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Kyle Acierno

Managing Director
ispace Europe

Kyle Acierno

Kyle Acierno is the Managing Director of ispace Europe. He is responsible for executing business strategies with a specific focus on the lunar mining missions conducted in Luxembourg as a part of the Space Resources Initiative.  After traveling to over 100 countries and working on four continents, he is now focused on getting humanity to space.

Kyle holds a Masters in Space Studies from the International Space University and a Bachelors in International Security from Simon Fraser University, Canada. He is the Chairman of the Technical Committee of The Hague Space Resources International Working Group and a founding member of the Moon Village Association. 

 

Mohamed Amara

General Counsel
United Arab Emirates Space Agency

Mohamed Amara

Mohamed Amara is an Algerian lawyer currently holding the position of General Counsel for the United Arab Emirates Space Agency. Mohamed has been practicing in the GCC region for over 25 years. Before joining the UAE Space Agency, Mohamed also worked for the Abu Dhabi National Oil & Gas Group of companies (ADNOC) where he advised the Group on all legal matters related to the oil & gas, including the drafting of national legislation. Mohamed holds a Master’s Degree in Public law and Economics from the University of Alexandria in Egypt. Mohamed is also a registered Arbitrator in the UAE and has served as Chair and Sole Arbitrator in various cases ranging from construction, real estates, contract interpretation and oil & gas disputes. Currently, Mohamed is engaged in advising the UAE Space Agency on its preparation of the legal framework for the regulation of the space sector in the country, in particular the space activities draft law and regulations, and takes part in its delegation to the COPUOS.

Giuseppe Aridon

Vice President for Strategy and Market Analysis
Telespazio

Giuseppe Aridon

Currently SVP Strategy and Marketing of Telespazio S.p.A. (a Leonardo / Thales Company), is in charge of new projects, M&A and international initiatives of the Group. Member of Telespazio Executive Committee.

Aeronautical engineer as background, has spent all his professional life in the aerospace and defence sector, starting as member of the international joint team in charge of developing Eurofighter 2000/Typhoon fighter aircraft. He has acted as Strategic Planning Director of Alenia (today Leonardo Aeronautics & Defence). As SVP Corporate Development of Alenia Spazio (today part of Thales Alenia Space), he was responsible for coordinating all the space M&A projects of the Group (amongst others, the acquisition of Telespazio and the Space Alliance with Alcatel). Since 2005 with Telespazio, formerly VP Navigation and Infomobility, and Program Director for different initiatives, including Galileo and Copernicus.

Member of various associations and international committees, has contributed to many task forces and initiatives addressing evolution of the Space Sector, New Space and European Space Policy / Strategy.

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.   


Dr. Werner Balogh

Chief of the Satellite Data Utilization Division, Space Programme Office
World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Dr. Werner Balogh

Dr. Werner Balogh is Chief of the Satellite Data Utilization Division in the Space Programme Office of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). He previously worked as Chief, ad interim, of the Space Applications Section of the Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division in the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) to help develop the Asia-Pacific Plan of Action for Space Applications (2018-2030). As Programme Officer with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) in Vienna, Austria, he serviced meetings of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) and coordinated and organized capacity-building activities in the field of space science, technology and applications under the United Nations Programme on Space Applications. He first joined the United Nations in 1997 as an Associate Expert on Space Applications and participated in the planning and organizing of the Third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III), held in 1999. Prior to returning to the United Nations in 2006, Dr. Balogh worked in the field of human space flight, space transportation and space science for the Austrian Space Agency and in the field of operational space applications for the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT). He holds Dipl.-Ing. and Dr. degrees in technical physics from the Vienna University of Technology, an MSc degree in space studies from the International Space University and an MA degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Jenny Barna

Director of Launch
Spire Global, Inc.

Jenny Barna

Jenny is the Director of Launch at Spire, a satellite powered data company headquartered in San Francisco, CA.  She has built and executed on a launch manifest at Spire that launches more often and on more launch vehicles than any other satellite company in the world. Jenny brought to Spire a technical background in launch vehicle propulsion engineering at Orbital, where she found her passion for the launch industry while supporting campaigns out of Vandenberg. Experience at SSL in Silicon Valley added a complementary background in small satellite constellations, hosted payloads and a taste of the NewSpace startup approach (at the time, Skybox was inking a manufacturing deal with SSL).  Jenny has a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Arizona State University.

Christian Bec

Vice President
Syntony GNSS

Christian Bec

Christian is a successful serial entrepreneur in the Space domain, having acquired, managed, and brought to success many companies during the last 30 years. Christian complements Béatrice and Joël on the management and commercial sides.

Dr. Ahmad Belhoul

Chairman
United Arab Emirates Space Agency

Kira Blackwell

Program Executive, Office of the Chief Technologist
NASA: Headquarters

Kira Blackwell

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

Dr. Keith Blanks

Senior Associate
Booz Allen Hamilton

Dr. Keith Blanks

Dr. Keith A. Blanks is the Chief Scientist for the Directed Energy Innovation Service Office (ISO) at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he leads design, development, test and evaluation of Optical satellite communications technology for the corporation. Prior to joining Booz Allen Hamilton, Dr. Blanks was Principal Scientist for The Aerospace Corporation providing technical leadership to the Research Development and Acquisition Task Force at OSD/AT&L, the Space Security and Defense Program supporting Air Force Space Command, Air Force Space Commands’ Space Enterprise Vision Core Architecture Team, and the NASA Space Asset Protection Program.

Prior to working for the Aerospace Corporation, Dr. Blanks worked as Senior Scientist for ALCOA at the ALCOA Technical Center, where he received U.S. patent 5,976,325 for Laser Stimulated Alumina Precipitation in Sodium-Aluminate Solutions.

Dr. Blanks has a B.S. degree in Engineering Physics, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the Lehigh University, where he was a General Motors Scholar and an ALCOA Fellow.  He is a member of the Optical Society of America with refereed journal publications in the fields of atomic and molecular physics, condensed matter physics, crystal growth, and non-traditional imaging and sensing.

Dr. Blanks has authored and co-authored more than 20 technical reports, and has 30 invited technical and STEM presentations at technical conferences and academic institutions across the country.

Dr. Blanks is a resident of Colorado Springs CO with his wife, their two daughters, and their five grandchildren. In his free time he enjoys traveling, collecting antiques, and wetting a line (fishing).

Hughes Boulnois

Director, Head of EDRS Business
Airbus Defence and Space

Hughes Boulnois

Hughes Boulnois is Director, Head of EDRS (European Data Relay System) at Airbus Defence and Space.

He is responsible for leading and developing the EDRS business and strategy for the Business Line Communication, Intelligence and Security of Airbus Defence and Space.

In this role, Mr. Boulnois leads and is accountable for all profit and loss activities concerning the European Data Relay System and Services. This encompasses all space and ground infrastructure deliveries and operations, as well as the Market Development activities of the Laser Data Relay capability to provide a global coverage and a global service offer to all customers.

Before this role, Mr. Boulnois was Director; Head of Strategy for Secure Land Communications at Airbus Defence & Space He was in charge for all strategic initiatives related to Professional / Land Mobile Radio systems such as Tetra, Tetrapol, P25 or LTE, as well as the US activities focusing on 9-1-1 call taking systems. As lead strategist, he supported all M&A activities toward the Corporate and was accountable to drive and manage strategic relationships / partners.  

Previously, Mr. Boulnois was Director of New Business Defence, responsible & accountable for export Defence Business Development activities at Cassidian in several key domains such as Unmanned Aerial Systems, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) solutions, Combat Aircraft training or Air Defence C2 systems. 

Prior to this, he was Manager responsible for Business Development for the UAV Business Line in Manching (Germany). Before moving abroad to Germany, he led for Cassidian a NATO C4ISR programme focusing on developing and enhancing the deployed NATO intelligence assets of the ISAF coalition in Afghanistan. Throughout this NATO programme, Mr. Boulnois held the position of Vice-chairman of a NATO group of experts focussing on NATO technical ISR interoperability standards.

He joined EADS in 2004 as a consultant leading and supporting several projects and programmes in various domains, such as joint forces training simulators or advanced intelligence systems.

Prior joining EADS, Boulnois worked as a consultant for Thales and Dassault Aviation for designing advanced training simulators such as the Rafale F2 training simulator. Graduated with a Master of Science in Computer Sciences with honours, he is also a fellow member of the Institut des Hautes Etudes de Defense Nationale (IHEDN – National Defence Academy) in defence strategy and policy.   

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. 

Shelli Brunswick

Chief Operating Officer
Space Foundation

Shelli Brunswick

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

Emily Calandrelli

Executive Producer/Science TV Host

Emily Calandrelli

Emily Calandrelli is the Executive Producer and host of FOX's Xploration Outer Space, which is now in its fourth season. She is also a correspondent for Bill Nye on his new show Bill Nye Saves the World, now in its second season on NETFLIX. Emily is the writer and host of Lockheed Martin’s Spotlight Space, a YouTube series that features the space projects they are involved in.

Emily published her first book in 2017 as the author of the Ada Lace Adventures, a chapter book series about a young West Virginia girl who solves problems with robots and technology. The second book in the series, Ada Lace: Sees Red, was included in the National Science Teachers Association’s list of best STEM books for 2018.

Emily has given talks about the importance of science literacy, the benefits of space exploration, and the challenges for women in STEM careers for clients like Google, Pixar, MIT, West Virginia University, Texas Instruments as well as dozens of K-12 schools across the nation. Her first two TEDx talks, “I Don’t Do Math” and “Space Exploration Is The Worst,” have garnered nearly 700,000 views on YouTube.

Lisa B. Callahan

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

Lisa B. Callahan

Lisa B. Callahan is Vice President and General Manager of the Commercial Civil Space line of business for Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Space Systems Company.  In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of execution and growth for Commercial and Civil markets in human and robotic deep space exploration, communications and weather and remote sensing.  Ms. Callahan is also responsible for Michoud Operations and related activity at Stennis Space Center.

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

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

Ms. Callahan graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.  Currently, she is a member of the Dean of Engineering Advisory Board.

Leanne Caret

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

Leanne Caret

Leanne Caret is executive vice president of The Boeing Company and president and chief executive officer of Defense, Space & Security (BDS). She is a member of Boeing’s Executive Council.

Named BDS president and CEO in February 2016, Caret leads the $30 billion business that provides integrated solutions to meet the needs of defense, government, space, intelligence and security customers in the United States and around the world. Countries with a major BDS presence include Australia, the United Kingdom, India and Saudi Arabia.

Previously, Caret was president of Boeing's Global Services & Support, an industry leader in providing sustainment solutions for Boeing and select non-Boeing platforms. Before that she was chief financial officer and vice president, Finance, for BDS. Earlier she was vice president and general manager, Vertical Lift, responsible for business growth and program execution for a portfolio of cargo, tiltrotor and attack rotorcraft. Caret joined the company in 1988 and has held various program management positions in the defense business.

Caret holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Wichita State University. She also earned certifications from Harvard University in the Program for Leadership Development and the International Security Defense Program, and completed the Integral Leadership Program at the University of Notre Dame.

Caret is a member of the United Service Organizations (USO) board of governors and has been named an Associate Fellow to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. She also serves on the Association of the United States Army council of trustees and the Business-Higher Education Forum board of directors. In 2017 she was added to Fortune’s Most Powerful Women list.

Joseph Cassady

Executive Director, Space
Aerojet Rocketdyne

Joseph Cassady

Joe Cassady is Executive Director, Space for the Aerojet Rocketdyne's Washington Operations. He is responsible for strategy and capture activities related to many of the company’s NASA programs, including: the Space Launch System (SLS); the propulsion system for the Orion deep space capsule; NASA exploration propulsion and power systems; advanced electric propulsion; International Space System (ISS) power system, as well as related AFRL and DARPA programs. He also is involved with research activities for next-generation space technology, including additive manufacturing, advanced materials, non-toxic propellants, modular propulsion for small satellites, and nuclear propulsion and power technology efforts.

Mr. Cassady joined Aerojet in 1985 and was appointed to his present position in June 2013. Previously, he served in various Engineering and Business Development positions related to advanced propulsion for missiles and spacecraft.  He began his career at the Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory at Edwards AFB, where he performed research into the acceleration mechanisms of Magneto Plasma Dynamic (MPD) thrusters as part of an AFOSR graduate program. After graduation, Mr. Cassady continued his research at the AFRPL, where he helped to create the in-house Electric Propulsion Laboratory (EPL). He earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the Purdue University. He is the recipient of several technical awards from Aerojet Rocketdyne and outside organizations. Mr Cassady has authored or co-authored more than 50 papers dealing with mission design, space architectures, and propulsion technology and its applications and holds four patents for electric propulsion technologies. His professional affiliations included the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, where he is an Associate Fellow; the American Astronautical Society; and the Electric Rocket Propulsion Society, where he serves as Vice President.  He is Executive Vice President of ExploreMars, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to education, STEM activities and outreach related to the exploration of Mars.

James (Jim) H. Chilton

Senior Vice President, Space and Missile Systems
Boeing Defense, Space & Security

James (Jim) H. Chilton

Jim Chilton is senior vice president of the Space and Missile Systems division of Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS). Chilton was appointed to this role in July 2017 as BDS announced a new operating structure to sharpen focus on key markets and move faster to meet customers’ needs. The Space and Missile Systems portfolio includes the International Space Station; government and commercial satellite systems; a range of missile defense and strategic deterrence systems including Ground-based Midcourse Defense, Missile Defense National Team, and the Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) System; and a variety of weapons programs for U.S. and allied military customers.

From October 2016 to the July 2017 restructuring of Boeing’s space and defense business, Chilton led Network & Space Systems (N&SS), which included much of the current Space and Missile Systems portfolio.  Prior to that role, starting in 2013, he was vice president and general manager of Strategic Missile & Defense Systems within N&SS. Previously, Chilton served as vice president and program manager for Exploration Launch Systems and led Space Launch System (SLS), Boeing’s heavy lift launch vehicle program. Before SLS, Chilton served as program manager for the Checkout, Assembly and Payload Processing Services (CAPPS) contract at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. He led final assembly and testing of space shuttle and expendable launch vehicle payloads, including hardware destined for the International Space Station.

Chilton began his career with Boeing in 1984 as a turbo machinery development engineer at the Rocketdyne division in Canoga Park, Calif. He went on to hold a number of roles in engine test and launch operations.

Chilton has served on many boards, including the board of directors for the National Children's Advocacy Center and the International Astronautical Federation industry relations committee.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Washington State University and a master’s degree from the Florida Institute of Technology. He also completed the systems acquisition course for general and flag officers at Defense Acquisition University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s advanced management program.

Phee Choosri

Deputy Director
Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), The Royal Kingdom of Thailand

Phee Choosri

Mr. Phee Choosri is the Deputy Executive Director for the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency.  His previous positions include Head of Legal and Contract Division, Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency; and Legal Consultant, international law firms in Bangkok, Thailand. 

He is a member of the Thai Governmental Sub-committee on Space Laws, the Thai Governmental working group on an inter-governmental agreement negotiation regarding non-geostationary orbit satellite, the Thai Governmental Working group on the Non-Geostationary Orbit Satellite Administration, and a Special guest lecturer on space laws, the Faculty of Laws, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.

Mr. Choosri earned his Master of Laws from the University of Technology Sydney, Australia.

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch

Senior Vice President, Government Strategy & Policy
Inmarsat Government Inc.

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch

Rebecca M. Cowen-Hirsch is Senior Vice President for Government Strategy and Policy of Inmarsat Government Inc. With 25 years of experience in defense, aerospace, and executive leadership, she served as the Program Executive Officer for SATCOM, Teleport and Services at DISA. She also established the Defense Spectrum Office, serving as its first Director. She is a rated experimental flight test engineer, and became the first female civilian Mission Commander for the Advanced Range Instrumentation Aircraft (ARIA) mission. She was awarded the Exemplary Service Medal for her years of selfless service to the Department of Defense.

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 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), The Telegraph, 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 the the Director of Marketing for Space for Humanity, a global non-profit which aims to democratize access to space.

Sarah is passionate about STEM education and helping to inspire the next generation of space explorers. Her 3rdChildren’s book will be released World Wide in Spring 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).

 

Clémentine Decoopman

Executive Director
The Space Generation Advisory Council

Clémentine Decoopman

Clémentine Decoopman is currently the Executive Director of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC). Responsibilities of the position include (but are not limited to)  Operations Management, and Events Management. The Operations Management components of this role has an emphasis on administration of the organization and communications management, including working closely with the Executive Office on the development and facilitation of opportunities for SGAC members in the space sector. The latter includes overseeing development of the SGAC brand, web and printed content, and supporting public relations and communication efforts. The Events Management component of this role is focused on overseeing and coordinating with the SGAC event managers to ensure success of our global events, such as the Space Generation Congress, Space Generation Fusion Forum, and SGx. The SGAC Deputy Executive Director also oversees the implementation of other SGAC activities including regional and local events. Clémentine also represents the SGAC at international conferences and at the United Nations (particularly at the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space annual sessions) and contribute to the discussions by making regular statements at the plenary sessions.

Clémentine holds a Master’s Degree in International Business from Kedge Business School in France as well as a Bachelor of Marketing from San Diego State University in the United States. She is passionate about event organization and branding. Clémentine is an outgoing, creative and positive person who loves working in a multicultural environment.

In addition to her academic pursuits, Clémentine completed an internship for Arianespace’s Washington DC office where she was in charge of marketing, trade shows, corporate communications and government affairs projects. Clémentine especially helped organize activities, events and exhibits at the Satellite 2016 trade show in Washington DC (US) and the 32ndSpace Symposium in Colorado (US). 

Previously to Arianespace, she also completed an internship for Airbus Helicopters in Marignane in France where she worked on marketing, communication, public relations, event and social media communication projects.  

Pierre Delsaux

Deputy Director General for DG GROW
European Commission

Pierre Delsaux

Pierre Delsaux is Deputy Director General at DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW) since January 2015. He is responsible for Space Policy and Research (Directorate I) and Galileo and EGNOS Programme Management (Directorate J). Prior to this role, he has executed several high-level functions within the European Commission, particularly at the former DG Internal Market and Services (MARKT). There, he served as Director of Directorate F from 2007 to 2011 and as Head of Unit responsible for Money Laundering (2004 -2007), for Financial Markets (2004) and for Public Procurement (1997-2000). Before his career at the European Commission, Pierre Delsaux has worked, among other things, as a researcher at the Liège University where he gave lectures in Intellectual Property law.

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. 

Stephanie Dickman

Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Space & Intelligence Systems
Harris Corporation

Stephanie Dickman

Stephanie Dickman is vice president, Strategy and Business Development, for Harris Corporation’s Space and Intelligence Systems segment. Space and Intelligence Systems offers complete Earth observation, weather, geospatial, space protection, and intelligence solutions from advanced sensors and payloads, ground processing and information analytics.

With more than 26 years of experience in the defense and aerospace industry, Dickman has a strong technical background that includes engineering, operations, and strategies functions. Throughout her career, Stephanie has managed several space-based programs for military and intelligence customers. She has led a $120 million U.S. government classified space business and led an assembly and operations department with 160 employees in multiple locations.

Dickman joined Harris with the company’s 2015 acquisition of Exelis Inc., where she was the deputy director for Geospatial Information Solutions (GIS), responsible for the operations functions of the GIS business unit, including finance, contracts and proposals. She also played a key role in the development of the business unit’s strategy and worked closely with various groups across Geospatial Systems to ensure operations were aligned with GIS offerings and strategic pursuits.

Dickman has mentored many women throughout her career. She is a member of Women in Aerospace and is active with the Geneseo Women’s Leadership Program, as well as the Rochester Women’s Network. At the Young Entrepreneur Academy in Rochester, students she has mentored placed in the top three in the categories in which they competed.

Dickman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia.

Lisa S. Disbrow

Former Under Secretary
U.S. Air Force

Lisa S. Disbrow

Ms. Disbrow has 32 years of civilian and military service in national security in the Department of Defense, the National Security Council at the White House, and the National Reconnaissance Office. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Mercury Systems, Inc. and the Air Force Association, serves on the Advisory Boards of the Mitre Corporation, Battelle, and Raytheon, serves as a Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, and a Senior Advisor with McKinsey & Co and Price Waterhouse Coopers.

The 25th Under Secretary of the Air Force from Jan 2015 - July 2017, she led a global organization with 660,000 personnel and an annual budget of over $130 billion dollars. She led efforts to improve space systems resiliency, grow military end strength, increase and improve weapon systems inventories, increase operational readiness, and prioritize technology investments. After the 2017 Presidential inauguration and before confirmation of the new AF Secretary, she was Acting Secretary of the Air Force and the Secretary of Defense’s Principal DOD Space Advisor.

Prior to these positions, she was the Senate - confirmed Financial Management & Comptroller of the Air Force, responsible for financial policy and execution of the AF budget; and the Vice Director of the Joint Staff J - 8 Directorate as a Senior Executive Service career civilian, where she advised the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Requirements Oversight Council on joint military capabilities and joint weapons systems requirements. From 2015 - 2016, she served on the National Security Staff at the White House, contributing to major policy issues across the federal government. In the early 1990s, she was a senior systems engineer at the National Reconnaissance Office responsible for developing requirements and programs to improve national intelligence support to deployed users. She retired from military service as a Colonel with 23 years of combined active & reserve duty in ops and signals/electronic intelligence; programming; and plans. Deployed in Operation Desert Storm /Southern Watch.

Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund

Chair of the Executive Board
German Aerospace Center

Prof. 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. 

COL Janell E. Eickhoff

Director, Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate
U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command / Army Forces Strategic Command

COL Janell E. Eickhoff

Colonel Janell E. Eickhoff is a native of Plantation, Florida. She graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY in 1991 as an All-American athlete with a Bachelor of Science degree and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Air Defense Artillery. 

After commissioning, she graduated from the Air Defense Officer Basic Course at Fort Bliss, TX and was assigned to 4th Battalion (HAWK), 1st Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Regiment in Neubruke, Germany as an Assault Fire Platoon Leader. Toward the end of her tour in Germany, she deployed with 1-7 ADA (PATRIOT) to Bahrain in support of a contingency mission. Upon redeployment from the Gulf, COL Eickhoff graduated from the Officer Advanced Course and was assigned as the Brigade Adjutant for 11th ADA Brigade. In 1997 she took command of D/552 ADA (PATRIOT) and deployed twice more to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in support of 

Operation DESERT FOX. After 28 months of command, she served as the aide-de-camp to the Commanding General of the United States Air Defense Artillery Center and Fort Bliss. In 2000, she was assigned to the Director of Combat Developments before attending the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS in 2002. Upon graduation from CGSC and earning a Master’s degree, she returned to Fort Bliss from 2003-2006, serving first as the Battalion Operations Officer of 1-1 ADA (PATRIOT), then as the 31st ADA Brigade Operations Officer and Deputy Commander. COL Eickhoff served as a Division Chief in J8, the Joint Staff, in Washington DC from 2006-2009 prior to assuming command of 1-1 ADA (PATRIOT) in Okinawa, Japan. Upon completion of Battalion command in 2011, she served as a Division Chief on the Army staff, G-3/5/7. In 2013, after graduating from the Army War College she was assigned as the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command G-3/Deputy Air Defense Commander Forward in the 609th Combined Air Operations Center at Al Udeid, Qatar. COL Eickhoff then served an additional year deployed in the CENTCOM AOR serving in Kuwait as the ARCENT and CJTF-III Air and Missile Defense Chief in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. Her Most recent assignment was Command, 10th Army Air & Missile Defense Command in Kaiserslautern, Germany from 2015-2017 before becoming the Capabilities Development & Integration Director at the Fires Center of Excellence. 

COL Eickhoff’s military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Joint Staff Badge, the Army Staff Badge, the Basic Space Badge, the Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Germany Proficiency (gold second award) and various other service and campaign awards.

Maria Cristina Falvella

Head of Strategy Unit
Italian Space Agency

Maria Cristina Falvella

Maria Cristina Falvella is an astrophysicist. Since 1991 she has worked for the Italian Space Agency and since 2000 she has been the Scientific Secretary of the International School of Astrophysics “Daniel Chalonge”. Maria Cristina has a 20 years experience in space science dealing with both the issues related to activities in space including scientific, engineering and economic aspects and the international relations between Italian Space Agency and other institution like ESA, NASA, Roscosmos and JAXA.

She collaborates as teacher with University of Rome Sapienza lecturing on space science and she has been for many years visiting professor at Paris Astronomical Observatory.

Maria Cristina Falvella works as permanent senior director at Italian Space Agency and is presently the Head of Strategies and Industrial Policy.

 

Eric K. Fanning

President & Chief Executive Officer
Aerospace Industries Association

Eric K. Fanning

Eric K. Fanning is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), the leading advocacy organization for the aerospace and defense industry with nearly 350 companies in its membership – ranging from multinational prime contractors to family owned businesses. As AIA’s leader, Fanning develops the association’s strategic priorities and works with member CEOs to advocate for policies and responsible budgets that keep our country strong, bolster our capacity to innovate and spur our economic growth.

Fanning joined AIA after serving as the 22nd Secretary of the Army where he provided leadership and oversight of our nation’s largest military service. He previously served as Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Defense, Acting Secretary of the Air Force and Under Secretary of the Air Force, and Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy/Deputy Chief Management Officer. He is the only person to have held senior appointments in all three military departments and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

During his more than 25 years of distinguished government service, Fanning worked on the staff of the House Armed Services Committee, was Senior Vice President of Strategic Development for Business Executives for National Security, was Deputy Director of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism and was associate director of political affairs at the White House.

Fanning holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Dartmouth College. His awards include the Department of Defense’s Medal for Distinguished Public Service (twice awarded), the Department of the Army’s Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service, the Department of the Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award (twice awarded) and the Department of the Air Force’s Distinguished Public Service Award and Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service.

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).

Sima Fishman

Managing Director
Euroconsult USA

Sima Fishman

Sima Fishman is the Managing Director of Euroconsult USA. Based in Washington, DC, she has overall responsibility for projects serving US clients, and for building the US office. Sima has a long background in strategy consulting, with exclusive concentration on the space and satellite industries since 2009. Prior to joining Euroconsult, she held strategy and finance roles in several organizations, including RCN (cable company) and PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has worked in more than 20 countries on five continents.

Sima has had the opportunity to work with several of the most significant companies – both startup and established, investors, lenders, and governments involved in the space and satellite industries. She specializes in financial and commercial feasibility analysis, and is experienced in lender and investor due diligence, strategy analysis and financial modelling, market assessment and forecasting, and risk analysis. She supports Euroconsult research publications; recent publications have included Profiles of Emerging Space Startups, Government Space Programs, and the MSS report, including an all new chapter on the Internet of Things. 

Sima holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Fuqua School of Business at Duke University (magna cum laude), and an undergraduate degree in Mathematical Economics from Temple University (magna cum laud).  

LTG Richard P. Formica, USA (Ret.)

Vice President, Strategic Accounts
CALIBRE Systems

LTG Richard P. Formica, USA (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Richard P. Formica, US Army, Retired, connects defense and other government clients’ needs to CALIBRE capabilities; contributes to the development and implementation of CALIBRE’s corporate strategic plan and market assessments including implementation of CALIBRE’s space and missile defense business plan; supports the company’s regional business development efforts; and provides leadership and oversight to CALIBRE’s force management and leader development service offerings. He represents CALIBRE in various government and business forums.

General Formica joined CALIBRE in June 2014 after 36 years of service in the U.S. Army.  He is a career field artillery/fire support officer with experience in leadership, operations, and training.  He has senior executive level experience in force management and space and missile defense.   He served as the Commanding General, Combined Security Assistance Command – Afghanistan; Joint Fires and Effects Coordinator/Force Field Artillery Commander in Multi-National Corps – Iraq; Deputy Director Political – Military Affairs (NATO/Europe) on the Joint Staff; and as the Director of Force Management for the U.S. Army.   His final assignment was as the Commanding General, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command and U.S. Strategic Command’s Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense.  

General Formica received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement from Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island; a Master’s Degree in Military Arts and Science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; and a Master’s Degree in National Strategic Studies from the National War College.

He is married to Diane H. Formica.  They have four adult children, three daughters-in-law, a son-in-law, and seven grandchildren.

Brenton Fraser

Chief, Concept Development Division, Acting Deputy Director, Capability Development & Integration Directorate Future Warfare Center
U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command

Brenton Fraser

Mr. Fraser was selected to his current position as Chief, Concept Developments, Acting Deputy Director, Capability Development Integration Directorate, Future Warfare Center, in the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Strategic Forces Command in 2016. His 25 plus year career includes professional leadership experience in government and contractor positions, with most specific to operations, planning, strategy, policy and concept to capability development.  Specializing in Army, Joint, and Multinational Air and Missile Defense and Mission Command / Intelligence.

As Chief, Concept Developments / Acting Deputy Director, Capability Development Integration Directorate, responsible for concept assessment, development, and integration, wargaming and experimentation, capabilities based assessments informing decision making, and the organizational design for Space, High Altitude and Global Ballistic Missile Defense.

