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Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi, Ph.D.

Director General
United Arab Emirates Space Agency

Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi, Ph.D.

HE Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi is considered one of the most qualified national leaders within the space industry, known for his leadership, management and strategic planning skills. He is an expert within communications, information systems and modern defence concepts.

Dr. Al Ahbabi has extensive experience in the development of human resources and is a strong believer in the UAE’s capability in developing world-class industries.

He obtained a PhD in communications from the University of Southampton from the United Kingdom in 2005, and a master's degree for the same university in communications in 2001. He completed a degree in electronic engineering from the University of California in 1998, in addition to many specialized military and govenrment courses.  Dr. Al Ahbabi has also won a series of honors and awards over the years.

Dr Ahbabi has tremendous experience in civil and military work and academia. He became a telecommunications officer for the UAE Armed Forces until he reached the rank of Major. During that period he also worked as a coordinator for Dubai Internet City until 2000 then as a telecommunications officer for Sharyan Al Doea Network and a project manager for Yahsat military division from 2005 to 2012. He also helped establish strategic projects including the innovation and development centre for the Armed Forces which allowed him to work closely with partners and stakeholders. 

Dr Ahbabi has contributed and led numerous strategic projects in the ICT domain towards the benefit of the UAE government. He has also led a UAE Armed Forces Think Tank Project within the Centre of Excellence. His role included advising the military and government at a strategic level on emerging concepts and technologies in the area of smart defense, cyber warfare and space developments.

He has led YAHSAT MilSatCom and other space projects. He has an active role in ITU-R, United Nations space working groups and various ICT professional associations.

Thad Allen

Executive Vice President
Booz Allen Hamilton

Thad Allen

Booz Allen Executive Vice President Thad Allen is a leader in the firm’s Departments of Justice and Homeland Security business in the civil market. He leads the development of thought leadership and client engagement regarding the future direction of law enforcement and homeland security. He is known for his expertise in bringing together government and non-government entities to address major challenges in a “whole of government” approach designed to achieve a unity of effort. Mr. Allen completed his distinguished career in the US Coast Guard as its 23rd Commandant.

In 2010, President Barack Obama selected Mr. Allen to serve as the National Incident Commander for the unified response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Working closely with the US Environmental Protection Agency, DHS, the Departments of Defense, Interior, Commerce, and Health and Human Services, state and local entities, and BP, he sought to bring a unity of effort to response operations.

Prior to his assignment as Commandant, Mr. Allen served as Coast Guard Chief of Staff. During his tenure in that position, in 2005, he was designated Principal Federal Official for the US government’s response and recovery operations in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita throughout the Gulf Coast region.

Other Coast Guard assignments included Commander, Atlantic Area where in 2001 he led the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area forces following the September 11 attacks. He previously served as Commander, Seventh Coast Guard District, where he oversaw all operations in the southeastern United States and in the Caribbean.

Prior to joining Booz Allen, Mr. Allen served with the Rand Corporation.

He is a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration and a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Allen also currently serves as a director on the Coast Guard Foundation and Partnership for Public Service. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Mr. Allen to the New York State Respond Commission tasked with finding ways to ensure that New York State is ready to respond to future weather-related disasters.

He is a 1971 graduate of the US Coast Guard Academy. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from The George Washington University—from which he received the Alumni Achievement Award in 2006. He also holds an M.S. degree in management from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Allen has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from George Mason University, the National Defense University, and the National Graduate School.

Maj. Gen. Nina M. Armagno, USAF

Director of Strategic Plans, Programs, Requirements and Analysis
Air Force Space Command

Maj. Gen. Nina M. Armagno, USAF

Major General Nina M. Armagno is the Director of Strategic Plans, Programs, Requirements and Analysis, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. She is responsible for developing strategy, doctrine and policy for the command’s space and cyberspace operations; defining the future of space and cyberspace systems through requirements definition, mission area architectures, analysis, science and technology development in support of the joint warfighter, Department of Defense, civil, and national users. The General also manages the command’s international relations and foreign disclosure programs.  Mission areas include missile warning/defense, military satellite communications, cyber warfare network operations, precision navigation and timing, space control, space protection, and launch and range.

General Armagno earned her commission and graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, in June 1988. Her experience in space systems operations includes combat-mission-ready operator, instructor, evaluator and flight commander in strategic missile warning, space surveillance, space control, space launch and theater missile warning mission areas.

Prior to her current assignment, General Armagno served as the Commander, 45th Space Wing, and Director, Eastern Range, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, where she was responsible for the processing and launching of U.S. government and commercial satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.  She also served as Commander, 30th Space Wing, Vandenberg AFB, California; Commander and Deputy Commander, 21st Operations Group, Peterson AFB, Colorado; Senior Military Assistant and Chief of Staff to the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense; Squadron and Installation Commander, 6th Space Warning Squadron, Cape Cod Air Force Station, Massachusetts; Director of Operations, 1st Space Warning Squadron, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.  In addition, she has held staff assignments at Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Headquarters 14th Air Force and the 381st Training Group and served as an Air Force Legislative Fellow in the Office of Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher.

Daniel Baker, Ph.D.

Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics Director
University of Colorado Boulder

Daniel Baker, Ph.D.

Dr. Daniel N. Baker is Director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado-Boulder and is Distinguished Professor of Planetary and Space Physics there. He holds the Moog-Broad Reach Chair of Space Sciences at CU. Baker obtained his Ph.D. degree with James A. Van Allen and subsequently held positions at Caltech, Los Alamos National Lab, and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He has published about 700 papers in the refereed literature and edited eight books on topics in space physics. Baker is an Associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (2004) and awards include University of Colorado’s Robert L. Stearns Award for outstanding research, service, and teaching (2007); University of Colorado’s Boulder Faculty Assembly Distinguished Research Lecturer Award (2010); American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics James A. Van Allen Space Environments Medal (2010); American Astronomical Society Kavli Prize Lectureship (2015); and Vikram A. Sarabhai Professorship of the Indian Physical Research Laboratory (2015). He was the recipient of the 2015 Shen Kuo Medal of the International Association for Geomagnetism and Aeronomy. Baker is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the International Academy of Astronautics. He has served as chair of the National Research Council Committee on Solar and Space Physics, member of the National Research Council’s 2003 Decadal Survey Panel for solar and space physics, and member of the 2006 Decadal Review of the U.S. National Space Weather Program. He served as chair of the National Academies 2013-2022 Decadal Survey in Solar and Space Physics.

David Ball

Executive Consult
Space Industry Association of Australia

David Ball

David Ball is presently an Executive Consultant and is supporting several communications projects. Until July 2015, Ball was the Chief Technology Officer for NewSat Limited and was responsible for all technical matters relating to the Jabiru Satellite Program. Prior to joining Newsat in early 2011, hewas the Regional Vice President Asia-Pacific for Intelsat and also held that position for PanAmSat prior to the merger between PanAmSat and Intelsat in 2006. He also filled a variety of sales, customer engineering and product management roles for PanAmSat. Ball served as a commissioned officer in the Royal Australian Air Force specializing in fixed, tactical and mobile communications systems management before joining PanAmSat in 1995. Ball holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree (Communications Engineering) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a Graduate Diploma in Business Management from Deakin University.  

Professor Roberto Battiston

President
Italian Space Agency (ASI)

Professor Roberto Battiston

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

Winston A. Beauchamp

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

Winston A. Beauchamp

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

Brett Biddington AM

Principal, Biddington Research Pty Ltd
Chief Executive, IAC Adelaide

Brett Biddington AM

Biddington is the founder of a Canberra-based consulting company that specializes in space and cyber security matters from policy, advocacy and national capacity development perspectives, including education. He also addresses broader questions of institutional behavior, especially governance, leadership and strategy against backgrounds of uncertainty and technological change. He is a Director of Space Environment Research Centre (SERC) and is also a Director and the Treasurer of the Institute for Regional Security (IFRS, formerly the Kokoda Foundation). The IFRS is a Canberra-based "think tank" that addresses the long term national security challenges faced by the region, of which Australia is part. In October 2014, he led a successful bid on behalf of the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA) to bring the International Astronautical Congress to Adelaide in September 2017. He is a past chair of the SIAA, and sits on several boards and committees concerned with the governance of Australia's space and astronomy activities and with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and outreach.

Elzbieta Bienkowska

Commissioner
European Commission

Elzbieta Bienkowska

Elzbieta Bienkowska is the European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs at the European Commission and has held this role since 2014. As Commissioner, her responsibilities include reviewing the strategy for completing the single market of goods and services, including extending the list of products to be recognized in all EU countries and eliminating remaining obstacles. Bienkowska is also responsible for maintaining and reinforcing a strong and high-performing industrial base for our internal market by stimulating investment in new technologies, improving the business environments and easing access to markets and to finance. Before her role as Commissioner, Bienkowska was the Deputy Prime Minister and Minster of Infrastructure and Development from 2013 to2014, the Minister of Regional Development from 2007 to 2013, and was the Director, Regional Development Office – Marshal’s Office of Silesia Region from 1999 to 2007. She holds a master’s degree in oriental philology from Jagiellonian University and a post-graduate diploma from the Polish National School of Public Administration. 

Kira Blackwell

Program Executive, Office of the Chief Technologist
NASA: Headquarters

Kira Blackwell

Kira Blackwell brings with her a wealth of experience in business management that began almost three decades ago with the management of a $3 million store at the age of 18. It is her entrepreneurial spirit and tenacity that has enabled Blackwell to build a diverse set of skills and strategically assist businesses for success across aerospace, biotechnology, and technology management. She has strong business acumen as a results-driven decisive leader and is experienced in establishing and managing diverse strategic partnerships with not-for-profit organizations, small start-up companies and fortune 500 corporations. In her role within the Office of the Chief Technologist, Blackwell is the Innovation Liaison supporting the NASA Deputy Administrators’ Innovation Framework, the agency's innovation strategy. Prior to joining our team, Blackwell managed her own consulting business working with several start-up companies, providing business solutions, leadership and business connections as businesses began to navigate through the business start-up process. She also contracted with Jacobs at the NASA White Sands Test Facility, developing quantitative Federal and State level support across New Mexico, identifying new business opportunities and initiating the discussions for a collaborative partnership with New Mexico State University. Blackwell graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston.

Dr. Chris Boshuizen

Entrepreneur in Residence
Data Collective VC

Dr. Chris Boshuizen

Dr. Chris Boshuizen is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Data Collective VC, a boutique investment firm specializing in hard, data-driven science and engineering companies.

Chris co-founded Planet Labs, a company providing unprecedented daily, global mapping of our changing planet from space. As the company’s CTO for 5 years he took the company from the drawing board to having launched more satellites into space than any other company in history, completely transforming the space industry along the way. 

Chris was previously a Space Mission Architect at NASA Ames Research Center.  After working on a number of traditional spacecraft programs at NASA, Chris co-created Phonesat, a spacecraft built solely out of a regular smart phone. Whilst also at NASA, he established Singularity University, a school for studying the consequences of accelerating technological development, serving initially as Interim Director, and later as co-chair for the Department of Space and Sciences.

Chris received his Ph.D. in Physics and BSc. with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney.  He was awarded the Advance Global Australian of the Year award in 2014, and has since joined Advance as member of the board. Chris currently resides in San Francisco. 

Professor Russell Boyce

Chair for Space Engineering
University of New South Wales - Canberra

Professor Russell Boyce

Professor Russell Boyce holds the position of Chair for Space Engineering at UNSW Canberra, where he leads the UNSW Canberra Space Research effort. He brings to this role a research approach developed throughout 25 years in the field of hypersonics, coupling computational and experimental research with flight testing, most recently via the SCRAMSPACE scramjet flight experiment program which he led as Chair for Hypersonics at the University of Queensland. Boyce also chairs the Australian Academy of Science’s National Committee for Space and Radio Science, sits on the Executive Council of the Space Industry Association of Australia, and is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

James Frederick "Jim" Bridenstine (R-OK)

Congressman
Oklahoma's First District

James Frederick "Jim" Bridenstine (R-OK)

Congressman Jim Bridenstine was elected in 2012 to represent Oklahoma’s First Congressional District. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee, where he was selected to serve as Chairman of the House Environment Subcommittee. 

Bridenstine began his Naval aviation career flying the E-2C Hawkeye off the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier.  It was there that he flew combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and gathered most of his 1,900 flight hours and 333 carrierarrested landings.  While on active duty, he transitioned to the F-18 Hornet and flew at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, the parent command to TOPGUN. 

After leaving active duty, Bridenstine returned to Tulsa to be the Executive Director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium. Bridenstine’s background includes a triple major at Rice University, a MBA from Cornell University, 9 years active duty in the United States Navy, and business experience in real estate, ranching, aerospace, and defense contracting.

Bridenstine was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve in 2010 flying missions in Central and South America in support of America’s war on drugs and most recently transitioned to the 137th Air Refueling Wing of the Oklahoma Air National Guard, where he will fly with an MC-12 squadron stationed at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.

Salvatore T. "Tory" Bruno

President and Chief Executive Officer
United Launch Alliance (ULA)

Salvatore T. "Tory" Bruno

Salvatore T. “Tory” Bruno is the president and chief executive officer for United Launch Alliance (ULA). In this role, Bruno serves as the principal strategic leader of the organization and oversees all business management and operations.

Prior to joining ULA, he served as the vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Strategic and Missile Defense Systems. The business is 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 Defence. Programs included the Navy’s Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM), theAir Force’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Reentry Systems, and the Missile Defense Agency’s Terminal High Area Altitude Defense (THAAD), Targets and Countermeasures and CommonExoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) Concept Definition. He also managed the corporation’s responsibilities in Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Management Limited, a joint venture that produces and safely maintains the U.K.’s nuclear weapons. He is a former member of the board of directors of Lockheed Martin U.K. Ltd.

Bruno joined Lockheed Martin in 1984. He previously served as vice president and general manager of FBM and ICBM, as vice president of the THAAD Missile, as vice president of Engineering, as chief engineer for Strategic Missile Programs, as program manager for FBM Rocket Propulsion and in engineering positions involving design and analysis for control systems of rockets andhypersonic reentry vehicles. He holds several patents.

He holds 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.

Bruno is a companion of the Naval Order of the United States, a member of the Navy League and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. He served on the National Blue Ribbon Panel for Bettering Engineering &Science Education and as Chairman of the Diversity Council of Lockheed Martin Space Systems.

He is the author of two books that explore the organization of the medieval Knights Templar from the perspective of modern business management: “Templar Organization: The Management of Warrior Monasticism” and “Templar Incorporated.” He is a recipient of the Order of Merit of the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem.

Marilyn J. Bruno, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer
Aequor, Inc.

Marilyn J. Bruno, Ph.D.

Dr. Bruno has over 35 years of experience in international business, finance, trade, and regulatory affairs.  Featured in  Business Week, Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, and Member of President's Blue Ribbon Committee on National Security.  She is a member of the Bars of Florida, New Jersey, New York, and the District of the Columbia, and certified to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court.  Dr. Bruno served as a diplomat with the U.S. Foreign Service for 14 years, responsible for international economic policy.

Lt. Col. Shelli Brunswick, USAF (Ret.)

Chief Operating Officer and Acting Chief Executive Officer
Space Foundation

Lt. Col. Shelli Brunswick, USAF (Ret.)

Brunswick is the Chief Operating Officer for the Space Foundation, where she serves as a corporate officer, and is responsible for Space Foundation operations, facilities, processes and personnel. Functions reporting to her include education, philanthropy, marketing and communication, operations, human resources and administration, customer service, information technology, facilities, maintenance, security and assurance. She has primary responsibility for: Space Foundation headquarters; the Space Foundation Discovery Center; Washington, D.C., Operations; operational management of the annual Space Symposium, Space Technology & Investment Forum and the Faga Forum on Space Intelligence. Brunswick joined the Space Foundation in 2015 after a distinguished career as an acquisition and program management professional for the United States Air Force, and finished her career as a key leader within the Air Force Congressional Liaison office working both within the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill. She was Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certified in Program Management Level III, Financial Manager Level II, and a certified Space Professional Level III by the United States Air Force Space Professional Functional Authority. Brunswick is the 2016 Chair of Women in Aerospace (WIA). She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern Colorado with a bachelor's degree in business administration, and earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. She is a Certified Project Management Professional through Project Management Institute, and was a Professor of Acquisition Management at Defense Acquisition University.

Alice Bunn, Ph.D.

Director of Policy
UK Space Agency

Alice Bunn, Ph.D.

Alice Bunn was appointed Policy Director at the UK Space Agency in May 2014.  Alice is responsible for security, regulatory, statutory, wider communications and international engagement to stimulate and drive growth of the space sector, and enable strategy delivery.   

Her previous roles have included Head of Earth Observation at the UK Space Agency; UK Location Programme Manager at the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs; Head of Future Missions at the Natural Environment Research Council; and researcher and exhibition developer at the Science Museum.

Alice also has a PhD in Metallurgy from Darwin College, University of Cambridge.

Antonio Busalacchi, Ph.D.

President
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Antonio Busalacchi, Ph.D.

Dr. Antonio Busalacchi, president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) since August 2016, has a distinguished career in the geosciences; extensive experience in management of academic, laboratory, and government programs; and a broad knowledge of the community. Prior to his appointment at UCAR, he served as director of the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) and as a professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at the University of Maryland.  After receiving a Ph.D. in oceanography from Florida State University, Dr. Busalacchi began his professional career at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He has studied tropical ocean circulation, its role in the coupled climate system, and phenomena such as El Niño. His interests include the development and application of numerical models combined with in situ and space-based ocean observations to study the tropical ocean response to surface fluxes of momentum and heat. His research on climate variability and predictability has supported a range of international and national research programs dealing with global change and climate, particularly as affected by the oceans. 

In 1991, he was appointed chief of NASA’s Laboratory for Hydrospheric Processes.  In 2000, he was selected as the founding director of ESSIC at the University of Maryland. Dr. Busalacchi has been involved in the activities of the World Climate Research Program (WCRP). From 2008-2014 he chaired the Joint Scientific Committee that oversaw the WCRP. He previously was co-chair of the scientific steering group for its sub-program on Climate Variability and Predictability.  Dr. Busalacchi has served extensively on activities of the National Academies, including as chair of the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, chair of the Climate Research Committee, chair of the Committee on Earth Science and Application: Ensuring the Climate Measurements from NPOESS and GOES-R, and co-chair of the Committee on National Security Implications of Climate Change on U.S. Naval Forces. He also has served as a member of the Committee on the Effect of Climate Change on Indoor Air Quality and Public Health, Committee on Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on Social and Political Stresses, and Committee on the Assessment of NASA’s Earth Science Program. 

