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April 11-14, 2016 · Colorado Springs, Colorado USA

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Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi, Ph.D

Director General
United Arab Emirates Space Agency

Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi, Ph.D

Dr. Mohamed Nasser Al Ahbabi was appointed Director General of the UAE Space Agency after having the responsibility of designing and creating the agency.  He leads a team of 50 who manage the UAE's space sector.  Ahbabi is responsible for realizing the agency’s goals of growing the space sector.  He has contributed and led numerous strategic projects in the ICT domain for the benefit of the UAE government. Ahbabi led a UAE Armed Forces Think Tank Project within the Centre of Excellence, where his role involved advising Military and Government at strategic levels on emerging concepts and technologies in the areas of Smart Defense, Cyber Warfare and Space developments. He was the head of YAHSAT MilSatCom and other Space Projects and has an active role in ITU-R, UN Space working groups and ICT professional associations. Ahbabi obtained his first bachelor's degree in the United States, then his master's of science degree and Ph.D. in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Buzz Aldrin

Retired astronaut and Air Force Veteran

Dr. Buzz Aldrin

Dr. Buzz Aldrin is a decorated retired astronaut and Air Force Veteran. Currently, Aldrin gives lectures and makes numerous appearances year round. Aldrin was part of a third group of men selected by NASA to attempt to pioneer space flight. Aldrin was put in charge of creating docking and rendezvous techniques for spacecraft. He also pioneered underwater training techniques to simulate flight in zero gravity. While Participating in the Gemini 12, Apollo 8, and Apollo 11 missions during his career, Buzz Aldrin was also the second man to walk on the moon. Aldrin attended the Massachusetts Instiute of Technology (which he would later attend for graduate school), and also went to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. 

Victoria Alonsoperez

Founder, Chipsafer, and Chair
Space Generation Advisory Council

Victoria Alonsoperez

Alonsoperez is a specialist in electronic, telecommunications and electrical engineering and in 2013 she co-founded IEETECH, a social enterprise that looks for efficient engineering solutions to current problems.  IEETECH projects earned Alonsoperez the Best Young Inventor Award from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the winning slot in the International Telecommunications Union Young Innovators Competition.  Alonsoperez has been involved with the International Space University Space Studies Program, in 2012 serving as the Space Engineering Department Teaching Associate, and in 2011 participating as a student in the Space Studies Program.  While at ISU in 2011, her project with fellow students won the Barcelona Zero-G Aerobatics Challenge.  In 2009, she was awarded the International Astronautical Federation Youth Grant that enabled her to participate in the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) and the Space Generation Congress (SGC). Alonsoperez is a contributor in "Space Mission Analysis and Design Core” and is the managing editor of a book on small satellite programs that is part of the United States Air Force Academy’s Space Technology Series.   Alonsoperez graduated from Universidad de le Republica, the International Space University and Singularity University.

Chad Anderson

Managing Director
Space Angels Network

Chad Anderson

Chad Anderson is Managing Director of Space Angels Network, where he has facilitated millions of dollars of private investment into new commercial space ventures. He is also Non-Executive Director of the UK Space Catapult, where he supports the national strategy to grow the space sector in the country. Prior to his current roles, Anderson enjoyed a successful career at JP Morgan Chase where he managed a $50 billion real estate portfolio through the Great Recession. He is a prominent advocate of the private space industry with numerous public speaking appearances, interviews, and papers on the subject, including publications in Space Policy Journal, the first-ever market assessment for commercial lunar services, and the economic case for a UK spaceport. Anderson holds an MBA from the University of Oxford.

 

Air Vice-Marshal Paul Atherton

OBE, Director of Military Aviation
Royal Air Force

Air Vice-Marshal Paul Atherton

Air Vice-Marshal Paul Atherton joined the Royal Air Force in 1982.  Following Initial Officer Training and pilot training on the Jet Provost and Jetstream, he was posted to No 10 Sqn at RAF Brize Norton where he operated the VC10 aircraft in the Air Transport and Air Refuelling roles.  He completed tours as a co-pilot, captain and flight commanderalso undertaking VIP and training duties, and was actively involved in operations during both the Gulf War and the conflicts in the Balkans. Atherton then undertook a policy appointment in HQ No 2 Group before being selected for the final RAF Staff Course at Bracknell in 1996.  Thereafter, he was posted to the Ministry of Defence and an appointment within the Directorate of Joint Warfare as a strategic exercise planner.  He was promoted in situ to Wing Commander and his responsibilities changed to taking forward the wide-ranging joint initiatives resulting from the 1998 Strategic Defence Review.  In 1999, he returned to RAF Brize Norton as Officer Commanding No 216 Sqn flying the TriStar aircraft.  During his time in command, he and his Sqn operated from deployed locations in Italy, Oman and Bahrain in support of operations over Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.  Following the events of 9/11, he was the UK Tanker Commander in Seeb, Oman as part of the UK’s air-refuelling contribution to Operation Enduring Freedom.  On completion of this tour, he was promoted to Group Captain and was appointed the senior military member of the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft programme at the Defence Procurement Agency.  He departed this post in November 2004 to command Basrah Air Station in Iraq for 6 months, for which he was awarded the OBE, prior to assuming command of RAF Lyneham and the UK Hercules Force where he flew both the C-130 K and J models.  He attended both the Higher Command and Staff Course and the Royal College of Defence Studies throughout 2008 prior to promotion to Air Commodore.  Appointments as the Assistant Chief of Staff,Strategy, Policy and Plans and then Air Officer Operations at HQ AIR followed.  On promotion to Air Vice-Marshal in 2012 he assumed the role of Director (Operations) in the Military Aviation Authority before being appointed as Director MAA on the establishment of the Defence Safety Authority in Apr 2015. He assumed command of Chief of Staff Operations Air January 2016.  

Johan Bäckström

Vice President Sales & Marketing
AAC Microtec

Johan Bäckström

Johan Bäckström is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at AAC Microtec and has vast experience in international business development and project management of technically complex projects. He is a Member of the Board of Swedish Aerospace Industries, SAI, the trade association for aerospace companies in Sweden and he is also a Member of the board of Rymdforum, a Swedish organization informing about space activities. Bäckström has earlier been responsible for the North American Sales, establishing business in BeNeLux, and the development of high‐end onboard computers for Cross Control. Johan Bäckström holds a master of science degree in engineering physics from Uppsala University in Sweden.

David Bair

CEO
Eutelsat America Corp

Professor Roberto Battiston

President
Italian Space Agency (ASI)

Professor Roberto Battiston

Roberto Battiston is President of the Italian Space Agency.  He is the Chair of General Physics in the Physics Department at the University of Trento, Trento and Rovereto, Trentino, Italy.  Battiston is a member of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, the governmental committee advising the Minister of Research and University.  He has worked for over 30 years in international collaborations in experimental physics and fundamental interactions.  Battiston is a devoted researcher in the fields of frontier detectors and technologies and the characterization of materials and devices to be used in space conditions.  He is the author of more than 420 papers published on international scientific journals, and has organized several workshops devoted to space science and advanced technologies.  Battiston holds a Bachelor's Degree at Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy; a Doctorate (Troiseime Cycle) at University Paris-Dauphine (Paris IX), Orsay; and an Honorary Bachelor's Degree from the University of Bucharest, Romania.

 

Chuck Beames

President, Vulcan Aerospace Corporation
and Executive Director, Stratolaunch Systems

Chuck Beames

Charles “Chuck” Beames serves as the Director at Spaceflight Industries, Inc., and he is the Executive Director of Stratolaunch at Vulcan Inc. His long legacy with the Department of Defense has led to a unique combination of leadership and expertise in military and space systems, legislative affairs, engineering and business. Prior to joining Vulcan, Beames was a Member of the Senior Executive Service and last served as the Principal Director, Space and Intelligence, to the Under Secretary of Defense of Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. In his early career, Beames was designated as one of the “Top 100 Young Engineers in the U.S.” by the National Academy of Engineering. Beames is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with degrees in Material Science and Engineering Mechanics. He also holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College. Beames retired as a Colonel from the United States Air Force and has been a member of the Senior Executive Service since 2011.

Trevor Beattie

Founding Partner, BMB Advertising, London
Film Producer

Trevor Beattie

Trevor Beattie, founding partner of BMB and former chairman and Creative Director of TBWA London, is an advertising executive responsible for a number of high-profile and often controversial advertising campaigns.  As one of the very first paying customers, he is slated to fly on the second flight for Virgin Galactic (after Richard Branson's debut.)  Also working in the movie industry, Beattie produced the BAFTA-winning movie Moon, directed by Duncan Jones in 2008.  He is also devising a marketing campaign for the Virgin Galactic Space Tourism Programme.  In 2011 he set up The Jack And Ada Beattie Foundation in memory and honour of his parents.  The Foundation supports victims of social injustice, and helped send hundreds of D-Day Veterans back to the Normandy beaches for the 70th commemorations in 2014.

Peter Beck

CEO
Rocket Lab USA

Peter Beck

Peter Beck founded Rocket Lab in 2007 following almost a decade and a half of propulsion research and market development in the international space community. Peter has since established Rocket Lab both in New Zealand and the United States as a premier institute for innovative space systems. As comfortable on a CNC mill as he is in a board room, Peter is both the head visionary and technical adviser for the Electron program.

Peter is an acclaimed scientist and engineer, having been awarded a Meritorious Medal from the Royal Aeronautical Society for service of an exceptional nature in New Zealand aviation, and the Cooper Medal, presented by the Royal Society bi-annually to those deemed to have published the best single account of research in physics and engineering.

 

 

Jeff Bezos

Amazon Founder & CEO
Founder, Blue Origin

Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos is the founder of aerospace company Blue Origin, which is working to lower the cost and increase the safety of spaceflight so that humans can better continue exploring the solar system. Bezos is also Amazon founder and CEO. Bezos founded Amazon.com in 1994 with a mission for it to be Earth's most customer-centric company. Amazon offers low prices and fast delivery on millions of items, designs and builds the bestselling Kindle hardware and empowers companies and governments in over 190 countries around the world with the leading cloud computing infrastructure through its Amazon Web Services offering. Bezos graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University in 1986, and was named TIME magazine's Person of the Year in 1999.

Gary H. Blackwood, Ph.D

Exoplanet Exploration Program Manager
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Gary H. Blackwood, Ph.D

Gary Blackwood has been an employee of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Caltech since 1988.  He is currently the Manager of the NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program, a NASA Program office managed by JPL for the NASA Astrophysics Division. Prior to that he worked on technology development programs for precision astronomical instruments, the Space Interferometry Mission, the Terrestrial Planet Finder and the Advanced Mirror Development Project at JPL. Blackwood holds a PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, where he specialized in structural dynamics and control systems engineering.

Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden, Jr., USMC (Ret.)

Retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden, Jr., is the 12th administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he began his duties on July 17, 2009. As Administrator, he leads the NASA team and manages its resources to advance the agency's missions and goals. Prior to his nomination for the NASA administrator's job, he was employed as the chief executive officer of JACKandPANTHER LLC. His 34-year career with the Marine Corps included 14 years as a member of NASA's Astronaut Office. After joining the office in 1980, he traveled to orbit four times aboard the space shuttle between 1986 and 1994, commanding two of the missions. Bolden's NASA astronaut career included technical assignments as lead astronaut for vehicle test and checkout at the Kennedy Space Center, and assistant deputy administrator at NASA Headquarters.

Brig. Gen. Gregory S. Bowen

Deputy Commanding General for Operations; U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command
United States Army

Brig. Gen. Gregory S. Bowen

Brig. Gen. Gregory S. Bowen became Deputy Commanding General for Operations at U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command in July 2014.  He has operational oversight for the Army’s only space brigade, a multi-component ballistic missile defense brigade, the Army astronaut detachment and a professional development office.  Brig. Gen. Bowen has more than 15 years of experience as a staff officer and commander in space and missile defense roles, including assignments at Army Space Command, the 49th Missile Defense Battalion, U.S. Strategic Command’s Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense and the 100th Missile Defense Brigade.

AVM Malcolm Brecht

Chief of Staff Capability
United Kingdom Royal Air Force

AVM Malcolm Brecht

Malcolm Brecht is the Chief of Staff Capability for the Royal Air Force. His responsibilities include collating planned and costed in-service capability options for the MoD endorsement, and he manages contingency risks in the air environment, ensuring cohereince in time and with other services and manages the transition to future capabilities. Brecht has over 5000 flying hours and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Malcolm Brecht has a background from the Defense Academy, a bachelor of arts in operational research and management services from the University of Hull, and a master of art in defense studies from the King’s College London. 

James Frederick "Jim" Bridenstine (R-OK)

Congressman
Oklahoma’s First District

James Frederick "Jim" Bridenstine (R-OK)

Congressman Jim Bridenstine represents Oklahoma’s First District and serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee, where he is the current chairman of the Subcommittee on the Environment.  He has been widely recognized in the House for his integrity, commitment to principles, and willingness to uphold the rule of law.  Bridenstine has become an effective member of Congress by focusing on three specific areas: national security, economic freedom, and constitutional integrity.  He holds a triple major from Rice University, a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University, and served nine years active duty in the United States Navy as a pilot.  After leaving active duty, Bridenstine went on to be the executive director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium.  He is currently a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

 

 

Philippe Brunet

Director Space Policy, Copernicus, Defense
European Commission

Philippe Brunet

Dr. Philippe Brunet is the Director of Space Policy, Copernicus and Defense, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs at the European Commission. His main roles include the implementation of Copernicus, a constellation of EU-satellites offering Earth Observation services on a full, open, and free of charge basis, and the development of civil and military synergies in security and defense matters to render the defense industry competitive and underpin a credible and effective Common Security and Defense Policy. Dr. Philippe Brunet holds both a doctor in medicine and iuris doctor in community law. 

Salvatore T. "Tory" Bruno

President and CEO
United Launch Alliance (ULA)

Salvatore T. "Tory" Bruno

Salvatore T. “Tory” Bruno is the president and chief executive officer for United Launch Alliance (ULA).  In this role, Bruno serves as the principal strategic leader of the organization and oversees all business management and operations.  Prior to joining ULA, he served as the vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Strategic and Missile Defense Systems, a leading provider of ballistic missile and ballistic missile defense systems supporting U.S. Department of Defense customers, as well as the U.K. Royal Navy and Ministry of Defense.  Bruno joined Lockheed Martin in 1984, and his earlier positions there included leadership of FBM, ICBM, THAAD and Strategic Missiles Programs, as well as engineering positions involving FBM Rocket Propulsion, design and analysis for control systems, rockets and hypersonic reentry vehicles.  He holds several patents.  Bruno has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California, and has completed graduate courses and management programs at Harvard University, Santa Clara University, the Wye River Institute, San Jose State University and the Defense Acquisition University. 

Lt. Gen. David J. Buck

Commander, 14th Air Force
and Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space

Lt. Gen. David J. Buck

Lt. Gen. David J. Buck is Commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.  As the U.S. Air Force's operational space component to USSTRATCOM, Buck leads more than 19,500 personnel responsible for providing missile warning, space superiority, space situational awareness, satellite operations, space launch and range operations.  As Commander, JFCC SPACE, he directs all assigned and attached USSTRATCOM space forces providing tailored, responsive, local and global space effects in support of national, USSTRATCOM and combatant commander objectives.  Buck received his commission in 1986 as a distinguished graduate of Officer Training School.  His career spans a wide variety of command, operations, test and evaluation, and staff assignments. He has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels. His operational experience includes missile operations, space launch and range operations, satellite command and control, space force enhancement, and space control.  Buck served on The Joint Staff as principal military advisor to The Chairman of The Joint Chiefs of Staff for Coalition Management.  In 2010, he deployed to Southwest Asia as the Director of Space Forces for U.S. Air Forces Central.  Prior to assuming his current position, Buck was the Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command.  Buck’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Masters of Business degree in Administration, a Master of Science in National Security and Strategic Studies, a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy, and he is a Distinguished Graduate from the Squadron Officer School.

Alice Bunn

Director of Policy
UK Space Agency

Alice Bunn

Alice Bunn, Ph.D., is the Policy Director for the U.K. Space Agency and is responsible for security, regulatory, statutory, wider communications and international engagement to stimulate and drive growth of the space sector, and enable strategy delivery.  Her previous roles have included Head of Earth Observation at the U.K. Space Agency; U.K. Location Programme Manager at the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs; Head of Future Missions at the Natural Environment Research Council; and researcher and exhibition developer at the Science Museum. Bunn holds a Ph.D. in Metallurgy from Darwin College, University of Cambridge.

Col. DeAnna Burt

Commander of the 50th Space Wing
U.S. Air Force

Col. DeAnna Burt

Colonel DeAnna M. Burt is the Commander, 50th Space Wing, Air Force Space Command, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. As commander, she is responsible for more than 4,200 military, Department of Defense civilians and contractor personnel serving at 14 operating locations worldwide, in support of 175 communications, navigation and surveillance satellites with their associated systems valued at more than $66 billion. Prior to assuming command, Colonel Burt was the Director, Commander's Action Group, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. Colonel Burt heared a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a master of science in human resources management from Troy State University, and earned a Distinguised Graduate and Commandmant's Leadership Award from the Air Command and Staff College.

Joe Cassady

Executive Director for Space, Washington Operations
Aerojet Rocketdyne

Joe Cassady

Joe Cassady, Executive Director for Space at Aerojet Rocketdyne Washington Operations, has 30 years of service with the company, starting in 1985 as a Senior Development Engineer working electric propulsion in Redmond, WA.  During his career, Joe has worked in various positions including engineering, project management, and business development.  In 2000, he moved from Redmond to Washington, DC and became part of Aerojet’s Washington Operations in 2002 when Aerojet acquired General Dynamics Space Systems. He has experience in planning and executing capture strategies for space programs.  His career highlights include managing two successful flight programs and capturing several large NASA program awards.  Joe is active in industry associations such as AIA and the Space Transportation Association here in the DC area.  He also is a board member of Explore Mars, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit devoted to the exploration of Mars and serves as Vice President of the Electric Rocket Propulsion Society.  Recently, he has been part of the planning team organizing the Affording Mars workshops which have served as advisory inputs to NASA’s planning for human missions to Mars.  Joe holds both a BS and an MS degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering from Purdue University. 

 

Dr. Leroy Chiao

Special Advisor - Human Spaceflight
Space Foundation

Dr. Leroy Chiao

Educated as an engineer, Space Foundation Special Advisor - Human Spaceflight Dr. Leroy Chiao works in business and academia. He is also a consultant, speaker and former NASA astronaut. Chiao grew up in Danville, Calif., and earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in chemical engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara. A native English speaker, he also speaks Mandarin Chinese and Russian. He has flown three Space Shuttle missions: STS-92 Discovery, Oct. 11-24, 2000; STS-72 Endeavour, Jan. 11-20, 1996; and STS-65 Columbia, July 8-23, 1994. In addition, he flew as Flight Engineer 1 aboard Soyuz TMA-5 to the International Space Station (ISS), where he served as commander and NASA science officer during Expedition 10. Chiao received the NASA Distinguished Service Medal in 2004. After a 15-year career with NASA, he left in 2005 to work and consult on a number of projects. In 2009, he served as a member of the Review of United States Human Space Flight Plans Committee, and currently serves on the NASA Advisory Council. He holds appointments at Rice University and the Baylor College of Medicine, and is involved in educational programs. He also serves on the editorial board of New Space Journal. An instrument-rated pilot, Chiao has logged over 2,900 flight hours in a variety of aircraft.

Gwang-Rae CHO, Ph.D

President
Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI)

Gwang-Rae CHO, Ph.D

Dr. Gwang-Rae Cho is the President of Korea Aerospace Research Institute, a government-funded institute responsible for the development of aerospace technology in the Republic of Korea.  Prior to his appointment, Cho was executive director, where he developed the Korean Sounding Rocket-III and led the research and development program for the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-I, which was successfully launched in 2013.  Cho holds a doctorate in electronic engineering from Dongguk University.  He was awarded with Science & Technology Laurels and the Presidential Award.

Carissa Bryce Christensen

Managing Partner
The Tauri Group

Carissa Bryce Christensen

Carissa Bryce Christensen is a founder and Managing Partner of The Tauri Group, an analytic consulting firm based in Alexandria, Virginia. Christensen is a recognized expert in commercial space, and for 25 years has engaged the leading edge of the space industry with innovative analysis of space systems, industry economics, advanced technologies, unique regulatory requirements, and underlying demand. Her on-going work with government agencies, industry organizations, launch firms, and satellite manufacturers and operators helps decision makers better understand market positioning, future demand for space services, and competitive dynamics.

Air Commodore Andrew Clark

Assistant Chief Capability
New Zealand Defense Force

Craig R. Cooning

President, Network and Space Systems
Boeing Defense, Space and Security

Craig R. Cooning

Craig R. Cooning is president of Network and Space Systems (N&SS) for The Boeing Company.  Appointed to this position in July 2014, Cooning leads 15,000 employees in 10 countries. N&SS provides global customers with space exploration, cyber security, missile defense, and satellite communications solutions.  Previously, Cooning served as vice president and general manager of Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems, and chief executive officer of Boeing Satellite Systems International.  A retired Major General from the United States Air Force, he previously served as Director of Space Acquisition in the Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force.  Cooning earned his bachelor’s degree in aviation management from the School of Engineering at Auburn University in Alabama and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Alabama. 

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch

Senior Vice President, Government Strategy & Policy, US Government Business Unit
Inmarsat

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch is Senior Vice President for Government Strategy and Policy of the Washington, D.C.-based United States Government Business Unit at Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications. Ms. Cowen-Hirsch is responsible for establishing Inmarsat’s strategic direction and policy with respect to U.S. government. She also leads Inmarsat’s government outreach and advocacy program shaping its government focused capabilities and strategy. Cowen-Hirsch brings more than 25 years of defense, aerospace and executive leadership experience to Inmarsat. As a decorated member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) in the U.S. Department of Defense, she served as the Program Executive Officer for SATCOM, Teleport, and Services at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). She served in several other key SES executive positions including as the first Vice Component Acquisition Executive for DISA, with executive management responsibility for the acquisition oversight and horizontal integration of DISA’s products, services and programs. Cowen-Hirsch holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky, completed post graduate studies in engineering management at the University of Dayton, is a graduate of the space institute experimental flight test program from the University of Tennessee, a graduate of the acquisition management program at the Department of Defense, and the Cambridge senior executive leadership program.

Sarah Cruddas

Space Journalist and Science Broadcaster

Sarah Cruddas

Sarah Cruddas is a space journalist and broadcaster. She has a background in astrophysics and can be seen on television covering space on Sky News, as well as other national UK TV channels, including Channel 5, Channel 4 News and ITV. She also appears on screen on shows on National Geographic and The Discovery Channel as well as various BBC shows such as Coast and Horizons Business.  Sarah specialises in space exploration, but has reported on all aspects of science and technology from across the world including Rwanda, North Korea, Tibet and Eastern Europe. Her reports have featured on BBC Radio’s flagship ‘From Our Own Correspondent’ program, BBC World Service and across BBC News on-line. She is also an established writer, covering all aspects of space exploration for BBC Futures, New Scientists, The Sunday Times (London), CNN, The Royal Aeronautical Society and a host of other science publications. Away from journalism, Sarah works as a consultant for start ups in science and technology and as a corporate host for clients ranging from The European Union to Red Bull and Samsung. Sarah is passionate about STEM education and helping to inspire the next generation of space explorers. She is currently writing her first children’s book about space, to be published later this year by Dorling Kindersley.  

