Lauren NapierEvent Manager
Lauren Napier has a Bachelor of Science in Communications and a Master of Arts in International Relations. She is originally from the United States but has spent the past seven years living in Europe. She has been a member of SGAC since 2013 and has served as a co-lead for the Space Law and Policy Project Group from 2015 – 2017. She was also a member of the Communication Team for the 1st European Space Generation Workshop. She has been part of the SGAC delegation for the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and the Legal Subcommittee since 2013. Outside of SGAC Lauren has held various positions of leadership in communications, teaching, and event management. Currently Lauren is living in Vienna, Austria and is looking to start her PhD in Political Science.

Communication Team

Lourdes Garcia
Lourdes Garcia-Hernandez studied Political Science in Mexico City. She works as a Project Manager at the Mexican Space Agency (AEM) in the area of Science and Space Technology. She is also the point of contact for WIA-MEXICO, where she works as promoter of actions that help achieve gender equality and empower women and girls in the space industry. She has been involved in the organization of several events related to outer space activities in Mexico, and works towards a more inclusive space sector in Spanish speaking countries.
Antonio Stark
Antonio is a polyglot of engineering, management, and design. Like many others in the field, he was born with a love for aerospace, and has volunteered his time to work at organizations such as NSS (National Space Society), SEDS (Students for the Exploration and Development of Space), ASD (Alliance for Space Development), and, of course, SGAC. During the past 3 years Antonio has been more involved in project management, working for teams around the globe to create startups, lobby legislations, and write reports for governments. Antonio’s designer background has assisted him greatly in these instances, where he took up photography, brochure/editorial design, and poster design.

Local Team

Jakub Romanski
Jakub Romanski is currently a student at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Since High School Jakub has had a passionate interest in space exploration, and the potential opportunities it presents. During his final year at High School Jakub was involved in designing a drive train for the “Phileas” mars rover, and through this opportunity he was able to become actively involved in the sector as a member of the Austrian Space Forum (ÖWF). This past summer Jakub pursued his dream of combining his interests in economics and space while interning at SpaceTec Partners, a management consulting firm focused on space and its applications. With the space sector growing quickly, Jakub looks forward to deepening his knowledge in this field with the intent of launching his career in this exciting industry.
Hannes Mayer
Hannes Mayer works at the Competence Centre for Space Law and Space Policy as well as the Institute of Canon Law of Karl-Franzens-University Graz. He serves as a member of the Austrian delegation to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS). He is a member of the European Centre for Space Law, the Space Generation Advisory Council’s Space Law and Policy Project Group, the Austrian Space Forum and the History Committee of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). He is a board member of the Diocesan Committee of Catholic Organizations Styria and a member of the European Academy of Religion. He has (co-)authored several publications on outer space and is a member of the editorial staff of the Theologicum Magazine.
Clelia Iacomino
Clelia Iacomino is working as a Resident Fellow at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in Vienna, Austria, since May 2017 under a fellowship from the Italian Space Agency (ASI). Previously she worked as an analyst at Thales Alenia Space at the Strategic Business Intelligence department in Rome. She holds advanced degree in Political Science – International Relations from La Sapienza University and a Master in Space Institutions and Policies at SIOI (Italian Society for International Organisation), Rome.

Program Team

Angeliki Kapoglou
Angeliki Kapoglou is a systems designer and creative strategist with an obsession with working across disciplines and large-scale systems. She has worked at NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and CERN and she is experienced in leading early phase research and opportunity definition projects. Her UCL MSc thesis was supervised by the head of the ISS Utilization Office at ESTEC, and she has worked with JPL’s Innovation Foundry on collaborative design methodologies for early space mission concept formulation. Moreover, after spending a year at one of the world’s leading centers for innovation, the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the at Stanford University, Angeliki became interested in applying Human – Centered Design methodologies as a strategic planning tool for international space exploration. Since then, Angeliki is designing experiences to bring together diversely skilled leaders from inside and outside of the space sector, to define strategies that can advance lunar development in the near and mid-term. Currently, she is a design strategy consultant for ESA, DLR and the Dubai Museum of the Future. Finally, she is one of the Directors of the Board of the Moon Village Association, exploring new Public-Private Partnership models and mission-driven innovation policies for lunar exploration.
Alessandra Vernile
Alessandra is Project Officer at EURISY, in Paris. Previously, she worked as Resident Fellow at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in Vienna and as Intern at Strategy Department at European Space Agency HQ (Paris). She has worked also as 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).

Support Team

Jimmy Gora
Jimmy Gora is currently a graduate student on Micro-Satellite Technology at Beihang University in Beijing-China. He also holds a bachelor degree in Mechatronics Engineering. Peruvian by birth, he moved recently to China to start his master studies. Jimmy was selected as Executive Officer for Crew 150 – Team Peru III to perform a mars life simulation at Mars Desert Research Station – MDRS, program supported by The Mars Society in Utah-USA. Last academic experience he performed was held in Samara-Russia at the International Space Summer School. His technical background focuses on aerospace mechanics and digital fabrication. Jimmy has served as technical officer of several committees in IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) for Peru and Latin America.
Swetha Kotichintala
Swetha has 8+ years of industry experience in design, analysis, testing, manufacturing, systems and project management. Currently, she is the Technical Regulations Industry Standards, Export control (technology) and Product Safety Leader at General Electric International Inc. (GE Oil and Gas). Prior to it, she worked on CubeSats, most known for India’s first ever small satellite launched in 2010 through ISRO’s PSLV C15. She’s an Aerospace Engineer by education and a certified STEM ambassador with Engineers Without Borders (EWB). She’s also an Industry Mentor at Strathclyde University for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering undergraduate students and a member of various societies and organizations, especially supporting Women in Aerospace/Technology. At SGAC, she’s part of the SPT team.
Tomas Hrozensky
Tomas Hrozensky is a PhD. student of international relations at the Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, where he also completed his Master’s programme. He focuses in his dissertation research primarily on space politics and governance. Tomas regularly participates at the sessions of UNCOPUOS and its subcommittees as a member of Slovak delegation. Within Slovakia he is chairing an NGO Slovak Space Policy Association. He had completed research stays at the Space Policy Institute of George Washington University in Washington, DC and at the University of Vienna in Vienna, Austria. Tomas is also graduate of the 2014 ECSL Summer Course on Space Law and Policy. WIthin the SGAC, Tomas holds the position of NPoC for Slovakia and is a member of Space Law and Policy project group.
Ramasamy Venugopal
Ramasamy Venugopal has a Bachelor of Engineering and a Masters in Space Studies from the International Space University, Strasbourg. His major interests are science communication, astronomy and space advocacy & outreach. He works with the International Astronomical Union’s Office of Astronomy for Development in Cape Town. Since 2016, he has served as one of the secretaries to the SGAC Executive Council and on the program team for the first African Space Generation Workshop.