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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.

Maj. Gen. Nina M. Armagno, USAF

Director of Plans and Policy
U.S. Strategic Command

Maj. Gen. Nina M. Armagno, USAF

Maj. Gen. Nina M. Armagno is the Director of Plans and Policy, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. She 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 policy and concepts and joint doctrine as they apply to the command and the execution of its mission. She is also responsible for the development of the nation’s strategic war plan, strategic support plans for theater combatant commanders and contingency planning for the global strike mission.

General Armagno earned her commission and graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy 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 Director of Strategic Plans, Programs, Requirements and Analysis, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colorado, where she was responsible for developing strategy, doctrine and policy for the command’s space and cyberspace operations. She also served as the Commander, 45th Space Wing, and Director, Eastern Range, Patrick AFB, Florida; 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 Launch Squadron, Cape Canaveral AFS, 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.   


Elżbieta Bieńkowska

European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
European Commission

Elżbieta Bieńkowska

Elżbieta Bieńkowska 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. Bieńkowska 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, Bieńkowska was the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister 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.

Don Brown

General Manager, Government Services
Telesat

Don Brown

Don Brown has more than 20 years’ experience in satellite communications and digital distribution systems.  Mr. Brown is a specialist in applying commercial satellite solutions to government space mission requirements. 

Mr. Brown is General Manager, Government Services, for Telesat.  In this role, he is responsible for the Telesat government strategy across the Telesat GEO and recently announced LEO fleets.

Prior to Telesat, Mr. Brown served as a Senior Advisor to SpeedCast, and as an Executive in Residence at Renaissance

Strategic Advisors.  At SpeedCast, Brown initiated and brought to contract execution the anchor relationships for the

Airbus Defense & Space Skynet satellite system in Asia-Pacific.  Mr. Brown was also the Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning of NewSat Limited, the Australian based commercial satellite operator.  Mr. Brown led NewSat’s government strategy and long-term priorities, from research, analysis and development of business strategy and financial planning.

From 2006 to 2013, Mr. Brown was the Vice President of Hosted Payloads for Intelsat General Corporation, where he was responsible for the integration of government communications, navigation, sensor and scientific systems aboard Intelsat spacecraft.  Successes of Mr. Brown and his team included the Cisco “IP Router in Space” (“IRIS”) payload on

Intelsat IS-14, launched in November 2009, and the Australian Defence Force (ADF) UHF payload, launched on Intelsat IS-22 in 2012.  The Intelsat/Cisco IRIS project was the first Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (“JCTD”) ever awarded to a commercial satellite company by the U.S. Department of Defense.

 In his tenure at Intelsat General, Mr. Brown also:

  • Was responsible for over $500M in new revenue for Intelsat
  • Led numerous federally funded studies on the application of commercial satellite capabilities to present and future government space requirements
  • Supported the successful effort to include a hosted payload mandate in 2010 National Space Policy and National Security Space Policy.

Prior to the merger of Intelsat and PanAmSat in 2006, Mr. Brown was Vice President of DoD Systems at PanAmSat’s G2 Satellite Solutions.  Mr. Brown held senior positions with Quincy Jones’ QRadio, American Mobile Satellite Corp., and in the Satellite Systems Division of Federal Express Corporation. He was also the co-founder of USA TODAY Sky Radio, the first provider of live broadcast satellite services to the airlines.

Mr. Brown has served on the Satellite Task Force of the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee to the President of the United States and has served as Co-Chair of the Government Services Working Group of the Satellite Industry Association.  Mr. Brown was a co-founder of the Hosted Payload Alliance.  He is a graduate of Princeton University and is a frequent speaker on commercial satellite operations and national security. 

Carissa Bryce Christensen

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Bryce Space and Technology

Carissa Bryce Christensen

Carissa Bryce Christensen is the founder and CEO of Bryce Space and Technology. She previously co-founded The Tauri Group, LLC and was a partner in CenTauri Solutions, LLC (acquired by CSC in 2010).

Ms. Christensen is an internationally- recognized expert in commercial space. For over two decades she has engaged the leading edge of the space industry with innovative analysis of space systems and advanced technology. She led the creation of widely-used financial and economic indicators now considered global metrics for the commercial space and satellite sectors.

A frequent speaker and author on space and satellite trends, Carissa serves as a strategic advisor to government and commercial clients, and has been an expert witness and testified before Congress on market dynamics. She is also an active investor in technology-focused startups and advises several companies she has helped seed. She serves on the board of QxBranch, an early stage quantum computing software firm in which she is a partner.

Ms. Christensen holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, where she specialized in science and technology policy. She also completed the General Course in Government at the London School of Economics and was a Douglass Scholar at Rutgers University.

Ms. Christensen is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Maj. Gen. Clinton E. Crosier, USAF

Director, Operational Capability Requirements, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Requirements
Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

Maj. Gen. Clinton E. Crosier, USAF

Maj. Gen. Clinton E. Crosier is Director, Operational Capability Requirements, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. In this position, General Crosier establishes policy for operational capabilities based requirements. The directorate supports major commands in developing and evaluating requirements for Air Force-wide modernization programs including fighters, bombers, mobility aircraft, space systems, command and control, munitions, missile defense and cyber requirements. General Crosier also oversees the execution for the Capabilities Development Council and is responsible for shaping and finalizing capabilities based requirements documents for approval by the Joint Requirements Oversight Council. He directs and supervises the activities for more than 110 military and civilian employees in seven divisions and one named activity, including requirements officers and weapon systems experts along with professional, technical and clerical staffers.

General 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. 

General Crosier has a broad range of experience in Intercontinental Ballistic Missile and space operations, including a deployment to the Middle East as the U.S. Central Command 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 Air Force Base, California; 50th Operations Group, Schriever AFB, Colorado and the 460th Space Wing, Buckley AFB, Colorado. Prior to his current assignment, General Crosier served as the Director, Plans and Policy, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Nebraska.

Sarah Cruddas

Space Journalist and Science Broadcaster

Sarah Cruddas

Sarah Cruddas is a British Space Journalist, TV Presenter and Children’s Author. She has a BSc in Physics with Astrophysics from the University of Leicester and a Masters in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Westminster. She is the face of space on British television and can be seen covering space on Sky News, as well as other national UK 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 from Rwanda, North Korea, Tibet and Eastern Europe. Her reports have featured on BBC Radio’s flagship ‘From Our Own Correspondent’, BBC World Service and across BBC News. She is also an established writer, covering all aspects of space exploration for Discovery, the BBC, New Scientists, The Sunday Times (London), CNN, The Royal Aeronautical Society and a host of other publications. Away from journalism, Sarah works as a communication consultant for start ups in science and technology and as a corporate host and presenter for clients ranging from The European Union, to the European Space Agency, Google, Red Bull and Samsung. Sarah is passionate about STEM education and helping to inspire the next generation of space explorers. Her second children’s book will be released worldwide this summer, with a third book series planned for release in 2019.

Christian Davenport

Staff Writer, covering the defense and space industries for the financial desk
The Washington Post

Christian Davenport

Christian Davenport is a staff writer at The Washington Post covering the defense and space industries for the Financial desk. He joined The Post in 2000, and was on a team that won the Peabody award in 2010 for its work on veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury and has been on reporting teams that were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize three times. He has served as a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a fellow at the Alicia Patterson Foundation. He is the author of two books, including The Space Barons: Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos (2018).

