Speakers and Experts

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Speakers and Experts2018-09-27T09:29:42+00:00

The Space Generation Advisory Council is pleased to have another fantastic line-up of international speakers for the 2018 Space Generation Congress. These will be announced soon. This page will be updated with more details as they become available, so check back often.

Working Group Speakers

Pascale Ehrenfreund

Pascale Ehrenfreund

Chair, German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Pascale Ehrenfreund is the Chair of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The German Aerospace Center is among the largest centers for aerospace in Europe with more than 8200 employees at 40 institutes and 20 locations in Germany. Since two decades she contributed as Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator and Team leader to ESA and NASA astronomy and planetary missions as well as experiments in low Earth orbit and on the International Space Station. Pascale Ehrenfreund is also Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs at the Space Policy Institute/George Washington University in Washington DC. From 2013-2015 she was President of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). Pascale Ehrenfreund holds a Master degree in Molecular Biology, a PhD in Astrophysics, and a Master degree in Management & Leadership. The asteroid “9826 Ehrenfreund 2114 T-3” bears her name.

Jason Crusan

Jason Crusan

Director for the Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Division with the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Jason Crusan is the Director for the Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Division with the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).   He is the senior executive, manager, principle advisor and advocate on technology and innovation approaches leading to new flight and system capabilities for human exploration. Jason manages 500-600 Civil Servants with an active portfolio of 20-30 engineering and design projects.  He leads integration with the Space Technology Mission Directorate and the other HEOMD programs such as the International Space Station and the Exploration System Development Programs.

Using an integrated approach that leverages public-private partnerships, industry, international partners, and academia, Mr. Crusan leads AES across all NASA Centers, developing and maintaining critical human spaceflight capabilities; maturing new integrated systems, instruments, and ground systems; and delivering critical multi-million dollar flight hardware for NASA. He provides the executive management and leadership needed to develop the right technology development strategies, system acquisition strategies, contracting mechanisms, joint investment models and partnerships—in short, he develops the innovative approaches needed to maximize NASA’s access to new technologies and capabilities for human spaceflight

Patrick O’Keeffe

Managing Director, AMC Solutions & Non-Resident Fellow, Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University (ISPK)

Patrick O’Keeffe is an international security and policy expert focusing on the multidisciplinary environment of aerospace, maritime, and cyber. In his function as the Managing Director of AMC Solutions and Non-Resident Fellow at the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University (ISPK), Center for Asia-Pacific Strategy and Security, Patrick O’Keeffe is supporting various entities in the transformation of aerospace, maritime, and cyber strategies and policies. Until recently, Patrick O’Keeffe served as a German Navy Officer at a NATO Centre of Excellence, facilitated between NATO partners, UN bodies, academia and industry, and presented as guest speaker and opening keynote at several security conferences. An aerospace engineer specialized in astrodynamics and satellite operations and a former military aviator, Patrick O’Keeffe studied international law and economics, and publishes on international security and space capabilities.

Jose Ocasion-Christian

Chief Executive Officer of Caelus Partners

Jose Ocasio-Christian is the Chief Executive Officer of Caelus Partners, an organization focused on Space industry opportunities and Investors by providing strategic consulting investment services that are of value to investors, entrepreneurs and nation state governments.  His areas of focus are to build partnerships between Nation-State space agencies, commercial organizations and investors (both individual, venture capital, nation-states and banking institutions) to harmonize and create Space opportunities that impact general audiences globally.  He manages space investment deals that are valued between $10M and higher and are applicable to Earth markets. Additionally, he is responsible for leading the efforts globally to identify and influence national and international policy gaps in the economic and security arena that impact the investment deals as well as individuals associated with it.

A key project within Caelus Partners that he is leading is a project to institutionalize and bring global economic, nation state and social stability to the space domain – Community in Space™.  The Community in Space™ (CiS) is a privately led concept that allows for all interested stakeholders (nation-states, businesses and scientific organizations) to have a common frame of reference in order to develop the requirements to sustain and improve the social, economic, and governing environment in the space domain in a nation-state dominated and volatile environment.

Ludger Fröbel

National Technical Authority (NTA), Strategic Partnerships, ArianeGroup

Ludger Fröbel is the National Technical Authority Germany at ArianeGroup.  ArianeGroup is a joint venture of Airbus and Safran to take the European space industry to the highest possible level. ArianeGroup houses the entire scope of civil and military launcher activities and competences with a workforce of over 9,000 employees in France and Germany. Since more than 30 years he worked as a physicist and manager  in the space domain starting with the German Spacelab D-2 mission as manager for the flight software at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), heading space technology activities for space operation at DLR, being R&T program manager for space technology and transportation at DLR in the 2000ies and joined Astrium ST in 2010 finally as the R&T director. At ArianeGroup he is now  in charge of strategic partnership on research and innovation to prepare the future of ArianeGroup. Ludger Fröbel holds a diploma in high energy physics at University Bonn, Germany and CERN, Switzerland and a master degree for space systems engineering from TU Delft, Netherlands.

Christina Giannopapa

Head of the Political Affairs Office, European Space Agency

Dr. Christina Giannopapa is Head of Political Affairs Office in the Strategy Department of the Director General’s Services of the European Space Agency (ESA) in Paris. She is responsible i.a for developing political aspects of security. From 2010 to 2012 she has been seconded from the Agency as Resident Fellow at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in Vienna, where she has been supporting the European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC) and lead studies on innovation, Galileo, Copernicus and Africa. In the policy areas she also worked briefly in DG Research, European Commission. From 2007 to 2010, she has been working in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Technical and Quality Management Directorate of ESA in the Netherlands. Prior to joining ESA she has worked as a consultant to high-tech industries in research and technology development. She held positions in academia in Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands and in the University of London, UK. She has received 14 academic scholarships and awards and has 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. She holds a PhD in Engineering and Applied Mathematics; an MEng in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Mechatronics; and an MBA in International Management from the University of London, UK. Additionally, she holds an assistant professor position in the Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences at Eindhoven University of Technology. She is the chairperson of the Fluid Structure Interaction (FSI) Committee of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and is the chairperson of the Committee for Liaison with International Organisations and Developing
Nations (CLIODN) of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF).