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion (PATRIOT), 7th Air Defense Artillery (ADA), Fort Bliss, TX in 1989 and deployed with the first PATRIOT battalion to OPERATION DESERT SHIELD/STORM. Upon redeployment he transitioned from Fire Control Platoon Leader to Battalion Tactical Director and later Battery Executive Officer where he returned to Southwest Asia in support of OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH. Mr. Fraser was graduated early from the Officer Advanced Course to return to 2-7 ADA in 1994 support of an emergency deployment to the Republic of Korea (RoK), establishing the first permanent PATRIOT presence on the peninsula. Following the deployment, he joined 1-7 ADA (PATRIOT) in Kaiserlautern, Germany serving as Battalion Operations Center OIC and PATRIOT Battery commander. From 1997-2000, he served as the Army Test and Evaluation Command’s System Team lead for PATRIOT as the Army’s transitioned to the PATRIOT PAC-3 system. He served as Battalion Executive Officer and Battalion Operations Officer for 1-43 ADA (PATRIOT), RoK. From 2003-2005, he was assigned to the Joint Concept Development and Experimentation (J9), Joint Forces Command, Suffolk, VA, serving in operations, plans, and policy positions, culminating as the J9 Operations Officer. Mr. Fraser served as Deputy Commanding Officer, 108th ADA Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bliss, TX from 2005-2006 prior to assuming command of 3-6 ADA (PATRIOT), the Army’s PATRIOT training battalion. He deployed to OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM along the Iranian and Kuwait borders in 2008 as Deputy, Regional Border Transition Team/Senior Maneuver advisor.  Upon his return he was assigned to the Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC), Fort Monroe, later Fort Eustis, VA, 2009-2012 serving as Chief, Air and Missile Defense Branch, Chief, Mission Command and Intelligence Division, and Executive Officer to the Director, ARCIC. Mr. Fraser deployed to OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, as Chief, Provincial Security Force Advise and Assist Team, Kunar Province, 101st Airborne Division.  He returned to ARCIC, serving as Chief, Fires Division until he retired from active duty in 2015. Following time in the private sector as a strategic business consultant and Program Manager for an Army enterprise technology program, he was selected to his current position in 2016 with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command as Chief, Concept Developments, and acting Deputy Director, Capability Development & Integration Directorate.

Education include a Bachelor of Science in Business, Administration, University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics, graduating as a distinguished military graduate.  A Master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies, College of Naval Command and Staff, Naval War College Newport, RI and completion of the Naval equivalent of the Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies.  The Joint Forces Staff College, National Defense University, Norfolk, VA.

Awards and honors include the Legion of Merit (1 oak leaf cluster ((OLC)), Bronze Star (2 OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), the Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, and numerous unit, service and campaign awards, and the ancient order of Saint Barbara.

Martin E. Frederick

Corporate Director Civil Space Programs
Northrop Grumman

Martin E. Frederick

Mr. Martin “Marty” Frederick joined Northrop Grumman Corporation in 2007 and is the Corporate Director for Civil Space Programs.  His areas of responsibility include Earth science, space science, human and robotic exploration, aeronautics research, and space technology at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), United States Air Force (USAF), and other government agencies. Before joining Northrop Grumman Corporation, Mr. Frederick spent over 22 years at NASA at Goddard Space Flight Center and NASA Headquarters in various engineering, technology, program management and leadership positions.

Mr. Frederick has served the broader aerospace and defense communities in numerous associations, councils, and professional societies.  He is past Chair of the Space Enterprise Council, Aerospace Industries Association Space Council, Goddard Contractors Association, and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) National Capital Section. He is currently the President of the Maryland Space Business Roundtable and Vice Chair for Operations of the AIAA National Capital Section.

He has won NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal, was a senior fellow in the Council for Excellence in Government, and was a Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan Fellow. He has his Bachelor of Science from Loyola University Maryland and his Master of Business Administration from MIT Sloan School of Management.

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.

Katy George

Senior Partner
McKinsey & Company

Katy George

Katy George is the Managing Partner of McKinsey’s Mid-Atlantic Office, and a leader in McKinsey’s Manufacturing and Healthcare Practices.  Katy also serves on McKinsey’s global governing body, the 30-member Shareholders Council.

Katy’s 21 years of client service have focused on end-to-end supply chain, operations and organizational effectiveness, as well as broader corporate strategy and governance.  Katy’s primary focus has been in the pharmaceutical and medical products industry, but she also has worked in automotive, aerospace and consumer packaged goods.  She has worked with companies in making decisions about where to manufacture and how to organize in order to leverage the latest in manufacturing and digital technologies.  In much of her work, she has worked with companies to build new capabilities across the front-line workforce.

Katy co-leads McKinsey’s partnership with the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) in Chicago, a 250-member consortium of leading government, academic and corporate organizations.  DMDII is dedicated to increasing the technology capabilities of the American manufacturing sector and supply base, with a focus on both large corporations and Small and Medium Enterprises.  Katy has worked with DMDII to establish a Digital Capability Center to provide new workforce training on digital and advanced analytics skills.  

Katy is part of the McKinsey Global Institute Council and is broadly published on the topics of the future of work and manufacturing technology.  Publications include “Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation” (2013), “Harnessing Automation for a Future that Works” (2016), and “Making it in America” (2017).

Katy holds a high honors degree in economics and government from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University. 

William H. Gerstenmaier

Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations
NASA Headquarters

William H. Gerstenmaier

William H. Gerstenmaier is the associate administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. In this position, Gerstenmaier provides strategic direction for all aspects of NASA's human exploration of space and cross-agency space support functions of space communications and space launch vehicles. He provides programmatic direction for the operation and utilization of the International Space Station (ISS), development of the Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft. He also provides strategic guidance and direction for the commercial crew and cargo programs that will provide logistics and crew transportation to the space station, and to NASA’s journey to Mars. Gerstenmaier is the recipient of numerous awards, including three NASA Certificates of Commendation, two NASA Exceptional Service Medals, a Senior NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, the Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award, and Distinguish Executive Presidential Rank Award. He was honored with an Outstanding Aerospace Engineer Award from Purdue University, and twice honored by Aviation Week and Space Technology for outstanding achievement in the field of space. He is an AIAA Fellow and the recipient of numerous AIAA awards including, the AIAA International Award, the AIAA International Cooperation Award, the AIAA the von Karman Lectureship in Astronautics, the AIAA von Braun Award for Excellence in Space Program Management. Gerstenmaier has been the recipient of the National Space Club Astronautics Engineer Award; National Space Club Von Braun Award; the Federation of Galaxy Explorers Space Leadership Award; Purdue University Distinguished Alumni Award; and honored at Purdue as an Old Master in the Old Masters Program. He was the recipient of the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement's, the National Space Trophy and the Space Transportation Leadership Award, the AIAA von Karman Lectureship in Astronautics, National Space Society’s 2017 Space Pioneer Award, and the 2017 AIAA Goddard Astronautics Award. For his technical contributions and leadership in national and international human spaceflight programs, Gerstenmaier was elected into the 2018 class of the National Academy of Engineering.

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. 

Felipe Gomez del Campo

Founder & Chief Executive Officer
FGC Plasma Solutions

Felipe Gomez del Campo

Felipe Gomez del Campo is the founder and the CEO of FGC Plasma Solutions, a Cleveland based company which is developing a novel fuel injector for jet engines and gas turbines. Their technology uses plasma to solve many difficult combustion problems, thereby leading to improvements in emissions, operability, safety and fuel efficiency. Felipe originally started this research as a high school science fair project and now, over five years later he has a patent on the technology and has raised over $800,000 in funding from the Department of Energy, Clean Energy Trust and others. In collaboration with NASA Glenn Research Center, he recently ran a proof of concept test on his technology resulting in one of the most advanced demonstrations of plasma-assisted combustion to date.

Felipe is currently working on FGC Plasma’s technology at Argonne National Laboratory as part of the inaugural cohort of Chain Reaction Innovations, a Department of Energy Laboratory Embedded Entrepreneurship program. Felipe was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for 2016 in the Energy category and to Crain's Chicago Business 20 in their 20s list. In addition, in 2016 he was honored by President Barack Obama at The White House as an emerging global entrepreneur. Felipe has also been named to the “Who’s Who to Watch in Technology” by Crain’s Cleveland Business as well as one of México’s six extraordinary young people by GQ Mexico. Gomez del Campo is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Aerospace as well as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. 

Takashi Gomi

Director, Strategic Planning Division, Bureau of Defense Policy
Japan Ministry of Defense

Takashi Gomi

Mr. Takashi Gomi is the Director, Strategic Planning Division, Bureau of Defense Policy for the Japan Ministry of Defense. His career has included positions as: Deputy Director, Defense Policy Division, Defense Policy Bureau; Deputy Director, International Legal Affairs Division, Treaties Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Private Secretary to the Parliamentary Senior Vice Minister of Defense; Deputy Director, Defense Intelligence Division, Bureau of Defense Policy (Visiting Fellow at Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.). He received a Bachelor of Economics from Tokyo University and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.  

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.  

Dan Hart

President and Chief Executive Officer
Virgin Orbit

Dan Hart

Dan joined Virgin Orbit after more than three decades of aerospace leadership at the Boeing Company, where he most recently served as Vice President of Government Satellite Systems. In that position, he oversaw Boeing's government satellite programs, developing and managing missions for the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA, and other national programs. Dan’s portfolio included marquee programs such as Global Positioning System (GPS), Wideband Global SATCOM, the Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS) system, and the X-37 spaceplane.

Over the course of his career, Dan has served in senior leadership roles through all phases of the aerospace product life cycle — from research and development through design, production, and flight operations — and across a wide variety of aerospace sectors — including human spaceflight, satellite development, launch, and missile defense. After beginning his career with McDonnell Douglas supporting the Spacelab Program at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Dan was soon loaned to the European Space Agency to support system integration, followed by roles on the Delta and Delta II launch crews, then leading the Systems Engineering, Integration and Test Team for the development of the Delta IV Launch Vehicle. Dan was subsequently named Chief Engineer for the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) anti-ballistic missile system before becoming Chief Engineer over all of Boeing’s space programs.

Dan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the State University of New York at Albany and attended the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

He is a passionate and committed advocate for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education, and serves on the Executive Board of the California Science Center.

Dan knows his way around an electric guitar and full drum kit, but is holding out for the return of Virgin Records before unleashing his debut album on the world.

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.

Carol Hibbard

Vice President of Finance, Chief Financial Officer
Boeing Defense, Space & Security

Carol Hibbard

Carol Hibbard is vice president of Finance and chief financial officer of Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS), an over $20 billion business specializing in innovative and capability-driven solutions to meet the needs of defense, government, space, intelligence and security customers in the United States and around the world. Based out of Arlington, Va., she leads all BDS financial activities.

Previously, Carol was the BDS controller, responsible for all accounting, financial analysis & compliance activities. Carol has also served as vice president and chief financial officer of Boeing’s former Engineering, Operations & Technology organization. Before that, she served as director of BDS Financial Planning & Analysis. With over 20 years of experience, her other roles include director of Financial Performance & Controller Operations for the enterprise and management positions supporting the F/A-18 program, Partnering for Success, and Estimating & Procurement Financial Analysis for Tactical Aircraft Programs.

Carol received a Master of Business Administration degree from Virginia Polytechnic University and a bachelor’s degree in statistics from the University of Pittsburgh. She has served on the National Board for the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEAA) and was a 2012 Eisenhower Fellow where she had the opportunity to participate in a leadership exchange program abroad. Carol also serves as an executive champion for the Boeing Women in Leadership Network. 

James Hinds

Vice President Strategic Planning
Airbus Defence and Space

James Hinds

James is currently the Vice President responsible for Strategic Planning within the Space Systems Business Line of Airbus Defence and Space UK. James has worked in the satellite industry for more than 30 years and has degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Business Administration. After leaving university he worked with an Airbus DS predecessor company in the design of propulsion systems for European scientific missions. This was followed by a move to Communication missions, where he has had roles in production, system engineering and project management (working with both Airbus DS and Boeing). As expected he has travelled extensively and lived in the UK, USA and India.

Ernst Peter Hovinga

Chief Executive Officer
Hiber

Ernst Peter Hovinga

With a degree in Economics from Groningen University, Ernst Peter Hovinga fulfilled several Sr Management positions in the Dutch and International business community. As of 2001 he is active in the Satellite Industry at amongst others KPN Satcom, Inmarsat and the former General Electric Satcom business unit. Mr Hovinga has always had a special interest in processes that are targeted at improving lives,  yields and efficiencies by connecting, people, machines and other assets. This focus has led to the founding of Hiber in 2016 together with other entrepreneurs from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Tomasz Husak

Head of Cabinet
European Commission

Tomasz Husak

Mr Tomasz Husak, graduate of Warsaw School of Economics holds two PhD degrees - Political Science, Université Paris-Est, and Economics, Warsaw School of Economics where he is a lecturer.

He started his career in the Polish Diplomatic Service in 2003 and from the outset was assigned to European affairs. In 2014 he was awarded with a Silver Cross of Merit in recognition for his service to the State.

He worked as an Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2005 – 2006.

In 2007 Mr Husak was posted to the Permanent Representation of Poland to the European Union where he served as Counselor (Antici) in 2008 - 2012. In 2011 he chaired the Antici Group during the first Polish Presidency in the Council of the EU.

He pursed his career as Deputy Director of the Department of the Committee for European Affairs in 2012 - 2013 and became Deputy Permanent Representative of Poland to the European Union in January 2014.

On 1 November 2014 Mr Husak joined the European Commission as the Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska (Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs).

One of his main areas of interests in the cabinet is space policy and defence industry. He was in particular involved in giving political guidance when shaping the first European Space Strategy in 2016. He supported very actively all decisions that allowed a successful deployment, in time and on budget, of the two constellations Galileo and Copernicus.

He is very much involved in the discussion about the disruptive innovation in space and how to build the right ecosystem for space start-ups in Europe.

He is in politically charge of the creation of the European Defence Fund and therefore one of the leading persons in the Commission on the future of the European Defence Industry taking into account the interlinkages between space, security and defence.

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.

Dr. Neil Jacobs

Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction, Deputy Administrator
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Dr. Neil Jacobs

Dr. Neil Jacobs is the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction and NOAA's Deputy Administrator. In this role, Dr. Jacobs is responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of over $3.4 billion in annual spending, supporting NOAA's broad portfolio of sea, air, land, and space observing platforms as well as the critical infrastructure for the assimilation and exploitation of environmental data. 

Dr. Jacobs is an expert in numerical weather modeling. Previously as the Chief Atmospheric Scientist at Panasonic Avionics Corporation, he directed the research and development of both the aviation weather observing platform and weather forecast model programs. He was previously the Chair of the American Meteorological Society’s Forecast Improvement Group, and also served on the World Meteorological Organization’s aircraft-based observing systems expert team.

Dr. Jacobs has bachelors degrees in mathematics and physics from the University of South Carolina and masters and doctoral degrees in atmospheric science from North Carolina State University.

 

BG Thomas L. James, USA

Joint Force Space Component Commander's Director of Operations and Exercises
U.S. Strategic Command

BG Thomas L. James, USA

Brigadier General Tom James is currently serving as U.S. Strategic Command's Joint Force Space Component Commander's (JFSCC) Director of Operations and Exercises.  He is responsible to the commander for synchronizing and integrating global space effects through the JFSCC staff and across five supporting centers.  Prior to that assignment he served as the Deputy Commander for the Joint Force Component Command - Space (JFCC-Space).

BG James' operational military space experience includes command of the U.S. Army's 1st Space Battalion and 1st Space Brigade as well as combat deployments as a space officer to Afghanistan and Iraq in combined joint task forces (CJTFs) and combined joint special operations task forces (CJSOTFs).   He also served in Central Command's Area of Operations as both the Deputy Director for Space Forces in the Combined Air Operations Center and as the Third Army/Army Central's Chief of Space.  He was the first U.S. Army Space Operations Officer assigned to the U.S Army's III Corps (Armored).  Outside of operational assignments, BG James has a rich background of space experience in capability development, education, and OSD-level space policy assignments.

BG James began his military career in the Mississippi Army National Guard as an enlisted soldier and later as an officer on a Special Forces Operational Detachment - A Team.  On active duty, before becoming a U.S Army Space Operations Officer, he served as a U.S. Army aviator in various assignments supporting special operations forces as well as infantry and armored divisions.  He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force's School of Advanced Air and Space Studies and served as a military planner at the CJTF, CJSOTF, corps and army level.  He holds a Master of International Relations degree from Auburn University at Montgomery and is a graduate of the Harvard Senior Executive Fellowship Program.

Byung-Seon Jeong

Assistant Minister
Ministry of Science and ICT, The Republic of Korea

Byung-Seon Jeong

Byung-Seon Jeong is a policy maker with 26 years of experience as a senior government official working for the Ministry of Science and ICT and OECD since 1991. 

Work experiences in the Korean government and OECD provide him with capabilities for managing projects and analyzing various policy issues related with economic development enabled by science and technology.

His previous work experience includes Director General, Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning; Director, Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning; Programme Coordinator, World Nuclear Association, UK; and Director, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Korea.

Mr. Jeong received his Bachelor of Economics from Seoul National University, Korea and his Doctoral research program in Science and Technology Policy Studies from Sussex University, UK.

Rafel Jordà-Siquier

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Open Cosmos

Rafel Jordà-Siquier

Rafel Jorda Siquier is the founding director and CEO of Open Cosmos. He holds a master’s degree in aerospace engineering with a space technology specialization.  Prior to Open Cosmos, he worked on defence technologies for a big space corporation and was part of disruptive start-ups in the field of space tourism and launchers. He is now leading Open Cosmos, a one-stop-shop space mission provider enabling everyone to use space technology as a tool.

Marshall Kaplan

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Launchspace Technologies Corporation

Marshall Kaplan

Marshall H. Kaplan, Ph.D., is a recognized expert in space flight technologies, orbital mechanics and space debris remediation. He was the first to study space junk retrieval and was instrumental in the safe reentry of the Skylab Space Station in 1979. Dr. Kaplan has over four decades of academic and industrial experience, having served as Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, senior advisor to the National Security Space community and consultant to the space industry. He has presented hundreds of lectures and briefings on space technology. Dr. Kaplan is the author of several books, including the internationally used text, Modern Spacecraft Dynamics and Control. He holds advanced degrees from MIT and Stanford University, and is a Fellow of the AIAA and AAS.

Ajay Karpur

Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder
Somatic Labs

Ajay Karpur

Ajay Karpur is the co-founder and CTO of Somatic Labs, a Phoenix-based company that has developed a platform for haptic communication. Their technology creates high-resolution tactile sensations that feel like they're moving across the wearer's skin. These sensations serve as the building blocks for a new communication channel built on the human sense of touch. By turning the wearer's body into a reprogrammable display, Somatic Labs' technology enables silent, invisible communication that can reduce cognitive load and improve situational awareness. Somatic Labs is backed by Techstars, the world's leading technology accelerator.

Before co-founding Somatic Labs, Ajay conducted research in neural signal processing, computational neuroscience, and haptics.

Randolph L. “Randy” Kendall

Vice President, Launch Program Operations
The Aerospace Corporation

Randolph L. “Randy” Kendall

Randy Kendall is vice president of Launch Program Operations. He assumed this position on July 1, 2015. Kendall is responsible for Aerospace support to all Air Force launch, range, and satellite control programs, including the Delta IV, Atlas V, and Falcon 9 Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles (EELV), EELV new entrants, the Spacelift Range, and the Air Force Satellite Control Network. He has responsibility for the company’s launch operations at Cape Canaveral, Florida, and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. He is also responsible for the management of civil and commercial contracts involving launch operations.

Prior to holding this position, Kendall was vice president of Civil and Commercial Operations, directing all civil and commercial business at Aerospace; he was responsible for contracts valued at over $80 million annually.

Previously, Kendall was general manager of the Launch Systems Division. His responsibilities included leading Aerospace systems engineering support to the EELV programs, as well as managing Space Launch Operations' support to NASA, the FAA, and other commercial programs. 

Kendall also served as the principal director of the Launch Directorate, National Systems Group, where he was responsible for managing a broad range of Aerospace support to the National Reconnaissance Office’s Office of Space Launch.

Kendall began his career at Aerospace in 1988 as a control systems analyst in the Engineering and Technology Group. He joined the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program office in 1993 and was promoted to manager of spacecraft electrical systems in 1995. In 1997, Kendall became a senior project engineer in Space Launch Operations and held several positions of increasing responsibility within the EELV program office, including Systems Director for EELV Integration and Analysis, and principal director for Mission Integration and Systems Engineering, until joining the National Systems Group in 2005.

Prior to joining Aerospace, Mr. Kendall worked for NASA as a flight controls engineer at Dryden Flight Research Center.

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.

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.

Dr. Markus Knapek

Co-Founder and Board Member
Mynaric AG

Dr. Markus Knapek

Dr. Knapek is one of the co-founders of Mynaric and, as a Board Member of Mynaric AG, is responsible for Group strategy and operations. He has also been the CEO of Mynaric Lasercom GmbH since 2009, where he is driving forward business development.

From 2001 to 2003, he worked in technical sales for Siemens ICN in Moscow. From 2003 to 2011, he was employed at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), where he focused on the development of optical ground stations and atmospheric channel models in the field of laser communication.

Dr. Knapek holds an engineering doctorate from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and a master’s degree from the City University of New York.

Dr. Arthur Kreitenberg

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
GermFalcon

Dr. Arthur Kreitenberg

Dr. Kreitenberg is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon with degrees from UCLA and UC San Diego, and is a professor at UC Irvine School of Medicine.  He is an Associate Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association and serves on the AIAA Life Sciences Technical Committee. Dr. Kreitenberg holds ten U.S. patents, including the SpaceCycle, a human powered short arm centrifuge countermeasure to prolonged microgravity.  He has co-authored multiple peer-reviewed articles on spaceflight countermeasures.  He invented the 2018 NASA iTech winning GermFalcon to sanitize commercial aircraft.  He is developing an automated UVC emitting device to sanitize human occupied spacecraft.   Dr. Kreitenberg was a finalist in NASA’s Astronaut Selection Program and has enjoyed many trips around the sun.

Sergey Krikalev

Executive Director of Piloted Spaceflights
ROSCOSMOS State Space Corporation

Sergey Krikalev

Sergey Krikalev was born on 27th August 1958 in Leningrad (St. Petersbourg), USSR.

Graduated from leningrad Mechanical Institute (now Baltic State Technical University) as engineer in the design and production of flying vehicles, he was working in “NPO Energia” in ground support team for “Salyut-7” orbital station.

In 1985, he has passed through medical examination and became cosmonaut candidate in the “Buran” space shuttle team. Later, he was included to the main crew of the joint French-Soviet mission (1988).

He accomplished 6 spaceflights (3 onboard of “Soyuz” spacecraft and 3 onboard STS “Space Shuttle”) with 803 days of cumulative spaceflight time and 41 hours of EVA (8 sorties).

Apart from being of cosmonaut, he was working as Deputy Designer-General of “Energia” Corp (2007-2009), Director of the Cosmonaut Training Center (2009-2014), First Deputy of the Director General of TsNIImash Institute (2014-2016).

Now he is the Executive Director of Piloted Spaceflights of the ROSCOSMOS.

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.

Brig. Gen. Tim C. Lawson, USA

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

Brig. Gen. Tim C. Lawson, USA

BG Tim Lawson serves as the Deputy Commanding General for Operations at U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT). In that capacity, he oversees all operations within USASMDC/ARSTRAT. BG Lawson provides oversight of plans, training, certification, and readiness for all USASMDC/ARSTRAT operational forces and select operating functions. This includes oversight of two brigades, an Army Astronaut Detachment, Satellite Communications System Expert, Joint Friendly Forces Tracking, radar support to Space and Intelligence Operations and the Operational Command Post when activated. BG Lawson has served in a variety of command and staff assignments, both in the continental United States and overseas.

Most recently, he served as the Deputy Commander for Support, USASMDC/ARSTRAT from September 2016 to June 2017.

Additional command assignments include: brigade commander for 100th Missile Defense Brigade, brigade commander, 32d Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Camp Williams, Wisconsin; Regional Police Advisory Commander, Regional Command West, Afghanistan (2009-2010); battalion commander, Recruiting and Retention Battalion, Wisconsin Army National Guard; battalion commander, 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Brigade Combat Team; company commander, Echo Company, 201st Military Intelligence Battalion, 513th Military Intelligence Brigade where he deployed to Kuwait and Bahrain in support of United States Central Command (1996).

Previous staff assignments include: Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (DSCOPS/G3), Wisconsin Army National Guard; battalion executive officer, 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Brigade Combat Team; operations officer, Recruiting and Retention Battalion, Wisconsin Army National Guard; brigade S2, 264th Engineer Group, Wisconsin Army National Guard; instructor, United States Armor Center, Fort Knox, Kentucky; operations officer, 297th Military Intelligence Battalion, 513th Military Intelligence Brigade, Fort Gordon, Georgia; battalion S1, 2nd Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas.

His awards and decorations include: the Legion of Merit (one bronze oak leaf cluster); the Bronze Star Medal (one bronze oak leaf cluster); the Meritorious Service Medal (three bronze oak leaf clusters); the Army Commendation Medal (one silver oak leaf cluster); the Army Achievement Medal (one oak leaf cluster); the Reserve Components Achievement Medal (one bronze oak leaf cluster); the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; Southwest Asia Service Medal with three Campaign Stars; the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star; the Global War On Terrorism Service Medal; the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Gold Hourglass Device and “M” Device; the NATO ISAF Medal; the Saudi Arabian for The Liberation of Kuwait Medal; the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal; the Combat Infantry Badge; the Parachutist Badge, and the Basic Space Badge.

BG Lawson holds a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College and an undergraduate in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University.

BG Lawson and his wife have two children.

Jean-Pascal le Franc

Director for Programming, International and Quality
Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES)

Jean-Pascal le Franc

Born 17 November 1957, Jean-Pascal Le Franc is a graduate of the Ecole Centrale de Paris engineering school (1980). He started his career as science attaché to the French Embassy in South Korea (VSNA).

He joined CNES in 1982, where he occupied various positions at Head Office in international and European affairs and relations with subsidiaries.

In 1989, he was appointed technical adviser to Hubert Curien, the French Minister for Research and Technology and subsequently for Research and Space.

In 1994, he became Director of Development of the “Aeronautics and Space” sector at the CECAR group, France’s first insurance broker to cover industrial special risks.

He returned to CNES in 1997 as Strategy Officer and then Deputy Director of International Relations.

In 2004, he took charge of the European Affairs department of the Strategy and Programmes Directorate (DSP), where he subsequently occupied the post of Deputy Director in charge of coordinating CNES’s international relations in 2014.

Jean-Pascal Le Franc has been appointed Director for Programming, International and Quality in November 2016 with a seat on the agency’s Executive Committee.

Robert M. Lightfoot, Jr.

Acting Administrator
NASA

Robert M. Lightfoot, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Alexandra Lockwood

Webb Science Communications Lead
Space Telescope Science Institute

Frédéric Lorscheider

Senior Vice President, Engineering & Manufacturing, Meta Competence Center
Thales Alenia Space

Frédéric Lorscheider

Frederic Lorscheider has been working for the European industry for 30 years and has held senior management positions in Manufacturing, Engineering, Business for global markets, in companies as Dassault, Thales and today for Thales Alenia Space as SVP in charge of Competence Centers, Innovation and Digital Transformation.

He had a major role in innovation, development, manufacturing of several World Class Systems in the world of defense, aeronautics and space.

He is an experienced and recognized manager, committed to increase and develop talents, while leading multicultural and international teams.

Douglas L. Loverro

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy

Douglas L. Loverro

Mr. Douglas L. Loverro, is the former  Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy. In this role, he was responsible for establishing policy and guidance to assure United States 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.

Mr. Loverro served as the Executive Director for Air Force Space Command’s Space and Missile Systems Center where he also served as the Air Force’s Deputy Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Space.  In that capacity, he was responsible to the commander and PEO for the development, deployment, and sustainment of all Department of Air Force space systems and was a key spokesman for addressing the growing importance of space systems and the steps needed to assure them for the future.  He has been involved in the planning and acquisition of Department of Defense (DoD) and Space Intelligence systems for over twenty years, both in and out of uniform.

Mr. Loverro is credited with a wide-ranging list of accomplishments in aerospace development including the invention of the supersonic chemical oxygen-iodine laser, the initiation of the DoD's Global Broadcast Service, establishing the foundation for all Global Positioning System modernization, and leading the push for greater use of commercial manufacturing and capabilities for future DoD space and launch systems. He retired from active duty in February 2006 upon selection as a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service. He assumed his current role in March 2013.

Mr. Loverro holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the United States Air Force Academy, an M.S. in Physics from the University of New Mexico, an M.S. in Political Science from Auburn University, and an M.B.A. from the University of West Florida.  He was the top graduate from his class in the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and is a graduate of the JFK School of Government Senior Executives in National and International Security Program.