 

Pavlo Degtiarenko

Chairman
State Space Agency of Ukraine

Pavlo Degtiarenko

Pavlo Degtiarenko was born on September 6, 1962 in Smila, Cherkasy region, Ukraine. In 1985, he graduated from the Leningrad Mechanical Institute with Specialization “Manufacture of Aircraft”.

From 1985 to 2017 he worked at Yuzhnoye State Design Office (Dnipro city) on the following positions: Engineer, Design Engineer, Acting Head of the Group in the Design Department on elaboration of design documentation for the warheads of intercontinental ballistic missiles, Chief Designer – Head of Launchers and Space Launch Systems engineering.

Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics (2015), Honored Worker of the Space Industry of Ukraine (2007), Honored Machine Builder of Ukraine (2016).

He is the author of numerous of patents implemented in the development of competitive space-rocket systems and vehicles, and more than ten scientific publications on development, engineering analysis, testing of multipurpose rocket and space launch systems.

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. 

Professor Pascale Ehrenfreund

Chair of the Executive Board
German Aerospace Center

Professor Pascale Ehrenfreund

Pascale Ehrenfreund is currently the Chair of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). She is also a Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs at the Space Policy Institute in Washington DC and Professor at Leiden Observatory, the Netherlands. Since two decades she contributed as Project Scientist, Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator and Team leader to ESA and NASA astronomy and planetary missions as well as experiments in low Earth orbit and on the International Space Station. Pascale Ehrenfreund authored and co-authored more than 300 publications (Citation Index: h=63). From 2013-2015 she was the President of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). She is Vice President of the Helmholtz Association for aeronautics, space and transport and Vice President of the International Astronautical Federation for Communication, Publications and Global Conferences. Pascale Ehrenfreund holds a Master degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Vienna, a PhD in Astrophysics from the University Vienna/Univ. Paris VII, and a Master degree in Management & Leadership from Webster University. She has also been present in outer space since 1999, as the asteroid "9826 Ehrenfreund 2114 T-3" bears her name. 

Lt. Gen. Luiz Fernando de Aguiar

Brazilian Air Force

Lt. Gen. Luiz Fernando de Aguiar

FAB Brazilian Air Force, Lieutenant General Luiz Fernando de Aguiar is from Rio de Janeiro.  In his pilot career, he accumulated more than 4900 flight hours on various aircraft. Prior to joining COMAR II, he was Chief of Staff of the General Command of Air Operations (COMGAR). Among the main positions he has held are the Deputy Chief of Command and Control of the Joint Operations of the Ministry of Defense, Commander of the Third Air Force, Chief of Staff of the Seventh Regional Air Command, Air Force Attaché at the Brazilian Embassy in Chile, and Commander of the Natal Air Base.

His education includes an MBA in Strategic Management, Fluminense Federal University, Rio de Janeiro.

Included in his many awards are the Military Judiciary Order of Merit – High Distinction Degree, Military Sports Merit Medal, Victory Medal –as Grand Officer, and Order of Aeronautical Merit – as Grand Officer.

Dr. Marco Ferrazzani

Legal Counsel and Head of the Legal Services Department
European Space Agency

Dr. Marco Ferrazzani

Since 2010, Marco Ferrazzani has been the Legal Counsel and Head of the Legal Services Department at the European Space Agency (ESA).

In this capacity, he provides legal advice on questions of both public and private law to the Agency and to its Council of Member States in order to achieve the objectives laid out in the ESA Convention. This function ranges from advisory services on multilateral discussions, space programs, ESA policy and negotiations of international agreements to normative services such as the drafting of proposals, agreements, rules and procedures.

As the ESA Legal Counsel, Dr. Ferrazzani leads the Legal Services Department and its team of lawyers across the various areas of law relevant to the work of the Agency including: legal counselling services in relation to space programs, institutional and financial law, intellectual property matters and dispute resolution, international and EU law, export control, and any law applicable to space activities.

Dr. Ferrazzani has represented ESA at a number of international conferences and at the UNCOPUOS Legal Subcommittee. He is frequently invited as a guest lecturer at universities and policy institutions, and has regularly published articles in several law and policy books and journals.

Before joining ESA, Dr. Ferrazzani worked as an attorney in the Milan offices of Baker & McKenzie, representing clients in the fields of corporate law, international transactions, foreign investments and litigation.

A graduate cum laude in law from the University of Naples, Italy, Dr. Ferrazzani received his university’s prize for best doctoral thesis for his research on international and comparative law. Thereafter, he undertook postgraduate study in the United States at Georgetown University and Harvard Law School, as well as at the University of Salzburg, Austria focusing on international and comparative law.

Dr. Ferrazzani sits on the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), and is a Board member of the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL). He is also a member of the French Society of International Law (Société française pour le droit international) and the International Institute of Common Goods Research (Institut International pour la Recherche sur les Biens Communs).

Laetitia Garriott

Partner
Global Space Ventures

Laetitia Garriott

Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux is a founding partner of Global Space Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on building and growing a portfolio of breakthrough space ventures to unleash the potential of space for all. In addition to being an early investor in the commercial space sector, she has played a key role in the growth of the industry as co-founder of space technology company Escape Dynamics which successfully completed in 2015 a multi-year R&D program that significantly advanced beamed energy propulsion for space launch and was recognized by Fast Company in 2016 as the #3 Most Innovative Space Company behind SpaceX and Blue Origin. She started her career with Goldman Sachs where she advised on over $8 billion in merger and acquisition, and held senior investment roles at TPG-Axon, Renaissance Technologies, before starting her own investment firm. Laetitia earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and has received numerous industry accolades and honors including being named a “Rising Star” by Institutional Investor in 2010 and a “Top 15 Most Influential Entrepreneur” by Vanity Fair France in 2016. She serves on the board of the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath), as a Truman National Security Fellow, and as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club of New-York. She is also an advisor to Space for Humanity.

Gen. David L. Goldfein, USAF

Chief of Staff
U.S. Air Force

Gen. David L. Goldfein, USAF

Gen. David L. Goldfein is Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Va. As Chief, he serves as the senior uniformed Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training and equipping of 660,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the general and other service chiefs function as military advisers to the Secretary of Defense, National Security Council and the President.

Prior to assuming his current position, General Goldfein was the Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, where he presided over the Air Staff and served as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Requirements Oversight Council and Deputy Advisory Working Group. Before serving as the Vice Chief, General Goldfein was the Director, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.

General Goldfein received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1983. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School and is a command pilot with more than 4,200 flying hours in the T-37, T-38, F-16C/D, F-117A, MQ-9 and MC-12W. He has flown combat missions in operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Allied Force and Enduring Freedom. 

Jacob Hacker

Senior Management Consultant
KPMG Australia

Jacob Hacker

Jacob is a Senior Management Consultant within the Customer and Operations practice at KPMG.  Jacob has worked with clients in the Financial Services sector with experience in target operating models, lean transformations and procurement. Jacob is also a member of KPMG’s newly formed Space client service team, which is supporting the development of Australia’s space agency and industry, including the recent development of a State Government Aerospace Strategy in Australia.