Among his awards and honors, in 1991, Busalacchi was the recipient of the Arthur S. Flemming Award, as one of five outstanding young scientists in the entire Federal Government. In 1995 he was selected as Alumnus of the Year at Florida State University, in 1997 he was the H. Burr Steinbach Visiting Scholar at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, in 1999 he was awarded the NASA/Goddard Excellence in Outreach Award and the Presidential Rank Meritorious Executive Award. He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), the American Geophysical Union (AGU), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and was the 2006 AMS Walter Orr Roberts Interdisciplinary Science Lecturer. In 2016, Dr. Busalacchi was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. 

Robert D. Cabana

Director
NASA John F. Kennedy Space Center

Robert D. Cabana

Robert D. Cabana is a former NASA astronaut, currently serving as director of NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In his current role, Cabana manages all NASA facilities and activities at the spaceport, including the team of civil service and contractor employees who operate and support numerous space programs and projects. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Cabana graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1971 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps and completed Naval Flight Officer training in Pensacola in 1972. Cabana was selected as an astronaut candidate in June 1985 and completed his initial astronaut training in July 1986. He was assigned to the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Astronaut Office, serving in a number of leadership positions, including lead astronaut in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory; Mission Control Spacecraft Communicator, famously known as CAPCOM; and chief of NASA's Astronaut Office. In October 2007, Cabana was appointed director of NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. A year later he was reassigned as the tenth director of the John F. Kennedy Space Center.

Lisa B. Callahan

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

Lisa B. Callahan

Lisa B. Callahan is Vice President and General Manager of the Civil Space line of business for Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Space Systems Company. In this role, she is responsible for all elements of Civil Space within Space Systems. She has executive responsibility for national space programs relating to human space flight and space science missions, including planetary, solar, astrophysical and Earth remote sensing for civil government agencies. These programs include Orion spacecraft, Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, GOES-R weather satellites, Lucy, InSight, OSIRIS-REx, Juno, MAVEN, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Mars Odyssey planetary missions, and nuclear space power programs. Ms. Callahan is also responsible for Michoud Operations and related activity at Stennis Space Center.

In her previous role as Vice President of Corporate Internal Audit of Lockheed Martin Corporation – reporting directly to the Lockheed Martin Audit Committee of the Board of Directors – Ms. Callahan provided independent, objective assurance and advisory activity to improve the Corporation’s operations. Under her leadership, Corporate Internal Audit determined the adequacy and effectiveness of the Corporation’s network of risk management, internal control, and governance processes as designed and represented by management.

Her prior leadership roles also include Vice President and General Manager of the Mission Systems & Training Undersea Systems line of business for Lockheed Martin Corporation; Vice President of Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Maritime Ballistic Missile Defense Program; and Program Director for Lockheed Martin’s Simulation Training and Support business.

Ms. Callahan graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Currently, she’s a member of the Dean of Engineering Advisory Board.
Ms. Callahan is a member of the Sandia National Laboratory Board of Directors, Chair of the Audit & Ethics Committee, and a member of the Governance Committee.

Leanne Caret

President and Chief Executive Officer of Defense, Space & Security (BDS)
Executive Vice President, The Boeing Company

Leanne Caret

Leanne Caret is executive vice president of The Boeing Company and president and chief executive officer of Defense, Space & Security (BDS). She is a member of Boeing’s Executive Council. Named BDS president and CEO in February 2016, Caret leads the $30 billion business that provides integrated solutions to meet the needs of defense, government, space, intelligence and security customers in the United States and around the world. Previously, Caret was president of Boeing's Global Services & Support, the U.S. Department of Defense's largest performance-based logistics contractor and an industry leader in providing sustainment solutions for Boeing and select non-Boeing platforms. Before that she was Chief Financial Officer and vice president, Finance, for BDS.  Earlier she was vice president and general manager, Vertical Lift, where she was responsible for business growth and program execution for a portfolio of cargo, tiltrotor and attack rotorcraft. Caret holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Kansas State University and a master of business administration degree from Wichita State University. She also earned certifications from Harvard University in the Program for Leadership Development and the International Security Defense Program, and completed the Integral Leadership Program at the University of Notre Dame.

Gwang-Rae Cho, Ph.D.

President
Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI)

Gwang-Rae Cho, Ph.D.

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

Maj. Gen. Clinton E. Crosier, USAF

Director of Plans and Policy,
U.S. Strategic Command

Maj. Gen. Clinton E. Crosier, USAF

Maj. Gen. Clinton E. Crosier is the Director of Plans and Policy, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. He is directly responsible to the USSTRATCOM Commander for the development and implementation of national security policy and guidance; military strategy and guidance; space and weapons employment concepts and policy; and joint doctrine as they apply to the command and the execution of its mission. Crosier attended Iowa State University on an Air Force ROTC scholarship. He was commissioned and entered the Air Force in 1988 after receiving a degree in aerospace engineering. Crosier has a broad range of experience in ICBM and space operations, including a deployment to the Middle East as the USCENTCOM, Director of Space Forces. He has served in staff assignments in the U.S. Senate, Secretary of the Air Force's Action Group, Headquarters U.S. Air Force Office of Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, and Air Force Global Strike Command. His operational commands include the 2nd Space Launch Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, Calif; 50th Operations Group, Schriever AFB, Colo; and the 460th Space Wing, Buckley AFB, Colo. Prior to his current assignment, Crosier served as the Deputy Director, Global Operations, Global Operations Directorate, USSTRATCOM, Offutt AFB, Neb.

Sarah Cruddas

Space Journalist and Science Broadcaster

Sarah Cruddas

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

Brendan W. Curry

Vice President - Washington Operations
Space Foundation

Brendan W. Curry

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

Riccardo Di Blasio

IT Executive and Investor

Riccardo Di Blasio

Riccardo Di Blasio is an executive in the hi-tech sector, with a passion for aerospace industry and space exploration.

Based out of Silicon Valley, Di Blasio spent 20+ years in the technology industry with key executive roles at companies like Sun Microsystems, EMC Corp. and VMware.

He’s also a professional investor in several bay area early stage startups like Nebia, SySdig Cloud, Next Future Transportation, Push Computing, Minerva Labs to name few, and cooperates as board advisor with several venture capitalist funds.

Since 2012, he’s involved in a number of initiatives within the space industry, to foster break-through technology startups into space programs and provide access to funding, and he’s currently a member of NASA iTech jury committee.

Di Blasio is an Italian native, and lives with his family in Los Gatos, CA. 

LTG James H. Dickinson, USA

Commanding General
USASMDC/ARSTRAT

LTG James H. Dickinson, USA

Lieutenant General James H. Dickinson assumed command of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command and Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense on Jan. 5, 2017. Commissioned in 1985 as a Second Lieutenant, he has held leadership positions, from platoon leader to Commanding General of an Army Air and Missile Defense Command.

He most recently served as the Chief of Staff, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. He was previously assigned as the Director for Test at the Missile Defense Agency, Redstone Arsenal, and as Deputy to The Inspector General in the Office of the Secretary of the Army.

LTG Dickinson was the Commanding General of the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command at Fort Bliss, Texas, from July 2012 to March

2014, and Commanding General of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, from August 201 to July 2012.

Additional command assignments include: Battalion Commander, 1st Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery, 32nd Air and Missile Defense Command, Fort Bliss, Texas, where the battalion deployed in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom; and Brigade Commander, 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Eighth United States Army, Republic of Korea.

Previous staff assignments include: Operations Officer, 5th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Bliss, Texas, and Operation Southern Watch, Saudi Arabia; Operations Officer, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Bliss, Texas; Senior Emergency Actions Officer and Senior Operations Officer, National Military Command Center, J-3, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.; Chief of Operations, G-3, later Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Fort Bliss, Texas; Chief, Commander’s Initiatives Group, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command, U.S. Forces Korea, Republic of Korea; and Deputy Director for Operations, National Military Command Center, J-3, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.

His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (oak leaf cluster), Defense Superior Service Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Legion of Merit (two oak leaf clusters), Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (three oak leaf clusters), Parachutist Badge, Basic Space Badge, and Joint and Army Staff Identification Badges. 

Lynn Dugle

Chief Executive Officer
Engility

Lynn Dugle

Lynn Dugle is Engility’s Chief Executive Officer and also serves on the company’s board of directors. Dugle has served as a director on our board and a member of the Audit Committee since Feb. 26, 2015. She was a director of TASC from October 2014 to February 2015. Dugle joined Raytheon in April 2004, and served as the vice president of Raytheon Company and president of Raytheon IIS until her retirement in March 2015. She became president of the former Intelligence and Information Systems business in January 2009, and was previously its vice president and deputy general manager. Dugle serves as a director and member of the Audit and Technology Committees of State Street Corporation, and as a member of the Defense Science Board.

Lars Dyrud, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer
OmniEarth Inc.

Lars Dyrud, Ph.D.

Lars Dyrud received a bachelors of art in physics from Augsburg College conducting research ultra-low frequency geomagnetic pulsations. He was a as a Fulbright Scholar in space and plasma physics at the University of Oslo. He received a Ph.D. from Boston University conducting doctoral research on auroral waves, turbulence and meteor trails, using theory, super-computer -plasma simulations, and observations. As a professional, Lars Dyrud has served as PI on grants and contracts from NSF, DOE NASA, Air Force, AFOSR, and Industry and is involved in basic and applied research in meteors, ionospheric plasma physics, space applications of tomography, software radio GPS and radar. He is the founder of the APL Center for Public/Private Partnerships and worked on AMPERE,  the NSF project to measure the aurora with Iridium, cubesat programs, and utilization of commercial assets such as hosted payloads and commercial sub-orbital for science as the PI of the GEOScan effort, ERIS climate constellation mission concept, RAVAN climate cube-sat, and an NSF project for rain measurement from consumer satellite TV.

Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund

Chair of the Executive Board
German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund

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

Steve Eisenhart

Sr. Vice President - Strategic & International Affairs
Space Foundation

Steve Eisenhart

As head of international affairs, Steve Eisenhart is principally responsible for the Space Foundation's global strategy and relationships with international space agencies and organizations, foreign embassies and U.S. organizations involved with global space programs. He is directly responsible for the program development and integration of key Space Foundation activities including the annual Space Symposium. He also supervises the Space Foundation's government affairs activities in the Washington, D.C., office including relationships with government agencies, other space advocacy organizations and associations and corporate interests.  Since joining the Space Foundation in 1996, Eisenhart has had a broad range of responsibilities, serving as senior vice president of strategic communications, director of communications and public affairs and communications manager. Eisenhart was a military public affairs official and is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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

Hoover Institution, Annenberg Distinguished Fellow
Chairman, Space Foundation Board of Directors

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

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

Scott Fouse

Vice President of the Advanced Technology Center
Lockheed Martin Space Systems

Scott Fouse

Scott Fouse is Vice President of the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) at Lockheed Martin Space Systems. The ATC leads advanced research and development projects, enabling the success of Lockheed Martin’s space business area. 

Scott guides the ATC workforce across a rich technical portfolio, and he sustains and grows the organization's capabilities. The ATC employs approximately 500 employees and provides discriminating, technical solutions that impact the success of Space Systems’ $8 billion enterprise. The ATC’s technology portfolio includes space and astrophysics; phenomenology and sensors; optics and electro-optics; telecommunications and photonics; guidance and navigation; modeling and simulation; materials and structures; thermal sciences and nanotechnology.

Prior to his current role, Fouse served as laboratory director for Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL), leading a 200-person research team. Before assuming the role of director, he served as chief technology officer at ATL. As CTO, he managed ATL’s internal research activities and served as liaison to the rest of Lockheed Martin Corporation. Fouse also served as a member of the Air Force Advisory Board. In that position, he supported a number of studies and chaired a study on disruptive innovation.

Before joining Lockheed Martin, Fouse was president and CEO of ISX Corporation, a 50-person company that specialized in creating and transitioning advanced information technology systems to operational use. Prior to that, Fouse was technical director for Aptech Imaging Inc., and formerly was a senior project engineer in the Hughes Research Laboratories Exploratory Studies Department.

Since 1985, Fouse has been working closely with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and operational military groups to develop advanced concepts for intelligent systems in a wide variety of military domains. He has a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Central Florida, and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California.

Brigadier-General Blaise Frawley, OMM, CD

Director General Space
Canadian Armed Forces

Brigadier-General Blaise Frawley, OMM, CD

Brigadier General Blaise Frawley is the Director General Space in Ottawa, ON. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1985 and upon completion of pilot training, CF-5 Fighter lead-in training and the CF-18 operational training unit, he proceeded to 425 Sqn in Bagotville. 

Brigadier-General Frawley’s flying experience includes two operational tours on 425 Squadron as well as a two-year F/A-18 exchange with the United States Marine Corps in El Toro, California. He has also completed three tours as a CF-18 instructor pilot at 410 Squadron. 

Brigadier-General Frawley’s staff experience includes Chief of Plans, Training and Evaluation at Wing Operations in Bagotville, three years at the Directorate of Aerospace Requirements in Ottawa, two years as A3 Fighter, and two years as Deputy Commander 1 Canadian Air Division in Winnipeg. 

His deployment experience consists of flying combat missions over the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Kosovo as part of Operation Allied Force in the spring of 1999, four-months as Executive Officer of the Task Force Aviano National Command Element at Vicenza, Italy, and eleven-months as the Air Mobility Division Deputy Director, 609th Combined Air and Space Operations Centre at Al Udeid Airbase, Qatar. 

Brigadier-General Frawley’s command tours include Commanding Officer of 410 Tactical Fighter / Operational Training Squadron in Cold Lake, Commander of both 17 Wing and the Air Force Training Centre in Winnipeg, and selection as Combined Force Air Component Commander for Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2016. 

During his many operational and instructional flying tours, Brigadier-General Frawley has accumulated over 3000 hours on the F-18 Hornet. He is a graduate of the Fighter Weapons Instructor and the Fighter Electronic Warfare Advanced Radar courses. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in Toronto, and the United States Air Force ‘Air War College’ at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. He holds a Bachelors of Military Arts and Sciences from the Royal Military College of Canada and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the United States Air Force Air University.

William H. Gerstenmaier

Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

William H. Gerstenmaier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerstenmaier is the recipient of numerous awards, including three NASA Certificates of Commendation, two NASA Exceptional Service Medals, a Senior NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, the Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award, and Distinguish Executive Presidential Rank Award. He also was honored with an Outstanding Aerospace Engineer Award from Purdue University. Additionally, he was twice honored by Aviation Week and Space Technology for outstanding achievement in the field of space. His other awards include: the AIAA International Cooperation Award; the National Space Club Astronautics Engineer Award; National Space Club Von Braun Award; the Federation of Galaxy Explorers Space Leadership Award; AIAA International Award; the AIAA Fellow; Purdue University Distinguished Alumni Award; and honored at Purdue as an Old Master in the Old Masters Program; recipient of the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement's National Space Trophy; Space Transportation Leadership Award; the AIAA von Braun Award for Excellence in Space Program Management; and the AIAA von Karman Lectureship in Astronautics.

Alexander Gibson

Fusion Forum 2017 Manager
Space Generation Advisory Council

Alexander Gibson

Alexander Gibson is an Officer in the US Army National Guard, Project Engineer in the Oil & Gas Industry, and has been part of the SGAC since 2014. His roles have included Regional Coordinator, National Point of Contact, and organizing team for SGFF 2015 & 2016. He graduated from Imperial College London in 2006 with a BEng in Materials Science and Engineering, for which he studied micrometeorite impacts on the Hubble Space Telescope.

Alexander has had a lifelong interest in space, attending Space School UK and being the first British alumni of the European Space Camp in Norway. He is currently studying for dual Master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Management at the University of Colorado, Boulder, specializing in Bioastronautics. In 2016 he was a recipient of the Future Space Leaders Award.

Jeffrey D. Grant

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

Jeffrey D. Grant

Jeffrey D. Grant is sector vice president and general manager of Space Systems at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, a premier provider of manned and unmanned aircraft, space systems and advanced technologies critical to our nation’s security.
In this role, Grant leads the division which provides space solutions for civil, military and restricted customers.

Prior to this appointment, Grant was vice president of National Systems for Space Systems. His primary responsibilities were the acquisition and execution of all space programs for restricted customers, which includes the design, build, launch and operations of major systems. He also was responsible for new business with these customers as well as the evolution of existing systems, including capabilities enhancements and technology insertion.
Grant also served previously as the vice president of Business Development at Northrop Grumman’s former Space Technology sector. In that role, he led the business development function, overseeing Space Technology’s strategy formulation, program development, marketing and discretionary investment.

Grant joined Northrop Grumman via the acquisition of TRW in December 2002. Prior to his joining TRW in February 2002, he held a variety of government and private sector positions. Most recently, he was vice president and chief technical officer for Astrolink International, LLC. Astrolink was an international joint venture to develop and operate a global, broadband telecommunications satellite system.
Before joining the private sector, Grant served for 21 years at the United States Central Intelligence Agency in positions at the CIA/National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Directorate of Science and Technology, and Directorate of Intelligence, Office of Scientific Intelligence. In his most recent assignment at the NRO, he served as director, Office of Plans and Analysis. During his 18 years at the NRO, Grant also served as a program director for a satellite, launch and ground segment development. In addition, he was the chief systems engineer on two space intelligence collection projects involving spacecraft in both geosynchronous and low earth orbits. Grant also led an advanced technology division to develop and test advanced imagery, communication and data processing technologies.

Grant received a Bachelor of Science in ocean engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the Intelligence Medal of Merit, the CIA’s Engineer of the Year, the Intelligence Certificate of Distinction and the CIA Certificate of Distinction. Grant currently serves on the board of directors for the Space Foundation.

Samer Halawi

Chief Executive Officer
Thuraya

Samer Halawi

Samer Halawi was appointed as Thuraya’s Chief Executive Officer in January 2011. Drawing upon his extensive experience in ICT and the global satellite communications industry, Samer is responsible for leading Thuraya’s strategic positioning and driving its growth as a prominent global mobile satellite operator.

Before joining Thuraya, Samer 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.
Prior to that, Samer held various positions at Inmarsat in global strategy and running operations for the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific during an 8-year tenure.

Samer’s telecommunications experience also includes roles at Flag Telecom and ICO Global Communications. His role at ICO followed a private placement for the shares of the company that he led during a three-year period in investment banking in the Middle East. 

Samer started his career in the automotive industry, where he occupied several positions with Chrysler Corporation and Ford Motor Company. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in the U.S.

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

President and CEO
SES Government Solutions

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

Brigadier General Peter F. Hoene, USAF (Retired) was named President and CEO of SES Government Solutions on January 19, 2015. In his previous role, he served as the Corporate Vice President for Development for SES Government Solutions, headquartered in Reston, VA. As Corporate Vice President for Development, he worked with United States warfighters and other government users to help determine their requirements and offer communications support, hosted payload opportunities, and network solutions. He then communicated those requirements to the SES parent organization to take advantage of existing on-orbit SES fleet capacity, or to influence future satellite designs.

Pete retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2010 as Brigadier General, following 30 years of service. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, as well as a distinguished graduate of both the Air Command and Staff College and the National War College.  He holds two masters degrees and served in a wide variety of Space, Command and Control, and research, development, acquisition, test, staff and command assignments.