Mr. Loverro is married to Stephanie Loverro and they have two children, Adam and Kari.  He is an avid triathlete and is in competition with his daughter, who is winning.

Dr. Jonathan Margolis

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science, Space, and Health
Bureau of Oceans & International Environmental & Scientific Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Dr. Jonathan Margolis

Jonathan Margolis, a career member of the Senior Executive Service, serves as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science, Space, and Health in the Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. In this position, he is responsible for policies and programs in the areas of International Science & Technology Cooperation, Space, & Advanced Technologies, and International Health and Biodefense.

From 2007-2011, Dr. Margolis served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Global Communications in the Bureau of International Information Programs. Dr. Margolis oversaw the Bureau’s Internet, video, and print products, including social media. His team’s programs reached and engaged hundreds of millions of people both directly and through decentralized operations on 250+ sites in virtually every country in the world.

From 2006-2007, Dr. Margolis served as the Senior Coordinator for Global and Functional Issues in the Office of the Director of Foreign Assistance, where he oversaw reform efforts to ensure effective use of foreign assistance resources, through strategic planning and transparent performance measures. His team was responsible for programs with an annual budget of $6.5 billion, dispersed through 14 bureaus and over 100+ U.S. missions.

From 1997-2006, Dr. Margolis served as the Department's Special Representative for Sustainable Development and as the Director of the Office of Policy Coordination and Initiatives in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. As Special Representative, he headed the U.S. Delegation to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development. He also served as a member of international science and technology boards and sustainability partnerships.

Dr. Margolis joined the Department in 1991 as an American Association for Advancement of Science Diplomacy Fellow and was integrally involved in environment, water, and economic issues and programs, as part of the multilateral track of the Middle East peace process through 1996. During that time he also served as the Division Chief for the Middle East and Asia in the Office of Science and Technology Cooperation.

Dr. Margolis has a Ph.D. from Harvard University in psychology, focusing on negotiation and conflict resolution. He holds a master's degree from the Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy, and his undergraduate degree is in fine arts from Harvard College. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at American University, and the Foreign Service Institute, where he has conducted courses on environmental policy, negotiations, and international organizations.

 

Barry Matsumori

Chief Executive Officer
BridgeSat

Barry Matsumori

Barry Matsumori was appointed as CEO of BridgeSat in 2017 and he brings over 30 years of experience in telecom and space technology as well as broad business insight.  BridgeSat is supporting the space industry with optical communication solutions providing high speed links and alternative solutions that complement RF networks.

Prior to BridgeSat, Barry has held executive positions at Virgin Galactic, SpaceX, and Qualcomm in technical and business roles.  He has also worked in several early stage companies including an IPO in 1999.

Barry holds a BS in business from Arizona State University and an MS in electrical engineering from the University of Arizona.

Matt Meister

Chief Meteorologist
FOX21 News

Matt Meister

Matt has a lengthy history of forecasting weather in Colorado Springs and southern Colorado. From the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires, to post-fire flooding, the Holly tornado and numerous high plains blizzards – Matt says “it’s really about the impacts weather causes to people, not the how and why. My forecasts focus on what the weather means for the people living in it.”

Matt has received numerous awards for his coverage of weather in southern Colorado:

  • Associated Press Best Weathercast: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Colorado Broadcasters Association Best Meteorologist: 2011
  • Colorado Broadcasters Association Broadcast Citizen of the Year: 2011

Matt has also won numerous other local "Best of" awards:

  • Colorado Springs Independent Best Local TV News Personality: 2012, 2013
  • Colorado Springs Independent Best Local Twitterer: 2012
  • Colorado Springs Gazette Best TV News Hottie: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Matt's work history includes time at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder. He’s a published author of several scientific papers, focused on his research of thunderstorms as part of an automated forecasting and tracking system. The NCAR Thunderstorm AutoNowcaster was deployed to Sydney, Australia and was used to forecast thunderstorms during the Summer Olympic Games in 2000. Components of that system are integrated into thunderstorm analysis tools in local National Weather Service offices across the country today.

All of Matt's education and professional experience resides along the Front Range. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology with a minor in Mathematics from Metro State in Denver.

Matt worked as the weekend meteorologist at KGWN-TV, the CBS affiliate in Cheyenne, Wyoming before arriving in Colorado Springs at KRDO News Channel 13 in September of 2001 as the weekend meteorologist. In April of 2005 Matt was promoted to the weekday evening meteorologist and later in the year became the chief meteorologist. In October of the same year Matt was the first meteorologist in southern Colorado to be recognized as a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist by the American Meteorological Society.

Matt left television to join School District 49 as the director of communications in 2014. Matt led District 49 marketing, communication, public relations and media relations efforts through a transparent, two-way communication strategy. Matt helped lead the district’s continuous improvement and process development efforts. The District 49 communications department received numerous Colorado School Public Relations Association Awards, including two Medallion Awards for overall excellence under his leadership.

Matt is blessed to live in Colorado Springs with his wife Misty and his two children. He enjoys cooking, playing guitar, and a number of outdoor activities including hunting and skiing. Matt donates time as volunteer youth sports coach, at his church, and a number of non-profit organizations.

Matt loves personally interacting with viewers, whether it’s at the grocery store or online.

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.

Dr. Fritz Merkle

Executive Board Member
OHB System AG

Dr. Fritz Merkle

Dr. Fritz Merkle (born 1950) has been with OHB System AG since September 2000 as a member of the Executive Board and responsible for the management of the business development, sales and studies, since 2014 as Chief Marketing Officer member of OHB SE's Executive Board.

Dr. Merkle began his career at the Institute of Applied Physics of the University of Heidelberg with research topics in the fields of optics, optical and digital image processing and adaptive optics. After working as a visiting scientist at IBM Almaden Research in San Jose, CA, he was project manager for the optical systems of the European Very Large Telescope (ESO-VLT in Chile) at the European Southern Observatory in Garching. He then moved to the industry and was from 1993 to 2000 division manager at Carl Zeiss, Oberkochen and Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH, Jena, Germany.

Dr. Merkle is an expert in numerous committees, including the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), AIAA, IAU, SPIE, the German Physical Society (DPG), the Senate of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Curators of various Max Planck Institutes as well as Fraunhofer Institutes and the Board of Directors of the US Space Foundation.

Brig. Gen. Wayne R. Monteith

Commander, 45th Space Wing; and Director, Eastern Range, Patrick Air Force Base
U.S. Air Force

Brig. Gen. Wayne R. Monteith

Brig. Gen. Wayne R. Monteith is the Commander, 45th Space Wing; and Director, Eastern Range, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida.  He leads over 13,000 military, DoD civilian and contractor personnel responsible for the processing and launching of U.S. government and commercial satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.  General Monteith is also the final approval authority for all launches on the Eastern Range, a 15-million-square-mile area which supports an average of 15 launches per year aboard Delta, Atlas, Falcon, Navy and emerging launch vehicles.  In addition, he manages wing launch and range infrastructure supporting NASA, commercial and missile test missions.

Prior to assuming his current position, General Monteith served as the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force.  

General Monteith has served as a Peacekeeper intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) combat crew member, senior ICBM standardization and evaluation crew commander, ICBM instructor, chief ICBM flight testing, and command lead for a major space acquisition program.  He commanded the Air Force’s only ICBM combat crew training squadron and the 50th Space Wing where he led more than 5,300 military, DoD civilians and contractor personnel serving at 14 operating locations worldwide in support of more than 170 communications, navigation, weather and surveillance satellites with their associated systems valued at more than $66 billion. General Monteith has also served in various special duty capacities including major command, combatant command, Headquarters U.S. Air Force and Office of the Secretary of Defense staff positions.  He earned the Master Missile Operations designation and is a Command Space Professional.

General Monteith earned his commission as a distinguished graduate from the University of New Mexico’s Air Force ROTC program.

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.

Matthias Motzigemba

Director, Laser Products
TESAT Spacecom GmbH

Matthias Motzigemba

Matthias was born in Frankfurt/Main - Germany in 1962. He is a graduated engineer in Telecommunication and focused his study to optical communication networks.

In 1988 he started his career as Head of Projects at ANT Nachrichtentechnik/Bosch Telecom GmbH, Germany, for the Global Defense Markets with key account for the German Air Force.  Later on he held leading job positions in the telecom industry in Germany, like GAH Communications, where he was the Sales Director for Telecom Markets with key accounts Deutsche Telecom, Siemens and Nortel Networks.

In 2004 he took the position of Managing Director for SELEX Communications in Germany, a Finmeccanica Company.

He is a member of AFCEA and American Chamber of Commerce in Germany.

Matthias Motzigemba has been working at TESAT Spacecom GmbH in Germany since 2011. He is responsible for the business line of Laser Products in the role of Director.

Dr. George C. Nield

Former Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration

Dr. George C. Nield

Dr. George C. Nield served as the Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation at the FAA from 2008-2018. He has over 30 years of aerospace experience with the Air Force, at NASA, and in private industry.  At the Orbital Sciences Corporation, Dr. Nield was Senior Scientist for the Advanced Programs Group. Earlier in his career, he had been an Astronautical Engineer at the Space and Missile Systems Organization, a Flight Test Engineer at the Air Force Flight Test Center, and an Assistant Professor and Research Director at the USAF Academy.  He was the Manager of the Flight Integration Office for the Space Shuttle Program at the NASA Johnson Space Center, and later worked on both the Shuttle/Mir Program and the International Space Station Program. He is currently a member of the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, which provides support and advice to the NASA Administrator.  A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, he holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University, and an MBA from George Washington University.  He is also a Flight Test Engineering graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School.  Dr. Nield is a registered Professional Engineer and a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Shelly O'Neill Stoneman

Vice President for Executive Branch and International Government Relations
BAE Systems, Inc.

Shelly O'Neill Stoneman

Shelly O’Neill Stoneman is the Vice President for Executive Branch and International Government Relations for BAE Systems, Inc. and its businesses, which collectively employ approximately 32,000 employees in the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden and Israel, and generated 2015 revenues of $10.4 billion.  She is the company’s primary liaison to the Executive Branch, including the Pentagon, State Department, Intelligence Community and the White House.  She also supports the entire company covering foreign military sales and direct commercial sales through engagement with the U.S. government and foreign embassies.

From 2009 until 2011, Ms. Stoneman worked in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, where she served as Special Assistant to the President and was responsible for the defense and national security legislative portfolio. She worked closely with the White House, National Security Council, Department of Defense, and Congress on a variety of policy issues, including the defense budget, acquisition reform, the repeal of the “Don't Ask Don't Tell” policy, detention policy reform, efforts to enhance cyber security, and all key presidential national security priorities. 
Ms. Stoneman has a distinguished career of nearly 15 years outside of industry, having served in a variety of government and non-profit roles.  Prior to joining BAE Systems in 2013, she served as the Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense and White House Liaison for Secretaries of Defense Leon Panetta and Chuck Hagel, advising them on a variety of sensitive matters, including all presidential appointments at the Pentagon.  

From 2003 to 2009, she worked for Congressman Steve Rothman (D-NJ), serving as both his Deputy Chief of Staff and managing his Appropriations Committee responsibilities. Earlier, she worked as a research consultant for the Small Arms Survey. She also worked for the U.S. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on International Security, Proliferation, and Federal Services focusing on arms control and missile defense. 

Ms. Stoneman earned her Bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and has a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, as well as a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Oklahoma’s Program in Europe. She is married to Jason Stoneman and they live with their two children in Arlington, VA.

  

Greg Orndorff

Director, Government Launch Sales
Vector Launch, Inc.

Greg Orndorff

Retired Air Force Officer with experience in space systems (acquisition, logicstics, and operations).  Retired 1996.

Worked for Orbital Sciences on several NASA projects (X-34 unmanned vehicle to demo reusable launch vehicle technologies and the Crew Return Vehicle for ISS).

Moved on to Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems and worked on C4ISR systems and anti-tamper technologies.

Led the business development function for national security space business area of JHU/APL.

David Parker

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

David Parker

David Parker took up duty as Director of Human and Robotic Exploration (D/HRE) on 1 April 2016.

David Parker graduated from the University of Southampton with a degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1984, and a PhD in 1989.

In 1990, he joined British Aerospace Space Systems Ltd as a Guidance, Navigation and Control Engineer, working on Cluster as well as technology developments and studies for new space missions including small launch vehicles, sounding rockets and scientific spacecraft.

From 1991, as Head of Liquid Propulsion Systems for British Aerospace, he led all propulsion technology and contract study work for ESA missions. 

From 1995 to 1997, he was Head of Guidance, Navigation and Control at Matra Marconi Space, Bristol. As the youngest department head in the company, he led a team of 25 specialists working on ESA science missions including SOHO, Cluster, XMM-Newton, Integral and Rosetta.

He was then selected for a two-year secondment from industry to the Department of Trade and Industry as Assistant Director (Industrial Sponsorship) at the British National Space Centre (BNSC), London (the predecessor of the UK Space Agency). 

In 1999, David joined EADS Astrium as Institutional Business Manager and then Key Account Manager for Space Science, from 2002 to 2004. From 2004, David Parker served as the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council’s space policy manager and representative within BNSC.

On creation of the UK Space Agency in 2010, David was appointed Director for Technology, Science and Exploration and acting Head of UK Delegation to ESA. At end of 2012, he became Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency and continued to lead the UK Delegation to ESA until his present appointment.

Eliott Peck

Executive Vice President and General Manager
Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon

Eliott Peck

Eliott Peck is executive vice president and general manager of the Imaging Technologies and Communications Group of Canon U.S.A., Inc. He oversees activities for consumer and professional imaging products, which include camera, lens, video, inkjet printer, projector, display and network video cameras.

In January of 2015, in addition to his current role, Mr. Peck was appointed chairman and chief executive officer of Canon Information Technology Services, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Mr. Peck joined Canon in 1975 as a customer service representative, was promoted to technical representative in 1977, then to sales representative in 1979. He was promoted to regional sales manager of the eastern region in 1989 and became national sales manager in 1990. In 1992, he was appointed director and national sales manager. He became director and assistant general manager in 1995 and in 1999 was appointed director and general manager. In 2004 he was promoted to vice president and, in 2010, to senior vice president and general manager. Mr. Peck assumed his current position in 2017.

Mr. Peck is an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers, a non-profit association dedicated to advancing the art and practice of filmmaking. In addition, he is an Executive Board member of the Consumer Technology Association, as well as serving as chair of its Division Executive Board.

Mr. Peck holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Buffalo and resides in New Fairfield, Connecticut. He is married with two children and his hobby is classic cars.

The Honorable Michael R. Pence

Vice President
United States

The Honorable Michael R. Pence

Michael R. Pence is the 48th and current Vice President of the United States.

Michael R. Pence was born in Columbus, Indiana, on June 7, 1959, one of six children born to Edward and Nancy Pence. As a young boy he had a front row seat to the American Dream. After his grandfather immigrated to the United States when he was 17, his family settled in the Midwest. The future Vice President watched his Mom and Dad build everything that matters – a family, a business, and a good name. Sitting at the feet of his mother and his Father, who started a successful convenience store business in their small Indiana town, he was raised to believe in the importance of hard work, faith, and family.

Vice President Pence set off for Hanover College, earning his bachelor’s degree in history in 1981. While there, he renewed his Christian faith which remains the driving force in his life. He later attended Indiana University School of Law and met the love of his life, Second Lady Karen Pence.

After graduating, Vice President Pence practiced law, led the Indiana Policy Review Foundation, and began hosting The Mike Pence Show, a syndicated talk radio show and a weekly television public affairs program in Indiana. Along the way he became the proud father to three children, Michael, Charlotte, and Audrey.

Growing up in Indiana, surrounded by good, hardworking Hoosiers, Vice President Pence always knew that he needed to give back to the state and the country that had given him so much. In 2000, he launched a successful bid for his local congressional seat, entering the United States House of Representatives at the age of 40.

The people of East-Central Indiana elected Vice President Pence six times to represent them in Congress. On Capitol Hill he established himself as a champion of limited government, fiscal responsibility, economic development, educational opportunity, and the U.S. Constitution. His colleagues quickly recognized his leadership ability and unanimously elected him to serve as Chairman of the House Republican Study Committee and House Republican Conference Chairman. In this role, the Vice President helped make government smaller and more effective, reduce spending, and return power to state and local governments.

In 2013, Vice President Pence left the nation’s capital when Hoosiers elected him the 50th Governor of Indiana. He brought the same limited government and low tax philosophy to the Indiana Statehouse. As Governor, he enacted the largest income tax cut in Indiana history, lowering individual income tax rates, the business personal property tax, and the corporate income tax in order to strengthen the State’s competitive edge and attract new investment and good-paying jobs. Due to his relentless focus on jobs, the state’s unemployment rate fell by half during his four years in office, and at the end of his term, more Hoosiers were working than at any point in the state’s 200-year history.

As Governor of Indiana, Vice President Pence increased school funding, expanded school choice, and created the first state-funded Pre-K plan in Indiana history. He made career and technical education a priority in every high school. Under Vice President Pence’s leadership, Indiana, known as “The Crossroads of America,” invested more than $800 million in new money for roads and bridges across the state. Despite the record tax cuts and new investments in roads and schools, the state remained fiscally responsible, as the Vice President worked with members of the Indiana General Assembly to pass two honestly balanced budgets that left the state with strong reserves and AAA credit ratings that were the envy of the nation.

It was Indiana’s success story, Vice President Pence’s record of legislative and executive experience, and his strong family values that prompted President Donald Trump to select Mike Pence as his running mate in July 2016. The American people elected President Donald Trump and Vice President Pence on November 8, 2016. President Donald Trump and Vice President Pence entered office on January 20, 2017.

Dr. Giulio Ranzo

Chief Executive Officer and General Manager
AVIO SpA

Dr. Giulio Ranzo

Giulio Ranzo is Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of AVIO SpA since October 2, 2015. Previously, Giulio Ranzo was Avio Aero’s Director of Strategy, Marketing & Government Affairs. He has been in Avio since 2011 and has held various positions as SVP Corporate Strategy (2011- 2013), Investor Relations Officer (2012) and Board Member (2013). He has also managed Avio’s Initial Public Offering preparation and clearance process in 2011-2012, the merger with General Electric Aviation in 2013 and the post-merger integration in 2014. In the period 2011-2013 he has been Board Member of Europropulsion, the ASL (Airbus Safran Launchers) - Avio Joint Venture for Space propulsion. Between 2007 and 2011 he has been CFO and co-General Manager of the Italian activities of Cementir Holding, a company operating in the building materials sector. He has started his career in Booz Allen Hamilton, a strategy consulting company leader in the Aerospace & Defense Sector, where he has held the roles of Associate, Senior Associate and Principal between 2000 and 2007. In those years he has developed business strategy projects for major European companies and institutions operating in Commercial and Military Aerospace, Space Launchers and Technologies, Defense Electronics, Business Jets and General Aviation. He holds a Master Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Rome (1995) and a PhD in Structural Engineering (2000) from a joint program with the University of California San Diego, where he has worked as Graduate Research Assistant between 1996 and 1999. Married and father of two children, he is 44 and speaks fluent English and French. Dr. Giulio Ranzo, PhD Chief Executive Officer & General Manager AVIO SpA

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.

James L. Reuter

Acting Associate Administrator
Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD), NASA Headquarters

James L. Reuter

James L. Reuter began serving as the Acting Associate Administrator within the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) at NASA Headquarters in February 2018. In this capacity, Reuter provides executive leadership and management of the technology programs within STMD, with an annual investment value of over $600 million. He is responsible for budget planning and allocation of resources, and serves as the final decisional authority for project content, ensuring that technology investments align with the NASA Strategic Plan and Roadmaps.

Reuter was the Deputy Associate Administrator from August 2015 to February 2018. Prior to this role, Reuter served as the Senior Executive for Technical Integration in the Center Director’s Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center from 2009-2015. He was responsible for technical oversight of development initiatives, providing strategic leadership and expert counsel on concerns related to the management of critical technology and integration activities. Additionally, Reuter served as the Exploration Systems Division (ESD) Standing Review Board Chair, responsible for overseeing development activities of the Space Launch System, Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, Ground Systems Development and Operations Programs, and the ESD integration activities. He also led the Asteroid Redirect Mission Integration mission concept review and the early planning activities to develop a national rocket propulsion strategy across multiple Agency, industry and academic participants.

Previously, Reuter served in many managerial roles at Marshall, in the Ares Projects Office, the Space Shuttle Propulsion Office, and the Space Shuttle External Tank Project Office. In 2002, he was assigned to a detail at NASA Headquarters in the Space Transportation Technology Division in the Office of Aerospace Technology. From 1994 to 2001, he was manager of the Environmental Control and Life Support System Project for the International Space Station at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Reuter began his NASA career in 1983 as an aerospace engineer in the Structures and Propulsion Laboratory in Marshall’s Science and Engineering Directorate.

Reuter has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He has received numerous NASA awards and honors, including a 2016 Outstanding Leadership Medal, 2013 NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, a 2008 NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, a 2002 NASA Exceptional Service Medal, a 1998 Silver Snoopy Award and a 1993 Space Station Award of Merit.

The Honorable Walter H. Roban, JP, MP

Deputy Premier & Minister of Transport and Regulatory Affairs
Government of Bermuda

The Honorable Walter H. Roban, JP, MP

Minister Roban has had a career in the Legislature spanning over 14 years.  He previously held the portfolios for Transport, Environment and Infrastructure Strategy and the Ministry of Health in an earlier government. He served as Junior Minister of Labour, Home Affairs and Housing from February 2008 and was appointed to Cabinet in 2009 as Minister Without Portfolio.

Roban has been Deputy Premier & Minister of Transport and Regulatory Affairs since 19 July 2017.  Along with responsibility for all matters concerning the Departments of Public Transport; Marine and Ports Services, Transport Control, and Energy, he has oversight of the Airport, Civil Aviation, Shipping and Maritime, and Regulatory Authorities. Further, the Ministry is responsible for the space and satellite, and broadcasting sectors.

The Minister is tasked with overseeing Bermuda efforts to further develop its active role in the space and satellite industry.  Bermuda provides satellite filing services and serves as a base for tracking, telemetry, and control. Bermuda also has relationships with organisations such as NASA and ESA and companies like SES and Echostar.

Prior to appointment as a Government Senator for the period 2003 – 2006, Minister Roban was active in the Progressive Labour Party as a member of the Party Executive holding the post of Secretary General and other Executive positions.  Roban served as Deputy Chairman of the 1998 General Election Campaign Committee and also was the Campaign Coordinator for the 2003 General Election Campaign Committee. On November 8, 2016 Minister Roban was elected Deputy Leader of the Progressive Labour Party.

Minister Roban has worked in the legal profession and also in the banking industry in the Private Banking Division of HSBC Bank in Bermuda. Minister Roban is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and International Studies.  He furthered his studies at the University of Birmingham in England where he received a Masters of Arts Degree in International Studies, specialising in international politics, political risk and foreign policy analysis.

Minister Roban and his lifelong partner Nadine Francis are the parents of one daughter Zara.

Gregory L. Robinson

Deputy Associate Administrator for Programs
NASA Science Mission Directorate

Gregory L. Robinson

Gregory L. Robinson is the Deputy Associate Administrator for Programs in the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD). He is responsible for assessing NASA programs, projects and institutions for technical and cost effectiveness, quality, and performance.  He also coordinates program and project content with the other NASA Mission Directorates, and federal agencies in which SMD has partnerships.  SMD has a portfolio of 97 missions in formulation, development, and operations.

Mr. Robinson served as Deputy Center Director at NASA’s John H. Glenn Research Center (GRC), Cleveland Ohio. Mr. Robinson was responsible for planning, organizing, and controlling the effective accomplishment of all missions assigned to the Center. GRC is engaged in a diverse program of research, technology advancement, and project management related to aeronautical propulsion, space power propulsion, cryogenic fluids, microgravity science, expendable launch vehicles, space communications, materials, structures, instrumentation and controls, computational fluid dynamics, and electronics. 

Mr. Robinson served as NASA Deputy Chief Engineer (2005-2013); He had primary responsibility and authority for oversight of Agency engineering work, including the design, manufacture, testing, operation, training, and maintenance practices and products. Additionally, he provided policy for and oversight of the readiness and execution of all NASA programs to ensure development efforts and mission operations were planned and conducted with sound engineering and proper programmatic controls. 

Mr. Robinson served as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Acting National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) Deputy Assistant Administrator, Systems (2011-2012). He led the acquisition, and management of all NOAA satellite flight and ground acquisitions.

Prior to Mr. Robinson’s reassignment to NASA Headquarters in 1999, he spent 11 years in various leadership positions at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. 

Among his time with NASA, Mr. Robinson has received numerous individual and group performance awards, including the Presidential Rank, Distinguished Executive; and Meritorious Senior Professionals and Executives Award.  

He holds a bachelor’s degree inMath from Virginia Union University; a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Howard University; and a Master of Business Administration from Averett College.  He also attended Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executive Fellows Program; and the Federal Executive Institute (Leadership for a Democratic Society). 

Mr. Robinson is a native of Danville, Virginia.  He and his wife, Cynthia reside in Manassas, VA, and have three adult daughters.

AVM Simon P. "Rocky" Rochelle

Chief of Staff Capability and Force Development
United Kingdom Royal Air Force

AVM Simon P. "Rocky" Rochelle

Air Vice-Marshal ‘Rocky’ Rochelle joined the Royal Air Force in May 1986 as a direct entrant Navigator.  Following initial officer and basic training Rocky converted to the Tornado GR1, beginning frontline flying with IX(B) Squadron at Royal Air Force Bruggen in 1989.

After a successful 2 ½ years, which included Operation GRANBY, Rocky was in the first tranche of first tourists to be selected to the Tornado Qualified Weapons Instructor (QWI) Course.  On completion he returned to IX(B) Sqn for another 18 months prior to posting to 617 Squadron at Royal Air Force Lossiemouth.  He was then posted to XV Sqn for 2 years where he became the lead Instructor of the QWI Course and left on promotion in 1998 to take up a Flight Commander role on 14 Squadron at Royal Air Force Bruggen.  This tour included many months on operations in the desert and included further active duty, during the Kosovo Campaign, flying long duration sorties through Europe from the home operating base.  He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross during this operation.

On completion of his tour in August 2000, Rocky was posted into the Ministry of Defence, Whitehall, for the first time, to work on a number of weapon acquisition programmes including the RAF’s new cruise missile Storm Shadow.  On completion of this tour in 2002, he was promoted to Wing Commander and attended the Advanced Staff Course at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, Shrivenham, where he sat for an MA in Defence Studies.  He returned to the Ministry in 2003 where he joined the Directorate for Air Resources and Plans, working for the Finance Director, in the role of Staff Officer for all Ground Attack issues.

In August 2005, Rocky returned to Royal Air Force Lossiemouth to take command of 617 Squadron (The Dambusters).  He completed two operational tours of duty in the Gulf during his command tour, including the General Petraeus’ surge period in the summer of 2007.  As a result, he was awarded the OBE in January 2008.

At the end of his command tour he was promoted to Group Captain and returned (for the 3rd time) to the MOD in the post of Assistant Head of Equipment Capability. 

He assumed command of Royal Air Force Marham in December 2009 having amassed more than 5 years on operations and three challenging tours in the Ministry.  He thoroughly enjoyed the demands of a challenging command tour at Marham which included the Tornado Force simultaneously delivering on operations in Afghanistan and Libya.  Additionally, this included ensuring the delivery of 3000 mile roundtrip operations from RAF Marham to Libya and back for an 8 month period.

On completion of his command at Marham, Rocky attended the Higher Command and Staff Course at Shrivenham before returning to Head Office for the 4th time in June 2013, in the rank of Air Commodore, as the new Head of Centre Managed Programmes, initially in charge of both the Complex Weapons programme and as Head of the Carrier Enabled Power Projection. 

In Mar 2015, upon completion of this tour he relished the challenge of using his operational credentials and capability planning experience in the appointment of ACOS for Capability Development in Headquarters Air Command. 

Rocky was subsequently advanced to Air Vice-Marshal in April 2017 and assumed the appointment of Chief of Staff Capability.

Maj. Gen. Agner Rokos, RDA

Director of Coalition Strategy and Plans Group
U.S. Central Command

Maj. Gen. Agner Rokos, RDA

Leaving Poland for the United States in early 2016, Maj Gen Rokos joined the US Central Command in Tampa as the Director of its Coalition Strategy and Plans Group (CSPG).  The CSPG’s mission remains to support the US CENTCOM Commander in his role as the Combined Force Commander for Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) with strategic analysis, operational planning, synchronization, assessment and strategic communications in order to defeat Da’esh (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria. 

Maj Gen Agner Rokos was born in Denmark on 19 April 1958.

He entered military service as a Conscript on 1 May 1978.

Maj Gen Rokos attended the Royal Danish Military Academy 1979 - 83, the Royal Danish Defence College 1987 - 88 and 1992 - 9 3 and the NATO Defense College 2002 - 03.

Maj Gen Rokos’ military career has seen him through a variety of command and staff positions, joint and single - service, nationally and internationally. He has commanded at all levels from company to army service chief.

