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Mohammad Nasser Al Ahbabi, Ph.D

Director General
United Arab Emirates Space Agency

Mohammad Nasser Al Ahbabi, Ph.D

Director General

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.

Victoria Alonsoperez

Founder, Chipsafer, and Chair
Space Generation Advisory Council

Victoria Alonsoperez

Founder, Chipsafer, and Chair

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

Managing Director

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.

 

Paul Atherton

Air Vice-Marshal
OBE Royal Air Force

Paul Atherton

Air Vice-Marshal

Professor Roberto Battiston

President
Italian Space Agency (ASI)

Professor Roberto Battiston

President

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

President, Vulcan Aerospace Corporation

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

Founding Partner, BMB Advertising, London

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.

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

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

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. 

Peter Beck

CEO
Rocket Lab USA

Peter Beck

CEO

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.

 

 

Gary H. Blackwood, Ph.D

Exoplanet Exploration Program Manager
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Gary H. Blackwood, Ph.D

Exoplanet Exploration Program Manager

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

Administrator

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.

Brigadier General Gregory S. Bowen

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

Brigadier General Gregory S. Bowen

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

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

Chief of Staff Capability

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

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.

 

 

Philipe Brunet

Director Space Policy, Copernicus, Defense
European Commission

Philipe Brunet

Director Space Policy, Copernicus, Defense

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

President and CEO

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

Commander, 14th Air Force

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.

Col. DeAnna Burt

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

Col. DeAnna Burt

Commander of the 50th Space Wing

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.

Dr. Leroy Chiao

Special Advisor - Human Space Flight
Space Foundation

Dr. Leroy Chiao

Special Advisor - Human Space Flight

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.

Twang-Rae CHO, Ph.D

President
Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI)

Twang-Rae CHO, Ph.D

President

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.

Susan Chodakewitz

Chief Executive Officer
Nathan Associates, Inc.

Susan Chodakewitz

Chief Executive Officer

Susan Chodakewitz is the Chief Executive Officer for Nathan Associates, Inc. since April 2015.  She is a dynamic and client-focused executive whose expertise spans a full range of business services in the public and private sectors. She has a record of accomplishment in aviation, information technology, infrastructure and international relations.  Before becoming Nathan’s chief executive officer, Chodakewitz served eight years as President of Tetra Tech AMT, an aviation management and IT subsidiary of Tetra Tech Inc., a multibillion-dollar consulting firm.  She positioned the subsidiary as a premiere provider of aerospace and technology services, and broadened the client base in U.S. federal, commercial and international markets.  In 2010 the firm was named “FAA Large Business of the Year.”  Previously she spent more than a decade at SAIC, a major defense and national security contractor, where she advanced to senior vice president, almost doubled revenue at SAIC’s business consulting program, and directed a unit that reached nearly $200 million in annual revenue.  Chodakewitz began her career in consulting at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she did a significant amount of work for the World Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.  Chodakewitz has been publicly recognized for her achievements, receiving the “Leadership in Business” award at the Women’s Center Leadership Conference in 2014, the Brava Award from SmartCEO Magazine in 2012, and the “Women Who Mean Business” award from the Washington Business Journal in 2011.  Chodakewitz has a bachelor’s degree in international relations/Russian studies from Lehigh University and a master’s degree in Russian studies from Columbia University (Harriman Institute).  

Carissa Bryce Christensen

Managing Partner
The Tauri Group

Carissa Bryce Christensen

Managing Partner

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.

Sarah Cruddas

Space Journalist and Science Broadcaster

Sarah Cruddas

Space Journalist and Science Broadcaster

Sarah Cruddas is a space journalist and broadcaster with an academic background in astrophysics.  Cruddas specializes in space exploration, but has reported on all aspects of science, technology and engineering.  Cruddas is currently writing and presenting a documentary series on space exploration.  She appears on screen across national UK channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Channel 4 and also appears as an expert on shows on The Discovery Channel Europe and National Geographic.  She writes about space for various publications including BBC News, The Sunday Times, BBC Focus, BBC Futures, New Scientist, CNN and The Royal Aeronautical Society and has presented and reported across BBC radio.  Her other work includes corporate presenting, event hosting and educational outreach for various high profile clients including The European Union, Samsung & Red Bull.  As well as consulting for start ups in science and technology.  Cruddas is an experienced foreign presenter and reporter, passionate about telling stories from the developing world, especially if there is a science angle.  Recent credits include reporting from Rwanda, Moldova, Transnistria, Tibet, China, North Korea, Australia and various US and Western Europe locations.  She is interested in broadcast, corporate presenting and outreach work in space science, technology and engineering.