Prior to joining KPMG, Jacob worked with the United Nations Observer, Space Generation Advisory Council, as the Global Treasurer as well as SGAC’s intern at the UNCOPUOS in Vienna. Jacob holds a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering (Hons) from The University of Sydney.

Maj. Gen. Odd-Harald Hagen

Head of the Department of Defence Policy and Long Term Planning
Royal Norwegian Ministry of Defence

Maj. Gen. Odd-Harald Hagen

Major-General Odd-Harald Hagen (NOR A) started his military career in the Norwegian Army in 1985. His service includes a variety of combat and construction engineer command and staff positions, chief operations at divisional level and staff positions in the Army staff and the Norwegian Defence Estates Agency. His service also includes service in KFOR, ISAF, NTM-Iraq and at HQ SACT. From November 2013 to January 2017 he served as the Chairman of the NATO Army Armaments Group. He was promoted Major-General in November 2016 when he assumed the position as Head of the Department for Defence Policy and Long Term Planning in the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Defence. 

Major-General Hagen has studied at the Norwegian National Staff College, the Swedish National Staff College, the Norwegian Defence University College and the UK Royal College of Defence Studies. He holds a Bachelor in Military Construction Engineering, a Master of Science in Business and Administration and a Master in International Security and Strategy.  His medals include the Norwegian Defence Medal, The Norwegian Defence Medal for International operations, as well as NATO non-article 5 operational medals for the operations in which he has deployed. 

Major-General Hagen is married to Anette and has two grown-up children.  

Marillyn A. Hewson

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Marillyn A. Hewson

Marillyn A. Hewson is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation. She previously held a variety of increasingly responsible executive positions with the Corporation, including President and Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin’s Electronic Systems business area.

Ms. Hewson joined Lockheed Martin more than 30 years ago as an industrial engineer. During her career, she has held several operational leadership positions, including President of Lockheed Martin Systems Integration; Executive Vice President of Global Sustainment for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics; President and General Manager of Kelly Aviation Center, L.P., an affiliate of Lockheed Martin; and President of Lockheed Martin Logistics Services. She has also served in key corporate executive roles, including Senior Vice President of Corporate Shared Services; Vice President of Global Supply Chain Management; and Vice President of Corporate Internal Audit.

Ms. Hewson has served on numerous boards and currently sits on the Board of Directors of DowDuPont, the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, the Board of Governors of the USO, and the Board of Directors of Catalyst. She is a member of The University of Alabama’s President’s Cabinet and also serves on the Board of Visitors of the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration. 

Ms. Hewson is a former Chair and current Member of the Executive Committee of the Aerospace Industries Association, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a Member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. She is a Director of the Atlantic Council’s International Advisory Board and a Vice Chair of the Business Roundtable. Ms. Hewson also serves on the Board of Trustees of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Khalifa University for Science and Technology in the United Arab Emirates.

In 2017, Fortune magazine identified Ms. Hewson as No. 3 on the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business.” She has also been recognized as a Top 10 “Businessperson of the Year” by Fortune, as one of the “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” by Forbes, and as one of the “Bloomberg 50” – the leaders who defined 2017.

Born in Junction City, Kansas, Ms. Hewson earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and her Master of Arts degree in economics from the University of Alabama. She also attended the Columbia Business School and Harvard Business School executive development programs.

Gen. John E. Hyten, USAF

Commander
U.S. Strategic Command

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.

Marshall Kaplan

Principal
Launchspace

Marshall Kaplan

Marshall H. Kaplan, Ph.D., is a recognized expert in satellite and launch vehicle systems design and Engineering. He has participated in many new launch vehicle and satellite developments and has served as Chief Engineer on two launch vehicle programs. Dr. Kaplan was a member of the National Research Council’s Committee on Reusable Launch Vehicle Technology and Test Program. He has trained organizations that have won large space systems contracts for military and commercial applications. In his 40+ years of academic and industrial experience, he has served as Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, was the executive Director of a Space Research Institute and has presented space technology and systems courses in the U.S., Europe, Asia and South America. In addition to publishing over 100 papers, reports, and articles on space technologies, he is the author of several books, including the internationally used text, Modern Spacecraft Dynamics and Control. Dr. Kaplan is an AIAA Fellow and member of the Technical Committee on Space Transportation. He holds advanced degrees from MIT and Stanford University and is a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland.

Stephen Kitay

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

Stephen Kitay

Mr. Stephen L. Kitay, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy. In this role, he is responsible for establishing policy and guidance to assure U.S. and allied warfighters the benefits of space capabilities and to help guide the Department’s strategy for addressing space-related issues. He also leads Departmental activities in international space cooperation.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Kitay most recently served as a Professional Staff Member on the Strategic Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Service Committee. In this position, he was responsible for advising the Chairman and members of the committee regarding oversight of national security space programs, policy, and budget within the Department of Defense. Mr. Kitay previously supported the committee on oversight of intelligence policy, programs, and budgets within the Department of Defense.

Before joining the House Armed Services Committee, Mr. Kitay served as a government civilian in the Intelligence Community working on a variety of national intelligence programs, to include space systems at the National Reconnaissance Office. Prior to that, he served as an active duty Air Force officer performing program management and engineering duties in support of various acquisition, research, and development activities that ranged from national security space to munitions and weapon programs, including the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) program.

Mr. Kitay holds a Masters of Business Administration from University of West Florida and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University.

Igor Komarov

Director General
ROSCOSMOS State Space 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.

Joe Landon

Chief Financial Officer
Planetary Resources

Joe Landon

Joe Landon serves as Chief Financial Officer of Planetary Resources, Inc., a company that seeks to expand the economy of humanity into the Solar System through the development and use of resources found in space. Joe also serves as Chairman of the Board of Space Angels, the world’s most active investor in early-stage space companies.  Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering-Physics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Joe is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Space Technologies and a Trustee of the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle. In 2016 he was named one of Seattle’s ‘40 Under 40’ by the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Sylvain Laporte

President
Canadian Space Agency

Sylvain Laporte

Sylvain Laporte was appointed President of the Canadian Space Agency in March 2015.

Prior to this appointment, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trade-Marks since 2011.

Previously, he held the position of Executive Director, Industrial Technologies Office (ITO) at Industry Canada where he was responsible for managing financial contribution programs in research and development for the aerospace, defence, security and space industries.

Sylvain joined Industry Canada in March 2007 as the Chief Informatics Officer (CIO).

Before joining the public service, he worked for Canada Post Corporation in various sectors, such as marketing, retail, logistics and information technology.

Sylvain gained extensive experience as an Aerospace Engineer over the course of his 20-year career with the Canadian Forces.  He held various positions in such fields as engineering, maintenance, and human resources management.

Sylvain earned a Bachelors degree in computer science from Collège Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean, and a Masters degree in computer engineering from the Royal Military College in Kingston.

Jean Yves Le Gall

President
Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales

Jean Yves Le Gall

Jean-Yves Le Gall is President of the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the French space agency, since 2013. In this capacity, he is Interministerial Coordinator for satellite navigation programmes and Chair of the Administrative Board of GSA, the European GNSS Agency. He is also Chair of the Council of the European Space Agency (ESA) and President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF).