The close to 40 years of military service has been eclipsed twice by radical turns to the security environment, alternately focusing on security challenges from the eastern periphery of Europe to the effects of wider risk sets stemming more broadly from instability to its south.

Dr. William B. Roper, JR.

Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
United States Air Force

Dr. William B. Roper, JR.

Dr. Will Roper is the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. As the Air Force’s Service Acquisition Executive, Dr. Roper is responsible for and oversees Air Force research, development, and acquisition activities totaling an annual budget of over $40 billion for over 465 acquisition programs. In this position, Dr. Roper serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force for research and development, test, production, and modernization efforts within the Air Force. In addition to his Air Force responsibilities, Dr. Roper is the Service Acquisition Executive for the Joint Strike Fighter. Dr. Roper also serves on the DoD’s Cloud Executive Steering Group.

Before assuming his current position, Dr. Roper was the founding Director of the Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO). Established in 2012, the SCO imagines new—often unexpected and game- changing—uses of existing government and commercial systems: extending their shelf-life and restoring surprise to the military’s playbook. Since 2012, SCO has grown from $50M/year to the  current $1.5B/year request in President’s 2018 budget with projects spanning new concepts such as hypervelocity artillery, multi-purpose missiles, autonomous fast-boats, smartphone-navigating  weapons, big-data-enabled sensing, 3D-printed systems, standoff arsenal planes, fighter avatars, and fighter-dispersed swarming micro-drones which formed the world’s then-largest swarm of 103 systems. During his tenure as SCO Director, Dr. Roper served on the Department’s 2018 National Defense Strategy Steering Group and Defense ModernizationTeam.

Previously, Dr. Roper served as the Acting Chief Architect at the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) where he developed 11 new systems, including the current European Defense architecture, advanced drones, and classified programs. Before this, he worked at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and served as a missile defense advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD/AT&L).

The Honorable Wilbur L. Ross, Jr.

Secretary of Commerce
Department of Commerce

The Honorable Wilbur L. Ross, Jr.

Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence as 39th Secretary of Commerce on February 28, 2017.  Secretary Ross is the principal voice of business in the Trump Administration, ensuring U.S. entrepreneurs and businesses have the tools they need to create jobs and economic opportunity. 

Secretary Ross is the former Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of WL Ross & Co. LLC and has over 55 years of investment banking and private equity experience.  Named by Bloomberg Markets as one of the 50 most influential people in global finance, Mr. Ross has restructured over $400 billion of assets in a number of industries. He has been chairman or lead director of more than 100 companies operating in more than 20 different countries. 

Secretary Ross is a graduate of Yale University and of Harvard Business School (with distinction).  He and his wife Hilary Geary Ross have four children, Jessica Ross, Amanda Ross, Ted Geary, and Jack Geary.

Joan Rousseau

Chief, Army Space Training Integration Branch
U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command

Joan Rousseau

Ms. Joan Rousseau was born in Burlington, Vermont and is a 1985 graduate of the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy.  She commissioned as a Signal Officer upon graduation.  Upon completion of the Signal Officer Basic Course, Ms. Rousseau was assigned to 1st Signal Battalion, 7th Signal Brigade, in Kaiserslautern, Germany, where she served in a variety of positions, including Super High and Ultra High Frequency Platoon Leader and Assistant Battalion S-3 for Operations.

Ms. Rousseau graduated from the Signal Officer Advanced Course, and the U.S. Air Force Communications Staff Officer Course (CSOC), completing the CSOC Systems Engineering certification program before being assigned to the U.S. Army Element, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) as the chief Automation Officer, and Technical Control Facility Officer in Charge.  Ms. Rousseau commanded the 128th Signal Company in Chievres, Belgium, providing the European theater with backbone communications in the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.  Upon leaving company command, Ms. Rousseau was assigned to the 4th ROTC Region as an assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of California - Santa Barbara.

After leaving 4th ROTC Region, Ms. Rousseau attended the Command and General Staff College before she was assigned to 40th Signal Battalion, 11th Signal Brigade, Fort Huachuca, Arizona, as the Battalion Executive Officer.  She followed this assignment as the Army Signal Command Inspector General before being designated as a Functional Area 40, Space Operations Officer, in 1999.  Ms. Rousseau was assigned to U.S. Space Command’s Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center as a Missile Warning Crew Commander, and Chief of Requirements.  Following this assignment she was assigned to the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, as the Chief of Interservice Training, working closely with the U.S. Air Force Education and Training Center.  Ms. Rousseau remained a primary instructor for USASMDC/ARSTRAT and assumed the duties of the Chief of Exercises, Experiments, and Wargames before being assigned to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Test and Evaluation for Joint Space Control Operations – Negation.  She retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2005, working as a Department of Defense contractor supporting USASMDC/ARSTRAT and the Department of Homeland Security before returning to USASMDC/ARSTRAT as a government civilian in 2010 as a Space Operations Instructor.

Ms. Rousseau’s current position requires her and her team to provide realistic, responsive, and quality operational training in a denied, degraded, and disrupted space operational environment (D3SOE) to the Total Army.  She provides technical expertise in D3SOE operations across the Army.  She holds her Juris Doctor Degree from Concord Law School, MBA from Boston University, and a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Regis University, in addition to her other degrees.  Her awards include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, among others.  She is the USASMDC/ARSTRAT 2018 Professional and Technical Civilian of the Year.

Karen Rucker

Brooke Owens Fellow

Karen Rucker

Karen Rucker is a 2017 Brooke Owens Fellow, a program created to honor the legacy of a beloved space industry pioneer and accomplished pilot, Dawn Brooke Owens. A senior studying Electrical Engineering at Texas Tech University, Karen’s primary interests are in radio frequency communications and electromagnetics. In addition to school, she has worked as a student assistant at Texas Tech’s Microwave Laboratory and has completed internships with the National Institute of Standards and Technology and HawkEye 360. She was thrilled to be named both an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Space Diversity Scholar and a Women in Aerospace Scholarship Recipient in 2017.  

Frank Salzgeber

Head of Technology Transfer and Business Incubation Programme Office Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality
European Space Agency

Frank Salzgeber

Mr Frank M. Salzgeber is the Head of the Technology Transfer and Business Incubation Office at the European Space Agency (ESA).  Prior to this post he was the Head of Commercial Development in the European Astronaut Department of the Directorate of Human Spaceflight Microgravity and Exploration at the European Space Agency.

Prior to joining ESA, Frank held the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO and CFO) at an IT start-up headquartered in Munich, Germany, between 2000 and 2003, which he merged with CANCOM SA.  Frank also spent seven years at Apple Computer (1993 – 2000) initially as an account manager and then as a sales manager, covering Central Europe and being positioned in the US and Czech Republic.

Being genuinely passionate about the importance of human space flight and the European Space Programme, Frank believes that ‘a society that stops exploring stops progressing’.

Frank is a member of the advisory board of the Triangle Venture Capital Group, the boards of directors of European Business Network (EBN) and was founding chairman of the EIROforum (CERN, EFDA-JET, EMBL, ESA, ESO, ESRF, European XFEL and ILL) working group on Innovation management and knowledge /technology transfer.

Frank holds a degree in Industrial Engineering, is married, has two sons and lives in the Netherlands and Bavaria.

The main mission of the Technology Transfer Programme Office, is to inspire and facilitate the use of space technology, systems and know-how for non-space applications.

The office aims to strengthen the European competitiveness, and plays an important role in enhancing the capabilities and of the European industry, while broadening its business horizons and creating jobs for its citizens.

In his role, Frank supported over 320 interdisciplinary technology transfers and initiated over 500 new start-ups in the last 10 years through the ESA BIC Programme. This successful framework has been adopted by CERN, Fraunhofer and Airbus Defence and Space.

This year his team has supported and will continue to power 150 new start-ups yearly through the international network of 18 ESA Business Incubation Centres across Europe.

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.

Robbie Schingler

Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer
Planet

Robbie Schingler

Robbie Schingler is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Planet. He received a MBA from Georgetown University, a Master's degree in Space Studies from the International Space University, and a Bachelor degree in Engineering Physics from Santa Clara University. Robbie was a 2005 Presidential Management Fellow. Prior to Planet, Robbie spent 9 years at NASA, where he helped build the Small Spacecraft Office at NASA Ames and was Capture Manager for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). Robbie later served as NASA’s Open Government Representative to the White House and served as Chief of Staff for the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA.

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.

Kay Sears

Vice President & General Manager, Military Space
Lockheed Martin Space

Kay Sears

Kay Sears is the Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (SSC).  Kay is responsible for growing the SSC business with a comprehensive strategy to develop new markets and keep programs sold.  She also leads strategic planning, advanced technology concepts and new business acquisition efforts for each of the SSC lines of business.

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Kay served as president of Intelsat General.  In this role, Kay was responsible for implementing the company’s strategic and operational plans and for the overall mission of providing a range of sustainable, cost-effective and secure communication solutions to government and commercial customers.

Before joining Intelsat, Kay helped launch government services business units at both G2 Satellite Solutions and Verestar.  With nearly three decades of experience, Kay is a respected leader in the space and satellite communications industry and has extensive experience in rapid-response solutions for both military and civil agencies of the U.S. government.

In 2009, Kay was appointed to the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee to provide information, technical expertise, advice and guidance regarding issues that may affect national security telecommunications capabilities.  She also serves on the Board of the Space Foundation.

Kay has a B.S. in marketing and economics from the University of Richmond and an MBA in Information Systems from George Washington University. 

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

Chairman of the Board of Directors
Space Foundation

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

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

Gwynne Shotwell

President and Chief Operating Officer
SpaceX

Gwynne Shotwell

As President and COO of SpaceX, Gwynne Shotwell is responsible for day-to-day operations and for managing all customer and strategic relations to support company growth. She joined SpaceX in 2002 as Vice President of Business Development and built the Falcon vehicle family manifest to more than 70 launches, representing more than $10 billion in business. Shotwell is a member of the SpaceX Board of Directors. 

Prior to joining SpaceX, Shotwell spent more than 10 years at the Aerospace Corporation. There she held positions in Space Systems Engineering & Technology as well as Project Management. She was promoted to the role of Chief Engineer of an MLV-class satellite program, managed a landmark study for the Federal Aviation Administration on commercial space transportation, and completed an extensive analysis of space policy for NASA’s future investment in space transportation. Shotwell was subsequently recruited to be Director of Microcosm’s Space Systems Division, where she served on the executive committee and directed corporate business development.  

In 2014, Shotwell was appointed to the United States Export Import Bank's Advisory Committee and the Federal Aviation Administration’s Management Advisory Council.   Shotwell has been awarded the World Technology Award for Individual Achievement in Space, has been inducted into the Women In Technology International Hall of Fame and was elected to the honorable grade of Fellow with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.   

SpaceX supports science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs locally near its offices as well as national engineering programs and competitions. Through leadership in both corporate and external programs, Shotwell has helped raise over $1.4 million for STEM education programs reaching thousands of students nationwide.   

Shotwell received, with honors, her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern University in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics, and currently serves on the Advisory Council for Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering. She has authored dozens of papers on a variety of space related subjects.  

Lauren Smith

Manager, Integration and Test Senior Staff James Webb Space Telescope
Northrop Grumman

Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith is manager for the Integration and Test (I&T) Senior Technical Staff for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. She holds dual roles on the team as the mechanical test engineering subproject manager as well as the I&T lead for all nonexplosive actuators (NEAs) and deployments.

Prior to JWST, Lauren held multiple diverse roles at Northrop Grumman, most recently as a program manager for NG Next. In this role, she led rapid design, build and strategy development for new space systems and small satellites. Lauren was also the program manager of Quad Cup, the 2016 Sector Innovation Challenge. Under her leadership, Quad Cup brought together employees across the country to compete in a quadcopter sporting event demonstrating critical technologies such as GPS-denied navigation and collision avoidance. She began at the company as a concept development engineer working to invent novel autonomous systems and disruptive concepts spanning various missions.

Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Lauren worked at NASA Glenn Research Center in the Simulated Lunar Operations (SLOPE) Lab. She also conducted her thesis work at Glenn and developed a novel, patent-pending locomotion mechanism called the Tri-Wheel that increases robot mobility on search and rescue vehicles and also has extraterrestrial applications. This work contributed to being named one of Aviation Week’s Twenty20s.

Lauren graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, bachelor’s degrees in aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering, and a minor in political science.

Lauren also serves as the U.S. National Point of Contact and Space Generation Fusion Forum (SGFF) deputy manager for the Space Generation Advisory Council – an international non-profit that represents young space professionals to the United Nations. She is also the vice president of Caroline’s Project, a nonprofit that awards scholarships to girls who wish to attend STEM summer camps.

Dr. Anond Snidvongs

Executive Director
Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency

Dr. Anond Snidvongs

Dr. Anond Snidvongs is the Director of the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency.  His previous positions include Director, Climate Change Knowledge Management Center, National Science and Technology Development Agency; Assistant Professor, Department of Marine Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand; Director, Southeast Asia START Global Change Regional Center.  Dr. Snidvongs involvement in international activities include Lead Author, Chapter 5 (Coastal Systems and Low Lying Areas) of IPCC Working Group II Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5): Climate Change 2013 Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability; Editorial Board, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Elsevier; Advisory Committee to the Executive Director, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center.  He received his Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Hawaii 1993, and was the recipient of the International START Young Scientist Award in 1999.

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 public and commercial organizations to explore the dynamics of the current and future operating environments across related and unrelated domains, industries, and markets – uncovering blind spots, developing strategies to capitalize on opportunities and mitigating risk across their supply chains. More specifically, Masseh operates within the cyber risk, fintech, and space-based technology arenas to illuminate and communicate the interdependencies and impacts of critical infrastructure risks to organizations, their workforce, and consumers. Masseh holds an MA in international commerce and policy, with a concentration in complex transnational threats.

 

Shuzo Takada

Director General, National Space Policy Secretariat
Cabinet Office of Japan

Shuzo Takada

Shuzo Takada has been the Director-General of the National Space Policy Secretariat of the Cabinet Office (CAO) since June 2016.

Before he was appointed to this position, he was the Director-General of Trade Control Department of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) from 2015 to 2016.

He was the Director-General for the Manufacturing Industries Policy Bureau from 2013 to 2015, where he was in charge of formulating policies for Japan’s leading industries including the automobile, machinery and robotics, aircraft, defense equipment, and space and aerospace industries.

He has a long service career in the field of promoting economic growth and national security.

He was the Director of the Industrial Revitalization Division at the Economic Policy Bureau, where he undertook various significant roles in formulating Japan’s economic policy from 2010 to 2012. From 2008 to 2010, he served as the Director of the Chemicals Division. This division is the core division for the materials industries which represent the base of Japan’s industrial competitiveness and are locating in the center of industrial supply chains.

He has had a decade of expert-level experience in formulating Japan’s energy policy, especially in the area of petroleum policy. He also served as the counsellor in the Japanese delegation to the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris from 2002 to 2005.

He was born in Tokyo in 1963, and is married, with three sons.

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.

Sumara M. Thompson-King

General Counsel
NASA

Sumara M. Thompson-King

Sumara M. Thompson-King is the General Counsel at NASA. Ms. Thompson-King provides legal advice and counsel to NASA’s Administrator and senior management on a range of legal matters and leads the agency's legal team at Headquarters and its field Centers. Prior to her appointment as General Counsel, she served as the Deputy General Counsel. In that role, she was responsible for oversight of substantive legal advice and assistance provided by NASA’s Associate General Counsels to the Centers through effective collaboration with each Center’s Chief Counsel. She also served as the agency’s Suspension and Debarment Official.

Ms. Thompson-King began her NASA career in 1986 when she joined the Office of Chief Counsel at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. At Goddard, she provided advice on federal acquisitions, tort claims, personnel actions and Freedom of Information Act requests. In 1991, Ms. Thompson-King moved to NASA Headquarters to become a Senior Attorney responsible for litigating protests before the General Services Administration Board of Contract Appeals, and in 1995 she became the Deputy Associate General Counsel (Contracts). Before joining NASA, Ms. Thompson-King was an attorney at the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, Washington, DC, where she enforced Federal accessibility laws and regulations.

Recognized for sustained accomplishment, Ms. Thompson-King was a 2016 recipient of the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, and she received NASA's Exceptional Achievement Medal in recognition of her litigation achievements. Both the Office of Government Ethics and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recognized her contributions to their respective ethics and satellite programs. Ms. Thompson-King is a frequent panelist and speaker on government contract issues and legal matters related to government and commercial space activities.

Ms. Thompson-King received an A.B. in Government from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and she earned a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. Ms. Thompson-King is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar.

Dr. Kathryn C. Thornton

Professor
University of Virginia

Dr. Kathryn C. Thornton

Kathryn C. Thornton is a Professor at the University of Virginia in the School of Engineering and Applied Science  and Associate Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.   

Selected by NASA in May 1984, Thornton is a veteran of four space flights:  STS-33 in 1989, STS-49 in 1992, STS-61 in 1993, and STS-73 in 1995. She has logged over 975 hours in space, including more than 21 hours of extravehicular activity (EVA), was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2010.

Thornton was a mission specialist on the crew of STS-33 which launched at night from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, in 1989 aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. The mission carried Department of Defense payloads and other secondary payloads.  In 1992 on her second flight, Thornton served on the crew of STS-49 on board the maiden flight of the new  Space Shuttle Endeavour. During the mission the crew performed four  EVAs (space walks) to retrieve, repair and deploy the International Telecommunications Satellite (INTELSAT), and to demonstrate and evaluate numerous EVA tasks to be used for the assembly of Space Station Freedom.  The following year Thornton was again a mission specialist EVA crew member aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on the STS-61 Hubble Space Telescope (HST) servicing and repair mission.   During the 11-day flight, the HST was captured and restored to full capacity through five space walks by four astronauts.    On her final mission in 1995, Thornton served aboard Space Shuttle Columbia on STS-73, as the payload commander of the second United States Microgravity Laboratory mission. The mission focused on materials science, biotechnology, combustion science, the physics of fluids, and other scientific experiments housed in the pressurized Spacelab module.

Since leaving NASA, Thornton has served on several review committees and task groups,. She also served for several years on the National Research Council Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board.  She also is a co-author on Pearson’s Interactive Science, a K-8 science program.

While serving as an astronaut, Thornton was also the head of the NASA Johnson Space Center Education working group which coordinated the educational outreach activities of astronauts and professional educators working under the “Teaching from Space” contract with Oklahoma State University.  Videos, printed materials and live events with school children and astronauts in orbit were some of the products of the group.  Prior to becoming an astronaut, Thornton was employed as a physicist at the U.S. Army Foreign Science and Technology Center in Charlottesville, VA.  

Dr. Thornton is the recipient of numerous awards including NASA Space Flight Medals, the Explorer Club Lowell Thomas Award, the University of Virginia Distinguished Alumna Award, the Freedom Foundation Freedom Spirit Award, and the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement. 

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 (VNSC)

Dr. Pham Anh Tuan

Dr. Pham Anh Tuan is currently the Director General of Vietnam National Space Center (VNSC) of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST), Hanoi, Vietnam. He also served as Chairman of Project Management Unit of Vietnam Space Center Project which is one of the most important national projects for the Research and Development of Space science and Technology in Vietnam, as Co-Dean of the Aerospace Engineering Faculty of University of Science and Technology of Hanoi, as Secretary General of Vietnam Mechatronics Association.  Pham Anh Tuan is a key contributor in the cooperation of Vietnam with the Japanese Space Agency JAXA. He has been involved in Pico satellite programs, MICRO-STAR micro-satellite and in APRSAF satellite, making him a key person for small satellite projects in his country. Receiving Dipl.-Ing in1984 at Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany where he also received Dr.-Ing in 1986, Pham Anh Tuan is an international expert in mechatronics and records an impressive list of contribution to national and international scientific meetings. Author of 40 publications and 1 patient.

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

Nico van Putten

Mr. Nico van Putten is the acting Director of the Netherlands Space Office (NSO). His past appointments include Deputy Director of the NSO, Member MT/Division Technology & Industry of the NSO, Member Management Team/Programme manager of the NIVR (Dutch Aerospace Agency), and Chief Financial Officer of Bradford Engineering BV (Space Engineering Company). He is currently responsible for all Dutch activities in the European Space Agency (ESA) Program Boards, and is Delegate to ESA Industrial Policy Committee and ESA Council. He is also responsible for technology development in the Netherlands including Commercial Space and Technology Transfer and ESA Business Incubator Centre Noordwijk. His national projects comprise of OMI (Ozone Monitoring Instrument) on Aura-satellite, SCIAMACHY on ENVISAT, and TROPOMI (instrument for Precursor Sentinel-5 mission). 

Maj. Gen. José Vagner Vital

Executive Vice President
Space Systems Coordination and Implementation Commission (CCISE)

Maj. Gen. José Vagner Vital

Major General José Vagner Vital is the Executive Vice President of Space Systems Coordination and Implementation Commission (CCISE).  In his pilot career, he accumulated more than 1100 flight hours on various aircraft. Prior to his current position, he was Commander of the Second Integrated Aerial Defense and Traffic Control Center (CINDACTA 2). Among the main positions he has held are the Brazilian Air Force Commander Office Staff Officer; Vice Chief, Technical Division do Flight Protection Regional Service (SRPV-SP); Chief Planning Section (APLAN) at Flight Protection Regional Service (SRPV-SP); and Chief, Navigation Section, Fourth Aerial Transport Squadron (4° ETA).  His education includes an MBA in Logistics, Universidade Federal Fluminense.  Included in his many awards are the Order of Aeronautical Merit, degree of “Official”; Gold Military Medal; Peacemaker Medal; Governor Pedro de Toledo Medal; and the Gold Gratitude Medal of the Union of Scouts of Brazil.

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.

Damon R. Wells

Director, Office of Policy and Strategy
National Reconnaissance Office

Damon R. Wells

Mr. Damon R. Wells is the Director of the Office of Policy and Strategy for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) in Chantilly, Virginia.  In this capacity he is responsible for assisting the NRO Director in shaping and implementing policies and strategies relating to overhead reconnaissance, both within the NRO and in the broader U.S. Government (USG) and international space policy communities.

Prior to joining the NRO in 2012, he was Assistant Director for Space and Aeronautics in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President (EOP).  In that role he developed and coordinated Administration space policies across the civil, commercial, and national security space sectors, thereby advancing key policy initiatives such as the 2010 U.S. National Space Policy and current U.S space exploration strategies.  Before moving to the White House in 2005, he was Director for Technology Policy with the U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, where he led bilateral negotiations on market access for commercial satellite services, oversaw several foreign policy initiatives concerning the U.S. Global Positioning System, and supported Administration space policy development efforts.  Prior to DOS he was a senior policy analyst for the Office of Commercial Space Transportation in the Department of Transportation, where he conducted launch and satellite market forecasting activities, participated in White House space policy initiatives, and was a lead analyst for the USG’s commercial launch trade negotiations with China, Russia, and Ukraine.  Before that he worked in fighter aircraft design with LTV Aerospace and Defense, specializing in analysis of aircraft loads and flying qualities using advanced flight simulation capabilities. 

Mr. Wells earned an M.S. degree in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991 and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1984.

BGen K.G. Whale

Director General Space
Canadian Armed Forces

BGen K.G. Whale

Originally from Wallaceburg, Ontario, BGen Whale enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1986 under the Regular Officer Training Plan. Achieving his pilot's wings in 1990, he has achieved operational qualifications on Kiowa, Twin Huey, AH-64A/C Apache and Griffon helicopters providing a comprehensive background in tactical aviation mobility, reconnaissance, and aerial firepower operations.

His staff experience includes Training and Concept Development within 1 Wing Headquarters, Kingston, Chief of Staff at the Canadian Defence Academy, Kingston, and various strategic level positions at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa including the Canadian Forces Transformation Team, the Directorate of Air Strategic Plans, Acting Director General Air Readiness and Special Advisor to the Minister of National Defence.

BGen Whale's command and leadership roles have included those of a US Army Aviation Attack Platoon Leader and Aviation Battalion Battle Captain, Squadron Deputy Commanding Officer (400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, Borden), Squadron Commanding Officer (427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron, Petawawa) and Wing Commander (1 Wing HQ, Kingston).

His international experience includes an assignment with 444 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, Germany, an exchange posting with the US Army, 1st Battalion/4th Aviation Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas, a flying tour on OP PALLADIUM in Bosnia, integration of Special Operations Aviation Detachments in Afghanistan and as Chief of Current Operations on OP MOBILE (Libya) in NATO's Combined Joint Task Force Headquarters, Naples, Italy.

His professional development and education include a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Western Ontario, a M.Sc. in Organizational Leadership from Norwich University, Vermont, the Land Forces Transition Command and Staff Course, Kingston, and both the Joint Command and Staff Program and the National Security Program at the Canadian Forces College, Toronto.

BGen Whale's recognized achievements include a US Army Commendation for contribution to the US Army Task Force XXI program, a Commander 1 Canadian Air Division Commendation for aviation project development, a Chief of the Air Staff Commendation for Air Force strategy development, and two Chief of Defence Staff Commendations for his service during OP MOBILE and for contributions to RCAF readiness.

BGen Whale is currently the Director General & Component Commander - Space, National Defence Headquarters, Ottawa. 

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.

MAJ. Steven W. Wojdakowski, USA

Space Operations Planner, Operations Group
National Training Center

MAJ. Steven W. Wojdakowski, USA

Major Steve Wojdakowski currently serves as the Space Operations Planner for Operations Group at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and commissioned into Armor as a Second Lieutenant from the United States Military Academy in 2002. 

From there, he joined 1st Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, holding positions as Scout Platoon Leader, Troop Executive Officer, Squadron Assistant Operations Officer, and finally as Commander, Apache Troop.  He deployed three times to Iraq with 3d ACR in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, including commanding during the troop surge in 2008.

Following command in 2009, MAJ Wojdakowski taught tactics and planning at the Maneuver Captains Career Course at Ft. Benning, Georgia, for two years.  While there, he designated as a Functional Area 40, Space Operations Officer.  Following this tour, he served in 1st Space Battalion, 1st Space Brigade, at Peterson AFB, Colorado, as both a team leader for an Army Space Support Team (2nd Space Company) and as a Commander of a Mobile Integrated Ground Suite Detachment (4th Space Company).  MAJ Wojdakowski deployed a fourth time with the Detachment.

After returning from deployment, MAJ Wojdakowski earned a Master of Science degree in astronautical engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.  His thesis, “Rapid Slewing of Flexible Space Structures,” earned recognition as an Outstanding Thesis.  In 2015, he arrived at his current billet at the National Training Center, where he plans, coordinates, and executes contested space as part of monthly training rotations for Army Brigade Combat Teams.  He was recently selected to become an instructor at the Army’s Command and General Staff School at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, and will begin that assignment later this year.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, Bronze Star Medal (one oak leak cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Army Achievement Medal (one oak leaf cluster), National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (five campaign stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, Army Senior Space Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. 

MAJ Wojdakowski and his wife, Stacie, have two children, Henry (2) and Ella Mae (4 months).

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).

Dr. Hiroshi Yamakawa

President
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Dr. Hiroshi Yamakawa

Dr. Hiroshi Yamakawa is the President of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).  His previous work experience includes Member of Committee on National Space Policy, Cabinet Office (concurrent post); Secretary General, Secretariat of Strategic Headquarters for Space Policy, Cabinet Secretariat (concurrent post); Professor, Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University; JAXA Project Manager, Mercury Exploration Mission “BepiColombo”; Visiting Scientist of Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); and Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS).  He earned his PhD (Engineering) from the Department of Aeronautics, School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo.

Kanghyeon Yun

Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Republic of Korea

Kanghyeon Yun

Mr. Kang-hyeon Yun is the Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).  His previous positions include Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic; Director General for Global Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Counsellor, Korean Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, NY, U.S.A; First Secretary, Korean Embassy in the Republic of Indonesia; and Second Secretary, Korean Permanent Mission to the UN Office and Other International Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland.  He obtained his B.A. in International Relations in 1986 from the Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.  In 1992, Mr. Yun earned his M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, Washington D.C., U.S.A.

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.

Frank Backes

Vice President of Business Development
RT Logic

Frank Backes

Frank Backes is the Vice President of Business Development for Kratos SATCOM Products and Federal Satellite Solutions. Mr. Backes joined Kratos in January 2017 and has spent 30+ years in the satellite and command & control industries. Mr. Backes was most recently Chief Executive Officer for Braxton Technologies LLC and Braxton Science and Technology Group, LLC, leading manufacturers of command and control software for intelligence, military and commercial applications based in Colorado Springs, CO. He is an industry thought leader and technology pioneer, recognized for innovating high-yield solutions that expand organizational capability, product portfolios and market presence.

Mr. Backes is a noted industry speaker for innovative technologies and company brands delivering professional-level presentations with extensive tradeshow and large industry event experience. He was recognized with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2009 for achievements in the aerospace industry. Mr. Backes serves on the board of directors for Modern Technology Solutions Inc. (MTSI), the advisory board for the University of Colorado Boulder Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, and the Colorado Space Business Roundtable. He received a BSEE in Semiconductor Physics from the University of California at San Diego along with minors in communications/marketing and computer hardware.