In his last active duty position, Hoene served as the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Program Executive Officer for Command and Control, where he managed a portfolio of Joint and Coalition Command and Control and Information Sharing programs.  Prior to his DISA assignment, he was Commander, 350th Electronic Systems Wing (C2&ISR Wing), Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., where he managed a portfolio of 49 command and control (C2), ISR, Space and Cyber programs valued at more than $9 billion.

Peter M. Hughes

Chief Technologist
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Peter M. Hughes

Peter M. Hughes, Chief Technologist for the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), is responsible for planning, coordinating, and managing advanced technology-development programs at Goddard. Among his many responsibilities, Mr. Hughes advises Center leadership on strategies that leverage technology investments to advance NASA's ambitious science and exploration goals. Mr. Hughes, who represents Goddard on NASA's new Center Technology Council, also manages the Center's Internal Research and Development program and various technology-transfer programs. Mr. Hughes received a B.S. in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary, an M.S. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University, and an M.S. in Management Technology from the University of Pennsylvania's Executive Masters for Technology Management program.

Dr. Ruediger Huth

FMOD Deputy Director-General for Security and Defence Policy
Federal Ministry of Defence

Gen. John E. Hyten, USAF

Commander
USSTRATCOM

Gen. John E. Hyten, USAF

Gen. John E. Hyten is Commander of U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), one of nine Unified Commands under the Department of Defense. USSTRATCOM is responsible for the global command and control of U.S. strategic forces to meet decisive national security objectives, providing a broad range of strategic capabilities and options for the President and Secretary of Defense. General Hyten attended Harvard University on an Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship, graduated in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in engineering and applied sciences and was commissioned a second lieutenant. General Hyten's career includes assignments in a variety of space acquisition and operations positions. He served in senior engineering positions on both Air Force and Army anti-satellite weapon system programs. The general's staff assignments include tours with the Air Force Secretariat, the Air Staff, the Joint Staff and the Commander's Action Group at Headquarters Air Force Space Command as Director. He served as mission director in Cheyenne Mountain and was the last active-duty commander of the 6th Space Operations Squadron at Offutt AFB, Nebraska. In 2006, he deployed to Southwest Asia as Director of Space Forces for operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. General Hyten commanded the 595th Space Group and the 50th Space Wing at Schriever AFB, Colo. Prior to assuming command of Air Force Space Command, he served as the Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command.

Clay Jenkinson

Humanities Scholar and Historical Performer
Dakota Sky Education

Clay Jenkinson

Clay Jenkinson is a humanities scholar, author and social commentator who has devoted most of his professional career to public humanities programs and is considered one of the most entertaining public speakers in the United States. His performances are always humorous, educational, thought provoking and enlightening, while maintaining a steady focus on ideas. Jenkinson is widely regarded as one of the most articulate public speakers in the country and he brings a humanities perspective --partly learned as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University-- to everything he does.

Clay is one of the nation’s leading interpreters of Thomas Jefferson. He has lectured about and portrayed Jefferson in forty-nine states over a period of fifteen years. Clay also portrays Meriwether Lewis, John Wesley Powell, J. Robert Oppenheimer and Theodore Roosevelt

Clay is also is the host of the nationally syndicated radio program The Thomas Jefferson Hour and the author of such books as, Becoming Jefferson’s People: Re-Inventing the American Republic in the Twenty-First Century and Theodore Roosevelt In The Dakota Badlands .

Clay is the Director of Dakota Sky Education, Inc , Distinguished Scholar of the Humanities at Bismarck State College and Chief Consultant for the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University, and a consultant for The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation . He lives in Bismarck, ND.

Janet Kavandi, Ph.D.

Director
NASA John H. Glenn Research Center

Janet Kavandi, Ph.D.

Dr. Janet L. Kavandi serves as Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.  In this position, she is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the activities required in accomplishing the missions assigned to the center.  Glenn is engaged in research, technology, and systems development in support of the nation’s space propulsion, space power, space communications, aeronautical propulsion, microgravity sciences, and materials development programs. Before coming to Glenn, Kavandi worked at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, where she served as the Director of Flight Crew Operations. In this role, she was responsible for the Astronaut Corps and aircraft operations at Ellington Field. Kavandi was selected as a NASA astronaut in December 1994 as a member of the fifteenth class of U.S. astronauts. During her time in the Astronaut Office, she supported ISS payload integration, capsule communications, robotics, and served as Deputy Chief of the Astronaut Office. She is a veteran of three space flights, serving as a mission specialist on STS-91 in 1998, STS-99 in 2000, and STS-104 in 2001.  Kavandi has logged more than 33 days in space, traveling more than 13.1 million miles in 535 Earth orbits. Kavandri holds a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, a master of science degree in chemistry from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, and her doctorate in analytical chemistry from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Igor Komarov

Director General
ROSCOSMOS State Corporation

Igor Komarov

Igor Komarov is Director General of ROSCOSMOS State Corporation since August 2015. Previously served as a Director General of United Rocket and Space Corporation and prior to that, as Deputy Head of the Federal Space Agency.

Graduated from the Moscow State University in 1986. He held various top management positions in banking and financial sector, at Inkombank, National Reserve Bank, and Sberbank of Russia. He served as a Deputy Director General for Economics and Finance at Norilsk Nickel in 2002 - 2008, as Advisor to Director General of ROSTECH State Corporation and after that consecutively Executive Vice President/President of JSC AVTOVAZ.

Sergey Krikalev

Executive Director for manned space flight programs
ROSCOSMOS State Corporation

Sergey Krikalev

Sergey Krikalev is Executive Director for manned space flight programs of the Russian State Corporation ROSCOSMOS. He previously was a First Deputy Director of the Central Research Institute of Machine Building ("TsNIImash") for ROSCOSMOS manned space program.

Russian cosmonaut, who ranks the second in the world for the amount of time in space(more than 800 days of flight, 8 spacewalks). After being selected as cosmonaut in 1985, he performed 6 space flights, commanding the 11th expedition to the International Space Station (ISS). His flights included long-duration Mir Space Station mission and the first joint US-Russian Space Shuttle mission. S. Krikalev was one of the first two astronauts who entered the ISS in 1998.

He retired from space flight in 2007 and was appointed as Vice President of the Rocket and Space Corporation ENERGIA in charge of manned space flights. In that office he was the administrator of the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonauts Training Center.

Sylvain Laporte

President
Canadian Space Agency

Sylvain Laporte

Sylvain Laporte is the 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 LeGall

President
Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES)

Jean Yves LeGall

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.

Dr. Kris Lehnhardt

Attending Physician and Assistant Professor
The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Dr. Kris Lehnhardt

Dr. Kris Lehnhardt is an Attending Physician and Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at The George Washington University (GWU) School of Medicine and Health Sciences, where he is the Director of the Fellowship in Extreme Environmental Medicine (FEEM) and the Introduction to Human Health in Space graduate course.  Dr. Lehnhardt is an Adjunct Professor at the International Space University where he has served for two years as the Chair of the Human Performance in Space Department for the Space Studies Program.  In addition, he is a medical specialist reservist in the Royal Canadian Air Force, an FAA Aviation Medical Examiner, a private pilot, and a PADI advanced open water SCUBA diver.

Robert M. Lightfoot, Jr.

Acting Administrator
NASA

Robert M. Lightfoot, Jr.

Since Sept. 25, 2012, he has been NASA's associate administrator, the agency's highest-ranking civil servant.

He previously was director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Named to the position in August 2009, he headed one of NASA's largest field installations, which plays a critical role in NASA's space operations, exploration and science missions. Lightfoot managed a broad range of propulsion, scientific and space transportation activities contributing to the nation's space program. He served as acting director of the center from March 2009 until his appointment as director.

From 2007 to 2009, Lightfoot was deputy director of the Marshall Center. Lightfoot served as manager of the Space Shuttle Propulsion Office at Marshall from 2005 to 2007, where he was responsible for overseeing the manufacture, assembly and operation of the primary shuttle propulsion elements: the main engines, external tank, solid rocket boosters and reusable solid rocket motors.

From 2003 to 2005, he served as assistant associate administrator for the Space Shuttle Program in the Office of Space Operations at NASA Headquarters in Washington. His responsibilities included space shuttle return to flight activities following the Columbia tragedy, technical and budgetary oversight of the $3 billion annual budget and initial transition and retirement efforts for shuttle infrastructure.

In 2002, Lightfoot was named director of the Propulsion Test Directorate at NASA's Stennis Space Center. He served as deputy director of the organization beginning in 2001, until his appointment as director.

Lightfoot began his NASA career at the Marshall Center in 1989 as a test engineer and program manager for the space shuttle main engine technology test bed program and the Russian RD-180 engine testing program for the Atlas launch vehicle program.

Lightfoot received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1986 from the University of Alabama. In October 2007, he was named Distinguished Departmental Fellow for the University of Alabama, Department of Mechanical Engineering. He was selected as a University of Alabama College of Engineering fellow in 2009. Lightfoot serves on the University of Alabama Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board. In 2010, he was inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame.

Lightfoot has received numerous awards during his NASA career, including a NASA Outstanding Leadership medal in 2007 for exemplary leadership of the Shuttle Propulsion Office, assuring safety for the return to flight of the space shuttle. In 2006, he was awarded the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executives, and in 2010 he received the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executives - the highest honors attainable for federal government work. In 2000, Mr. Lightfoot received a Spaceflight Leadership Recognition Award, which recognizes leaders who exemplify characteristics necessary for success. In 1999, NASA's astronaut corps presented him with a Silver Snoopy Award, which honors individuals who have made key contributions to the success of human spaceflight missions. He also received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal in 1996 for significant contributions to NASA's mission.

David Livingston, DBA

Founder and Host
The Space Show

David Livingston, DBA

Dr. David Livingston is the founder and host of The Space Show®. In the nearly 16 years and close to 3,000 interviews, its the nation’s only talk radio program exclusively focusing on space commerce, space tourism, and facilitating our becoming a space-fairing economy and society. Livingston is also the Executive Director of the Giant Leap Foundation, Inc., the 501(C)3 that controls The Space Show promote space education. Livingston is also an Adjunct Professor of Space Studies in the Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota.  He has a bachelor's of art in political science, a master's of business administration specializing in international business management, and a doctorate in business administration. His dissertation was titled Outer Space Commerce:  Its History and Prospects

Dr. Naomi Mathers

Industry Liaison Engineer
ANU Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre

Dr. Naomi Mathers

Dr. Naomi Mathers is the Industry Liaison Engineer at the ANU Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC), Australia’s national space environmental test facility. Mathers is an active member of the Australian space industry. She is a Director of the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA), a member of the Local Organising Committee for the 2017 International Astronautical Congress (IAC) and she was a member of the former Australian Government Space Industry Innovation Council. Mathersrepresents Australia in a number of international forums including the Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF), the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), and as a Board member of the DFAT Australia-Korea Foundation.

Todd May

Director
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Todd May

Todd May is director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Named to the position in February 2016, he heads one of NASA's largest field installations, with nearly 6,000 on- and near-site civil service and contractor employees -- including those at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, which is managed by the Marshall Center -- and an annual budget of approximately $2.5 billion. May manages a broad range of propulsion, scientific and space transportation activities contributing to the nation's space program.

2015 and served as acting director from November 2015 until being appointed director. Prior to that, he was manager of the Space Launch System program since August 2011.

From June 2008 until becoming SLS program manager, May was Marshall’s associate director, technical, where he was responsible for ensuring that all center activities, processes and policies are consistent with the nation's Space Exploration Policy.

A native of Fairhope, Alabama, May earned a bachelor's degree in materials engineering from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, in 1990. His many awards include NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal, the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive, NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal and the John W. Hager Award for professionalism in materials engineering. He has been named a Distinguished Engineer by his alma mater, Auburn University. In 2014, he received Aviation Week's Program Excellence Award, as well as the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Foundation’s Stellar Award in recognition of the SLS team’s many accomplishments.

Francisco Javier Mendieta Jiménez, Ph.D.

General Director
Mexican Space Agency

Francisco Javier Mendieta Jiménez, Ph.D.

 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.

Maj. Eleanor E. Morgan, USAF

Pilot and Mission Director
Air Combat Command

Maj. Eleanor E. Morgan, USAF

Major Eleanor E. Morgan is an Evaluator Pilot, Electronic Combat Officer, and Mission Director for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). As a Wing Operations Center Mission Director she is responsible for supervising 24/7 combat operations across three combatant commands and five geographic theaters, integrating both USAF and Coalition RPA missions, and directing global RPA mission execution as tasked by the Secretary of Defense and POTUS.

Prior to her current assignment, Major Morgan served as a C-17A Aircraft Commander and Chief of Mobility for the 4th Airlift Squadron at McChord Field, WA. During her time at McChord, she flew rapid global mobility missions in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, and Enduring Freedom. She has logged over 2,600 flight hours across both airframes, to include over 700 combat hours, and has completed three deployments in support of the War on Terror. Her experience in manned and unmanned aircraft includes Combat-Mission-Ready Pilot, Instructor, Evaluator, Flight Commander, and Assistant Director of Operations.

Major Morgan earned her commission and graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado in 2006. She holds a bachelor of science degree in systems engineering management and a master of science degree in space studies. She completed her master’s thesis research on the topic of "Simulating Long Duration Deep Space Missions.” An avid youth and female STEM outreach advocate, Major Morgan was named the Air Force winner of the 2012 Federally Employed Women Recognition Award. She has been a member of the Space Generation Advisory Council since 2014 and is currently on the organizing committee for the 2017 Space Generation Congress in Adelaide, Australia.

David Mottarella

Senior Manager Maritime Geospatial Solutions, Space and Intelligence Systems
Harris

David Mottarella

David Mottarella is a Senior Manager for Maritime Geospatial Solutions, Space and Intelligence Systems (SIS) of Harris Corporation. SIS is dedicated to complete Earth observation, weather, geospatial, space protection, and intelligence solutions from advanced sensors and payloads, ground processing, and information analytics.

Mottarella assumed the position of Senior Manager, Maritime Geospatial Solutions in 2015. He is responsible for product development, sustained operations and customer relations for the Maritime product line.  In his role, Mottarella is an innovator advancing the state of the art in Maritime Domain Awareness holding 3 US Patents (Pending).

Mottarella is responsible for leading the development and implementation of product roadmaps, overseeing Internal Research and Development, deployment and management of operational systems, and the principal customer relationship manager with the commercial and government maritime user communities.

Before joining Harris in 1994, Mottarella was a test engineer for Northrop Grumman where he worked on Targeting Tracking and Locating systems.

He served as chairman of the board on the Space Coast March of Dimes.

He is a member of National Defense Industrial Agency (NDIA), Marine Technical Society, International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities, Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services, Association of Old Crows (AOC) and Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA).

Mottarella holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Software Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Anthony Murfett

Minister Counsellor (Industry, Science and Education)
Australian Embassy, Washington DC

Anthony Murfett

Mr. Anthony Murfett is the Minister Counsellor (Industry, Science and Education) at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC. Anthony's role is to develop and implement strategies to strengthen Australia's engagement with the industry and innovation, science, research and education systems in the US and Canada.

Prior to this role, Anthony was the General Manager of the Growth Centres Branch within the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. His key responsibility was advising the Australian Government on the policy, design and implementation of the Industry Growth Centres Initiative (a key programme focused on lifting the competitiveness of growth sectors in Australia). Previously, Anthony has been the General Manager of the Productivity and Competitiveness Branch and the Precincts and Coordination Branch. In these roles he was responsible for advising the Australian Government on matters such as sectoral policy, IP policy and strategic industry policy. He has also been responsible for Australia’s Cooperative Research Centres programme, which is focused on supporting medium to long term industry-led research.

Anthony has also worked across a number of areas within the industry and innovation portfolios within the Australian Government. These include the Australian Research Council and IP Australia (Australian Patent Office).

Anthony is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

William Murtagh

Assistant Director for Space Weather, Energy, and Environment Division
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

William Murtagh

Bill Murtagh currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) in Boulder, Colorado. He recently completed a 2-year assignment in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) as the Assistant Director for Space Weather, Energy and Environment Division. In his position at OSTP he oversaw the development and implementation of the National Space Weather Strategy and Action Plan.

Murtagh is NOAA’s space weather lead in coordinating preparedness and response efforts with industry, emergency managers, and government officials around the world. He regularly briefs the White House, Congress, and other government leadership on vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure to space weather storms. Murtagh is also a key contributor in U.S. government efforts to advance international cooperation in space weather-related activities.
He is a regular guest speaker at universities, government agencies, and national and international conferences. Murtagh has provided numerous interviews to major media outlets and is featured in several documentaries on space weather.

Before joining NOAA, Murtagh was a weather forecaster in the United States Air Force. He coordinated and provided meteorological support for national security interests around the world. Bill transferred to the SWPC in 1997 as a space weather forecaster and liaison between NOAA and the U.S. Air Force. He joined NOAA in 2003 after retiring from the Air Force with 23 years of military service.

Ali Nasseri

Co-Chair
Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC)

Ali Nasseri

Ali Nasseri is co-chair of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC). He began working with SGAC in 2012 as a member of the Space Safety and Sustainability project group, and later moved to roles including executive secretary, member of the local organizing committee, co-lead SSS project group and operations manager of the organization. Nasseri holds a European Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher Fellowship at Institute for Scientific Interchange (ISI) Foundation, where he works as part of the European ITN WALL project on the analytical modeling of magnetization dynamics in nanostructures. Prior to joining ISI Foundation, he conducted graduate research on developing surrogates for aerospace fuels at the University of Toronto, and worked on system level modeling and design optimization of space systems at the MDO Lab and the Space Systems Research Center at K. N. Toosi University of Technology. Nasseri is a member of the International Astronautical Federation's Space Education and Outreach Committee (SEOC), teaches outreach courses as part of the University of Toronto Engineering Outreach Office programs, mentors for the Ontario On-Line Research Co-op for high school students and is a Let's Talk Science volunteer.

Ger Nieuwpoort, Ph.D.

Director
Netherlands Space Office (NSO)

Ger Nieuwpoort, Ph.D.

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

Peter Nikoloff

Executive Director and Co-Founder
Nova Group

Peter Nikoloff

Peter Nikoloff is an Executive Director, co-founder of Nova and Senior Weapons System Engineer. He is a member of the Nova Group's Executive Management Team and on the board of two other companies within the Group. He obtained an Aeronautical Engineering degree from RMIT in 1986 and has over 20 years’ experience supporting and conducting test and evaluation of aerospace and defence systems. Prior to starting Nova, Nikoloff worked as a Flight Test Engineer at the RAAF's Aircraft Research and Development Unit (ARDU) in the role of Senior F/A-18 Hornet Test Engineer. Pete served at ARDU for over ten years and has vast experience over a range of aircraft and associated systems. He had major involvement with several Hornet Test & Evaluation projects, including the Hornet Upgrade Project and various missile evaluation and integration projects. Nikoloff is a chartered professional engineer and member of the Institution of Engineers, Society of Flight Test Engineers, Flight Test Society of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Nikoloff also actively supports the industry in other capacities such as: - President of the Australian Chapter of the International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA) - Member of the National Committee for Space Engineering within Engineers Australia  - Chair for the Systems Engineering and Test & Evaluation Confere.