Dr. Oliver Romberg

Head of the DLR department System Analysis Space Segment for the German Aerospace Center

Dr. Oliver Romberg studied Mechanical Engineering with specialization in Mechanics, performed his phD at the Institute for Mechanics of the University of Hannover in 1998 and worked since then in the field of Space Technology. In the year 1998 he started in the company OHB System in Bremen, Germany as Systems Engineer, Project Manager and later as deputy department head. In parallel he gave lectures in Mechanics at the University of Applied Science in Bremen. Since 2007 Dr. Romberg works as head of the DLR department System Analysis Space Segment for the German Aerospace Center. As assistant professor he gives lectures in Systems and Concurrent Engineering at the University of Bremen.

Dr. Minoo Rathnasabapathy

Research Engineer Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab

Dr. Minoo Rathnasabapathy is a Research Engineer within the Space Enabled Research Group at the MIT Media Lab. In this role, she helps coordinate projects in collaboration with international development organizations, national governments and entrepreneurial companies to apply space technology in support of the Sustainable Development Goals. She also leads efforts in writing proposals, communicating the team’s work through writing and speaking, as well as and mentoring students. Previously, Dr. Rathnasabapathy served as the Executive Director of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), a global non-governmental organization which acts in support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications, based in Vienna, Austria. Dr. Rathnasabapathy was responsible for leading the operations, business development, strategy, and policy output for SGAC, a network that represents over 10,000 university students and young professionals in 110+ countries. Dr. Rathnasabapathy earned her Ph.D in Aerospace Engineering from RMIT University, researching the impact dynamics of novel materials used in aerospace structures. Dr. Rathnasabapathy serves as a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Space Technology and the Generation-Next Advisory Board for Via Satellite.

Spotlight Speakers

Andreas

Thibaud Delourme

Team Leader for Copernicus User Uptake, Unit on Space Data for Societal Challenges and
Growth, European Commission

Thibaud Delourme joined the European Commission in 2013, where he worked in the Chief Economist unit of the Directorate General for Industry and Internal Market (DG GROW). He is now team leader for Copernicus user uptake in the unit on Space Data for Societal Challenges and Growth. His team develops initiatives to increase the use of Copernicus and to foster innovation in the space data sector, notably by supporting start-ups, universities and public organisations. Thibaud Delourme studied Economics at the University of Oxford.

Eva Quante-Brandt

Eva Quante-Brandt

Presidents of the Joint Science Conference of the German Bundesländer, City of Bremen

Professor Dr. Eva Quante-Brandt was born 1960 in Bremen and is married with two children. She studied Pedagogy, German Philology and Physical Education at the University of Hamburg and became a College teacher in Bremen. In 2011 she was elected State Secretary of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen for European Affairs and Development Cooporation. In 2012 she became the Senator for Education and Science. She stayed in office until mid-June 2015, before she became the Senator for Science, Health and Consumer Protection under Major Carsten Sieling. Eva Quante-Brandt was a long term Chairwoman of the Young Socialists in the SPD-Regional Association Bremen, the General Students Committee at Hamburg University, Head of the Sports Youth Bremen. Professor Dr. Quante-Brandt re-elected as one of two Presidents of the Joint Science Conference of the German Bundesländer in 2017.

Michael Hawes

Michael Hawes

Vice President and Orion Program Manager, Lockheed Martin

As Vice President and Orion Program Manager, Dr. Hawes brings a diverse background of program management, aerospace engineering, mission operations, and leadership experience that is critical to leading one of Lockheed Martin’s most notable programs.

He joined Lockheed Martin in July 2011 after concluding a 33-year career with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) that began with his role on the Mission Control team for the Skylab Reentry in 1979. He has held many leadership positions in the
space industry as Director for Human Space Flight Programs with Lockheed Martin’s Washington Operations organization, and as the Associate Administrator for Independent Program and Cost Evaluation where he was responsible for providing objective studies and analyses in support of policy, program, and budget decisions by the NASA Administrator.

In addition, he served as Deputy Associate Administrator, International Space Station (ISS) and Program Director for the ISS; Deputy Associate Administrator for Program Integration in the Office of Space Operations at NASA Headquarters; and supported the Space Shuttle Program focusing on Return to Flight actions as well as the transition and disposition of assets at the program’s conclusion.

Among many career awards, Dr. Hawes has received NASA’s Distinguished Service and Outstanding Leadership Medals. He has been recognized with three Senior Executive Service Rank Awards and was the NASA recipient of the Prince of Asturias Award from His Royal Highness, the Prince of Spain. Dr. Hawes was inducted as a member of the International Academy of Astronautics in September 2013. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a Fellow of the American Astronautical Society.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and Masters and Doctor of Science of Engineering Management degrees from the George Washington University. He is also a graduate in Program Management from the Defense Systems Management College, Ft. Belvoir, Va.

Jean-Yves Le Gall

Christian Feichtinger

Executive Director, International Astronautical Federation

Dr Feichtinger took up the post of IAF Executive Director on 1 January 2012.

Before moving to the IAF, Feichtinger, who comes from Austria, spent three years as senior advisor on exploration at the European Space Agency (ESA). Prior to that, he was head of ESA’s permanent mission in the Russian Federation, after having worked as the Agency’s representative for human space flight and exploration in Moscow during 10 years.

Previous positions Feichtinger held include: flight operations support manager for the Euro-Russian EUROMIR-94 and 95 missions at the Russian mission control centre near Moscow; liaison officer to Russian organisations within the EUROMIR-94 and 95 mission management teams at the ESTEC technical centre in the Netherlands; and technical manager of the Soviet-Austrian AUSTROMIR project and follow-on missions.

Feichtinger holds a PhD in space experimentation from Graz University of Technology, Austria.