CNES is responsible for proposing and implementing space policy in France. It is involved in all aspects of space (Ariane, Sciences, Observation, Telecommunications, Defence) through its four centres of excellence in Paris, Toulouse and French Guiana, with 2,450 employees and a budget of more than €2.3m (2017). CNES also represents France on the ESA Council and at many other international organizations, and is a partner in various commercial enterprises.

Born in 1959, Jean-Yves Le Gall is a qualified engineer and scientist who has devoted his entire career to the European space programme, holding positions within the French national scientific research agency CNRS, several French ministries, at Novespace and a first stint with CNES before joining Starsem and Arianespace for 12 years, where he was CEO then Chairman & CEO.

Jean-Yves Le Gall is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and VicePresident of the "Space Circle" at French think-tank CEPS (Centre d’Etude et de Prospective Stratégique). He also chairs the France-Japan business council of Medef International, and is a member of the French-Mexican Strategic Council.

He received the Astronautics Prize from the French Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AAAF) in 2001. He was named Via Satellite magazine’s 2005 Satellite Executive of the Year and received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 from the Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council (APSCC). In 2011 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SPPI) and received the Icarus Prize from the French association of professional aerospace journalists (AJPAE). In 2014 he received a Laureate Award from Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine.

Jean-Yves Le Gall holds the rank of Commander of the National Order of Merit and Officer in the Legion of Honour in France. He has also been awarded the Order of Friendship by the Russian Federation and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, by the government of Japan.

Francisco Javier Mendieta Jiménez, Ph.D.

General Director
Mexican Space Agency

Francisco Javier Mendieta Jiménez, Ph.D.

Francisco Javier MENDIETA-JIMENEZ obtained his Engineer’s degree from the National University of Mexico, his Master and Doctor of Engineering degree from the National Superior School of Telecommunications, France. At the Institute for Electrical Research, Mexico, he worked in applications of optical fibers to electrical power systems; at the Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education of Ensenada, Mexico, he made research on photonic communications and sensors. He has published diverse scientific journal papers and holds several patents; and has been lecturer in graduate courses, and adviser for several Master’s and Doctor’s degree thesis. Currently he works at the Mexican Space Agency.

Elina Morozova

Head of International Legal Service
Intersputnik International Organization of Space Communications

Elina Morozova

Born on August 14, 1982 in Riga. Latvia. In 2004, graduated with honors from the All-Russian Academy of Foreign Trade under the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, Department of International Law. In 2008, completed a postgraduate course in International Economy at the same Academy and qualified as Economist with Foreign Language (English) Skills. In 2010, earned an LL.M. degree in International Business Law from the University of Manchester.

From 2003 to 2005 worked at the legal department of a major Russian telecommunications company, a member of the Rostelecom group. In September 2005, Ms. Morozova was employed by the Intersputnik International Organization of Space Communications as Legal Counsel. In 2010, she was appointed Head of International Legal Service.

Elina Morozova sits on the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Space Law and is a member of the Expert Committee of the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly – Regional Commonwealth in the Field of Communications (RCC). She heads the working group for the revision of the regulatory instruments of the RCC. She is a member of the Russian Association of International Law.

Ms. Morozova is the author of over a dozen publications concerning international space law and satellite telecommunications in English and Russian.

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.

Betty J. Sapp

Director
National Reconnaissance Office

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.

Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl

President - International Institute of Space Law
Chief Strategy Officer – European Space Agency

Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl

Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl is the Chief Strategy Officer of the European Space Agency (ESA, Headquarters in Paris, France) responsible for space strategy and corporate development of ESA. From 2007 to 2011 he was the Director of the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in Vienna, Austria, the leading European think tank for space policy. He served from 2014 to 2016 as Chairman of the Legal Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, the highest body for space law making, comprising 73 Member States. Kai-Uwe Schrogl is the President of the International Institute of Space Law, the professional association of space law experts from 48 countries, Member of the International Academy of Astronautics and the Russian Academy for Cosmonautics as well as Corresponding Member of the French Air and Space Academy. Kai-Uwe Schrogl has written or co-edited 17 books and more than 140 articles, reports and papers in the fields of space policy and law as well as telecommunications policy. He holds a doctorate degree in political science and lectures international relations as an Honorary Professor at Tübingen University, Germany. He is a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the International Space University (ISU), Strasbourg, and is member in numerous advisory boards as for the Keio University Law School, the Chinese Society of Astronautics or the Space Generation Advisory Council.

Michael T. Suffredini

President and Chief Executive Officer
Axiom Space

Michael T. Suffredini

  • 30 Years human spaceflight experience
  • 10 Years International Space Station (ISS) manager
  • Responsible for development, launch, operation and utilization of the 460-metric ton International Space Station
  • Managed a 15-nation team and a $3 billion budget: the largest international peacetime project in human history
  • Spearheaded transition of ISS from development and assembly to research and commercial utilization
  • Recipient of the NASA Distinguished Service Medal
  • Conferred with both Rank of Meritorious and Distinguished Executive by the President of the United States

Masseh Tahiry

Risk Strategist
Toffler Associates

Masseh Tahiry

Masseh Tahiry brings a fresh set of experiences from the commercial, public, and non-profit sectors. He has leveraged those experiences to guide multiple public and commercial organizations to explore the dynamics of the current and future operating environments across related and unrelated domains, industries, and markets – understanding emerging technology, uncovering blind spots, developing strategies to capitalize on opportunities and mitigating risk across their supply chains. More specifically, Masseh has helped a leading aerospace and defense company in understanding the evolving commercial space market and has advised a security and protection organization in designing an enterprise cyber risk strategy that positions it as a leader in cybersecurity of critical infrastructure systems and services. Masseh holds a Master’s degree in International Commerce and Policy, with a concentration in complex transnational threats, and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from George Mason University.

Dylan Taylor

Founding Partner
Space Angels

Dylan Taylor

Dylan Taylor is a leading angel investor, thought leader, futurist, and founding partner of Space Angels, a global network of commercial aerospace investors and entrepreneurs. As an early-stage investor in more than 40 emerging ventures, including Planet, OmniEarth, Accion, York, Kepler, and Vector Space, Dylan has played a key role in the growth of the private space industry.

Dylan’s technical background, global business experience and unbridled passion for space make him a unique figure in the world of NewSpace investing. He regularly speaks and writes about the future of the space economy and is sought after by the media for his expertise in the financial aspects of space investing as well as industry dynamics. Underlying Dylan’s passion for space, however, is his fundamental belief in its power to unify humanity. Space exploration, from his point of view, can bring people together by highlighting the arbitrary nature of boundaries we create--geographic, ideological, and otherwise. In 2016, Dylan founded Space for Humanity, a global non-profit that strives to both democratize space as well as to demonstrate the power of space to raise human awareness to help solve the world’s most intractable problems.

Dylan is a leading advocate of space manufacturing and the utilization of in-space resources to further space exploration and settlement. In 2017 he became the first private citizen to manufacturer an item in space when the gravity meter he co-designed and commissioned was 3D printed on the International Space Station. The item currently resides at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

For his influence as a global leader and his commitment to having a positive impact on the world, Dylan has been honored with a number of personal and professional accolades in recent years. The World Economic Forum recognized Dylan as a Young Global Leader in 2011 and he was named a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute in 2014. Taylor is also a Delphi Fellow for Big Think, a digital knowledge forum that brings together top thinkers from around the world to collaborate and share ideas. Dylan is also Co-Founding Patron of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.