Philippe Cyr

Co-Founder
Disrupt Space

Philippe Cyr

Philippe Cyr is co-founder of Disrupt Space - an organization born from the success of two concurrent spaced-themed Startup Weekend events in Bremen, Germany and Shanghai, China where he served as lead organizer for the Shanghai event. He is now working with the Disrupt Space team to create the European hub for entrepreneurs to create and grow space startups. In addition, Cyr also serves as an analyst for the Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM) at the University of Bremen where he provides business development support to Space Products and Innovation UG in Bremen, Germany. Cyr holds a double masters degree in Chinese Politics & Diplomacy from Fudan University in Shanghai, China and in Global Studies from Lund University in Lund, Sweden. He is also an International Space University 2014 Space Studies Program alumnus where he was nominated by his peers as Class Speaker. He continues to explore his passion: the intersection of politics, space and innovation. 

Andrew D'Uva

President of Providence Access Co.
Advisor at Space Data Association

Andrew D'Uva

Andrew R. D’Uva is President of Providence Access Company, a government affairs, satellite, and technology consultancy. He has supported international commercial satellite and telecommunications businesses on the regulatory, policy, legal, operational and business fronts for more than two decades.  His satellite clients include key communication satellites owner-operators, trade organizations such as the Space Data Association Ltd. (SDA), and Federal agencies. D’Uva conceived the organizational structure, legal framework, and strategy of the SDA, an innovative non-profit, organization whose mission is to ensure safe and responsible space flight operations through appropriate information sharing and analysis with a focus on space situational awareness, operational support and mitigation of harmful interference. He is active in various U.S. government mission and information assurance forums. Andrew D'Uva holds a bacculaureate in government from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Julianne Dalcanton, Ph.D

Professor
University of Washington

Hoyt Davidson

Founder and Managing Member
Near Earth LLC

Hoyt Davidson

Hoyt Davidson is the Founder and Managing Member of Near Earth LLC.  Previously, he was a Managing Director in the Telecomm Group at Credit Suisse First Boston.  Davidson’s investment banking career began in 1987 as an associate and one of only approximately 100 bankers at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ).  He was part of the phenomenal growth and success of DLJ to over 1,000 bankers by the time of its acquisition by CSFB in 2000.  Prior to investment banking, Davidson was a Senior Research Engineer in the Space Systems Division of Lockheed Missiles and Space Company before leaving to get his Master of Business Administration at MIT’s Sloan School.  Davidson also earned his undergraduate degree in Physics from MIT.

Antoine de Chassy

Vice President, Business Development
Spire Global, Inc.

Antoine de Chassy

Antoine de Chassy has over 20 years of experience with the U.S. government and the space industry. He joined Spire in 2015 shortly after the company announced a powerful weather tracking technology, capable of improving US and global forecasting. Through his experience as CEO of Astrium Geo-Information NA (now renamed Airbus Defense and Space), Antoine developed a bold approach to using today's top technology resources to define clear business strategies and create alignment between public and private entities. He holds an MS in geophysics and oceanography as well as an MBA from HEC Paris.

Laura Delgado López

Project Manager
Secure World Foundation

Laura Delgado López

Laura Delgado López is a Project Manager for Secure World Foundation. In this role she assists and manages the overall planning, direction, administration and coordination of project activities and goals. Prior to joining the Secure World Foundation, Delgado López was the Earth Observations Associate at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, a Virginia-based nonprofit promoting science education and collaboration in Earth observations. Delgado López holds a Master of Arts in international science and technology with a focus on space policy from the George Washington University. She was a 2009 Truman Scholar and a Northrop Grumman Fellow (2009-2010) at GWU’s Space Policy Institute. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Puerto Rico. 

Pierre Delsaux

Deputy Director General
European Commission

Pierre Delsaux

Pierre Delsaux is Deputy Director General at the European Commission Directorate General for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME’s.  After studying Law at the University of Liège, he obtained his Master of Law at the Northwestern University, Chicago. He was Legal Secretary at the European Court of Justice from 1984 to 1987.  He worked in the private sector before joining the European Commission in 1991.  He started his career within the European Commission in the Directorate General for Competition.  He was appointed Director responsible for regulating the financial services in 2007.  Following this, in 2011, he was appointed Deputy Director General with responsibilities for the Single Market in the EU.  Since December 2015, he is in charge of Space Policy and Defence.

 

 

Eileen Drake

CEO and President
Aerojet Rocketdyne

Eileen Drake

Eileen P. Drake is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. She served as Chief Operating Officer of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. from March 2, 2015 to June 2015. She served as Vice President of Aeropower, Vice President of Health and Safety, and General Manager of Aeropower of Pratt & Whitney Company, Inc. Drake served as Vice President and General Manager of Auxiliary Power Systems at Hamilton Sundstrand Power Systems. She served as Vice President of Operations at United Technologies Corp. since May 2009 and was responsible for providing strategic leadership to UTC’s manufacturing and quality disciplines and led the core supply management functions including logistics, procurement, and supplier development. She joined UTC in 2003 and served as Vice President of Quality and Achieving Competitive Excellence at Pratt & Whitney Company Inc. since November 2006. She serves as an executive committee member on the board of directors for the Experimental Aircraft Association and for the United Way of San Diego. Drake holds her commercial and private pilot’s license in both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. She served on active duty as a US Army Aviator and Airfield Commander of Davidson Army Airfield in Virginia. Drake is a distinguished military graduate of the U.S. Army Aviation Officer School. She received her masters of business Administration from Butler University, and her Bachelor’s of arts in political science from the College of New Rochelle.

Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund

Chair of the Executive Board
German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund

Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund is the current Chair of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Executive board as of August 17, 2015. She previously was a Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, and Lead Investigator at the NASA Astrobiology Institute. In 2005, Ehrenfreund was a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, and she held a professorship in Astrobiology at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Leiden before that. Ehrenfreund holds degrees in Astronomy and Biology at the University of Vienna, where she also earned her doctorate, and she has a Masters of Arts in Management and Leadership. Ehrenfreund accepted the honorary position of President of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) in 2013, from which she stepped down upon her appointment at DLR.

Thomas C. Feeney, III

President & Chief Executive Officer
Associated Industries of Florida

Thomas C. Feeney, III

Tom Feeney represented the 24th Congressional District of Florida, which covers portions of Brevard, Orange, Seminole and Volusia counties. Feeney, elected from 2002 to 2008, was previously Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives and was Governor Jeb Bush's running mate in his first race for governor in 1994. Feeney currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Florida’s Future, is a member of the Florida TaxWatch Board of Trustees, and is an Advisory Board Member on their TaxWatch Center for Government Efficiency. Thomas Feeney holds a bachelor of art in political science from Penn State University and he has a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh.  

Professor Bernard H. Foing

Chair, ESTEC Staff Association Committee and Chief Scientist
European Space Agency

Professor Bernard H. Foing

Bernard H. Foing is the Chief scientist and Senior Research Coordinator, at ESA Space Science Department. Executive Director, International Lunar Exploration Working Group (ILEWG). PhD in Astrophysics and Space Techniques with a sounding rocket experiment (France CNRS and US New Mexico, Boulder, Harvard). ENSET and Agrégé Professor of Physics, he joined CNRS and worked 3 years with ESO and French embassy in Chile. He has worked at ESA as visiting scientist, staff scientist, Head of Research Division, Chief scientist and Senior Research Coordinator, in ESA Space Science Department. Co-investigator of space missions instruments such as TRC, SOHO, XMM, Mars-Express, COROT, BIOPAN, Expose/ISS, ExoMars. He is the Project scientist, father of SMART-1 first European mission to the Moon, from conception in 1996 to lunar final impact in 2006. He has led studies of lunar orbiters and landers, and technology developments. With ILEWG, he has been promoting international collaborative projects, the preparation for a global robotic village, and a human base. He is a corresponding member of International Academy of Astronautics, Distinguished Research Professor at Florida Tech. Space scientist in lunar and planetary exploration, astrophysics, he authored or co-authored more than 450 papers, and edited 16 books.

Alexander Gibson

Space Operations Officer at Army National Guard
National Point of Contact for the Space Generation Advisory Council

Alexander Gibson

Alexander is a Space Operations Officer in the Army National Guard, and Project Engineer in the Oil & Gas Industry.  He is a graduate of Imperial College London, holding a BEng in Materials Science and Engineering.  As part of this degree he studied micrometeorite impacts on the Hubble Space Telescope.  He has had a lifelong interest in space, attending Space School UK and being the first British alumni of the European Space Camp in Norway.  Alexander emigrated to the US in 2007, and drew upon his experience in the Oil & Gas Industry as a panelist at the Space Generation Fusion Forum (SGFF) 2014 to discuss innovation practices applied to aerospace.  Subsequently he went on to present ideas for collaboration between the two sectors at the 2014 AIAA-RM Technical Symposium.  Alexander organized a panel at SGFF 2015, and became an SGAC USA National Point of Contact the same year.  He is currently studying for dual Master's degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Management at the University of Colorado,  Boulder, specializing in Bioastronautics.

Jeffrey D. Grant

Sector Vice President and General Manager of Space Systems
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

Jeffrey D. Grant

Jeffrey D. Grant is sector vice president and general manager of Space Systems at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, a premier provider of manned and unmanned aircraft, space systems and advanced technologies critical to our nation’s security.  In this role, Grant leads the division which provides space solutions for civil, military, and restricted customers.  Prior to this appointment, Grant was vice president of National Systems for Space Systems.  Grant also served previously as the vice president of Business Development at Northrop Grumman’s former Space Technology sector, after joining the company via the acquisition of TRW in December 2002.  Prior to joining TRW, he held a variety of government and private sector positions, including; serving as vice president and chief technical officer for Astrolink International, LLC, an international joint venture to develop and operate a global, broadband telecommunications satellite system.  Before joining the private sector, Grant served for 21 years at the United States Central Intelligence Agency in positions at the CIA/National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Directorate of Science and Technology, and Directorate of Intelligence, Office of Scientific Intelligence.  Grant received a Bachelor of Science in ocean engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology. 

John Grunsfeld, Ph.D

Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate
NASA

John Grunsfeld, Ph.D

John M. Grunsfeld was named Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. in January 2012. He previously served as the Deputy Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, managing the science program for the Hubble Space Telescope and the forthcoming James Webb Space Telescope. Grunsfeld joined NASA's Astronaut Office in 1992. He is veteran of five space shuttle flights, and visited Hubble three times during these missions. He also performed eight spacewalks to service and upgrade the observatory. He logged more than 58 days in space on his shuttle missions, including 58 hours and 30 minutes of spacewalk time. Grunsfeld first flew to space aboard Endeavour in March 1995 on a mission that studied the far ultraviolet spectra of faint astronomical objects using the Astro-2 Observatory. His second flight was aboard Atlantis in January 1997. The mission docked with the Russian space station Mir, exchanged U.S. astronauts living aboard the outpost, and performed scientific research using the Biorack payload. He also flew on Discovery in December 1999, Columbia in March 2002 and Atlantis in May 2009. This last flight successfully serviced and upgraded the Hubble Space Telescope, during which he was lead spacewalker for Hubble servicing activities. In 2004 and 2005, he served as the commander and science officer on the backup crew for Expedition 13 to the International Space Station. John Grunsfeld earned a bachelor's degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a master's degree and a doctrate in physics from the University of Chicago. 

Samer Halawi

Chief Executive Officer
Thuraya

Samer Halawi

Samer Halawi was appointed as Thuraya’s Chief Executive Officer in January 2011. Drawing upon his extensive experience in ICT and the global satellite communications industry, Samer is responsible for leading Thuraya’s strategic positioning and driving its growth as a prominent global mobile satellite operator. Before joining Thuraya, Halawi played a leading role in starting-up and growing a new venture involved in the digital space and focusing on mobile content, IPTV, mobile advertising, and web management. Samer Halawi has a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Lawrence Technological University and has a master of business administration with a concentration in finance from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. 

ADM Cecil D. Haney, USN

Commander
United States Strategic Command

ADM Cecil D. Haney, USN

Admiral Cecil Haney is Commander of U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), one of nine Unified Commands under the Department of Defense. USSTRATCOM is responsible for the global command and control of U.S. strategic forces to meet decisive national security objectives, providing a broad range of strategic capabilities and options for the President and Secretary of Defense. Before taking Command at USSTRATCOM in November 2013, he was Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet from January 2012 to October 2013. He served as Deputy Commander, USSTRATCOM, from November 2010 to December 2011. Haney commanded Submarine Group 2 from October 2006 to March 2008, and Submarine Squadron 1 from June 2002 to July 2004. He commanded the submarine USS Honolulu (SSN 718). His other at-sea assignments include Submarine Squadron 8, USS Asheville(SSN 758), USS Hyman G. Rickover (SSN 709), USS Frank Cable (AS 40), and USS John C. Calhoun (SSBN 630). Haney's decorations include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (two awards), Defense Superior Service Medal (two awards), Legion of Merit (four awards), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), and various campaign and unit awards. In addition, he was the 1998 Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Leadership Award recipient. Haney holds master's degrees in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University and in Engineering Acoustics and System Technology from the Naval Post Graduate School. He is a native of Washington, D.C. and a 1978 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.

Kristina Harrington

Director of Signals Intelligence Directorate
National Reconnaissance Office

Kristina Harrington

Kristina Harrington is a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service and the Director of the Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Systems Acquisition Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) in Chantilly, Virginia. As SIGINT Director, she leads a joint team responsible for the design, development, and acquisition of United States Signals Intelligence Space Systems for the Intelligence Community, military services, and allied partners. Ms Harrington has supported several NRO programs over 20 years including support to multiple architecture studies that determined the SIGINT path. In 2006, she joined the Central Intelligence Agency assigned to the Directorate of Science and Technology, with duty in the NRO SIGINT Directorate, Low Earth Orbit SPO (LSPO), serving as the Deputy Director, Systems Engineering LSPO. In 2007, as part of the NRO larger transformation, she stood up and directed the new LSPO Missions Department. This role included responsibility for all payload hardware, mission analysis, payload software development, and mission engineering in support of future and ongoing initiatives. In 2009, she became the Deputy Director of the LSPO where her responsibilities were program management of the acquisition and development of a state-of-the-art satellite collection system to include technical, operations, budget, schedule, and personnel. In 2010, she joined the Air Force as a Defense Intelligence Senior Leader to take the role of the Chief Scientist Signals Intelligence Systems Acquisition National Reconnaissance Office where her responsibilities included leading Intelligence Community and Department of Defense studies on satellite based signals intelligence architectures for 2020 and beyond. In 2012, Ms Harrington was assigned as Director of the Systems Engineering Directorate, NRO, where her role was to lead the requirements, interfaces, and schedule development for the NRO future architecture to ensure that the new integrated system would accomplish mission needs.

Gov. John W. Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper is the 42nd Governor of Colorado. Since taking office in 2011, the Governor and his team have worked to ensure that Colorado and its business-friendly climate is one of the most desirable places to live, work and play. He is a former geologist and entrepreneur who champions innovation, collaboration and efficiency. Hickenlooper serves in leadership positions with the National Governors' Association and the Western Governors’ Association and as the Vice Chair of the Democratic Governors' Association.  Previously, Hickenlooper was Mayor of Denver, Colorado, where he consistently honed a creative, innovative and efficient edge to government.  He overhauled the city’s financial system, created the city’s first chief financial officer and streamlined many city services.  Hickenlooper holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in geology from Wesleyan University.

Brig. Gen. Peter Hoene, USAF (Ret.)

President and CEO
SES-Government Solutions

Brig. Gen. Peter Hoene, USAF (Ret.)

Brig. Gen. Peter F. Hoene, USAF (Ret.), is the President and CEO of SES Government Solutions, where he utilizes his complete understanding of the satellite communications needs of U.S. government customers and the unique nature of government procurement practices. In his previous role at SES, as Corporate Vice President for Development, he worked with U.S. warfighters and other government users to help determine their requirements and offer communications support, hosted payload opportunities, and network solutions. Hoene has served in a wide variety of Space, Command and Control, and research, development, acquisition, test, staff and command assignments. In his last active duty position with the USAF, he served as the Defense Information Systems Agency Program Executive Officer for Command and Control, where he managed a portfolio of Joint and Coalition Command and Control and Information Sharing programs. Prior to that, He was Commander, 350th Electronic Systems Wing, Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts, where he managed a portfolio of 49 command and control, ISR, Space and Cyber programs, valued at more than $9 billion. Hoene holds two masters degrees and is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, as well as a distinguished graduate of both the Air Command and Staff College and the National War College.

Gen. John E. Hyten, USAF

Commander
Air Force Space Command

Gen. John E. Hyten, USAF

General John E. Hyten, USAF, is Commander, Air Force Space Command.  He is responsible for organizing, equipping, training and maintaining mission-ready space and cyberspace forces and capabilities for North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Strategic Command and other combatant commands around the world.  Before assuming his current position, Gen Hyten was the vice commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo;  director, Space Acquisition, Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.; director, Cyber and Space Operations, Directorate of Operations, deputy chief of staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters USAF, Washington, D.C.; director of Requirements, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo; commander, 50th Space Wing, Schriever Air Force Base, Colo; and director, Commander’s Action Group, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.  Hyten earned a bachelor's degree in engineering and applied sciences from Harvard University and a Master of Business Administration from Auburn University, Montgomery, Ala.

Masayasu Ishida

Principal, A.T. Kearney
Member of Committee on National Space Policy

Masayasu Ishida

Masayasu Ishida is a Principal at the Tokyo branch of global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tokyo, and has specialized expertise in the industries of High-Tech, ICT and Aerospace. Masayasu is an acting member of the Japanese government’s Committee on National Space Policy, and also acted as the chairman of “SPACETIDE 2015”, a conference aimed at promoting the space industry of Japan to the private sector. Operating on a completely pro-bono basis, Masayasu has also been an invaluable member of Team HAKUTO, the sole Japanese team due to participate in the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition.

Stéphane Israël

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Arianespace

Stéphane Israël

Stéphane Israël is the Chairman and CEO of Arianespace, the world's leading satellite launch services company.  His mission is to define the company's strategy, and to develop and maintain a close relationship with the company's private and government customers from around the world.  Israël moved to the aerospace industry in 2007, first as advisor to Louis Gallois, chief executive officer of EADS, then in various operational management positions in the defense branch of Astrium Space Transportation and the geo-information services division of Astrium Services.  From May 2012 to April 2013, he was chief of staff in the Cabinet of the French Minister for Industry, which includes the Ministry for Digital Economy, SMEs and Innovation. A professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and Paris I La Sorbonne from 2005 to 2007, Stéphane Israël was also a teaching assistant at Harvard University in the United States from 1994 to 1995.  He holds degrees from the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA).

Moriba K. Jah, Ph.D

Director, Space Object Behavioral Sciences
The University of Arizona

Moriba K. Jah, Ph.D

Moriba K. Jah, Ph.D is the director, Space Object Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona where his expertise in space situational awareness will direct a new space behavioral sciences initiative encompassing satellite tracking and space traffic management. Jah has previous experience working as a spacecraft navigator at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and in the Air Force Research Laboratory. He also headed the space situational awareness program at Kirkand Air Force Base.  Moriba K. Jah has a bachelor of science in aerospace engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a master of science in aerospace engineering sciences from the University of Colorado Boulder, and a Ph.D in aerospace engineering sciences from the University of Colorado Boulder. 

The Honorable Deborah Lee James

Secretary of the Air Force

The Honorable Deborah Lee James

Deborah Lee James is the Secretary of the Air Force.  She is responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including the organizing, training, equipping, and providing for the welfare of its more than 690,000 active duty, Guard, Reserve, and civilian Airmen and their families.  She also oversees the Air Force’s budget of more than $110 billion.  James has 30 years of senior homeland and national security experience in the federal government and the private sector.  Prior to her current position, James served as President of Science Applications International Corporation’s Technical and Engineering Sector, where she was responsible for 8,700 employees and more than $2 billion in revenue.  Previously, she served in the Pentagon as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs.  In that position, she was the Secretary of Defense’s senior advisor on all matters pertaining to the 1.8 million National Guard and Reserve personnel worldwide.  James earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in comparative area studies from Duke University and a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. 

Group Captain Martin Johnson

Director National Air Defense and Space Operations, HQ Air Command
United Kingdom Royal Air Force

Group Captain Martin Johnson

Group Captain Johnson qualified as a weapons controller in the Fighter Control branch (now Aerospace Battle Management branch) in 1990. His operational experience includes: deployments in support of Op DENY FLIGHT embarked in HMS ARK ROYAL; Falkland Islands air defence; Afghanistan (HQ ISAF J5 Counter Narcotics - 2009). He has also been employed in operations in support of UK air defence and ballistic missile early warning at various stages of his career. Group Captain Johnson’s staff tours have included: plans appointments in the Joint Force Air Component HQ and Permanent Joint HQ; Defence Intelligence as a regional analyst; and space policy roles in the Cabinet Office and MOD. He commanded Operations Squadron at RAF Buchan from 2001-2003, and was the Station Commander of RAF Fylingdales from 2009 to 2011. A graduate of the Advanced Command and Staff Course, and Higher Command and Staff Course, Group Captain Johnson is currently Director of National Air Defence and Space Operations at HQ Air Command. 

R. Dan Jones

Special Advisor - Latin America Affairs
Space Foundation

R. Dan Jones

Space Foundation Special Advisor – Latin American Affairs R. Dan Jones is a retired military space professional with 20 years of service through the United States Air Force. He led or organized more than 30 space partnership events to create initial space partnership foundations between the U.S., Brazilian, Chilean and Colombian militaries. He is the CEO of Beyond Horizons Space Consulting, LLC, an international consulting firm providing advisory, business development and strategic planning services for clients within commercial, academic and government organizations. He is also the co-founder and CEO of SparkConnect, Inc., an Arizona-based company that provides collaborative environments for global markets. Jones earned a Bachelor of Science degree in space physics from the United States Air Force Academy, and two Master of Science degrees in space operations and operations research from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

BGen Michel Lalumière, CD

Director General Space
Canadian Armed Forces

BGen Michel Lalumière, CD

Brigadier-General Michel Lalumiere, CD, is responsible for the Canadian Defence Space Programme as Director General Space within the Chief of Force Development organization in the Vice Chief of Defence Staff Branch.  Most recently, in 2012, he was posted to Canadian Joint Operations Command Headquarters as Special Advisor to the Commander.  For the first half of his career, after receiving his wings in 1990, Lalumiere served at numerous SAR Squadrons in Canada as a helicopter pilot and also as an instructor.  Posted to Ottawa in 2005, he was first assigned to the Air Staff with responsibilities in NATO, NORAD and other international cooperation efforts, then the newly-formed Strategic Joint Staff for the Chief of Defence Staff and, finally, joined Chief of Air Staff Executive Staff as Executive Assistant to CAS and Commander of Air Command.  In 2009, he was appointed Wing Commander at 19 Wing Comox, and in 2011 he was posted to the Air Staff as Director Air Force Readiness and deployed on Operation ATTENTION as the Chief of Staff Counter Corruption Task Force in ISAF Headquarters, Kabul, Afghanistan.  Lalumiere attended the Advanced Military Studies Program in 2007, and completed the inaugural National Security Program at CFC in Toronto in 2009. He is presently working on a master degree in Public Administration.