CAPT Ronald M. Bishop, Jr., USN

Director, Mission Processing Systems Program Office, Ground Enterprise Directorate
National Reconnaissance Office

CAPT Ronald M. Bishop, Jr., USN

CAPT Bishop was commissioned an Ensign in 1991 upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering.  He was designated an E-2C Hawkeye Naval Flight Officer in 1993.

In June 1993, he was assigned to VAW-125 and completed deployments to the Adriatic Sea and Persian Gulf.  He was subsequently accepted to the United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) and graduated in December 1997.  Following USNTPS, he reported to the Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron (VX-20) as an E-2C Project Officer for the Cooperative Engagement Capability and the Radar Modernization Program, both now part of the Advanced Hawkeye (E-2D), and then later returned to USNTPS as a Systems Flight Test Instructor.  He was designated an Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer in August 1999 and graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School in December 2002 with degrees of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineer and a Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering.

In January 2003, CAPT Bishop reported to the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).  During this tour, he served as the Deputy Systems Engineer for a new imaging systems program within the Imagery Intelligence (IMINT) Directorate and as a Deputy Division Chief in the Communications Directorate.

In November 2005, CAPT Bishop reported to AIR 4.10 within the Naval Air Systems Command assigned to the Single Integrated Air Picture (SIAP) Joint Program Office.  There he served as the Joint Analysis Integrated Product Team Leader for Joint Cruise Missile Defense, and later as the Assistant Program Manager for Test and Analysis.

In September 2008, CAPT Bishop returned to NRO as a Group Director and Program Manager within the Ground Enterprise Directorate.  In this capacity, he served as both an ACAT I and ACAT IV equivalent Program Manager responsible for end-to-end lifecycle cost, schedule, and performance for all aspects of several critical signals intelligence ground systems.

In November 2012, CAPT Bishop was selected as the Deputy Program Director for a mission control systems program within the Ground Enterprise Directorate.  CAPT Bishop was selected for his current position as Program Director in the Ground Enterprise Directorate in December 2013.

CAPT Bishop has accumulated over 1,800 flight hours in 21 different aircraft and 279 arrested landings.  He is a member of the Acquisition Corps and is a Project Management Institute certified Project Management Professional.  He is DAWIA certified Level III in Program Management, Test and Evaluation, and Systems Engineering.

He is married to the former Pamela Delaney of Baltimore, Maryland.  They have four Children.

RDML James M. Butler, USN

Deputy Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet
United States Navy

RDML James M. Butler, USN

A native of Southern Maryland, Rear Adm. James Butler enlisted in the Navy in 1982, trained as a machinist mate and attended the Naval Academy Preparatory School. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. He holds Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He was designated a cryptologic warfare officer in 1989.

At sea, Butler served aboard USS Mississippi (CGN 40) as the signals warfare intelligence officer. His division conducted cryptologic, electronic warfare, command and control warfare, and intelligence operations in the Mediterranean in support of Operation Sharp Guard and in the Caribbean in support of Operation Uphold Democracy.

As a reservist, he was mobilized for one year to Headquarters, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) as the information operations director for both NATO and U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Butler’s command tours include Navy Reserve Naval Information Operations Command Texas and Navy Reserve Naval Information Operations Command Devens Massachusetts. Post command he served as regional commander, Naval Information Forces Reserve Southeast leading 32 Reserve units across seven states.

Ashore, he served at the National Security Agency in research and signals intelligence roles. As a reservist, he supported engineering and acquisition programs at the Naval Information Warfare Activity. His staff assignments include deputy chief information officer for the Naval Network Warfare Command Reserve staff and cryptologic warfare community lead on the Naval Information Forces Reserve staff.

Personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and several personal Navy and Joint awards. He had the distinct honor of serving with those who earned the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the NATO Medal (ISAF), Navy Unit Commendation and the Navy Battle ‘E’.

 

Darrell Durst

Vice President, Advanced Program Development
Lockheed Martin Space, Mission Solutions

Darrell Durst

As Vice President, Advanced Program Development for the Mission Solutions line of business in Lockheed Martin (LM) Space, Mr. Durst is leading an organization accountable for new business growth, strategy development and enterprise collaboration that links business development with advanced programs. Mr. Durst is also responsible for long term strategies with a focus on innovation.

Prior to this role from 2016 – 2018 Mr. Durst served as Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Cyber Discrimination Development. In this role Mr. Durst led the development of an across lines-of-business cyber strategy specifically driving resilience and protection processes, standards and cyber capabilities as discriminators in and across Lockheed Martin Space development platforms and ground systems.

From 2014 to 2016 Mr. Durst served as the Vice President of Operations for the Defense & Intelligence Solutions (D&IS) business within Lockheed Martin (LM) Information Systems and Global Solutions (IS&GS). This business delivered capabilities and services with annual revenue of $3.4 B, serving the DoD, Intelligence Community, and numerous International Customers. Focus areas included cyber solutions, satellite ground operations, C4ISR, geospatial solutions, enterprise IT, critical infrastructure management, situational awareness, and advanced analytics. The D&IS portfolio consisted of 11 ,000 employees with significant U.S. operations in the Washington metropolitan area, Pennsylvania, Colorado, California, Florida and Texas, and multiple global overseas operations.

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

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

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

Kristina Harrington

Director of Signals Intelligence Directorate
National Reconnaissance Office

Kristina Harrington

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

Dr. Andrew J. Heo

Cyberspace Operations Chair
National Security Space Institute (NSSI)

Dr. Andrew J. Heo

Dr. Andrew Heo is the cyberspace operations chair assigned to the National Security Space Institute (NSSI) at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, employed by Delta Solutions and Strategies.  There he serves as the sole cyberspace operations expert, delivering extensive curriculum to over 800+ Joint students a year who attend Space 200 & 300, the capstone space courses in the Air Force.  In addition, he also serves as an individual mobilization augmentee (IMA) for Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), supporting exercises and evaluations. 

In his previous full-time military & civilian capacities, Dr. Heo’s primary responsibility was directing information assurance efforts of several ground stations that are part of the space-based infrared system (SBIRS) constellation, providing up-to-date secure data and meeting mission requirements of developing, acquiring, and sustaining space-based infrared surveillance, tracking and targeting capabilities for missile early warning/defense, battlespace awareness and technical intelligence.   He has worked under Air Combat Command (ACC), Air Force Communications Agency (now known as the Air Force Network Integration Center), and now currently under AFSPC.

In addition, Dr. Heo is set to be named to the Board of Directors for AFCEA International for a second time, and previously served as the President of the Young AFCEAn Advisory Council.  He is a winner of several AFCEA awards such as the Young AFCEAn of the Year, the Emerging Leadership Award and the Medal of Merit.  He is also a graduate of the AFCEA Leadership Forum.  

Dr. Heo has also earned several officer of the year awards at the company grade and field grade level throughout his career, while also being awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and being recognized by Federal Computer Weekly as a “Rising Star” and the Colorado Springs Business Journal as a “40 Under 40” award recipient.  Recently, he was also named as a "40 Under 40" award winner by AFCEA International.

Dr. Heo has a Doctor of Management (concentration on Homeland Security/Homeland Defense) from Colorado Technical University, a Master’s in Public Health from American Military University, and a Bachelor’s in Biology from Case Western Reserve University.  

Lt. Gen. VeraLinn "Dash" Jamieson

Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

Lt. Gen. VeraLinn "Dash" Jamieson

Lt. Gen. VeraLinn “Dash” Jamieson is the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. She is responsible to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force for policy formulation, planning, evaluation, oversight, and leadership of Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. As the Air Force's senior intelligence officer she is directly responsible to the Director of National Intelligence and the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. She leads five directorates and supports a 30,000-person enterprise with a portfolio valued at $55 billion across the Air Force.

General Jamieson entered the Air Force through the ROTC program at West Virginia University. A career intelligence officer and U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School graduate, she has held numerous operational, command and staff positions and has commanded an intelligence squadron, joint intelligence operations center, and was the Deputy Commanding General for ISR of Joint Interagency Task Force 435. Her staff tours include duty on the Joint Staff as an Air Force Analyst and Executive Assistant to the J8, at U.S. Pacific Command as Special Assistant to the Commander, Air Staff as Director of ISR Transformation, Director of ISR Strategy, Integration and Doctrine, Director of Intelligence (J2) for U.S. Southern Command, and Director of Intelligence (A2) for Air Combat Command.

Prior to assuming her current position, she served as the Deputy Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JFCC-ISR), U.S. Strategic Command, Washington, D.C.  General Jamieson recommended allocation of ISR capabilities for the Department of Defense by conducting risk analysis to optimize risk mitigation strategies, coordinating ISR capability allocation, to include processing, exploitation, and dissemination, with services, combatant commanders, combat support agencies, OSD and interagency partners for SECDEF approval.  She engaged with coalition and partner nations for their commitment of ISR capabilities towards shared interests, developed ISR strategy and doctrine inputs for the Department of Defense, and drove the transfer of these functions and responsibilities to a single integrator of ISR for the Chairman and Secretary of Defense.    

General Jamieson is combat experienced and an operational expert. She directed intelligence operations for multiple contingencies to include operations Desert Storm, Allied Force, Unified Response, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

David A. Kier

Consultant
KCI Holdings

David A. Kier

Experienced in a broad variety of significant positions in Government and Defense Industry,  David A. Kier established a consulting practice in in August 2013. His clients include the Office of the Director for National Intelligence, several leading defense contractors and several smaller defense and intelligence oriented companies.

David A. Kier joined Areté Associates as President and Chief Executive Officer in August 2009 while continuing in his role as Chairman of the Board of Directors, a position he has held since 2004.  Areté Associates is an advanced science and engineering company that provides innovative, advance technology solutions to the most challenging technical problems faced by the United States. 

Following his retirement from a 35-year career in the Federal Service, Mr. Kier joined the Lockheed Martin Corporation in October 2001 as the Vice President and Managing Director for Lockheed Martin’s Force Protection activities.  In this position Mr. Kier was responsible for managing a matrix organization of all Lockheed Martin air and missile defense; homeland defense, nuclear chemical and biological protection and infrastructure security.          

After serving concurrently as the Deputy Director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and the Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (SPACE) from May 1997 to August 2001, Mr. Kier retired from government service.

A native of Pennsylvania, Mr. Kier is a graduate of Washington and Jefferson College where he received a Bachelor of Science in physics.  Mr. Kier has done extensive graduate work in Systems Engineering for the University of Southern California.  After a tour in the U.S. Army, he joined the NASA Flight Research Center in 1966 as a flight test engineer. 

In 1973, Mr. Kier accepted a position at NASA Headquarters as the High Speed Vehicles Program Manager, Office of Aeronautics and Space Technology.  Responsibilities of this position included management of the Highly Maneuverable Aircraft Technology (HiMAT) Program.  The HiMAT Program pioneered new technologies in aerodynamics, structures and controls for high performance fighters.  Today the HiMAT vehicle resides in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

Selected to attend the National War College for the academic year 1977-78, Mr. Kier enjoyed one of the best years of his career interacting with his fellow students and studying the many facets of National and International Security.

In 1981, Mr. Kier joined the Office of Development and Engineering, Directorate of Science and Technology, Central Intelligence Agency.  Serving as a Division Chief and then as a Group Director and Program Manager, he was responsible for the development and acquisition of the collection hardware and software supporting new, high risk, high dollar-value intelligence collection systems.  

In early 1994, responding to an offer by the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Mr. Kier accepted a rotational assignment to the U.S. Navy to undertake the start-up of a new Navy special-access program.

The recipient of numerous medals and awards during his career, Mr. Kier is one of a very few individuals to receive both the CIA’s and the Intelligence Community’s Distinguished Service Medal for technical and managerial accomplishments.

David A. Kier and his wife, Diane, have three adult children.

Col. Jeff Kojac

Chief of Staff
U.S. Marine Corps

Dr. Joel B. Mozer

Chief Scientist, Acting
Air Force Space Command

Dr. Joel B. Mozer

Dr. Joel B. Mozer is Acting Chief Science and Technical Advisor, Headquarters Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The command comprises 42,000 space and cyberspace professionals. The command 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 acquisitions. Dr. Mozer serves as the principal adviser to the commander on all scientific and technical (S&T) matters. He is the authority for all S&T concerning space and cyberspace research and development programs for the space enterprise vision, launch, ground systems, cyberspace, and multi-domain cross-cutting areas. He serves as the senior authority for all AFSPC scientific and technical matters, and is delegated the authority to guide the substantive scientific and technical program activities within the command. In this role, he interacts with other principals, operational commanders, combatant commands, acquisition, science and technology, and international communities to address cross-organizational science and technical issues and solutions. Dr. Mozer represents AFSPC science and technology on decisions, high-level planning, and policy, building coalitions and alliances throughout the U.S. government, industry, academia, the international community, and other scientific and technology organizations at venues that affect the command. He evaluates technical needs, solutions, architectures, and programs and advises on shaping command programs to ensure the infusion of S&T provides the best possible solutions. Dr. Mozer entered government service in 1992 with the United States Air Force.

Prior to this assignment, Dr. Joel Mozer was the Chief Experimentalist of the Integrated Experiments and Evaluation Division of Air Force Research Laboratory’s Space Vehicle Directorate. In that role, he was responsible for managing AFRL’s $40M/year investment in research and development related to the development of experimental satellites and payloads and conducts a team of 100 engineers and scientists at Kirtland and Holloman Air Force Bases in New Mexico--all working to develop cost effective ways to assemble, integrate, test and fly novel spacecraft and systems and to demonstrate new concepts for Department of Defense systems and missions. His particular area of specialization relates to space control and remote sensing—in particular the understanding the natural and man-made space environment and developing forecast tools for warfighters, theater battle commanders, and other decision-makers in order to mitigate risks

Dr. Mozer has more than 30 years of space science, engineering, management and financial experience working space and ground systems for the Department of Defense. He served as Chief of the Battlespace Environment Division, as well as the Integrated Experiments Division at AFRL and led the Space Weather Center of Excellence. Before coming to AFRL, Dr. Mozer worked at the Air Force’s Radar Attenuation and Scattering (RATSCAT) facility at Holloman Air Force Base where he developed measurement and analysis techniques to study the radar cross section of low-observable aircraft and technology. Prior to that, he worked for the Army’s Atmospheric Sciences Laboratory where he developed techniques to quantify the effects of natural and man-made battlefield obscurants on electro-optical sensors.  A number of the methods and procedures developed by Dr. Mozer are in current use at Air Force and Navy operational weather forecasting centers.

Dr. Mozer is a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and serves as the Chair of the Albuquerque Section. He is also a senior member of the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society.

Holly Rollins

Principal
Booz Allen Hamilton

Holly Rollins

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

In her 24 years at Booz Allen, Holly has championed Mentoring Circles, Senior Women’s Roundtable events, New and Expectant Mothers workshops and Leadership promotion pipeline management.  She co-leads Booz Allen’s Air Force Cyber team and co-authored NIST Special Publication 800-65 Integrating IT Security into Capital Planning and Investment Control.  She has engaged with the Community Philanthropy and Partnership, Workforce Leadership Council as an advisor, Professional Development Team advisor and Women’s Forum advisor. Holly was the 2016 Society of Women Engineers Prism award winner and is presently on the leadership advisory team of the Society of Women Engineers within the firm.  She also serves as Booz Allen’s Denver Site Lead.

Holly lives in beautiful Monument, Colorado with her husband, and two children, Matthew 15 and Christy 13.

Dr. Ronald M. Sega

Director, Systems Engineering Programs & Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives
Colorado State University

Dr. Ronald M. Sega

RONALD M. SEGA serves as Director, Systems Engineering Programs and Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives at Colorado State University. He is also the Woodward Professor of Systems Engineering.  From 2010 to 2013, he also served as Vice President and Enterprise Executive for Energy and the Environment at both Colorado State University and The Ohio State University.  He holds a B.S. in math and physics from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, an M.S. in physics from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado. 

Prior to joining CSU, Dr. Sega was the Under Secretary of the Air Force from 2005-2007 where he served as the DoD Executive Agent for Space and led the Air Force team that won the overall Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management for 2006.  After 31 years in the Air Force, having served in various assignments at Air Force Space Command and as a pilot, he retired from the Air Force Reserve in 2005 as a major general in the position of reserve assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  Dr. Sega was Director of Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E), the chief technology officer for the Department of Defense (DoD), from 2001-2005.  Dr. Sega was a faculty member in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs from 1982 to 2013, also serving as Dean from 1996-2001.   A former astronaut, he flew aboard Space Shuttles Discovery (1994) and Atlantis (1996).

Maj. Gen. Robert J. Skinner

Deputy Commander
Air Force Space Command

Maj. Gen. Robert J. Skinner

Maj. Gen. Robert J. Skinner is Deputy Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. He assists the commander in organizing, training, equipping and maintaining mission-ready space and cyberspace forces and providing missile warning, positioning, navigation and timing, communications and cyber capabilities for North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Strategic Command and the other functional and geographic combatant commands. The command 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 36,000 space and cyberspace professionals assigned to 134 locations worldwide.General Skinner also directs and coordinates the activities of the headquarters staff.  

General Skinner was commissioned through Officer Training School (2nd Honor Graduate) in 1989. He has served in various tactical and fixed communications assignments, plans, policy and resource staff work. The general has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels, and served on the staffs at a numbered air force, major command headquarters, Air Force headquarters and the Joint Staff. Prior to assuming his current position, General Skinner was the Deputy Commander, Joint Force Headquarters Department of Defense Information Networks.

Angel Smith

Professional Staff
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Angel Smith

Angel Smith joined the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in 2016 following a 23 career in the United States Marine Corps (USMC).  After her first 5 years as an enlisted electronics technician, she earned her commission and spent the remainder of her career serving as a pilot in the sexiest aircraft in the USMC inventory, the KC-130 Hercules. While in the fleet operational forces her most notable billet assignments have included KC-130 Detachment Commander in support of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, KC-130 Detachment Commander in support of Operation Damayon and VMGR-352 Aircraft Maintenance Officer. 

As the program monitor for the Department of Defense (DoD) Intelligence and Overhead Architecture Subcommittee, Angel monitors various IC agencies as well as DoD military intelligence programs.  She has been designated as the House Permanent Select Committee staff lead to support DoD innovation efforts, improve intelligence sharing among partner nation military’s and security clearance reform initiative.  Angel has a BS in Social Psychology, a MS in International Relations and is on the home stretch for earning her PhD in Organizational Psychology.    

 

Dr. Brad Tousley

Vice President Strategic Technology Development and Commercial Aerospace
Ball Aerospace

Dr. Brad Tousley

Brad Tousley is the vice president of Strategic Technology Development and Commercial Aerospace Business for Ball Aerospace.

He is responsible for the company’s strategic technology roadmap, and investing in innovative technologies and capital that is aligned with our customer’s needs and growth strategies.

For the Commercial Aerospace Business, Tousley 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.

Tousley brings more than 35 years of experience which spans government agencies, the private sector and the U.S. military. Prior to joining Bal l, he led the Tactical Technology Office (TTO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he was responsible for high - payoff/high - risk efforts in space, air, maritime and ground systems, focused on capabilities for national security. He also served as a senior scientist and program manager at DARPA and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).

Previously, Tousley was an executive at Logos Technologies, a defense and commercial business, where he was responsible for technology, programs and business development for unmanned airborne persistent surveillance technology, hyperspectral imaging science, space situational awareness and sensors, UAV collision avoidance, software development and advanced image processing algorithms.

Tousley served as a U.S. Army Armor (Cavalry) and Acquisition officer, retiring a s a lieutenant colonel after 20 years of service. He was awarded the Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD)/Advanced Capability Technology Demonstration (ACTD) manager of the year for his management of the Micro Air Vehicle (Ducted Fan). This resulted in the deployment of novel air vehicles in support of countering improvised explosive device operations and force protection of U.S. forces in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also served on the faculty at West Point as a research scientist and associate professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Tousley holds a B.S. from the United States Military Academy and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester.

Dr. Anthony Vinci

Chief Technology Officer
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Dr. Anthony Vinci

Anthony Vinci, Ph.D., is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). He is an executive, entrepreneur and intelligence officer focused on developing new technologies and approaches to solve emerging, global challenges.

As CTO, Dr. Vinci is focused on increasing NGAs ability to instill the necessary next-generation   technology, tradecraft and innovative practices into the agency, the GEOINT (geospatial-intelligence) enterprise, and more broadly into the US national security mission. Dr. Vinci’s responsibilities include integrating pioneering technology with the experience and expertise of the agency workforce and tackling the broader issue of how NGA and the GEOINT enterprise can use next-generation technologies to derive a competitive edge for the U.S. The CTO develops investment, divestment, operation, structural and partnership recommendations for NGAs Deputy Director and for NGAs Director as the GEOINT Functional Manager.

Dr. Vinci plays a central role in developing NGAs public-private partnerships and in general interfacing between the agency and commercial industry, academia, laboratories and the non-profit sectors. He is also charged with bridging agency efforts and establishing further collaboration across the National System for Geospatial-Intelligence community, Department of Defense, and the Intelligence Community on technology and technology-integration issues.

Previously, Dr. Vinci served as the Associate Director for Capabilities and the Director of Plans and Programs at NGA.

Dr. Vinci is the founder and former CEO of Findyr, a revolutionary technology company which crowdsources data from around the world. Previously, he was on the executive management team at a company which specialized in machine learning for remote sensing, technology advisor to a private equity firm, and a management consultant at a global consulting firm serving commercial businesses and government entities focused on implementing change.

Earlier in his career he served with the Department of Defense in Iraq, Africa, Asia and throughout the Middle East.

Dr. Vinci received his Ph.D. in international relations from The London School of Economics and studied philosophy at Reed College and Oxford University. He performed fieldwork throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Dr. Vinci is also a writer and filmmaker who has produced and published extensively on topics of security and strategy. He is a Fellow member of The Explorers Club.

Sean Wilson

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

Sean Wilson

Mr. Sean Wilson is the Cyber Team Lead in the Office of Emerging Security Challenges (ESC) in the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (AVC) at the U.S. Department of State.  In addition to cyber, his portfolio includes a number of space security issues.  Prior to working in ESC, Mr. Wilson served in the Office of Missile Defense and Space Policy and in the Office of Korean Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.  He also completed a number of rotations during his time as a Presidential Management Fellow and a Mansfield Fellow.  Mr. Wilson received a M.A. in International Affairs at the George Washington University and a B.S. in International Affairs at Georgia Tech.   

Robert Zitz

Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
SSL Government Systems

Robert Zitz

Mr. Robert Zitz is Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at SSL Government Systems. In this role, he is responsible for setting the company’s direction to better meet the needs of U.S. Government agencies and military services. Over more than 30 years, Rob held a number of senior executive leadership positions with both government and commercial organizations, making key contributions to improve the processes and outcomes for national security, cybersecurity, and intelligence missions. While serving as Deputy Under Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, Rob was responsible for accelerating the innovation of cybersecurity architectures under the National Cyber Security Division.

Col. John S.R. Anttonen

Director, Advanced Systems & Development Directorate
Commander, Space & Missile Systems Center, Detachment 1

Col. John S.R. Anttonen

Colonel John S.R. Anttonen serves as Director, Advanced Systems & Development Directorate and Commander, Space & Missile Systems Center, Detachment 1, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.  The directorate's mission is to deliver responsive space capabilities to users across the National Security Space community and conduct developmental planning, science & technology, and pre-systems acquisition for the Space & Missile Systems Center.  Colonel Anttonen leads a combined team of 740+ military, government civilians, and contractors in four geographically separated units responsible for development, acquisition, demonstration, launch, test and operations of DOD and civil space systems.

Marc J. Berkowitz

Vice President for Space Security
Lockheed Martin

Marc J. Berkowitz

Marc Berkowitz leads the development of strategies, plans, and advanced concepts for space mission solutions as Vice President for Space Security at Lockheed Martin’s Space Company.  In this capacity, he chairs Lockheed Martin’s Space Security Executive Committee and coordinates strategies, plans, and investments regarding space domain awareness, space battle management, command, control, and communications, space mission assurance and resilience, and space protection and defense.    

Mr. Berkowitz previously served as a member of the career senior executive service in the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of the Secretary of Defense where he was responsible for leading the analysis, formulation, coordination, and oversight of U.S. Government and Defense Department policy and guidance for the conduct of national security space programs and activities.   He also worked at the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Congressional Research Service, SRI International, and National Security Research, Inc.  Since leaving federal service, Mr. Berkowitz has also served as a consultant to the U.S. Defense Department and Intelligence Community.  

Mr. Berkowitz was awarded the Defense Department’s highest civilian award, the Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award, twice.  His other awards include the National Reconnaissance Office’s Medal for Distinguished Service, National Imagery and Mapping Agency’s Medal for Distinguished Service, Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive, Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award, OSD Exceptional Civilian Service Award, and the OSD Award for Excellence.  In addition, he received the National Space Club’s Historical Essay Award, Lockheed Martin’s Washington Award, Lockheed Martin’s Government Affairs Award, and Lockheed Martin Space Company’s Innovation Award. 

Mr. Berkowitz received a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University and a Master of Arts degree from Georgetown University.   He has authored numerous publications on national security, defense, space, and cyber policy and strategy.

RADM Brian B. Brown, USN

Director, Warfare Integration for Information Warfare (OPNAV N2N6F)
United States Navy

RADM Brian B. Brown, USN

Rear Adm. Brian Brown graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1986. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Master of Science in Oceanography from the University of California San Diego and a Master of Science in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

Upon commissioning, he initially served as a surface warfare officer and transferred to naval oceanography in 1990. He now serves as a member of the Navy’s Information Warfare community. He is also qualified to wear the U.S. Air Force Space Operations Badge.

As a flag officer, Brown commanded the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command and most recently served as deputy commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command. In 2014, he was appointed as the head of the Navy’s Space Cadre.

At sea, Brown served aboard USS Frederick (LST 1184) as a deck division officer and navigation/administration officer. As an oceanographer, he served as mobile environmental team officer on the staff of Commander, Destroyer Squadron 31; as battle force oceanographer/scheduler on the staff of Commander, Carrier Group 8 aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71); and, as fleet oceanographer on the staff of Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet aboard USS La Salle (AGF 3) in Gaeta, Italy.

Ashore, Brown commanded the Naval Atlantic Meteorology and Oceanography Facility Jacksonville and the Naval Oceanographic Office. Other shore tours include operations officer, Naval Pacific Meteorology and Oceanography Facility San Diego; assignment/placement officer and assistant oceanography community manager, Navy Personnel Command; deputy commander, Naval Oceanography Operations Command; executive officer, Naval Oceanographic Office; undersea warfare program manager for Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command; and, executive assistant to the oceanographer and navigator of the Navy, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N2/N6E).

In August 2017, he assumed duties as the director, Warfare Integration for Information Warfare (OPNAV N2/N6F).

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 CommonExoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) Concept Definition. He also managed the corporation’s responsibilities in Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Management Limited, a joint venture that produces and safely maintains the U.K.’s nuclear weapons. He is a former member of the board of directors of Lockheed Martin U.K. Ltd.

Bruno joined Lockheed Martin in 1984. He previously served as vice president and general manager of FBM and ICBM, as vice president of the THAAD Missile, as vice president of Engineering, as chief engineer for Strategic Missile Programs, as program manager for FBM Rocket Propulsion and in engineering positions involving design and analysis for control systems of rockets 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 an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Fellow, 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.

James (Jim) H. Chilton

Senior Vice President, Space and Missile Systems
Boeing Defense, Space & Security

James (Jim) H. Chilton

Jim Chilton is senior vice president of the Space and Missile Systems division of Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS). Chilton was appointed to this role in July 2017 as BDS announced a new operating structure to sharpen focus on key markets and move faster to meet customers’ needs. The Space and Missile Systems portfolio includes the International Space Station; government and commercial satellite systems; a range of missile defense and strategic deterrence systems including Ground-based Midcourse Defense, Missile Defense National Team, and the Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) System; and a variety of weapons programs for U.S. and allied military customers.

From October 2016 to the July 2017 restructuring of Boeing’s space and defense business, Chilton led Network & Space Systems (N&SS), which included much of the current Space and Missile Systems portfolio.  Prior to that role, starting in 2013, he was vice president and general manager of Strategic Missile & Defense Systems within N&SS. Previously, Chilton served as vice president and program manager for Exploration Launch Systems and led Space Launch System (SLS), Boeing’s heavy lift launch vehicle program. Before SLS, Chilton served as program manager for the Checkout, Assembly and Payload Processing Services (CAPPS) contract at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. He led final assembly and testing of space shuttle and expendable launch vehicle payloads, including hardware destined for the International Space Station.

Chilton began his career with Boeing in 1984 as a turbo machinery development engineer at the Rocketdyne division in Canoga Park, Calif. He went on to hold a number of roles in engine test and launch operations.

Chilton has served on many boards, including the board of directors for the National Children's Advocacy Center and the International Astronautical Federation industry relations committee.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Washington State University and a master’s degree from the Florida Institute of Technology. He also completed the systems acquisition course for general and flag officers at Defense Acquisition University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s advanced management program.

