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About SGx2022

In partnership with the Future Space Leaders Foundation and SATELLITE 2022 Conference, the Space Generation Advisory Council  will host its seventh SGx in Washington, DC on March 21st, 2022

Styled in the TEDx format, SGx is a high-impact day of expert “lightning talks” and networking opportunities designed to create an environment where young professionals, industry experts, and government leaders can gather to share their insights and experiences with each other.

Join us for fast-paced and engaging discussions that tackle pressing issues and innovative ideas to inspire the next generation of space leaders.

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What’s New This Year

Ever-growing, this year’s SGx features an exciting new line-up of programming and events to deliver meaningful experiences to attendees, speakers, and sponsors:

– An in-person return to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the heart of Washington, DC.

– A speed mentoring and job fair for young professionals eager to join the space industry.

– Multiple sessions of 3 speakers each followed by moderated Q&A, broken into themes: Policy/Government, Entrepreneurship, Science/Technology, & Culture.

– A SGx Evening Reception, to follow the SATELLITE 2022 Opening Reception.

How To Register

SGx tickets are available through the SATELLITE 2022 registration system.

Register in 2 easy steps!

1. Register for SATELLITE 2022 through this link (required).

2. Add SGx to your registration. Pricing is as follows:

  • $45: Young Professionals / Students under the age of 35.

  • $145: All other Industry Professionals.

Use discount code SGX4SAT22 during checkout for a free SATELLITE 2022 hall pass!

That’s all it takes! Email [email protected].com if you have any questions.

COVID & Safety

What are SGx’s COVID-19 protocols?: In accordance with SATELLITE 2022’s policies, SGx will not require proof of vaccination or negative test results to attend the event. However, please note that masks are strongly recommended throughout the entirety of SGx unless actively eating or drinking. We also ask that all attendees adhere to the following COVID safety guidelines:

  • Eating and drinking outdoors where possible and practical.

  • Maintaining distance from others where possible.

  • Staying at home if you are sick and develop symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Consider taking a COVID test prior to attending the event.

Please note that as a diverse and multinational organization, our restrictions are developed with consideration to local, state and federal guidelines within the United States as well as those from other United Nations member states. We ask all SGx attendees to be conscious of the health and safety of those around them.

PROGRAM

Schedule: March 21st 2022

Time

Event

8:30 – 9:00 am Networking Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 am SGx Kickoff Address – Ms. Debra Facktor

9:30 – 10:15 am

Government and Policy Speakers

10:15 – 10:30 am Policy and Government Panel Q&A – Moderated by Maxwell Zhu
10:30 – 11:00 am

Coffee Break – 

Featuring an Exclusive SpinLaunch Announcement! 

11:00 – 11:45 am

Technology and Science Speakers

11:45 – 12:00 pm Technology and Science Q&A – Moderated by Diana Jack
12:00 – 1:00 pm SATELLITE Opening Day Luncheon

1:00 – 1:45 pm 

Human Spaceflight Speakers

1:45 – 2:00 pm Human Spaceflight Q&A – Moderated by Kate Manning
2:00 – 2:30 pm Coffee Break

2:30 – 3:15 pm

Institutional Culture Speakers

3:15 – 3:30 pm Institutional Culture Q&A – Moderated by Sapna Rao
3:30 – 4:20 pm Speed Mentoring / SGx Job Fair
4:20 – 4:30 pm Reflection Activity
4:30 – 5:00 pm Wrap Up
5:00 – 7:00 pm  SATELLITE Reception 
7:00 pm SGx Reception

SPEAKERS

Debra Facktor

Head of US Space Systems

AIRBUS U.S. Space and Defense

Debra Facktor is the Head of U.S. Space Systems for Airbus U.S. Space & Defense, Inc. As
such, she is responsible for managing the two businesses within U.S. Space Systems: National
Security Space and Space Exploration. Debra is also on the board of Airbus OneWeb Satellites,
a joint venture operating a state-of-the-art satellite manufacturing facility.