Sylvain Laporte

President
Canadian Space Agency

Sylvain Laporte

Sylvain Laporte is the as President of the Canadian Space Agency. Before being appointed, Laporte was the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, a federal organization responsible for enforcing the Patent Act and managing requests related to trademarks, copyright, industrial design protection and patents. In that role, he was also Commissioner of Patents and Registrar of Trademarks. Previously, Laporte held the position of Executive Director, Industrial Technologies Office, at Industry Canada, where he was responsible for managing financial contribution programs in research and development for the aerospace, defense, security and space industries. Before joining public service, Laporte worked for the Canada Post Corporation in various sectors, such as marketing, retail, logistics and information technology. He gained extensive experience as an aerospace engineer over the course of his 20-year career with the Canadian Forces and held various positions in fields such as engineering, maintenance, and human resource management. Laporte holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from the Collège Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean and a master's degree in computer engineering from the Royal Military College in Kingston.

Jean-Yves Le Gall

President
Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES)

Jean-Yves Le Gall

Jean-Yves Le Gall is President of the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the government agency responsible for shaping and implementing France’s space policy in Europe.  In this capacity, he is also interministerial coordinator for satellite navigation programs.  Le Gall has devoted his entire career to the European space program.  He joined Arianespace in 2001, heading up the company until his appointment as President of CNES. A trained engineer and scientist, he is Vice-President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), a member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and Vice-President of the "Space Circle", a French think-tank.  He also chairs the France-Japan business council of MEDEF International, the international arm of the French business confederation.  He has received multiple awards and accolades over the course of his career.  Le Gall holds the rank of officer in both the Legion of Honour and the National Order of Merit in France, and was awarded the Order of Friendship by the Russian Federation.

Lon Levin

President
SkySevenVentures

Lon Levin

Lon Levin is an executinve and entrepreneur with over 30 years' experience in new media, telecommunications, and aerospace industries. Levin is President of SkySevenVentures, which invests in, operates and advises new technology companies including businesses in cyber security, Internet personal radio and video messaging, launch vehicles, investment banking, commercial satellites and crowd sourecd data. Levin is the cofounder of XM Satellite Radio and played an integral executive role in the formation and development of other media, satellite and wireless companies including Mobile Satellite Ventures, XM Canada, Motient Corporation, American Mobile Satellite Corporation, and TerreStar. Before his corporate career, Levin was a partner in the law firm of Gurman, Kurtis, Blask & Freedman where he specialized in media, aerospace and wireless matters. Lon serves as a member of the Department of Defense's Defense Business Board and as a committee member of the NASA Advisory Council. He is also the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Space Foundation. Lon Levin is member of the New York State and Washington DC Bars. 

Douglas L. Loverro

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Space Policy
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy)

Douglas L. Loverro

Douglas L. Loverro is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Space Policy in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy). Previously, he has been Executive Director, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base. Loverro is credited with a list of accomplishments including: invention of the supersonic chemical oxygen-iodine laser; initiation of the Air Force's Global Broadcast Service; and establishing the foundation for all global positioning system modernization. In 2002, Loverro was selected by the Under Secretary of the Air Force to lead the Future Imagery Architecture program. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Agnieszka Lukaszczyk

Policy Officer
European Commission

Agnieszka Lukaszczyk

Agnieszka Lukaszczyk works as a Policy Officer at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Space Data for Societal Challenges and Growth Unit. She also serves as the Vice President - Europe for the World Space Week and Sits on the Board of Directors for the Women in Aerospace-Europe. Agnieszka Lukaszczyk earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Tennessee, a master of art degree in international politics and security from the American University School of International Service, and a master of arts in space management from the Warsaw School of Economics. 

Amy Mainzer, Ph.D

Senior Research Scientist
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Amy Mainzer, Ph.D

Dr. Amy Mainzer is a Senior Research Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who specializes in astrophysical instrumentation.  She is the principal investigator of the NEOWISE mission, a space-based infrared survey telescope that characterizes asteroids and comets. She is also the principal investigator of the Near-Earth Object Camera, a proposed mission to conduct an expanded survey of the origins and evolution of Earth-approaching asteroids.  Prior to joining the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2003, she designed and built the fine guidance sensor for NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope as a staff engineer at Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Center.  She currently serves as the curriculum consultant and interstitial host for the PBS Kids series Ready Jet Go!

Thomas E. Markusic

Chief Executive Officer
Firefly Space Systems

Thomas E. Markusic

Dr. Thomas E. Markusic is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Firefly Space Systems (Firefly). Prior to co-founding Firefly, Markusic served in a variety of technical and leadership roles in new-space companies. He was Vice President of Propulsion at Virgin Galactic, Senior Systems Engineer at Blue Origin, Director of the Texas Test Site and Principle Propulsion Engineer at SpaceX. Prior to his new-space work, Markusic was a civil servant at NASA and the USAF, where he worked as research scientist and propulsion engineer. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University. 

Samantha Marquart Brainard

Fusion Forum Manager
Space Generation Advisory Council

Samantha Marquart Brainard

Samantha Marquart is the Fusion Forum Manager for the Space Generation Advisory Council and is a Ph.D. student in the Systems Engineering Department at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. In addition to her academic pursuits, Marquart has held several positions in the aerospace industry.  Most recently, she worked for Alliant Techsystems (ATK) as a Program Manager.  Prior to her work with ATK, Marquart worked for the Aerospace Industries Association and Virgin Galactic.  Marquart holds a Master of Arts degree in International Science and Technology Policy from the George Washington University's Space Policy Institute and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Outside of her space interests, Marquart spends her free time volunteering with Girl Scouts, 10,000 Girls Educational Support Program in Senegal, West Africa, and is on the national board of Women in Aerospace. 

Naoto Matsuura

Director, New Enterprise Promotion Department
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Naoto Matsuura

Naoto Matsuura is the Director of New Enterprise Promotion Department at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). He is currently responsible for promoting JAXA’s space technology to a wide range of industries and for establishing new enterprises in various socio-economic fields. Formerly, Mr. Matsuura was Director of Satellite Applications and Promotion Center (SAPC) from 2013-2014. In addition, in 2014 he was also assigned the position of Director of Earth Observation and Research Center (EORC). He has held various management posts in JAXA including Human Resources, Budget, and Programme Planning and Management. In 2011-2012 Mr. Matsuura was in charge of the development of satellite data market in Japan as Secretary General of the Remote Sensing Technology Center (RESTEC). Having joined JAXA (then NASDA) as an engineer in 1986, Mr. Matsuura started his career in satellite tracking and control. Since then he has worked on Earth observation satellite development, satellite applications, data policy and international coordination, and was seconded to the UN World Meteolorogical Organization (WMO) in 1995 to work on the development and coordination for the Global Climate Observing System. Mr. Matsuura studied at Keio University Graduate School of Science and Technology, where he earned his Master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1986.

 

Todd May

Director
Marshall Space Flight Center

Todd May

Todd May is the appointed deputy director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. SLS, now under development, is the most powerful rocket ever built, able to carry astronauts in NASA's Orion spacecraft on deep space missions, including to an asteroid and ultimately to Mars. The program is managed at Marshall, and May has led the SLS program through a series of milestones, including engine tests and an in-depth critical design review in July. As deputy director of Marshall, May will help manage one of NASA's largest field installations, with nearly 6,000 on- and near-site civil service and contractor employees and an annual budget of approximately $2.5 billion. Prior to being named deputy center director, May served as manager of the Space Launch System program since August 2011.  May earned a bachelor's degree in materials engineering from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, in 1990. His many awards include NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal, the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive, NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal and the John W. Hager Award for professionalism in materials engineering. May has been named a Distinguished Engineer by his alma mater, Auburn University. 

LTG David F. Melcher, USA (Ret.)

David F. Melcher is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA).  Melcher joined AIA from Exelis Inc., where he served as Chief Executive Officer and President.  In this role, he served four years as a member of AIA’s Executive and Finance Committees.



Following a 32-year career in the U.S. Army, Lieutenant General (Ret.) Melcher joined ITT Corporation, first as Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, and then as President, ITT Defense and Information Solutions, before becoming the inaugural chief executive at Exelis following its spinoff from ITT in October 2011. 

His Army career highlights include battalion and brigade command in Infantry and Armored divisions, and high-level military leadership and staff positions.  As a general officer he served in the Pentagon as the Army’s Military Deputy for Budget, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Programs.  

Melcher holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and two masters’ degrees, one in business administration from Harvard University and another in public administration from Shippensburg University. He is a registered professional engineer in New Hampshire, and a former White House Fellow who served as the Executive Assistant for the Director, Office of Management and Budget in the White House. 

Pamela Melroy

Deputy Director of the Tactical Technology Office
DARPA

Pamela Melroy

Pamela Melroy joined DARPA in January 2013 as the deputy director of the Tactical Technology Office (TTO) after serving as the acting Deputy Associate Administrator and Director of Field Operations in the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation. While at the FAA, Melroy was responsible for developing human commercial spaceflight regulatory requirements. Melroy was also the POC for interagency policy coordination, coordinating with the White House, NASA, and the Department of Defense on space policy. Formerly, Melroy served as the deputy director, Orion Space Exploration Initiatives at Lockheed Martin Corporation from August 2009 until April 2011. Prior to her position at Lockheed Martin, Melroy was selected as an astronaut candidate by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and held several key positions within the NASA Shuttle program from 1994 until 2009, including crew module lead on the Columbia Reconstruction Team, deputy project manager for the Columbia Crew Survival Investigation Team, and branch chief for the Orion Branch of the Astronaut Office. As a NASA astronaut, she served as pilot on two Shuttle missions (STS-92 in 2000 and STS-112 in 2002), and was the mission commander on STS-120 in 2007. Melroy was the second woman to command a Space Shuttle mission. She has logged over 924 hours (over 38 days) in space. Melroy holds a bachelor of arts in physics and astronomy from Wellesley College as welll as a master of science in earth and planetary sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Dr. Francisco Javier Mendieta Jiménez

General Director
Mexican Space Agency (AEM)

Dr. Francisco Javier Mendieta Jiménez

Francisco Javier Mendieta-Jimenez is the General Director of the Mexican Space Agency. Prior to his appointment, he was involved in development projects on applications of optical fibers to electrical power systems at the Institute for Electrical Research, Mexico.  Mendieta-Jiminez previously served as Director of the Applied Physics Division and General Director of the Center for Scientific Research and High Education of Ensenada, Baja, California (CICESE), where he formed the optical communications group and laboratory and lead diverse research and development projects on optical telecommunications, free space optical satellite communications and detection. He was a candidate astronaut for the Space Shuttle program, and leader in CICESE of the SATEX 1 Project, which was a coordinated national effort to develop human resources in space sciences around a microsatellite project. Mendieta-Jiminez has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from National University of Mexico and his Certificate of Higher Studies and Doctor of Engineering degree from the National Superior School of Telecommunications, France, in the field of Optical Telecommunications.

Robert Meyerson

President
Blue Origin

Robert Meyerson

Robert (Rob) Meyerson is the President of Blue Origin, which develops reusable launch systems that land vertically using rocket engines. Vehicles under development include the New Shepard system for suborbital human and research flights, as well as orbital human transportation systems.  Prior to joining Blue Origin, Meyerson was an Integration Manager at Kistler Aerospace, responsible for the Landing and Thermal Protection systems of a privately funded two-stage Reusable Launch Vehicle, as well as all technical activities related to Kistler's Space Launch Initiative contract with NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.  Meyerson also served 10 years at NASA's Johnson Space Center where he worked on the Space Shuttle and X-38/Crew Rescue Vehicle programs, leading the aerodynamic design of the Orbiter Drag Parachute, as well as the overall design, integration, and flight test of a gliding parachute for the X-38 project. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master's Degree in Engineering Management from the University of Houston. 

Philippe Moreels

Head of Strategy and Business Development
Astroscale Pte. Ltd.

Philippe Moreels

Philippe Moreels currently leads the Strategy and Business Development division at Astroscale, a Singapore-based company developing disruptive spacecraft end-of-life (EOL) disposal solutions for satellite operators who want to operate in a safe and sustainable space environment. He is responsible for implementing the company’s strategic and business plans, for establishing global strategic partnerships and for overseeing the products and services development. Prior to this, Philippe was Deputy Director of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), where he built solid industry expertise in areas such as space policy, satellite systems and applications, as well as launch services. Moreels holds a masters degree in management and entrepreneurship from the University of Lille and a masters of business administration from Hult International Business School. 

Hiromichi Moriyama

Director National Space Policy Secretariat
Cabinet Office

Hiromichi Moriyama

Mr. Hiromichi Moriyama is the Director, National Space Policy Secretariat, Cabinet Office. Before this position he was the Director for Interantional Energy Strategy at the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, METI. Moriyama has also served as the Director for Interanational Affairs for Small Medium Enterprise Agency, METI. He holds a bachelor of art degree in law from the University of Tokyo and SIPA from Columbia University.

Dava Newman, Ph.D

Deputy Administrator
NASA

Dava Newman, Ph.D

Dr. Newman is responsible for providing overall leadership, planning and policy direction for NASA. She assists the administrator in making final agency decisions, and acts for the administrator in his absence. Prior to her tenure with NASA, Newman was the Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge. Her expertise is in multidisciplinary research that encompasses aerospace biomedical engineering.

As a student at MIT, Newman earned her Ph.D. in aerospace biomedical engineering and a Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering and technology and policy. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

Christopher Nie

Systems and Test Engineer
Lockheed Martin

Christopher Nie

Chris is a Systems and Test Engineer serving in an early career rotation program at Lockheed Martin Space System Company’s Littleton, CO campus. He graduated with honors from the University of Colorado Boulder with a Master's and Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering Sciences. Past professional experience includes high altitude balloon and CubeSat telescope development, robotics systems mechanical design, International Space Station payload operations, and Environmental and Life Support System testing. He is honored to have been named one of Aviation Week’s Twenty20’s and privileged to be part of this year’s Space Generation Fusion Forum leadership team as Programming Co-Lead.

Dr. George C. Nield

Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration

Dr. George C. Nield

George C. Nield is the associate administrator for commercial space transportation at the Federal Aviation Administration, and has more than 30 years of aerospace experience with the Air Force, NASA and private industry. He has worked as senior scientist, Advanced Programs Group at Orbital Sciences Corporation; astronautical engineer, Space and Missile Systems Organization; flight test engineer, Air Force Flight Test Center; and assistant professor and research director at the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA). Nield earned a bachelor’s degree from the USAFA, a Master of Science degree and a doctorate in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University and an MBA from The George Washington University.

Ger Nieuwpoort, Ph.D

Director
Netherlands Space Office (NSO)

Ger Nieuwpoort, Ph.D

Since 2009, Dr. Nieuwpoort has been Director of the Netherlands Space Office (NSO), which is responsible for developing and managing the space program of the Netherlands.  Previously, he was director of the Netherlands Agency of Aerospace Programmes, which, due to government restructuring, became the NSO.  After writing his thesis in chemistry, Nieuwpoort started working for the national government as a policy maker, head of a division for the ministry of Education and Sciences in the areas of research infrastructure and science and technology policy, and was head of a division responsible for the development of economic and safety policy for maritime transport.

Henry A. "Trey" Obering, III

Executive Vice President
Booz Allen Hamilton

Henry A. "Trey" Obering, III

Trey Obering is a Booz Allen Hamiltin Executive Vice President based in McLean, Virginia. An expert in acquisition and program management, he works with clients in the Air Force Material Command, Air Force Space Command, and Missile Defense markets. He also leads the Acquisition Program Management and Logistics Functional Community which is focused on developing and improving the skills of the hundresds of acquisition and logistics professionals across the firm. Based on his experience, Obering was asked to lead a National Academy of Sciences committee workshop sponsored by the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition) in 2015. Prior to joining Booz Allen, he led a comprehensive review of the National Reconnaisssance Office for the Director, National Intelligence, which provided a new charter for that organization. Obering holds a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from Notre Dame University and a master of science degree in astronautical engineering from Stanford University. 

Dr. Ko Ogasawara

General Manager / Vice President & Director, Space Systems Division Business Development Department, Space Systems Division Integrated Defense & Space Systems
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Dr. Ko Ogasawara

Dr. Ko Ogasawara obtained a Master of Engineering degree from Kyoto Univ. in 1988, and started to work at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), as a structure engineer for Japanese main launch vehicles. Since 1990, he had been engaged in Japanese mini Space Shuttle, the HOPE-X program for 10 years. Then, he was assigned to manager of launch vehicle performance analysis section from 2008. In 2011, as deputy director of Systems Engineering Department, he directed all MHI’s space programs from engineering point of view. Since 2014 he has been in the current position.

Norbert Paluch

CNES Representive and Space Counselor
Embassy of France in the US

Norbert Paluch

Norbert Paluch is the Space Counsellor and CNES Representative to the French Embassy. From July 2010 to august 2015, he was appointed to the French Embassy in Beijing, China as Counsellor for science and technology. From 2006 to 2009 he was appointed managing director of Spheris, a company in charge of the promotion of space activities. From 2000 to 2005, he has been appointed to the French Embassy in Japan, as representative from CNES and space attaché. In 1989, he joined CNES (French space agency) as an engineer in charge of European and International affairs. He has been mainly involved in cooperation with the European Space Agency, as delegate from France. He was appointed twice in Germany (first to the German space agency DARA and then to the German Aerospace Center – DLR). Paluch graduated as an engineer from the National Higher School of Aeronautics and Space. 

Rupert Pearce

Chief Executive Officer
Inmarsat

Rupert Pearce

Rupert Pearce joined Inmarsat in January 2005 as Group General Counsel and, from January 2009, additionally held the position of Senior Vice President, Inmarsat Enterprises. He became CEO in January 2012. Previously, Pearce worked for Atlas Venture, where he was a partner working with the firm’s European and U.S. investment teams. He was previously also a partner at the international law firm Linklaters, where he spent 13 years specialising in corporate finance, M&A and private equity transactions. Pearce received a Masters of Arts (First Class) in Modern History from Oxford University, and won the 1995 Fullbright Fellowship in U.S. securities law, studying at the Georgetown Law Center. He has been a visiting fellow of the Imperial College Business School, London, lecturing on the school’s Entrepreneurship programme, and is the co-author of Raising Venture Capital (Wiley).

Tom Pirrone

Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Americas
Swedish Space Corporation

Tom Pirrone

Tom Pirrone serves as the EVP for the Americas at the Swedish Space Corporation. In July of 2015, Tom began his new role at SSC taking responsibility for the company’s satellite management services business in North and South America. Prior to his role at SSC, Tom was a part of the USN team built personally by Apollo XII Commander Pete Conrad in 1997.  USN was formed to change the way satellite command and control is done at NASA and in the commercial industry.  In 2001, Tom created PrioraNet, a worldwide network of satellite ground stations, operated by USN in partnership with the Swedish Space Corporation. 14 years later, PrioraNet provides most of the world’s space agencies with commercial satellite command and control services including support to over 100 on-orbit programs and more than 200 launches. He is a Wharton Fellow and an active contributor to the University of Pennsylvania's Master’s program for global executive education.  In addition, Tom holds a master’s degree from Biblical Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s degree from Cairn University.

Dr. Marius-Ioan Piso

President and Chief Executive Officer
Romanian Space Agency (ROSA)

Dr. Marius-Ioan Piso

Dr. Marius-Ioan Piso is President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA).  Previously, he worked as the executive secretary and was its first executive director.  Prior to joining ROSA Piso served as a research scientist in the Institute for Electrical Engineering (ICPE); a research professor at the Institute of Atomic Physics; and joined the Centre for Astrophysics and Space Sciences in Bucharest to establish the Institute for Space Sciences.  He earned a degree in physics and general relativity theory from the Babes-Bolyai University and a doctorate from University Alexandru Ioan Cuza in Iasi with a thesis on space-time structure.  

William Porteous

General Parter & COO
RRE Ventures

William Porteous

Will is the General Partner and COO of RRE Ventures and looks primarily at media and hardware deals. He is currently a Director of BuzzFeed, Connected Data, Paperless Post, Spaceflight, and Spire. He is a former Director of Whiptail Technologies (acquired by CSCO), Frictionless Commerce (acquired by SAP), Skyhook Wireless (acquired by Liberty Media), Tacit Network (acquired by PKTR), and Xobni (acquired by Yahoo!). Will is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia Business School and the Chairman of the Dockery Farms Foundation, which he founded. Before entering the venture capital industry, Will held senior management positions with SupplyWorks and NetMarket, the e-commerce pioneer now owned by Cendant Corp. Will holds a masters of business adminstration from Harvard University, a masters of science from the London School of Economics, and a bachelors of arts with honors from Stanford University, where he served as Captain of the Varsity Crew.

Brig. Gen. Burkhard Pototzky

Division Chief Air and Space Operations
German Air Force, Air Operations Command

Brig. Gen. Burkhard Pototzky

Brigadier General Burkhard Pototzky is the Branch Head Operations of the Air Operations Command, Uedem, Germany.  Previously, he was Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of the German Air Force Air Operations Command, Kalkar, Germany, and also commanded the Airbase Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, for ISAF operations.  Over the course of his first 30 years in the Air Force, Pototzky had completed countless flight assignments and numerous command tours.  In 2002, he was posted to German Air Force Command, Cologne, where he was in charge of Air Force flying operations.  He then returned to the MOD as Chief of the Air Staff Concepts and Long-term Developments Branch and Chief of the Operations Concepts & Exercises Branch within the Joint Staff.  Pototzky later assumed the position of Chief of Balkan Operations, Joint Commitments Staff, MOD Germany, and took on command of the NATO AWACS Component.  He enrolled in the German Air Force in 1975, graduating from its Officer Course in 1976.  Pototzky received his Wings in 1978 at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, and completed fighter training at George Air Force Base, California, in 1979. 

 

 

Elliot H. Pulham

Chief Executive Officer
Space Foundation

Elliot H. Pulham

Elliot H. Pulham was named Chief Executive Officer of the Space Foundation in 2001, Pulham is widely quoted by national, international and trade media in coverage of space-related issues. Before joining the Space Foundation, he was senior manager of public relations, employee communication and advertising for all space programs of Boeing, serving as spokesperson at the Kennedy Space Center for the Magellan, Galileo and Ulysses interplanetary missions, among others.  He is a recipient of the coveted Silver Anvil Award from the Public Relations Society of America - the profession's highest honor. Rotary National Awards for Space Achievement Foundation presented him with the coveted Space Communicator Award, an honor he shares with the late legendary CBS News Anchor Walter Cronkite. Pulham is chairman of the Hawaii Aerospace Advisory Committee, a former Air Force Civic Leader and advisor to the Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Air Force and a recipient of the U.S. Air Force Distinguished Public Service Medal. He serves on the editorial board of NewSpace Journal.