Taylor earned an MBA in Finance and Strategy from the Booth School of Business at University of Chicago and holds a BS in Engineering from the honors college at the University of Arizona where he graduated Tau Beta Pi and was President of the Engineering College. In 2013 he attended the Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century program at Harvard University.

Yulong Tian

Secretary General
China National Space Administration (CNSA)

Yulong Tian

Born in May of 1963, graduated from Shenyang Collage of Aeronautic Industry with Bachelor degree in 1985, and gained PhD degree from Huazhong Science and Technology University in 2006.

He worked in China Aerospace Corporation in the department of science and technology and started working in CNSA since 1998, serving as the Deputy Director-General of Science, Technology and Quality Control Department, Deputy Director-General of System Engineering Department, and Deputy Director-General of Earth Observation System and Data Center. He was designated as the chief designer of ground system for earth observation in 2010. Starting from 2013, he acted as the Director-General of System Engineering Department, and was promoted as the Secretary General of CNSA in the same year.

Dr. Pham Anh Tuan

Director General
Vietnam National Space Center

Rick Tumlinson

Chairman of the Board
Deep Space Industries

Rick Tumlinson

Space News named Rick one of the 100 most influential people in the space field and is considered one of the people who helped create the current commercial space industry. He led the team that took over the Mir Space Station as the world’s first commercial space facility, signed up financier Dennis Tito to become the first citizen explorer to stay on the International Space Station and was a Founding Trustee of the X Prize. He co-founded the Space Frontier Foundation and founded the Texas Space Alliance, the EarthLight Institute and Orbital Outfitters – provider of commercial space suits to the new industry of suborbital space travel. He has testified on space policy issues twice for the US Senate, four times in the US House of Representatives and assisted NASA in the creation of its plan to return to the Moon and the formation of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group. He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Space News.

Neevy Van Laningham

Asia Pacific Space Policy Cooperation Expert
U.S. Department of State

Neevy Van Laningham

Neevy van Laningham covers a broad space portfolio of diplomatic efforts focused on bilateral and multilateral civil space policy cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. In this role, she headed the Bureau’s efforts to develop new bilateral space dialogues with the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka, as well as expanded cooperation in multilateral bodies such as the Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum.

In addition to spearheading new bilateral cooperation on the use of earth observation satellite data to address environmental and other issues in Southeast Asia, Neevy initiated and coordinated with Vietnamese counterparts on space-based maritime domain awareness programs to counter illegal fishing, the drugs trade, and other smuggling operations in the seas surrounding Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone.  This latter effort has resulted in collaboration between the U.S. Pacific Command and Vietnamese counterparts which became one of the key outcomes of Secretary Kerry’s Safe Ocean Network initiative in 2016. 

Neevy’s previous State Department postings included Beijing, China, Bangkok, Thailand, and Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  Prior to that time she was the Peace Corps Overseas Training Officer and also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West African in the 1980’s.  She completed two years of post-graduate work in Cultural Anthropology and holds a B.A. degree in Political Science/International Relations from Whittier College.

Nico van Putten

Acting Director
Netherlands Space Office

Dr. Stephen Volz

Assistant Administrator
NOAA Satellite & Information Service

Dr. Stephen Volz

Dr. Volz has 26 years of professional experience in aerospace. He is a leader in the international Earth observation community, serving as the NOAA Principal to the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS). In this capacity he leads efforts to coordinate global satellite-based observations among international space agency partners to further the development of a Global Earth Observation System of Systems. He serves as the Co-Chair of the NOAA Observing Systems Council and is also a member of the NOAA Executive Council. 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.

Maj. Gen. Stephen N. Whiting, USAF

Commander, 14th Air Force and Deputy Commander, Joint Force Space Component
U.S. Strategic Command

Maj. Gen. Stephen N. Whiting, USAF

Maj. Gen. Stephen N. Whiting is the Commander, 14th Air Force, Air Force Space Command; and Deputy Joint Force Space Component Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. 

As Commander, 14th Air Force, General Whiting leads more than 16,000 personnel responsible for providing strategic missile warning, nuclear command, control and communication, position, navigation and timing, space situational awareness, satellite operations, space launch and range operations. As Deputy JFSCC, he directs all assigned and attached USSTRATCOM space forces on behalf of the JFSCC, providing tailored, responsive and synchronized theater and global space effects in support of national security and combatant commander objectives.  He is also responsible for protecting and defending critical U.S. and allied space capabilities.

General Whiting is a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is a space operations officer, and has commanded the 13th Space Warning Squadron, Clear Air Force Station, Alaska; the 614th Air and Space Operations Center/Joint Space Operations Center, Vandenberg AFB and the 21st Space Wing, Peterson AFB, Colorado.

The general’s staff assignments include positions at Headquarters, United States Air Force; United States Space Command; United States Strategic Command; the Chief of Naval Operations’ Strategic Studies Group; the Office of the Deputy Secretary of Defense; and Headquarters, Air Force Space Command.   

The Honorable Heather Wilson

Secretary
U.S. Air Force

The Honorable Heather Wilson

Heather Wilson is the 24th Secretary of the Air Force and is responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including the organizing, training and equipping and providing for the welfare of 660,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve, and civilian forces as well as their families. She oversees the Air Force’s annual budget of more than $132 billion and directs strategy and policy development, risk management, weapons acquisition, technology investments and human resource management across a global enterprise.

Wilson has more than 35 years of professional experience in a range of leadership and management roles in the military, higher education, government and private industry. Before assuming her current position, 
Wilson was president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, an engineering and science research university. 

From 1998 to 2009, Wilson was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, where she served on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Before being elected to Congress, Wilson was a cabinet secretary in New Mexico’s state government responsible for foster care, adoption, juvenile delinquency, children’s mental health and early childhood education.

From 1989 to 1991, Wilson served on the National Security Council staff as director for defense policy and arms control for President George H.W. Bush during the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Warsaw Pact.

From 1991 to 1995, and again from 2009 to 2013, Wilson was in the private sector. In 1991 she founded Keystone International, Inc., a company that did business development and program planning work for defense and scientific industry. She served as a senior advisor to several national laboratories on matters related to nuclear weapons, non-proliferation, arms control verification, intelligence and the defense industrial base. Wilson also served on the boards of two publicly traded corporations as well as numerous advisory and non-profit boards.  

Wilson was an Air Force officer from 1982 to 1989. She graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in the third class to include women, and earned her master’s and doctorate degrees as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University in England. 

Wilson was a collegiate rower at Oxford and is an instrument-rated private pilot.

Dr. Johann-Dietrich Wörner

Director General
European Space Agency

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).

Zhenjun Zhang

Secretary General/Research Fellow
China Institute of Space Law

Zhenjun Zhang

Zhenjun Zhang is Secretary General/Research Fellow at the China Institute of Space Law.

His major achievements and responsibilities are:

Serving as Expert Group D member of UNCOPUOS Working Group on Long Term Sustainability for Outer Space Activities since 2011.

Serving as Chinese Delegation member to the 49th and 50th Sessions of UNCOPUOS Science and Technology Subcommittee and to the 55th and 56th Sessions of UNCOPUOS in 2012 and 2013.

