SpaceGen United Keynotes

The following is a list of Keynotes topics that will be the focus of SpaceGen United. Additional detail will be added once it is available so check back regularly for more information. 

Paul M. Anderson
Human Lander System (HLS) Program Director

Paul Anderson has over 34 years of experience at Lockheed Martin and is presently the Human Lander System (HLS) Program Director. His recent assignments included serving as the Artemis Mission-2 Director; the Service Module Integrated Product Team (IPT) Director; and the Avionics IPT Director for the Orion program.

Paul also has significant previous program management leadership experience on programs including GOES-R, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and Mars Exploration Rover. He is Lockheed’s Executive to the Colorado School of Mines where he serves on the College of Engineering and Computational Sciences Advisory Board as well as Chairman of the Aerospace Industry Advisory Council. He is an Associate Fellow of AIAA, and recently served as the Rocky Mountain Section Chairman.

Paul attended the Colorado School of Mines where he competed on the varsity Basketball and Golf teams while earning his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1985. He attained his M.S. from the University of Colorado in Engineering Management in 1991. Paul resides in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, has been married for 28 years, and has successfully raised two daughters.

Isabelle Duvaux-Béchon
Head of the Member States Relations and Partnerships Office in the ESA Strategy Department

Isabelle Duvaux-Béchon is in charge of the Relations with ESA Member States ensuring the coordination at corporate level of the information on Agency’s policies and actions towards the 22 ESA Member States, acting as their entry point to the Agency and aiming at optimisation of mutual current and future interests. She is also in charge of the coordination across ESA of transverse initiatives representing global challenges on Earth, with a thematic (Sustainable Development, Security) or geographical approach (Oceans, Arctic, Antarctic, Alps, Africa…), making the links between ESA and potential users, and coordinating partnerships with non-space entities. She is co-chairing the ESA Space & Arctic Task Force and chairing the ESA Blue Worlds Task Force formed with interested ESA Member States.

After 4 years in the space industry, she joined ESA in 1987 and worked in various areas: Microgravity, International Space Station, Budget, Education, Corporate Planning, Finance, Studies, Advanced Concepts. 

Isabelle Duvaux-Béchon is a diplomed engineer from Ecole Centrale Paris (specialisation in Air & Space engineering) and an auditor of the French Institute of Advanced Studies in National Defence (IHEDN). She is a Commander in the citizenship reserve of the French Navy and a full member of the International Academy of Astronautics.

Dan Hart
President and CEO, Virgin Orbit

Over the course of his career, Dan has served in senior leadership roles across a wide range of aerospace programs, spanning human spaceflight, satellite development, launch, and missile defense, and running through all phases of the aerospace product life cycle, from research and development through design, production, and space-flight operations. 

Dan currently serves as President and CEO for Virgin Orbit, Richard Branson’s pioneering commercial space firm, launching small satellites into space from a rocket carried under the wing of a modified Boeing 747. It is Virgin’s contribution to the massive transformation going on in space technology, and has the clear goal of opening access to space to improve life on Earth. 

Dan joined Virgin Orbit after more than three decades of aerospace leadership at the Boeing Company, where he most recently served as Vice President of Government Satellite Systems. In that position, he oversaw Boeing’s government satellite programs, developing and managing missions for the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA, and other national programs. Dan’s portfolio included marquee programs such as Global Positioning System (GPS), Wideband Global SATCOM, the Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS) system, and the X-37 spaceplane. 

After beginning his career with McDonnell Douglas supporting the Spacelab Program at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Dan was soon loaned to the European Space Agency to support system integration, followed by roles on the Delta and Delta II launch crews, then leading the Systems Engineering, Integration and Test Team for the development of the Delta IV Launch Vehicle. Dan was subsequently named Chief Engineer for the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) anti-ballistic missile system before becoming Chief Engineer over all of Boeing’s space programs. 

Dan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the State University of New York at Albany and attended the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. 

He is a passionate and committed advocate for STEM education, and serves on the Executive Board of the California Science Center. 

Dan knows his way around an electric guitar and full drum kit, but is holding out for the return of Virgin Records before unleashing his debut album on the world. 

Federico Fierli
Expert in Atmospheric Dynamics and Chemistry

Federico Fierli is working at EUMETSAT since 2019 as Training Officer – Expert in Atmospheric Dynamics and Chemistry.
With a strong technical background about atmospheric and climate science, his job focuses on the teaching about many aspects of satellite data and applications to a wide range of Users.
In particular he specializes on the coupling between the composition and circulation of the atmosphere and its climatic impact, explored worldwide with campaign, satellite data and models.

Since 2002 he worked as Senior Scientist at National Research Council, Italy (now on-leave) and Associate Professor of Climate Physics at the University of Rome.
Previously he received a PhD from the Paris University and then an European Space Agency Fellowship.