Maureen O'Brien

Manager, Strategic Alliances
NASA Headquarters Office of Communications

Maureen O'Brien

Maureen O’Brien is currently the Manager for Strategic Alliances in the Office of Communications at NASA Headquarters.  In this role, Ms. O’Brien manages partnerships with external companies and organizations to broadly communicate NASA’s missions, and to help kids of all ages become more interested in our future in space and STEM fields.  Recent partnerships she has worked on include NASA collaborations with LEGO and Google.

Prior to her current role, Ms. O’Brien spent 8 years as Executive Secretary to the NASA Communications Coordinating Council, helping to facilitate strategic communications across the Agency.  Prior to coming to NASA, Ms. O’Brien spent 17 years working in government and legislative affairs at NASA, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, SPACEHAB, Inc., and helped manage various aerospace industry coalitions. 

P.J. O'Rourke

Political Reporter and Political Satirist

P.J. O'Rourke

P. J. O'Rourke has been a political reporter and political satirist for 40 years, since his days as editor of the National Lampoon. He is the author of 18 books including, most recently, How the Hell Did This Happen? on the subject of the 2016 presidential election. He is a contributing editor at the Weekly Standard, writes a weekly column about politics for the investment newsletter The Stansberry Digest, is an H. L. Mencken Fellow at the Cato Institute think tank, an enthusiastic advocate of space exploration, and a member or the Space Foundation board of directors.

Jose H. Ocasio-Christian

Chief Executive Officer
Caelus Partners, LLC

Jose H. Ocasio-Christian

Jose Ocasio-Christian is an energetic, innovative, agile, spiritually guided, and resilient leader focused on strategy development and industry disruption with a global reach in any sector. Currently a CEO for Caelus Partners, LLC leading an organization focused on Space companies and Space investors by providing a unique investment and consulting models that are lucrative for both entrepreneurs and investors in every round from seed rounds to mezzanine and exits. Previous to this, he led multiple complex and diverse organizations to achieve success in volatile, uncertain, challenging and ambiguous situations around the world in the classified and open source environments. Provided vision and direction to strategic and operational teams to work across different cultures and understand fragmented stakeholder motivations to arrive at optimal solutions. Achieved excellence in high stake, existential situations for companies and individuals in governed and ungoverned areas, where survival and financial profits are required.

Ellen Ochoa, Ph.D

Director
NASA Johnson Space Center

Ellen Ochoa, Ph.D

Dr. Ellen Ochoa, a veteran astronaut, is the 11th director of the Johnson Space Center. She is JSC's first Hispanic director, and its second female director. Her previous management roles include Deputy Center Director and Director of Flight Crew Operations. Ochoa joined NASA in 1988 as a research engineer at Ames Research Center and moved to Johnson Space Center in 1990 when she was selected as an astronaut. She became the first Hispanic woman to go to space when she served on the nine-day STS-56 mission aboard the space shuttle Discovery in 1993. She has flown in space four times, including STS-66, STS-96 and STS-110, logging nearly 1,000 hours in orbit. Ochoa has been recognized with NASA's highest award, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award for senior executives in the federal government. She has received many other awards and is especially honored to have 5 schools named for her. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), serves on several boards, and chairs the Nomination Evaluation Committee for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Ochoa earned a bachelor's degree in physics from San Diego State University and a master's degree and doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University. 

Dr. Naoki Okumura

President
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Dr. Naoki Okumura

Dr. Naoki Okumura assumed his current position of President of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), in April 2013. He held a number of important posts in his career for over 30 years with Nippon Steel Corporation since he joined the corporation in 1973.

Dr. Okumura was an Executive member of The Council for Science and Technology Policy (CSTP) from January 2007 to January 2013. He was Executive Vice President of Nippon Steel Corporation and Director of the corporation’s Technical Development Bureau from 2005 to 2007.

From 1999 to 2005, Dr. Okumura was Director of Steel Research Laboratories. During that period, from 2003 to 2005, he was also appointed as Managing Director, Member of the Board. He became a Member of the Board of the Corporation in 1999.

In 1995, he was appointed as Research Director of Advanced Technology Research Laboratories. Previously from 1993 to 1995, he was Head of New Material Research Department of Advanced Technology and Research Laboratories.

Dr. Okumura received his Doctor’s degree in Applied Physics from the University of Tokyo. From 1979 to 1981, he was a visiting fellow at Imperial College in London, the United Kingdom.

Susan Opp

President, Space & Power Sector
L3 Technologies

Susan Opp

Susan D. Opp is President of the Space & Power Sector of L3 Technologies (LLL). This Sector consists of three divisions: Telemetry and RF (T&RF), Electron Devices Division (EDD), and Narda Microwave-West (NW) with facilities in California and Pennsylvania. Products include Spaceborne and Airborne RF Solid State and Traveling Wave Tube Amplifiers, Low Noise Amplifiers, Frequency Converters, Telemetry Data Link Equipment for airborne and space applications, Encryption Systems for both airborne and spaceborne applications, Specialized Intelligence Receivers, and Electronic Propulsion Systems. The Sector has over 1500 employees and a diverse mix of customers: domestic and international, government agencies and prime contractors. Susan has previously served as President and General Manager of L3 Communication Systems-West and the Group President of the Communication Systems Group.

Susan hired into L3 (then Sperry Engineering Corporation) in 1986 as a new college graduate as a result of an on campus recruiting interview. She has direct experience with engineering, new business development, new product development, program management, and general management. Her greatest joy at work is to see new product ideas get funded, designed, manufactured, qualified, and then deployed.

Susan has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, South Dakota. She received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Utah and an L3 Executive Management Certificate from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Susan enjoys several high level volunteer positions in the community including: Board Chair for the Utah Science, Technology, and Research Initiative (USTAR) and Active Membership on the University of Utah’s Engineering National Advisory Council (ENAC). She is a recent recipient of the Utah Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology (2016) and Distinguished Alumni Award from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (2016).

 

Donald Osborne

President
MDA Information Systems Group

Donald Osborne

Don Osborne was appointed President of MDA’s Information Systems Group in January 2014. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic direction of MDA’s Canadian operations.   

Mr. Osborne joined MDA in May 2009 as President, Satellite Systems, covering the Montreal and UK operations. He was then appointed President, Satellite Systems and Advanced Technologies, adding MDA’s robotics business in Brampton, Ontario to his responsibilities. Prior to joining MDA, he held the position of President, Advantech Networks, a provider of Satellite and Wireless Solutions for the Telecommunications and Broadband markets.  

Mr. Osborne began his career with Spar Aerospace in 1983 as a Mechanical Design Engineer.  After joining the management team in 1989, he held positions of increasing responsibility in Manufacturing, Engineering, Program Management, Sales and Marketing and Business Unit Management.  

Mr. Osborne holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration, both from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada. 

Dr. David Parker

Director of Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration
European Space Agency (ESA)

Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, USAF

Commander
Air Force Materiel Command

Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, USAF

Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski serves as Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The command employs some 80,000 people and manages $60 billion annually, executing the critical mission of warfighter support through leading-edge science and technology, cradle-to-grave life cycle weapon systems management, world-class developmental test and evaluation, and world-class depot maintenance and supply chain management.

General Pawlikowski entered the Air Force in 1978 through the ROTC program at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She then attended the University of California at Berkeley and received a Doctorate in chemical engineering in December 1981, entering active duty at McClellan AFB, California, in April 1982.

General Pawlikowski's career has spanned a wide variety of technical management, leadership and staff positions including command at the wing and center levels. She has served as Director of the Acquisition Management Office for the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Atomic Energy and as Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Counterproliferation, Office of the Secretary of Defense.  Her leadership assignments included Program Director of the Airborne Laser Program; Commander of the Military Satellite Communications Systems Wing; Deputy Director of the National Reconnaissance Office; Commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory; and most recently Commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center.

General Pawlikowski is nationally recognized for her leadership in the US science and technology community.  She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the National Academy of Engineers.

Prior to her current assignment, General Pawlikowski was the Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Matthias Petschke

Director EU Satellites Navigation Programmes
European Commission

Matthias Petschke

* Law at Würzburg, Lausanne, Freiburg universities

* Joins Ministry for Economics, European Policy Department, Section for EU Law

* First Secretary at the German Permanent Representation at the EU in Brussels 

* Joins the Commission in 1995, after having passed an open competition.

* Has essentially worked in the fields of Trade and Internal Market policies:

-       Administrator in the area of procurement policy

-       From 1997 until 2002, Assistant to the Director General in DG Trade

-       Deputy Head of Unit for Free Trade Agreement negotiations

-       2004 Head of Unit in the Directorate for Public Procurement Policy of  DG Internal Market and Services

-     From 2009 until October 2013, Head of the European Commission Representation in Germany

*Since October 2013, Director for the European GNSS programmes (Galileo and EGNOS), Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

 

Marius-Ioan Piso, Ph.D

President and Chief Executive Officer
Romanian Space Agency (ROSA)

Marius-Ioan Piso, Ph.D

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.

Jane Poynter

Chief Executive Officer
World View

Jane Poynter

Jane Poynter is the Chief Executive Officer of World View. She is also a member of the Biosphere 2 design team and a member of the original crew who lived inside the sealed, self-sustaining habitat for two years. Poynter was co-founder, President and Chairwoman of Paragon Space Development Corporation, which develops technologies for extreme environments. Experiments in her patented, self-sustaining habitats have flown on the International Space Station (ISS), Mir and the Space Shuttle. Poynter is a recognized leader in sustainable development. She is the author of The Human Experiment: Two Years and Twenty Minutes Inside Biosphere 2.

Mary Preville

Director General, Policy
Canadian Space Agency

Mary Preville

Mary Preville joined the Canadian Space Agency in September 2016, as Director General of Policy.  Ms. Preville is responsible for the development of space policy to support the Canadian industry and research community, as well as domestic and international engagement with stakeholders across the space sector.

Previously, Ms. Preville was the Director General of Strategic Policy and Operations in the Earth Sciences Sector at Natural Resources Canada where she was responsible Canada’s centre of excellence for Arctic logistics for the advancement of scientific knowledge, for the Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation program, as well as for a number of international and policy issues.  For many years, Ms. Preville was the lead executive responsible for the design and delivery of energy research and development programs, and spent two years at the International Energy Agency in Paris.

Ms. Preville holds a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) from McGill University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa.

Jim Quick

President and CEO
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC)

Minoo Rathnasabapathy

Executive Director
Space Generation Advisory Council

Minoo Rathnasabapathy

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

Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, USAF

Commander
Air Force Space Command

Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, USAF

Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond is Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. 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. Gen. Raymond oversees Air Force network operations, manages a global network of satellite command and control, communications, missile warning and space launch facilities, and is responsible for space system development and acquisition. The command comprises approximately 38,000 space and cyberspace professionals assigned to 134 locations worldwide.  Gen. Raymond also directs and coordinates the activities of the headquarters staff.

Gen. Raymond was commissioned through the ROTC program at Clemson University in 1984. He has commanded the 5th SpaceSurveillance Squadron at Royal Air Force Feltwell, England, the 30th Operations Group at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and the 21st Space Wing at Peterson AFB, Colorado, 14th Air Force, United States Strategic Command, Joint Functional Component Command for Space. He deployed to Southwest Asia as Director of Space Forces in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. The general's staff assignments include Headquarters AirForce Space Command, U.S. Strategic Command, the AirStaff and the Office of Secretary of Defense.

Prior to assuming command of Air Force Space Command, Gen. Raymond was the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

Mike Rogers (R-AL)

Congressman

Mike Rogers (R-AL)

Mike Rogers is a fifth generation East Alabamian. He is a conservative, a Christian, the father of three and married to his wife, Beth, for over 30 years.

Mike grew up in Calhoun County, Alabama, in the small mill village of Blue Mountain. His mother worked in the local textile mill and his father was a firefighter. Mike learned the values of family, hard work and sacrifice from his parents.

Since first elected in 2002, Mike has been known for his tireless advocacy for the people and interests of Alabama’s Third Congressional District. He currently serves on the Agriculture Committee, the Armed Services Committee and the Homeland Security Committee, all vital to Alabama’s interests. Nationally, he has built a reputation as a recognized leader on key national security issues.

Col. Lee Rosen, USAF (Ret.)

Vice President, Customer Operations & Integration
SpaceX

Col. Lee Rosen, USAF (Ret.)

Lee Rosen is SpaceX’s Vice President of Customer Operations and Integration.  As SpaceX’s key interface for all customer interactions (commercial, military & civil), he ensures seamless integration and program management of satellite, Dragon Crew & Cargo missions, and on-orbit operations. In his previous SpaceX position, he was Vice President of Mission & Launch Operations responsible for running SpaceX’s launch sites and mission management.  He was also Launch Site Director at SpaceX’s SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA where his team transformed the pad from TitanIV to Falcon 9/Falcon Heavy configuration. 

  
Lee is a retired US Air Force Colonel with more than 28 years of industry and military experience in space systems engineering, acquisition, operations, maintenance and mission assurance. After serving 23 years, Rosen retired with the rank of Colonel in May 2011 as the Commander of the 45th Launch Group, Cape Canaveral. He also served as the Commander of the 4th Space Launch Squadron at Vandenberg, where he was responsible for modifying SLC-6 for Delta IV and SLC-3E for Atlas V. Lee has experience in senior executive leadership positions, including classified programs. He has managed active budgets of over $7 billion in assets and has delivered critical space capabilities to warfighters and customers worldwide. 

Col Rosen grew up in the Boston area and graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 1988. Throughout his career he served in a variety of positions in Strategic Air Command, Air Force Material Command, the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and Air Force Space Command. His staff tours included Program Element Monitor for the Defense Space Reconnaissance Program at the Pentagon, Program Control/Budget at Space and Missile Systems Center, and Executive Assistant to the Director of the NRO. Col Rosen also served as the Director of the Counterspace Group, Space Superiority Systems Wing at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. 

He is certified as DoD Acquisition Program Manager, Financial Manager, Comm and Computer Professional, and a Certified Project Manager (PMP) from the Project Management Institute. He holds 4 master’s degrees and is a Distinguished Graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Lee is proud husband/dad, avid runner, cyclist, surfer, ukulele player and brewer.

Betty J. Sapp

Director
NRO

Betty J. Sapp

Betty Sapp was appointed the 18th Director of the National Reconnaissance Office (DNRO) on July 6, 2012. The DNRO provides direction, guidance, and supervision over all matters pertaining to the NRO and executes other authorities specifically delegated by the Secretary of Defense and the Director of National Intelligence. 

Ms. Sapp began her government career as a United States Air Force officer in a variety of acquisition and financial management positions, including: business management positions in the NRO; Program Element Monitor at the Pentagon for the MILSTAR system; Program Manager for the FLTSATCOM program at the Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles; and manager of a joint-service development effort for the A-10 engine at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. 

In 1997, Ms. Sapp joined the Central Intelligence Agency. She was assigned to the NRO where she served in a variety of senior management positions. In 2005, she was appointed the Deputy Director, NRO for Business Plans and Operations. As such, she was responsible for all NRO business functions, including current-year financial operations, preparation of auditable financial statements, business systems development, budget planning, cost estimating, contracting, as well as all executive and legislative liaison activities. 

In May 2007, Ms. Sapp was appointed the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Portfolio, Programs and Resources), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. In this position, she was responsible for: executive oversight of the multibillion-dollar portfolio of defense intelligence-related acquisition programs; the planning, programming, budgeting and execution of the multibillion dollar Military Intelligence Program; and the technology efforts critical to satisfying both current and future warfighter needs. 

In April 2009, Ms. Sapp was appointed the Principal Deputy Director, National Reconnaissance Office (PDDNRO). As PDDNRO, she provided overall day-to-day management of the NRO, with decision responsibility as delegated by the DNRO. 

Ms. Sapp holds a Bachelor of Arts, and an MBA, Management, both from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She is also Level III certified in Government Acquisition and was certified as a Defense Financial Manager. Ms. Sapp is a native of St. Louis, Missouri.

Christopher J. Scolese

Director
Goddard Space Flight Center

Christopher J. Scolese

Christopher Scolese is the center director of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Scolese assumed his post on March 5, 2012. Scolese previously served as NASA associate administrator at NASA Headquarters in Washington. As associate administrator, Scolese was responsible for the oversight and integration of NASA's programmatic and technical efforts to ensure the successful accomplishment of the agency's overall mission. From Jan. 20, 2009, until July 2009, Scolese served as the acting administrator of NASA. As the acting administrator, he was responsible for leading the development, design, and implementation of the nation's civil space program. As such, Scolese provided overall leadership for NASA's multiple field installations, worked closely with the Executive and Legislative branches to ensure that NASA was supporting appropriate national policy, and led an international collaboration in carrying out high-profile space missions including the space shuttle, the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope and a multitude of other scientific and technological efforts. Scolese is the recipient of several honors including the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive, the NASA Distinguished Leadership Medal; Goddard Outstanding Leadership, two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) National Capital Section Young Engineer/Scientist of the Year award. He was recognized as one of the outstanding young men in America in 1986, was a member of college honor societies including Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi, and was recipient of the 1973 Calspan Aeronautics award. He is a Fellow of the AIAA and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He also served as a member of the AIAA Astrodynamics Technical Committee and chaired the National Capitol Section Guidance Navigation and Control Technical Committee.

Brig. Gen. John Shaw, USAF

Deputy Director, Global Operations, Global Operations Directorate
U.S. Strategic Command

Brig. Gen. John Shaw, USAF

Brig. Gen. John E. Shaw is the Deputy Director, Global Operations (DJ3), Global Operations Directorate, United States Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. As deputy director he is responsible to the Commander on matters of situational awareness, command and control and integrated plans and operations across space, nuclear, and cyber operations.  He has served in a variety of air and space operations and staff positions, including operations tours in the 50th Space Wing, the National Reconnaissance Office, the 32nd Air Operations Group, and the Space Warfare Center.  His operational commands have included the 4th Space Operations Squadron, the 50th Operations Group, and the 21st Space Wing. He has also served previously at U.S. Strategic Command as Director of the Commander's Action Group, and in the Pentagon as an Air Force intern, as Deputy Chief of Space Strategy and Integration, as a speechwriter, and as a senior space policy advisor. Shaw holds a bachelor of science fro mastronautical engineering from the Air Force Academy, a master of science in aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Washington, Seattle, a master of arts in organizational management from the George Washington University, a master of science in national security strategy from the National War College, and a master of arts in military operational arts and sciences from the Air Command and Staff College. 

Gen. William L. Shelton, USAF (Ret.)