Serving as Chinese Delegation member to the Multilateral Consultations on European draft Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities initiated by European Union in 2013.

Promoting China’s space law capacity building by organizing and sponsoring 28 research projects nationwide in space law in the past three years in China; Serving as national organizer of many seminars and workshops on space law in China.

Promoting China’s national space legislation resolutely and continuously, which in 2012 led to a nationwide research project sponsored by China’s top legislature on national space legislation.

Publishing many papers on space law/policy and publishing in 2012 a monograph titled “Study on the International Legal Regime Governing Lunar Resource Exploitation Activities”; Serving as keynote speaker in many international academic seminars on space law and space policy.

Serving as national organizer for the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition in China, with record number of competing teams each year; Encouraging Chinese students to participate in Asia Pacific Regional Competition and sponsoring the national champion team in particular, with one Chinese team winning second place and one Chinese student winning Best Oralist in 2013, the best scores for Chinese teams so far.

Serving as Legal Advisor to the Local Organizing Committee of the 64th International Astronautical Conference (IAC) and as coordinator of the IISL-related events in particular.

Education

Master of Laws (2006-2009), Renmin University of China

MBA (2000-2002), George Washington University, USA

Candidate for PhD in International Law and Economics (2013-),Beijing Institute of Technology, China

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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), the Air Force’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Reentry Systems, and the Missile Defense Agency’s Terminal High Area Altitude Defense (THAAD), Targets and Countermeasures and Common Exoatmospheric 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 and hypersonic 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.

Maj. Gen. Stephen T. Denker, USAF

Deputy Director
National Reconnaissance Office

Maj. Gen. Stephen T. Denker, USAF

Major General Stephen T. Denker is the Deputy Director, National Reconnaissance Office (DDNRO), Chantilly, Virginia. 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 DNRO on all military matters. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Director of Integrated Air, Space, Cyberspace and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Operations, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

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 AFB, Alabama.

Among the many awards and decorations received by General Denker during his Air Force career are the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Joint Service Commendation Medal. He is also the recipient of the NRO Medal of Distinguished Service.

General Denker is a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C., and hold a Master of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, and a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

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. 

Gen. John E. Hyten, USAF

Commander
U.S. Strategic Command

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.

The Honorable Steven J. Isakowitz

President and Chief Executive Officer
The Aerospace Corporation

The Honorable Steven J. 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. He assumed this position on October 1, 2016.

Isakowitz is a recognized leader across the government, private, space, and technology sectors, having served in prominent roles at Virgin, the U.S. Department of Energy, NASA, and the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Isakowitz serves on various advisory boards at both the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and California State University Long Beach, and has served on the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee.

He is the co-author of the AIAA’s International Reference Guide to Space Launch Systems, which received the Summerfield Book Award in 2003.

Isakowitz served at Virgin as chief technology officer and later as president of its space ventures business, which included such responsibilities as the development of privately funded launch systems, advanced technologies, and other new space applications.

Prior to Virgin, 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.

He served as deputy associate administrator for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate at NASA, where he helped guide the development of advanced technologies and promoted innovative approaches in the areas of space transportation and government-industry partnerships.

Prior to his NASA work, he served as science and space programs branch chief at the White House Office of Management and Budget, where he oversaw $50 billion in federal science and technology programs, which included NASA, NOAA, and the National Science Foundation.

Isakowitz earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Isakowitz has received numerous awards and citations, among them are NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal and the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award.

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.

The Honorable Heather Wilson

Secretary
U.S. Air Force

The Honorable Heather Wilson

Heather Wilson is the 24th Secretary of the Air Force and is responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including the organizing, training and equipping and providing for the welfare of 660,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve, and civilian forces as well as their families. She oversees the Air Force’s annual budget of more than $132 billion and directs strategy and policy development, risk management, weapons acquisition, technology investments and human resource management across a global enterprise.

Wilson has more than 35 years of professional experience in a range of leadership and management roles in the military, higher education, government and private industry. Before assuming her current position, 
Wilson was president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, an engineering and science research university. 

From 1998 to 2009, Wilson was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, where she served on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Before being elected to Congress, Wilson was a cabinet secretary in New Mexico’s state government responsible for foster care, adoption, juvenile delinquency, children’s mental health and early childhood education.

From 1989 to 1991, Wilson served on the National Security Council staff as director for defense policy and arms control for President George H.W. Bush during the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Warsaw Pact.

From 1991 to 1995, and again from 2009 to 2013, Wilson was in the private sector. In 1991 she founded Keystone International, Inc., a company that did business development and program planning work for defense and scientific industry. She served as a senior advisor to several national laboratories on matters related to nuclear weapons, non-proliferation, arms control verification, intelligence and the defense industrial base. Wilson also served on the boards of two publicly traded corporations as well as numerous advisory and non-profit boards.  

Wilson was an Air Force officer from 1982 to 1989. She graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in the third class to include women, and earned her master’s and doctorate degrees as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University in England. 

Wilson was a collegiate rower at Oxford and is an instrument-rated private pilot.

Technical Track

Claire Jolly

Head, Innovation Policies for Space and Oceans (IPSO) Unit
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Claire Jolly

C. Jolly heads the Innovation Policies for Space and Oceans Unit in the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI). 

The IPSO Unit activities contribute to broader priorities of the OECD, in particular to the OECD Committee on Science and Technology Policy (CSTP), with ongoing strands of work on digitalization of the economy, emerging technologies for addressing grand challenges and international cooperation in STI. 

Dr. Fred Kennedy

Office Director of the Tactical Technology Office
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Dr. Fred Kennedy

Dr. Fred Kennedy took the position of director of the Tactical Technology Office (TTO) in September 2017, after joining DARPA in January 2017 as TTO deputy director. Prior to coming to the Agency, he served as the senior policy advisor for national security space and aviation in the National Security and International Affairs Division of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). In this role, Dr. Kennedy advised the President of the United States on matters related to space and aviation policy; co-chaired an interagency working group for Detecting and Mitigating the Impact of Earth-Bound Near earth objects (DAMIEN); and led the “Harnessing the Small Satellite Revolution” initiative focusing his efforts on the national security space community.

Dr. Kennedy served 23 years in the United States Air Force, where he retired as a colonel. During his tenure, he served as a Senior Materiel Leader in both the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center’s Remote Sensing Directorate and the Air Force Lifecycle Management Center’s Battle Management Directorate. Prior to that, he was the lead for Space Requirements with the Joint Staff/J-8 in the Capabilities and Acquisition Division at the Pentagon and a chief for Spacecraft Payload Development and Test and Satellite Systems and Acquisition at the National Reconnaissance Office.

From 2005 to 2008, Dr. Kennedy was a program manager in DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office, where he created and managed efforts around spacecraft and satellite servicing, advanced space power and propulsion systems, and innovative space technologies.

Dr. Kennedy holds a Doctor of Philosophy in electronics and physical sciences from the University of Surrey; a Master of Arts in organizational management from George Washington University; a Master of Arts in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College; and a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science, both in aeronautics and astronautics, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

New Generation Space Leaders

Amir R. Blachman

VP of Strategic Development
Axiom Space

Amir R. Blachman

Amir R. Blachman is the VP of Strategic Development at Axiom Space. He serves as an interface between the space and finance industries. He has been featured in publications such as Bloomberg, SpaceNews, Space.com and the Financial Times and at international finance forums. He supports organizations including the Space Foundation and Space Frontier Foundation. Mr. Blachman prioritizes the next generation of space leaders. He has been a guest speaker at UCLA and USC’s schools of engineering and business, at Students for the Exploration and Development of Space and has guided multiple space startups in their fundraising and growth.