Kirk Pysher

President
International Launch Services

Kirk Pysher

Kirk Pysher is the President of International Launch Services (ILS), a leader in providing heavy-lift launch services to the global commercial satellite industry. Pysher has nearly 30 years of experience in the design, development and operation of expendable launch vehicles and a proven track record of affecting broad-based change. Pysher previously served as ILS vice president of mission assurance and product development. In this role, Pysher primarily had the responsibility for development and implementation of ILS and customer specific mission assurance requirements. In addition to his critical mission assurance role, Pysher also had responsibility for ILS product development including performance upgrades and new capabilities intended to align with customers’ future requirements, including the preliminary steps to introduce the Angara launch vehicle to the commercial market.Pysher received a Masters and Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Penn State University and obtained a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate from Purdue University.

Chris Quilty

Senior Vice President
Raymond James & Assoc.

Chris Quilty

Chris Quilty is the Senior Vice President at Raymond James & Assoc. where his research efforts are concentrated on the satellite and space sector along with select companies in the defense communications sector. Quilty also publishes ongoing analysis of industry affairs and is the author of the highly acclaimed “The Space Handbook” a comprehensive 200+ page industry primer. Chris Quilty has a bachelor of science degree in systems engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, and a master of business administration from the University of Chicago. 

Minoo Rathnasabapathy

Executive Director
Space Generation Advisory Council

Minoo Rathnasabapathy

Minoo Rathnasabapathy is the Executive Director of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), an non-governmental association which acts in support of the United Nations Programme on space applications, based in Vienna, Austria.  Rathnasabapathy earned her undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering in Australia, and has worked on several projects including structural design improvements for the Ariane 5 launch system.  Rathnasabapathy is currently completing her Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, researching the impact dynamics of novel materials used in aerospace structures.  Besides her interest in the space sector, Rathnasabapathy has a black belt in Shotokan Karate.

Francois Rivasseau

Special Envoy for Space
European External Action Service

Frank Rose

Assistant Secretary for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance
U.S. Department of State

Frank Rose

Mr. Rose currently serves as the Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance. In this position, he is responsible for advising the Secretary of State on a wide variety of arms control, strategic policy, verification, and compliance issues. From 2009 to 2014, Rose served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Space and Defense Policy where he was responsible for key issues related to arms control and defense policy including missile defense, military space policy, chemical and biological weapons, and conventional arms control. Mr. Rose earned a Bachelor Degree in history from American University and a Master’s Degree in war studies from Kings’ College, University of London. 

Gen Ramses Rueda

Maj General
Fuerza Aérea Colombiana

Matthew Schaefer

Law Alumni Professor of Law and Director of Space, Cyber, and Telecom Law Program
University of Nebraska College of Law

Matthew Schaefer

Professor Matthew Schaefer has nearly two decades of law teaching experience and has taught courses in international law, international trade law, international business transactions, foreign relations law and policy, space law, and cyber law. With his required upper-level course in international law for LL.M. students, virtually no University of Nebraska student obtains a J.D. or LL.M. degree without being taught the basics of international law, and the intersection of international law with the US legal system, by Schaefer. Schaefer is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan Law School. 

Kay Sears

President
Intelsat General

Kay Sears

Kay Sears, President of Intelsat General, is responsible for implementing the company’s strategic and operational plans and for the overall mission of providing a range of sustainable, cost-effective and secure communications solutions to government and commercial customers.  She has worked more than 25 years in the satellite communications industry, including extensive experience in rapid-response solutions for both military and civil agencies of the US government.  Sears has spoken widely on how commercial satellites can be utilized by the military to solve mission-critical needs and she has worked over the past several years to advance the commercial and Department of Defense partnership.  In 2009, Sears was appointed to the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) to provide information, technical expertise, advice and guidance regarding issues that may affect national security telecommunications capabilities.  Before joining Intelsat, Sears helped launch government services business units at both G2 Satellite Solutions and Verestar.  Sears has also held sales and product development positions with Intelsat and Comsat World Systems.  Sears has a Master of Business Administration degree from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Richmond.  Sears is currently serving on the Board of the Space Foundation, an international non-profit organization and the foremost industry advocate for all sectors of the space community, and she is a board member of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority, serving at the request of Governor Terry McAuliffe.

Gen. William Shelton, USAF (Ret.)

Commander, Air Force Space Command
United States Air Force

Gen. William Shelton, USAF (Ret.)

General William L. Shelton is Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. He is responsible for organizing, equipping, training and maintaining mission-ready space and cyberspace forces and capabilities for North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Strategic Command and other combatant commands around the world. General Shelton oversees Air Force network operations; manages a global network of satellite command and control, communications, missile warning and space launch facilities; and is responsible for space system development and acquisition. General Shelton received his Bachelor of Science in astronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a Master of Science in astronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Insititute of Technology, and a Master of Science in national security strategy from the National War College. 

Gwynne Shotwell

President and Chief Operating Officer
SpaceX

Gwynne Shotwell

Gwynne Shotwell is the President and Chief Operating Officer of SpaceX and is a member of the Board of Directors.  She joined SpaceX in 2002 as vice president of business development and built the Falcon vehicle family manifest to more than 50 launches.  In 2013, Shotwell was elected to AIAA’s honorable grade of Fellow and in 2014, Shotwell was appointed to the EXIM Bank's Advisory Committee and currently serves on the Federal Aviation Administration Management Advisory Council.  Shotwell received, with honors, her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern University in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics, and currently serves on the Advisory Council for Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering.

Rebecca Shrimpton

Counsellor Defence Strategic Policy
Australian Embassy in Washington DC

Rebecca Shrimpton

Rebecca Shrimpton is currently the Counsellor Defence Strategic Policy in the Australian Embassy in Washington DC (since September 2015).  Rebecca joined the Australian Department of Defence as a graduate in 2001. She has spent most of her career in Strategic and International Policy Divisions in policy roles, including in Pacific Branch, UN, Middle East and Africa Branch, in Strategic Assessments and Long-Range Planning, and Strategic Wargaming and Deliberate Planning. In 2008 Rebecca managed the establishment of Australia’s Asia-Pacific Civil-Military Centre of Excellence (later re-named the Australian Civil-Military Centre). In 2013 Rebecca completed the Defence and Strategic Studies Course at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies (Australian Defence College). In 2014 Rebecca led the MH17 Defence policy taskforce throughout the Australian Government’s operations in Ukraine. She moved on to head the Iraq Taskforce as the Australian Government committed to operations in Iraq from mid-2014. 

Wanda A. Sigur

Vice President and General Manager, Civil Space
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

Wanda A. Sigur

Wanda A. Sigur is the Vice President & General Manager of the Civil Space line of business for Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Space Systems Company.  She has executive responsibility for critical national space programs relating to human space flight and space science missions including planetary, solar, astrophysical, and Earth remote sensing for civil and government agencies.  Some of these major programs include the Orion Multi-purpose Crew Vehicle, Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, GOES-R weather satellites, Juno, GRAIL, MAVEN, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Odyssey, OSIRIS-REx planetary missions, and the company’s nuclear space power programs. Beginning her Lockheed Martin career as a materials engineer in 1979, Sigur has taken on increasingly difficult engineering and management roles and has experience in human space flight and planetary exploration systems from her prior roles with Lockheed Martin. Previously, she was Vice President of Engineering with responsibility for personnel development, engineering process development and deployment and product technical validation, with emphasis on ensuring operational excellence and first-time-right engineering.  Prior to that, Sigur was Vice President of the Space Shuttle External Tank Project for Space Systems at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in mechanical and materials sciences and engineering from Rice University and a Master’s Degree in business administration from Tulane University.

Karen St. Germain, Ph.D

Director, Office of Systems Architecture and Advanced Planning
NOAA

Karen St. Germain, Ph.D

Dr. Karen St. Germain serves as the Director of the Office of Systems Architecture and Advanced Planning (OSAAP) for NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service (NESDIS). She leads enterprise-level mission architecture development and systems engineering to enable NESDIS to become a flexible, stable and responsive civil space agency in support of NOAA’s mission. Dr. St. Germain is a leader in enterprise-level planning and multi-organizational programs of national significance. She is also an expert in major systems acquisition, with particular proficiency in transitioning new technology into operational systems. Dr. St. Germain developed a deep understanding of the NESDIS mission as NOAA’s lead for all aspects of system performance during the development of the successful Suomi-NPP system, from 2006 to 2011. In 2011, Dr. St. Germain accepted a position in the Space, Strategic and Intelligence Systems (SSI) Office, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (OUSD AT&L). There, Dr. St. Germain designed and led the successful DoD 2014 Strategic Portfolio Review for Space to develop a strategy and implementation plan for adapting to evolving challenges in the space domain. Dr. St. Germain holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Union College and a doctor of philosphy in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts. She is also a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College, National Defense University where she earned a master of science degree in national security strategy. 

Ellen Stofan, Ph.D

Chief Scientist
NASA

Ellen Stofan, Ph.D

Dr. Ellen Stofan was appointed NASA chief scientist on August 25, 2013, serving as principal advisor to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the agency's science programs and science-related strategic planning and investments. Prior to her appointment, Stofan was vice president of Proxemy Research in Laytonsville, Md., and honorary professor in the department of Earth sciences at University College London in England. Her research has focused on the geology of Venus, Mars, Saturn's moon Titan, and Earth. Stofan is an associate member of the Cassini Mission to Saturn Radar Team and a co-investigator on the Mars Express Mission's MARSIS sounder. She also was principal investigator on the Titan Mare Explorer, a proposed mission to send a floating lander to a sea on Titan. Stofan holds a bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary, and master and doctorate degrees in geological sciences from Brown University.

Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan

NOAA
Administrator and Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere

Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan

Dr. Katheryn D. Sullivan is the NOAA Administrator and Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere. She is a distinguished scientist, renowned astronaut and intrepid explorer. Prior to her appointment as Acting Administrator, Sullivan held the position of Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction and Deputy Administrator. She also performed the duties of NOAA’s Chief Scientist. Sullivan holds the distinction of being the first American woman to walk in space, and she flew three missions during her 15-year tenure. Sullivan holds a bachelor’s degree in earth sciences from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and a Doctorate in geology from Dalhousie University in Canada.

Professor Sir Martin Sweeting

Founder and Executive Chairman
Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.

Professor Sir Martin Sweeting

Sir Martin has a bachelor of science in electronics and Ph.D in radio engineering from the University of Surrey and is the founder and Executive Chairman of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. Following two experimental ‘microsatellites’ built by his research team at the University of Surrey and launched in 1981 & 1984, he pioneered rapid-response, low-cost and highly-capable small satellites utilising modern consumer electronics to ‘change the economics of space’ and has established the UK at the forefront of this new field. 

In 1985 he founded a spin-off University company that has since has grown to 550 staff with annual revenues exceeding £100M and exports of over £0.5Bn. Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. has built and launched 48 small satellites – including the international Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC) and the first Galileo navigation satellite (GIOVE-A) for ESA – and currently has 13 new small satellites under construction, including the Company’s first geostationary telecommunications satellite ‘Quantum’ for EutelSAT, alongside building the 22 satellite navigation payloads for the European Galileo constellation. In 2015, SSTL launched a constellation of three high-resolution (1-metre) Earth Observation mini-satellites and is preparing a low-cost medium-resolution SAR minisatellite (NovaSAR) for launch in 2016. SSTL has developed a highly successful satellite know-how transfer and training programme with long-term collaborative partnerships with 18 countries – particularly enabling emerging space nations achieve their first space missions and thus to access space directly to benefit their environment and economies.

Brig. Gen. Jean-Daniel Testé

Commander, Joint Space Command
French Ministry of Defense

Brig. Gen. Jean-Daniel Testé

Brigadier General Jean-Daniel Testé is commander of the French Joint Space Command of the French Air Force in Paris-Balard.  He was previously the deputy director – analysis and production – at the Military Intelligence Directorate.  Upon completion of initial officer training, Testé was assigned at the air force photographic interpretation center in Saint-Cyr l’Ecole, where he was successively head of the research and digitization department and head of the interpretation department. Over his 30 year career, Testé has been assigned at the joint staff, where he was charged of the satellite imagery technical process department; to the development team of HELIOS military observation satellite, where he was responsible for the satellite mission; at the national space study center (CNES) in Toulouse as liaison officer for the HELIOS satellite; and as head of the space and intelligence department at the Air Force Staff, after which he took command of the geographic department at the joint staff.  Later, Testé commanded French Guyana Air Forces and “Capitaine François MASSE” Air Force Base in Cayenne.  After completion of the higher command and staff course, nomination to deputy director of advanced military education, and promotion to Brigadier General, he was appointed Deputy head - “homeland” - Air Operations and Air Defense Command.  Testé attended the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Electronique, Électrotechnique, Informatique et Hydraulique in Toulouse (ENSEEIHT), where he qualified as an engineer in computer science.  He holds degrees from the United States Air Force Academy, the Joint Forces Staff College and the College of Defense Studies (Centre des Hautes Etudes Militaires et Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale).

Jerome Valour

Bids & Products VP
Observation and Science

Andreas Veispak

Head of Unit for Space Data for Societal Challenges and Growth
European Commission

Andreas Veispak

Andreas Veispak is the Head of Unit for Space Data for Societal Challengs and Growth at the European Commission. His responsibilites include space-related data, user uptake, and new business models as well as international relations and out reach activities. Veispak first joined the Euroean Comission in 2005 where he dealt with the automotive industry and was responsible for questions related to industrial competitiveness, energy and the environment. Between 2010 and 2015 he joined the team of the Director General of DG GROW at the European Commission (internal market, industrial competitiveness, space – Copernicus and Galileo – entrepreneurship and SMEs). Andreas Veispak received his education at University of Oxford where he studied modern history. 

Rachel Villain

Principal Advisor
Euroconsult

Rachel Villain

Rachel Villain is Principal Advisor with Euroconsult’s Headquarters in Paris, France. As such, she is responsible for helping to develop the strategic direction for Euroconsult’s space consulting and research activities. She supervises ongoing consulting missions and contributes to the development of methodology and resources to address new topics of interest for the global satellite sector (new technologies acceptance, new investors in space). Over the past 30 years, Rachel has contributed to over 200 consulting missions supporting government agencies and industry stakeholders in their decision-making related to space policy and strategy for R&D investment, new product development and merger and acquisitions. Her responsibilities include market and competition analysis for space systems and satellite services; long-term forecasting for satellite systems and services; and new technology/service market acceptance for launch vehicles and satellite systems. As one of the founders of Euroconsult, Rachel designed one of Euroconsult’s flagship research reports, Satellites to be Built & Launched in the Next Ten Years. Villain holds a masters in economics from the University of Reims and a masters in scienec adn technology policy from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris. 

Dr. Stephen Volz

Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Dr. Stephen Volz

Dr. Stephen Volz is the NOAA Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services. In this role he leads the acquisition and operation of the nation’s civil operational environmental satellite system. Volz is a leader in the international Earth observation community, serving as the NOAA Principal to the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites. In addition, Volz serves as the Co-Chair of the NOAA Observing Systems Council, a group that coordinates observing systems requirements and provides resource recommendations for NOAA’s observation platforms. He is also a member of the NOAA Executive Council, NOAA’s executive decision-making body. Volz previously served as the Associate Director for Flight Programs in the Earth Science Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. Volz has a Bachelor of Science in Physics, a Master of Science in Physics, a Doctorate in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, and 26 years of professional experience in the aerospace industry.

Dave Wajsgras

President, Intelligence, Information and Services (IIS)
Raytheon Company

Dave Wajsgras

David C. Wajsgras is a Raytheon Company Vice President and President of the Intelligence, Information and Services business.  In this role, he is a member of Raytheon's senior leadership team, overseeing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; advanced cyber solutions; weather and environmental solutions and information-based solutions for homeland security.  Previously, Wajsgras was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Raytheon Company, directing Raytheon's overall financial strategy.  Wajsgras is the Executive Champion of Raytheon’s Persons with DisAbilities Employee Resource Group, an organization that works as a strategic partner across the company to facilitate a fully accessible and supportive workplace for employees with disabilities. Prior to joining Raytheon, Wajsgras was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Lear Corporation. He joined Lear as vice president-controller, where he was responsible for accounting and financial reporting functions, and for strategic and operational oversight of Lear’s Interior Systems Business. Before joining Lear, Wajsgras was the Corporate Controller for Engelhard Corporation, and held numerous financial management positions with Honeywell International, Inc. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from University of Maryland at College Park and a master’s degree in business administration from American University.

Stephanie Wan

Co-Chairperson
Space Generation Advisory Council

Stephanie Wan

Stephanie Wan is the Chair of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC). She has been part of SGAC since 2008 in various positions, including: co-founder of Youth for GNSS Project Group, Regional Coordinator for the North, Central America and Caribbean, and supporting and participating events in her previous Space Generation Congress, Fusion Forums, and the Strategic Partnership Team. In addition, Wan is a Systems Analyst at Overlook Systems Technologies Inc. where she provides support to NASA's Space Communication and Navigation Office in Washington, D.C. During her time supporting NASA SCaN, Wan also detailed to the State Department, and NOAA. Wan has a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the American University, a Master of Arts in International Science and Technology Policy with a focus in Space Policy from George Washington University.

Eric Webster

Vice President and General Manager of Environmental Solutions
Harris Corporation

Damon Wells

Director, Office of Policy & Strategy
National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)

Damon Wells

Mr. Damon R. Wells is the Director of the Office of Policy and Strategy for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). In this capacity he is responsible for assisting the NRO Director in shaping and implementing policies and strategies relating to overhead reconnaissance, both within the NRO and in the broader U.S. Government (USG) and international space policy communities. Prior to joining the NRO in 2012, Wells was Assistant Director for Space and Aeronautics in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President (EOP).  In that role he developed and coordinated Administration space policies across the civil, commercial, and national security space sectors, thereby advancing key policy initiatives such as the 2010 U.S. National Space Policy and current U.S space exploration strategies. Mr. Damon Wells has a bachelor of science in aerospace engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and a master of science degree in technology and policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

 

George Whitesides

Chief Executive Officer
Virgin Galactic

George Whitesides

George Whitesides is the Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company and is responsible for guiding all aspects of building the world’s first commercial spaceline including the spaceflight program and small satellite launch capability.  His responsibilities include oversight of Virgin Galactic's sister company, The Spaceship Company, to manufacture a fleet of WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo space vehicles.  Previously, Whitesides was chief of staff for National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), where he provided policy and staff support to the agency’s administrator.  Prior to his role at NASA, he served as executive director of the National Space Society, a space policy and advocacy group that was founded by Apollo program leader Wernher von Braun and the journalist Hugh Downs.  An honors graduate of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School, Whitesides earned his undergraduate degree in public and international affairs.  He later earned a master's degree in geographic information systems and remote sensing from the University of Cambridge in England, and was a Fulbright Scholar to Tunisia.  Whitesides is a licensed private pilot and certified parabolic flight coach. 

Brig. Gen. Stephen N. Whiting, USAF

Director of Integrated Air, Space, Cyberspace and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Operations
Air Force Space Command

Robert O. Work

Deputy Secretary of Defense
Defense Department

Robert O. Work

Robert O. Work was confirmed as the 32nd Deputy Secretary of Defense on April 30, 2014.  Work most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). From 2009 to 2013, Work served as the Undersecretary of the Navy. In this capacity, he was the Deputy and Principal Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy and acted with full authority of the Secretary in the day-to-day management of the Department of the Navy.  In 2008, Work served on President-elect Barack Obama’s Department of Defense Transition Team as leader of the Department of the Navy issues team. He also worked on the defense policy, acquisition, and budget teams.  In 2002, Work joined the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), first as the Senior Fellow for Maritime Affairs, and later as the Vice President for Strategic Studies. In these positions, he focused on defense strategy and programs, revolutions in war, Department of Defense transformation, and maritime affairs.  Work was also an adjunct professor at George Washington University, where he taught defense analysis and roles and missions of the armed forces.  Work was a distinguished graduate of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Course at the University of Illinois, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in August 1974. During his 27- year military career, he held a wide range of command, leadership, and management positions. He commanded an artillery battery and a battalion, and was the base commander at Camp Fuji, Japan. His last assignment was as Military Assistant and Senior Aide to the Honorable Richard Danzig, 7lst secretary of the Navy.  Work earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Illinois; a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California; a Master of Science in Space System Operations from the Naval Postgraduate School; and a Master in International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Johann-Dietrich Wörner

Director
European Space Agency (ESA)

Johann-Dietrich Wörner

Dr. Johann-Dietrich Wörner became the European Space Agency (ESA) Director General on July 1st 2015.  Previously from March 2007 to June 2015 he served as chairman of the executive board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR).  In 1995, he was elected president of Darmstadt Technological University where he previously was technical director of the Institute for Glass Construction, dean of the civil engineering faculty and head of the Testing and Research Institute.  Wörner earned a degree in civil engineering from Darmstadt Technological University and has received honorary doctorates from State University New York (USA), the technological universities of Bucharest (Romania) and Mongolia, St. Petersburg University for Economics and Finance (Russia) and from École Centrale Lyon (France).

Yuichi Yamaura

Vice President, Strategy, International Relations and Industrial Collaboration
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Yuichi Yamaura

Yuichi Yamaura is the Vice President for Strategy, International Relations and Industrial Collaboration at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).  Prior to his current position, he was the Associate Executive Director for Lunar and Planetary Exploration Program and the ISS Program at JAXA.  Previously, Yamaura served as the Director of Strategic Planning and Management Department. He was also engaged primarily in human space flight programs such as Spacelab missions by the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station Program, and strategy/administration of JAXA.  Yamaura started his career at the National Space Development Agency of Japan, in Japan’s early phase of Earth observation satellite data acquisition and processing.  He holds a Master's of Engineering in Aeronautics and Astronautics from University of Tokyo.

Sachiko Yoshimura

Chief Executive Director
Japan External Trade organization (JETRO) Los Angeles

Sachiko Yoshimura

Ms. Yoshimura has supervised operations at JETRO Los Angeles since 2012, promoting trade and investment between Japan and the United States in sectors such as biotechnology, medical devices, environmental technologies, food and cultural products, as well as entertainment content. Prior to her current position, she was the Director of Intellectual Property Division assisting Japanese companies in protecting their intellectual properties in various countries. Her 28 year tenure has allowed her to amass a wealth of experience in international trade affairs, research and economic analysis to support Japanese companies, especially small and medium enterprises in their efforts to expanding business overseas. Ms. Yoshimura graduated from Sophia University in Tokyo with a Bachelors degree in English Literature.

 

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JETRO is a Japanese Government Agency that promotes trade and investment between   Japan and other countries. JETRO Los Angeles focus on expanding US and Japanese business.