Prior to joining Airbus U.S., Debra was Vice President and General Manager of Strategic
Operations for Ball Aerospace, leading the company’s Washington DC operations, strategic
development, and marketing and communications. Her extensive business experience includes
serving as President and Owner of AirLaunch LLC, and as Vice President of Business
Development and Strategic Planning for Kistler Aerospace Corporation.

Debra is actively engaged as an advisor and mentor in the aerospace community and is a fellow
of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the American
Astronautical Society (AAS). She sits on the University of Michigan aerospace engineering
Industrial Advisory Board, the Advisory Committee for the Intelligence and National Security
Alliance (INSA), and the Future Space Leaders Foundation board. She is also an academician
of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA).

Debra received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from the
University of Michigan, and is an alumna of the International Space University summer session
program in Strasbourg, France.

Government and Policy

This panel will feature leading experts who are shaping and influencing the nation’s space law and policy. Hear from their unique career paths in the federal domain and how their work has evolved during an unprecedented time in the commercial, national security, and civil space sectors.

Maxwell Zhu (Moderator)

SGAC Policy and Advocacy Platform U.S. Task Force Lead

Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC)

Maxwell Zhu currently leads the U.S. Task Force for SGAC’s Policy and Advocacy Platform where he champions the space policy priorities of students and young space professionals to U.S. policymakers. Outside of SGAC, Maxwell is a Tech Scouting Associate at Dcode where he drives innovation in the U.S. federal ecosystem by advising emerging tech companies interested in partnering with the U.S. government. Previously, Maxwell worked with the Government Relations team at Blue Origin and published peer-reviewed biophysics research. Maxwell holds a joint B.A. in Physics and Government from Harvard University where his senior thesis on the political theory of space natural resources was recognized as the best thesis on U.S. public policy.

Mary Guenther

Director of Space Policy

Commercial Spaceflight Federation

Mary Guenther is the Director of Space Policy for the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF). CSF is the leading national trade association for the commercial space industry, with roughly 90 member companies and organizations across the United States. CSF is focused on laying the foundation for a sustainable space economy and democratizing access to space for scientists, students, civilians, and businesses.

At CSF, Guenther leads the policy development and lobbying efforts, where she is focused on promoting policies that enable fair and open competition, spur innovation, and expand public-private partnerships.

Before joining CSF, Guenther served as a Professional Staff Member at the Senate Commerce Committee. In that position, she was responsible for developing and moving space, manufacturing, and science legislation through the Congress as well as performing oversight on NASA, NSF, NIST, FAA AST, and the DOC Office of Space Commerce. She was integral to the Senate passage of the United States Innovation and Competition Act, which incorporated the NASA Authorization Act of 2019.

Erica Lefaive

Legislative Affairs Associate, Government Operations & Strategic Communications

Axiom Space

“What Doesn’t Kill Me Better Run: A Few Lessons Learned”

Erica Lefaive joined Axiom Space in May of 2021, which is building the world’s first commercial space station. Erica serves as the company’s sole in-house lobbyist on appropriations, aerospace, transportation, and defense issues. Prior to joining Axiom, Erica worked for U.S. Representative Randy K. Weber from 2017 to 2021 handling the Science, Space and Technology (SST) Committee portfolio, where the Congressman serves as Ranking Member on the Energy Subcommittee and is very active on space issues. Erica graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Political Science in 2017.

Jared Stout

Director, Congressional and Regulatory Policy

Meeks, Butera & Israel, PLLC

“Strength through Diversity: Space needs everyone”

Jared Zambrano-Stout is the Director of Congressional and Regulatory Policy for Meeks, Butera and Israel, PLLC. Jared advises clients on a wide variety of interdisciplinary aerospace issues in the civil, commercial, and national security space sectors. Jared has extensive experience working with federal government departments and agencies, including research, science, and technology development programs within the federal government.