Dan Dumbacher

Dan Dumbacher

Executive Director, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

Dan Dumbacher is the Executive Director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Before joining the AIAA staff in January 2018, Dumbacher was a Professor of Engineering Practice in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University, where he taught courses in systems thinking, systems engineering, and space policy.

Prior to Purdue, Dumbacher served as the Deputy Associate Administrator, Exploration Systems Development Division, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. In that capacity, he provided leadership and management as the Program Director
for Exploration Systems Development, which included: the Space Launch System, Orion, and Ground Systems Development and Operations development and integration efforts. He led a national team of over 5,000, spanning all NASA centers and industry, and was responsible for a $3 billion annual budget.

During his career, he has received numerous awards and honors including the coveted Silver Snoopy Award and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal. In 2015, Purdue recognized him with the Gustafson Teaching Award.

Dumbacher earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He has also completed the Senior Managers in Government program at Harvard University.
Dumbacher is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana. He and his wife Lee have three grown children.

Marc Avila

Marc Avila

Executive Director of the Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM) and Professor for fluid mechanics at the Faculty of Production Engineering of the University of Bremen

Marc Avila studied mathematics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and at the University of Glasgow. From 2005 to 2008 he did his doctorate on fluid mechanics at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona. Half of his graduation time he spent at the Arizona State University as a research scholar. After his graduation, he was a postdoc at the Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik und Selbstorganisation in Göttingen working with Prof. Björn Hof. From 2011 to 2016 he held a professorship for simulation in nano- and microfluidic mechanics in the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. Since March 2016 he is the Executive Director of the Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM) and Professor for fluid mechanics at the Faculty of Production Engineering of the University of Bremen. For his work on turbulence he received the Young Scientist Award of the European Mechanics Society in 2009, and in 2018, he was awarded the Richard-von-Mises Prize of the International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM). He aims at supporting the new generations of young scientists and engineers, as well as increasing the impact of science beyond the scientific community.

Dr. Oliver Juckenhoefel

Oliver Juckenhoefel

Vice President On-Orbit Services and Exploration at Airbus Defence and Space

Oliver Juckenhoefel is in charge of the On-Orbit Services and Exploration activities within Airbus Defence and Space and is also Head of the company’s Bremen Site (Germany). He has held these positions since 1st November 2016. His responsibilities include the European contribution to NASA’s Orion program, operation and utilization of the International Space Station’s Columbus Module and the development of innovative robotic servicing solutions for Space Infrastructure.

He became Head of the ATV and ORION ESM Programs within Airbus Defence and Space (formerly Astrium GmbH) in October 2013. Previously, he was COO/CTO of
Atlas Elektronik (Germany/UK), a leading provider of sonar systems and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV). From October 1996 until July 2009, he held different positions within the Airbus Group and its preceding companies, both in Germany and in Italy, where he was responsible for the Galileo pathfinder mission of the Joint Venture Company Galileo Industries.

Oliver Juckenhoefel holds German nationality and has a Doctorate Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. Specialising in Fluid Dynamics, he was awarded a one year research scholarship at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA and was also a recipient of the “Werner-von-Siemens-Ring Foundation” Award to Young Researchers for his work in the field of Satellite Control by Autonomous Systems. He is the author of various papers and patents.

Oliver Juckenhoefel is married and has two children.

Dr. Oliver Juckenhoefel

Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar

CEO – Coalition for Deep Space Exploration

Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar is President and CEO of the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration, an industry trade group supporting human exploration, science, and commerce in deep space.  Under her leadership the Coalition has grown from 5 companies to more than 60 over the past three years and is a well-regarded source of information, policy thought leadership, and education in support of NASA’s programs, the aerospace industry, and national leadership in space.
Before starting her own consulting firm in 2004, Dr. Dittmar coordinated R&D and later managed Flight Operations for The Boeing Company on the International Space Station Program. More recently she was Senior Policy Advisor to the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), which manages the International Space Station National Laboratory.  She has also served as a senior advisor to NASA, the DoD, and the FAA.
Mary Lynne is a Fellow of the National Research Society, an Associate Fellow of the American Institute for Astronautics and Aeronautics, and serves on the Board of Directors of the American Astronautical Society.  From 2012-2014 she was a member of the National Research Council Committee on Human Spaceflight, and is currently in her second term as a member of the Executive Committee of the Space Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.  In June of 2018 she was appointed by the NASA Administrator to the User’s Advisory Group of the National Space Council.  She resides in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Oliver Juckenhoefel

Gary Martin

Senior Advisor to the Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy on space education and research

Gary Martin is Senior Advisor to the Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy on space education and research.  He retired from NASA in 2017.

At NASA, he worked for 32 years at multiple NASA Centers across the Agency (LaRC, NASA HQ, GSFC and ARC) supporting science missions, advanced technology development, and human spaceflight.  In 2002, he became NASA’s first Space Architect, leading strategic planning at the Agency, and provided the analysis used to develop the Vision for Space Exploration announced by the President Bush in 2004.  For this work he was awarded NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal.

Mr. Martin was seconded by NASA to the International Space University in Strasbourg, France as the Director of the Space Studies Program for SSP06, SSP07, SSP12, and SSP13.

Mr. Martin holds a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering/Astronautical Engineering from George Washington University, dual Bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Applied Mathematics from Virginia Commonwealth University and Bachelors in Anthropology from Colorado State University.

Dr. Oliver Juckenhoefel

Jim Volp

ISS (EDR/EML) Operations expert via Telespazio VEGA DE at DLR, and Founder PCs4KIDS

In 1999 Jim conceived the IAF Student Programme for the IAC in Amsterdam; yes this year is the 20th Anniversary! 🙂 Jim was also at the forefront of SGAC. Though he missed out on SGF, he joined (through ISU) in 2001 as Dutch NPoC and member of the webteam. Biggest accomplishments: bringing in the 1st corporate sponsor to pay for the 1st (2) employees; growing and nurturing the Talk list; strongly advocating the Network aspect of SGAC; supporting the UN Action Team on Capacity Building; organising SGC in Bremen in 2003; marrying the Azerbaijani NPoC; conceiving the IAF YPP; including YPs as member of IAF Committees. Jim was eventually co-Chair in 2006.