Susumu Yoshitomi

Executive Director
Japan Space Forum

Susumu Yoshitomi

Susumu Yoshitomi is the Executive Director at the Japan Space Forum (JSF). He started his career in the National Space Development Agency of Japan. He was involved in many satellites projects such as the first NASDA’ s satellite of ETS-I, Ion Sphere Sounding satellite, the first Japanese geostationary satellite of ETS-2, the first Japanese remote sensing satellite of MOS-1. He had been assigned a Director of NASDA’ s liaison office in Paris, France from 1991 to 1994. Since he returned to Japan in 1994, he had been involved in International Space Station utilization research and development project. In 2003, he was named a Director of Space Environment Utilization Center and was responsible for the development of microgravity experiment facilities onboard Japanese Experiment Module of ISS and research coordination with researchers outside of JAXA. In 2005, He was appointed a Director of Satellite Communications and Satellite Navigation Promotion Center, and also a project manager of Quasi-Zenith Satellite (the first Japanese navigation satellite “Michibiki”) project. He was retired from JAXA in 2007, and joined to Japan Space Forum. He is responsible for space debris observation facility, JAXA ISS/JEM research support program and some new business in JSF. He was a lecturer of Yokohama National University for 8 years.

Mike Pistone

Lead Counterspace Cyber Analyst, National Air and Space Intelligence Center
U.S. Air Force

Mike Pistone

Mr. Mike Pistone is the Lead CounterspaceCYber Analyst, Counterspace Analysis Squadron, Space, Missles, and Intelligence Group, National Air and Space Intelligence Center. His team is the laed integrator for counterspace cyber threats to US and allied space operations within the defense intelligence enterprise. They are responsible for creating predictive and forensic all-source analysis of foreign cyber threats to US space systesms and services, and provide integrated assessments to enable policy makers, military operations, and force modernization decisions. Pistone started his career with the Air Force at NASIC by serving as an all-source intelligence analyst responsbile for foreign military communication networks, and he quickly became recognized as an expert in the field. Mike Pistone holds a bachelor of science degree in information and telecommunication systesms from Ohio University, a master of science in comuter systems management from the University of Maryland, and attended the Air Command and Staff College. 

Col. Aras Suziedelis

Deputy Director, NSA Colorado
U.S. Air Force

James C. Trainor, Jr.

Assistant Director for Cyber
FBI

James C. Trainor, Jr.

James C. Trainor, Jr. is the newly appointed assistant director of the Cyber Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Trainor most recently served as deputy assistant director of the Cyber Operations Branch. Mr. Trainor entered on duty as a special agent with the FBI in July 1996. Upon completion of his training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, he was assigned to the FBI’s Chicago Division, where he worked on a variety of criminal investigative matters. He was eventually assigned to the foreign counterintelligence squad, where he conducted counterintelligence operations and received numerous commendations for his performance. He is a graduate of Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts and obtained a master’s degree from the University of Connecticut. Prior to joining the FBI, he was a military intelligence officer for the U.S. Army. Trainor has served in numerous domestic and overseas assignments regarding intelligence matters for the U.S. Army and the FBI.

Jaisha J. Wray

Cyber Team Lead, Office of Emerging Security Challenges, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance
U.S. Department of State

Jaisha J. Wray

Jaisha Wray is the Cyber Team Lead in the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance.  She was previously a Political Officer at U.S. Embassy London where she was the lead officer on cyber, space, and nuclear policy.  As a Presidential Management Fellow from 2006 until 2008, she completed rotations in the Space Policy Directorate of the Office of the Secretary of Defense as well as in the National Reconnaissance Office.  Following her fellowship, she served as a Foreign Affairs Officer in the State Department’s Office of Missile Defense and Space Policy for five years. Ms. Wray received a Master of Arts in International Relations and a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.  She graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and with minors in Spanish and public policy.  In 2008, she completed International Space University’s Space Summer Program in Barcelona, Spain. 

Winston A. Beauchamp

Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for Space; Director Principal DoD Space Advisor Staff
United States Air Force

Winston A. Beauchamp

Winston A. Beauchamp, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for Space, and the Director, Principal DoD Space Advisor Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.  In this role, he is responsible for integrating and overseeing all DoD space capabilities and activities, coordinating with the Intelligence Community and providing support to the Secretary of Defense on space portfolio decisions.  Additionally, as Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for Space, Beauchamp provides the principal support to the Under Secretary’s role as the Headquarters U.S. Air Force focal point for space matters and in coordinating activities across the Air Force space enterprise.  Beauchamp earned a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from Lehigh University and a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from Villanova University. 

R. Scott Szymanski

Mission Manager for Space
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

R. Scott Szymanski

Mr. R. Scott Szymanski was promoted inot hthe Senior Intelligence Service in 2013, serving the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). He assumed his current duties as the NGA Mission Manager for Space in July 2015. As the Mission Manager, Szymanski is responsible for coordinating and integrating all of NGA's space, counterspace, and resiliency efforts and to provide a single agency voice on this issue to the National System for Geospatial-Intelligence (NSG) and other esternal agencies and organizations. Previously, he served as the Deputy Director of the Source Operations Group, which consists of over 700 civilian, military, and contract personnel. Szymanski began his career as an intelligence professional as an imagery analyst. Scott Szymanski has a bacheolor of science degree in aerospace & ocean engineering from Virginia Tech. 

Douglas H. Young

Vice President of Space Systems Resiliency
Northrop Grumman Corporation

Douglas H. Young

Douglas H. Young is the vice president of Space Systems Resiliency for the Space Systems division (SSD) at Northrop Grumman Corporation. In this role, Young leads a singular mission area that focuses on the coordination, development and integration of architectures, technologies and CONOPS to address the rapidly changing space domain. This activity is closely linked with each of the SSD mission areas to ensure leveraging of investments, concepts and customer feedback. Young earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree in systems management from the University of Southern California. He attended a number of executive development programs, including the executive Defense Systems Acquisition Program and the Wharton Advanced Management Program. Young is also chairman emeritus of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Design Engineering Technical Committee.

 

Dr. Brad Tousley

Director Tactical Technology Office
DARPA

Dr. Brad Tousley

Dr. Bradford Tousley joined DARPA in January 2013 as the director of the Tactical Technology Office (TTO). TTO prototypes advanced national security capabilities by pursuing high payoff tactical technology and development of advanced weapons, platforms and space systems.From 2006 to 2013, he worked in the private sector at Logos Technologies. As a company executive he was responsible for unmanned airborne sensor technology, advanced imaging science, space situational awareness and sensors, and software development. Tousley served as a U.S. Army Armor (Cavalry) and Acquisition officer in command and staff position from 1981 – 2001. He also served as a research scientist and associate professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science on the faculty at West Point from 1992 – 1995. Tousley holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy as well as a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester.

Brendan W. Curry

Vice President - Washington Operations
Space Foundation

Brendan W. Curry

As Vice President - Washington Operations, Curry leads the Space Foundation's government affairs efforts based in Washington, D.C., serving as principal interface with key customers, staff and officials in the Administration, Congress, space industry and federal agencies including NASA and the Departments of Defense, Commerce, State, Education and Transportation. Previously, Curry was the senior legislative assistant to Congressman Dave Weldon, M.D. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Scranton and Juris Doctor of Law degree from Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law.

Shawn Linam

CEO
Qwaltec

Shawn Linam

Shawn Linam is the co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Qwaltec, Inc., a Tempe, Arizona based small business that provides high-quality aerospace systems engineering, mission readiness, and technical training services.  She is responsible for the development, direction, management and operations of the company. Prior to founding Qwaltec in 2001, Ms. Linam worked as an Engineer at Scitor Corporation, NASA, and Barrios Technology. She has extensive experience in space systems operations and has designed and implemented training systems for numerous government and commercial space programs.Shawn Linam holds a bahelor of science degree in biological engineering from Mississippi State University. 

Peter Marquez

Vice President, Global Engagement
Planetary Resources

Peter Marquez

At Planetary Resources, Mr. Marquez works with the U.S. Government and the international community on domestic and global opportunities that will assist Planetary Resources in achieving its long-term mission. Mr. Marquez served as the space policy advisor to two Presidents and has an extensive background in civil and national security space activities of the U.S. He served as the Director of Space Policy for Presidents Bush and Obama. He was responsible for the development and execution of U.S. national space policy. He also held positions in the acquisition, requirements and policy fields of U.S. national security space programs. Peter graduated from George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute with a master’s degree in Science and Technology Policy.

 

Lt. Col. Terrill McCall

Commander of 22nd Space Operations
U.S. Air Force

Lt. Col. Terrill McCall

Lieutenant Colonel Terrill J. McCall is the Commander, 22nd Space Operations Squadron, 50th Network Operations Group, 50th Space Wing, Schriever Air Force, Colorado.  As commander, he is responsible for operational direction of eight worldwide Air Forcer Satellite Control Network remote tracking stations.  Colonel McCall leads a team of more than 290 military, civilian and contractor members providing scheduling; launch support; orbital analysis; telemetry, tracking and commanding; communications; mission data dissemination; and emergency recovery support for 175 operation Department of Defense, national agency, civil and allied spacecraft. Lieutenant Colonel McCall has a bachelor of science degree in science education from Ball State University, a masters of business administration, strategic leadership from the Touro University International and a masters military operational art and science degree from the Air Command and Staff College. 

Clayton Mowry

President
Arianespace, Inc.

Clayton Mowry

Clayton Mowry is President of Arianespace, Inc., where he is responsible for managing customer, industry and governmental relations at the company's U.S. affiliate. The Washington, D.C.-based company was established in 1982, and is a key element of international presence. Approximately one-fourth of the more than 340 launch services contracts signed by Arianespace since its creation in 1980 are with U.S. customers, and over half involve U.S.-built spacecraft. Prior to joining Arianespace, Mowry was executive director at Satellite Industry Association,  a nonprofit alliance that represents leading U.S. satellite manufacturers, service providers and equipment suppliers.  He has held positions as a satellite industry analyst and senior international trade specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce's Office of Telecommunications, and was a Presidential Management Intern and trade policy analyst covering the space launch industry for the Department of Commerce.  Mowry holds degrees in political science and economics from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MBA from Georgetown University.

Bob Richards

Co-Founder and Chairman
Moon Express

Bob Richards

Dr. Robert (Bob) Richards is a space entrepreneur and futurist. He is a Co-Founder of the International Space University, Singularity University, SEDS, the Space Generation Foundation and Moon Express, Inc. a lunar resources company competing in the $30M Google Lunar X PRIZE, where he currently serves as President and CEO. Bob chairs the space commerce committee of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and is a member of the International Institute of Space Law. As Director of the Optech Space Division from 2002-2009, Bob led the company's technology into orbit in 2004 and to the surface of Mars in 2007 aboard the NASA Phoenix Lander, making the first discovery of falling Martian snow. Bob studied aerospace and industrial engineering at Ryerson University; physics and astronomy at the University of Toronto; and space science at Cornell University where he became special assistant to Carl Sagan.

Ben Roberts

Assistant Director, Civil and Commercial Space
White House Office of Science & Technology Policy

Ben Roberts

Ben Roberts is the Office of Science and Technology Policy's (OSTP) Assistant Director for Civil and Commercial Space.  He came to OSTP from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where he served as a program examiner in the Commerce and Science/Space Branches, and as a Special Assistant in the OMB Director's Office.  Prior to joining the Executive Office of the President, Ben worked as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Hawaii and as a strategy and operations consultant for Deloitte Consulting in northern California.  He holds a B.A. in Economics from Carleton College, a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, and a M.P.P. in Science and Technology Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

The Honorable Patti Grace Smith

Former Associate Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration
Principal of Patti Grace Smith Consulting, LLC

The Honorable Patti Grace Smith

The Honorable Patti Grace Smith is currently an aerospace consultant with Patti Grace Smith Consulting working with Virgin Galactic (The Virgin Group), CSSI, Inc., the Tauri Group and a number of other aerospace companies. She is on the board of SpaceDev, Space Foundation, American Astronautical Society, the American Bar Association’s Air and Space Law Forum Board; the X Prize Advisory Committee Board, and the Conrad Foundation. Previously, Smith served as Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), U.S. Department of Transportation, responsible for regulating the U.S. commercial space transportation industry. Under her leadership, the FAA became the recognized global leader in private human space flight. Smith received bachelor’s degree in English at Tuskegee University, master’s degree in English at Auburn University. 

Isaac Zaworski

Vice President
VRICON

Isaac Zaworski

Mr. Zaworski officially joined Vricon on January 1, 2015 as the first employee of the newly created US company, Vricon Systems, LLC. He was appointed as the Vice President of Business Development for the newly formed organization and is responsible for introducing Vricon’s disruptive 3D modeling capabilities into the US Department of Defence (DoD) and Intelligence Communities (IC). Prior to joining Vricon, Mr. Zaworski served as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Urban Robotics, LLC. in Portland, Oregon. As the Vice President of Business Development for Vricon, Mr. Zaworski is responsible for shaping technology and business strategy for Vricon in the US government space and for directly working with customers and users to understand how to implement Vricon’s unique technology solutions across the requirements spectrum; from full enterprise deployments to specific tactical mission solutions. Having spent almost a decade working on advanced image processing and remote sensing solutions for the US government, Mr. Zaworski is able to apply a unique understanding of the fundamental, core technology along with direct, tactical mission experience to focus Vricon on rapidly providing crucial capabilities directly to end users who are most in need. Mr. Zaworski is an engineer by trade, with Bachelors and Masters degrees in mechanical engineering from Cornell University. His extensive background ranges from automotive design and engineering to complex computational modeling and high performance computing. Previous to his role as CTO at Urban Robotics, Mr. Zaworski spent significant time overseas, in tactical environments, working on developing new tools and methodologies to overcome challenges related to Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination (PED) of massive 2D and 3D imagery data sets, particularly in bandwidth constrained environments. 

Lt. Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, USAF

Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations
Headquarters U.S. Air Force

Lt. Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, USAF

Lt. Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond is the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.  He is responsible to the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff for formulating policy supporting air, space, cyber, irregular warfare, counter-proliferation, homeland security, and weather operations.  As the Air Force operations deputy to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the general determines operational requirements, capabilities and training necessary to support national security objectives and military strategy. Raymond has a bachelor of science in administrative management from Clemson University, a master of science in administrative management from Central Michigan University, and a master of arts in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College. 

New Generation Space Leaders

Debra Facktor Lepore

Vice President and General Manager, Strategic Operations
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

Debra Facktor Lepore

Debra Facktor Lepore is the vice president and general manager of Strategic Operations for Ball Aerospace. Lepore is responsible for increasing Ball Aerospace’s profile in the market and facilitating collaboration across the company. She is the company’s senior executive in the Washington, DC area and leads Washington Operations, Communications and Strategic Development.  Lepore brings over 25 years of experience in the aerospace industry to her current role. Prior to joining Ball in January 2013, she served as the president of DFL Space LLC, an aerospace consulting firm focused on developing innovative business strategies for a wide range of customers. As an industry professor at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, she led its Master’s of Engineering in Technical Leadership program and served as Director of Strategic Programs for the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC). She was Principal Investigator on the SERC research project “Expedited Systems Engineering for Rapid Capability and Urgent Needs,” sponsored by the U.S. Air Force, and has used this research toward PhD studies.  Lepore has extensive business experience including serving as president and an owner of AirLaunch LLC, a small business which won funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the U.S. Air Force to develop an operationally responsive small launch vehicle. She previously served as vice president of Business Development and Strategic Planning for Kistler Aerospace Corporation. Earlier in her career, she was Chief of Moscow Operations for ANSER’s Center for International Aerospace Cooperation.  Among other distinctions, Lepore was honored with the University of Michigan 2014 Alumni Merit Award for Aerospace Engineering and as the Women in Aerospace (WIA) “Most Outstanding Member” for 2012. She is the former chair of the board of WIA and founding president of the WIA Foundation. She is also an appointed member of the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC). Lepore is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and an Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). She holds a B.S.E. (magna cum laude) and M.S.E. in aerospace engineering, both from the University of Michigan, and is an alumna of the International Space University summer session program in space policy and law. 

Chad Anderson

Managing Director
Space Angels Network

Chad Anderson

Chad Anderson is Managing Director of Space Angels Network, where he has facilitated millions of dollars of private investment into new commercial space ventures. He is also Non-Executive Director of the UK Space Catapult, where he supports the national strategy to grow the space sector in the country. Prior to his current roles, Anderson enjoyed a successful career at JP Morgan Chase where he managed a $50 billion real estate portfolio through the Great Recession. He is a prominent advocate of the private space industry with numerous public speaking appearances, interviews, and papers on the subject, including publications in Space Policy Journal, the first-ever market assessment for commercial lunar services, and the economic case for a UK spaceport. Anderson holds an MBA from the University of Oxford.

 

Salvatore T. "Tory" Bruno

President and CEO
United Launch Alliance (ULA)

Salvatore T. "Tory" Bruno

Salvatore T. “Tory” Bruno is the president and chief executive officer for United Launch Alliance (ULA).  In this role, Bruno serves as the principal strategic leader of the organization and oversees all business management and operations.  Prior to joining ULA, he served as the vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Strategic and Missile Defense Systems, a leading provider of ballistic missile and ballistic missile defense systems supporting U.S. Department of Defense customers, as well as the U.K. Royal Navy and Ministry of Defense.  Bruno joined Lockheed Martin in 1984, and his earlier positions there included leadership of FBM, ICBM, THAAD and Strategic Missiles Programs, as well as engineering positions involving FBM Rocket Propulsion, design and analysis for control systems, rockets and hypersonic reentry vehicles.  He holds several patents.  Bruno has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California, and has completed graduate courses and management programs at Harvard University, Santa Clara University, the Wye River Institute, San Jose State University and the Defense Acquisition University. 

Col. DeAnna Burt

Commander of the 50th Space Wing
U.S. Air Force

Col. DeAnna Burt

Colonel DeAnna M. Burt is the Commander, 50th Space Wing, Air Force Space Command, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. As commander, she is responsible for more than 4,200 military, Department of Defense civilians and contractor personnel serving at 14 operating locations worldwide, in support of 175 communications, navigation and surveillance satellites with their associated systems valued at more than $66 billion. Prior to assuming command, Colonel Burt was the Director, Commander's Action Group, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. Colonel Burt heared a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a master of science in human resources management from Troy State University, and earned a Distinguised Graduate and Commandmant's Leadership Award from the Air Command and Staff College.

Joe Cassady

Executive Director for Space, Washington Operations
Aerojet Rocketdyne

Joe Cassady

Joe Cassady, Executive Director for Space at Aerojet Rocketdyne Washington Operations, has 30 years of service with the company, starting in 1985 as a Senior Development Engineer working electric propulsion in Redmond, WA.  During his career, Joe has worked in various positions including engineering, project management, and business development.  In 2000, he moved from Redmond to Washington, DC and became part of Aerojet’s Washington Operations in 2002 when Aerojet acquired General Dynamics Space Systems. He has experience in planning and executing capture strategies for space programs.  His career highlights include managing two successful flight programs and capturing several large NASA program awards.  Joe is active in industry associations such as AIA and the Space Transportation Association here in the DC area.  He also is a board member of Explore Mars, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit devoted to the exploration of Mars and serves as Vice President of the Electric Rocket Propulsion Society.  Recently, he has been part of the planning team organizing the Affording Mars workshops which have served as advisory inputs to NASA’s planning for human missions to Mars.  Joe holds both a BS and an MS degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering from Purdue University. 

 

Dr. Leroy Chiao

Special Advisor - Human Spaceflight
Space Foundation

Dr. Leroy Chiao

Educated as an engineer, Space Foundation Special Advisor - Human Spaceflight Dr. Leroy Chiao works in business and academia. He is also a consultant, speaker and former NASA astronaut. Chiao grew up in Danville, Calif., and earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in chemical engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara. A native English speaker, he also speaks Mandarin Chinese and Russian. He has flown three Space Shuttle missions: STS-92 Discovery, Oct. 11-24, 2000; STS-72 Endeavour, Jan. 11-20, 1996; and STS-65 Columbia, July 8-23, 1994. In addition, he flew as Flight Engineer 1 aboard Soyuz TMA-5 to the International Space Station (ISS), where he served as commander and NASA science officer during Expedition 10. Chiao received the NASA Distinguished Service Medal in 2004. After a 15-year career with NASA, he left in 2005 to work and consult on a number of projects. In 2009, he served as a member of the Review of United States Human Space Flight Plans Committee, and currently serves on the NASA Advisory Council. He holds appointments at Rice University and the Baylor College of Medicine, and is involved in educational programs. He also serves on the editorial board of New Space Journal. An instrument-rated pilot, Chiao has logged over 2,900 flight hours in a variety of aircraft.

Carissa Bryce Christensen

Managing Partner
The Tauri Group

Carissa Bryce Christensen

Carissa Bryce Christensen is a founder and Managing Partner of The Tauri Group, an analytic consulting firm based in Alexandria, Virginia. Christensen is a recognized expert in commercial space, and for 25 years has engaged the leading edge of the space industry with innovative analysis of space systems, industry economics, advanced technologies, unique regulatory requirements, and underlying demand. Her on-going work with government agencies, industry organizations, launch firms, and satellite manufacturers and operators helps decision makers better understand market positioning, future demand for space services, and competitive dynamics.

Brig. Gen. Cary Chun (Ret.)

Senior Vice President, Client Relations Executive.
ASRC Federal

Brig. Gen. Cary Chun (Ret.)

Brig. Gen. (Retired) Cary C. Chun is ASRC Federal’s senior vice president, client relations executive. Chun brings almost 30 years of space operations experience to ASRC Federal, leading the company’s expansion efforts in the defense and intelligence space operations market. Chun joined ASRC Federal in 2012 as senior vice president of space and intelligence, and later served as senior vice president and general manager of defense programs. He retired from the U.S. Air Force as the director for mission operations for the National Reconnaissance Office and the deputy commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space at U.S. Strategic Command. He commanded the 50th Space Wing, Schriever Air Force Base, Colo.; Space Operations Wing at the Aerospace Data Facility, Buckley Air Force Base, Colo.; NRO Operations Group at Onizuka Air Force Station, Calif.; and 614th Space Operations Squadron at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Chun was commissioned as a second lieutenant from the U.S. Air Force Academy, he earned a master degree in systems management from the University of Southern California and a master degree in strategic studies from the Air War College. 

Suzy Cunningham

Strategy and Integration Manager
NASA Kennedy Space Center

Suzy Cunningham

Suzy Cunningham is Kennedy Space Center’s (KSC’s) Strategy & Integration Mgr. for Communications and Public Engagement (CPE). She works with NASA, Industry, Academic, DoD & other state/federal leaders to research community, Center and organizational issues and initiatives related to CPE. She determines the impact of those functions on KSC and the Agency and collaborates to develop strategic approaches and recommendations that synergize efforts and best utilize resources. She also serves as NASA liaison for efforts including Space Congress, Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, and Space Walk of Fame. Cunningham was previously KSC’s Strategic Planning Mgr.  She advised Sr. Mgt. on KSC strategic planning activities/analyses concerning present & future KSC operations and development, and facilitated development of Center-wide strategic policies & initiatives.  She was strategic planning liaison to Air Force 45th Space Wing (45 SW), and was a Space Florida (SF) Board Advisory Member. Cunningham holds a bachelor of science in aerospace engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and a master of science in space system operations fro mthe Florida Institute of Technology. 