Throughout his career, Jared has focused on the nexus among government policy, implementation, and industry development. He maintains an extensive network of academic, policy, government, and industry professionals, and pulls together these various stakeholders to bring policy goals to fruition.

Prior to joining MBI, Jared served at the Deputy Executive Secretary and Chief of Staff for the National Space Council and held numerous positions in the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation and on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee in the United States House of Representatives.

Technology and Science

Learn from the scientists, engineers, and pioneers of space technology who change the way we think about the universe across the industry. This panel will feature experts who continually develop innovative ideas in the context of a rapidly evolving space ecosystem.

Diana Jack (Moderator) 

Strategy Senior Manager

Blue Origin

Diana Jack is currently a Strategy Senior Manager at Blue Origin, focusing on orbital launch and in-space operations. Prior to joining Blue in 2022, Diana was a Senior Manager in Avascent’s space practice, providing management consulting services to traditional and New Space companies and governments, including for growth, capture, market, and industrial strategies. She has previously held positions at the Council on Foreign Relations, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, the Geneva Center for Security Policy, and the United States Council for International Business, working at the nexus of business and foreign policy. Diana is additionally pursuing her Master’s in Space Policy at the George Washington University Space Policy Institute. She holds a Master’s in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and a Bachelor’s summa cum laude in European Studies and German Language from Washington University in St. Louis.

Before his corporate career, Lon was a partner in the law firm of Gurman, Kurtis, Blask & Freedman, specializing in space and satellite law. He started his career as an attorney at the Federal Communications Commission. He is a member of the New York State and District of Columbia Bars.
Lon serves on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer of The Planetary Society and the Board of Governors of the National Space Society. Lon is co-founder and senior advisor to Arizona State University’s MILO Space Science Institute. Lon was Chairperson of the Space Foundation’s Board of Directors (2014-16) and its longest serving board member (2004-20). He was a member of the Defense Business Board of the U.S. Department of Defense (2008-18) and the Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (2009-19). He is a founding board member of the Satellite Industry Association, which he co-chaired from 1996-98.

Lon C. Levin 

Vice President – New Ventures

Lockheed Martin Space

“Entrepreneurs Welcome at Lockheed Martin”

Lon Levin, Vice President-New Ventures, is responsible for developing new businesses and markets for Lockheed Martin Space. Previously, Lon was the President and Chief Executive Officer of GEOshare, an entrepreneurial subsidiary of Lockheed Martin that developed new satellite and space businesses. He has over 30 years experience as an executive and entrepreneur in the telecommunications, media, and aerospace industries.
Lon co-founded XM Satellite Radio and played executive leadership roles in the formation and development of other satellite, media, and telecommunications companies including Mobile Satellite Ventures, XM Canada, Slacker Radio, American Mobile Satellite Corporation, TerraStar Networks, and SkySevenVentures.
Lon served as a U.S. Delegate negotiating technology treaties at many International Telecommunication Union conferences. Lon holds five telecommunication satellite patents.

Before his corporate career, Lon was a partner in the law firm of Gurman, Kurtis, Blask & Freedman, specializing in space and satellite law. He started his career as an attorney at the Federal Communications Commission. He is a member of the New York State and District of Columbia Bars.
Lon serves on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer of The Planetary Society and the Board of Governors of the National Space Society. Lon is co-founder and senior advisor to Arizona State University’s MILO Space Science Institute. Lon was Chairperson of the Space Foundation’s Board of Directors (2014-16) and its longest serving board member (2004-20). He was a member of the Defense Business Board of the U.S. Department of Defense (2008-18) and the Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (2009-19). He is a founding board member of the Satellite Industry Association, which he co-chaired from 1996-98.