Nowadays Jim is focussed on advancing the pace of developing nations: Jim is member of the IAF Committee for Liaison with International Organisations and Developing Nations (CLIODN), the IAF Working Ground on Emerging Countries, and the IAF Space and Societies Committee. Jim also has ramped up his old activities wrt “Space in Africa” and amongst others now works with Temidayo Oniosun Isaiah! 🙂 Jim welcomes anybody wishing to get engaged to talk to him!

Professionally, Jim works as ISS (EDR/EML) Operations expert via Telespazio VEGA DE at DLR in Cologne, but his true passion lies in yet another initiative: PCs4KIDS’ Education: building the world’s most comprehensive educational software for kids aged 4-14, available free of charge! Yes, it’s “just” a sidekick: Jim and his team are ramping up global distribution of the digipack targeting 500 million kids in 2019. If you can help in any way, let me know! 🙂

Ooh Jim took “Generation” a bit too literally: he and his wife have 4 kids.

Dr. Oliver Juckenhoefel

Ariane Cornell

Director for New Glenn Commercial Sales – Americas

Head of Astronaut Strategy & Sales

At Blue Origin, Ariane Cornell is the Director for New Glenn Commercial Sales – Americas. She also is the Head of Astronaut Strategy & Sales.
Ariane was formerly based in Vienna, Austria as the Executive Director of the Space Generation Advisory Council in Support of the United Nations Programmeon Space Applications (SGAC).  She headed SGAC’s delegations to international conferences and the United Nations, as well as ran the organization’s operations, business development, strategy, and policy output.
Ariane supports the international aerospace community in other capacities and organizations.  She currently is on the board of the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) and has served on the board of Women in Aerospace – Europe.
Previously, Ariane worked in international management consulting, first with Accenture based in San Francisco as an analyst and then with Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, DC as a senior consultant.
Ariane earned an MBA from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from Stanford University.

Dr. Oliver Juckenhoefel

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoffmeister

Vice President Academic, University of Bremen

Prof.Dr. rer. nat. Thomas Hoffmeister, born in 1958, studied biology at the Christian-Albrechts-University (CAU) in Kiel. While still a student, he worked at the then Commonwealth Institute of Biological Control in Delémont in Switzerland. As a research associate in the Department of Ecology at the University of Kiel, he received his doctorate in 1992 and then took up another position as a research assistant at the CAU. From 1995 – 1996 he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Behavioral Ecology Research Group at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C., Canada. After his habilitation in 2000 and until his appointment to the University of Bremen in 2004, he was a Senior Research Assistant at the CAU Kiel. In July 2004, he was appointed to a professorship in population and evolutionary ecology in Faculty 2 Biology / Chemistry of the University of Bremen.

Thomas Hoffmeister is Deputy Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute for Bird Research in Wilhelmshaven and, among others. a member of the German Zoological Society (DZG), the Society for Ecology (GfÖ) and the German Society for General and Applied Entomology (DGaaE), where he was Vice President from 2005-2007. At the University of Bremen, he chaired the Bachelor’s Examination Board Biology from 2005-2010, the Master’s Ecology from 2008-2014, the Master’s ISATEC from 2013-2014, and was Erasmus Coordinator Biology from 2004 – 2010. From 2007 – 2010 he was a member of the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Biology / Chemistry, of which he was Vice-Dean from 2010-2012 and its Dean from 2012-2014. Since 2014, he has held the office of Vice President Academic at the University of Bremen. He was responsible for obtaining system accreditation for the University in 2016 and the application for the Quality Pact Teaching 2017 – 2020 for Research Based Learning.

Dr. Oliver Juckenhoefel

Dr. Seishiro Kibe

Senior Advisor of International Relations and Research, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Dr. Kibe is a Senior Advisor of International Relations and Research Dept. of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). He received the B.S. degree of Aerospace Engineering in 1975, the M.S. degree of Structural Dynamics in 1977, and Doctoral degree of Engineering in 1981, all from Tokyo University. In 1981, he joined the National Aerospace Laboratory of Japan (NAL). In 1985, he seconded to the Science and Technology Agency of Government of Japan to support planning activity of Japan’s participation in the International Space Station program. In 2003, he was appointed as the Deputy Director for the Strategic Planning and Management Dept. of JAXA, on the merger of NAL, the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA), and the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS). In 2005, he was appointed as the Advisor to the HQ of R&D Directorate. He was also appointed as the Executive Secretary of the Local Organizing Committee of the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2005 Fukuoka, and contributed tremendously to the great success of the Congress. In 2006, he was seconded to the Visiting Professor of the Asian Institute of Technology, in Thailand. In 2009, He was appointed as the Director of the Innovative Technology Research Center of Research and Development Directorate, the Special Advisor to Director in 2012 and the Senior Advisor in 2017.

He was heavily involved the IAF related and International activities as follows;

  • Executive Secretary of the Local Organizing Committee of IAC 2005 Fukuoka
  • Member of the Congress and Symposium Advisory Committee (CSAC) of IAF since 2006
  • Member of the Space Debris Committee of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA)
  • Japan’s delegation to the Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC) from 2009 to 2013
  • Vice Chair of the COSPAR Panel on Potentially Environmentally Detrimental Activities from 2012 to2016
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the International Space University from2011, Vice Chair from 2013

Awards;

  • the Award for Exquisite Research Activity from Minster of Science and Technology Agency in 2000
  • the Special Award for Research, Eco-Engineering Society in 2010
  • Fellow, Japan Association of International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering in2014
  • IAA Section Award in 2017

Closing Dinner Speakers

Johann-Dietrich 'Jan' Wörner

Johann-Dietrich ‘Jan’ Wörner

Director General, European Space Agency (ESA)

Johann-Dietrich ‘Jan’ Wörner became the ESA Director General on 1 July 2015.