Vice Chairman
Space Foundation

Gen. William L. Shelton, USAF (Ret.)

General Shelton retired as Commander, Air Force Space Command, in September 2014. During his career, he commanded space operations units at every level and held staff positions in a wide range of Air Force and Department of Defense organizations. In his final assignment, he led a team of over 40,000 at Air Force Space Command to provide space and cyberspace operational forces as well as acquisition of space systems. In this role, he was responsible for a budget of over $10 billion. During his career, General Shelton was a Space Shuttle controller for the first 18 missions, commander of Global Positioning System operations during the initial deployment of the constellation, and commander of the largest ballistic missile wing. He also commanded all Department of Defense space operations during internationally significant events such as the Chinese anti-satellite test and the North Korean Taepo Dong launch. He served as the CIO of the Air Force and the director of the Air Force headquarters staff during one of the most turbulent periods in the Air Force’s history. General Shelton earned a bachelor of science degree in astronautical engineering from the United States Air Force Academy, a master of science degree in astronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a master of science degree in national security studies from the National War College. 

David Sinclair, Ph.D.

Professor
Harvard Medical School

David Sinclair, Ph.D.

David A. Sinclair, Ph.D. Is a Professor in the Department of Genetics and co-Director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging at Harvard Medical School. He is best known for his work on understanding why we age and how to slow its effects. He obtained his Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics at the University of New South Wales, Sydney in 1995. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at M.I.T. with Dr. Leonard Guarente where he co discovered a cause of aging for yeast as well as the role of Sir2 in epigenetic changes driven by genome instability. In 1999 he was recruited to Harvard Medical School where his laboratory's research has focused primarily on understanding the role of sirtuins in disease and aging, with associated interests in chromatin, energy metabolism, mitochondria, learning and memory, neurodegeneration, and cancer. He has also contributed to the understanding of how sirtuins are modulated by endogenous molecules and pharmacological agents such as resveratrol. Dr. Sinclair is co-founder of several biotechnology companies (Sirtris, Ovascience, Genocea, Cohbar, MetroBiotech, ArcBio, Liberty Biosecurity) and is on the boards of several others. He is also co-founder and co-chief editor of the journal Aging. His work is featured in five books, two documentary movies, 60 Minutes, Morgan Freeman's "Through the Wormhole" and other media. He is an inventor on 35 patents and has received more than 25 awards and honors including the CSL Prize, The Australian Commonwealth Prize, Thompson Prize, Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Award, Charles Hood Fellowship, Leukemia Society Fellowship, Ludwig Scholarship, Harvard-Armenise Fellowship, American Association for Aging Research Fellowship, Nathan Shock Award from the National Institutes of Health, Ellison Medical Foundation Junior and Senior Scholar Awards, Merck Prize, Genzyme Outstanding Achievement in Biomedical Science Award, Bio-Innovator Award, David Murdock-Dole Lectureship, Fisher Honorary Lectureship, Les Lazarus Lectureship, Australian Medical Research Medal, The Frontiers in Aging and Regeneration Award, Top 100 Australian Innovators, and TIME magazine’s list of the "100 most influential people in the world”.

Anup Singh

Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer
InnaMed

Anup Singh

Anup Singh is the co-founder and Chief Science Officer of InnaMed, a Y Combinator-backed startup developing a home blood-testing device for chronically-ill patients. InnaMed was one of the three winners of the 2016 NASA iTech Cycle I competition and aims for their device, called the HealthScale, to be used by astronauts for health monitoring on multi-year missions (e.g. Mars). Anup did his BS/MS in Physics at the University of Pennsylvania and was most recently a PhD candidate in Bioengineering at UCLA. He has co-authored multiple peer-reviewed publications in the fields of microfluidics and point-of-care diagnostics and is passionate about developing and commercializing novel healthcare technologies.

Alan Stern, Ph.D

Principal Investigator New Horizons Mission
CEO Uwingu

Alan Stern, Ph.D

Dr. Alan Stern is a planetary scientist, space program executive, aerospace consultant, and author. In 2007, he was named to the Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World and was appointed NASA’s chief of all science missions. Since 2009, he has been an Associate Vice President at the Southwest Research Institute. Dr. Stern is the Principal Investigator of NASA’s New Horizon’s mission to reconnoiter Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. New Horizons launched in 2006 and arrives at Pluto in 2015. He has been involved as a researcher in 24 suborbital, orbital, and planetary space missions, including 9 for which he was the mission principal investigator; and he has led the development of 8 scientific instruments for NASA space missions. Stern holds a Bachelor's Degree in Physics & Astronomy and a Master's Degree in Aerospace Engineering and Planetary Atmosphere from the University of Texas, Austin, and a Doctorate in Astrophysics and Planetary Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Jeffrey Tarr

President and Chief Executive Officer
DigitalGlobe

Jeffrey Tarr

Jeffrey Tarr joined DigitalGlobe in 2011 as President and CEO. Under his leadership, DigitalGlobe has grown annual revenue from $300 million to $700 million and strengthened its commitment to its purpose of Seeing a better world®. DigitalGlobe’s imagery, platforms and insights serve end-users across the U.S. government and its allies, and enable the maps and geospatial applications relied on by billions of consumers. DigitalGlobe has also expanded into geospatial analytics with its Geospatial Big Data Platform where users run hundreds of applications on DigitalGlobe’s 15-plus-year time-lapse imagery library, revealing insights that help solve critical problems. Prior to joining DigitalGlobe in 2011, Tarr served as president and COO of IHS, chairman and CEO of Hoover’s and a division president with Dun & Bradstreet, and began his career with Bain & Company. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), and serves on the boards of CEB (NYSE: CEB), the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, and the Management Board of the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Tarr earned an undergraduate degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Dylan Taylor

President and Chief Operating Officer
Colliers International

Dylan Taylor

Dylan Taylor is the President and COO of Colliers International where he oversees the operations of more than 16,300 professionals operating from 502 offices in 67 countries. Taylor’s focus is on integrating operations across all services lines; enhancing client engagement strategies and cross-selling; fostering service excellence and an enterprising culture; and developing systems for supporting the strategic growth of Colliers worldwide. Taylor is also a leading angel investor. He has several investments within the smallsat and Earth observation sector. Taylor holds a bachelor of science in engineering from the University of Arizona, an MBA from University of Chicago, and attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government for global leadership and public policy for the 21st Century at Harvard. 

Brig. Gen. Jean-Daniel Testé

Commander, Joint Space Command
French Ministry of Defense

Brig. Gen. Jean-Daniel Testé

Air Force Brigadier General Jean-Daniel Testé was born on September 27, 1961 in Lourdes, France. 

He has been serving as commander of the French Joint Space Command since July 1, 2014.   

Military Education:  Air Force Academy 1980 /1984 Joint Staff College 1996/1997  College of Defense Studies (Centre des Hautes Etudes Militaires et Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale) 2007/2008.  

Upon completion of initial officer training, he was assigned in 1984 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. 

In 1988, in the framework of higher scientific and technical military education (EMSST), he attended the Ecole nationale supérieure d’électronique, électrotechnique, informatique et hydraulique in Toulouse (ENSEEIHT), where he qualified as an engineer in computer science. 

Afterwards, he was assigned at the defense staff, planning-program-space division, where he was charged of the satellite image technical process department (SETIS) in Arcueil (94). In 1991 he joined the development team of HELIOS military observation satellite in Paris and was responsible for the satellite mission. 

In 1993, he was assigned at the national space study center (Centre national d’études spatiales - CNES) in Toulouse as liaison officer for the HELIOS satellite. 

After the joint staff college, he was head of the space and intelligence department at the “Studies and General Plans” division at the air force staff. 

In 2002, he was posted to the geographic department at the defense staff in Arcueil. He then took command of the unit in 2003. 

Between 2005 and 2007, he took command of the French Guyana Air Forces and “Capitaine François MASSE” Air Force Base in Cayenne. 

Upon completion of the higher command and staff course (equivalent HCSC - Centre des Hautes Etudes Militaires, CHEM) he was nominated deputy director of advanced military education and promoted to Brigadier General on September 1, 2010. 

Then he was Deputy head - “Homeland” - Air Operations and Air Defense Command between 2011 and 2012. 

He was deputy director - Analysis and Production - at the Military Intelligence Directorate from September 1, 2012 to June 30, 2014.

Brigadier General Testé is officer of the Legion of Honor and commander of the National Order of Merit.

He is married and has three children. He has a passion for rugby and regularly practices running. 

Pham Anh Tuan, Ph.D

Director General
Vietnam National Satellite Center

Pham Anh Tuan, Ph.D

Dr. Pham Anh Tuan received his Ph.D. from the Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany. He is the Director of the Vietnam National Satellite Center (VNSC), Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST). His research projects include Manufacturing Flight Model, as well as testing and launching pico-satellites in orbit. He currently directs the Project Management Unit of the Vietnam Space Center Project at Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park.

Dr. Marco Villa

COO
Terran Orbital and Tyvak Nano Satellite Systems

Dr. Marco Villa

Dr. Marco Villa, is COO of Terran Orbital and Tyvak Nano Satellite Systems.  His responsibilities are day-to-day management, strategic efforts, and the acquisition and execution of satellite opportunities for government and commercial customers worldwide.  Dr. Villa has worked on some of the most advanced and cutting-edge programs in the aerospace industry, from technology demonstration satellites to leading commercial efforts, and has developed a unique expertise that combines business management, finance administration and technical knowledge.  Previously, Dr. Villa served as Director of Mission Operations at SpaceX, managing the missions of the Dragon spacecraft to and from the International Space Station.  

Dr. Stephen Volz

NESDIS Assistant Administrator
NOAA Satellite & Information Service

Dr. Stephen Volz

Dr. Stephen Volz is the NOAA Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services. In this role Dr. Volz leads the acquisition and operation of the nation’s civil operational environmental satellite system. He also leads efforts for research and development of products and programs to archive and provide access to a variety of Earth observations.

Dr. Volz previously served as the Associate Director for Flight Programs in the Earth Science Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate where he managed all of NASA’s Earth Science flight missions and associated activities.

Prior to serving as the Flight Program Director, Dr. Volz was the Earth Science program executive for a series of Earth Science missions, including EO-3 GIFTS, CloudSat, CALIPSO, and ICESat, and he led the Senior Review for the Earth Science operating missions. Dr. Volz worked in industry at Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation from 1997–2002, where he was the Project Manager for the Space Infrared Telescope Facility superfluid helium cryostat and other flight projects. From 1986–1997 Dr. Volz worked for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center as an instrument manager, an I&T Manager, a systems engineer, and a cryogenic systems engineer on missions and instruments including the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE), among others.

Dr. Volz is a member of several professional societies, including the American Physical Society (M’82), the American Astronomical Society (M’87), the American Geophysical Union (M’02), and the American Meteorological Society (M’08). He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), an active member of and participant in the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS), and a member of the GRSS Administration Committee (AdCom) for the period of 2013–2017.

Dr. Volz has a doctorate in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1986), a master’s in Physics from Illinois (1981), and a bachelor’s in Physics from the University of Virginia (1980). He has more than 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

 

The Honorable Robert S. Walker

Executive Chairman
Wexler & Walker

The Honorable Robert S. Walker

Wexler & Walker Chairman Robert S. Walker has an insider’s knowledge of politics and policy based on decades of high-level government experience.  Recognized as one of Washington’s leading political strategists, Congressman Walker is in constant demand for his in-depth counsel on public policy issues and trends.

Mr. Walker retired from service in the U.S. House of Representatives after 20 years representing Pennsylvania's 16th District.  During that time he was Chairman of the Committee on Science and Technology (then called the Science Committee), Chief Deputy Whip, Vice Chairman of the Budget Committee, Chairman of the Republican Leadership and Speaker Pro Tempore. 

His expertise in aerospace issues is recognized and utilized.  In 2001, he was appointed to chair the Commission on the Future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry.  In 2004, he served on the President’s Commission on Implementation of the U.S. Space Exploration Policy.  For several years Congressman Walker was a member of the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board of the National Research Council. Back in 1996 he was the first sitting House Member to be awarded NASA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal and in 2004 received the NASA Distinguished Public Services Medal. From 2006 – 2008, he was Chairman of the Space Foundation and is presently a Director Emeritus of that board. During the 2016 presidential campaign, he was a senior advisor to the Trump campaign focusing on the development of space policy.

For more than thirty years Congressman Walker has played a key role in the development and implementation of major public strategies related to science, space, technology, energy and legislative procedure.  For example, he participated in some of the earliest congressional hearings and legislation related to the internet and development of the internet. Today he chairs the board of the Alliance for Transportation Innovation which is a leading advocate for autonomous vehicles. He appears regularly on Fox News, Newsmax and BBC.  He lectures frequently at the Brookings Institute, the Government Affairs Institute and the Woodrow Wilson Institute. 

Walker has a deep background in U.S. foreign policy issues.  In 1996 he chaired the committee which drafted the foreign policy section of the Republican Platform.  He has traveled and studied on all seven continents.  Presently he is a member of the board of the American Australian Council which promotes the relationship between the US and Australia. In 2011 Walker traveled to China as a part of a Former Members of Congress delegation to meet with Chinese government, business and academic leaders.

Congressman Walker holds a B.S. in Education from Millersville University where the Walker Center for Civic Responsibility and Leadership is located.  Additionally, he has an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Delaware and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Franklin and Marshall College.

Michael Watkins, Ph.D

Director
NASA Jet Propulsion Lab

Michael Watkins, Ph.D

Michael M. Watkins became Director of JPL on July 1, 2016. In this role he also serves as a vice president of the California Institute of Technology, which staffs and manages JPL for NASA.Watkins, an engineer and scientist, previously was on the staff of JPL for 22 years. In 2015-16 he spent a year at the University of Texas at Austin, where he held the Clare Cockrell Williams Chair in Engineering and was director of the university’s Center for Space Research.During his JPL career, Watkins served as chief scientist for the Laboratory’s Engineering and Science Directorate, manager of JPL’s Science Division and manager of its Navigation and Mission Design Section. He was mission manager from development through landed operations for the Mars Science Laboratory mission, which sent the Curiosity rover to Mars. He also led NASA development and review teams for the Cassini, Mars Odyssey and Deep Impact robotic space missions.

Watkins served as project scientist for the GRACE, GRAIL and GRACE Follow-On missions. He was an originator of the concept for the GRACE mission, which uses a pair of Earth-orbiting satellites to make detailed measurements of Earth's gravity field anomalies. In addition, he has been a pioneer in the development and use of gravity data for new science applications to better understand Earth’s climate and its evolution. Other research interests include mission design, instrument design and science analysis for acquisition and use of remote sensing data for Earth and other planets.

Watkins holds bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He has published in both engineering and science, contributed more than 100 conference presentations, and serves or served on the boards of numerous international scientific and engineering societies. In addition, he has taught estimation, filtering theory and system engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and at Caltech.

Shaun Wilson

Chief Executive Officer
Shoal Group

Shaun Wilson

Shaun Wilson is the chief executive officer of the Shoal Group. Wilson is a practicing systems engineer with particular expertise in aerospace modelling and simulation and in conceptual design of complex systems. His experience spans from aerospace and defence to mining and leisure sports. Wilson sits on a range of company boards, holds multiple degrees, and is published in several technical fields.

Danielle Wood, Ph.D

Dr. Danielle Wood serves as the Special Assistant to the NASA Deputy Administrator, Dr. Dava Newman. In this role, Wood serves as the primary advisor to the Deputy Administrator on daily and strategic activities; she also contributes to researching, coordinating, and managing activities within the Office of the Deputy Administrator related to the focus areas of exploration, innovation and education. Prior to joining NASA in 2015, Wood worked as a systems engineer and technology policy researcher within the Aerospace Corporation, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center that supports US government space activity. In addition to her work at Aerospace, from 2013 to 2015, Wood held a research appointment within the Systems Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Her research applied systems architecture to study the complex, socio-technical systems implemented by the public sector to meet critical societal needs, with a focus on space, higher education and infrastructure. In 2012, Wood completed her Ph.D in Systems Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Wood also holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering, and a Master of Science in Technology Policy from MIT.

Dr. Johann-Dietrich Wörner

Director General
European Space Agency (ESA)

Dr. Johann-Dietrich Wörner

Dr. Johann-Dietrich Wörner became the European Space Agency (ESA) Director General on July 1 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).

Becky Yoder, CPA

Chief Executive Officer
Surrey Satellite Technology US

Becky Yoder, CPA

Becky Yoder is chief executive officer of Surrey Satellite Technology US LLC, the U.S. subsidiary of world-leading small satellite manufacturer Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) in the United Kingdom. Becky was named CEO of Surrey US in September 2016 to lead the company in the cultivation of the rapidly growing U.S. market for cost-effective small satellite systems, applications, and services. As CEO, Becky directs the company’s strategic development and operational activities.
In a dual role, Becky continues to serve as the chief financial officer and is responsible for all aspects of the company’s financial management.
Prior to joining Surrey in 2008 as its first U.S. employee, Becky Yoder served as controller for Lloyd Realty Partners in Dallas and Resolute Investments in Englewood, Colorado. A Certified Public Accountant, she also worked for six years at Arthur Andersen and as CFO for Aslex, a Denver-based process management company. Becky earned her bachelor of science degree in accounting from Metropolitan State University in Denver.

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Col. Todd Brost, USAF

Joint Interagency Combined Space Operations Center (JICSpOC) Director
U.S. Air Force

Col. Todd Brost, USAF

Col. Todd M. Brost is the first Joint Interagency Combined Space Operations Center (JICSpOC) Director.  He is responsible for the standup of the center and experimentation on future space defense concepts.

Col. Brost is a 1989 graduate of Purdue University. He is a space operations officer, and has been an Instructor and Operations Officer at the USAF Weapons School, a U.S. Central Command Warplanner, commanded the Space Analysis Squadron at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, and served as the 14th Air Force Director of Operations.  Recently Col. Brost deployed to Resolute Support Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan as the Chief of Plans.

Tim Deaver

Corporate Vice President, Development
SES Government Solutions

Tim Deaver

Mr. Deaver joined SES Government Solutions in January 2008 and since January 2015 he serves as Corporate Vice President, Development.  In this position, Mr. Deaver leads all SES Government Solutions’ business and product development activities; strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions; and hosted payload programs.  Mr. Deaver led the SES GS team which won the SMC Pathfinder 1 contract for the purchase of near-end of life transponders, the NASA Global-scale Observation of Limb and Disk (GOLD) hosted payload to be launched on SES-14 in 2017 and the FAA’s Wide-Area Augmentation System (WAAS) payload to be launched on SES-15 also in 2017.

Prior to assuming this position Mr. Deaver was the lead for all U.S. Government programs within SES’s Corporate Development office.  Mr. Deaver also served as the Program manager and eventually the Program Executive for the Commercially Hosted Infra-Red Payload (CHIRP) program which was launched in September 2011 aboard the SES-2 spacecraft.

Prior to joining SES, Mr. Deaver served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force in various space operational, acquisition and policy positions.  