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.

Richard P. De Fatta

Director, Future Warfare Center
U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command / Army Strategic Forces Command

Richard P. De Fatta

Mr. De Fatta was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in August 2013, and is the Director, Future Warfare Center, in the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Strategic Forces Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT).  His career includes professional leadership experience in both government and contractor positions, with most specific to acquisition: development, testing, production, fielding, sustainment, and Life Cycle support of major weapons systems and emerging technologies.

Selected in April 2017 as Director of the Future Warfare Center, he is responsible for Space and Global Ballistic Missile Defense Doctrine and Training, Concept Developments, Decision Support, the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Capability Managers for Space and High Altitude and Global Ballistic Missile Defense, and Army Space Personnel Development.

Mr. De Fatta’s previous Senior Executive Service positions include Director, Capability Development and Integration, Future Warfare Center; Director, Air and Missile Defense, Technical Center; and Acting Director, Technical Center, USASMDC/ARSTRAT where he was responsible for managing research, development and test programs for space, missile defense, cyber, directed energy and related technologies.  He was also responsible for the management of the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site in the Marshall Islands.

 

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. 

Tim Hughes

Senior Vice President, Global Business & Government Affairs
SpaceX

Tim Hughes

As Senior Vice President, Tim Hughes leads the policy, regulatory, and global business development efforts at SpaceX. Joining in 2005 as the company’s first in‐house counsel, Tim defined SpaceX’s legal and government affairs functions from the ground up, helping to take the company from true start‐up to one of the world’s most recognizable and innovative technology firms.  For twelve years, Tim led a team of attorneys in handling the company’s broad corporate, contracting, export control and litigation portfolios. His responsibilities now span the company's government business development efforts in the civil and national security space markets, insurance, regulatory affairs, and launch licensing portfolios, as well as SpaceX's domestic and international policy agenda for both the launch services and satellite business sectors. Prior to joining SpaceX, Tim served as Majority Counsel to the Committee on Science and Technology in the United States House of Representatives.  Tim was the principal attorney responsible for drafting and shepherding the passage of ground‐breaking commercial human spaceflight legislation, the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004 (P.L. 108‐492), which helped to establish the legal and regulatory framework for commercial human spaceflight in the United States. A graduate of William and Mary Law School and Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, Tim previously served as a senior associate with Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP, as well as in the Office of the Chief Counsel for the United States Secret Service.  

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.

Henry A. "Trey" Obering, III

Executive Vice President
Booz Allen Hamilton

Henry A. "Trey" Obering, III

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

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

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

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

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

Melanie Preisser

Director of National Systems
Stratolaunch

Melanie Preisser

Melanie Preisser is National Systems Director with Stratolaunch Systems Corporation in Washington, D.C.  Her responsibilities involve company strategy, government affairs, federal business development, and capture management.

Melanie brings over 25 years in acquisition, systems engineering, satellite operations, and test and evaluation of space-based and airborne systems. Prior to joining Stratolaunch, Melanie served with the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. She was responsible for acquisition oversight of strategic, space and intelligence programs, alongside counterparts in the Defense Department, Intelligence Community, and the Uniformed Services.

Melanie retired from the United States Air Force in 2014.  She holds masters degrees in Systems Engineering and Business Administration. She is a recipient of the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and in 2010, she was the Air Force Association’s Field Grade Officer of the Year.  

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.

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

Chairman of the Board of Directors
Space Foundation

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

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

Gwynne Shotwell

President and Chief Operating Officer
SpaceX

Gwynne Shotwell

As President and COO of SpaceX, Gwynne Shotwell is responsible for day-to-day operations and for managing all customer and strategic relations to support company growth. She joined SpaceX in 2002 as Vice President of Business Development and built the Falcon vehicle family manifest to more than 70 launches, representing more than $10 billion in business. Shotwell is a member of the SpaceX Board of Directors. 

Prior to joining SpaceX, Shotwell spent more than 10 years at the Aerospace Corporation. There she held positions in Space Systems Engineering & Technology as well as Project Management. She was promoted to the role of Chief Engineer of an MLV-class satellite program, managed a landmark study for the Federal Aviation Administration on commercial space transportation, and completed an extensive analysis of space policy for NASA’s future investment in space transportation. Shotwell was subsequently recruited to be Director of Microcosm’s Space Systems Division, where she served on the executive committee and directed corporate business development.  

In 2014, Shotwell was appointed to the United States Export Import Bank's Advisory Committee and the Federal Aviation Administration’s Management Advisory Council.   Shotwell has been awarded the World Technology Award for Individual Achievement in Space, has been inducted into the Women In Technology International Hall of Fame and was elected to the honorable grade of Fellow with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.   

SpaceX supports science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs locally near its offices as well as national engineering programs and competitions. Through leadership in both corporate and external programs, Shotwell has helped raise over $1.4 million for STEM education programs reaching thousands of students nationwide.   

Shotwell received, with honors, her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern University in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics, and currently serves on the Advisory Council for Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering. She has authored dozens of papers on a variety of space related subjects.  

Mark N. Sirangelo

Executive Vice President
Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems

Mark N. Sirangelo

As a longtime, credible voice and global leader within the aerospace industry, Mark Sirangelo leads SNC’s Space Systems business area based in Louisville, Colorado. Sirangelo has helped to build and grow an SNC product portfolio including small satellites; space technologies that have enabled more than 450 planetary missions such as the Mars Curiosity Rover and New Horizons Pluto mission; rocket motors, including the motors that won the Ansari X - Prize; in - space life support and plant growth systems; and, perhaps most notably, he is responsible for developing the Dream Chaser ® spacecraft, the only reusable, lifting - body, low - Earth orbit vehicle, capable of landing on commercial runways around the world. Recently selected for NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) contract, SNC’s Dream Chaser Cargo System will be providing cargo delivery, disposal and return services to the International Space Station through 2024.

SNC has been named one of the “World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Space” by Fast Company for its contributions to commercial spaceflight.

Sirangelo assumed his current role as head of SNC’s Space Systems business area in 2009, when SNC acquired SpaceDev Inc, where Sirangelo was chairman and CEO. He has been named among the Defense Industry’s Fast Track 50, Deloitte’s Fast Track 500, selected as a finalist in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, included in Inc. magazine’s Top 200 and was inducted into the NASA/Space Foundation’s Technology Hall of Fame. Currently, Sirangelo is chairman emeritus of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, a member of the board of governors of the Aerospace Industries Association, the founding and current chairman of eSpace, and the Center for Space Entrepreneurship, a nonprofit that supports STEM education and the development of entrepreneurial space companies. He has been inducted as an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and is a member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Board for the University of Colorado.

In addition to his service within the aerospace industry Sirangelo also serves as a board member and trustee of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The center has resolved over 100,000 missing children cases and has created such known programs as the Amber Alert and Code Adam. From 2012 through 2015 he served as the state of Colorado’s chief innovation officer, a position appointed directly by the Governor in order to promote innovation throughout the state. He currently serves as board member of the Colorado Energy Research Authority Board.

Sirangelo served his country proudly and with distinction as a U.S. Army officer and has a multi - faceted personal background which includes being a long - term licensed pilot. He holds a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Business Administration and doctorate degrees.

Bob Smith

Chief Executive Officer
Blue Origin

Bob Smith

Bob Smith is Chief Executive Officer for Blue Origin, a private space company developing vehicles and technologies that dramatically improve access to space for people and payloads. He is responsible for the development of Blue Origin’s launch vehicles, engine programs and its growing business operations. He reports directly to Blue Origin’s founder, Jeff Bezos.

Bob came to Blue Origin from Honeywell Aerospace. At Honeywell, he was the Vice President of Advanced Technology, the Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering & Technology and, finally, the President of the Mechanical Systems & Components business. In those roles, his responsibilities spanned basic research, major system developments, production and business operations.

Prior to these roles, Bob served as Executive Director of the Space Shuttle Upgrades Development Program for United Space Alliance where he managed a variety of projects that ranged from very large efforts, such as major modifications that replaced the Orbiter’s auxiliary power and data handling systems, to smaller efforts, such as the development of new Shuttle tiles and landing systems.

Bob also worked at The Aerospace Corporation where he served as a guidance, navigation & control analyst and a program manager for a number of Department of Defense and national security programs. Bob eventually became the leader for all of Aerospace’s NASA business and the site manager for Aerospace’s Houston operations.

Bob holds a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M, a Master of Science degree in engineering/applied mathematics from Brown University, a doctorate from the University of Texas in aerospace engineering and a business degree from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Richard "Scott" Stapp

Vice President, Applied Research & Technology Development
Northrop Grumman

Richard "Scott" Stapp

Retired U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Richard S. Stapp is Vice President, Applied Research & Technology Development, for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, a premier provider of manned and unmanned aircraft, space systems and advanced technologies critical to our nation’s security. Working in conjunction with the Advanced Systems and Engineering and Global Product Development teams, he leads the sector’s drive for cutting - edge, affordable and effective technology to meet the growing needs of Northrop Grumman customers.

Most recently, Stapp was director, Special Programs, for the Office of the Secretary of Defense. His core responsibilities included the governance, acquisition and oversight of Department of Defense (DoD) special access programs (SAP). Additionally, he served as the principal staff assistant to the undersecretary of Defense, Acquisition, Technology and Logistics and was the primary DoD liaison to agencies of the executive branch and Congress regarding all SAP matters.

Previously, Stapp served as chairman of the Tri - Service Committee, overseeing the national disclosure policy and transfer/export of technologies crucial to the international community. He established and administered governance of the DoD’s SAP information technology policy, strategy, requirements and execution in coordination with the DoD’s chief information officer.

Stapp holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wyoming and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico. He also holds a master’s degree in national resource management from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and completed the Advanced Program Managers Course at Defense Acquisition University. Distinguished honors he received during his esteemed Air Force career include the C IA ’s Agency Seal Medal, the Director of National Intelligence Award for Collaboration Leadership, the National Reconnaissance Office ’s Silver Medal for Superior Service and the Air Force Weapons Laboratory’s Outstanding Technical Achiever of the Year Award. Stapp is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School and began his Air Force career in research and development and flight test engineering.

Dr. John P. Stopher

Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force (Space)
United States Air Force

Dr. John P. Stopher

Dr. John P. Stopher is the Director, Principal Department of Defense Space Advisor Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. In this role, he is responsible for integrating and overseeing all national security space capabilities and activities, in coordination with the intelligence community, and providing support to the Secretary of Defense on space portfolio decisions. 

Dr. Stopher's career began in 1988 with Eastman Kodak in Rochester, New York, where he worked as a systems engineer on advanced imaging systems, including optics and image processing in the Hawkeye facility. Dr. Stopher worked in industry for several years as a senior engineer, then joined the U.S. House of Representatives staff in August 1998. As a professional staff member for the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence, he focused on authorization and oversight of technical programs in the intelligence community. Prior to leaving Capitol Hill, he served as the Budget Director for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence from January 2003 to January 2007, where he was responsible for the preparation and presentation of the annual Intelligence Authorization Bill for all U.S. intelligence activities.  

Most recently, Dr. Stopher was the president of 377 Omega, Inc., a consulting services company focused on national security, space and intelligence community technology and policy requirements. 

Col. Russell F. Teehan

Director, Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate
Commander, Phillips Research Site

Col. Russell F. Teehan

Colonel Russell Teehan is the director of the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate and the commander of Phillips Research Site at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.  He leads a team of 809 military, civilian and on-site contractors who comprise the nation’s center of excellence for military space science and technology, research and development, as well as advanced technologies integration and demonstration.  His organization manages an annual budget of $307 million, focused on enduring Air Force space missions: communications; position navigation and timing, missile warning, space situational awareness, and defensive counter space.

Col Teehan was commissioned in 1993 by USAF Academy.  His career has included a variety of assignments ranging from basic weapons research at the AF Research Laboratory, teaching Physics at USAF Academy, special programs at the Space and Missiles Systems Center, and a multitude of Air Staff and OSD staff assignments.  He recently served as the Chief of the Space Control Branch of the Strategic, Space, and Intelligence Office within the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, serving as USD/AT&L’s chief advisor on all matters of space control acquisition oversight and as the Executive Secretary of the Space Resilience Defense Science Board Task Force.

Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson

Commander
Space & Missile Systems Center

Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson

Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson is the Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. He is responsible for more than 5,000 employees nationwide and an annual budget of $6 billion. As the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space, General Thompson manages the research, design, development, acquisition and sustainment of satellites and the associated command and control systems. His extensive portfolio includes military satellite communication, missile warning, navigation and timing, space-based weather, space launch and test ranges, certification for launch, space superiority, responsive space and other emerging evolutionary space programs.

General Thompson entered the Air Force in 1984 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has served in a variety of scientific, acquisition and logistics-oriented capacities, including staff assignments at Air Force Systems Command, Air Force Materiel Command and in the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition. 

The general has been Chief of the Commodities Division, Ogden Air Logistics Center, Utah, and Chief of the Air Vehicle Division, C-17 System Program Office, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. He also served as Director of Propulsion, Oklahoma City ALC, Okla.; and Chief of Staff, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB. He has commanded the 327th Aircraft Sustainment Wing, Tinker AFB, Okla., and the 303rd Aeronautical Systems Wing, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, where he served as Air Force Program Executive Officer for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance. General Thompson has also served as Air Force Program Executive Officer for Strategic Systems, Deputy Program Executive Officer for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program, and KC-46 Program Director.

Prior to assuming his current position, General Thompson was Commander, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.

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. Greg Autry

Space Entrepreneurship Researcher
University of Southern California

Dr. Greg Autry

Dr. Greg Autry is an educator, writer and serial technology entrepreneur. Dr. Autry is an Assistant Clinical Professor with the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. His research is focused on innovation policy and the influences of government on entrepreneurial environments and emerging industries. He served on the President Elect’s Transition NASA Agency Review Team and as interim White House Liaison to NASA. He writes frequently on space policy, entrepreneurship, economics and industrial policy.

Dr. Daniel Baker

Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics Director
University of Colorado Boulder

Dr. Daniel Baker

Daniel N. Baker is Director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado – Boulder Campus. He is Distinguished Professor of Planetary and Space Physics at CU and is Professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences and Professor of Physics there. Dr. Baker received his Ph.D. working under Prof. James A. Van Allen and subsequently worked with Prof. Edward C. Stone as a Research Fellow in the Department of Physics at the California Institute of Technology. He was Group Leader for Space Plasma Physics at Los Alamos National Laboratory (1980-87) and was Division Chief at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (1987-1994). Dr. Baker presently holds the Moog-Broad Reach Endowed Chair of Space Sciences at CU. He has edited eight books and published over 750 papers in the refereed literature. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the International Academy of Astronautics, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Baker was chosen as a 2007 winner of the University of Colorado’s Robert L. Stearns Award for outstanding research, service, and teaching and was the CU Distinguished Research Lecturer in 2010. Dr. Baker also was the 2010 winner of the AIAA James A. Van Allen Space Environments Medal. He currently is lead investigator on several NASA space missions including the NASA Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission and the NASA Radiation Belt Storm Probes (Van Allen Probes) mission.  He was a member of the 2006 Decadal Review of the U.S. National Space Weather Program and chaired the National Research Council’s 2013-2022 Decadal Survey in Solar and Space Physics. In 2015 Dr. Baker was chosen as the Vikram A. Sarabhai Professor of the Indian Physical Research Laboratory. He also received the Shen Kuo Medal of the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA) for his interdisciplinary leadership in space and Earth sciences. He was chosen in 2016 as winner of the Colorado Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research related to his Space Weather research.

 

Kate Becker

Senior Adviser to the Director of the Office of System Architecture and Advance Planning
NOAA Satellite & Information Service

Kate Becker

Kate serves as Senior Adviser to the Director of the Office of System Architecture and Advance Planning within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS). In this role, Kate supports future NOAA satellite architecture planning and systems engineering processes across NESDIS. Kate brings knowledge of the broader space policy community to NESDIS, having worked in the White House Office of Management and Budget Science and Space Branch and at the George Washington University Space Policy Institute. Prior to working in space policy, Kate worked in space science education at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. Kate holds bachelor's degrees in Physics and Mathematical Sciences, and master's degrees in Theology & Ethics and International Science & Technology Policy with a focus in Space Policy. She is a private pilot, a math tutor, a member of the Space Generation Advisory Council and serves on the Board of the American Astronautical Society.  

 

Sima Fishman

Managing Director
Euroconsult USA

Sima Fishman

Sima Fishman is the Managing Director of Euroconsult USA. Based in Washington, DC, she has overall responsibility for projects serving US clients, and for building the US office. Sima has a long background in strategy consulting, with exclusive concentration on the space and satellite industries since 2009. Prior to joining Euroconsult, she held strategy and finance roles in several organizations, including RCN (cable company) and PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has worked in more than 20 countries on five continents.

Sima has had the opportunity to work with several of the most significant companies – both startup and established, investors, lenders, and governments involved in the space and satellite industries. She specializes in financial and commercial feasibility analysis, and is experienced in lender and investor due diligence, strategy analysis and financial modelling, market assessment and forecasting, and risk analysis. She supports Euroconsult research publications; recent publications have included Profiles of Emerging Space Startups, Government Space Programs, and the MSS report, including an all new chapter on the Internet of Things. 

Sima holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Fuqua School of Business at Duke University (magna cum laude), and an undergraduate degree in Mathematical Economics from Temple University (magna cum laud).  

Claire Jolly

Head, OECD Space Forum - 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.

Casey Griswold Waggy

Fault Protection Section Lead
Ball Aerospace

Casey Griswold Waggy

Casey Waggy is a systems engineer at Ball Aerospace, supporting a number of high-profile programs critical to national defense, civil and commercial markets. She currently lead’s Ball’s fault protection group in the Space Systems department, supporting fault protection implementation on spacecraft across the company.

Prior to moving into systems engineering, Casey worked as a thermal engineer at Ball for 9 years. Most recently, she served as the lead thermal engineer for NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1), now designated NOAA-20, in which she was responsible for the thermal performance of the Ball-built spacecraft. Launched in November 2017, JPSS-1 provides decision makers the actionable environmental intelligence they need to predict and prepare for future weather events. Casey’s work on JPSS-1 was instrumental in ensuring the successful operation of the spacecraft’s five instruments once on orbit.

Prior to working on JPSS-1, Casey served as a mission operations thermal engineer for the Ball-built WorldView-3 satellite, a commercial Earth observation spacecraft for DigitalGlobe. Casey joined Ball in 2008 after participating in the company’s summer internship program. She has a bachelor’s and master’s in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan and University of Colorado, respectively.

Outside of work, Casey is a well-recognized leader in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). She served as president of SWE’s Rocky Mountain Section (RMS) for two years, doubling the organization’s membership during her tenure. She also served as the SWE collegiate section counselor at the University of Colorado (CU), mentoring students and supporting section vitality. Currently, Casey serves as the SWE Region i Governor. In 2017, Casey was recognized with the Outstanding SWE Counselor award for her outstanding contributions to the SWE collegiate section at CU. In addition, Casey has been named a top-five nominee for SWE’s New Faces of Engineering Program in 2014 and received the regional-level Distinguished New Engineer Award in 2015 and the society-level Distinguished New Engineer Award in 2016.

Blair Bigelow

Co-Founder, Vice President of Corporate Strategy
Bigelow Space Operations, LLC

Blair Bigelow

Blair Bigelow is the Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Adviser to the President at Bigelow Aerospace and Bigelow Space Operations. In this role, Blair serves as a strategic leader of both companies providing input on all major commercial and government programs and partnerships. Blair is helping to shape the business case and analyze the demand for a commercial low Earth orbit economy. She is responsible for being familiar with all systems and subsystems of the B330 and is involved in technical meetings including CDR’s, PDR’s, TIM’s and trade studies. In addition, Blair manages the company’s marketing and graphics team and oversees all public facing messaging, media and public relations.

Kira Blackwell

Program Executive, Office of the Chief Technologist
NASA: Headquarters

Kira Blackwell

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

Salvatore T. "Tory" Bruno

President and Chief Executive Officer
United Launch Alliance (ULA)

Salvatore T. "Tory" Bruno

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

Prior to joining ULA, he served as the vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Strategic and Missile Defense Systems. The business is a leading provider of ballistic missile and ballistic missile defense systems, supporting U.S. Department of Defense customers, as well as the U.K. Royal Navy and Ministry of Defence. Programs included the Navy’s Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM), 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 CommonExoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) Concept Definition. He also managed the corporation’s responsibilities in Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Management Limited, a joint venture that produces and safely maintains the U.K.’s nuclear weapons. He is a former member of the board of directors of Lockheed Martin U.K. Ltd.

Bruno joined Lockheed Martin in 1984. He previously served as vice president and general manager of FBM and ICBM, as vice president of the THAAD Missile, as vice president of Engineering, as chief engineer for Strategic Missile Programs, as program manager for FBM Rocket Propulsion and in engineering positions involving design and analysis for control systems of rockets 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 an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Fellow, 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.

Alice Bunn, Ph.D.

Director of Policy
UK Space Agency

Alice Bunn, Ph.D.

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

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

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

Brig. Gen. Cary C. Chun (Ret.)

Senior Vice President, Client Relations Executive
ASRC Federal

Brig. Gen. Cary C. Chun (Ret.)

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

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.

Suzanne Cunningham

Strategy & Integration Manager
NASA Kennedy Space Center

Suzanne Cunningham

Ms. Suzy Cunningham is Kennedy Space Center’s (KSC’s) Strategy & Integration Mgr. for Communication and Public Engagement (CPE). She works with NASA, Industry, Academic, DoD, & other state/federal leaders to research community, Center, and organizational issues and initiatives related to CPE. She determines the impact of those on functions at KSC and the Agency and collaborates to develop strategic approaches and recommendations that synergize efforts and best utilize resources. She also serves as the Space Congress Vice Chair, and NASA liaison for efforts including, AIAA, National Space Club, and Space Walk of Fame Foundation. Ms. Suzy Cunningham was previously KSC’s Strategic Planning Mgr.  She advised Sr. Mgt. on KSC strategic planning activities/analyses concerning present & future KSC operations and development, and facilitated development of Center-wide strategic policies & initiatives.  She was strategic planning liaison to Air Force 45th Space Wing (45 SW), and was a Space Florida (SF) Board Advisory Member    

Prior to this, Ms. Cunningham was KSC’s Lead for Partnerships & Industry.  She led a team in establishing & maintaining strategic partnerships with NASA, Industry, Academia, DoD, & other state/federal entities.  She was KSC’s liaison to Governor’s Commission on Future of Space & Aeronautics in Florida, and KSC SF liaison.  She was also a Sr. technical expert on NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) Orbiter Thermal Protection System (TPS) Gapfiller Assessment Group. Before this, Ms. Cunningham was Acting Deputy/Senior Spaceport Manager for KSC/45 SW Cape Canaveral Spaceport Planning & Customer Service Office.  She established the office, including briefings to KSC/45 SW Sr. Mgt & White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP).  She was the customer’s primary interface for facilities/services for launch, test, & technology development.  She was also a NASA technical expert on STS-107 Columbia Mishap Investigation/Reconstruction Team and NESC Space Shuttle & International Space Station Recurring Anomalies Team.

Ms. Cunningham was previously a KSC Advanced Development & Shuttle Upgrades Project Mgr.  Her projects included Orbiter TPS and bio-regenerative exploration.  Her teams published on material/process improvements, presenting at 1999 International Astronautical Federation Congress in Amsterdam.  She served as an Executive Intern to KSC Director Robert Crippen in 1994.

Ms. Cunningham has received NASA’s Government Invention of the Year Award, Exceptional Service Medal, Center Director’s “Gold Dollar” Award, NASA’s “You Make a Difference” award, Air Force 45SW Operational Readiness Inspection Award, and group achievement/performance awards. She’s also an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Prior to her position at KSC in 1986, she worked as an Aerospace Engineer at Allison Gas Turbine.

Ms. Cunningham completed a BS degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla, and an MS degree in Space Systems Operations from the Florida Institute of Technology. Ms. Cunningham is active in education/outreach.  She mentors K-12 students/new hires and represented KSC on Agency Outreach teams. She enjoys touring students, dignitaries, etc., sharing NASA’s story. She’s also a singer and performs for NASA, AIAA, National Space Club (NSC), etc.  She’s a member of NSC, Women in Aerospace, and AIAA (Space Transportation Technical Committee & served on Technical Committee on Management). She resides in Merritt Island near the nation’s Spaceport with her husband Phil.

 

Debra D. Facktor

Vice President & General Manager, Strategic Operations
Ball Aerospace

Debra D. Facktor

Debra Facktor is a recognized leader in the global aerospace and defense industry. She is Ball Aerospace’s senior executive in the Washington, DC region, leading Washington Operations, Marketing & Communications, and Strategic Development. Debra bridges Ball’s commercial, civil, tactical, defense and analytics business units to align and execute a company-wide strategy that enables innovative mission-level solutions for its customers. Most recently, Debra also led Ball’s Commercial Aerospace business unit where her work has set the stage for Ball to grow and innovate in the commercial market.

The guiding principle of Debra’s 30-year career is doing what has never been done before. As an entrepreneur, executive and business owner in the early space launch startup community at Kistler Aerospace Corporation, AirLaunch LLC and DFL Space, she has first-hand experiences navigating the challenges of introducing new solutions and business models into existing markets. Her actions helped pave the way for privately funded reusable launch vehicles, commercial space station re-supply, and operationally response access to space.

At Stevens Institute of Technology, Debra conducted systems engineering research of U.S. Department of Defense organizations engaged in rapid development of technologies and capabilities for urgent needs, as well as led a new engineering master’s program in technical leadership. Earlier in her career, as chief of Moscow Operations for ANSER, she set up joint partnerships with Russia and contributed to U.S. policies to bring the country into the International Space Station and to enable use of Russian rocket engines in U.S. launch vehicles.

Debra’s strategic vision emphasizes innovation, collaboration and execution, and she appreciates how diverse, transformational teams can have a tangible impact on outcomes across our industry. A dedicated mentor to the next generation of aerospace industry professionals, Debra serves on the board of 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 the former chair of the board of Women in Aerospace (WIA) and founding president of the WIA Foundation.

Among other distinctions, she is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a fellow and on the board of the American Astronautical Society (AAS), and an Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). She is also an appointed member of the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC).

Debra holds both a Bachelor and Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, and is an alumna of the International Space University (ISU) summer session program in space policy and law.

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.

Christina Giannopapa

Head of ESA Political Affairs Office and Director of Professional Development for Women In Aerospace Europe
European Space Agency (ESA)

Christina Giannopapa

Dr. Christina Giannopapa is a senior advisor in the Department for Relations with Member States in the Cabinet of the Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA) in Paris. She is responsible i.a for Parliamentary affairs and for leasing with Member States. From 2010 to 2012 she has been seconded from the Agency as Resident Fellow at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in Vienna, where she has been supporting the European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC) and lead studies on innovation, Galileo, Copernicus and Africa. In the policy areas she also worked briefly in DG Research, European Commission. From 2007 to 2010, she has been working in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Technical and Quality Management Directorate of ESA in the Netherlands. Prior to joining ESA she has worked as a consultant to high-tech industries in research and technology development. She held positions in academia in Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands and in the University of London, UK. She has received 14 academic scholarships and awards and has 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. She holds a PhD in Engineering and Applied Mathematics; an MEng in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Mechatronics; and an MBA in International Management from the University of London, UK. Additionally, she holds an assistant professor position in multiphysics at Eindhoven University of Technology. She is the chair of the Fluid Structure Interaction (FSI) Committee of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and is the secretary of the Committee for Liaison with International Organisations and Developing Nations (CLIODN) of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF).

Kristina Harrington

Director of Signals Intelligence Directorate
National Reconnaissance Office

Kristina Harrington

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

Kyle Indermuehle

VP of Engineering Operations - Americas
MSC Software Corporation

Kyle Indermuehle

Kyle Indermuehle is the VP Engineering Operations, Americas for MSC Software. In this role, Kyle leads the application engineering team and the consultant engineering team, covering all of the Americas (US, Canada, LATAM). Prior to his role at MSC, Kyle worked on a variety of aerospace programs including the Pratt & Whitney RL10B-2 rocket engine, analysis and testing of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), and multiple satellite programs. Kyle received his B.S. in aerospace engineering from Purdue University and his M.S. in structural engineering from UCSD and an Executive MBA from UCLA.

Jeff Isaacson

President and Chief Executive Officer
USRA

Jeff Isaacson

Jeff Isaacson became USRA’s seventh President and Chief Executive Officer in 2014.  USRA operates in association with 106 leading universities, supporting NASA, DoD, DOE, and NSF in the areas of science, technology development, and STEM education.  USRA was founded in 1969 under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences.

Prior to joining USRA, Dr. Isaacson was Vice President for Defense Systems and Assessments at Sandia National Laboratories, where he was responsible for development and integration of advanced science and technology into state-of-the art systems for NNSA, DoD, and other national security agencies.