Previously, from March 2007 to June 2015, he served as Chairman of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

Jan Wörner was born in Kassel, Germany, in 1954. He studied civil engineering at the Technical University (TU) Berlin and TU Darmstadt, from where he graduated in 1985. In 1982, as part of his studies, he spent one year in Japan, investigating earthquake safety of nuclear power plants. Until 1990, Mr Wörner worked for consulting civil engineers König und Heunisch.

In 1990 he returned to TU Darmstadt, where he was appointed as a professor of Civil Engineering and took over as Head of the Test and Research Institute. Before being elected as President of TU Darmstadt in 1995, he held the position of Dean of the newly established Civil Engineering Faculty. Jan Wörner headed the university from 1995 to 2007 and succeeded in making it the first autonomous university of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Jan Wörner has been awarded numerous prizes and positions, such as the Prize of the Organisation of Friends of Technical University Darmstadt for ‘outstanding scientific performance’. He was also appointed to the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and to the Convention for Technical Sciences (acatech) and is a representative of the Technical Sciences Section of the Leopoldina, the national academy of sciences of Germany.

Jan Wörner has received honorary doctorates from New York State University at Buffalo (USA), technical universities of Bucharest (Romania) and Mongolia, the Saint Petersburg University for Economics and Finance (Russia) and École Centrale de Lyon (France). He has received the Federal Cross of Merit (Officer’s cross, 1st class) of the Federal Republic of Germany for his continuous efforts regarding the next generation of scientists and Germany as a location for Science, Technology and Engineering. He has furthermore been awarded the honours of Knight of the French Légion d’Honneur.

Jan Wörner was Vice President of the Helmholtz Association and also a member of various national and international supervisory bodies, advisory councils and committees. He was a member of the administrative boards of École Centrale Paris, École Centrale de Lyon, TU Berlin, the Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, the Arts and Music University in Frankfurt and has been a member of a number of supervisory boards including Carl Schenck AG, Röhm GmbH, TÜV Rheinland AG and Bilfinger SE.

Furthermore, he was appointed to the energy expert group of the German Government.

Before joining ESA as Director General, Jan Wörner was head of the German delegation to ESA from 2007 to 2015 and served as Chairman of the ESA Council from 2012 to 2014.

Jean-Yves Le Gall

President, International Astronautical Federation

Jean-Yves Le Gall is President of the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the French space agency, since 2013. In this capacity, he is Interministerial Coordinator for satellite navigation programmes and Chair of the Administrative Board of GSA, the European GNSS Agency. He is also Co-Chair of the Council of the European Space Agency (ESA) and President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF).

CNES is responsible for proposing and implementing space policy in France. It is involved in all aspects of space (Ariane, Sciences, Observation, Telecommunications, Defence) through its four centres of excellence in Paris, Toulouse and French Guiana, with 2,450 employees and a budget of more than €2.3m (2017). CNES also represents France on the ESA Council and at many other international organizations, and is a partner in various commercial enterprises.

Born in 1959, Jean-Yves Le Gall is a qualified engineer and scientist who has devoted his entire career to the European space programme, holding positions within the French national scientific research agency CNRS, several French ministries, at Novespace and a first stint with CNES before joining Starsem and Arianespace for 12 years, where he was CEO then Chairman & CEO.

Jean-Yves Le Gall is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and Vice-President of the “Space Circle” at French think-tank CEPS (Centre d’Etude et de Prospective Stratégique). He also chairs the France-Japan business council of Medef International, and is a member of the French-Mexican Strategic Council.

He received the Astronautics Prize from the French Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AAAF) in 2001. He was named Via Satellite magazine’s 2005 Satellite Executive of the Year and received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 from the Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council (APSCC). In 2011 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SPPI) and received the Icarus Prize from the French association of professional aerospace journalists (AJPAE). In 2014 he received a Laureate Award from Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine.

Jean-Yves Le Gall holds the rank of Officer in both the Legion of Honour and the National Order of Merit in France. He has also been awarded the Order of Friendship by the Russian Federation and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, by the government of Japan.

Pascale Ehrenfreund

Chair, German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Pascale Ehrenfreund is the Chair of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The German Aerospace Center is among the largest centers for aerospace in Europe with more than 8200 employees at 40 institutes and 20 locations in Germany. Since two decades she contributed as Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator and Team leader to ESA and NASA astronomy and planetary missions as well as experiments in low Earth orbit and on the International Space Station. Pascale Ehrenfreund is also Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs at the Space Policy Institute/George Washington University in Washington DC. From 2013-2015 she was President of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). Pascale Ehrenfreund holds a Master degree in Molecular Biology, a PhD in Astrophysics, and a Master degree in Management & Leadership. The asteroid “9826 Ehrenfreund 2114 T-3” bears her name.

Michael Hawes

Michael Hawes

Vice President and Orion Program Manager, Lockheed Martin

As Vice President and Orion Program Manager, Dr. Hawes brings a diverse background of program management, aerospace engineering, mission operations, and leadership experience that is critical to leading one of Lockheed Martin’s most notable programs.

He joined Lockheed Martin in July 2011 after concluding a 33-year career with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) that began with his role on the Mission Control team for the Skylab Reentry in 1979. He has held many leadership positions in the
space industry as Director for Human Space Flight Programs with Lockheed Martin’s Washington Operations organization, and as the Associate Administrator for Independent Program and Cost Evaluation where he was responsible for providing objective studies and analyses in support of policy, program, and budget decisions by the NASA Administrator.

In addition, he served as Deputy Associate Administrator, International Space Station (ISS) and Program Director for the ISS; Deputy Associate Administrator for Program Integration in the Office of Space Operations at NASA Headquarters; and supported the Space Shuttle Program focusing on Return to Flight actions as well as the transition and disposition of assets at the program’s conclusion.