Maj. Gen. Clinton E. Crosier, USAF

Director, Operational Capability Requirements, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Requirements
Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

Maj. Gen. Clinton E. Crosier, USAF

Maj. Gen. Clinton E. Crosier is Director, Operational Capability Requirements, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. In this position, General Crosier establishes policy for operational capabilities based requirements. The directorate supports major commands in developing and evaluating requirements for Air Force-wide modernization programs including fighters, bombers, mobility aircraft, space systems, command and control, munitions, missile defense and cyber requirements. General Crosier also oversees the execution for the Capabilities Development Council and is responsible for shaping and finalizing capabilities based requirements documents for approval by the Joint Requirements Oversight Council. He directs and supervises the activities for more than 110 military and civilian employees in seven divisions and one named activity, including requirements officers and weapon systems experts along with professional, technical and clerical staffers.

General 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. 

General Crosier has a broad range of experience in Intercontinental Ballistic Missile and space operations, including a deployment to the Middle East as the U.S. Central Command 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 Air Force Base, California; 50th Operations Group, Schriever AFB, Colorado and the 460th Space Wing, Buckley AFB, Colorado. Prior to his current assignment, General Crosier served as the Director, Plans and Policy, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Nebraska.

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.

Mike Gazarik

Vice President of Engineering
Ball Aerospace

Mike Gazarik

As the vice president of Engineering for Ball Aerospace, Mike Gazarik provides leadership for many functions that support the company’s strategic business units. 

He is responsible for engineering, manufacturing and test operations, supply chain management, technology development and resource planning. Mike is focused on developing and maintaining the company’s core technologies and capabilities and on developing technical personnel. 

Mike joined Ball in March, 2015 from NASA where he was the Associate Administrator for the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA headquarters. Since then, he has worked to align Ball’s technology development with business development and growth strategies. As the Vice President for Engineering, he will provide overall strategic and operational leadership of the organization, which includes all disciplines of engineering as well as manufacturing, testing, supply chain management, facilities, IRAD and intellectual property. 

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s and Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, also in Electrical Engineering.

Phil Larson

Assistant Dean and Chief of Staff, College of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Colorado Boulder

Phil Larson

In February 2017, Phil Larson was appointed as assistant dean and chief of staff at the University of Colorado Boulder's College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Larson previously was senior advisor in the Obama White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, focusing primarily on issues pertaining to the U.S. space program. Most recently, he was part of Elon Musk's SpaceX team, supporting communications efforts as well as managing corporate projects.

During his time at the White House, Larson worked closely with Dr. John P. Holdren, President Obama’s science and technology advisor, on the nation’s science, technology, and innovation priorities. Larson coordinated policy rollouts and strategic communications across multiple federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, NASA, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Departments of Commerce, Defense, Education, and Energy. He also spent time in the White House Office of Management and Budget helping to craft NASA's budget and policy priorities.

At SpaceX, Larson was part of the company’s strategic communications efforts and led the overall digital strategy. He led major communications rollouts, including a university student STEM competition, and a first-of-its-kind Mars partnership with NASA. He also collaborated with the FAA, NASA, Department of Defense, U.S. industry, and foreign entities on SpaceX launch campaigns.

Larson is on the board of The Space Foundation, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Commercial Space Operations advisory board, and the Science and Entertainment Exchange at the National Academy of Sciences. He received a bachelor of science degree in aerospace studies, with minors in space studies, psychology, human factors, and communications, from Embry-Riddle. He completed graduate coursework in science and technology policy from The George Washington University before taking a job in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in 2009. 

 

Debra Facktor Lepore

Vice President and General Manager, Strategic Operations and Commercial Aerospace
Ball Aerospace

Debra Facktor Lepore

Debra Facktor Lepore is the vice president and general manager of Strategic Operations and of the Commercial Aerospace strategic business unit for Ball Aerospace. As the leader of Strategic Operations, Lepore is responsible for increasing Ball Aerospace’s profile in the market and facilitating collaboration across the company. She is the company’s senior executive in the Washington, DC area and runs Washington Operations, Communications and Strategic Development.

As the leader of Ball Aerospace's Commercial Aerospace strategic business, Lepore is responsible for developing and executing new business strategies across the company, and pursuing and performing commercial work in the areas of traditional space, integrated solutions and transformational communications for airborne and space platforms and data analytics.

Lepore brings over 25 years of experience in the aerospace industry to her current roles. 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.

Lepore has extensive business experience including serving as president and an owner of AirLaunch LLC, a small business which won funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the U.S. Air Force to develop an operationally responsive small launch vehicle. She previously served as vice president of Business Development and Strategic Planning for Kistler Aerospace Corporation. Earlier in her career, she was chief of Moscow Operations for ANSER’s Center for International Aerospace Cooperation.

Among other distinctions, Lepore was honored with the University of Michigan 2014 Alumni Merit Award for Aerospace Engineering and as the Women in Aerospace (WIA) “Most Outstanding Member” for 2012. She is the former chair of the board of WIA and founding president of the WIA Foundation. Lepore serves on the board of the American Astronautical Society (AAS), the Future Space Leaders Foundation, 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), a fellow of the AAS 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 veteran owned 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 include 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.

Paul Lockhart

Director of Engineering
PEMDAS® Technologies and Innovations

Paul Lockhart

Paul Lockhart served 26 years in the Air Force as a fighter pilot and test pilot before selection as a NASA astronaut. At NASA, Paul worked in the development of cutting edge technology avionics, and in 2002 piloted two Space Shuttle missions to the International Space Station, directing six space walks and logging 26 days in space.

Paul Lockhart is Director of Engineering for PEMDAS® Technologies and Innovations, a woman-owned (WOSB), service-disabled veteran-owned Small Business (SDVOSB) dedicated to improving atmospheric sensing and decision tools for American military warfighters and their support personnel. Previously, Paul was Senior Vice President for Space Systems and Services, Vencore. Paul came to Vencore in October 2008 from the Federal Government where his last position was as an Astronaut and Special Assistant for Program Management at Headquarters for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). As the SVP at Vencore, he oversaw Vencore’s extensive range of operations supporting NASA and other agencies including the Department of Defense.

Commissioned in the Air Force in 1981, Paul served 26 years on active duty before retiring in 2007 from his last assignment with the Air Staff at the Pentagon. During his service with the Air Force, he served as a fighter pilot with the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and as an F-16 test pilot in Florida. As the Operations Officer for the 39th Flight Test Squadron in Florida, he directed testing for much of America’s current state-of-the-art weaponry. In 1996, Paul was selected by NASA to become an astronaut. Reporting to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas in August 1996, he completed initial astronaut training in 1998. Paul was then assigned to the Astronaut Office Spacecraft Systems/Operations Branch where he worked various technical issues for the Space Shuttle Main Engine and a redesign of the Shuttle’s flight display. In 2002, Paul Lockhart flew as pilot on two Space Shuttle missions to the International Space Station (ISS), STS-111 and STS-113. During these missions he directed six space walks in repair and construction of the ISS. He accumulated over 26 days in space in support of these missions.