From 2007 to 2011, Dr. Isaacson was at RAND Corporation, where he was Vice President and Director of the Arroyo Center, the U.S. Army's federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for studies and analysis.  He had returned to RAND from Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, where he directed systems engineering and integration of the Space Based Infrared SystemHigh, which provides early missile warning for the U.S. military and is considered one of the nation’s highest priority space programs.  Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in 2004, Dr. Isaacson served in a variety of research and management positions for nearly 13 years at RAND, including Vice President and Director of the National Defense Research Institute, the FFRDC supporting the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  As a DOE graduate fellow in the 1980s, he conducted research at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Dr. Isaacson served 25 years in the U.S. Navy Reserve, retiring as Captain.  A member of the Navy Space Cadre, his military career included assignments at the Joint Space Operations Center and the National Reconnaissance Office.  He is qualified as an Information Dominance Warfare Officer and is certified as a DAWIA Level 2 Program Manager.  He is also a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, having served on active duty in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010.

Dr. Isaacson is a member of the Army Science Board.  He earned degrees at Columbia University, Princeton University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics.

Mike Kincaid

Associate Administrator for Education
NASA

Mike Kincaid

Mike Kincaid is NASA's associate administrator for the Office of Education. Kincaid is responsible for the strategic direction and leadership of NASA’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) engagement function, which includes all efforts to attract, engage and support students, educators and institutions in NASA’s unique missions. Kincaid works to ensure that America’s educators, students and institutions are engaged in NASA’s missions at a level that both contributes to mission success and enhances the nation’s STEM education ecosystem.

NASA's mission is achieved not only through scientific and technical endeavors, but also by engaging students and educators in the exciting potential of pursuing STEM careers. Kincaid chairs NASA's STEM Engagement Council, which is accountable for strategic direction, planning, operational integration and oversight, and assessment of NASA’s STEM engagement functions and activities. These efforts support the agency’s vision, mission and goals for STEM engagement.

Kincaid has served NASA for more than 30 years. He first joined NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas, as an intern in 1987 and has led JSC in various capacities including director of education, deputy director of human resources and deputy chief financial officer. Prior to his position as associate administrator for the Office of Education, Kincaid was the Director of External relations at JSC, where his staff interacted with students, educators, educational institutions, the public, media, community leaders and elected officials. As a coalition builder, Kincaid helped create a NASA Visitor Center Consortium that helps leaders at six NASA centers coordinate the important work of these high-profile attractions. Over the years, Kincaid’s leadership has helped countless students, educators and educational institutions, encouraging current and future generations of STEM professionals to continue the nation’s legacy of exploration and discovery.

Kincaid has a bachelor’s in business administration from Texas A&M, an MBA from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. He is married and has three wonderful children. He is passionate about the impact of STEM engagement and his role in leading the agency’s efforts to engage the nation in NASA’s mission.

Karen Kuhlman

Senior in Mechanical Engineering and Brooke Owens Fellow
Oregon State University

Karen Kuhlman

Karen Kuhlman is currently a senior in Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University. She was part of the inaugural class of Brooke Owens Fellows – a program founded in memory of Dawn Brooke Owens to help inspire and promote women pursuing futures in the aerospace industry. Throughout her time in university she participated in the Design Build Fly group (a R/C aircraft engineering competition team), helped run workshops to teach young girls about technology and engineering, contributed to the establishment of an Aerospace minor program at her university, and currently resides as the president of her university’s student branch of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). In 2016, she participated in a CubeSat Design and Build REU at Cornell University and last summer, as part of her fellowship, was an intern for Scaled Composites in Mojave, CA. She’ll be returning to work for the company this summer and is excited to head back to the High Desert to design and build airplanes! On her free-time (when such an occasion arises) she likes to play tennis or badminton, go hiking or travelling, practice her clarinet, read a New York Times Bestseller novel, and do graphic art. Fun facts: she’s an identical twin and a Star Wars aficionado.

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. 

 

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.

Bernadette Maisel

Director, Program Initiatives
Space Foundation

Bernadette Maisel

Maisel was recently named Director – Program Initiatives for the Space Foundation in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she coordinates and manages a wide range of Space Foundation activities, including program content for major events, the prestigious space awards program, customer engagement with international delegations and VIP guests at the annual Space Symposium. Throughout the year, she supports the senior leadership team on a number of efforts in support of the Space Foundation’s strategic plan.

 

Since joining the Foundation in 2008, she has devoted herself to successful execution of a multitude of services, including front desk/reception management, data management and reporting, and attendee registration at Space Foundation events, particularly the annual Space Symposium.  Bernadette also managed visitor admissions and the retail store in the Space Foundation Discovery Center.  She is an active member of the Colorado Springs Rising Professionals organization, where she served as the Vice Chair of the Professional Development Committee, working to educate and promote professional development with young business professionals in the Pikes Peak region. In 2015, she was selected as honorary commander for Lt. Col. Terrill McCall, Commander, 22nd Space Operations Squadron, a role designed to increase public awareness and understanding of Schriever Air Force Base, its missions, people and programs, and to build relationships with members of the local community. In 2016, Maisel was nominated by the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce for “Young Professional of the Year”.  In 2018, she was selected by the Colorado Springs Business Journal (CSBJ) to receive a Rising Stars Award, the city's most prestigious award for professionals under the age of 40.

Jeffrey Manber

Chief Executive Officer
NanoRacks

Jeffrey Manber

Jeffrey is regarded as a pioneer in bringing about a robust commercial space exploration program, one where the private sector contributes as much as the government. His goal has long been to make space just another place to do business.

As the CEO of NanoRacks, LLC from 2009, Jeffrey has steered the growth of NanoRacks from a garage space to where NanoRacks is today – a leader in the commercial use of the International Space Station and other privately owned space platforms.

As the first company to own and market its own hardware on the space station, NanoRacks has deployed over 200 satellites from the space station for companies as well as for NASA, the European Union and universities. Researchers and students from a dozen countries use the NanoRacks’ research hardware on a commercial basis, including the first customer onboard the space station from China. The strong educational customer base caused Jeffrey to co-found DreamUp in order to maximize the ability to make space a learning tool world-wide.

Earlier, as CEO of MirCorp, which leased the Russian space station Mir, he oversaw the first ever (and still only) commercially funded manned mission, of over 70 days, to the Mir space station.

Today, Jeffrey is focused on developing private, commercial space stations as the next steps after the International Space Station.

Jeffrey has served as an adviser to numerous companies and governments and speaks to industry and university organizations on a regular basis. The author of multiple books, his second (Selling Peace) chronicles his time working with the Russian space program. In 2012, Jeffrey was awarded the NASA Exceptional Public Achievement Medal and more recently the 2017 Pioneer of New Space Award from the Space Frontier Foundation. 

Robert Meyerson

Senior Vice President
Blue Origin

Robert Meyerson

Robert Meyerson has overseen the steady growth of Blue Origin since 2003, evolving a 10-person research-focused organization into the more than 1000-person organization of today. Under Rob’s leadership, Blue Origin developed the New Shepard system for suborbital human and research flights, the BE-3 LOX/LH2 rocket engine, the BE-4 LOX/LNG rocket engine, as well as the manufacturing and test capabilities to enable all the above. As the leader of Blue’s Advanced Development Programs business, Rob oversees the development of the systems and technologies that will enable a future where millions of people are living and working in space.  

Prior to joining Blue, Rob was a Senior Manager at Kistler Aerospace, responsible for the landing and thermal protection systems of a two-stage reusable launch vehicle, as well as all technical activities related to Kistler’s Space Launch Initiative contract with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.  Rob began his career at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC), where he led the aerodynamic design of the Space Shuttle Orbiter Drag Parachute, as well as the overall design, integration, and flight test of a gliding parachute for the X-38 Crew Rescue Vehicle.  He began his career as a cooperative education student at JSC.

Rob earned a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in engineering management from the University of Houston.  He is an AIAA Associate Fellow and former member of the Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technical Committee.  He is a Trustee at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, a member of the board of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, and is an avid supporter of the University of Michigan and the University of Washington.

 

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.  

Paul Neary

Chief Financial Officer
United Launch Alliance (ULA)

Paul Neary

Paul Neary is chief financial oicer (CFO) for United Launch Alliance (ULA). Neary leads ULA’s finance organization and oversees all company fiduciary responsibilities. Neary also oversees financial reporting to ULA’s parent companies – The Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin Corporation. Neary is also responsible for multiple corporate functions including Controller, Treasury, Risk Management, Long Range Planning, and Program Planning and Control. Neary also shapes the company’s strategies in order to capture profitable growth. Neary has more than 29 years of experience in aerospace and has held increasingly responsible executive leadership positions. Prior to joining ULA, Neary was the Ethics and Business Conduct Compliance Oicer for Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) for The Boeing Company. In this role, Neary was responsible for managing the global ethics program, ensuring eective deployment of ethics controls and initiatives and promoting a compliant and ethical work culture that enabled strong business performance. Prior to the BDS Ethics role, Neary served as the chief financial oicer for the F/A-18 Program; St. Louis Regional Finance Skill Team leader; director of Corporate Cost Management; and director of Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis and Reporting. Neary holds a bachelor’s degree from Rockhurst College and master’s degrees from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Purdue University. He holds the Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional certification from the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.

Chirag Parikh

Director of the Office of Source Strategies
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

Chirag Parikh

Chirag Parikh is the director of the Office of Source Strategies at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).  In this capacity, he is responsible for worldwide imagery collection operations and adjudicates requirements for all U.S. space-based imagery intelligence systems and works with industry partners to support U.S. civil and national security needs.

From 2010-2016, Mr. Parikh served at the White House as the Director of Space Policy on the National Security Council.  In this position, he was responsible for advising the President of the United States and the National Security Advisor on civil, commercial, and national security space matters supporting broader national security and foreign policy goals.  He chaired interagency policy committee meetings, consisting of representatives from all Executive Branch departments and agencies dealing with space, to formulate and implement national space policies.  He presided over issues that included developing plans to counter potential adversary efforts to destroy U.S. national security satellites, relaxing commercial imagery resolution thresholds, facilitating new space startups to enter the market, adjudicating issues on U.S. space launch developments and competition, and coordinating international space cooperation and diplomatic efforts.  In 2016, Mr. Parikh was identified by SpaceNews as one of five space industry game changers from the around the world making a difference.

Prior to 2010, Mr. Parikh served in a variety of roles to include serving as the Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Science and Technology at the National Intelligence Council and as a Principle Intelligence Analyst for Space Systems at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center.  Mr. Parikh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

Mark Peller

Vice President, Major Development
United Launch Alliance

Mark Peller

Mark Peller is the vice president of major development at United Launch Alliance (ULA), and in this position is responsible for development of Vulcan. Vulcan is ULA’s future launch system that builds upon the ULA’s extensive Atlas and Delta heritage to provide a competitive product offering to serve a broad spectrum of markets. As the program manager, Peller has overall responsibility for developing the launch vehicle and the supporting capabilities required across the supply chain as well as ULA’s production and launch operations to meet the program’s objectives.
Peller began his career with Rockwell International in 1990 as a propulsion engineer supporting the Space Shuttle program. He joined The Boeing Company in 1996 when it acquired the aerospace and defense businesses of Rockwell. Peller moved to the Delta program in 1997 and held various technical and program management positions throughout the development and initial fielding of the Delta IV launch system.
 
Peller continued his work on the Delta program at ULA after the company was formed in 2006. In 2009, he was appointed the product line chief engineer for Delta, where he had overall technical responsibility for the Delta II and Delta IV launch systems. During this period he oversaw 24 successful Delta launches, including the first launch of the Delta IV Heavy configuration from the West Coast. In 2013 Peller transitioned into the role of the director of the ULA Hardware Value Stream where he was responsible for managing the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) contracts with the U.S. Air Force, and leading the product teams supporting launch vehicle development, procurement, and production.
Peller holds a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mechanics from the University of California, San Diego, a Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California, Irvine. He is a licensed mechanical engineer in the state of California.      

Tom Pirrone

SVP Stratollite Applications
World View

Tom Pirrone

Tom Pirrone is the Sr. VP of Stratollite Applications at World View Enterprise.  In this role Tom leads the WV efforts to ensure that the Stratollite platform provides flight solutions for a wide range of commercial, government and research applications. Tom comes to World View with 35 years of experience in the aerospace and defense industry focused primarily on space communications and operations.

In his previous position, Tom was part of the Universal Space Network (USN) team built personally by Apollo XII Commander Pete Conrad in 1997.  In 2001, Tom led a team that created PrioraNet, a worldwide network of satellite ground stations, operated by USN in partnership with the Swedish Space Corporation. 16 years later, PrioraNet provides most of the world’s space agencies with commercial satellite command and control services including support to over 100 on-orbit programs and communications for more than 220 launches.

Tom is a Wharton Fellow and an active contributor to the University of Pennsylvania's Master’s program for global executive education.  In addition, Tom holds a Master’s degree from Biblical Theological Seminary and a Bachelor’s degree from Cairn University.

Benjamin B. Reed

Deputy Division Director, Satellite Servicing Projects Division
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Benjamin B. Reed

Mr. Reed currently serves as the deputy director of the Satellite Servicing Projects Division at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. In this position, he is responsible for the formulation, development, and execution of a portfolio of technologies cultivated to provide satellite-servicing capabilities in support of Agency missions and national objectives.  His responsibilities include liaising with NASA mission directorates, other Government agencies, aerospace manufacturers, satellite fleet owners and operators, and insurance agencies on all matters related to satellite servicing. 

In conjunction with these duties, Mr. Reed served as the Deputy Chair of the Active Debris Removal Study for the NASA Office of the Chief Technologist and has represented the Agency at international forums regarding this topic. He was a guiding member of the congressionally mandated 2010 NASA On-Orbit Satellite Servicing Study.  Mr. Reed also served as a member of the joint NASA/DARPA Manned GEO Servicing Study, and was a part of the Robotics, Tele-Robotics, and Autonomous Systems team for the NASA Space Technology Roadmap.

An expert in space environmental effects on materials, Mr. Reed was the Chief Materials Engineer for the Hubble Space Telescope Project, prior to assuming his current role.  Prior to joining NASA, he held positions with the American Dental Association, Unisys Corporation and Swales Aerospace.  Mr. Reed received a B.S. in chemistry from the Catholic University of America.  

Rodrigo Romo

Director
Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems

Rodrigo Romo

Rodrigo Romo is the Director at the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES). Besides overseeing PISCES’ operations, he has been directly involved with the development of PISCES’ Alpha Argo planetary exploration rover, as well research and integration of future components for various robotic projects. Other areas in which he has been involved includes robotic construction and utilization of Hawaiian Basalt as a source for ISRU manufacturing.

Romo began his career near Tucson, Arizona at Biosphere II - the largest fully enclosed facility dedicated to researching climate change, ecosystem interactions, and space colonization during its time.  From 1992 through 1997, he held several key positions including being a crewmember of the second manned mission overseeing instrumentation and air monitoring systems, as well as working in research and engineering departments.  Romo held his last position at Biosphere as the Plant Manager for a 6 megawatt cogeneration power plant on site.

From 1997 through 2014, Romo served as the Vice President of Engineering for the Zeta Corporation, researching and developing new applications for the company’s technologies.

He is originally from Guadalajara, Mexico and earned his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from ITESO University in 1992.  He later obtained his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona.

Ken Shields

Director of Operations, STEM Education & NASA Liaison
CASIS

Ken Shields

Ken Shields serves as the Director of Operations for the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS). In this role, he is responsible for the planning and execution of activities focused on sponsored projects and payloads destined for the ISS National Laboratory. This includes identifying appropriate resources and technology partners for facilitating payload development, testing, integration, and successful execution of flight projects. Additionally, CASIS educational outreach programs fall under the purview of the Operations department, for which Shields directs a broad spectrum of space-related education and training programs for students, teachers, and the general public by leveraging the ISS National Lab as a novel education platform. Per his duties as Director of Operations, Shields serves as a critical interface to the NASA ISS National Lab Manager, the ISS Program Science Office, and the ISS Payloads Office.

Through management positions with private commercial companies in the fields of intermodal transportation and third party logistics, Shields brings to CASIS more than 20 years of expertise and experience in specialized logistics, project management, customer service, and business operations.

Shields received his B.S. degree from the University of Tennessee in Transportation and Logistics with a minor in Management.

Mark Thomas

Chief Executive Officer
Reaction Engines Limited

Mark Thomas

Mark is driving the growth of the Company and setting the future direction of the business. He leads the Executive Leadership Team.

Mark Thomas has been Chief Executive Officer of Reaction Engines Limited since May 2015. In this role he is leading development of the SABRE engine concept, a new class of aerospace propulsion system for hypersonic and space access applications, and building a successful technology business.

During his first two and a half years Mark has grown the company from 65 to over 150 employees, secured investments from BAE Systems, the UK Government and DARPA, and expanded operations in the UK and US.

Before joining Reaction Engines, Mark graduated from Cambridge University with an Engineering degree and spent over 25 years working in the Defence and Civil Aerospace businesses of Rolls-Royce plc. During this time he led a number of key programmes for Rolls-Royce, working closely with customers and partners worldwide.

Notable roles included Chief Development Engineer for the EJ200 (Typhoon) engine, Chief Engineer of multiple military and civil engine programmes Technical Director of the Eurojet Turbo GmbH consortium based in Munich, and Chief Engineer, Civil Aerospace Technology and Future Programmes.

He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Dr. Kathryn C. Thornton

Professor
University of Virginia

Dr. Kathryn C. Thornton

Kathryn C. Thornton is a Professor at the University of Virginia in the School of Engineering and Applied Science  and Associate Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.   

Selected by NASA in May 1984, Thornton is a veteran of four space flights:  STS-33 in 1989, STS-49 in 1992, STS-61 in 1993, and STS-73 in 1995. She has logged over 975 hours in space, including more than 21 hours of extravehicular activity (EVA), was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2010.

Thornton was a mission specialist on the crew of STS-33 which launched at night from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, in 1989 aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. The mission carried Department of Defense payloads and other secondary payloads.  In 1992 on her second flight, Thornton served on the crew of STS-49 on board the maiden flight of the new  Space Shuttle Endeavour. During the mission the crew performed four  EVAs (space walks) to retrieve, repair and deploy the International Telecommunications Satellite (INTELSAT), and to demonstrate and evaluate numerous EVA tasks to be used for the assembly of Space Station Freedom.  The following year Thornton was again a mission specialist EVA crew member aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on the STS-61 Hubble Space Telescope (HST) servicing and repair mission.   During the 11-day flight, the HST was captured and restored to full capacity through five space walks by four astronauts.    On her final mission in 1995, Thornton served aboard Space Shuttle Columbia on STS-73, as the payload commander of the second United States Microgravity Laboratory mission. The mission focused on materials science, biotechnology, combustion science, the physics of fluids, and other scientific experiments housed in the pressurized Spacelab module.

Since leaving NASA, Thornton has served on several review committees and task groups,. She also served for several years on the National Research Council Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board.  She also is a co-author on Pearson’s Interactive Science, a K-8 science program.

While serving as an astronaut, Thornton was also the head of the NASA Johnson Space Center Education working group which coordinated the educational outreach activities of astronauts and professional educators working under the “Teaching from Space” contract with Oklahoma State University.  Videos, printed materials and live events with school children and astronauts in orbit were some of the products of the group.  Prior to becoming an astronaut, Thornton was employed as a physicist at the U.S. Army Foreign Science and Technology Center in Charlottesville, VA.  

Dr. Thornton is the recipient of numerous awards including NASA Space Flight Medals, the Explorer Club Lowell Thomas Award, the University of Virginia Distinguished Alumna Award, the Freedom Foundation Freedom Spirit Award, and the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement. 

Julie Van Kleeck

Vice President, Advanced Space and Launch Business
Aerojet Rocketdyne

Julie Van Kleeck

Julie Van Kleeck is Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Vice President of the Advanced Space and Launch Business Area.  She is responsible for space and launch propulsion and power strategy, business development as well as space research and technology and product development.  Her portfolio includes the company’s Space Launch System Propulsion (SLS), Orion propulsion, Commercial Crew propulsion and power, advanced electric propulsion, the International Space System power system, as well as AFRL and DARPA programs.  She also oversees the company’s additive manufacturing, advanced materials, nontoxic propellant, Bantam engine technology, modular small satellite and nuclear propulsion and power technology efforts.  Key focus areas include the transition of traditional space and launch products to the emerging space community and next generation transformational systems. 
 
Ms. Van Kleeck joined Aerojet in 1981 and was appointed to her present position in June 2013.  Previously, she was vice president of the Space and Launch Business Unit, where she managed all of the company’s in-space and launch propulsion technology, development and production programs. 
 
She began her career in Systems Engineering and later moved to Rocket System Product Development and has demonstrated experience in virtually all forms of rocket propulsion technology and their applications.  She has been instrumental in the development of leading-edge rocket propulsion technology and products, including a number of missile defense, launch vehicle and spacecraft propulsion systems – many of which are in production today at Aerojet Rocketdyne. 
 
Ms. Van Kleeck earned her Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from the University of California and has extensive “hands-on” experience.  She has received numerous technical awards from Aerojet Rocketdyne, GenCorp and outside organizations.  She is very active in Aerojet Rocketdyne’s outreach and advocacy efforts for STEM and Women in Aerospace programs.  She is currently the executive sponsor of the company’s “Women in Network” (WIN) organization, an AIAA Associate Fellow, the co-chair of the AIAA Corporate Member Committee, and a Propulsion and Energy Executive Steering Committee member.  She also is a past board member of the Aerospace Museum of California and a current member of the European Space Propulsion board.  Ms. Van Kleeck resides in Folsom, California with her husband and extended family.  She is an avid skier and runner. 
 
 

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 Lead for Space International Engagement and the USSTRATCOM Space Situational Awareness Data Sharing Program. 

Mr. Van Sant served 20 years in the United States Air Force in various capacities from a Missile Combat Crew Commander at Grand Forks AFB, ND to an Undergraduate Space and Missiles Instructor to a Flight Commander in the 2nd Space Launch Squadron.  Scotty culminated his career at USSTRATCOM wherein he had been the Operationally Responsive Space Project Officer, a liaison to NASA and an Executive Officer.

Since 2011, Scotty’s team at USSTRATCOM has successfully negotiated SSA data sharing agreements with Israel, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Belgium, and Norway.

In his spare time, Scott enjoys the occasional fermented beverage and plays as much golf as he can in the short Nebraska summers. 

Damon R. Wells

Director, Office of Policy and Strategy
National Reconnaissance Office

Damon R. Wells

Mr. Damon R. Wells is the Director of the Office of Policy and Strategy for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) in Chantilly, Virginia.  In this capacity he is responsible for assisting the NRO Director in shaping and implementing policies and strategies relating to overhead reconnaissance, both within the NRO and in the broader U.S. Government (USG) and international space policy communities.

Prior to joining the NRO in 2012, he was Assistant Director for Space and Aeronautics in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President (EOP).  In that role he developed and coordinated Administration space policies across the civil, commercial, and national security space sectors, thereby advancing key policy initiatives such as the 2010 U.S. National Space Policy and current U.S space exploration strategies.  Before moving to the White House in 2005, he was Director for Technology Policy with the U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, where he led bilateral negotiations on market access for commercial satellite services, oversaw several foreign policy initiatives concerning the U.S. Global Positioning System, and supported Administration space policy development efforts.  Prior to DOS he was a senior policy analyst for the Office of Commercial Space Transportation in the Department of Transportation, where he conducted launch and satellite market forecasting activities, participated in White House space policy initiatives, and was a lead analyst for the USG’s commercial launch trade negotiations with China, Russia, and Ukraine.  Before that he worked in fighter aircraft design with LTV Aerospace and Defense, specializing in analysis of aircraft loads and flying qualities using advanced flight simulation capabilities. 

Mr. Wells earned an M.S. degree in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991 and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1984.

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.

Mohamed Amara

General Counsel
United Arab Emirates Space Agency

Mohamed Amara

Mohamed Amara is an Algerian lawyer currently holding the position of General Counsel for the United Arab Emirates Space Agency. Mohamed has been practicing in the GCC region for over 25 years. Before joining the UAE Space Agency, Mohamed also worked for the Abu Dhabi National Oil & Gas Group of companies (ADNOC) where he advised the Group on all legal matters related to the oil & gas, including the drafting of national legislation. Mohamed holds a Master’s Degree in Public law and Economics from the University of Alexandria in Egypt. Mohamed is also a registered Arbitrator in the UAE and has served as Chair and Sole Arbitrator in various cases ranging from construction, real estates, contract interpretation and oil & gas disputes. Currently, Mohamed is engaged in advising the UAE Space Agency on its preparation of the legal framework for the regulation of the space sector in the country, in particular the space activities draft law and regulations, and takes part in its delegation to the COPUOS.

Dennis J. Burnett

Treasurer
International Institute of Space Law

Dennis J. Burnett

Dennis J. Burnett is an attorney with experience in government, corporate and private practice. He has advised government and private clients from Australia, China, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States on public and private, international and domestic space law issues.

Mr. Burnett was an Attorney in the office of General Counsel of COMSAT General Corporation (1978-1982) and Communications Satellite Corporation (1982-1984) with primary responsibilities for new business development in maritime mobile satellite communications, remote sensing, land mobile communications satellites, investments in Panamanian and Nicaraguan telecommunications companies, international frequency coordination matters, international technical services support and export licensing.

Thereafter, Mr. Burnett was in private practice, representing companies, individuals and government agencies, specializing in space business and regulation (1984-2004).  Mr. Burnett was V.P. Trade Policy and Export Control, EADS North America, responsible for national security and export licensing and compliance (2004-present).

Mr. Burnett is a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University (B.S., Political Science and German – 1970), the University of Nebraska College of Law (J.D., Associate Editor, NEBRASKA LAW REVIEW – 1973) and Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M. – 1976).

Mr. Burnett is the Treasurer and Member of the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Space Law. He also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Space and Communication Law Advisory Board, University of Nebraska College of Law and as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Nebraska College of Law, teaching a course on export and trade law. Mr. Burnett also lectures annually at the International Space University on export trade and compliance. Mr. Burnett is an active member of the U.S. Department of State’s Defense Trade Advisory Group (“DTAG”), the Society for International Affairs and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He also is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the American Bar Association.

Jessica A. Deihl

Attorney
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Jessica A. Deihl

Jessica A. Deihlis an attorney with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center focusing on a wide variety of government contract and fiscal law issues including Interagency and Space Act Agreements, contract financing, public-private partnerships, and procurements.  Jessica originally joined NASA as a Presidential Management Fellow at NASA Headquarters working in Human Spaceflight and supporting the Commercial Spaceflight Program.  During that time, Jessica took a detail to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Chief Counsel, to support the Office of Commercial Space Transportation.  Jessica received her Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and her Juris Doctor from the American University, Washington College of Law where she served as the Managing Editor of the Business Law Review. 

Chuck Dickey

Deputy General Counsel
Lockheed Martin Space

Chuck Dickey

Chuck Dickey has been a lawyer for Lockheed Martin Space since 1999. Before joining Space, he was General Counsel for two Lockheed Martin companies in Houston, Texas involved in the space and environmental remediation businesses. He began his career with Lockheed Martin in Marietta, Georgia in 1981 as an attorney for Lockheed Martin’s Aeronautical Systems Company.

During his tenure with Space, Chuck has been responsible for providing or managing a full spectrum of legal support across the entire enterprise, spanning military department missile and satellite programs including classified programs, NASA human and unmanned space exploration programs, civil agency remote sensing programs, and domestic and international commercial telecommunications satellite programs. He has been integrally involved in the success of these programs from proposal development to dispute resolution. He was the first managing Counsel for the Export organization when that function was combined with the Legal office. He has also provided legal governance for a number of Lockheed Martin subsidiaries including Sandia Corporation which is responsible for managing Sandia National Laboratories for the Department of Energy, and United Space Alliance, a joint venture with Boeing Corporation that provided human access to the International Space Station.

Chuck graduated from Emory University with a BA degree, and received a JD degree from Cumberland School of Law. Before joining Lockheed Martin, he was an attorney for the United States Army Missile Command in Huntsville, Alabama specializing in government contract litigation.

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).

Melissa Force

General Counsel
New Mexico Spaceport Authority

Melissa Force

Melissa Force is General Counsel for the New Mexico Spaceport Authority, the governing body of Spaceport America and launch site for Virgin Galactic, UP Aerospace, EXOS Aerospace Systems & Technologies and the 124 teams competing in this year’s annual Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition known as the Spaceport America Cup. Ms. Force holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, a juris doctorate in law and an L.L.M. in air and space law. She has served as moderator and panelist for the Air Law Institute’s Air and Space Law Symposium and the American Bar Association’s Forum on Air & Space Law and has authored, published and presented papers in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America on a wide array of issues, including spaceport insurance, space traffic management, space debris, extraterrestrial resource extraction, the Moon Agreement, suborbital spaceflight and rules for the arbitration of space disputes in forums as diverse as the IISL Annual Colloquium, the IAASS Space Safety Conference, the Canadian Space Commerce Association National Conference, the International Astronautical Congress, the International Space Development Conference and the Global Space Exploration Conference.

