Nicolas Peter

Acting President
International Space University (ISU)

Nicolas Peter is Acting President at the International Space University (ISU) and also serves as Professor of practice in Space Policy and International Affairs. At ISU he is the head of the ISU Incubator and launched the “Space Policy and Entrepreneurship lab” (SPEL) which is dedicated to researching issues and trends in space policy and the space economy, including New Space worldwide. Prof. Peter is seconded by the European Space Agency (ESA).

Prior to his appointment at ISU, Nicolas Peter was the Head of International Affairs at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) where he led the development of the first internationalization strategy for the organisation. Prof. Peter has also been working at the European Commission supporting the 2016 EC Space Strategy development and other initiatives linked to space policy, space research, and entrepreneurship. He also worked at ESA in the Director General’s Cabinet and Strategy department including on the development of Agenda 2015–or the space exploration strategy for Europe–as well as the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), the George Washington University’s (GWU) Space Policy Institute, and was a Research Fellow at the X-PRIZE Foundation.

Prof. Peter has 20+ years of international experience in space policy on 4 continents and 8 countries. He has published over 120 reports, book chapters, and articles in peer-reviewed journals, and presented at international conferences related to space activities. He has also co-edited three books on space affairs. Prof. Peter is on the Editorial Board of the New Space Journal and is a regular peer-reviewer for the Journal’s Space Policy and Acta Astronautica. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Women in Aerospace Europe (WIA-E) where he is in charge of corporate relations and partnerships and is an Honorary Board Member of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and a winner of the inaugural IAF Young Space Leaders award.

Nicolas Peter holds a Bachelor of Geography from the Louis Pasteur University (ULP) (Strasbourg, France), and 2 Master’s degrees in Space Systems and Environment and in Space Technology Applications from ULP. He is also a graduate from ISU’s Master in Space Studies program and holds a Master of International Science and Technology Policy from GWU’s Elliott School of International Affairs (Washington D.C., USA). He attended business Executive Education courses on policy evaluation, strategy development, strategic performance management and prospectives at ESSEC (France) (2), HEC (France), Cranfield (UK) and the Manchester Business School (UK).

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