Brendan W. Curry

Vice President - Washington Operations
Space Foundation

Brendan W. Curry

Vice President - Washington Operations

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.

Philippe Cyr

Co-Founder
Disrupt Space

Philippe Cyr

Co-Founder

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. 

Hoyt Davidson

Founder and Managing Member
Near Earth LLC

Hoyt Davidson

Founder and Managing Member

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.

Laura Delgado López

Project Manager
Secure World Foundation

Laura Delgado López

Project Manager

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

Deputy Director General

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

CEO and President

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.

John Elbon

Vice President and General Manager
Boeing

John Elbon

Vice President and General Manager

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.

Dr. Pascale Erhenfreund

Chair of the Executive Board
German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Dr. Pascale Erhenfreund

Chair of the Executive Board

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.

Jay Falker, Ph.D

Early Stage Portfolio Executive, Space Technology
NASA

Jay Falker, Ph.D

Early Stage Portfolio Executive, Space Technology

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. 

Thomas C. Feeney, III

President & Chief Executive Officer
Associated Industries of Florida

Thomas C. Feeney, III

President & Chief Executive Officer

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, Ph.D

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

Professor Bernard H. Foing, Ph.D

Chair, ESTEC Staff Association Committee and Chief Scientist

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

Space Operations Officer at Army National Guard

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.

John Grunsfeld, Ph.D

Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate
NASA

John Grunsfeld, Ph.D

Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate

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

Chief Executive Officer

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. 

Kristina Harrington

Director of Signals Intelligence Directorate
National Reconnaissance Office

Kristina Harrington

Director of Signals Intelligence Directorate

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

Commander

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.

Christopher Ingraham

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

Christopher Ingraham

Senior Legislative Assistant

Christopher Ingraham is the Senior Legislative Assistant for Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-OK). In this capacity, he manages a wide portofolio of issues, including civil and commerial 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 Sciences directorate. 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.

Stéphane Israël

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Arianespace

Stéphane Israël

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

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.

Director, Space Object Behavioral Sciences

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. 

Group Captain Martin Johnson

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

Group Captain Martin Johnson

Director National Air Defense and Space Operations, HQ Air Command

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

Special Advisor - Latin America Affairs

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.

Sylvain Laporte

President
Canadian Space Agency

Sylvain Laporte

President

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

President

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

President

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. 

Shawn Linam

CEO
Qwaltech

Shawn Linam

CEO

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. 

Douglas L. Loverro

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

Douglas L. Loverro

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Space Policy

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

Policy Officer

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

Senior Research Scientist

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

Chief Executive Officer

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

Fusion Forum Manager

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. 

Lt. Col. Terrill McCall

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

Lt. Col. Terrill McCall

Commander of 22nd Space Operations

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. 

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

Deputy Director of the Tactical Technology Office

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

General Director

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

President

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. 

Clayton Mowry

President
Arianespace, Inc.

Clayton Mowry

President

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.

Dava Newman, Ph.D.

Deputy Administrator
NASA

Dava Newman, Ph.D.

Deputy Administrator

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

Systems and Test Engineer

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

Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation

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.

Director

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.

Chirag Parikh

Director of Space Policy
National Security Council

Chirag Parikh

Director of Space Policy

As director of space policy for the U.S. National Security Council, Chirag Parikh is responsible for reviewing and writing White House space policies and coordinating their implementation. Previously, he served as deputy National Intelligence Office for Science and Technology at the National Intelligence Council (NIC), Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).

David Parker, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer
United Kingdom Space Agency

David Parker, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. David Parker was appointed Chief Executive of the United Kingdom (UK) Space Agency in January 2013.  He is currently the UK’s Head of Delegation to the European Space Agency and was previously the Chair of ESA’s Programme Board for Microgravity and Exploration.  Parker worked for fourteen years in the UK space industry.  He was seconded to the British National Space Centre between 1997 and 1999 to manage space technology innovation projects for the UK government.  From 2004 to 2011 Parker led the UK’s involvement with the ESA space science and robotic exploration programmes as well as its national space science programme.  Parker earned an undergraduate degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Southampton University, UK, in 1984 and a doctorate in wind tunnel magnetic suspension technology from Southampton University, UK, in 1989.