Ms. Force is a former adjunct professor of air and space law at Loyola Law School and international law and politics of outer space at Webster University. She is an elected member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) and Co-Chair of its Manfred Lachs International Space Law Moot Court Committee. As a partner of a successful consulting firm in Los Angeles, California she provided legal advice on complex international policy and legal issues to clients in the commercial aerospace industry. Prior to her consultancy, Ms. Force worked in the Office of Space Commerce in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), assisting in the development of the commercial space transportation policy and representing NOAA at U.S. delegation meetings in preparation for sessions on the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems. Previously, she was the Vice President and Associate General Counsel heading international and domestic claims for HOK, Inc. and a partner in the Los Angeles office of Carroll, Burdick & McDonough LLP.

Prof. Dr. Stephan Hobe

Member and Co-Director of the Institute of Space Law
University of Cologne

Prof. Dr. Stephan Hobe

Prof. Dr. Stephan Hobe, LL.M., is a Member and Co-Director of the Institute of Space Law, University of Cologne.  His prior positions include Nomination as Arbitrator in International Investment Law representing Germany in the International Centre of Resettlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) Washington, D.C., by Federal Ministry of Economics; Managing Director of the International Investment Law Centre Cologne (IILCC), University of Cologne; and Holder of the Chair for Public International Law, European Law, European and International Economic Law and Director of the Institute of Air and Space Law, University of Cologne.  He has more than 300 publications in the fields of Public International Law, European Law, German Public Law, Air, Space and Investment Law.  Prof. Dr. Hobe has received the Prize of the International Academy of Astronautics, Social Class for the book Pioneers of Space Law; Prize of the University of Cologne for distinguished teaching in Air Law; Award of the International Academy of Astronautics for the best book of the year (Cologne Commentary on Space Law, Vol. 1); and Distinguished Service Award of the International Institute of Space Law.

Prof. Dr. Diane Howard

Assistant Professor
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Prof. Dr. Diane Howard

Professor Dr. Diane Howard is Assistant Professor in the Commercial Space Operations program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida USA. She is responsible for curriculum development and teaching space law and policy courses that are core to the program. Dr. Howard has long been involved in commercial space issues. After working as a staff attorney in the Florida Appellate courts for a number of years, she took the decision to specialize in space law and attended McGill University’s Institute of Air and Space Law. Her LLM thesis centered upon private space law issues and her doctoral work focused upon effective spaceport regulation.

Diane serves as Executive Secretary of the International Institute of Space Law and participates in numerous legal projects, both domestically (within the US) and internationally. In addition to the IISL, Diane is a member of the AIAA, the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety, the American Society of International Law, and the Florida Bar.

Michelle Kley

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Maxar Technologies

Michelle Kley

Michelle Kley is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Maxar Technologies. Ms. Kley joined Maxar in January 2012, serving as Associate General Counsel, Vice President, Legal at Maxar’s satellite manufacturing subsidiary, Space Systems/Loral, LLC, and assumed her current position in 2016.  Prior to joining Maxar, Ms. Kley worked as a Corporate Associate for several top-tier law firms in San Francisco, including Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati P.C. and Morrison & Foerster LLP.  Ms. Kley earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology (with honors) from Sonoma State University and a J.D. degree from University of California Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall). Ms. Kley is admitted to practice in the State of California and District of Columbia.

Sergey Krikalev

Executive Director of Piloted Spaceflights
ROSCOSMOS State Space Corporation

Sergey Krikalev

Sergey Krikalev was born on 27th August 1958 in Leningrad (St. Petersbourg), USSR.

Graduated from leningrad Mechanical Institute (now Baltic State Technical University) as engineer in the design and production of flying vehicles, he was working in “NPO Energia” in ground support team for “Salyut-7” orbital station.

In 1985, he has passed through medical examination and became cosmonaut candidate in the “Buran” space shuttle team. Later, he was included to the main crew of the joint French-Soviet mission (1988).

He accomplished 6 spaceflights (3 onboard of “Soyuz” spacecraft and 3 onboard STS “Space Shuttle”) with 803 days of cumulative spaceflight time and 41 hours of EVA (8 sorties).

Apart from being of cosmonaut, he was working as Deputy Designer-General of “Energia” Corp (2007-2009), Director of the Cosmonaut Training Center (2009-2014), First Deputy of the Director General of TsNIImash Institute (2014-2016).

Now he is the Executive Director of Piloted Spaceflights of the ROSCOSMOS.

Tanja Masson-Zwaan

Assistant Professor and Deputy Director
International Institute of Air and Space Law

Tanja Masson-Zwaan

Tanja Masson-Zwaan is Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of the International Institute of Air and Space Law at Leiden University, The Netherlands. 

In 2016 she was elected President Emerita of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), after having served on the Board for 25 years, the last nine years as President.

Tanja advises various bodies on space law issues, teaches and supervises students at Bachelors, Masters and PhD level, carries out research and publishes on a broad range of space law topics.  Since 2008 she is part of a team of experts advising the Dutch government on the implementation of the Netherlands Space Activities Act, including decisions on licenses and periodical reviews of the law and its associated regulations.

She lectures at many universities worldwide, set up courses in air and space law at the National University of Singapore and worked as a consultant for a space insurance broker in France and in her own company in the Netherlands. She attends the annual sessions of the Legal Subcommittee of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space as an observer since 2003. She is co-founder and member of the Hague Space Resources Governance Working Group, established in 2015 to assess the need for a framework for space resource activities and lay the groundwork for the definition of such a framework. The Dutch Government appointed Tanja as an arbitrator for space related disputes at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in 2012, and as a member of the Space Learning Group of ICAO in 2014.

Tanja is an elected member of various professional associations such as the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA, Full Member), the Académie de l’Air et de l’Espace (AAE, Membre Titulaire) the International Law Association (ILA, including its Space Law Committee and the Netherlands' Branch NVIR), and the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL), of which she was a Founding Board Member from 1989-1996.

She serves as advisor to various organizations, including Secure World Foundation (SWF), Mars One, and the China Institute of Space Law (CISL), and is an Honorary Board Member of Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC). She is a member of the Board of Editors of the journal Air and Space Law published by Kluwer and co-editor of its book series Aerospace Law and Policy.  She served as  Vice Chairman of the Netherlands Space Society (2010-2016), and was a Member of the Founding Board of Women in Aerospace-Europe (2009-2012). 

Tanja is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award of the IISL (2001), the Social Sciences Award of the International Academy of Astronautics, IAA (2008) and the IAF Distinguished Service Award (2015).

Dr. Martha Mejía-Kaiser

Board of Directors
International Institute of Space Law

Dr. Martha Mejía-Kaiser

Dr. Martha Mejía-Kaiser is member of the IISL Board of Directors since 2016. Born in Mexico City and living in Germany since 1989. Dr. Mejía-Kaiser received a Licentiate’s degree in International Relations, a Master’s degree in International Law and a Doctorate in Political and Social Sciences from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), a Diploma in Air and Space Law from McGill University and she is an International Space University graduate (89’ Summer Session). She worked in the Mexican Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Geophysics Institute (UNAM), was Co-Chair of the IISL Manfred Lachs Moot Court Committee, was invited lecturer at Leiden University (The Netherlands) and held lectures in space law at numerous universities around the world. She acts as judge in the IISL Manfred Lachs Moot Court Competition and Telders (International Law) Moot Court Competition and is member of the Review Board of two Mexican publications on international public law. Her publications in peer-reviewed books and journals focused in recent years on space debris, unauthorized cyber activities and satellite remote sensing. 

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.

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.

Prof. Dr. Lesley Jane Smith

Professor of International Economic and European Law
Leuphana University Lüneburg

Prof. Dr. Lesley Jane Smith

Prof. Dr. Lesley Jane Smith is a full Professor of international economic and European law at Leuphana University Lüneburg, and admitted to practice law in UK and Germany. She is General Counsel to the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), and a full member of the International Academy of Astronautics, (IAA). She has published profusely on various aspects of international and commercial space law, and is a Director and Board member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL). Lesley Jane frequently acts as visiting professor to the International Space University (ISU), France.

Prof. George Sowers

Professor
Colorado School of Mines

Prof. George Sowers

Dr. George Sowers has 30 years of experience in the space transportation field working for Martin Marietta, Lockheed Martin and the United Launch Alliance (ULA). He recently retired from his position as Vice President and Chief Scientist at ULA where his team developed an architecture for fully reusable in-space stages fueled by propellant mined, refined and distributed in space. Dr. Sowers has now joined the faculty of the Colorado School of Mines as part of a newly created graduate program in space resources.  He holds a BS in Physics from Georgia Tech and a PhD in Physics from the University of Colorado.  Dr. Sowers is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Sumara M. Thompson-King

General Counsel
NASA

Sumara M. Thompson-King

Sumara M. Thompson-King is the General Counsel at NASA. Ms. Thompson-King provides legal advice and counsel to NASA’s Administrator and senior management on a range of legal matters and leads the agency's legal team at Headquarters and its field Centers. Prior to her appointment as General Counsel, she served as the Deputy General Counsel. In that role, she was responsible for oversight of substantive legal advice and assistance provided by NASA’s Associate General Counsels to the Centers through effective collaboration with each Center’s Chief Counsel. She also served as the agency’s Suspension and Debarment Official.

Ms. Thompson-King began her NASA career in 1986 when she joined the Office of Chief Counsel at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. At Goddard, she provided advice on federal acquisitions, tort claims, personnel actions and Freedom of Information Act requests. In 1991, Ms. Thompson-King moved to NASA Headquarters to become a Senior Attorney responsible for litigating protests before the General Services Administration Board of Contract Appeals, and in 1995 she became the Deputy Associate General Counsel (Contracts). Before joining NASA, Ms. Thompson-King was an attorney at the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, Washington, DC, where she enforced Federal accessibility laws and regulations.

Recognized for sustained accomplishment, Ms. Thompson-King was a 2016 recipient of the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, and she received NASA's Exceptional Achievement Medal in recognition of her litigation achievements. Both the Office of Government Ethics and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recognized her contributions to their respective ethics and satellite programs. Ms. Thompson-King is a frequent panelist and speaker on government contract issues and legal matters related to government and commercial space activities.

Ms. Thompson-King received an A.B. in Government from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and she earned a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. Ms. Thompson-King is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar.

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.

James (Jim) H. Chilton

Senior Vice President, Space and Missile Systems
Boeing Defense, Space & Security

James (Jim) H. Chilton

Jim Chilton is senior vice president of the Space and Missile Systems division of Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS). Chilton was appointed to this role in July 2017 as BDS announced a new operating structure to sharpen focus on key markets and move faster to meet customers’ needs. The Space and Missile Systems portfolio includes the International Space Station; government and commercial satellite systems; a range of missile defense and strategic deterrence systems including Ground-based Midcourse Defense, Missile Defense National Team, and the Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) System; and a variety of weapons programs for U.S. and allied military customers.

From October 2016 to the July 2017 restructuring of Boeing’s space and defense business, Chilton led Network & Space Systems (N&SS), which included much of the current Space and Missile Systems portfolio.  Prior to that role, starting in 2013, he was vice president and general manager of Strategic Missile & Defense Systems within N&SS. Previously, Chilton served as vice president and program manager for Exploration Launch Systems and led Space Launch System (SLS), Boeing’s heavy lift launch vehicle program. Before SLS, Chilton served as program manager for the Checkout, Assembly and Payload Processing Services (CAPPS) contract at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. He led final assembly and testing of space shuttle and expendable launch vehicle payloads, including hardware destined for the International Space Station.

Chilton began his career with Boeing in 1984 as a turbo machinery development engineer at the Rocketdyne division in Canoga Park, Calif. He went on to hold a number of roles in engine test and launch operations.

Chilton has served on many boards, including the board of directors for the National Children's Advocacy Center and the International Astronautical Federation industry relations committee.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Washington State University and a master’s degree from the Florida Institute of Technology. He also completed the systems acquisition course for general and flag officers at Defense Acquisition University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s advanced management program.

Ian Christensen

Director of Private Sector Programs
Secure World Foundation

Ian Christensen

Ian Christensen is Director of Private Sector Programs at Secure World Foundation and has eight years of professional experience as a consultant and analyst focused on international and domestic commercial space, satellite, and aviation markets.

Prior to joining SWF, Mr. Christensen worked at leading space-sector consulting firms Futron Corporation and Avascent.  In these positions he managed or served in lead analysis roles on market, business planning, and forecasting studies for numerous commercial space sector clients in the United States, Israel, and Europe. For government clients, Ian has provided space-related strategic and analytic services for NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and the Government of Australia. Mr. Christensen has supported consulting engagements with clients in Australia, Israel, the Isle of Man, Japan, and South Korea; and led in-country work in Brazil, Burkina Faso, Europe, and Japan.

While at Futron Mr. Christensen led a multi-year project for NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance, and served for one and a half years on a NASA team tasked with managing the retirement of the Space Shuttle. On behalf of USTDA Ian organized several reverse trade missions and workshops aimed at US export promotion. Mr. Christensen also led an industry research team in support of the annual Space Report, a comprehensive guide to the global space industry published by the Space Foundation.

Prior to Futron, Mr. Christensen was a research assistant at the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University, a Policy Fellow at the National Academies of Science Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy, and a research assistant at the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center. Read Mr. Christensen's publications.

Mr. Christensen holds a Master of Arts (M.A.) in international science and technology with a focus on space policy from the George Washington University Elliott School for International Affairs.  He holds dual Bachelor’s of Science (B.S.) degrees in political science and biochemistry from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He also completed the International Space University (ISU) 2007 Space Studies Program in Beijing, China.

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch

Senior Vice President, Government Strategy & Policy
Inmarsat Government Inc.

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch

Rebecca M. Cowen-Hirsch is Senior Vice President for Government Strategy and Policy of Inmarsat Government Inc. With 25 years of experience in defense, aerospace, and executive leadership, she served as the Program Executive Officer for SATCOM, Teleport and Services at DISA. She also established the Defense Spectrum Office, serving as its first Director. She is a rated experimental flight test engineer, and became the first female civilian Mission Commander for the Advanced Range Instrumentation Aircraft (ARIA) mission. She was awarded the Exemplary Service Medal for her years of selfless service to the Department of Defense.

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.

Frank L. Culbertson

President
Orbital ATK Space Systems Group

Frank L. Culbertson

Frank L. Culbertson, Jr. is President of Orbital ATK’s Space Systems Group. Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, with annual revenues of approximately $4.5 billion and a workforce of more than 12,000 people. The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation- related systems for customers around the globe, both as a prime contractor and merchant supplier.

Mr. Culbertson is responsible for the execution, business development and financial performance of the company’s human spaceflight, science, commercial communications and national security satellite activities, as well as Technical Services to various government customers. These include some of Orbital’s largest and most important programs such as NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) initiatives as well as various national security-related programs.

Previously, Mr. Culbertson served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Advanced Programs Group at the Orbital Sciences Corp. Prior to joining Orbital, Mr. Culbertson was a Senior Vice President at SAIC, following an eighteen-year career as a NASA astronaut. He has flown three space missions and logged over 144 days in space as shuttle commander, pilot, and station commander. His last mission launched on the Shuttle Discovery and lasted for 129 days, from August 10 until December 17, 2001, returning on the shuttle Endeavour. During that mission, he and his two Russian crewmates, lived and worked aboard the International Space Station for 125 days which included observing the attacks of September 11, 2001, as the only American in orbit at the time. Mr. Culbertson also held several key management positions within the NASA Shuttle and ISS programs and was Program Manager of the Shuttle-Mir Program.

Mr. Culbertson is a 1971 graduate of the US Naval Academy at Annapolis. He was a naval aviator, a fighter pilot, and a test pilot, and he retired from the Navy as a Captain in 1997. Mr. Culbertson has received numerous honors, including the Legion of Merit, the Navy Flying Cross, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the NAA/FAI Gagarin Gold Medal, and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal.

Erik Daehler

Director, Commercial Business Development
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

Erik Daehler

Erik Daehler is Director of Commercial Business Development, in the Commercial Civil Space Line of Business for the Lockheed Martin Corporation.  In this capacity, he directs business development for commercial communication and remote sensing programs, delivering innovative, winning solutions to Lockheed Martin’s commercial and international customers.

He is responsible for the development of product offerings, technology solutions, satellite design and system architectures for commercial programs.  In this role, Mr. Daehler leads a team of capture managers, design engineers, system architects as well as finance and supplier management team members to deliver proposals to Lockheed Martin customers.

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Mr. Daehler was the Director of Product Innovation for Boeing’s Network and Space Systems, where he led the development of all new satellite platforms for Boeing's Advanced Network and Space Systems, including the first of a kind 702 SP all electric, dual stacked satellite and the 502 Phoenix remote sensing satellite product line.

Mr. Daehler has a strong background in optical physics with broad applications in communication and space remote sensing missions.  He has used this mission experience to shape the strategy for new technology development in the company.  Mr. Daehler led all research and development for Boeing's unmanned satellite systems, worked as a Chief System Architect and Systems Engineering Manager on large-scale satellite and network systems for commercial and government customers.

Mr. Daehler joined Lockheed Martin at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center in 2000 where he performed radiometric calibrations of space and aircraft based multispectral and hyperspectral earth observation systems.  In 2002, he transitioned to Boeing to develop next generation space systems including the X-37B reusable space plane.  In 2016, Mr. Daehler returned to Lockheed Martin to help grow the commercial communications and remote sensing business.

Mr. Daehler was educated in Europe at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands where he received his Master’s degree in Space Systems Engineering.  He also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics from The Colorado College in 1998.  He is married and has two children.  

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).

 

Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund

Chair of the Executive Board
German Aerospace Center

Prof. 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. 

Eric K. Fanning

President & Chief Executive Officer
Aerospace Industries Association

Eric K. Fanning

Eric K. Fanning is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), the leading advocacy organization for the aerospace and defense industry with nearly 350 companies in its membership – ranging from multinational prime contractors to family owned businesses. As AIA’s leader, Fanning develops the association’s strategic priorities and works with member CEOs to advocate for policies and responsible budgets that keep our country strong, bolster our capacity to innovate and spur our economic growth.

Fanning joined AIA after serving as the 22nd Secretary of the Army where he provided leadership and oversight of our nation’s largest military service. He previously served as Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Defense, Acting Secretary of the Air Force and Under Secretary of the Air Force, and Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy/Deputy Chief Management Officer. He is the only person to have held senior appointments in all three military departments and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

During his more than 25 years of distinguished government service, Fanning worked on the staff of the House Armed Services Committee, was Senior Vice President of Strategic Development for Business Executives for National Security, was Deputy Director of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism and was associate director of political affairs at the White House.

Fanning holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Dartmouth College. His awards include the Department of Defense’s Medal for Distinguished Public Service (twice awarded), the Department of the Army’s Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service, the Department of the Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award (twice awarded) and the Department of the Air Force’s Distinguished Public Service Award and Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service.

David Hartshorn

Secretary General
Global VSAT Forum

David Hartshorn

David Hartshorn has more than 25 years of experience in the satellite communications industry. He serves as Secretary General of the Global VSAT Forum (GVF), the non-profit international association of the satellite communications industry. GVF includes more than 200 organizations from every major region. Mr. Hartshorn leads the organization's as it facilitates the provision of satellite communications throughout the world. Establishing dialogue with user groups is an important means by which this facilitation is achieved, in addition to regulatory advocacy, training, terminal testing, disaster preparedness, cyber-security, space sustainability, and other initiatives.  

Therese Jones

Senior Director of Policy
Satellite Industry Association

Chris Kundstadter

Senior Vice President & Global Underwriting Manager - Space
XL Catlin

Chris Kundstadter

Chris Kunstadter is Senior Vice President and Global Underwriting Manager – Space at XL Catlin, a global insurance company, and manages XL Catlin’s worldwide space insurance activities. He is actively involved in all aspects of XL Catlin’s space business, including technical, financial, and actuarial analysis, claims handling, and business development.

Chris is a recognized leader in global space risk management issues. He has worked closely with satellite operators and manufacturers, launch providers, government agencies, and others to enhance industry understanding of space risk management, and has served on numerous failure investigation teams for satellites and launch vehicles.

Chris is a member of the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) and President of the International Union of Aerospace Insurers (IUAI), and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events. He is a strong advocate for educating industry and government on all aspects of space risk management, space situational awareness, and mission success best practices.

Chris received a BA degree in Literature and an MS degree in Engineering from the University of California. Chris is an avid musician, and serves on the boards of several music-oriented not-for-profit organizations.

Douglas L. Loverro

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy

Douglas L. Loverro

Mr. Douglas L. Loverro, is the former  Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy. In this role, he was responsible for establishing policy and guidance to assure United States 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.

Mr. Loverro served as the Executive Director for Air Force Space Command’s Space and Missile Systems Center where he also served as the Air Force’s Deputy Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Space.  In that capacity, he was responsible to the commander and PEO for the development, deployment, and sustainment of all Department of Air Force space systems and was a key spokesman for addressing the growing importance of space systems and the steps needed to assure them for the future.  He has been involved in the planning and acquisition of Department of Defense (DoD) and Space Intelligence systems for over twenty years, both in and out of uniform.

Mr. Loverro is credited with a wide-ranging list of accomplishments in aerospace development including the invention of the supersonic chemical oxygen-iodine laser, the initiation of the DoD's Global Broadcast Service, establishing the foundation for all Global Positioning System modernization, and leading the push for greater use of commercial manufacturing and capabilities for future DoD space and launch systems. He retired from active duty in February 2006 upon selection as a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service. He assumed his current role in March 2013.

Mr. Loverro holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the United States Air Force Academy, an M.S. in Physics from the University of New Mexico, an M.S. in Political Science from Auburn University, and an M.B.A. from the University of West Florida.  He was the top graduate from his class in the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and is a graduate of the JFK School of Government Senior Executives in National and International Security Program.

Mr. Loverro is married to Stephanie Loverro and they have two children, Adam and Kari.  He is an avid triathlete and is in competition with his daughter, who is winning.

Bernadette Maisel

Director, Program Initiatives
Space Foundation

Bernadette Maisel

Maisel was recently named Director – Program Initiatives for the Space Foundation in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she coordinates and manages a wide range of Space Foundation activities, including program content for major events, the prestigious space awards program, customer engagement with international delegations and VIP guests at the annual Space Symposium. Throughout the year, she supports the senior leadership team on a number of efforts in support of the Space Foundation’s strategic plan.

 

Since joining the Foundation in 2008, she has devoted herself to successful execution of a multitude of services, including front desk/reception management, data management and reporting, and attendee registration at Space Foundation events, particularly the annual Space Symposium.  Bernadette also managed visitor admissions and the retail store in the Space Foundation Discovery Center.  She is an active member of the Colorado Springs Rising Professionals organization, where she served as the Vice Chair of the Professional Development Committee, working to educate and promote professional development with young business professionals in the Pikes Peak region. In 2015, she was selected as honorary commander for Lt. Col. Terrill McCall, Commander, 22nd Space Operations Squadron, a role designed to increase public awareness and understanding of Schriever Air Force Base, its missions, people and programs, and to build relationships with members of the local community. In 2016, Maisel was nominated by the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce for “Young Professional of the Year”.  In 2018, she was selected by the Colorado Springs Business Journal (CSBJ) to receive a Rising Stars Award, the city's most prestigious award for professionals under the age of 40.

Kyle Rice

Chief Technology Officer
SAP NS2

Kyle Rice

Kyle is CTO of SAP NS2.  He focuses on helping national security customers apply commercial approaches and products to their mission use cases.  During his 25 year career in the DoD and IC he has served as CTO at several defense contractors which has provided him with a broad picture of the technology options within the community. 

Dr. Michael K. Simpson

Executive Director
Secure World Foundation

Dr. Michael K. Simpson

Dr. Michael K. Simpson is the Executive Director of Secure World Foundation. Dr. Simpson joined SWF as the Senior Program Officer in September 2011 following seven and a half years as President of the International Space University (ISU). Dr. Simpson holds a post as Professor of Space Policy and International Law at ISU. He is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics and the International Institute of Space Law and is a Senior Fellow of the International Institute of Space Commerce. After 23 years of service, Dr. Simpson retired from the Naval Reserve in 1993 with the rank of Commander.

Dr. Simpson's practical experience includes service as a Political Military Action Officer, observer representative to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, participating organization representative to the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and member of the Association of Space Explorers International Panel on Asteroid Threat Mitigation. He currently serves on the Commercial Spaceflight Safety and Space Security Committees of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and is a Vice Chair of the Hague Space Resources Governance Working Group.  He sits on the governing board of the World Space Week Association, and is a governor of the National Space Society in the United States.

Dr. Simpson is the author of numerous scholarly papers, presentations, articles and book contributions. Read Dr. Simpson's publications. 

Dr. Simpson received his Bachelor’s Degree magna cum laude from Fordham University in 1970 where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He has also been elected to academic honor societies in the fields of political science and business management. He completed his Ph.D. at Tufts University, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; holds a Master of Business Administration from Syracuse University; and two Master of Arts degrees from The Fletcher School. He has also completed two prestigious one year courses in Europe: the French advanced defense institute (Institut des Hautes Études de Défense Nationale) and the General Course of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

 

Frank A. Slazer

Vice President, Space Systems
AIA

Frank A. Slazer

Frank A. Slazer is responsible for advancing AIA’s advocacy on all civil and defense space program issues.

Prior to joining AIA in 2011, Slazer was the leading business development focal at Northrop Grumman in support of its space exploration and re-usable space launch new business pursuits.

For nearly 30 years, Slazer has worked on a wide range of civil and military space programs for a number of major aerospace companies. He started as a propulsion engineer at McDonnell Douglas on the Delta Launch Vehicle in Huntington Beach, California. Over the years, he held positions of increasing responsibility and transitioned from engineering to business development.

In 1988, he was chosen by McDonnell Douglas to participate in the Conference Board/Brookings Institution Congressional Fellowship Program in Washington, D.C. After a year of working for then Representative Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), he moved to the McDonnell Douglas Washington office where, for six years, he was the company’s principal representative on NASA’s Space Station program.

In 1996 Slazer relocated back to Huntington Beach when he was named Director of Business Development for Space Flight programs. In 1997, he was named Director, EELV/Delta IV Business Development – a position he retained following McDonnell Douglas’ merger with Boeing. In 1998, after Boeing’s EELV contract award, Slazer headed USAF/DOD Sales in the new Delta Launch Services organization until 2001 when he was chosen to lead Boeing’s Space Shuttle Business Development organization. In 2003, he transitioned back to lead civil space business development for Boeing Launch Services. He continued leading civil space sales after the formation of the United Launch Alliance joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin until February 2008.

From 2007 to 2012, Slazer served as President of the member-based American Astronautical Society. His involvement with AIA’s Space Council goes back to 1992, which he chaired in 2001 and 2002.

Slazer has bachelor degrees in aerospace engineering and political science from Syracuse University, and an MBA from the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine.

 

Maj. Gen. David D. Thompson, USAF

Vice Commander
Air Force Space Command

Maj. Gen. David D. Thompson, USAF

Maj. Gen. David D. Thompson is the Special Assistant to the Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. He assists the commander in organizing, training, equipping and maintaining mission-ready space and cyberspace forces and providing missile warning, positioning, navigation and timing, communications and cyber capabilities for North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Strategic Command and the other functional and geographic combatant commands. The command 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 36,000 space and cyberspace professionals assigned to 134 locations worldwide. 

General Thompson was commissioned in 1985 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is a career space officer with assignments in operations, acquisition, research and development and academia. He has commanded operational space units at the squadron, group and wing levels. The general is also an Olmsted Scholar, graduate of the Senior Acquisition Course and Level III-certified Program Manager. 

Prior to his current assignment, General Thompson was the Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command. 

Thomas Zurbuchen

Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate
NASA Headquarters

Thomas Zurbuchen

“It’s absolutely thrilling to be embarking on this journey. Today, NASA is leading efforts to answer a host of important questions for humanity: Where do we come from? How did life originate? How are Earth's environments changing? There has never been a more pivotal time to solve these mysteries, and I'm looking forward to the charge."

Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen is the Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at the Agency’s Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Previously, Zurbuchen was a professor of space science and aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He was also was the university’s founding director of the Center for Entrepreneurship in the College of Engineering. Zurbuchen’s experience includes research in solar and heliospheric physics, experimental space research, space systems, and innovation and entrepreneurship.  

During his career, Zurbuchen has authored or coauthored more than 200 articles in refereed journals on solar and heliospheric phenomena. He has been involved with several NASA science missions -- Ulysses, the MESSENGER spacecraft to Mercury, and the Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE). He also has been part of two National Academy standing committees, as well as various science and technology definition teams for new NASA missions.

Zurbuchen earned his Ph.D. in physics and master of science degree in physics from the University of Bern in Switzerland.

His honors include receiving the National Science and Technology Council Presidential Early Career for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) Award in 2004, a NASA Group Achievement Award for the agency’s Ulysses mission in 2006, and the Swiss National Science Foundation’s Young Researcher Award in 1996-1997