Tanya Harrison

Director of Strategic Science Initiatives

Planet

“The Girl Who Came to Earth from Mars”

Dr. Tanya Harrison calls herself a “Professional Martian,” having spent the last 13 years working as a scientist and in mission operations on multiple NASA Mars missions, including the Curiosity and Opportunity rovers. Her specialty lies in geomorphology: the study of a planet’s evolution based on its surface features. She holds a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Western Ontario, a master’s in Earth and Environmental Sciences from Wesleyan University, and a B.Sc. in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Washington. Currently she is the Director of Strategic Science Initiatives at the Earth observation satellite imagery company Planet. Tanya is also an advocate for advancing the status of women in science and for accessibility in the geosciences. You can find her prolifically tweeting about Mars and space in general as @tanyaofmars.

Erik Luther

Vice President of Product

CesiumAstro

“Pulling the Plug but Staying Connected”

Serving as the Vice President of Product at CesiumAstro, Luther focuses on product strategy, building out the product portfolio, and leading key strategic initiatives.

Throughout Luther’s career, he has held positions across engineering, sales, marketing, and business development focused on bringing innovative new technologies to market at various midsize and startup companies. Prior to joining Cesium, Luther served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at X-Microwave through multiple years of exponential growth, focused on making modular RF and Microwave commonplace. Prior to that he served as Director of Program Management leading platform and innovation initiatives at Averna Technologies across wireless, automotive, and IoT business segments. He developed a passion for RF and communications systems over his 15 years at National Instruments where he served in many positions, most notably as the technical marketing and product management team lead for the Ettus Research software defined radio product line.

Early in his career, Luther pioneered efforts to support universities with hands-on curriculum and textbooks, co-founding NTS Press, an independent textbook publishing arm of National Instruments. His entrepreneurial spirit and focus on disruptive innovation that solves a real-world need has been a key to his success.

Luther holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri.

Lindsay Papsidero

Program Manager

Lockheed Martin Parsec TM

“Entrepreneurs Welcome at Lockheed Martin”

Lindsay Papsidero is currently the Program Manager for Lockheed Martin’s commercial lunar communications services program, Parsec TM , where she leads the development of a commercial lunar relay service business.
Lindsay also leads the collaboration between LM and the MILO Space Science Institute, a non- profit research collaborative whose mission is to provide affordable access to deep space science missions. Lindsay was previously the Chief Technology Officer for GEOshare, LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin), where she led the technical team turning customer mission statements into architectures, payload designs, and full satellite solutions.She was also a systems architect in LM’s Deep Space Exploration and Advanced Programs group. There, she developed deep space mission concepts and architecture for science and commercial applications.
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Lindsay worked at NASA Wallops as an Aerospace Engineer in the Guidance Navigation and Control and Mission Systems Group. Most recently, Lindsay was recognized by The Society of Satellite Professionals International as a “Future Leader in the Space Industry” as one of the top 20 professionals within the space industry under the age of 35. Lindsay received her Bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech and her Master’s in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

Human Spaceflight

Have you ever wondered what it takes to go to space? Learn firsthand from past and current astronauts about the challenges of astronaut training and the importance of human space exploration for future generations.

Kate Manning (Moderator)

Communications Specialist

NASA Headquarters

Kate Manning is the Senior Communications Specialist for the Policy and Strategic Communications division of NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) program at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC. She supports SCaN’s outreach, communications, and programmatic efforts across the agency. Previously, Kate worked as a mission assurance engineer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center supporting the Lucy and Roman Space Telescope missions. Prior to this role, she worked in space operations – first as a flight controller and crew instructor for the International Space Station program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center and later as mission planner for the satellite operations team at OneWeb. Kate holds a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering Technology from Purdue University and a M.Sc. in Science Communication and Public Engagement with Science from The University of Edinburgh.