Robert Curbeam

Vice President and Deputy of Space Systems
Raytheon

Robert Curbeam

Robert Curbeam is vice president and deputy of Space Systems, a mission area within Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems that builds space-based sensors used for environmental monitoring, weather forecasting and planetary exploration. As a member of the SAS leadership team, Curbeam heads the Visable Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) and Trident programs, and provides oversight as needed, for other Space Systems efforts. He is responsible for implementing SAS' vision, strategy and plans as they pertain to key technologies for space-qualified solutions: optics, radars, lasers, infrared, signal processing and on-orbit checkout. Curbeam also leads the organization's change management efforts. As a former astronaut, Curbeam served for 23 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring with the rank of captain. He is a graduate of TOPGUN, the Navy Fighter Weapons School, and of the Navy Test Pilot School. During his naval service, he held various roles at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, serving as deputy associate administrator for Safety and Mission Assurance at NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C.; director of Safety, Reliability and Quality Assurance for the Constellation Program; and the deputy director of Flight Crew Operations. Curbeam has a bachelor's degree with merit in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. He holds a master's degree in aeronautical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. where he also earned an advanced degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering.

Hoyt Davidson

Founder and Managing Member
Near Earth LLC

Hoyt Davidson

Hoyt Davidson is the Founder and Managing Member of Near Earth LLC.  Previously, he was a Managing Director in the Telecomm Group at Credit Suisse First Boston.  Davidson’s investment banking career began in 1987 as an associate and one of only approximately 100 bankers at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ).  He was part of the phenomenal growth and success of DLJ to over 1,000 bankers by the time of its acquisition by CSFB in 2000.  Prior to investment banking, Davidson was a Senior Research Engineer in the Space Systems Division of Lockheed Missiles and Space Company before leaving to get his Master of Business Administration at MIT’s Sloan School.  Davidson also earned his undergraduate degree in Physics from MIT.

John Elbon

Vice President and General Manager
Boeing

John Elbon

John Elbon is vice president and general manager, Space Exploration, a division of Boeing Defense, Space & Security at The Boeing Company. He is responsible for the strategic direction of Boeing's civil space programs, and support of NASA programs such as the International Space Station (ISS), Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program, and the Space Launch System. Elbon served as vice president and program manager for Boeing’s Commercial Programs. In this position, Elbon managed Boeing’s efforts on NASA’s Commercial Crew Space Act Agreements, including the first two phases of the Commercial Crew Development program. He has leveraged innovations and capabilities from across Boeing in the development of crew transportation systems to support NASA and commercial customers in accessing destinations in Low Earth Orbit. Elbon holds a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Daniel Faber

Chief Executive Officer
Deep Space Industries

Daniel Faber

Daniel Faber is the Chief Executive Officer at Deep Space Industries. He is a serial entrepreneur in the aerospace and mining industries and has grown several high tech companies from startup through to commercial success. Faber has held senior roles in many spacecraft projects, including a space telsecope for locating and characterizing asteroids, a constellation of astronomy spacecraft, operational ship-tracking, pressurized habitation modules, and remote sensing systems. He is the recipient of multiple innovation awards and has been granted a number of patents in the fields of mining, medical imaging and aerospace. Daniel Faber has a degree in mechatronic engineering from the University of New South Wales in Sydney Australia, and a postgraduate certificate in Antartic studies from the University of Canterbury where he studied international policy and regulation. 

Jay Falker, Ph.D

Early Stage Portfolio Executive, Space Technology
NASA

Jay Falker, Ph.D

John M. "Jay" Falker works at NASA Headquarters as the Early Stage Portfolio Executive in the Space Technology Mission Directorate. From 2010-2015, Falker served as a Program Executive leading the NIAC and CIF programs to develop hundreds of exciting new concepts and technologies. In March of 2015 he moved up to manage the STMD Early Stage Portfolio, which includes three programs, roughly 400 projects, and several new initiatives. Falker holds a Ph.D in aerospace engineering and policy analysis fro MIT where his research focused on future air and space traffic management. 

William H. Gerstenmaier

Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations
NASA

William H. Gerstenmaier

William H. Gerstenmaier is the associate administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. In this position, Gerstenmaier provides strategic direction for all aspects of NASA's human exploration of space and cross-agency space support functions of space communications and space launch vehicles. He provides programmatic direction for the operation and utilization of the International Space Station (ISS), development of the Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft, and is providing strategic guidance and direction for the commercial crew and cargo programs that will provide logistics and crew transportation to the space station.

Gerstenmaier began his NASA career in 1977 at the then Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, performing aeronautical research. He was involved with the wind tunnel tests that were used to develop the calibration curves for the air data probes used during entry on the Space Shuttle.

Beginning in 1988, Gerstenmaier headed the Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle (OMV) Operations Office, Systems Division at the Johnson Space Center. He was responsible for all aspects of OMV operations at Johnson, including development of a ground control center and training facility for OMV, operations support to vehicle development, and personnel and procedures development to support OMV operations. Subsequently he headed the Space Shuttle/Space Station Freedom Assembly Operations Office, Operations Division. He was responsible for resolving technical assembly issues and developing assembly strategies.

Gerstenmaier also served as Shuttle/Mir Program operations manager. In this role, he was the primary interface to the Russian Space Agency for operational issues, negotiating all protocols used in support of operations during the Shuttle/Mir missions. In addition, he supported NASA 2 operations in Russia, from January through September 1996 including responsibility for daily activities, as well as the health and safety of the NASA crewmember on space station Mir. He scheduled science activities, public affairs activities, monitored Mir systems, and communicated with the NASA astronaut on Mir.

In 1998, Gerstenmaier was named manager, Space Shuttle Program Integration, responsible for the overall management, integration, and operations of the Space Shuttle Program. This included development and operations of all Space Shuttle elements, including the orbiter, external tank, solid rocket boosters, and Space Shuttle main engines, as well as the facilities required to support ground processing and flight operations.

In December 2000, Gerstenmaier was named deputy manager, ISS Program, and two years later became manager. He was responsible for the day-to-day management, development, integration, and operation of the space station. This included the design, manufacturing, testing, and delivery of complex space flight hardware and software, and for its integration with the elements from international partners into a fully functional and operating space station.

Named associate administrator for the Space Operations Directorate in 2005, Gerstenmaier directed the safe completion of the last 21 Space Shuttle missions that witnessed assembly completion of the International Space Station. During this time, he provided programmatic direction for the integration and operation of the ISS, space communications, and space launch vehicles.

Gerstenmaier received a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University in 1977 and a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Toledo in 1981. In 1992 and 1993, he completed course work for a doctorate in dynamics and control with emphasis in propulsion at Purdue University.

Alexander Gibson

Space Operations Officer at Army National Guard
National Point of Contact for the Space Generation Advisory Council

Alexander Gibson

Alexander is a Space Operations Officer in the Army National Guard, and Project Engineer in the Oil & Gas Industry.  He is a graduate of Imperial College London, holding a BEng in Materials Science and Engineering.  As part of this degree he studied micrometeorite impacts on the Hubble Space Telescope.  He has had a lifelong interest in space, attending Space School UK and being the first British alumni of the European Space Camp in Norway.  Alexander emigrated to the US in 2007, and drew upon his experience in the Oil & Gas Industry as a panelist at the Space Generation Fusion Forum (SGFF) 2014 to discuss innovation practices applied to aerospace.  Subsequently he went on to present ideas for collaboration between the two sectors at the 2014 AIAA-RM Technical Symposium.  Alexander organized a panel at SGFF 2015, and became an SGAC USA National Point of Contact the same year.  He is currently studying for dual Master's degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Management at the University of Colorado,  Boulder, specializing in Bioastronautics.

Takeshi Hakamada

Founder and CEO
iSpace Technologies, Inc.

Takeshi Hakamada

Takeshi Hakamada became involved in the Google Lunar XPRIZE in 2010 and in 2013 he took over as the Team Lead of the Japanese Team Hakuto. He also established iSpace technologies, the American company managing Team Hakuto. Since then, Takeshi has led Team Hakuto and iSpace technologies in winning the $500,000 Milestone Prize in Mobility, raising $2M in venture capital, and generating nearly $6M in advertising revenue. Hakamada studied Aerospace engineering, completing his masters at the Georgie Institute of Technology in 2006.

Kristina Harrington

Director of Signals Intelligence Directorate
National Reconnaissance Office

Kristina Harrington

Kristina Harrington is a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service and the Director of the Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Systems Acquisition Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) in Chantilly, Virginia. As SIGINT Director, she leads a joint team responsible for the design, development, and acquisition of United States Signals Intelligence Space Systems for the Intelligence Community, military services, and allied partners. Ms Harrington has supported several NRO programs over 20 years including support to multiple architecture studies that determined the SIGINT path. In 2006, she joined the Central Intelligence Agency assigned to the Directorate of Science and Technology, with duty in the NRO SIGINT Directorate, Low Earth Orbit SPO (LSPO), serving as the Deputy Director, Systems Engineering LSPO. In 2007, as part of the NRO larger transformation, she stood up and directed the new LSPO Missions Department. This role included responsibility for all payload hardware, mission analysis, payload software development, and mission engineering in support of future and ongoing initiatives. In 2009, she became the Deputy Director of the LSPO where her responsibilities were program management of the acquisition and development of a state-of-the-art satellite collection system to include technical, operations, budget, schedule, and personnel. In 2010, she joined the Air Force as a Defense Intelligence Senior Leader to take the role of the Chief Scientist Signals Intelligence Systems Acquisition National Reconnaissance Office where her responsibilities included leading Intelligence Community and Department of Defense studies on satellite based signals intelligence architectures for 2020 and beyond. In 2012, Ms Harrington was assigned as Director of the Systems Engineering Directorate, NRO, where her role was to lead the requirements, interfaces, and schedule development for the NRO future architecture to ensure that the new integrated system would accomplish mission needs.

Michael Hawes

Vice President and Orion Program Manager
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

Michael Hawes

W. Michael Hawes, D.Sc., is the Vice President and Orion Program Manager for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. Dr. Hawes joined Lockheed Martin in July 2011 after concluding a 33-year career with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and was selected to head up Lockheed Martin’s Orion Program Office in 2014. Prior to joining the Orion Program, he served as the Director for Human Space Flight Programs with Lockheed Martin’s Washington Operations organization. In this role he was responsible for representing the Human Space Flight/ Space Systems Company organization with the Administration and Congress. Dr. Hawes has a diverse background of program management, aerospace engineering, mission operations, and leadership experience that is critical to leading one of the company’s most notable programs. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1978 and Masters and Doctor of Science of Engineering Management degrees from the George Washington University in 1996 and 2006 respectively.  He is also a graduate in Program Management from the Defense Systems Management College in Fort Belvoir, Va. Among the many career awards Dr. Hawes has received are 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 and he is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Christopher Ingraham

Senior Legislative Assistant
Office of U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine

Christopher Ingraham

Christopher Ingraham is the Senior Legislative Assistant for Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-OK). In this capacity, he manages a wide portfolio of issues, including civil and commercial space. Ingraham also supports the Congressman in his position as Chairman of the Environment Subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, with jurisdiction including oversight of NOAA's weather satellite programs and NASA's Earth science missions. Prior to joining Representative Bridenstine's staff in April of 2014, Ingraham was a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC). A native of South Carolina, Ingraham is a graduate of the University of South Carolina Honors College.

Donald G. James

Associate Administrator for Education
NASA

Donald G. James

Donald G. James is NASA's associate administrator for the Office of Education. In this position, James is responsible for developing and implementing NASA's education programs that strengthen student involvement and public awareness about its scientific goals and missions. He leads the agency in inspiring interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, through NASA's unique mission, workforce, facilities, research and innovations.

James chairs NASA’s Education Coordinating Committee, an agency-wide collaborative structure that maximizes NASA's ability to manage and implement its education portfolio. He is the United States representative on the International Space Education Board, a global collaboration in space education between NASA, the Canadian Space Agency, the European Space Agency, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and the Centre National d'Études Spatiales. James also works with the Office of Science and Technology Policy's Committee on STEM (Co-STEM) to continue coordinating and leveraging NASA's education programs, opportunities and offerings with members representing other federal agencies.

James has served NASA for more than 30 years in numerous capacities including public affairs, human capital management and strategic communications. Prior to his position as associate administrator for the Office of Education, James was the director of the Strategic Communications and Education Directorate at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.

James received an undergraduate degree in international relations from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and a Master of Arts degree in economic development and public administration from the American University in Washington.

Hans Koenigsmann, Ph.D

Vice President of Flight Reliability
SpaceX

Hans Koenigsmann, Ph.D

Dr. Koenigsmann leads the Flight Reliability Team at SpaceX and serves as Launch Chief Engineer during the launch campaigns. The Flight Reliability team resolves anomalies, evaluates and mitigates risk and performs other functions on the vehicle system level. He has more than 25 years of experience designing, developing and building complex avionics and guidance, navigation and control (GNC) systems for launch vehicles. Koenigsmann was the chief Avionics architect of the Falcon 1 and early Falcon 9 efforts, and he is a key member of the small, core group of SpaceX engineers responsible for operating these vehicles on the launch pad and in orbit. His experience includes the development of two suborbital and two orbital launchers, as well as several satellite projects and attitude control systems. He served as head of the Space Technology Division of Germany's Center for Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM) at the University of Bremen. Dr. Koenigsmann has a master of science inaerospace engineering from the Technical University of Berlin and a Ph.D. in aerospace and production technology from the University of Bremen. 

Kevin Lausten

Director - Geospatial Big Data
DigitalGlobe

Rich Leshner

Director of Government Affairs
Planet Labs

Rich Leshner

Rich Leshner is the Director of Government Affairs for Planet Labs. He has been working in the DC space policy community for 15 years, with experience in the non-profit, government, and industry sectors. During his time at NASA, Rich worked on international projects for collaboration in exploration, managing a $150 million portfolio of innovative small business research, and in the Administrator's office. Rich worked for two years at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he supported the development of the 2010 National Space Policy. Rich earned a master of science in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University, and a Ph.D in public policy and public administration from The George Washington University.

Lon Levin

President
SkySevenVentures

Lon Levin

Lon Levin is an executinve and entrepreneur with over 30 years' experience in new media, telecommunications, and aerospace industries. Levin is President of SkySevenVentures, which invests in, operates and advises new technology companies including businesses in cyber security, Internet personal radio and video messaging, launch vehicles, investment banking, commercial satellites and crowd sourecd data. Levin is the cofounder of XM Satellite Radio and played an integral executive role in the formation and development of other media, satellite and wireless companies including Mobile Satellite Ventures, XM Canada, Motient Corporation, American Mobile Satellite Corporation, and TerreStar. Before his corporate career, Levin was a partner in the law firm of Gurman, Kurtis, Blask & Freedman where he specialized in media, aerospace and wireless matters. Lon serves as a member of the Department of Defense's Defense Business Board and as a committee member of the NASA Advisory Council. He is also the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Space Foundation. Lon Levin is member of the New York State and Washington DC Bars. 

Laura Maginnis

Vice President of the Custom Services Organization
United Launch Alliance

Laura Maginnis

Laura Maginnis is the vice president of custom services at United Launch Alliance (ULA), where she leads a team responsible for mission integration, program management and launch services, and is the primary interface for ULA’s U.S. Government customers including the NRO, Air Force, and NASA Launch Services Program. Prior to this role, Maginnis led ULA’s customer program office and served as the deputy director of the Mission Management Value Stream, where she was responsible for the successful execution of the mission integration process from contract through launch, including the design and delivery of all mission specific software, analyses, hardware, and operations. In addition, she also has held roles as a mission manager and manager in trajectory analysis. Before joining ULA, Maginnis was a flight operations engineer for The Boeing Company at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., responsible for coordination and integration of world-wide tracking and telemetry collection networks for Delta launch vehicles. Maginnis began her career serving in the United States Air Force as a launch operations engineer on the Delta II and Delta IV programs and was responsible for oversight and execution of launch site mission assurance processes. She subsequently served in various space operations positions in the U.S. Air Force Reserve at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.; Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea; and Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. Maginnis earned a bachelor of science degree from the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University and a master of science degree in space systems from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Sunil Nagaraj

Vice President
Bessemer Venture Partners

Sunil Nagaraj

Sunil Nagaraj, a vice president in the Menlo Park, CA office, focuses on investments in space, developer tools, and security companies.  Nagaraj serves as a Board Director for Auth0 and Nitrous.IO. He is a board observer at GetInsured, Rocket Lab and Virtru. Sunil is also closely involved with Bessemer's investments in Box, DocuSign, Simply Measured, Tile and Zapier. His past investments include Twitch (acquired by Amazon), Defense.net (acquired by F5 Networks) and Grow Mobile (acquired by Perion).  Prior to joining Bessemer, Nagaraj was the founder and CEO of Triangulate, a venture-backed online dating startup that used social media behaviors to drive algorithmic matching. Previously, Nagaraj worked in consulting at Bain & Company, in Cisco's Corporate Development group, and in product management at Microsoft. He has also worked at several early-stage startups (Sendio, ZeeWise, Celito) as a software engineer and in business development. Sunil frequently speaks about best practices for growing startups.  Nagaraj holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with honors. Nagaraj is Co-Founder/Co-Chair of the NextGen Board of the Computer History Museum and is Co-Chair of NextGen Partners, the largest pre-partner VC networking group in the Bay Area. He also serves on the board of the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers. In his free time, Sunil enjoys sailing and stargazing.

Christopher Nie

Systems and Test Engineer
Lockheed Martin

Christopher Nie

Chris is a Systems and Test Engineer serving in an early career rotation program at Lockheed Martin Space System Company’s Littleton, CO campus. He graduated with honors from the University of Colorado Boulder with a Master's and Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering Sciences. Past professional experience includes high altitude balloon and CubeSat telescope development, robotics systems mechanical design, International Space Station payload operations, and Environmental and Life Support System testing. He is honored to have been named one of Aviation Week’s Twenty20’s and privileged to be part of this year’s Space Generation Fusion Forum leadership team as Programming Co-Lead.

Chirag Parikh

Director of Space Policy
National Security Council, The White House

Chirag Parikh

Chirag Parikh is the Director of Space Policy at the National Security Council where he is responsible for the formulation, coordination and implementation of national space policies. He assists the President and National Security Advisor in developing and advancing U.S. policies and objectives.  Parikh is also responsible for the Interagency Policy Committee on Space coordinating U.S. national security and foreign policy positions on national security space-related issues.  Prior to his time at the White House, he served as the Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Science and Technology at the National Intelligence Council, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and as an intelligence analyst at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center.  He holds an aerospace engineering degree from the University of Cincinnati.   

Tom Pirrone

Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Americas
Swedish Space Corporation

Tom Pirrone

Tom Pirrone serves as the EVP for the Americas at the Swedish Space Corporation. In July of 2015, Tom began his new role at SSC taking responsibility for the company’s satellite management services business in North and South America. Prior to his role at SSC, Tom was a part of the USN team built personally by Apollo XII Commander Pete Conrad in 1997.  USN was formed to change the way satellite command and control is done at NASA and in the commercial industry.  In 2001, Tom created PrioraNet, a worldwide network of satellite ground stations, operated by USN in partnership with the Swedish Space Corporation. 14 years later, PrioraNet provides most of the world’s space agencies with commercial satellite command and control services including support to over 100 on-orbit programs and more than 200 launches. He is a Wharton Fellow and an active contributor to the University of Pennsylvania's Master’s program for global executive education.  In addition, Tom holds a master’s degree from Biblical Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s degree from Cairn University.

Laurence A. Price

Orion Deputy Program Manager
Lockheed Martin

Laurence A. Price

Laurence A. Price joined Lockheed Martin in 1982 and was appointed to his current position as Deputy Orion Program Manager in 2005. He is responsible for the development of NASA’s Orion crew exploration vehicle. Price previously served as Director of Space Transportation Strategic Development where he was responsible for Lockheed Martin Launch Systems’ long-term direction addressing Department of Defense, NASA and commercial space transportation systems. In addition, Price led the Alternate Access to Space Station project, which developed a commercial logistics capability to autonomously deliver and return space station cargo. As the Director of Small Launch Vehicles, Price was responsible for the Athena and Multi-Service Launch System launch vehicle programs. The program team successfully launched the first flights of the Athena I and Athena II space launch vehicles and developed launch complexes at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California; Cape Canaveral, Florida; and Kodiak Island, Alaska. During this assignment, he was responsible for the launch of five Athena I and II vehicles for NASA and commercial customers including Taiwan’s first space launch, and 2 MSLS vehicles for the Air Force. Price holds a bachelor of science in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder and completed the program management course from Defense Systems Management College. 

Tommy Sanford

Director
Commercial Spaceflight Federation

John Schumacher

Vice President, Washington Operations
Aerojet Rocketdyne

John Schumacher

John Schumacher is Vice President of Washington Operations. He is responsible for developing aerospace and defense-focused government relations and implementing business growth plans globally for Aerojet Rocketdyne. Mr. Schumacher also serves as President of the Aerojet Rocketdyne Foundation. Mr. Schumacher came to Aerojet Rocketdyne from EADS NA where he was responsible for providing Astrium’s global space capabilities to North America. He led the creation of Astrium Americas and served as its first president, providing customers with a unique, commercial approach to Astrium’s telecommunications, geo-information, space transportation and satellite capabilities. Prior to joining EADS NA, Mr. Schumacher was the vice president of Washington Operations for Aerojet. He was responsible for leading and expanding Aerojet’s activities with the Department of Defense, NASA and other U.S. government, private sector and military customers. In particular, he guided key efforts in the growth of Aerojet’s space, strategic, missile defense and tactical missile programs. Mr. Schumacher also led efforts to increase aerospace corporate support to not-for-profits and academia. Schumacher graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and received a master of arts from Georgetown University. He earned a Juris Doctor from Columbia University and a certificate with honors in international and foreign law. 

George Whitesides

Chief Executive Officer
Virgin Galactic

George Whitesides

George Whitesides is the Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company and is responsible for guiding all aspects of building the world’s first commercial spaceline including the spaceflight program and small satellite launch capability.  His responsibilities include oversight of Virgin Galactic's sister company, The Spaceship Company, to manufacture a fleet of WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo space vehicles.  Previously, Whitesides was chief of staff for National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), where he provided policy and staff support to the agency’s administrator.  Prior to his role at NASA, he served as executive director of the National Space Society, a space policy and advocacy group that was founded by Apollo program leader Wernher von Braun and the journalist Hugh Downs.  An honors graduate of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School, Whitesides earned his undergraduate degree in public and international affairs.  He later earned a master's degree in geographic information systems and remote sensing from the University of Cambridge in England, and was a Fulbright Scholar to Tunisia.  Whitesides is a licensed private pilot and certified parabolic flight coach. 