Darrell Durst

Vice President, Advanced Programs Cyber Strategy
Lockheed Martin, Space Systems Company

Darrell Durst

As Vice President, Advanced Programs Cyber Strategy Mr Durst is leading the development of an across lines-of-business cyber strategy that will drive reselience and protection processes, standards and cyber capabilities for platforms and ground systems, developed and deployed by Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company.

Prior to this role from 2014 to 2016 Mr. Durst served as the Vice President of Operations for the Defense & Intelligence Solutions (D&IS) business within LM Information Systems and Global Solutions (IS&GS).  This business delivered capabilities and services with annual revenue of $3.4B, serving the DoD, Intelligence Community, and numerous International Customers. 

From 2009 to 2014 Mr. Durst was the Vice President of LM Cyber Solutions line of business.  This business supported the intelligence community delivering critical cyber based capabilities with annual revenues growing to over $.5B.

Mr. Durst was a recipent of the Black Engineer of the Year Special Recognition Award and recipent of the National Society of Black Engineers Washington Chapter, Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

Mr. Durst holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, both from Howard University.

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

Hoover Institution, Annenberg Distinguished Fellow
Chairman, Space Foundation Board of Directors

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

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

Lt. Col. (Select) Maxim Gimelshteyn

Technical Director, Experiments & Initiatives Division
National Reconnaissance Office

Lt. Col. (Select) Maxim Gimelshteyn

Lt. Col. (Select) Maxim Gimelshteyn is a Commissioned Officer in the United States Air Force. He is currently assigned to the National Reconnaissance Office as the Technical Director for the Experiments and Initiatives Division at the Aerospace Data Facility in Colorado.

Lt. Col. (Select) Gimelshteyn directs advanced research of over one hundred engineers, technicians, and support staff across multiple government agencies and developers executing a large portfolio of projects with a multi-Million dollar annual budget to rapidly develop and transition IC and DoD leading edge capabilities and technologies from R&D into operations. He has held various positions at Air Force Space Command, Air Force Materiel Command, and Air Combat Command supporting DOD & IC missions within the NRO, NSA, NGA, MDA, NASIC, and associated laboratories.

He holds a Bachelor of Science along with a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. His research focused on Radio Frequency - Distinct Native Attribute (RF-DNA) Fingerprinting for Specific Emitter Identification. 

Richard Grubb

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

Richard Grubb

Mr. Richard Grubb is a Foreign Affairs Officer in the Office of Emerging Security Challenges (ESC) in the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (AVC) at the U.S. Department of State.  His portfolio includes undersea, space, missile defense, Arctic and Antarctic, and cyber national security issues within the context of the broader strategic national security field. 

Prior to assuming a portfolio in ESC, Richard served in the AVC Front Office as Special Assistants to the Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary.  He has also served on rotational assignment at USNATO as a Political Officer, during which time he covered cyber, arms control, and strategic security issues. 

Richard earned a Master of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  He received his B.S. in Business Administration from Duquesne University.

Kristina Harrington

Director of Signals Intelligence Directorate
NRO

Kristina Harrington

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

Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, USAF

Commander
Air Force Space Command

Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, USAF

Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond is Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. 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. Gen. Raymond oversees Air Force network operations, manages a global network of satellite command and control, communications, missile warning and space launch facilities, and is responsible for space system development and acquisition. The command comprises approximately 38,000 space and cyberspace professionals assigned to 134 locations worldwide.  Gen. Raymond also directs and coordinates the activities of the headquarters staff.

Gen. Raymond was commissioned through the ROTC program at Clemson University in 1984. He has commanded the 5th SpaceSurveillance Squadron at Royal Air Force Feltwell, England, the 30th Operations Group at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and the 21st Space Wing at Peterson AFB, Colorado, 14th Air Force, United States Strategic Command, Joint Functional Component Command for Space. He deployed to Southwest Asia as Director of Space Forces in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. The general's staff assignments include Headquarters AirForce Space Command, U.S. Strategic Command, the AirStaff and the Office of Secretary of Defense.

Prior to assuming command of Air Force Space Command, Gen. Raymond was the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

Ed Rios

Chief Executive Officer
National Cybersecurity Center

Ed Rios

Mr. Rios is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel with 26 years of active duty experience in Special Technical Operations (STO), space operations, intelligence operations, special mission sea duty, and flight operations with three combat deployments. He is a former DoD Joint Specialty Officer (JSO) with previous assignments including the Office of the Secretary of Defense; U.S. European Command; and U.S. Embassy-Belgrade, Serbia.

Mr. Rios’ formal education includes a Master’s Degree in Business, graduate work at George Washington University and Harvard University, and a Fellowship at MIT where he is a published author. He holds a patent for High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) drone design to support both space and cyber operations.

Mr. Rios is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Cybersecurity Center (NCC). In addition, he is a Director on three non-profit Boards.

Holly Rollins

Principal
Booz Allen Hamilton

Holly Rollins

Holly Rollins, a Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton, has more than 26 years of professional experience in cyber, business case analysis, analysis of alternatives, capital planning, Exhibit 300s, risk assessment, information assurance, infrastructure financing investment strategies, and IT business strategy.  She holds a B.A. in Political Science and an M.B.A. in Finance, as well as her Certificate of International Business and CISSP training.

In her 23 years at Booz Allen, Holly has championed Mentoring Circles, Senior Women’s Roundtable events, New and Expectant Mothers workshops and Senior Associate pipeline management.  Ms. Rollins co-leads Booz Allen’s Air Force Cyber team and co-authored NIST Special Publication 800-65 Integrating IT Security into Capital Planning and Investment Control.  She has engaged with the Community Philanthropy and Partnership, Workforce Leadership Council as the WLC advisor, Professional Development Team advisor and Women’s Forum advisor. Holly was the 2016 Society of Women Engineers Prism award winner and is presently on the leadership advisory team of the Society of Women Engineers within the firm.  She also serves as Booz Allen’s Denver Site Lead.

Holly lives in beautiful Monument, Colorado with her husband, and two children, Matthew 14 and Christy 12.

The Honorable Frank A. Rose

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

The Honorable Frank A. Rose

 

Mr. Rose served as Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance from 2014-2017.  In this position, he was 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.

Prior to joining the State Department June 2009, Mr. Rose held various national security staff positions in the U.S. House of Representatives, including service as a Professional Staff Member on both the House Armed Services Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Mr. Rose has also held numerous positions within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, including as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Threat Reduction; and Policy Advisor in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy. Previous to that, he worked as a National Security Analyst with Science Applications International Corporation and on the staff of U.S. Senator John F. Kerry (D-MA).

Mr. Rose received his bachelor’s degree in history from American University in 1994 and a master’s degree in war studies from Kings’ College, University of London in 1999. He is also a recipient of numerous awards including: the Department of Defense Exceptional Public Service Award (2001); the Office of Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence (2002); the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service (2005); the State Department Superior Honor Award (2012); and the Ordinul National Serviciul Credincios (Knight) from Romania (2014) in acknowledgement for his role as the lead U.S. negotiator for the 2011 missile defense basing agreement.

Gen. William L. Shelton, USAF (Ret.)

Vice Chairman
Space Foundation

Gen. William L. Shelton, USAF (Ret.)

General Shelton retired as Commander, Air Force Space Command, in September 2014. During his career, he commanded space operations units at every level and held staff positions in a wide range of Air Force and Department of Defense organizations. In his final assignment, he led a team of over 40,000 at Air Force Space Command to provide space and cyberspace operational forces as well as acquisition of space systems. In this role, he was responsible for a budget of over $10 billion. During his career, General Shelton was a Space Shuttle controller for the first 18 missions, commander of Global Positioning System operations during the initial deployment of the constellation, and commander of the largest ballistic missile wing. He also commanded all Department of Defense space operations during internationally significant events such as the Chinese anti-satellite test and the North Korean Taepo Dong launch. He served as the CIO of the Air Force and the director of the Air Force headquarters staff during one of the most turbulent periods in the Air Force’s history. General Shelton earned a bachelor of science degree in astronautical engineering from the United States Air Force Academy, a master of science degree in astronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a master of science degree in national security studies from the National War College. 

Steven A. Smith

Vice President and General Manager Systems Engineering Solutions
Ball Aerospace

Steven A. Smith

As Vice President and General Manager of the Systems Engineering Solutions strategic business unit, Steve is responsible for all aspects of nationwide operations and contract performance. Steve joined Ball in 2011 as Director of Space Control and Special Missions, as part of the company’s Washington Operations. He transitioned to become Director of Military Space for the National Defense strategic business unit in 2012.

In 2015, Steve became Director of Programs for the Systems Engineering Solutions strategic business unit, where he led programs executing on Ball's long history of work for the US Air Force, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and other customers, protecting space and airborne systems from cyber physical system threats. Ball has a rich heritage in developing systems and software, and our highly talented specialists analyze intelligence data and create actionable products for the warfighter and decision makers.

Steve retired as a Colonel from the United States Air Force in 2011, after serving 24 years in a variety of space and intelligence-related assignments. From 2009 until his retirement, Steve was Commander of the Advanced Capabilities Group at the Space and Missiles Systems Center (SMC/SY), Los Angeles Air Force Base, California.

Steve holds a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech. His awards include the Collaborative Leadership Award from the Director of National Intelligence, the Superior Service Medal from the National Reconnaissance Office, and the Legion of Merit from the U.S. Air Force.

Space Classified

Winston A. Beauchamp

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

Winston A. Beauchamp

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

Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, USAF

Commander, 14th Air Force, Air Force Space Command
Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command

Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, USAF

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, Calif.  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, 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. 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. His 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.

Maj. Gen. Stephen T. Denker, USAF

Deputy Director
National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)

Maj. Gen. Stephen T. Denker, USAF

Major General Stephen T. Denker is the Deputy Director, National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Chantilly, Va. His responsibilities include assisting the Director and Principal Deputy Director in managing the strategic and tactical operations of the NRO. Also, as the Commander, Air Force Element, he manages all Air Force personnel and resources assigned to the NRO and serves as the senior adviser to the NRO Director on all military matters.

General Denker entered the Air Force in 1986 after graduating from the University of Minnesota and receiving a commission as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program.  He began his career as a spacecraft engineer at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, followed by acquisition assignments with the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization, now known as the Missile Defense Agency, and the Special Programs organization at the Pentagon.  General Denker’s operations experience includes developmental test and evaluation activities and specialized operations on a variety of space and ground systems.  He has commanded at the Squadron, Group and Wing level and has served as executive officer, deputy division chief on the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition) staff and 
served as the Commandant, Air Command and Staff College and Vice Commander, Spaatz Center for Officer Education, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.  Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Director of Integrated Air, Space, Cyberspace and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Operations, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

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

Hoover Institution, Annenberg Distinguished Fellow
Chairman, Space Foundation Board of Directors

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

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

William Gattle

President, Space and Intelligence Systems
Harris

William Gattle

William (Bill) Gattle is president of Harris Corporation’s Space and Intelligence Systems segment. In this role, he has primary responsibility for the business strategy, financial performance, and successful execution of all programs within Space and Intelligence. This segment offers complete earth observation, weather, geospatial, space protection and intelligence solutions from advanced sensors and payloads, ground processing and information analytics.

Prior to being named to his current position, Gattle was vice president and general manager of Harris’ National Systems business unit, which focused on the U.S. intelligence community and the worldwide space market, providing end-to-end mission solutions for intelligence collection, analysis, and distribution, as well as enabling technologies for space.

Previously, he served as vice president of Aerospace Systems, which encompassed space-based payloads, electronics, and structures for commercial and government markets, including military avionics and electronics, as well as programs of record for strategic and tactical terminals and networks. Before that, he was vice president of Space Communication Systems, which provided key enabling payload and precision structures capability to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), NASA, commercial enterprises, and the intelligence community. Under his leadership, the Space business revenue grew 30 percent per year. Previously, he held positions as the program director of the Commercial Reflector Enterprise and Mobile Satellite Ventures (Lightsquared) reflector program, program director of DoD Terrestrial Communications, and director of Engineering for Defense Programs. Gattle holds a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida. In addition, he is a graduate of the Harris Leadership Directions program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Gattle is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), Space Florida Aviation and Aerospace Task Force, and the Space Supplier Council (SSC). He is a board member of the UF Dean’s Advisory Board, Astronauts Memorial Foundation and Serene Harbor. He is also a recipient of the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Florida.

Jeffrey D. Grant

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

Jeffrey D. Grant

Jeffrey D. Grant is sector vice president and general manager of Space Systems at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, a premier provider of manned and unmanned aircraft, space systems and advanced technologies critical to our nation’s security.
In this role, Grant leads the division which provides space solutions for civil, military and restricted customers.

Prior to this appointment, Grant was vice president of National Systems for Space Systems. His primary responsibilities were the acquisition and execution of all space programs for restricted customers, which includes the design, build, launch and operations of major systems. He also was responsible for new business with these customers as well as the evolution of existing systems, including capabilities enhancements and technology insertion.
Grant also served previously as the vice president of Business Development at Northrop Grumman’s former Space Technology sector. In that role, he led the business development function, overseeing Space Technology’s strategy formulation, program development, marketing and discretionary investment.

Grant joined Northrop Grumman via the acquisition of TRW in December 2002. Prior to his joining TRW in February 2002, he held a variety of government and private sector positions. Most recently, he was vice president and chief technical officer for Astrolink International, LLC. Astrolink was an international joint venture to develop and operate a global, broadband telecommunications satellite system.
Before joining the private sector, Grant served for 21 years at the United States Central Intelligence Agency in positions at the CIA/National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Directorate of Science and Technology, and Directorate of Intelligence, Office of Scientific Intelligence. In his most recent assignment at the NRO, he served as director, Office of Plans and Analysis. During his 18 years at the NRO, Grant also served as a program director for a satellite, launch and ground segment development. In addition, he was the chief systems engineer on two space intelligence collection projects involving spacecraft in both geosynchronous and low earth orbits. Grant also led an advanced technology division to develop and test advanced imagery, communication and data processing technologies.

Grant received a Bachelor of Science in ocean engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the Intelligence Medal of Merit, the CIA’s Engineer of the Year, the Intelligence Certificate of Distinction and the CIA Certificate of Distinction. Grant currently serves on the board of directors for the Space Foundation.

John Hill

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy
U.S. Department of Defense

John Hill

Mr. John D. Hill became the Principal Director for Space Policy in November 2013, and is currently the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy, with responsibilities for formulating and coordinating space-related national security and defense policies and strategies, including for the conduct of international space cooperation.

A member of the career Senior Executive Service since 2007, Mr. Hill has fulfilled a wide variety of assignments in the Department of Defense (DoD). Prior to his current assignment, he served as DoD’s representative in negotiations with Afghanistan on the Security and Defense Cooperation Agreement that enables a continuing presence of United States forces. Mr. Hill has held two prior Principal Director positions in DoD, overseeing defense policies and programs regarding Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia from 2010-2012, and holding similar responsibilities regarding the East Asia region from 2006-2010. 

In previous assignments as the Director for Northeast Asia and as the Senior Country Director for Japan, Mr. Hill led DoD’s management of U.S. alliance relationships with Japan and the Republic of Korea and oversaw security policies regarding the Korean Peninsula. 

Mr. Hill’s career includes extensive experience across a wide range of international negotiations encompassing defense posture, status of forces, nuclear non-proliferation, defense industrial collaboration, international trade, and host nation support agreements. His early career highlights included roles in developing the longstanding U.S. policy on offsets in military exports and development and implementation of the Gulf War program under which coalition partners contributed $53 billion to defray U.S. costs.

As a member of the inaugural class of Mansfield Fellows, Mr. Hill served assignments on detail to the Japan Defense Agency, the Japan Federation of Economic Organizations (Keidanren), and Japan's Ministry of International Trade and Industry.

Mr. Hill joined DoD through selection to the Presidential Management Internship Program, serving assignments with the Army Security Assistance Command, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Mr. Hill received his Master of Arts in International Affairs from American University, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at UCLA. He and his wife Lynn live in Fairfax, Virginia. They have three grown daughters.

The Honorable Steven Isakowitz

President and Chief Executive Officer
The Aerospace Corporation

The Honorable Steven Isakowitz

The Honorable Steven J. Isakowitz is president and chief executive officer of The Aerospace Corporation, a leading architect for the nation’s national security and civil space programs. The Aerospace Corporation has more than 3,600 employees and annual revenues of $951 million. Isakowitz is a recognized leader across the govern- ment, private, space, and technology sectors, having served in prominent roles at Virgin Galactic, the U.S. Department of Energy, NASA, and the White House Office of Management and Budget. Isakowitz served as chief technology officer of Virgin Galactic from 2011 to 2013, and as its president from 2013 to 2016. At Virgin Galactic, his responsibilities included the development of privately funded launch systems, human spaceflight vehicles, advanced technologies, and other new space applications. Prior to Virgin Galactic, Isakowitz served as chief financial officer of the U.S. Department of Energy, where he supported basic scientific research and advanced energy technologies in the national security and civil sectors, while managing a budget of nearly $30 billion.  Isakowitz earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Michael J. Johnston

Senior Director
Booz Allen Hamilton

Michael J. Johnston

Michael Johnston, a Senior Director with Booz Allen Hamilton, is the Booz Allen Senior Manager for the Colorado Springs location. Mr. Johnston is a senior leader for the firm’s Air Force space business and the firm’s Systems Engineering and Integration business. Mr. Johnston leads teams in delivery of solutions to customer requirements and mission challenges related to space and ground systems.  Mr. Johnston brings together the firms diverse Subject Matter Expertise to solve complex client challenges at all stages of a systems life-cycle.

Mr. Johnston has over 28 years of hands on and management experience in a variety of Systems Engineering focused areas including: Studies and Analysis, Rapid Prototyping, Systems Engineering Planning, Requirements Management, Operation support, Architecture development and Analysis, Modeling and Simulation, Software Development, Test and Evaluation, and general consulting.  His specialties encompass in-depth experience in space control, satellite communications, terrestrial wireless communication protocols, capabilities based architecture analysis, and aircraft performance. Mr. Johnston also served as a key liaison between the development and operational communities in the fielding of large scale systems. His background includes Space (Iridium, AFSCN, LTRS, MILSATCOM, TSAT, Space Control), aircraft flight testing (C17, MD90, C17, T45, F15), NASA (Space Shuttle operations, Constellation), missile defense (ICBM sustainment, Nuclear Weapons Center) and telecommunications (TDMA, GSM).

Mr. Johnston Michael grew up in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. He received his Bachelors degree in Aerospace Engineering from West Virginia University. He received a Masters from the George Washington School of Business. Additionally, he is a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) through the International Council of Systems Engineers (INCOSE). Michael is an avid skier, hiker, and mountain-biker. He has been married to Martha Johnston for 25 years and together they have 3 children.

