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Lockheed Martin Keynote Speech
 Thursday, November 5th | 16:05 -16:55 PM ET

Kirk Shireman
Vice President, Lunar Exploration Campaign, Commercial Civil Space
Lockheed Martin Space

Kirk currently serves as the Vice President for the Lockheed Martin Luna Exploration Campaign, a position he has held since joining Lockheed Martin in July 2020.  LEC is responsible for the development of the Ascent Element of the Human Lunar System’s National Team.  The LEC is also responsible for the development of future systems and vehicles to support Human space Exploration on the lunar surface, in lunar orbit and beyond. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in July 2020, Kirk served as the International Space Station (ISS) Program Manager.  He was responsible for the overall management, development, integration and operation of the ISS.  This nearly $3B per year, 15-nation program encompasses the design, manufacture, testing and delivery of complex space flight hardware and software and its integration with modules from the international partners into a fully functional and operating permanently manned ISS. In addition, Kirk was responsible for policy development, international partner negotiations and the overall safety and health of the crew and on-orbit vehicle.

Previously, Kirk served as the deputy director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. In his position, he worked with Johnson Center Director Ellen Ochoa to manage one of NASA’s largest installations, with nearly 14,000 civil service and contractor employees – including those at White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, N.M. – and an annual budget of approximately $5.1 billion and helped oversee a broad range of human spaceflight activities.

Prior to his role as deputy center director, Kirk served as deputy ISS program manager from 2006 to 2013. In this position, he was responsible for implementing Program policies, planning and directing the Program’s development and operations, managing the integration of all elements of the Program into one functional system, and ensuring effective cost control of the Program.

Kirk also served as the chair of the ISS Mission Management Team, where he was responsible for all aspects of on-orbit operations of the ISS. He was responsible for the overall management and integration of all Program operations elements, including the United States and international partners. Primary focus was the operations elements supporting the performance of the real-time and near real-time missions.

In March 2019, Kirk received the National Space Club Astronautics Engineer Award.  He has also been recognized with NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal, NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal for successful integration of the ISS’s Russian elements, the Silver Snoopy award in 1990, and the Presidential Rank Award twice 2010 and 2017.  In 2013, Shireman received the Eagle Manned Mission Award for his outstanding leadership of the ISS from the National Space Club at its 56th Annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Dinner in Washington D.C.

NASA SCaN Keynote
Thursday, November 5th | 17:00 – 17:35 ET

Badri Younes
Deputy Associate Administrator and Program Manager for NASA SCaN
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Mr. Younes is presently the Deputy Associate Administrator and Program Manager for Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN). He is responsible for NASA’s space communications and navigation infrastructure and services, as well as data standards and spectrum. Mr. Younes manages the SCAN Program Office at NASA Headquarters and oversees all NASA telecommunications and navigation projects and networks, including NASA’s Space Network (SN), Near-earth Network (NEN), and Deep Space Network (DSN). Mr. Younes is also responsible for the development of enabling technologies critical to meeting the Agency’s vision for an integrated SCaN architecture aligned with NASA’s future space exploration needs.
Prior to returning to NASA in 2007, Mr. Younes was the Department of Defense (DoD) Director for Spectrum Management with responsibility for spectrum policy and strategic planning and implementation. Under his leadership, the Department has successfully negotiated major win-win agreements with the FCC, NTIA, and US private sector. He had successfully led the DoD spectrum management organization to become more proactive in addressing RF and spectrum issues. Mr. Younes was instrumental in transforming the management and use of the electromagnetic spectrum within and outside the Department.
Mr. Younes’ experience spans over thirty-five years of leadership in microwave and RF systems engineering and technology. His interpersonal skills and rich linguistic ability have been instrumental in furthering US objectives. He has over twenty years of involvement in various forums of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), and has provided direct support to US ambassadors to a number of World Radio Conferences (WRCs).
In addition to his many professional individual and team awards, Mr. Younes is also a recipient of the 2005 Meritorious Presidential Rank Award. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, engineering honor society. He holds a Masters in Electronics Engineering from Catholic University of America and had completed all his PhD requirements except for the dissertation.

Public-Private Partnerships Panel
Friday, November 6th | 16:00 -17:00 ET

From Sputnik, to Apollo, to the assembly of the International Space Station, great achievements in space have historically been under the purview of governments. Recently, the commercial sector has assumed larger responsibilities in the space domain through public-private partnerships, transporting supplies, and human astronauts to the International Space Station. In the future, commercial entities have been selected by the government to run their own space station modules and establish transportation logistics in cislunar space. This panel brings together titans in the industry who have a first-hand perspective on the increasing role of the private sector in major space activities.

Joe Landon
Vice President, Advanced Programs Development, Commercial Civil Space
Lockheed Martin

Debra Facktor
Head of U.S. Space Systems
Airbus U.S. Space

Brett Alexander
Vice President, Government Sales
Blue Origin

Janet Kavandi
Senior Vice President, Space Systems Group
Sierra Nevada Corporation

Maxar Keynote Speech
 Friday, November 6th | 17:00 – 17:35 ET

Tony Frazier
Executive Vice President of Global Field Operations

Tony Frazier joined Maxar in 2017 after its acquisition of DigitalGlobe and serves as our EVP of Global Field Operations. In this role he leads all sales, business development, and services delivery activities for the company outside of the Canadian market. Prior to this role Mr. Frazier served as President of Radiant Solutions. Mr. Frazier served as Senior Vice President, General Manager of DigitalGlobe’s Services business from 2013 and led GeoEye’s Marketing and Communications team since 2010, prior to its acquisition by DigitalGlobe in 2013. Prior to GeoEye, Mr. Frazier served as Senior Director of Product Management at Cisco Systems, where he brought to market emerging technologies core to Cisco’s video and collaboration strategy. Prior to Cisco, Mr. Frazier held senior marketing roles at Infor, iPhrase Technologies an MIT start-up acquired by IBM, and pcOrder.com. Mr. Frazier began his career in strategic consulting at Bain & Company. Mr. Frazier holds a Bachelors of Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA with distinction from Harvard University.

Jan Wörner Keynote
Saturday, November 7th | 13:00 – 13:35 ET

Johann-Dietrich “Jan” Wörner
Director General
European Space Agency

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.

James Morhard Keynote
Saturday, November 7th | 14:35 – 15:10 ET

James Morhard
Deputy Administrator
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

James Morhard was nominated by President Trump and confirmed to be NASA’s 14th Deputy Administrator. He was sworn in on October 17th, 2018.
Jim helps provide overall leadership, planning, and policy direction. He performs duties and exercises powers delegated by the Administrator, assists him in making final agency decisions, and acts in his absence to govern NASA operations. Jim also is responsible for articulating and representing the agency’s vision.
Prior to his tenure with NASA, Morhard was the U.S. Senate Deputy Sergeant at Arms. He began his career as an analyst for the Secretary of the Navy, where he reviewed procurement and research and development programs. Beginning in 1991, Jim served on the Senate Appropriations Committee, working on the Defense and Military Construction, and Commerce, Justice, State Subcommittees.
In 2003, he became Chief of Staff of the whole Senate Appropriations Committee, where he worked with House and Senate Leadership, the Office of Management and Budget, and the White House to pass the 2004 and 2005 Omnibus Appropriations bills.
Jim earned his B.S. degree in accounting from St. Francis University, an M.B.A from George Washington University, and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University.