Johann-Dietrich Wörner

Director
European Space Agency (ESA)

Johann-Dietrich Wörner

Dr. Johann-Dietrich Wörner became the European Space Agency (ESA) Director General on July 1st 2015.  Previously from March 2007 to June 2015 he served as chairman of the executive board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR).  In 1995, he was elected president of Darmstadt Technological University where he previously was technical director of the Institute for Glass Construction, dean of the civil engineering faculty and head of the Testing and Research Institute.  Wörner earned a degree in civil engineering from Darmstadt Technological University and has received honorary doctorates from State University New York (USA), the technological universities of Bucharest (Romania) and Mongolia, St. Petersburg University for Economics and Finance (Russia) and from École Centrale Lyon (France).

Peter Marquez

Vice President, Global Engagement
Planetary Resources

Peter Marquez

At Planetary Resources, Mr. Marquez works with the U.S. Government and the international community on domestic and global opportunities that will assist Planetary Resources in achieving its long-term mission. Mr. Marquez served as the space policy advisor to two Presidents and has an extensive background in civil and national security space activities of the U.S. He served as the Director of Space Policy for Presidents Bush and Obama. He was responsible for the development and execution of U.S. national space policy. He also held positions in the acquisition, requirements and policy fields of U.S. national security space programs. Peter graduated from George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute with a master’s degree in Science and Technology Policy.

 

Clayton Mowry

President
Arianespace, Inc.

Clayton Mowry

Clayton Mowry is President of Arianespace, Inc., where he is responsible for managing customer, industry and governmental relations at the company's U.S. affiliate. The Washington, D.C.-based company was established in 1982, and is a key element of international presence. Approximately one-fourth of the more than 340 launch services contracts signed by Arianespace since its creation in 1980 are with U.S. customers, and over half involve U.S.-built spacecraft. Prior to joining Arianespace, Mowry was executive director at Satellite Industry Association,  a nonprofit alliance that represents leading U.S. satellite manufacturers, service providers and equipment suppliers.  He has held positions as a satellite industry analyst and senior international trade specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce's Office of Telecommunications, and was a Presidential Management Intern and trade policy analyst covering the space launch industry for the Department of Commerce.  Mowry holds degrees in political science and economics from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MBA from Georgetown University.

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Clayton Mowry

President
Arianespace, Inc.

Clayton Mowry

Clayton Mowry is President of Arianespace, Inc., where he is responsible for managing customer, industry and governmental relations at the company's U.S. affiliate. The Washington, D.C.-based company was established in 1982, and is a key element of international presence. Approximately one-fourth of the more than 340 launch services contracts signed by Arianespace since its creation in 1980 are with U.S. customers, and over half involve U.S.-built spacecraft. Prior to joining Arianespace, Mowry was executive director at Satellite Industry Association,  a nonprofit alliance that represents leading U.S. satellite manufacturers, service providers and equipment suppliers.  He has held positions as a satellite industry analyst and senior international trade specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce's Office of Telecommunications, and was a Presidential Management Intern and trade policy analyst covering the space launch industry for the Department of Commerce.  Mowry holds degrees in political science and economics from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MBA from Georgetown University.

Alice Bunn

Director of Policy
UK Space Agency

Alice Bunn

Alice Bunn, Ph.D., is the Policy Director for the U.K. Space Agency and is responsible for security, regulatory, statutory, wider communications and international engagement to stimulate and drive growth of the space sector, and enable strategy delivery.  Her previous roles have included Head of Earth Observation at the U.K. Space Agency; U.K. Location Programme Manager at the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs; Head of Future Missions at the Natural Environment Research Council; and researcher and exhibition developer at the Science Museum. Bunn holds a Ph.D. in Metallurgy from Darwin College, University of Cambridge.

Erik Eliasen

Vice President
National Security Space Programs

Erik Eliasen

Mr. Erik Eliasen is the Vice President at National Security Space Programs. His responsibilities include overseeing and advancing all of SSC's Business Development activities for the National Security Space market.  Furthermore, Eliasen also provides executive oversight and guidance for SSC’s government relations and legislative interaction. He joined Universal Space Network after serving 20+ years in the U.S. Air Force where he gained a vast amount of satellite and space operations related experience.  His varied assignments included time as a Satellite Vehicle Operator, Air Force Space Command, the Commander for the Air Force’s Satellite Control Station in California, and Commander of the 1st Space Operations Squadron where he led 85 people to accomplish various dynamic satellite missions for the Air Force. Eliasen holds a bachelor of science in engineering mechanics from the United States Air Force Academy, a masters degree in space operations from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a masters degree in management information systems from the University of Montana. 

Thomas C. Feeney, III

President & Chief Executive Officer
Associated Industries of Florida

Thomas C. Feeney, III

Tom Feeney represented the 24th Congressional District of Florida, which covers portions of Brevard, Orange, Seminole and Volusia counties. Feeney, elected from 2002 to 2008, was previously Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives and was Governor Jeb Bush's running mate in his first race for governor in 1994. Feeney currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Florida’s Future, is a member of the Florida TaxWatch Board of Trustees, and is an Advisory Board Member on their TaxWatch Center for Government Efficiency. Thomas Feeney holds a bachelor of art in political science from Penn State University and he has a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh.  

Michael N. Gold

Director, D.C. Operations & Business Growth
Bigleow Aerospace

Michael N. Gold

Michael N. Gold currently serves as Bigelow Aerospace's director of D.C. Operations and Business Growth. Mr. Gold is responsible for a broad array of activities at Bigelow Aerospace, including international business development; export control, media, corporate and federal relations, as well as NASA Space Act Agreement implementation, patent report maintenance, and general strategic planning. Before joining Bigelow Aerospace in a full-time capacity, Mr. Gold assisted the company as an attorney in the Washington office of Patton Boggs, LLP. While at Patton Boggs, Mr. Gold supported several clients in high-tech and education-related fields with a specialty in advanced aerospace ventures. Mr. Gold has also served as a state aerospace business development officer, an attorney in the Washington office of McGuire Woods, LLP, and as a summer law clerk at NASA Langley Research Center. Gold received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Government at Brandeis University, then obtained his Law degree at University of Pennsylvania Law School.

 

Lt Col Mike Hellmann

Assistant Branch Chief of Strategic Planning and Concepts
German Air Force

Lt Col Mike Hellmann

Lt Col Mike Hellmann is the Assistant Branch Chief of Strategic Planning and Conceepts within the German MOD. His responsibilities include the future capability in Space, Missile Defence and ISR of the German armed forces. In 2010, he was posted to the German MOD in Bonn, serving in the AMD and Space concepts and operations branch of the Air Staff, responsible for the definition and planning of the German interagency SSA Centre. During that time he also attended the advanced space operations school of the USAF space course in Colorado Springs. Hellman attended the University of the German Armed Forces and studied electrotechnics with specialization in high frequency and satellite technology, he also graduated from officer course from the German Air Force. 

Brig. Gen. Peter Hoene, USAF (Ret.)

President and CEO
SES-Government Solutions

Brig. Gen. Peter Hoene, USAF (Ret.)

Brig. Gen. Peter F. Hoene, USAF (Ret.), is the President and CEO of SES Government Solutions, where he utilizes his complete understanding of the satellite communications needs of U.S. government customers and the unique nature of government procurement practices. In his previous role at SES, as Corporate Vice President for Development, he worked with U.S. warfighters and other government users to help determine their requirements and offer communications support, hosted payload opportunities, and network solutions. Hoene has served in a wide variety of Space, Command and Control, and research, development, acquisition, test, staff and command assignments. In his last active duty position with the USAF, he served as the Defense Information Systems Agency Program Executive Officer for Command and Control, where he managed a portfolio of Joint and Coalition Command and Control and Information Sharing programs. Prior to that, He was Commander, 350th Electronic Systems Wing, Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts, where he managed a portfolio of 49 command and control, ISR, Space and Cyber programs, valued at more than $9 billion. Hoene holds two masters degrees and is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, as well as a distinguished graduate of both the Air Command and Staff College and the National War College.

Douglas L. Loverro

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Space Policy
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy)

Douglas L. Loverro

Douglas L. Loverro is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Space Policy in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy). Previously, he has been Executive Director, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base. Loverro is credited with a list of accomplishments including: invention of the supersonic chemical oxygen-iodine laser; initiation of the Air Force's Global Broadcast Service; and establishing the foundation for all global positioning system modernization. In 2002, Loverro was selected by the Under Secretary of the Air Force to lead the Future Imagery Architecture program. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Charles R. Lucy

Attorney
Holland & Hart LLP

Charles R. Lucy

Charles R. Lucy is currently an Attorney at Law for Holland & Hart LLP.  Lucy brings more than 30 years of experience in federal regulatory, business, and litigation experience, as well as technical experience in federal/state procurement and acquisition matters, bid protests, contract disputes act appeals, government contract audits and fiscal law issues, commercial space law, university/government technology transfer programs, homeland defense, and small business government contracting.  Lucy has lectured at numerous conferences and seminars in Europe, the Pacific, and the United States. Topics have included “Shutter Control,” at the U.S. Space Foundation International Space Symposium; “Commercial Space Law,” at the U.S. Air Force Academy; “Technology Transfer and Higher Education,” at Boulder, Denver and Salt Lake City; and “Government and Public-Private Partnering,” at the DefenseExec Technology and Homeland Security Summit; “Public Contracts and Procurement Regulations in Colorado” at Denver and Colorado Springs, and numerous presentations at the Southern Colorado Government Contract Forum, as well as private client presentations.  Prior to joining Holland & Hart, Lucy worked as an Air Force Judge Advocate until his retirement as a Colonel in 2001. He has served as the General Counsel for the United States Air Force Academy, Air Force Space Command (20th Air Force), and the Field Operations Directorate of the Air Force Inspector General. 

 

 

Dr. George C. Nield

Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration

Dr. George C. Nield

George C. Nield is the associate administrator for commercial space transportation at the Federal Aviation Administration, and has more than 30 years of aerospace experience with the Air Force, NASA and private industry. He has worked as senior scientist, Advanced Programs Group at Orbital Sciences Corporation; astronautical engineer, Space and Missile Systems Organization; flight test engineer, Air Force Flight Test Center; and assistant professor and research director at the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA). Nield earned a bachelor’s degree from the USAFA, a Master of Science degree and a doctorate in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University and an MBA from The George Washington University.

Lt Gen Eduardo Peña

General de Aviación
Comandante del Comando de Combate

Lt Gen Eduardo Peña

RESPONSIBILITIES

Command of air force operational units to achieve operational readiness for mission success.

EXPERIENCE

Pilot with more than 3,200 flying hours.

KEY POSITIONS

Commander, 12th Aviation Group; Director, School of Aviation;  Air Attaché to the United Kingdom, Sweden and the Netherlands; Director of International Relations; Commander in Chief, 4th Air Brigade and Director of Operations

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Staff Officer, Air War Academy; Professor, Military Academy;

Aeronautical Systems Engineering Degree, Chilean Air Force’s Air War Academy;

Aerospace & Astronautical Engineering Degree, University of Southern California

 

 

 

Matthew Schaefer

Law Alumni Professor of Law and Director of Space, Cyber, and Telecom Law Program
University of Nebraska College of Law

Matthew Schaefer

Professor Matthew Schaefer has nearly two decades of law teaching experience and has taught courses in international law, international trade law, international business transactions, foreign relations law and policy, space law, and cyber law. With his required upper-level course in international law for LL.M. students, virtually no University of Nebraska student obtains a J.D. or LL.M. degree without being taught the basics of international law, and the intersection of international law with the US legal system, by Schaefer. Schaefer is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan Law School. 

Caryn Schenewerk

Sr. Counsel & Director, Government Affairs
SpaceX

Caryn Schenewerk

Caryn Schenewerk is Senior Counsel and Director of Government Affairs for Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) where she mainly focuses on civil and commercial space, particularly SpaceX’s NASA contracts for commercial crew and cargo carriage to the International Space Station. Schenewerk represents SpaceX on those topics on Capitol Hill and works extensively with U.S. Government agencies, particularly the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, which licenses SpaceX’s launches and reentries. Prior to joining SpaceX, Caryn served as Deputy Associate Director for Legislative Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President. Schenewerk has served Counsel, Policy Director and Deputy Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill; her last Hill position was with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Before entering the political realm, Caryn practiced international law at a Washington, D.C. firm. Schenewerk holds a J.D. from the Universith of Texas School of Law in Austin and a Masters in Law from the University of Nottingham in Englind. She is a member of the New York and D.C. Bars. 

Space Classified

Chirag Parikh

Director of Space Policy
National Security Council, The White House

Chirag Parikh

Chirag Parikh is the Director of Space Policy at the National Security Council where he is responsible for the formulation, coordination and implementation of national space policies. He assists the President and National Security Advisor in developing and advancing U.S. policies and objectives.  Parikh is also responsible for the Interagency Policy Committee on Space coordinating U.S. national security and foreign policy positions on national security space-related issues.  Prior to his time at the White House, he served as the Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Science and Technology at the National Intelligence Council, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and as an intelligence analyst at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center.  He holds an aerospace engineering degree from the University of Cincinnati.   

Marc Berkowitz

Director Strategic Planning
Lockheed Martin

Marc Berkowitz

Marc J. Berkowitz leads the development of strategies, plans, and concepts for national security space mission solutions at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company.  Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in 2003, Berkowitz served as a career senior executive in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he was responsible for leading the analysis, formulation, coordination, and oversight of U.S. Government and Department of Defense policy guidance for the conduct of national security space programs and activities.  He also worked in executive, policy, and intelligence analytical positions at National Security Research, Inc., SRI International, the Congressional Research Service, and the Department of State.  Berkowitz was awarded DoD’s highest civilian award, the Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award, twice.  His other awards include the National Reconnaissance Office’s Medal for Distinguished Service, National Imagery and Mapping Agency’s Medal for Distinguished Service, Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive, Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award, OSD Exceptional Civilian Service Award, and the OSD Award for Excellence.  In addition, he received the National Space Club’s Historical Essay Award and Lockheed Martin’s Washington Award.  Berkowitz received a bachelors of arts degree from George Washington University and a master of arts degree from Georgetown University.   He has authored numerous publications on national security, defense, space, and cyber policy and strategy.

Andrew Cox

Director, Space Security and Defense Program
Air Force Space Command

Tim Dills

President
Scitor

ADM James O. Ellis, Jr., USN (Ret.)

Hoover Institution
Annenberg Distinguished Fellow

ADM James O. Ellis, Jr., USN (Ret.)

Admiral James O. Ellis, Jr. is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, Stanford, California.  Ellis served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations from May 2005 to May 2012. Prior to retiring from active duty in July 2004 as a Navy Admiral, he served as Commander, United States Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. He has also served as Commander in Chief of U.S. Naval Forces in Europe and as Commander in Chief of Allied Forces in Southern Europe. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Navy nuclear power training, the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and the Navy Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun). Admiral Ellis is Chairman of the Board of Level 3 Communications and also serves on the boards of Lockheed Martin Corporation, Dominion Resources,  and the Space Foundation.  In 2013, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.  He holds master's degrees in aerospace engineering and aeronautical systems from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of West Florida.

John Goolgasian, III

Director, Source Operations and Management Directorate
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

John Goolgasian, III

John Goolgasian, III, is the Director of NGA's Source Operations and Management Directorate. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Deputy Director.  Previously, Goolgasian was the Director of the Foundation GEOINT Group in Source. He served in two successive roles leading the implementation of the NGA Vision, first as Deputy Lead for the Online GEOINT Services Strategic Initiative and then Implementation Lead for Analytic Depth.  Since starting his government career as a cartographer with the Defense Mapping Agency, Goolgasian has served many assignments, to include Branch Chief of the Spatial Analysis Branch of NIMA’s Office of Counterterrorism; Deputy Division Chief of the Iraq and Arabian Peninsula Division; Senior Advisor for Geospatial Analysis to NGA's Analysis and Production Directorate; Deputy Director and Director of the Office of Americas, later achieving Senior status; and Director of the Office of Counterterrorism, where he was a loaned executive to the US Coast Guard as the Senior Advisor to the Assistant Commandant for Intelligence and Criminal Investigation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography from Mary Washington College at Fredericksburg, Virginia, and a Post Graduate Intelligence Program Degree in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College.

Jeffrey D. Grant

Sector Vice President and General Manager of Space Systems
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

Jeffrey D. Grant

Jeffrey D. Grant is sector vice president and general manager of Space Systems at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, a premier provider of manned and unmanned aircraft, space systems and advanced technologies critical to our nation’s security.  In this role, Grant leads the division which provides space solutions for civil, military, and restricted customers.  Prior to this appointment, Grant was vice president of National Systems for Space Systems.  Grant also served previously as the vice president of Business Development at Northrop Grumman’s former Space Technology sector, after joining the company via the acquisition of TRW in December 2002.  Prior to joining TRW, he held a variety of government and private sector positions, including; serving as vice president and chief technical officer for Astrolink International, LLC, an international joint venture to develop and operate a global, broadband telecommunications satellite system.  Before joining the private sector, Grant served for 21 years at the United States Central Intelligence Agency in positions at the CIA/National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Directorate of Science and Technology, and Directorate of Intelligence, Office of Scientific Intelligence.  Grant received a Bachelor of Science in ocean engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology. 

ADM Cecil D. Haney, USN

Commander
United States Strategic Command

ADM Cecil D. Haney, USN

Admiral Cecil Haney is Commander of U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), one of nine Unified Commands under the Department of Defense. USSTRATCOM is responsible for the global command and control of U.S. strategic forces to meet decisive national security objectives, providing a broad range of strategic capabilities and options for the President and Secretary of Defense. Before taking Command at USSTRATCOM in November 2013, he was Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet from January 2012 to October 2013. He served as Deputy Commander, USSTRATCOM, from November 2010 to December 2011. Haney commanded Submarine Group 2 from October 2006 to March 2008, and Submarine Squadron 1 from June 2002 to July 2004. He commanded the submarine USS Honolulu (SSN 718). His other at-sea assignments include Submarine Squadron 8, USS Asheville(SSN 758), USS Hyman G. Rickover (SSN 709), USS Frank Cable (AS 40), and USS John C. Calhoun (SSBN 630). Haney's decorations include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (two awards), Defense Superior Service Medal (two awards), Legion of Merit (four awards), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), and various campaign and unit awards. In addition, he was the 1998 Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Leadership Award recipient. Haney holds master's degrees in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University and in Engineering Acoustics and System Technology from the Naval Post Graduate School. He is a native of Washington, D.C. and a 1978 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.

Gen. John E. Hyten, USAF

Commander
Air Force Space Command

Gen. John E. Hyten, USAF

General John E. Hyten, USAF, is Commander, Air Force Space Command.  He is responsible for organizing, equipping, training and maintaining mission-ready space and cyberspace forces and capabilities for North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Strategic Command and other combatant commands around the world.  Before assuming his current position, Gen Hyten was the vice commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo;  director, Space Acquisition, Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.; director, Cyber and Space Operations, Directorate of Operations, deputy chief of staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters USAF, Washington, D.C.; director of Requirements, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo; commander, 50th Space Wing, Schriever Air Force Base, Colo; and director, Commander’s Action Group, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.  Hyten earned a bachelor's degree in engineering and applied sciences from Harvard University and a Master of Business Administration from Auburn University, Montgomery, Ala.

Travis Langster

Vice President, Business Development, DoD & Intel Space
Analytical Graphics, Inc.

Travis Langster

Travis Langster is AGI’s vice president, DoD and Intel Space Business Development, responsible for strategy and business development within the national security space community. He supports the solution-oriented applications of AGI’s software for many national security space systems. Langster has more than 20 years of professional experience in business development, program strategy and capture, strategic planning, corporate initiatives, technical management, systems engineering and operations support.  He joined AGI as a systems engineer and his most recent position was serving as director of Space Situational Awareness Business Development. Langster began his aerospace career as an engineer with General Electric Aerospace, where he focused on the launch and on-orbit operations of Air Force satellite systems.  He was then a systems engineer with Lockheed Martin Astro Space, during which time he performed engineering analysis on satellite subsystems and payloads, mission planning and orbit analysis software tools.  Langster holds a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering with a minor in mathematics from Purdue University.

Douglas L. Loverro

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Space Policy
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy)

Douglas L. Loverro

Douglas L. Loverro is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Space Policy in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy). Previously, he has been Executive Director, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base. Loverro is credited with a list of accomplishments including: invention of the supersonic chemical oxygen-iodine laser; initiation of the Air Force's Global Broadcast Service; and establishing the foundation for all global positioning system modernization. In 2002, Loverro was selected by the Under Secretary of the Air Force to lead the Future Imagery Architecture program. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Betty Sapp

Director
NRO

Betty Sapp

In 2012, Betty J. Sapp was appointed the 18th Director of the National Reconnaissance Office.  She began her government career as a United States Air Force officer in a variety of acquisition and financial management positions, including: business management in the NRO; program element monitor at the Pentagon for the MILSTAR system; program manager for FLTSATCOM; manager of a joint-service development effort for the A-10 engine at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.  In 1997, Sapp joined the Central Intelligence Agency. She was assigned to the NRO where she served in a variety of senior management positions.  Sapp earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Business Administration degree in management, both from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Kathryn Tobey

Vice President and General Manager of Special Programs
Lockheed Martin

Kathryn Tobey

Kathryn Tobey is the Vice President and General Manager for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company Special Programs, a broad portfolio of advanced programs and development contracts focused on delivering high performance systems and innovative concepts for critical national security space applications. She previous served as Vice President Military Support Programs, a multifaceted space system development and Vice President Coherent Technologies, a subsidiary specializing in high performance laser based remote sensing systems. Throughout her 31 year aerospace career, she has held multiple leadership positions in subcontract and program management, space subsystem manufacturing, business development and system engineering. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering and a Master of Science degree in engineering management from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Pete Trainer

Vice President for Air Force Operation
SAIC

Brig. Gen. Stephen N. Whiting, USAF

Director of Integrated Air, Space, Cyberspace and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Operations
Air Force Space Command
Cyber 1.6 Classified

James Frederick "Jim" Bridenstine (R-OK)

Congressman
Oklahoma’s First District

James Frederick "Jim" Bridenstine (R-OK)

Congressman Jim Bridenstine represents Oklahoma’s First District and serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee, where he is the current chairman of the Subcommittee on the Environment.  He has been widely recognized in the House for his integrity, commitment to principles, and willingness to uphold the rule of law.  Bridenstine has become an effective member of Congress by focusing on three specific areas: national security, economic freedom, and constitutional integrity.  He holds a triple major from Rice University, a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University, and served nine years active duty in the United States Navy as a pilot.  After leaving active duty, Bridenstine went on to be the executive director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium.  He is currently a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

 

 

ADM James O. Ellis, Jr., USN (Ret.)

Hoover Institution
Annenberg Distinguished Fellow

ADM James O. Ellis, Jr., USN (Ret.)

