro-NATO joint jet pilot training for the U.S. Air Force.
Passionate about novel technologies and their applications, Stefan embarked on a journey to enter the space industry in September 2015 by enrolling at TU Delft’s Aerospace Engineering MSc programme. Since the end of 2016 he has been working as Belgian National Trainee at the European Astronaut Centre as part of Spaceship EAC, a young and energetic “think tank” assessing low TRL technologies for future lunar exploration. Specifically, he’s conducting research on how 3D printing could be a sustainable manufacturing strategy for future lunar exploration.
From a previous education, he is an industrial electromechanical engineer graduated in 2014 at Ghent University, whereas now he’s in the process of finalizing his study in aerospace engineering. Aside from this, he’s been learning about the new space era, where his participation to MIT’s Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp was a life changing experience – one he wishes to share with SGAC and beyond. Having an entrepreneurial mindset, his goal is to enable others to achieve their goals by learning about and practicing good leadership, while communicating about the importance of space. In the future he envisions to work on innovative technology projects, creating value for those who truly benefit from it.
As a commercial space projects group co-lead, he envisions to ensure an incredible team dynamic, enabling both learning and teaching about space entrepreneurship as a team. Another goal is organising a space start-up weekend, using his experience on hackathons and lessons learned from MIT’s bootcamp. Stefan currently lives in Cologne, Germany.
Maria grew up in Hannover, Germany and graduated with an M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering in 2016 from the Technical University of Munich with one exchange semester at ISAE SUPAERO, in France. She wrote her master’s thesis at the Florida Institute of Technology. She has been involved in a student working group for rocket science working on the mechanical design of a 1U CubeSat. As a team leader, she developed a sounding rocket experiment which flew in 2015 on REXUS 18 from Kiruna, Sweden. Maria participated in several space mission design competitions and workshops such as Space Station Design Workshop and RASC-AL. Currently she is working at ESA in ESTEC as a Young Graduate Trainee in the Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) section supporting as a technical officer a project for neural networks and working on a human mission to Mars from the GNC perspective.
Previously, she was in the review office of the Inspector General at ESA giving her a god overview of the full lifecycle of space projects. Maria is part of the core team of Young ESA a networking group organizing field trips and events for its members. In 2017 she was part of the scholarships team for the SGC in Adelaide and now very happy to join the SGAC Scholarships team.
Michael Kretzenbacher is a systems engineer at Loft Orbital, a San Francisco based space startup which provides an end-to-end service that affordably delivers payloads to orbit on a high-performance, standard satellite platform. Michael is a Greek, German and Australian triple citizen who has spent time working and studying in Australia, Europe and the United States. He completed an advanced masters in space systems engineering in 2016, at the Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace in Toulouse, France. During his masters, he spent time as an intern at the DLR where he wrote his thesis on Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE). From 2016-2017, Michael spent a year working as a young graduate trainee systems engineer at the European Space Agency (ESA) where he applied MBSE to the Euclid spacecraft. Michael has been involved with SGAC since he went to his first Space Generation Congress in Cape Town in 2011. Since then he has worked as the PR communications co-lead and attended another 3 SGCs and one SGFF.
Laurie is a Visual Strategist, with more than ten years of experience. Working with high profile brand’s on an international scale. Specialising in strategy, ideation, conveying concepts and considerate design research.
She has since lent her expertise to a range of agencies and institutions. Working on numerous global projects throughout her career. Prior to her role at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a Visual Strategist, she was a full-time Art Director at Apple’s in-house design team in California. Laurie continues to work for the Space Industry whilst supporting UN status NGO’s and design laboratories.
Avishek is based in UK, pursuing PhD in Materials science & engineering at Loughborough University. Avishek is part of a large consortium of research professionals working on Additive 3D Manufacturing of Metamaterials for High Frequency Applications (SYMETA), a prestigious grand challenge funded by the leading UK Research Council. He is investigating the feasibility of introducing novel metamaterial structures by using additive manufacturing techniques for high frequency applications.
After graduating in Physics from India, he decided to further pursue Masters in Space Studies (MSS) at International Space University (ISU), France. He has worked at NASA Ames Research Center on evaluating the application strategies and additive manufacturing capabilities to utilize IN-SITU resources for lunar architecture developments.
During his career, Avishek has witnessed the benefits of intercultural and interdisciplinary exchange. Being surrounded by such diverse professional environment; the opportunities to interact with delegates from various organizations around the world have been influential factors in his career. This diligence competency has always encouraged him to accelerate and develop professional skills in parallel with the academic progress.
Avishek has been part of space outreach activities in India with a vision to create awareness on the benefits of space exploration for humanity. He believes, it is an incredible opportunity to be associated with the renowned platform at SGAC while broadening the horizon with prospects of professional networking opportunities inside this global network. He is committed to deliver the best for SGAC and gain intellectual satisfaction through a meaningful contribution for this organization.
Michael Mwaura is currently a freelance software developer with a keen interest in web technology. After graduating with a Bachelor in Information Systems Technology from United States International University, he worked at different capacities facilitating in development of web applications for both commercial and humanitarian use. He also worked for Bata Shoe Company as a Sales Assistant where he gained experience in sales and marketing. His interests are Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality and virtual Reality. His passion is programming, reading and space exploration.
Local Events Coordinator
In 2014 Ariane completed her Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the French engineering school AgroParisTech. She majored in environmental management and engineering, focusing more specifically on waste, water, land and energy management. In link with her studies and a longstanding interest for space she had various experiences always focusing on the link between space activities and the environment. She first worked with EADS Astrium analysing management strategies for terrestrial environmental issues that could be adapted to the space debris issue. She then joined the French space Agency CNES for her master’s thesis project focusing on how space observation could be used to monitor plastic pollution in the oceans. Her project was awarded first prize during the 2014 ESA-NASA international workshop on environment and alternative energy. During her studies Ariane also obtained the French “International Experience Certificate” for two 6 months-long work research projects in Equatorial Guinea and Australia during which she strengthened her deep interest for the environment. After working with ESA for more than 2 years within the Agency’s Sustainable Development Office, she joined in 2017 Airbus Defense and Space in Germany and is now involved on the topics of products environmental compliance and eco-design.
Social Media Leads
Eniola Ennmae Adeniji
Eniola Ennmae Adeniji is a certified Business and Personal Development Coach. She is an industrialist and has a passion for helping small businesses grow. She specializes in Marketing Strategy, Branding, Digital Marketing and Content creation.
She has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. Certificate in Digital Marketing, and Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence. Building, Managing and Leading Successful Businesses from LeapAfrica and has also earned certifications in Media and Broadcasting.
She is a 2016 Young African Leaders Initiative (Yali) Fellow.
She is the founder of ProjectTrain5000, a project aimed at training 5000 people annually all over Nigeria in various skills for free, towards financial empowerment. She is the CEO of EbonyandEthan, a Fashion forward company that specializes in making ready to wear clothes and shoes. She is the Co-founder of Bizbranda, a company that help SMEs with branding, digital marketing, marketing strategies and scaling. She is the founder of Woman Of Value Empowerment Initiative, an NGO that focuses on sending girls from rural communities to school while also training them to code.
Ennmae lives in Lagos, Nigeria. She is passionate about technology, Open Data, community driven projects, and considers herself a futurist.
Sophia is a communications specialist and has worked on communications and public affairs issues for the public, private, and NGO sector.
Originally from Toronto, Canada she has also lived and worked in France, Belgium, the West Bank, and the United States. Sophia has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto, an M.Sc. in European Politics and Policy from KU Leuven, and and M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.