Chris Boshuizen

Partner, DCVC and Blue Origin New Shepard NS-18 Commercial Astronaut

“We are the Space Generation”

Dr. Chris Boshuizen is an Australian astronaut, scientist, entrepreneur, investor, and musician. Currently a Partner at DCVC, a deep tech investment company in San Francisco where he focuses on funding cutting edge space companies, Boshuizen completed his PhD in physics at The University of Sydney before accepting a position at the NASA Ames Research Center in California. There Dr. Boshuizen established Singularity University and most notably co-created the NASA Phonesat. After leaving NASA he co-founded Planet Labs, the first company to employ nanosatellites in a commercial capacity, radically reducing the cost of lifting payloads into space and paving the way for today’s large constellations of spacecraft. Today, Planet operates the largest fleet of Earth-observing satellites and maps the entire surface of the Earth daily, enabling key insights into our changing world that were previously unobtainable. Boshuizen was the 2014 Advance Global Australian of the Year award winner, and has subsequently become a member of the Advance Board of Directors where he is an active spokesperson for successful Australians abroad. Boshuizen is also a musician and releases music under the name “Dr Chrispy”. Dr Boshuizen flew to space as a commercial astronaut on Blue Origin’s New Shepard NS-18 mission on October 13 2021.

B. Alvin Drew

Current NASA Dept. of Defense Liaison Manager, Former NASA Astronaut

NASA Headquarters

“A Mind Once Stretched – The Overview Effect”

Alvin Drew currently serves as currently serves at NASA Headquarters as the Department of Defense Liaison Manager. In 2016, he was Assistant Director for Aviation and Space Security on the Obama Administration White House Office of Science and Technology Policy staff, and in 2009 was the NASA Director of Operations at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. He served for 26 years in the U.S. Air Force as a Command Pilot-Astronaut–logging more than 4,000 hours–flying combat rescue and special operations missions, as a test pilot, and in space. He was a mission specialist astronaut on two NASA Space Shuttle missions–STS-118 and STS- 133–constructing the International Space Station, where he completed two spacewalks. Alvin has Bachelor’s degrees in Physics and in Astronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, and a Master’s degree in Aerospace Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Daniel Tani

Chief of NASA INSPIRE Office, Former NASA Astronaut

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

“Why do we need Humans in Space?”

Mr. Daniel (Dan) Tani is the Chief of the INtegrated Strategic Products, Information and Resource Enterprise (INSPIRE) office, at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. From 1996 to 2012, Dan was an astronaut based at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. In his 16 year career at NASA, he flew on 2 space missions, for an accumulated 132 days in space, featuring 6 space walks.  Since 2012, Dan held several roles in the non- profit, education and private sectors until re-joining NASA in 2021.  Originally from the Chicago area, Dan is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a 3rd generation Japanese-American and the son of parents that were interned at the Topaz Relocation Center as part of the mandatory evacuation of Japanese descendants during World War II. An avid golfer, he lives with his wife Jane and 3 children in Northern Virginia.

Institutional Culture

Panelists will share their experiences navigating through the space industry’s historically homogeneous institutional culture while paving the way for increased diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility throughout their careers. With insights from this panel, students and young professionals can reflect on pushing cultural boundaries within their own institutions and fostering long-lasting equity in space for the next generation.

Sapna Rao (Moderator)

Systems Engineer

Lockheed Martin Commercial & Civil Space

Sapna Rao is a Systems Engineer at Lockheed Martin Commercial Civil Space. She has worked on human space exploration missions ranging from the Artemis missions to Cryo Demonstration Missions. Her experience is particularly in Systems Architecture, Machine Learning, and Model Based Systems Engineering.

Additionally she is a strong proponent of Diversity and Inclusion and works on initiatives at Lockheed Martin, SGAC, and the Space Frontier Foundation. She is also leading the RAISE team which is part of  the SGAC Space Exploration Project Group’s ACHIEVED initiative.

Mac Malkawi

Founder and President

Borderless Labs Inc (BLinc)

“The Power of Inclusion, How Empowering Underserved Communities through Space Camps & Analogs can Help get us to Live and Work in Space”

Mac Malkawi is a Jordanian American Business Man! Learner! Space nut! Philanthropist! Explorer! Entrepreneur! And Science Fiction Fan! 

Founder and President of Borderless Labs Inc on a mission to create online educational STEAM content for underserved communities in multiple languages world wide while bringing access to Space through inspiration by building science clubs, maker spaces, space camps, and analog Astronaut experiences for underserved communities.