Rupert Pearce

Chief Executive Officer
Inmarsat

Rupert Pearce

Chief Executive Officer

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).

Thomas Pirrone

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

Thomas Pirrone

Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Americas

Dr. Marius-Ioan Piso

President and Chief Executive Officer
Romanian Space Agency (ROSA)

Dr. Marius-Ioan Piso

President and Chief Executive Officer

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

General Parter & COO

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.

Elliot H. Pulham

Chief Executive Officer
Space Foundation

Elliot H. Pulham

Chief Executive Officer

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

President

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

Senior Vice President

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

Executive Director

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.

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

Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations

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. 

Francois Rivasseau

Special Envoy
European External Action Service's Special Envoy for Space

Ben Roberts

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

Ben Roberts

Assistant Director, Civil and Commercial Space

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.

Frank Rose

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

Frank Rose

Assistant Secretary for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance

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. 

Matthew Schaefer

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

Matthew Schaefer

Law Alumni Professor of Law and Director of Space, Cyber, and Telecom Law Program

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

President

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.

Gwynne Shotwell

President and Chief Operating Officer
SpaceX

Gwynne Shotwell

President and Chief Operating Officer

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.

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

Former Associate Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration

Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan

NOAA
Administrator and Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere.

Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan

NOAA

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.

Brig. Gen. Jean-Daniel Testé

Commander, Joint Space Command
French Ministry of Defense

Brig. Gen. Jean-Daniel Testé

Commander, Joint Space Command

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).

Dr. Brad Tousley

Director Tactical Technology Office
DARPA

Dr. Brad Tousley

Director Tactical Technology Office

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.

James C. Trainor, Jr.

Assistant Director for Cyber
FBI

James C. Trainor, Jr.

Assistant Director for Cyber

Andreas Veispak

Acting Head of Unit for Space Datat for Societal Challenges and Growth
European Commission

Andreas Veispak

Acting Head of Unit for Space Datat for Societal Challenges and Growth

Andreas Veispak is the acting 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 wit hthe 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. 

Dr. Stephen Volz

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

Dr. Stephen Volz

Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services

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.

Stephanie Wan

Co-Chairperson
Space Generation Advisory Council

Stephanie Wan

Co-Chairperson

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.

Damon Wells

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

Damon Wells

Director, Office of Policy & Strategy

George Whitesides

Chief Executive Officer
Virgin Galactic

George Whitesides

Chief Executive Officer

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. 

Major General Burke "Ed" Wilson

Commander, 24th Air Force and Commander, Air Forces Cyber, Joint Base
United States Air Force

Major General Burke "Ed" Wilson

Commander, 24th Air Force and Commander, Air Forces Cyber, Joint Base

Maj. Gen. Burke E. "Ed" Wilson is the Commander, 24th Air Force and Commander, Air Forces Cyber, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. General 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. The general 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, Georgia. General 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 also holds a master of science degree in computer/electrical engineeing from Northeastern University, and a master of airpower art and science from the School of Advanced Airpower Studies 

Johann-Dietrich Wörner

Director
European Space Agency (ESA)

Johann-Dietrich Wörner

Director

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).

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

Cyber Team Lead, Office of Emerging Security Challenges, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance

Yuichi Yamaura

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

Yuichi Yamaura

Vice President, Strategy, International Relations and Industrial Collaboration

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.

Cyber 1.6 Classified

James Frederick "Jim" Bridenstine (R-OK)

Congressman
Oklahoma’s First District

James Frederick "Jim" Bridenstine (R-OK)

Congressman

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.)

Hoover Institution

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.

Kristina Harrington

Director of Signals Intelligence Directorate
National Reconnaissance Office

Kristina Harrington

Director of Signals Intelligence Directorate

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

Commander

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.

James C. Trainor, Jr.

Assistant Director for Cyber
FBI

James C. Trainor, Jr.