Henry A. "Trey" Obering, III

Executive Vice President
Booz Allen Hamilton

Henry A. "Trey" Obering, III

Trey Obering is a Booz Allen Hamilton Executive Vice President based in McLean, Virginia. He works with clients in the Directed Energy area across the DoD and Intelligence communities. An expert in acquisition and program management, he also works with clients in the Air Force Materiel Command, Air Force Space Command, and Missile Defense markets.  He leads the Acquisition Program Management and Logistics Functional Community which develops and improves the skills of the hundreds of acquisition and logistics professionals across the firm.  Based on his experience, he has led two National Academy of Sciences committees sponsored by the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition) to help the Air Force improve the management of their programs.  Prior to joining Booz Allen, he led a comprehensive review of the National Reconnaissance Office for the Director, National Intelligence, which provided a new charter for that organization.

Mr. Obering retired from the US Air Force as a Lieutenant General with more than 35 years of e­­xperience in space and defense systems development, integration, and operations. He served as Director of the 8,500-person Missile Defense Agency, Office of the Secretary of Defense.  He was the Department of Defense (DoD) Acquisition Executive for the nation’s $10 billion per year missile defense portfolio. In addition, he served as the program manager for the Ballistic Missile Defense System.  Prior to his assignment at MDA, he planned and programmed 68 joint, Air Force and international programs with a $28 billion budget as Mission Area Director for Information Dominance on the Air Staff.

Mr. Obering entered the Air Force in 1973 after completing the University of Notre Dame's ROTC program as a distinguished graduate. He received his pilot wings in 1975 and flew operational assignments in the F-4E.  Later, he was assigned to the Space Shuttle program and participated in 15 space shuttle launches as a NASA orbiter project engineer and was responsible for integrating firing room launch operations. Other assignments include tours with the Air Force Inspector General, the Defense Mapping Agency, and Electronic Systems Center.

Mr. Obering has twice earned the DoD’s highest non-combat award, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal for leadership.  In 2008, he received the prestigious University of Notre Dame Rev. William Corby Award recognizing alumni who have led a distinguished military career.  He was honored by the National Defense Industrial Association’s Missile Defense Division with the 2011 Kadish Award for Acquisition Excellence.  

He received a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Notre Dame University and an M.S. degree in Astronautical Engineering from Stanford University.

Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, USAF

Commander
Air Force Space Command

Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, USAF

Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond is Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. 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. Gen. Raymond oversees Air Force network operations, manages a global network of satellite command and control, communications, missile warning and space launch facilities, and is responsible for space system development and acquisition. The command comprises approximately 38,000 space and cyberspace professionals assigned to 134 locations worldwide.  Gen. Raymond also directs and coordinates the activities of the headquarters staff.

Gen. Raymond was commissioned through the ROTC program at Clemson University in 1984. He has commanded the 5th SpaceSurveillance Squadron at Royal Air Force Feltwell, England, the 30th Operations Group at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and the 21st Space Wing at Peterson AFB, Colorado, 14th Air Force, United States Strategic Command, Joint Functional Component Command for Space. He deployed to Southwest Asia as Director of Space Forces in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. The general's staff assignments include Headquarters AirForce Space Command, U.S. Strategic Command, the AirStaff and the Office of Secretary of Defense.

Prior to assuming command of Air Force Space Command, Gen. Raymond was the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

Technical Track

Carlo des Dorides

Executive Director
European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA)

Carlo des Dorides

As Executive Director of the GSA, Carlo des Dorides sets the vision of the Agency and ensures that the GSA accomplishes its mission of supporting the effective operation, maintenance and security of the Europe’s satellite navigation systems, Galileo and EGNOS, while guaranteeing optimal service levels and developing applications and services that ensure the satellites benefit end users.  He has almost three decades of experience managing space service focussed teams. He has held key management responsibilities at the European Commission and was responsible for the definition of the Galileo/EGNOS exploitation phase and the EGNOS operational phase. Before joining the Commission, he led the Concession Department at the European GNSS Supervisory Authority and served as Chief Negotiator of the Galileo Public-Private-Partnership/Concession contract at the Galileo Joint Undertaking. His career has focussed on program management and operations of advanced satellite systems. As Director of Programs and Engineering at ENAV, the Italian air navigation service provider, he was responsible for updating the technology of Italian airports and Area Control Centres. Prior to that he held several management positions in the aerospace private sector including Head of advanced telecommunication programs and Program Manager for major satellite telecommunication projects at Alenia Spazio. He holds a degree in engineering from the University of Rome and an M.B.A. from CUOA, Vicenza, Italy.

James Keravala

CEO
Off-World Consortium

Rhiannon Roberts

Internship Coordinator
University of South Florida’s Patel College of Global Sustainability

Rhiannon Roberts

Rhiannon Roberts is the University of South Florida’s Patel College of Global Sustainability's Internship Coordinator. Prior to joining USF’s Patel College of Global Sustainability, Roberts played a pivotal role as an avid networker and social media expert with over 10 years of extensive experience managing professional social media accounts. She successfully leveraged an extensive network of over 70,000 followers to dramatically increase the number of followers on social media accounts for large corporations, events, and individuals. Her work’s focus in science, technology, space exploration, and global sustainability was as a result of being selected to the NASA Social program, and her work covering rocket launches for NASA, the United Launch Alliance (ULA), and SpaceX. In addition, Roberts is also the Social Media Manager for The Space Frontier Foundation.  She has also worked closely with large film and entertainment venues such as the Blue Ocean International Film Festival and Conservation Summit promoting ocean sustainability, IIFA awards and BET to name just a few. Her broad experience and travel to over 50 countries has helped produce new partnerships for the university. Roberts holds a bachelor of arts in mass communications broadcast news from the University of South Florida. 

Greg Thanavaro

Senior Spacecraft Systems Engineer
Ball Aerospace

Greg Thanavaro

Greg Thanavaro is a Senior Spacecraft Systems Engineer at Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colorado. During his seven years with Ball, he has worked programs for Sandia National Labs, NASA, and DigitalGlobe, and currently serves as a lead fault management engineer for the National Defense strategic business unit. Prior to his position at Ball, Thanavaro was a graduate research assistant for the Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In this role, he applied advanced design methods to a system-of-systems grand challenge for the Office of Naval Research. As an undergraduate, he was a payload mechanical design engineer for the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Demonstration and Science Experiments spacecraft. Thanavaro worked on the CloudSat Battery Anomaly Recovery Team honored with a NASA Group Achievement Award in 2012. He holds a bachelor's degree from Boston University and a master's degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, both in aerospace engineering.

New Generation Space Leaders

Mike Appleby

Senior Associate
Booz Allen Hamilton

Maj. Gen. Nina M. Armagno, USAF

Director of Strategic Plans, Programs, Requirements and Analysis
Air Force Space Command

Maj. Gen. Nina M. Armagno, USAF

Major General Nina M. Armagno is the Director of Strategic Plans, Programs, Requirements and Analysis, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. She is responsible for developing strategy, doctrine and policy for the command’s space and cyberspace operations; defining the future of space and cyberspace systems through requirements definition, mission area architectures, analysis, science and technology development in support of the joint warfighter, Department of Defense, civil, and national users. The General also manages the command’s international relations and foreign disclosure programs.  Mission areas include missile warning/defense, military satellite communications, cyber warfare network operations, precision navigation and timing, space control, space protection, and launch and range.

General Armagno earned her commission and graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, in June 1988. Her experience in space systems operations includes combat-mission-ready operator, instructor, evaluator and flight commander in strategic missile warning, space surveillance, space control, space launch and theater missile warning mission areas.

Prior to her current assignment, General Armagno served as the Commander, 45th Space Wing, and Director, Eastern Range, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, where she was responsible for the processing and launching of U.S. government and commercial satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.  She also served as Commander, 30th Space Wing, Vandenberg AFB, California; Commander and Deputy Commander, 21st Operations Group, Peterson AFB, Colorado; Senior Military Assistant and Chief of Staff to the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense; Squadron and Installation Commander, 6th Space Warning Squadron, Cape Cod Air Force Station, Massachusetts; Director of Operations, 1st Space Warning Squadron, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.  In addition, she has held staff assignments at Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Headquarters 14th Air Force and the 381st Training Group and served as an Air Force Legislative Fellow in the Office of Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher.

Keith Barger

Space Education Specialist
Space Foundation

Keith Barger

Keith Barger implements several of the Space Foundation's space-related educational programs, including those that are new, as well as renowned.  He teaches the Discover the Universe field trips for students, as well as the new Space in the Community program. In addition, he assists with the established Tesla’s Toolbox program, and is the lead on the Discovery Center’s new Family Star Party events, making use of his extensive background in astronomy. He develops and implements curriculum and education programs that support science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM).

Prior to working at the Space Foundation, Barger spent four years teaching biology, earth science, environmental science and astronomy at Manitou Springs High school. Barger initiated the astronomy club at MSHS, and also served as assistant coach for the varsity girls’ basketball team. Barger earned his bachelor’s degree at Valdosta State University, and his master’s in teaching from Georgia College and State University.

Kira Blackwell

Program Executive, Office of the Chief Technologist
NASA: Headquarters

Kira Blackwell

Kira Blackwell brings with her a wealth of experience in business management that began almost three decades ago with the management of a $3 million store at the age of 18. It is her entrepreneurial spirit and tenacity that has enabled Blackwell to build a diverse set of skills and strategically assist businesses for success across aerospace, biotechnology, and technology management. She has strong business acumen as a results-driven decisive leader and is experienced in establishing and managing diverse strategic partnerships with not-for-profit organizations, small start-up companies and fortune 500 corporations. In her role within the Office of the Chief Technologist, Blackwell is the Innovation Liaison supporting the NASA Deputy Administrators’ Innovation Framework, the agency's innovation strategy. Prior to joining our team, Blackwell managed her own consulting business working with several start-up companies, providing business solutions, leadership and business connections as businesses began to navigate through the business start-up process. She also contracted with Jacobs at the NASA White Sands Test Facility, developing quantitative Federal and State level support across New Mexico, identifying new business opportunities and initiating the discussions for a collaborative partnership with New Mexico State University. Blackwell graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston.

Salvatore T. "Tory" Bruno

President and Chief Executive Officer
United Launch Alliance (ULA)

Salvatore T. "Tory" Bruno

Salvatore T. “Tory” Bruno is the president and chief executive officer for United Launch Alliance (ULA). In this role, Bruno serves as the principal strategic leader of the organization and oversees all business management and operations.

Prior to joining ULA, he served as the vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Strategic and Missile Defense Systems. The business is 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 Defence. Programs included the Navy’s Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM), theAir Force’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Reentry Systems, and the Missile Defense Agency’s Terminal High Area Altitude Defense (THAAD), Targets and Countermeasures and CommonExoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) Concept Definition. He also managed the corporation’s responsibilities in Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Management Limited, a joint venture that produces and safely maintains the U.K.’s nuclear weapons. He is a former member of the board of directors of Lockheed Martin U.K. Ltd.

Bruno joined Lockheed Martin in 1984. He previously served as vice president and general manager of FBM and ICBM, as vice president of the THAAD Missile, as vice president of Engineering, as chief engineer for Strategic Missile Programs, as program manager for FBM Rocket Propulsion and in engineering positions involving design and analysis for control systems of rockets andhypersonic reentry vehicles. He holds several patents.

He holds 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.

Bruno is a companion of the Naval Order of the United States, a member of the Navy League and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. He served on the National Blue Ribbon Panel for Bettering Engineering &Science Education and as Chairman of the Diversity Council of Lockheed Martin Space Systems.

He is the author of two books that explore the organization of the medieval Knights Templar from the perspective of modern business management: “Templar Organization: The Management of Warrior Monasticism” and “Templar Incorporated.” He is a recipient of the Order of Merit of the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem.

Col. DeAnna M. Burt, USAF

Commander, 50th Space Wing
Air Force Space Command

Col. DeAnna M. Burt, USAF

Col. 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. During her time as the 50th Space Wing Commander, Colonel Burt was selected to serve as the first non-flying Air Expeditionary Wing Commander for Red Flag Exercise 16-3.

Prior to assuming command, Colonel Burt was the Director, Commander’s Action Group, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. She was responsible for leading a ten person team preparing Congressional testimony, correspondence, engagements, and high interest briefings on behalf of the four star commander.

Colonel Burt entered the Air Force in 1991 as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force ROTC program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Her career has included numerous satellite operations and staff positions in Air Force Space Command and U.S. European Command. Colonel Burt has commanded the 2nd Space Operations Squadron and the 460th Operations Group. She is a graduate and former instructor of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School and a graduate of the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies.

Dr. Steve Chappell

BASALT Exploration/Ops Lead
NASA JSC

Dr. Steve Chappell

Steve Chappell attended the University of Michigan and earned a BS degree in aerospace engineering. He also earned MS and PhD degrees from the University of Colorado in aerospace engineering sciences, researching human performance and spacesuit systems in simulated reduced gravity. His career has spanned many areas of engineering and science, including work on embedded software for fighter aircraft, satellite ground systems development, and Earth-observing satellites systems engineering. In recent years, he has helped lead the Mars Moons Human Spaceflight Architecture Team and the Cis-Lunar Habitable Airlock Project from NASA Johnson Space Center. He has extensive experience leading and taking part in research in multiple exploration analog environments including arctic (Haughton Mars Project), desert (NASA Desert Research and Technology Studies), underwater (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, aka NEEMO), and partial gravity simulators. He currently is the Science Operations Co-Lead for the Biologic Analog Science Associated with Lava Terrains (BASALT) research project.

Brig. Gen. Cary C. Chun (Ret)

Senior Vice President, Client Relations Executive
ASRC Federal

Brig. Gen. Cary C. Chun (Ret)

Brig. Gen. (Retired) Cary C. Chun is ASRC Federal’s senior vice president, client relations executive. Chun brings almost 30 years of space operations experience to ASRC Federal, leading the company’s expansion efforts in the defense and intelligence space operations market.  Chun joined ASRC Federal in 2012 as senior vice president of space and intelligence, and later served as senior vice president and general manager of defense programs. He retired from the U.S. Air Force as the director for mission operations for the National Reconnaissance Office and the deputy commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space at U.S. Strategic Command. He commanded the 50th Space Wing, Schriever Air Force Base, Colo.; Space Operations Wing at the Aerospace Data Facility, Buckley Air Force Base, Colo.; NRO Operations Group at Onizuka Air Force Station, Calif.; and 614th Space Operations Squadron at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. He also served as the director of Space Forces while deployed to Southwest Asia for operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.  Chun was commissioned as a second lieutenant from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1985. He earned master’s degrees in systems management from the University of Southern California and in space operations from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He also holds a Master of Strategic Studies from the Air War College.  Gen Chun is the first Air Force general officer of Filipino descent.

Suzanne Cunningham

Strategy & Integration Manager
NASA Kennedy Space Center

Suzanne Cunningham

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

John Elbon

Vice President and General Manager Space Exploration at Boeing
Space Foundation Board of Directors

John Elbon

John Elbon is vice president and general manager, Space Exploration, a division of Boeing Defense, Space & Security at The Boeing Company. He is responsible for the strategic direction of Boeing's civil space programs, and support of NASA programs such as the International Space Station (ISS), Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program, and the Space Launch System. Elbon served as vice president and program manager for Boeing’s Commercial Programs. In this position, Elbon managed Boeing’s efforts on NASA’s Commercial Crew Space Act Agreements, including the first two phases of the Commercial Crew Development program. He has leveraged innovations and capabilities from across Boeing in the development of crew transportation systems to support NASA and commercial customers in accessing destinations in Low Earth Orbit. He has been Boeing vice president of Systems Integration for the Army’s Future Combat Systems, and the Boeing program manager for several NASA programs including Constellation, ISS, and the, Checkout, Assembly & Payload Processing Services (CAPPS) contract at Kennedy Space Center.  He holds a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. 

Erik Eliasen

VP, National Security Space Programs
Swedish Space Corporation

Erik Eliasen

Erik Eliasen joined Universal Space Network, now SSC, in September 2009.  As Vice President, National Security Space Programs, he is responsible for overseeing and advancing all of SSC's Business Development activities for the National Security Space market.  Furthermore, Eliasen also provides executive oversight and guidance for SSC’s government relations and legislative interaction. Eliasen joined Universal Space Network after serving 20+ years in the U.S. Air Force where he gained a vast amount of satellite and space operations related experience. His varied assignments included time as a Satellite Vehicle Operator, Air Force Space Command, the Commander for the Air Force’s Satellite Control Station in California, and Commander of the 1st Space Operations Squadron where he led 85 people to accomplish various dynamic satellite missions for the Air Force. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Mechanics from the United States Air Force Academy, and two Masters Degrees, one in Space Operations from the Air Force Institute of Technology and the other in Management Information Systems, from the University of Montana.

Kristina Harrington

Director of Signals Intelligence Directorate
NRO

Kristina Harrington

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

Gregory Johnson

Executive Director, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space
Former NASA Astronaut

Gregory Johnson

Gregory H. Johnson is the President and Executive Director for the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS). As executive director, Johnson is responsible for leading the CASIS staff to maximize utilization of the International Space Station (ISS) to benefit life here on Earth. CASIS identifies innovative applications and develops new partnership opportunities to promote utilization of our nation’s orbiting laboratory. Prior to CASIS, Johnson was a decorated officer and pilot with the United States Air Force. He flew 34 combat missions in support of Operation Desert Storm and 27 missions during Operation Southern Watch. In 1994, he became a test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base, where he flew and tested the F-15C/E, NF-15B and several other aircraft. Retiring as a Colonel after nearly 25 years in the U.S. Air Force, Johnson has logged over 5,000 flight hours in more than 50 different aircraft. Johnson received his B.S. in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, his M.S. in flight structures engineering from Columbia University and his M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Michael J. Johnston

Senior Director
Booz Allen Hamilton

Michael J. Johnston

Michael Johnston, a Senior Director with Booz Allen Hamilton, is the Booz Allen Senior Manager for the Colorado Springs location. Mr. Johnston is a senior leader for the firm’s Air Force space business and the firm’s Systems Engineering and Integration business. Mr. Johnston leads teams in delivery of solutions to customer requirements and mission challenges related to space and ground systems.  Mr. Johnston brings together the firms diverse Subject Matter Expertise to solve complex client challenges at all stages of a systems life-cycle.

Mr. Johnston has over 28 years of hands on and management experience in a variety of Systems Engineering focused areas including: Studies and Analysis, Rapid Prototyping, Systems Engineering Planning, Requirements Management, Operation support, Architecture development and Analysis, Modeling and Simulation, Software Development, Test and Evaluation, and general consulting.  His specialties encompass in-depth experience in space control, satellite communications, terrestrial wireless communication protocols, capabilities based architecture analysis, and aircraft performance. Mr. Johnston also served as a key liaison between the development and operational communities in the fielding of large scale systems. His background includes Space (Iridium, AFSCN, LTRS, MILSATCOM, TSAT, Space Control), aircraft flight testing (C17, MD90, C17, T45, F15), NASA (Space Shuttle operations, Constellation), missile defense (ICBM sustainment, Nuclear Weapons Center) and telecommunications (TDMA, GSM).

