SGAC welcomes new team members!
SGAC is proud to announce the following appointments to our team after the latest round of vacancy applications:
- Commercial Space Project Group Co-Lead – Nicholas Florio
- Space and CyberSecurity Co-Lead – Giulia De Rossi
- Reports Team Editor – Bashir Sani Bala
- NCAC Communications Manager – Fiorella Arias-Bonilla
- Project Groups Media and Communications Lead – Anne-Marlene Rüede
- Project Groups Partnerships Lead – Luca Ricci
- General Counsel Co-Lead – Stephen Robison
- General Counsel Co-Lead – Adeife Ayomide JIDE-OMOLE
- Executive Secretary Team Member – Johanne Ekue
- Scholarships Team Co-Lead – Shreya Santra
If you are interested in being part of the SGAC Team, you can find the latest vacancies here.
Commercial Space Project Group Co-Lead
Giulia De Rossi
Space and CyberSecurity Co-Lead
Bashir Sani Bala
Reports Team Editor
NCAC Communications Manager
Project Groups Media and Communications Lead
Project Groups Partnerships Lead
General Counsel Co-Lead
Stephen is an Associate in the Litigation Department at McDonald Hopkins and a member of the firm’s national Data Privacy and Cybersecurity team. He is experienced in the areas of data privacy and cybersecurity, government contracts, national security, defense, technology and space. As part of McDonald Hopkins’ national Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group, Stephen helps companies assess and respond to data privacy and cybersecurity incidents, including investigation of security incidents, breach notification obligations and compliance, and post-breach responses. His practice also includes providing clients with proactive, pre-breach services that focus on protecting personal, sensitive and confidential information and minimizing the risk of a data privacy incident.
Prior to joining McDonald Hopkins, Stephen ran his own law practice representing and advising clients on government regulations and contracting matters. His industry experience also includes several years with the Global Space Law Center developing proposals and responses to assist the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. Furthermore, he worked in the Technology Transfer Office at the NASA Glenn Research Center where he negotiated, analyzed, and reviewed the licensing of government IP to private entities.
Prior to the start of his legal career Stephen served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army at Fort Benning leading logistics and task delegation at the 199th Infantry Brigade.
Stephen earned a LLM in national security law from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an editor of the Journal of National Security Law & Policy and competed in the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition. He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and graduated with a BA in political science from John Carroll University.
Adeife Ayomide JIDE-OMOLE
General Counsel Co-Lead
Ayomide A. JIDE-OMOLE is a qualified Barrister and Solicitor of the Federal Republic of Nigeria who has spent most of her legal career across Europe and Africa. She obtained a Masters degree from the Institute of Air and Space Law at Leiden University in 2020 and in the same year co-pioneered the Space Futures Forum where she advocates for the sustainable development of space as an 18th SDG. She currently serves as the head of Aircraft Brokerage at Copterjet International Ltd in Lagos Nigeria. When she is not engaged at speaking seminars, she writes about aviation, space and international development on her blog.
Executive Secretary Team Member
Johanne Ekue is an intern Analyst at the Research Institute for Innovation and Sustainability(South Africa) and an Aspiring data analytics for AI for Earth. She is an active member of the Space Generation Advisory Council and was recently assigned as a delegate team member for the Space Generation Congress. Prior to that, she served as a delegate team member for the 5th African Space Generation workshop and as the delegate team leader for the 6th South American Space Generation Workshop. In addition to this, She is an advocate for Women in Physics in Ghana and Genuis in Africa.
Johanne believes that space and outer space is a timeless topic, thus she wants to inculcate deep learning and space to discover to help understand the cosmos. We exist because the cosmos exist.
Scholarships Team Co-Lead
Dr. Shreya Santra is currently an Assistant Professor in Space Robotics at Tohoku University, Japan. She pursued her Ph.D. at the Space Robotics Lab (SRL) in Tohoku University as a Japanese government MEXT scholar. Her Ph.D. thesis was focused on Swarm coordination for planetary surface exploration in collaboration with DLR Institute of Communications and Navigation, Germany. She completed her undergraduate degree in Electrical Electronics Engineering from India and M.Sc in Space and Engineering Systems from France and Russia. She works on various projects related to the optimization of space missions and has vast experience working with international teams to develop and design space systems. She is an active member of SGAC and has been recognized for her contribution towards space outreach and SGAC activities around the globe. She is the Co-founder and Director of Space Technology at Spaceonova (a space education and research company in India) and Director of Outreach for Spaceport SARABHAI (India’s first space policy thinktank).