Will Pomerantz

Vice President, Special Projects

Virgin Orbit

Will Pomerantz is Vice President for Special Projects and employee #001 at Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit, the innovative launch company for small satellites. He is also a co-founder of the Brooke Owens Fellowship and the Patti Grace Smith Fellowship, two prestigious mentorship and work experience programs focused on enabling more women and more Black students, respectively, to pursue aerospace careers. Will is a graduate of Harvard, the NASA Academy, and the International Space University. He has also worked at Virgin Galactic, the XPRIZE Foundation, Brown University, the Futron Corporation, and the United Nations, among others.

Luc Riesbeck

Space Policy Research Analyst

Astroscale U.S.

“The Overlook Effect”

Luc Riesbeck is a Space Policy Research Analyst based at Astroscale U.S.’ Washington, D.C. office, where he collaborates across the space community to mature cross-disciplinary solutions to orbital sustainability challenges. He holds an M.A. in International Science and Technology Policy concentrating in Space Policy from the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, and a B.A. in Social Science from New York University Shanghai. Luc’s graduate research focused on policy solution sets for active orbital debris removal, on-orbit satellite servicing, and other emerging applications of advanced robotics for rendezvous, proximity, and docking operations in space. At Astroscale U.S., he is part of a team making active debris removal and on-orbit satellite servicing a reality for government and industry customers. His work equips operators across the space enterprise with strategic, political, and operational tools to execute a sustainable stewardship of the orbital environment and accelerate the adoption of norms of responsible behavior in space. Luc is an alumnus of the Brooke Owens Fellowship, serving as a Fellow at Space Capital in New York City in 2018, where he advised the team on the space policy and regulatory environment surrounding their areas of investment. He now serves as a Peer Mentor for the Patti Grace Smith Fellowship, a sister program providing extraordinary Black undergraduate students with their first work experience in the aerospace industry, personalized mentorship, and a cohort of similarly driven and talented peers. Luc fosters a targeted professional interest in building a global space policy environment that incorporates principles of ethics in science and technology and encourages innovation and creativity in sustainable aerospace technologies and practices, across commercial and government space projects.

SPONSORS

SGx2022 Organizing Team

Manager & Deputy Manager

Ginny Randall (she/her)

Ginny Randall works as a Space Program Analyst within the Space Communications and Navigation division at NASA, supporting NASA’s national and international GPS policy program alongside the division’s communications and outreach strategy. Ginny also serves as the Event Manager for SGx2022, one of the Space Generation Advisory Council’s three annual global events bringing together students and young professionals across the space industry.

Prior to joining the space sector, Ginny provided policy guidance, event coordination, and project management support across government, private industry, and academia. Most recently, Ginny served as the Program Coordinator for Strategy and Communications at the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt University’s Center for Innovation & Design.

In addition to previous roles supporting Microsoft and Redfin, Ginny started her career exploring the policy efforts of Washington State’s human trafficking prevention initiatives. Ginny holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Studies from Vanderbilt University.

Cody Knipfer (he/him)

Cody Knipfer works in the government affairs office of a commercial space company, where he is the liaison to Congress and the U.S. federal government for the organization.

He graduated from McDaniel College in 2015 with a B.A. in political science, and with a M.A. in international science and technology policy from the Space Policy Institute at the Elliott School in 2018.

Prior to his current role, he held space policy positions with two aerospace-focused trade associations — the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and the Aerospace Industries Association — and spent time working in the House of Representatives handling a defense portfolio.

His most significant contribution to rocket engineering was assembling the LEGO Saturn V.

Programming Team

Leonard de Guzman (he/him)

Leonard works in strategic planning at a Fortune 50 company in the technology and telecommunications sector. Prior to joining the private sector, Leonard enjoyed a public service career in Australia. His experiences include working with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade at the Embassy of Australia in Washington, D.C., and with the Australian Department of Defence as both a civilian and a military officer.