Mr. Johnston Michael grew up in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. He received his Bachelors degree in Aerospace Engineering from West Virginia University. He received a Masters from the George Washington School of Business. Additionally, he is a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) through the International Council of Systems Engineers (INCOSE). Michael is an avid skier, hiker, and mountain-biker. He has been married to Martha Johnston for 25 years and together they have 3 children.

Wallis W. Laughrey

Vice President Space Systems
Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems

Wallis W. Laughrey

Wallis Laughrey is vice president of Space Systems, a mission area within Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems business. A member of the SAS leadership team, he oversees all Space Systems programs, developing organization’s vision, strategy and plans. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2016 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Before joining Space Systems, Laughrey was SAS vice president and deputy in Advanced Concepts and Technology. He continues to collaborate with ACT in the development and implementation of new and emerging system concepts, products and strategic technologies that position SAS for the future.

Laughrey came to Raytheon from Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems where he was director of Strike Systems Advanced Development. In that role, he was responsible for leading strategy and business development teams in growing two diverse portfolios. During his tenure at Northrop, he held a number of program and functional positions, each with increasing levels of responsibility.

Prior to Northrop, Laughrey was with Raytheon SAS as program manager for a family of products employed on the E2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. He led the development and delivery of five flight units through
subsystem and aircraft level integration and test in less than two years.

After graduating from the United States Air Force Academy, Laughrey served in a number of different roles and organizations within Air Force Space Command and
Air Force Materiel Command.

Laughrey holds a bachelor’s degree from the United States Air Force Academy, a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in product development engineering from the University of Southern California. He has also earned a certificate in advanced project management from Stanford University. Laughrey holds memberships in the Air Force Association, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and National Defense Industrial Association professional organizations.

Pascal Lee, Ph.D

Director, NASA Haughton-Mars Project
Mars Institute, SETI Institute, & NASA Ames Research Center

Pascal Lee, Ph.D

Dr. Pascal Lee is a planetary scientist at the Mars Institute, the SETI Institute, and NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. He is internationally recognized for his work on the history of water on Mars, on the origin of Mars’ moons, and on planning the future human exploration of Mars. Dr. Lee has led over 30 expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica to study Mars by comparison with the Earth. He recently led the Northwest Passage Drive Expedition, the subject of the award-winning documentary film Passage To Mars (2016). Dr. Lee’s first book, Mission: Mars, won the 2015 Prize for Excellence in children’s science books from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In his free time, Pascal likes to be walked by his dogs, fly, and paint, although not at the same time. He is a helicopter commercial pilot and flight instructor, and an artist member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists.

Debra Facktor Lepore

Vice President and General Manager, Strategic Operations
Ball Aerospace

Debra Facktor Lepore

Debra Facktor Lepore is the vice president and general manager of Strategic Operations for Ball Aerospace, where she is responsible for increasing Ball Aerospace’s profile in the market and facilitating collaboration across the company. Lepore is the company’s senior executive in the Washington, DC area and leads Washington Operations, Marketing and Communications, and Strategic Development. Lepore brings over 25 years of experience in the aerospace industry to her current role. Prior to joining Ball in January 2013, she served as the president of DFL Space LLC, an aerospace consulting firm focused on developing innovative business strategies for a wide range of clients.

As an industry professor at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, she led its Master’s of Engineering in Technical Leadership program and served as Director of Strategic Programs for the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC). She was Principal Investigator on the SERC research project “Expedited Systems Engineering for Rapid Capability and Urgent Needs,” sponsored by the U.S. Air Force, and has used this research toward PhD studies. Among other distinctions, Lepore was honored with the University of Michigan 2014 Alumni Merit Award for Aerospace Engineering and as the Women in Aerospace (WIA) “Most Outstanding Member” for 2012. She is the former chair of the board of WIA and founding president of the WIA Foundation.

Lepore serves on the board of the American Astronautical Society (AAS), and the industry advisory boards of the University of Michigan Aerospace Engineering Department and the Johns Hopkins University Space Systems Engineering program. She is also an appointed member of the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC). Lepore is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and an Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). She holds a B.S.E. (magna cum laude) and M.S.E. in aerospace engineering, both from the University of Michigan, and is an alumna of the International Space University summer session program in space policy and law. 

Mary Lockhart

President and Chief Executive Officer
PEMDAS Technologies & Innovations

Mary Lockhart

Mary Lockhart is a nationally recognized and established
leader in both aerospace and atmospheric science
communities. Mary is the founder of PEMDAS Technologies
& Innovations, a woman- owned, service-disabled veteranowned
small business. The company focus areas are the
integration of weather intelligence into C4I systems, sensor
technology and engineering for the Department of Defense.
Since inception, Mary’s stewardship as CEO has enabled
PEMDAS Technologies and Innovations to succeed in
developing cutting edge products and services providing
enhanced mission success and survivability to Air Force
platforms in the combat arena.

Her previous leadership positions includes serving as a Senior Aerospace Meteorologist at
NASA/Armstrong Flight Research Facility and as the Acting Director of Air Force Weather,
Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, Washington D.C.
In her military career, Mary has provided the Office of Secretary of Defense, Air Force, Army, Navy
and the national intelligence community with programmatic support, modeling and simulation, and
test expertise across a broad range of atmospheric phenomenology for more than 30 years. Her last
assignment before retiring as a colonel in the USAF Reserves was as legislative liaison, US House of
Representatives. In this capacity she served the senior leadership of the US Air Force, including the
Chief of Staff, as an advisor and liaison on governmental matters of importance to Air Force
training, staffing and funding.

Mary possesses a B.S. in Meteorology from Penn State University, a B.A. in Mathematics from the
College of the Holy Cross and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University. Her
technical expertise spans all phases of weather operations to include weather observing and
forecasting, Research and Development, Operational Test and Evaluation, mission planning and
execution, electro-optical and space environmental analysis. With direct support to mission planning
for Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Mary is a recognized
expert in environmental impacts to combat operations. She is the recipient of the Air Force
Weather's highest technical award for the most significant technical weather contributions to the
warfighter.

As Program Manager for Department of Defense's most advanced electro-optical weapons mission
planning programs, Mary resolved program deficiencies and trained combat personnel of services
worldwide for OEF and OIF. Mary has authored numerous technical reports/articles to include the
importance of weather in mission planning and execution.

Lt. Col. Terrill J. McCall, USAF

Commander, 22nd Space Operations Squadron
U.S. Air Force

Lt. Col. Terrill J. McCall, USAF

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 the $6.2 billion Air Force Satellite Control Network and eight worldwide remote tracking stations.  Colonel McCall leads more than 400 military, civilian and contractors providing scheduling; launch support; orbital analysis; telemetry, tracking and commanding; communications; mission data dissemination; and emergency recovery support for more than 175 operational Department of Defense, national agency, civil and allied spacecraft valued at more than $66 billion. 

Prior to assuming command, Colonel McCall was the Chief, Enterprise Architecture Assessment Branch, Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Pentagon, Washington DC.  He was responsible for leading a five person team responding to Congressional inquiries, enforcing Air Force Enterprise Architecture Compliance, enabling the integration, program analysis and management of the $7 billion Information Technology portfolio, and ensured resourcing and executing of the $17 billion C4 enterprise.

Colonel McCall was commissioned in 1999 through the Officer Training School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.  He has since served at the detachment, squadron, Agency, and Air Force Headquarters levels supporting Combatant Commands, Components, and various coalitions in training forces and facilitating operations across Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia.  Additionally, Colonel McCall has deployed five times across the Middle East and supported four named operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and most recently, Libya.   

Robert Meyerson

President
Blue Origin

Robert Meyerson

Robert Meyerson is the President of Blue Origin where he has overseen the steady growth of the company since 2003. Blue is developing reusable launch systems to enable a future where millions of people are living and working in space. Vehicles and technologies under development include the New Shepard system for suborbital human and research flights, the BE-3 LOX/LH2 rocket engine, the BE-4 LOX/LNG rocket engine, as well as orbital launch systems. Prior to joining Blue, Meyerson was a Senior Manager at Kistler Aerospace, responsible for the landing and thermal protection systems of a 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 began his career at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC), where he led the aerodynamic design of the Space Shuttle Orbiter Drag Parachute, as well as the overall design, integration, and flight test of a gliding parachute for the X-38 Crew Rescue Vehicle project. He began his career as a cooperative education student at JSC. Meyerson earned 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. 

Nicholas C. Puschman

Young Graduate Trainee / International Law Division
European Space Agency (ESA)

Nicholas C. Puschman

Nicholas C. Puschman works as a graduate trainee lawyer in the International Law division of the European Space Agency (ESA), based at its headquarters in Paris, France. In this role, he assists and advises on matters relating to space law, environmental law and international law. He advises on the legal aspects of some of the Agency’s studies and participates in the international relations committee composed of delegates from ESA’s member states. In his capacity within the legal department, Nicholas also serves as the Executive Secretary of the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL) which was created by ESA in 1989 with the aim of promoting the development of space law throughout Europe. He is responsible for project management, liaising with the centre’s National Points of Contact network and maintaining relations with ESA. He has been part of the ESA delegation at international events like the IAC and also represents the ECSL at fora such as the UNCOPUOS Legal Subcommittee in Vienna where the ECSL enjoys observer status.

A dual British-American citizen, Nicholas worked in law firms and organisations in the UK, France, Cayman Islands and USA before taking up his position at ESA in June 2015. In addition, he held academic positions as a Research Associate at the Institute of Space and Telecommunications Law (IDEST) in Paris, France in 2014, a Teaching Fellow at the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France from 2013-14, and as a Law Coordinator at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK from 2011-13.

Nicholas completed his Bachelor of Laws (L.LB) magna cum laude from the University of Strathclyde Law School from which he graduated being awarded the Head of the Law School prize. His Honours dissertation examined the environmental legal aspects of commercial space activities, in particular resource exploitation.  He also obtained a Graduate Diploma in EU Studies (Law, Economics and External Affairs) with Merit from the University of Toulouse I Capitole, France. Selected as one of eight British recipients of the Franco-British Entente Cordiale scholarship, he earned his Master of Laws (L.LM) in Aviation, Space and Telecommunications Law with Merit at the University of Paris Saclay, France.

Nicholas regularly participates in and presents at space gatherings, and has written on telecommunications regulation, commercial space law, contract law and international law.

Rodrigo Romo

Project Manager
Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems

Rodrigo Romo

Rodrigo Romo is the Project Manager for the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems, and is primarily in charge of the Robotic Village – an initiative to test in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) and robotics at planetary analogue testing sites.  He is currently leading and supervising the development of PISCES’ Alpha Argo planetary exploration rover, as well research and integration of future components for the Robotic Village. Romo began his career near Tucson, Arizona at Biosphere II – the largest fully enclosed facility dedicated to researching climate change, ecosystem interactions, and space colonization during its time.  From 1992 through 1997, he held several key positions overseeing instrumentation and air monitoring systems, as well as working in research and engineering departments.  Romo held his last position at Biosphere as the Plant Manager for a 6 megawatt co-generation power plant on site. From 1997 through 2014, Romo served as the Vice President of Engineering for the Zeta Corporation, researching and developing new applications for the company’s technologies, provided engineering and technical support to multinational customers, and overseeing large projects. He is originally from Guadalajara, Mexico and earned his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from ITESO University in 1992.  He later obtained his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona.

Carlos Salicrup, MD, MS, EMT-P, ATP, AFAsMA

Flight Surgeon-Pilot
"Mission Doctor" SGAC-PMAS

Carlos Salicrup, MD, MS, EMT-P, ATP, AFAsMA

Dr. Salicrup comes from the intersection of aerospace science-technology and medicine to boldly move forward, challenge ideas and advance knowledge through active participation in the field, research and investigation, experiencing during many years in his own body all the effects of flight.

Firefighter-Paramedic, Medical Doctor with a PG degree in Aerospace Medicine from NASA´s sponsored School of Aerospace Medicine at Wright State University, he is board certified in Aerospace Medicine and Boeing 787 Airline Pilot. Distinguished by unyielding discipline and a calm and constructive leadership style even in high-pressure situations, strengthened through more than 20 years of experience in pre-hospital emergency care (EMS), hopes to continue contributing to the advancement of Aerospace Medicine, space exploration, aerospace innovations and building collaboration.

During his PG residency´s space medicine rotation at Kennedy Space Center Carlos actively participated in many trainings, drills and space shuttle missions with the launch and landing medical team, as well as in the ongoing medical experiments with the life-science and biomedical engineering department. After graduating, Dr. Salicrup aimed to attend along with the space center medical team to trainings, drills and space manned missions launches and landings until the space shuttle retirement.

Carlos is a former member of the UN-ICAO Regional Medical Team and is currently participating in the development of new ICAO´s aviation medicine rules as well as representing IFALPA in the Steering Committee of the Collaborative Arrangement for the Prevention and management of public health events in Civil Aviation (CAPSCA).

Dr. Salicrup is a US Federal Aviation Administration Senior Aviation Medical Examiner and a Transport Canada Designated Aviation Medical Examiner. Also he is the co-founder of a private company that develops medical aviation-space research and technology. Carlos participates in microgravity flights to perform research in anesthesia and artificial ventilation in space as well as CPR in space.

Capt. Salicrup is one of the few active civilian Aerospace Physician-Pilots, he is performing as a Boeing 787 "Dreamliner" Senior First Officer for the Sky-Team founder, AeroMexico, flying to the main cities of Europe, Asia, North America and South America. He have experience as a Captain, Flight Instructor and Test Pilot. He has flown many types of Cessnas, Metro III/23, Saab 340B, Regional Jets, MD-80s, Boeing 737NG and the Boeing 787-8/9.

He is the President for the International Association of Military Flight Surgeon-Pilots (IAMFSP), an US Aerospace Medical Association Constituent Organization, also he is the 2nd Vice-president of the Iberoamerican Association of Aerospace Medicine (AIMA). He is also a member of the Human Performance and Medical team of the International Federation of Airline Pilot Associations (IFALPA), member of the Aerospace Human Factors Association and the Space Medical Association. Past-President of the Mexican Association of Aviation and Space Medicine. Former Health and Safety & Social Welfare Secretary of the Mexican Airline Pilots Association

Carlos delivers several lectures around the world, participating with government and civilian organizations to promote and develop the aerospace medicine science and art, with the UN he actively participates during the World Space Week and the Space Generation Advisory Council, recently he has been selected as the Mission Doctor for the Mars analog mission that will happen in Poland on summer 2017.

Dr. Salicrup holds the designation as the Pit-lane Medical Coordinator and in-track medical pace car officer for the FIA Formula 1 and Formula “e” and the World Endurance Championship grand prix that is being hosted in Mexico City every year. He also performs as a race track medical officer in other types of car races.

Recently he received the Merit Medal from the Mexican Red Cross for his 20 years of Volunteer services, firstly as a Firefighter-Paramedic and then as Physician, nowadays he performs as an Advanced Life Support Instructor and as an Intensive Care Ambulance physician.

Carlos enjoys his free time as an Advanced open water diver and in classic car total restoration, mainly he specializes in mechanics and electronics overhauling.

Namira Salim

Founder
Space Trust

Namira Salim

Namira Salim is internationally renowned as the first Space Tourist from South Asia, Middle East and Monaco to go to space aboard Virgin Galactic --the first private space-line of the world. Sir Richard Branson, Chairman Virgin Group, personally introduced Namira to the world press in Dubai in 2006, as one of the earliest Founders of Virgin Galactic.

Namira is an avid promoter of Private Spaceflight, the new age of space exploration and an keen advocate of peaceful uses of Space. She has undertaken pioneering peace expeditions to all three poles of the world, and is the first Pakistani and first woman from Monaco and the UAE to have reached the North and South Poles in 2007/08, as well as the first Asian to skydive (tandem) over Mount Everest in 2008.

Namira holds an Ivy League Masters degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. She has held official peace themed exhibitions during the United Nations General Assembly in New York, UNESCO’s Executive Board in Paris and held events under the Patronage of Royalty from Monaco and Dubai. She has served as an Honourary Ambassador for Pakistan and Honourary Consul in Monaco, where she is based since 1997.

Scotty Van Sant

Senior Policy Analyst
US STRATCOM

Scotty Van Sant

Mr. Van Sant is assigned to United States Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. He is currently the Deputy Branch Chief for Space Policy in USSTRATCOM’s Plans and Policy Directorate. Van Sant is both a military brat and a pastor's kid.  He attended Terra Linda High School in San Rafael, California and then studied Social Sciences with an emphasis in History at California State University Sacramento graduating in May 1990. He received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant thru the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps.

Dr. Johann-Dietrich Wörner

Director General
European Space Agency (ESA)

Dr. Johann-Dietrich Wörner

Dr. Johann-Dietrich Wörner became the European Space Agency (ESA) Director General on July 1 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).

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Brendan W. Curry

Vice President - Washington Operations
Space Foundation

Brendan W. Curry

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

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

President and CEO
SES Government Solutions

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

Brigadier General Peter F. Hoene, USAF (Retired) was named President and CEO of SES Government Solutions on January 19, 2015. In his previous role, he served as the Corporate Vice President for Development for SES Government Solutions, headquartered in Reston, VA. As Corporate Vice President for Development, he worked with United States warfighters and other government users to help determine their requirements and offer communications support, hosted payload opportunities, and network solutions. He then communicated those requirements to the SES parent organization to take advantage of existing on-orbit SES fleet capacity, or to influence future satellite designs.

Pete retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2010 as Brigadier General, following 30 years of service. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, as well as a distinguished graduate of both the Air Command and Staff College and the National War College.  He holds two masters degrees and served in a wide variety of Space, Command and Control, and research, development, acquisition, test, staff and command assignments.

In his last active duty position, Hoene served as the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Program Executive Officer for Command and Control, where he managed a portfolio of Joint and Coalition Command and Control and Information Sharing programs.  Prior to his DISA assignment, he was Commander, 350th Electronic Systems Wing (C2&ISR Wing), Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., where he managed a portfolio of 49 command and control (C2), ISR, Space and Cyber programs valued at more than $9 billion.

Mike Rogers (R-AL)

Congressman

Mike Rogers (R-AL)

Mike Rogers is a fifth generation East Alabamian. He is a conservative, a Christian, the father of three and married to his wife, Beth, for over 30 years.

Mike grew up in Calhoun County, Alabama, in the small mill village of Blue Mountain. His mother worked in the local textile mill and his father was a firefighter. Mike learned the values of family, hard work and sacrifice from his parents.

Since first elected in 2002, Mike has been known for his tireless advocacy for the people and interests of Alabama’s Third Congressional District. He currently serves on the Agriculture Committee, the Armed Services Committee and the Homeland Security Committee, all vital to Alabama’s interests. Nationally, he has built a reputation as a recognized leader on key national security issues.

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