Among many career awards, Dr. Hawes has received NASA’s Distinguished Service and Outstanding Leadership Medals. He has been recognized with three Senior Executive Service Rank Awards and was the NASA recipient of the Prince of Asturias Award from His Royal Highness, the Prince of Spain. Dr. Hawes was inducted as a member of the International Academy of Astronautics in September 2013. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a Fellow of the American Astronautical Society.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and Masters and Doctor of Science of Engineering Management degrees from the George Washington University. He is also a graduate in Program Management from the Defense Systems Management College, Ft. Belvoir, Va.

Dr. Carsten Sieling

President of the Senate, Free Hanseatic City of Bremen

As the President of the Senate, Dr. Carsten Sieling is head of the government of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. In addition, he serves as Minister (in Bremen called Senator) for Cultural and Religious Affairs and represents the state Bremen on the federal level in the Bundesrat (Upper House). Before Dr. Carsten Sieling took over the office of the President of the Senate, he was a member of the Bundestag (Lower House) in Berlin from 2009 – 2015. He studied economic sciences at the University of Bremen and completed his doctorate with a dissertation on regional structural policy. In his professional career he worked for the Bremen Chamber of Labour and for the Bremen Employment Promotion Agency. Since 1976 Dr. Carsten Sieling belongs to the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and is a member of the IG Metall Trade Union. He is married and has three children.

Abraham Akinwale

Abraham Akinwale

SGAC, Space Generation Leadership Award

Abraham Akinwale is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He is the Co-Founder of AirDroneCorp, a start-up that designs and manufactures fixed wings unmanned aerial vehicle. He is currently the National Point of Contact Nigeria for the Space Generation Advisory Council. He is one of the student representatives of the University Space Engineering Consortium, Nigerian Chapter. He was the Event Manager for the First African Space Generation Workshop 2017. He has a passion for building the youths
and developing young minds on space matters. In his private time, he loves writing, cooking and meditating. He is very much interested in economic development in terms of structural growth and industrialisation, and building capacity towards producing results. Self-awareness is key to development and growth especially in Africa.

Working Group Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)

Johann-Dietrich 'Jan' Wörner

Marshall Smith

Space Exploration Working Group

Director of Cross-program System Integration (CSI) and as the Chief Engineer for the Exploration Systems Development (ESD) Division at NASA Headquarters

Marshall Smith serves as the Director of Cross-program System Integration (CSI) and as the Chief Engineer for the Exploration Systems Development (ESD) Division at NASA Headquarters. As the Director, he is the Systems Engineering and Integration (SE&I) lead for ESD, responsible for the technical integration of NASA’s next deep-space transportation system – the agency’s crew vehicle, next generation heavy-lift rocket, and supporting ground systems and operations. Mr. Smith works closely with Agency, ESD and program personnel to identify requirements, concepts of operations, architectures, and resolves technical issues associated with design, development, and operations of the integrated system.
Mr. Smith has served NASA for over 30 years working in flight simulation, aircraft, robotic, and human spaceflight systems. For the past 10 years, he has focused on human spaceflight and served as the Langley Research Center lead for Ares activities, the Flight Test 2 Manager for the Constellation Program, the Ares I-X SE&I Chief and on the Space Launch System formulation team. Mr. Smith received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Tennessee with a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Dr. Oliver Romberg

Space Commercialization Working Group

Head of the DLR department System Analysis Space Segment for the German Aerospace Center

Dr. Oliver Romberg studied Mechanical Engineering with specialization in Mechanics, performed his phD at the Institute for Mechanics of the University of Hannover in 1998 and worked since then in the field of Space Technology. In the year 1998 he started in the company OHB System in Bremen, Germany as Systems Engineer, Project Manager and later as deputy department head. In parallel he gave lectures in Mechanics at the University of Applied Science in Bremen. Since 2007 Dr. Romberg works as head of the DLR department System Analysis Space Segment for the German Aerospace Center. As assistant professor he gives lectures in Systems and Concurrent Engineering at the University of Bremen.

Dominik Quantius

Space Commercialization Working Group

System Analysis Space Segment department of the German Aerospace Center Institute of Space Systems

Dominik Quantius completed his diploma in mechanical engineering, majoring in aerospace, at the Technical University of Aachen (RWTH). Since 2007 he is scientific employee in the System Analysis Space Segment department of the German Aerospace Center Institute of Space Systems with concentration on Concurrent Engineering (CE), mission analysis and life support systems. Being part of the core team of the CE facility at DLR Bremen, he was involved in more than 30 CE studies as mission analyst, systems engineer or team leader and is trained in project management and systems engineering. Since 2011 he is giving lectures for spaceflight dynamics at the University of Bremen. Since 2013 he is heading the group Concept Development for Satellites & Human Spaceflight and was technical manager of the DLR Post-ISS project – an architectural study for the continuation of astronautical research in Low Earth Orbit.

Graeme Taylor

Space Commercialization Working Group

Access to Space team at the Satellite Applications Catapult

Graeme Taylor is part of the Access to Space team at the Satellite Applications Catapult. The Catapult is an independent innovation and technology company, created by Innovate UK to drive economic growth through the exploitation of space. The Catapult works with businesses of all sizes to realise their potential from space infrastructure and its applications. Graeme’s work involves delivering In-Orbit Demonstration (IOD) missions of commercial small satellite constellation concepts, working collaboratively with start-ups in the Catapult’s IOD Programme, enabling them to get their first satellite up in space. He also leads feasibility studies for a wide variety of small satellite mission concepts, addressing many markets from commercial to governmental to scientific, not just standard Earth Observation or Communications but exploring more exotic mission concepts as well. Graeme previously work at the European Space Agency on Phase A and Pre-Phase A feasibility studies for future mars missions, as well as working on low-cost lunar rover design in Japan.