Admiral James O. Ellis, Jr. is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, Stanford, California.  Ellis served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations from May 2005 to May 2012. Prior to retiring from active duty in July 2004 as a Navy Admiral, he served as Commander, United States Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. He has also served as Commander in Chief of U.S. Naval Forces in Europe and as Commander in Chief of Allied Forces in Southern Europe. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Navy nuclear power training, the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and the Navy Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun). Admiral Ellis is Chairman of the Board of Level 3 Communications and also serves on the boards of Lockheed Martin Corporation, Dominion Resources,  and the Space Foundation.  In 2013, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.  He holds master's degrees in aerospace engineering and aeronautical systems from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of West Florida.

Col. Tim Gillespie, Ph.D

Director, Integrated Intelligence System Program Office
Ground Enterprise Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office, USAF

Col. Tim Gillespie, Ph.D

Colonel Tim Gillespie is the Director, Integrated Intelligence System Program Office, Ground Enterprise Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office. The multi-agency program office is responsible for acquiring and maintaining cloud-hosted software capabilities that apply modern data fusion and discovery techniques to improve the value and impact of overhead Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance data. Gillespie is a career acquisition officer, engineer and space professional. He has extensive experience across the Air Force’s use of the space domain including space system acquisition, space system operations, and space system test. Gillespie has held the positions of program office director, special interest acquisition program director, deputy program office director, test division chief, chief system engineer, acquisition branch chief, and program manager. Gillespie has a bachelor of science in astronautical engineering from the Air Force Academy, a master of science in aerospace engineering from the Colorado University, Boulder, and a doctorate of philosophy in electrical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. 

Kristina Harrington

Director of Signals Intelligence Directorate
National Reconnaissance Office

Kristina Harrington

Kristina Harrington is a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service and the Director of the Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Systems Acquisition Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) in Chantilly, Virginia. As SIGINT Director, she leads a joint team responsible for the design, development, and acquisition of United States Signals Intelligence Space Systems for the Intelligence Community, military services, and allied partners. Ms Harrington has supported several NRO programs over 20 years including support to multiple architecture studies that determined the SIGINT path. In 2006, she joined the Central Intelligence Agency assigned to the Directorate of Science and Technology, with duty in the NRO SIGINT Directorate, Low Earth Orbit SPO (LSPO), serving as the Deputy Director, Systems Engineering LSPO. In 2007, as part of the NRO larger transformation, she stood up and directed the new LSPO Missions Department. This role included responsibility for all payload hardware, mission analysis, payload software development, and mission engineering in support of future and ongoing initiatives. In 2009, she became the Deputy Director of the LSPO where her responsibilities were program management of the acquisition and development of a state-of-the-art satellite collection system to include technical, operations, budget, schedule, and personnel. In 2010, she joined the Air Force as a Defense Intelligence Senior Leader to take the role of the Chief Scientist Signals Intelligence Systems Acquisition National Reconnaissance Office where her responsibilities included leading Intelligence Community and Department of Defense studies on satellite based signals intelligence architectures for 2020 and beyond. In 2012, Ms Harrington was assigned as Director of the Systems Engineering Directorate, NRO, where her role was to lead the requirements, interfaces, and schedule development for the NRO future architecture to ensure that the new integrated system would accomplish mission needs.

Gen. John E. Hyten, USAF

Commander
Air Force Space Command

Gen. John E. Hyten, USAF

General John E. Hyten, USAF, is Commander, Air Force Space Command.  He is responsible for organizing, equipping, training and maintaining mission-ready space and cyberspace forces and capabilities for North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Strategic Command and other combatant commands around the world.  Before assuming his current position, Gen Hyten was the vice commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo;  director, Space Acquisition, Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.; director, Cyber and Space Operations, Directorate of Operations, deputy chief of staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters USAF, Washington, D.C.; director of Requirements, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo; commander, 50th Space Wing, Schriever Air Force Base, Colo; and director, Commander’s Action Group, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.  Hyten earned a bachelor's degree in engineering and applied sciences from Harvard University and a Master of Business Administration from Auburn University, Montgomery, Ala.

Maj. Kevin S. Kuciapinski, Ph.D, USAF

Technical Director, Experiments & Initiatives Division,
National Reconnaissance Office

Maj. Kevin S. Kuciapinski, Ph.D, USAF

Dr. Kevin Kuciapinski is a Major in the United States Air Force.  Kuciapinski is currently assigned to the National Reconnaissance Office as the Technical Director for the Experiments and Initiatives Division at the Aerospace Data Facility in Colorado.  He has held various positions at Air Force Space Command, Air Force Research Laboratory, and the National Air and Space Intelligence Center.  He holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Air Force Academy along with a Master of Science in Space Systems Engineering and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology.  His dissertation research focused on Radio Frequency - Distinct Native Attribute (RF-DNA) Fingerprinting for Specific Emitter Identification.  Kuciapinski is a member of the Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi honor societies. 

Angela Messer

Executive Vice President
Booz Allen Hamilton

Angela Messer

Angela Messer is the Executive Vice President at Booz Allen and leads the firm's Predictive Intelligence Business in Booz Allen's Strategic Innovation Group. Previously she led the firm's Emerging Technologies and Mission Solutions initiatives as well as the Army business within the broader defense market, including Army Headquarters, Army Material Command, Forces Command, Traning and Doctrine Command, and Installation Management Command. Angela Messer holds a bachelor of science in engineering management from West Point Military Acadamy and has a master of science in management from the Florida Institute of Technology. 

John "J.R." Riordan

VP, Strategy and Air Force Business Development
SAIC

Audrey M. Schaffer

Director, Space Strategy and Plans
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Audrey M. Schaffer

Audrey Schaffer is currently the Director for Space Strategy and Plans in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in the U.S. Department of Defense.  In that role, she manages a team of military officers and civil servants responsible for policy and strategy initiatives to enhance space security.  Her team develops DoD policy guidance; represents the DoD in U.S. Government interagency policy deliberations; negotiates multilateral diplomatic space security agreements; manages bilateral relationships with strategic international partners; and oversees strategic communications initiatives. Schaffer has been with the Office of the Secretary of Defense since 2010.  She has served in a variety of capacities within the Space Policy office, including as the Deputy Director of Space Policy Engagement, where she was involved in a variety of international military and government space cooperation initiatives. Schaffer holds a bachelor of science in aerospace engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master of art in international science and technologo policy from George Washington University. 

Congressman Adam Schiff

Ranking Member, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
U.S. House of Representatives

Congressman Adam Schiff

Congressman Adam Schiff represents California's 28th Congressional District, and throughout his tenure in Congress, he has focused on growing the economy, bolstering national security, strengthening our communities, helping small businesses, and improving education, safety and health care for our children. Schiff has also been a leader on national security and foreign policy efforts in Congress, and has pushed for a broader strategy that emphasizes diplomacy, intelligence reform, and efforts to stabilize countries that are at risk of becoming future failed states and havens for terrorists. He has advanced efforts to ensure the safety of all Americans by addressing nuclear proliferation, and is the author of the Nuclear Forensics and Attribution Act, which President Obama signed into law on February 16, 2010. Adam Schiff is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School.

Steven Smith

Vice President and General Manager of Systems Engineering Solutions
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

Steven Smith

As Vice President and General Manager of Systems Engineering Solutions, Steve is responsible for all aspects of Systems Engineering Solutions nationwide operations and contract performance. Steve joined Ball in 2011 and has previous assignments in Ball with the Washington Operations office as well as the National Defense business unit. Smith retired as a Colonel from the United States Air Force in 2011 after serving 24 years in a variety of space and intelligence related assignments.  From 2009 until his retirement, Steve led the Advanced Capabilities Group at the Space and Missiles Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. Smith holds a bachelor of science in aerospace engineering from Virginia Tech, and a master of science in aerospace engineering from the Univeristy of Colorado, Boulder. His awards include the Collaborative Leadership Award from the Director of National Intelligence, the Superior Service Medal from the National Reconnaissance Office and the Legion of Merit from the US Air Force.

Steve Smith

Director of Programs, Systems Engineering Solutions
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

Steve Smith

Steve Smith is Director of Programs for the Systems Engineering Solutions business unit of Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., where he directs programs executing on Ball's long history of work for the U.S. Air Force, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and other customers to protect space and airborne systems from cyber physical system threats. Ball has a rich heritage in developing systems and software, as well as providing outstanding people that analyze intelligence data and create actionable products for warfighters and decision makers. Smith joined Ball in 2011 in the company's Washington Operations as Director of Space Control and Special Missions. He subsequently relocated to Colorado to become Director of Military Space for the National Defense business unit.  Smith retired as a Colonel from the U.S. Air Force in 2011 after serving 24 years in a variety of space and intelligence-related assignments. From 2009 until his retirement, Smith was Commander of the Advanced Capabilities Group at the Space and Missiles Systems Center (SMC/SY), Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. He holds a Bachelor of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Masters in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado.

William Wansley

Senior Vice President
Booz Allen Hamilton

William Wansley

A Senior Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton, Bill Wansley is the Client Service Officer (CSO) for the National Agencies Account. He leads consulting teams in providing mission essential support to multiple federal agencies including: the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and classified clients. He is responsible for business activities associated with the development, delivery and maintenance of mission tailored multidisciplinary consulting services for these agencies. Mr. Wansley focuses on solving emerging strategic and operational challenges in the national security and space-related enterprises based on emerging enterprise digital strategies. He has led the development of innovative advanced analytic services focused on the evolution of data science applied to complex intelligence analysis problem sets and the enterprise services required to support this evolution. 

Maj. Gen. Burke E. "Ed" Wilson

Commander
24th Air Force

Maj. Gen. Burke E. "Ed" Wilson

Maj Gen Burke E. "Ed" Wilson is the Commander, 24th Air Force and Commander, Air Forces Cyber, Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas. Wilson is responsible for the Air Force's component numbered air force providing combatant commanders with trained and ready cyber forces which plan and conduct cyberspace operations. Twenty-fourth Air Force personnel extend, maintain and defend the Air Force portion of the Department of Defense global network.  Wilson directs the activities of two cyberspace wings, the 624th Operations Center, and the Joint Force Headquarters – Cyber, all headquartered at JBSA-Lackland, as well as the 5th Combat Communications Group at Robins Air Force Base, Ga.  Wilson entered the Air Force in 1985 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. He has served in various assignments, including space and cyber operations, planning, strategy, policy, acquisition and combat support. He has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels, as well as served on the staffs of Air Force Space Command, 24th Air Force, the National Reconnaissance Office, North American Aerospace Defense Command, and the former U.S. Space Command. Prior to his current assignment, Wilson served as the Director, Space Operations, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.  In addition to his Bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Wilson holds a Master’s of Science degree in electrical/computer engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

James Frederick "Jim" Bridenstine (R-OK)

Congressman
Oklahoma’s First District

James Frederick "Jim" Bridenstine (R-OK)

Congressman Jim Bridenstine represents Oklahoma’s First District and serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee, where he is the current chairman of the Subcommittee on the Environment.  He has been widely recognized in the House for his integrity, commitment to principles, and willingness to uphold the rule of law.  Bridenstine has become an effective member of Congress by focusing on three specific areas: national security, economic freedom, and constitutional integrity.  He holds a triple major from Rice University, a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University, and served nine years active duty in the United States Navy as a pilot.  After leaving active duty, Bridenstine went on to be the executive director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium.  He is currently a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

 

 

The Honorable Deborah Lee James

Secretary of the Air Force

The Honorable Deborah Lee James

Deborah Lee James is the Secretary of the Air Force.  She is responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including the organizing, training, equipping, and providing for the welfare of its more than 690,000 active duty, Guard, Reserve, and civilian Airmen and their families.  She also oversees the Air Force’s budget of more than $110 billion.  James has 30 years of senior homeland and national security experience in the federal government and the private sector.  Prior to her current position, James served as President of Science Applications International Corporation’s Technical and Engineering Sector, where she was responsible for 8,700 employees and more than $2 billion in revenue.  Previously, she served in the Pentagon as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs.  In that position, she was the Secretary of Defense’s senior advisor on all matters pertaining to the 1.8 million National Guard and Reserve personnel worldwide.  James earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in comparative area studies from Duke University and a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. 

Victoria Alonsoperez

Founder, Chipsafer, and Chair
Space Generation Advisory Council

Victoria Alonsoperez

Alonsoperez is a specialist in electronic, telecommunications and electrical engineering and in 2013 she co-founded IEETECH, a social enterprise that looks for efficient engineering solutions to current problems.  IEETECH projects earned Alonsoperez the Best Young Inventor Award from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the winning slot in the International Telecommunications Union Young Innovators Competition.  Alonsoperez has been involved with the International Space University Space Studies Program, in 2012 serving as the Space Engineering Department Teaching Associate, and in 2011 participating as a student in the Space Studies Program.  While at ISU in 2011, her project with fellow students won the Barcelona Zero-G Aerobatics Challenge.  In 2009, she was awarded the International Astronautical Federation Youth Grant that enabled her to participate in the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) and the Space Generation Congress (SGC). Alonsoperez is a contributor in "Space Mission Analysis and Design Core” and is the managing editor of a book on small satellite programs that is part of the United States Air Force Academy’s Space Technology Series.   Alonsoperez graduated from Universidad de le Republica, the International Space University and Singularity University.

Alice Bunn

Director of Policy
UK Space Agency

Alice Bunn

Alice Bunn, Ph.D., is the Policy Director for the U.K. Space Agency and is responsible for security, regulatory, statutory, wider communications and international engagement to stimulate and drive growth of the space sector, and enable strategy delivery.  Her previous roles have included Head of Earth Observation at the U.K. Space Agency; U.K. Location Programme Manager at the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs; Head of Future Missions at the Natural Environment Research Council; and researcher and exhibition developer at the Science Museum. Bunn holds a Ph.D. in Metallurgy from Darwin College, University of Cambridge.

Debra Facktor Lepore

Vice President and General Manager, Strategic Operations
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

Debra Facktor Lepore

Debra Facktor Lepore is the vice president and general manager of Strategic Operations for Ball Aerospace. Lepore is responsible for increasing Ball Aerospace’s profile in the market and facilitating collaboration across the company. She is the company’s senior executive in the Washington, DC area and leads Washington Operations, Communications and Strategic Development.  Lepore brings over 25 years of experience in the aerospace industry to her current role. Prior to joining Ball in January 2013, she served as the president of DFL Space LLC, an aerospace consulting firm focused on developing innovative business strategies for a wide range of customers. As an industry professor at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, she led its Master’s of Engineering in Technical Leadership program and served as Director of Strategic Programs for the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC). She was Principal Investigator on the SERC research project “Expedited Systems Engineering for Rapid Capability and Urgent Needs,” sponsored by the U.S. Air Force, and has used this research toward PhD studies.  Lepore has extensive business experience including serving as president and an owner of AirLaunch LLC, a small business which won funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the U.S. Air Force to develop an operationally responsive small launch vehicle. She previously served as vice president of Business Development and Strategic Planning for Kistler Aerospace Corporation. Earlier in her career, she was Chief of Moscow Operations for ANSER’s Center for International Aerospace Cooperation.  Among other distinctions, Lepore was honored with the University of Michigan 2014 Alumni Merit Award for Aerospace Engineering and as the Women in Aerospace (WIA) “Most Outstanding Member” for 2012. She is the former chair of the board of WIA and founding president of the WIA Foundation. She is also an appointed member of the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC). Lepore is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and an Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). She holds a B.S.E. (magna cum laude) and M.S.E. in aerospace engineering, both from the University of Michigan, and is an alumna of the International Space University summer session program in space policy and law. 

Professor Bernard H. Foing

Chair, ESTEC Staff Association Committee and Chief Scientist
European Space Agency

Professor Bernard H. Foing

Bernard H. Foing is the Chief scientist and Senior Research Coordinator, at ESA Space Science Department. Executive Director, International Lunar Exploration Working Group (ILEWG). PhD in Astrophysics and Space Techniques with a sounding rocket experiment (France CNRS and US New Mexico, Boulder, Harvard). ENSET and Agrégé Professor of Physics, he joined CNRS and worked 3 years with ESO and French embassy in Chile. He has worked at ESA as visiting scientist, staff scientist, Head of Research Division, Chief scientist and Senior Research Coordinator, in ESA Space Science Department. Co-investigator of space missions instruments such as TRC, SOHO, XMM, Mars-Express, COROT, BIOPAN, Expose/ISS, ExoMars. He is the Project scientist, father of SMART-1 first European mission to the Moon, from conception in 1996 to lunar final impact in 2006. He has led studies of lunar orbiters and landers, and technology developments. With ILEWG, he has been promoting international collaborative projects, the preparation for a global robotic village, and a human base. He is a corresponding member of International Academy of Astronautics, Distinguished Research Professor at Florida Tech. Space scientist in lunar and planetary exploration, astrophysics, he authored or co-authored more than 450 papers, and edited 16 books.

Damon Wells

Director, Office of Policy & Strategy
National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)

Damon Wells

Mr. Damon R. Wells is the Director of the Office of Policy and Strategy for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). In this capacity he is responsible for assisting the NRO Director in shaping and implementing policies and strategies relating to overhead reconnaissance, both within the NRO and in the broader U.S. Government (USG) and international space policy communities. Prior to joining the NRO in 2012, Wells was Assistant Director for Space and Aeronautics in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President (EOP).  In that role he developed and coordinated Administration space policies across the civil, commercial, and national security space sectors, thereby advancing key policy initiatives such as the 2010 U.S. National Space Policy and current U.S space exploration strategies. Mr. Damon Wells has a bachelor of science in aerospace engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and a master of science degree in technology and policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

 

James Frederick "Jim" Bridenstine (R-OK)

Congressman
Oklahoma’s First District

James Frederick "Jim" Bridenstine (R-OK)

Congressman Jim Bridenstine represents Oklahoma’s First District and serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee, where he is the current chairman of the Subcommittee on the Environment.  He has been widely recognized in the House for his integrity, commitment to principles, and willingness to uphold the rule of law.  Bridenstine has become an effective member of Congress by focusing on three specific areas: national security, economic freedom, and constitutional integrity.  He holds a triple major from Rice University, a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University, and served nine years active duty in the United States Navy as a pilot.  After leaving active duty, Bridenstine went on to be the executive director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium.  He is currently a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

 

 

Philippe Brunet

Director Space Policy, Copernicus, Defense
European Commission

Philippe Brunet

Dr. Philippe Brunet is the Director of Space Policy, Copernicus and Defense, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs at the European Commission. His main roles include the implementation of Copernicus, a constellation of EU-satellites offering Earth Observation services on a full, open, and free of charge basis, and the development of civil and military synergies in security and defense matters to render the defense industry competitive and underpin a credible and effective Common Security and Defense Policy. Dr. Philippe Brunet holds both a doctor in medicine and iuris doctor in community law. 

Pierre Delsaux

Deputy Director General
European Commission

Pierre Delsaux

Pierre Delsaux is Deputy Director General at the European Commission Directorate General for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME’s.  After studying Law at the University of Liège, he obtained his Master of Law at the Northwestern University, Chicago. He was Legal Secretary at the European Court of Justice from 1984 to 1987.  He worked in the private sector before joining the European Commission in 1991.  He started his career within the European Commission in the Directorate General for Competition.  He was appointed Director responsible for regulating the financial services in 2007.  Following this, in 2011, he was appointed Deputy Director General with responsibilities for the Single Market in the EU.  Since December 2015, he is in charge of Space Policy and Defence.

 

 

Technical Track

Christina Bain

Systems Engineer
Lockheed Martin

Christina Bain

Christina Bain is a systems engineer at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (LM SSC) and has been with LM SSC for 13 years. In her current role she is the electrical integration lead for the Orion Multi-purpose Crew Vehicle. She is also part of a core team of mid-career engineers currently designing and developing the HelpNow web application in support of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council for Space (GAC-S). In previous roles she was a materials engineer and the External Tank Specific Project Manager for ET-137 on the Space Shuttle External Tank Program at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. She received a bachelor of science degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. 

Alexander Gibson

Space Operations Officer at Army National Guard
National Point of Contact for the Space Generation Advisory Council

Alexander Gibson

Alexander is a Space Operations Officer in the Army National Guard, and Project Engineer in the Oil & Gas Industry.  He is a graduate of Imperial College London, holding a BEng in Materials Science and Engineering.  As part of this degree he studied micrometeorite impacts on the Hubble Space Telescope.  He has had a lifelong interest in space, attending Space School UK and being the first British alumni of the European Space Camp in Norway.  Alexander emigrated to the US in 2007, and drew upon his experience in the Oil & Gas Industry as a panelist at the Space Generation Fusion Forum (SGFF) 2014 to discuss innovation practices applied to aerospace.  Subsequently he went on to present ideas for collaboration between the two sectors at the 2014 AIAA-RM Technical Symposium.  Alexander organized a panel at SGFF 2015, and became an SGAC USA National Point of Contact the same year.  He is currently studying for dual Master's degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Management at the University of Colorado,  Boulder, specializing in Bioastronautics.

Samer Halawi

Chief Executive Officer
Thuraya

Samer Halawi

Samer Halawi was appointed as Thuraya’s Chief Executive Officer in January 2011. Drawing upon his extensive experience in ICT and the global satellite communications industry, Samer is responsible for leading Thuraya’s strategic positioning and driving its growth as a prominent global mobile satellite operator. Before joining Thuraya, Halawi played a leading role in starting-up and growing a new venture involved in the digital space and focusing on mobile content, IPTV, mobile advertising, and web management. Samer Halawi has a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Lawrence Technological University and has a master of business administration with a concentration in finance from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. 

Stephen Jurczyk

Associate Administrator of the Space Technology Mission Directorate
NASA

Stephen Jurczyk

Mr. Stephen Jurczyk serves as Associate Administrator of the Space Technology Mission Directorate. 

As Associate Administrator, he manages and executes the Space Technology programs, focusing on infusion into the agency's exploration and science mission needs, proving the capabilities needed by the greater aerospace community, and developing the nation's innovation economy. Prior to this appointment, Jurczyk served as the Director at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. Langley, founded in 1917, is the nation’s first civilian aeronautical research facility and NASA’s oldest field center. Jurczyk was appointed Director in 2014 and oversaw research on solving such problems as global climate change, access to space, air travel, and future aviation vehicles. As the senior management official at Langley, Jurczyk was responsible for the technical implementation of the center’s aeronautical, space and science programs, as well as the overall management of the facilities. Jurczyk holds a bachelor of science and a master of science in electrical engineering from University of Virginia. 

Christopher Nie

Systems and Test Engineer
Lockheed Martin

Christopher Nie

Chris is a Systems and Test Engineer serving in an early career rotation program at Lockheed Martin Space System Company’s Littleton, CO campus. He graduated with honors from the University of Colorado Boulder with a Master's and Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering Sciences. Past professional experience includes high altitude balloon and CubeSat telescope development, robotics systems mechanical design, International Space Station payload operations, and Environmental and Life Support System testing. He is honored to have been named one of Aviation Week’s Twenty20’s and privileged to be part of this year’s Space Generation Fusion Forum leadership team as Programming Co-Lead.

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