Assistant Director for Cyber

Major General Burke "Ed" Wilson

Commander, 24th Air Force and Commander, Air Forces Cyber, Joint Base
United States Air Force

Major General Burke "Ed" Wilson

Commander, 24th Air Force and Commander, Air Forces Cyber, Joint Base

Maj. Gen. Burke E. "Ed" Wilson is the Commander, 24th Air Force and Commander, Air Forces Cyber, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. General 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. The general 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, Georgia. General 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 also holds a master of science degree in computer/electrical engineeing from Northeastern University, and a master of airpower art and science from the School of Advanced Airpower Studies 

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

Cyber Team Lead, Office of Emerging Security Challenges, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance

Space Classified

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

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

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. 

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

Hoover Institution
Annenberg Distinguished Fellow

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

Hoover Institution

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

Director, Source Operations and Management Directorate

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.

Gen. John E. Hyten, USAF

Commander
Air Force Space Command

Gen. John E. Hyten, USAF

Commander

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.

Douglas L. Loverro

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

Douglas L. Loverro

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Space Policy

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

Director

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.

Technical Track

Alexander Gibson

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

Alexander Gibson

Space Operations Officer at Army National Guard

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

Chief Executive Officer

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. 

Christopher Nie

Systems and Test Engineer
Lockheed Martin

Christopher Nie

Systems and Test Engineer

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. Brad Tousley

Director Tactical Technology Office
DARPA

Dr. Brad Tousley

Director Tactical Technology Office

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.

New Generation Space Leaders

Chad Anderson

Managing Director
Space Angels Network

Chad Anderson

Managing Director

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.

 

Col. DeAnna Burt

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

Col. DeAnna Burt

Commander of the 50th Space Wing

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.

Dr. Leroy Chiao

Special Advisor - Human Space Flight
Space Foundation

Dr. Leroy Chiao

Special Advisor - Human Space Flight

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

Managing Partner

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.

Brendan W. Curry

Vice President - Washington Operations
Space Foundation

Brendan W. Curry

Vice President - Washington Operations

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.

Hoyt Davidson

Founder and Managing Member
Near Earth LLC

Hoyt Davidson

Founder and Managing Member

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

Vice President and General Manager

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.

Jay Falker, Ph.D

Early Stage Portfolio Executive, Space Technology
NASA

Jay Falker, Ph.D

Early Stage Portfolio Executive, Space Technology

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. 

Alexander Gibson

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

Alexander Gibson

Space Operations Officer at Army National Guard

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.

Christopher Ingraham

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

Christopher Ingraham

Senior Legislative Assistant

Christopher Ingraham is the Senior Legislative Assistant for Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-OK). In this capacity, he manages a wide portofolio of issues, including civil and commerial 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 Sciences directorate. 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.

Lon Levin

President
SkySevenVentures

Lon Levin

President

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. 

Shawn Linam

CEO
Qwaltech

Shawn Linam

CEO

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. 

Lt. Col. Terrill McCall

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

Lt. Col. Terrill McCall

Commander of 22nd Space Operations

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

President

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.

Christopher Nie

Systems and Test Engineer
Lockheed Martin

Christopher Nie

Systems and Test Engineer

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

Chirag Parikh

Director of Space Policy

As director of space policy for the U.S. National Security Council, Chirag Parikh is responsible for reviewing and writing White House space policies and coordinating their implementation. Previously, he served as deputy National Intelligence Office for Science and Technology at the National Intelligence Council (NIC), Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).

Thomas Pirrone

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

Thomas Pirrone

Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Americas

Ben Roberts

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

Ben Roberts

Assistant Director, Civil and Commercial Space

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.

Tommy Sanford

Director
Commercial Spaceflight Federation

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

Former Associate Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration

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Thomas C. Feeney, III

President & Chief Executive Officer
Associated Industries of Florida

Thomas C. Feeney, III

President & Chief Executive Officer

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

Director, D.C. Operations & Business Growth

Douglas L. Loverro

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

Douglas L. Loverro

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Space Policy

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.

Clayton Mowry

President
Arianespace, Inc.

Clayton Mowry

President

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.

Dr. George C. Nield

Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration

Dr. George C. Nield

Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation

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. John W. "Jay" Raymond, USAF

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

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

Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations

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. 

Matthew Schaefer

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

Matthew Schaefer

Law Alumni Professor of Law and Director of Space, Cyber, and Telecom Law Program

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. 

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