Krystal Wilson

Space Policy Working Group

Director of Space Applications Programs at Secure World Foundation

Krystal Wilson is a Director of Space Applications Programs at Secure World Foundation with over 11 years of international and domestic space, public policy, and management experience. Currently, she focuses on the Human and Environmental Security portfolio, which promotes improved governance and cooperation in the delivery and use of information derived from space systems.

She has also served as a project manager at now Bryce Space and Technology, where she provided research, analysis, strategic planning, and regulatory assessment to government and commercial clients.

Previously, Ms. Wilson was in the field of international development in Eastern Africa, Afghanistan, and the United States working closely with the United Nations, the World Bank, the Department of State, the Department of Defense, US and international nonprofits, and others.

Ms. Wilson holds a BSFS in International Politics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington, DC and completed the Programme Internationale at Sciences-Po in Paris, France.

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Ntorina Antoni

Space Safety Working Group

University of Eindhoven

Ntorina Antoni is a PhD candidate at the University of Eindhoven, conducting a research project in space security. She is also an attorney at law registered at the Athens Bar Association in Greece. She holds a Law Degree from the University of Athens, an LLM in International and European law from Tilburg University and an Advanced LLM in Air and Space law from Leiden University. Ntorina has previously worked at the Strategy Department of the European Space Agency as strategy and policy analyst, and at a Swiss private aerospace company as legal counsel.

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Diane Howard

Space Safety Working Group

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Diane Howard is one of the architects of the Spaceflight Operations undergraduate degree program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida USA, where she teaches space law and policy. She serves the international community as Executive Secretary of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) and participates in numerous legal projects, both domestically (within the US) and internationally as a private sector member of the US delegation to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. Diane chairs the annual Space Traffic Management conference at Embry-Riddle (ongoing since 2013) and has been active in the STM community since 2011. In addition to the IISL, Diane is a member of the AIAA, the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety, the American Society of International Law, and the Florida Bar.

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Lesley Jane Smith

Space Safety Working Group

Director and Board member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL)

Lesley Jane Smith is a leading expert and author on regulatory and commercial issues relating to outer space activities. She is admitted to practice law in the UK and Germany, and was appointed Professor of International economic law, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany in 1996. She is a Director and Board member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), a full Member of the International Astronautical Academy (IAA) and General Counsel to the International Astronautical Federation (IAF). She is a regular guest lecturer with the International Space University (ISU), the London Institute of Space Law and Policy (ISPL) and collaborates with the University of Strathclyde. She is an expert on procurement and contracts in the space sector, contributing to high level studies in the field of outer space and security, liability and commercial risk.

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ToTran Nguyen

Space Society Working Group

Executive Director, Caelus Foundation

ToTran leads the development and execution of the foundation’s strategic plan to broaden participation in the space domain. She brings to the foundation her human-centered approach to strategy and organization, one that takes people’s everyday experience of their world as the basis for working toward ethical, meaningful, and lasting impact. Her PhD research at the University of Leuven in Belgium, based on fieldwork in Europe and Africa, brings insight to the question of why crosssector social partnerships may fail despite good intentions, extensive investment, and best practices. She focuses on micro-interactional dynamics between partners, which are complex and emerge from a changing context. At the university, she also teaches the subject of crosscultural issues in international business and serves as a board member of the Time4Society Foundation, which supports research on corporate social responsibility. Her turn to academia was guided by her curiosity and passion for understanding socioethical issues and for building more ethical relationships. Previously, she was a strategy consultant for nonprofits, guiding senior leadership through strategic and financial planning. While at management consulting firm A.T. Kearney, she led strategy and operational improvement projects for global clients in a variety of sectors, including aerospace, telecom, consumer goods, and education. ToTran holds a Master of Science in Cultures and Development Studies from the University of Leuven, a Master of Business Administration from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia.

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Dr. ir. Menko Wisse

Space Logistics Working Group

Program Manager Upper Stage Systems & Services

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Ana Ávila Becerril

Special Track

Costa Rica Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Vienna

Ms. Ávila is currently responsible of matters related to UNOOSA, CTBT, HCOC, and transversal gender issues. During her posting in Vienna she has also been the officer in charge of IAEA and UNCITRAL, as well as other bilateral and consular activities.
Ms. Ávila studied Physics and International Affairs and followed with the Master’s Program on Diplomacy offered by the University of Costa Rica in collaboration with the Diplomatic Institute of Foreign Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica.
In February 2010, she joined the Foreign Service and started her career in the Consular Department. Shortly after that she was posted in India, where she was chosen as part of the staff in charge of opening the Embassy of Costa Rica in New Delhi. On her return to Costa Rica, Ms. Avila was the officer for the bilateral relations with countries in Asia, Africa and Oceania, and the Focal Point for the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation or (FEALAC). In August 2014 Ms. Avila joined the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the International Organisms in Vienna.

Sias Mostert

Special Track

SCS Aerospace Group

Sias Mostert is executive chairman and co-founder of the SCS Aerospace Group. He started his career in 1988 at Stellenbosch University lecturing and doing research in parallel computing and real-time systems. He joined the Sunsat team in 1992 after completiing the ISU Summer Session in Japan and was the Development Manager on the Sunsat micro-satellite project. In 1999 he was a co-founder of SunSpace and Information Systems (Pty) Ltd. During his time there, he lead the development of the user requirements of the African Resource Management Constellation (ARMC). in 2008 he co-founded the SCS Aerospace Group with Ferdi Herbst. SCS Aerospace Group was founded to support emerging space programs through training, consulting, hands-on satellite building, supplying components, payloads and satellites and finally the successful commercialisation of space programs. Sias Mostert holds B.Eng in Electronic Engineering with Computer Science from University of Stellenbosch, M.Eng in Electronic from University of Stellenbosch and Ph.D from University of Stellenbosch and Executive MBA from Cape Town University. He is passionate about the impact of space and ICT technology on development.