As part of his commitment to the Space Generation Advisory Council, Leonard serves on the Programs Team for SGx2022 and is part of the SGAC Executive Team as a Human Resources team member.Leonard holds a Bachelor of Engineering with a dual major in aerospace and mechanical engineering from the University of Queensland, where he completed his undergraduate thesis in scramjets and hypersonics. He also holds a Master of Systems Engineering with an electronics major from the University of New South Wales Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy. He is currently studying a Master in Law at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ashley Peter (she/her)

Ashley Peter leads the Exploration Systems Development Programmatic & Strategic Integration’s Schedule Analysis Team at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

As part of the Artemis Program, her office is responsible for the overall programmatic integration of the Space Launch System, Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, and Exploration Ground Systems programs for deep space human exploration.

Prior to this role, she was a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, supporting data analytics projects with NASA and the U.S. Navy. Ashley holds an M.A. from George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute, where she conducted research on emerging space nations’ motivations for establishing space agencies, and a B.S. from MIT in Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences (EAPS) and Management Science. She also represented the Space Generation Advisory Council in the 2019 IAF International Project/Programme Management Committee Young Professionals Workshop, where she presented recommendations on program management challenges facing the next generation in the space sector.

After retiring from soccer, Ashley now enjoys playing golf, traveling, and trying new restaurants in D.C. (when she can get a reservation).

Communications Team

Josh Ingersoll (he/him)

Josh Ingersoll is a second-year graduate student at The George Washington University Space Policy Institute. He is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology where he holds both a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering.

Josh is currently working as a Satellite Regulatory Engineer at Amazon’s Project Kuiper where he works to develop solutions to radiofrequency (RF) interference problems as well as Space Traffic Management (STM) and space debris mitigation concerns. Josh is also quite active in the Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship program in which he took part in 2019. The program matches upperclassmen undergraduate and graduate students with executive mentors and internships in the Commercial Space Industry.

His research interests include policy surrounding the regulation and environmental impacts of satellite mega-constellations as well as interactions between US commercial entities and foreign governments. Josh is also pursuing an MBA through the George Washington School of Business concurrent with his Space Policy work. In his free time Josh sings baritone with the Fairfax Jubilaires and follows the Buffalo Bills religiously.

Olga Bai (she/her)

Olga currently works as a Senior Manager of Marketing and Public Relations at Firefly Aerospace, a NewSpace Unicorn, where she helps lead the efforts to build a global brand. Prior to joining Firefly, Olga has worked at Dassault Systemes, Fortune 50 software company, and v(room)), a Paris-based marketing and strategic consultancy agency where she advised top technology and luxury companies on building brand presence in the digital realm. Among her clients were Moët & Chandon, Hennessy, Audemars Piguet, and SOLIDWORKS. Olga also serves on the Communications Team for SGx2022, one of the Space Generation Advisory Council’s three annual global events bringing together students and young professionals across the space industry.

Olga holds a Master In International Marketing from KEDGE Business School, a Master of Science in International Marketing and Management from ISM University of Management and Economics, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Management from LCC International University, where she graduated Cum Laude. In her free time, Olga volunteers at Alliance Française enjoys travel, experiencing new cultures, and reading.

SPONSOR SGx2022

SGx presents a compelling, high-impact and low-cost opportunity for companies and organizations to support SGAC, its mission, and the young space professional community.

SGx offers:

  • Direct networking with talented space students and young professionals from around the world. 

  • Brand exposure to delegates, global viewers, and fellow sponsors.

  • Insights into the next generation of space exploration and science.

Additional Benefits include:

  • Connect with industry professionals at SATELLITE conference.

  • SGAC reports all conference outcomes to the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS).

Interested in sponsoring? Check out the SGx 2022 sponsorship prospectus (below) and reach out to the SGx 2022 managers, Ginny Randall ([email protected]) and Cody Knipfer ([email protected]).

SGx 2022 Prospectus
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