Post the Shuttle Columbia disaster, Lockhart returned to the Air Force by attending the Royal College of Defence Studies in London, England as an exchange officer. At RCDS, The Ministry of Defence’s premier institution for grooming senior leaders in the UK military and civil fields, he completed a year of Studies in International Conflict Resolution with 84 other fellow members representing 44 nations from around the world. After graduation, he was assigned to the Air Staff, Headquarters USAF, Pentagon, where he held the position of Director, Future Capabilities at the Air Forces Directorate of Studies and Analysis, Assessments, and Lessons Learned. Retiring from the Air Force at this position, Paul then spent two years supporting NASA and the Constellation program, America’s return to the moon and beyond. He also served as NASA’s liaison to federal agencies such as the DoD and the National Reconnaissance Office.

Originally from Texas, Paul has a B.A. in Mathematics from Texas Tech University and a M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas. With over 5,000 hours in more than 30 different aircraft and the Space Shuttle, Paul has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and numerous other awards

Alexander MacDonald

Senior Economic Advisor, Office of the Administrator
NASA

Alexander MacDonald

Alexander MacDonald is the Senior Economic Advisor within the Office of the Administrator at NASA Headquarters. He is recognized as an expert on the economic history of American space exploration and contemporary private-sector space activities. He was previously the founding program executive of NASA's Emerging Space Office which conducts economic analysis on the emerging commercial space sector and which established NASA’s first grants program for economics research. He is the author and editor of a number of NASA reports including Emerging Space: The Evolving Landscape of 21st Century American Spaceflight, Public-Private Partnerships for Space Capability Development, and Economic Development of Low-Earth Orbit. He is also an Executive Staff Specialist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a former research faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University, and has worked for the Universities Space Research Association while at NASA’s Ames Research Center where he worked on small satellite mission designs and served as the center's first research economist on staff. He was a Clarendon Scholar at the University of Oxford where he obtained his doctorate on the long-run economic history of American space exploration. He was also an inaugural TED Senior Fellow and is the author of The Long Space Age: The Economic Origins of Space Exploration from Colonial America to the Cold War published by Yale University Press.

Kevin “Morty” Mortensen

Director of Business Development-Intelligence & Security
BAE Systems

Kevin “Morty” Mortensen

Kevin “Morty” Mortensen works for BAE Systems and is Director of Business Development for the Intelligence & Security sector. In his previous position he was Vice President of International Marketing for the Swedish Space Corporation.  Morty served 29 years in the Air Force retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.  He was also a prior service Master Sergeant (E-7).  During Morty’s Air Force career he served expensively in the Air Force Space and Missile communities.  He Commanded the 3rd Space Operations Squadron, served as Schriever Wargame Director, represented the Air Force on Capitol Hill as the Legislative Liaison for Space, Cyberspace, and ICBM programs, was an Aide-de-Camp to two Commanders of Air Force Space Command, was a speech-writer for Air Force Space Command leadership, and he held Instructor and Stan/Eval positions in the ICBM community.  Morty volunteers in the community and is the Executive Vice President, Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Industrial Association.  Morty is also a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Rocky Mountain Section and he is currently its Secretary.  Morty is married to Kathy Pallozzi, a retired Air Force Colonel who just completed 36 years of Air Force service. Kathy was also a prior service Technical Sergeant (E-6).  Morty and Kathy have four adult children (Kristin, Kevin, Sarah and Ross) and one awesome granddaughter, Quinn Rose! In his spare time Morty enjoys traveling and golf.  

Scotty Van Sant

Senior Policy Analyst
U.S. Strategic Command

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

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).

Thomas E. Zelibor

Chief Executive Officer
Space Foundation

Thomas E. Zelibor

Tom Zelibor joined the Space Foundation as Chief Executive Officer in April 2017. From Space Foundation headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., he oversees more than 50 team members across the U.S., including a Washington, D.C. office, and field representatives in Houston, Los Angeles, Princeton, N.J., and the Florida Space Coast.

Before joining the Space Foundation, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Lightwave Logic Inc. His wide-ranging leadership and entrepreneurial background includes having served as President and CEO of Flatiron's Solutions, and as a Vice President for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), among other commercial affiliations.
 
Highlights of his extensive career in space-related positions include Director, eSpace Incubator at the Center for Space Entrepreneurship; Director of Global Operations, U.S. Strategic Command, Deputy for C4 Integration and Policy/Department of the Navy Deputy CIO; Director, Space Information Warfare, Command and Control Division, and as Commander, Naval Space Command. He also held the position of Dean, College of Operational and Strategic Leadership at the Naval War College in Newport, RI.
 
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanography from the United States Naval Academy in 1976. He was a Naval Aviator early in his Navy career before branching out into space and information technology assignments. The highlight of his military career was as Commander, Task Force Fifty, where he led three U.S. carrier battle groups, two NATO carriers, nearly 60 other U.S. and coalition ships, 300 aircraft and thousands of personnel in the North Arabian Sea conducting combat operations in Afghanistan after the attacks of 9/11.

Affiliated Events

Milton "Skip" Smith

Member
Sherman & Howard

Milton "Skip" Smith

Skip is the Chair of Sherman &Howard’s Space Law Practice group and has over thirty years of experience in aerospace, defense and government contracts. Skip represents most segments of the aerospace industry, from large companies to start‐ups, and from manufacturers to launch service providers. He is on the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Space Law and is a past Chair of the Colorado Space Business Roundtable. Skip held several significant leadership positions during his Air Force career including Director of Space Law at Space Command and Chief of Space Law for the Air Force. Skip also served in Geneva as the Legal Advisor of the 50‐person U.S. Delegation at the ITU Conference on the Geostationary Satellite Orbit.  Skip is an Air Force Academy graduate and he received his law degree from George Washington University.  He has a Doctorate in Space Law from the Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University.

By Invitation Only Events

Maj. Gen. Clinton E. Crosier, USAF

Director, Operational Capability Requirements, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Requirements
Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

Maj. Gen. Clinton E. Crosier, USAF

Maj. Gen. Clinton E. Crosier is Director, Operational Capability Requirements, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. In this position, General Crosier establishes policy for operational capabilities based requirements. The directorate supports major commands in developing and evaluating requirements for Air Force-wide modernization programs including fighters, bombers, mobility aircraft, space systems, command and control, munitions, missile defense and cyber requirements. General Crosier also oversees the execution for the Capabilities Development Council and is responsible for shaping and finalizing capabilities based requirements documents for approval by the Joint Requirements Oversight Council. He directs and supervises the activities for more than 110 military and civilian employees in seven divisions and one named activity, including requirements officers and weapon systems experts along with professional, technical and clerical staffers.

General 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. 

General Crosier has a broad range of experience in Intercontinental Ballistic Missile and space operations, including a deployment to the Middle East as the U.S. Central Command 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 Air Force Base, California; 50th Operations Group, Schriever AFB, Colorado and the 460th Space Wing, Buckley AFB, Colorado. Prior to his current assignment, General Crosier served as the Director, Plans and Policy, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Nebraska.