Toshiki Tanaka

Special Track

ispace

Toshiki Tanaka has been working for over three years on the system design of the micro-sized lunar rover, called Hakuto, which was selected as one of the 5 finalists in Google Lunar Xprize competition. Before joining HAKUTO project, Toshiki had worked on R&D small satellite systems at University of Tokyo as graduate researcher for 5 years. Previously, Toshiki had joined 5 nano/micro satellite projects, which cover the beginning of the design phase until the end of mission operation, namely project manager of 1 CUBESAT project. Toshiki also strongly advanced mission creation with non-space private sectors, including project manager of the world first artistic satellite project – ARTSAT in corporation with Tama Art University, and lead engineer of “40 years anniversary campaign of Hello Kitty – Message from space with Hello Kitty” in corporation with Sanrio, Inc.. Former committee member of Nano-Satellite Symposium.

Xiaozhou Yu

Special Track

Northwestern Polytechnical University

Associate professor of Northwestern Polytechnical University

Vice director of National United Engineering Laboratory of Microsatellite Technology and Application

  • Member of AIAA Small Satellite Technical Committee
  • Member of Space University Administrative Committee of International Astronautical Federation
  • Member of QB50 Consortium Board

Vice director
National United Engineering Laboratory of Microsatellite Technology and Application

Vice Director
Shaanxi engineering laboratory for Microsatellite

Microsatellite, on board computer, inertial navigation and FPGA.
Project Investigator:

  • 2U CubeSat, Aoxiang-1 (Launched on 18th, 2017)
  • 2 projects of National High-tech R&D Program(863 project)
  • 2 projects of Astronautical Supporting Technology Foundation of China
  • 1 project of Foundation for the University Young Teachers by the Ministry of Education
  • 1 project of Natural Science Foundation of Shaanxi Province
  • And other 8 projects from industry

Project Manager:

  • 12U CubeSat, Star of Aoxiang (Launched on 25th, 2016)

Giao Minh Nguyen

Special Track

Open Cosmos

After almost 20 years within 2 aerospace big corporate companies, Giao-Minh has recently joint the UK startup Open Cosmos as a Head of Supply Chain. Open Cosmos provides simple and affordable small satellite missions to help solve the world’s biggest challenges. It enables organizations from across a wide range of industries to use space technologies as a tool. Open Cosmos removes space access barriers by simplifying space technology, offering a one-stop-shop to orbit, reducing time and cost. Previously, he spent at first 10 years in Safran with Operations management positions and then spent the next 10 years within Airbus Group entities covering different part of the space value chain from space subsystem equipments to Telecom Satellite RF equipment and Launcher where he handled Operations, Program & Sales & Marketing management positions. With an entrepreneur mindset, he got the opportunity to manage 2 disruptive and innovative projects linked to Space Surveillance Awareness and microlauncher. Supporting the development of NewSpace activities, he participates as an Ariane Group Expert to coach the candidates during the 2018 Act In Space event.

After he received Master degree in Mechanical Engineering with the “Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers” from Paris, he performed some Executive Education trainings on Finance, Supply Chain, Open Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Mohamed Al Karbi

Special Track

National Space Science & Technology Center (NSSTC)

Mohamed Alkarbi is a Mechanical Engineer working in the National Space Science & Technology Center NSSTC. NSSTC is research center at United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain that build, assemble, integrate, and test small satellites. Mohamed has graduated from Tennessee Tech University in USA. Mohamed is specialized in designing and testing spacecraft mechanical structure. He has a work experience in the CubeSats and small satellites structures. Mohamed is passionate about space since early ages and he is looking forward to gain more knowledge, meet new space experts, encourage next generation to study STEM, and work in big projects in the future.

Ken Davidian

Special Track

Federal Aviation Administration

Dr. Ken Davidian has worked for the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) in Washington, DC since 2008 and is currently the AST Director of Research and Program Manager for the FAA Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation. Dr. Davidian currently serves as a member of the Ohio State University Aerospace Engineering External Advisory Board, Associate Editor of the New Space Journal, Chair of the IAF Entrepreneurial & Investment Committee, and Vice Chair of the IAF Space Economy Committee. Dr. Davidian is a corresponding member of the International Academy of Astronautics, and an Advisor to the Space Generation Advisory Committee’s Commercial Space Project Group. Prior to FAA AST, Dr. Davidian worked for the NASA Lewis Research Center, International Space University, Paragon Space Development Corporation, X PRIZE Foundation, and NASA Headquarters. Dr. Davidian received his BS degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the Ohio State University in 1983, and an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1987. He attended the International Space University Summer Session Program in 1989. Dr. Davidian received his PhD in Business Administration from the University of Cape Town, Graduate School of Business, in 2018. His thesis focuses on innovation management, and understanding the processes of emerging and evolving markets.

Jackelynne Silva Martinez

Special Track

NASA

Jackelynne was born in Cusco, Peru. She has a Bachelor’s in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Rutgers University, a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Science with concentration in Human Factors Aviation/Aerospace Systems from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; and a second Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering with concentration in Space Systems Integration at Georgia Institute of Technology. Jackelynne is an alumna of the 2015 Space Studies Program from the International Space University.
Jackelynne works at NASA Johnson Space Center in the International Space Station Mission Planning Operations within the Flight Operations Directorate. Prior to JSC, she worked as Mechanical Engineer and Test Operator at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory performing verification and validation ground tests for the Curiosity mission. Jackelynne worked for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company as Antennas Mechanical Design Engineer and as a Systems Integration and Test Engineer for commercial and government satellite programs. Her research is on Human Systems Integration. She participated as Mission Specialist in the NASA Human Exploration Research Analog mission, and as Executive Officer in the Mars Desert Research Station analog mission. She is a founder of the Centro de Ciencia Liderazgo y Cultura, which brings topics of science, leadership and culture to the young generation at an international level. She has supported the organization of the SGAC South American Space Generation Workshops since its initiation.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  1. African Space Generation Workshop 2018

    December 17 - December 18
  2. SG[Thailand] 2019

    January 26, 2019 - January 27, 2019
  3. SG[France] 2019

    June 17, 2019