Honorary Board Members
SGAC’s Honorary Board is a lifetime recognition from the organisation, comprised of distinguished individuals who have been of great service to our organisation or who we have wished to recognise for their furtherance of goals similar to those of SGAC. The Honorary Board provides advice as appropriate to the experience of Honorary Board members.
||NASA SCaN Policy and Strategic Communication|
|Adigun Ade Abiodun||Founder of African Space Foundation|
|Ciro Arevalo||Former Chairman of the United Nations Committee on the
Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS)
|Ben Baseley-Walker||Legal & Policy Advisor for Secure World Foundation
& former SGAC Chair
|Yolanda Berenguer||Space Education Programme Coordinator for the
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
|Michael Brett||Former SGAC Chair 2012; CEO, QxBranch|
|James D. Burke||US Naval Aviator and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory|
|Caroline Burke||Teacher and Arts in Space Advocate|
|Lance Bush||Chief Strategy Officer, Paragon Space Development Corporation|
|Sergio Camacho||Secretary General of the Regional Centre for Space Science|
|A.C. Charania||Manager of Advanced Programs, Strategy and Business Development group at Blue Origin|
|Chris De Cooker||Head of International Relations for the European Space Agency|
|Ariane Cornell||North American sales for New Glenn, Business Development and Strategy team for Blue Origin|
|Catherine Doldirina||Former SGAC Co-Chair (2012-2013)|
|JR Edwards||Manager of Space Exploration Systems, Lockheed Martin|
|Norbert Frischauf||Future Studies Systems Engineer, Spacetec|
|Gernot Grömer||Professor and Researcher of human mars exploration at the University of Innsbruck|
||Technical Counselor, Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)|
|Tanja Masson-Zwaan||Former president, International Institute of Space Law|
|Johannes Ortner||Former President of the Austrian Space Agency and of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF)|
|Enrique Pacheco-Cabrera||Former Deputy Director for Space Science and Technology Affairs, Mexican Space Agency|
|Nicolas Peter||Exploration Strategy Officer in the Director General's Cabinet, European Space Agency (ESA)|
|Dumitru Prunariu||Former Chairman of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS)|
|Kai-Uwe Schrogl||Director of the European Space Policy Institute|
|Christopher Vasko||Former SGAC Co-Chair (2014-2015), Contractor at ESA Strategy Department|
|Chris Welch||Director MSc Programmes, International Space University; IAF Vice President: Education and Workforce Development|
|Loretta Hidalgo-Whitesides||Flight Director for ZERO-G|
|Jim Zimmerman||President of International Space Services, Inc. and Former IAF President|
Biographies published here reflect the board member's status at time of appointment to the Honorary Board.
Barbara LB Adde has been a Policy & Strategic Communications (PSC) Manager for Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) since the position was created in March 2008. In this role, she is responsible for SCaN’s education and public outreach (EPO) program and policy and strategic communication with key stakeholders, such as other Federal departments and agencies, and international agencies and organizations. This includes serving as the Secretariat to the Interoperability Plenary (IOP) and the Interagency Operations Advisory Group (IOAG). Ms. Adde joined NASA in April 1997 as a political appointee, serving in the Office of Legislative Affairs. Her portfolio as Legislative Affairs Specialist included the International Space Station, Space Shuttle, microgravity research program, and external relations. She became a civil servant in 2001, supporting the Office of Space Operations’ policy and EPO activities until her move to SCaN in 2005. Prior to joining NASA, Ms. Adde served as Confidential Assistant to the Associate Director for Technology in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, from 1993 to 1996. Ms. Adde earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Delaware in 1981.
Adigun Ade Abiodun received his undergraduate and graduate education from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science (1965), Master of Science (1966) and his Ph.D. (1971) in Civil Engineering (Hydraulics and Hydrology). His academic and professional experience included his services as (i) Civil and hydraulic engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle (1966-68), (ii) Hydraulics systems research engineer with the Boeing Company, Seattle, USA (1968-71), (iii) Lecturer and Senior at the University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, 1971-77; (iv) Post-Doctoral Research Fellow of the National Research Council of Canada, tenable at the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (Dec. 1974- Feb. 1976); and (v) Remote Sensing Specialist (1977-1981) and later as the United Nations Expert on Space Applications, (1977-1999). He was appointed United Nations Expert on Space Applications in November 1981 and served in that position until September 1999 when he retired from the services of the United Nations. In this capacity, he initiated, designed, implemented and supervised, globally, the United Nations Space Applications Programmed, including the establishment of the Un-Affiliated Regional Centres on Space Science and Technology Education. He is a contributor to five books and the author of over 68 scientific and technical publications.
Thereafter, Ade Abiodun also served/(is serving) as (i) Senior Special Assistant to the President (of Nigeria) on Space Science and Technology.(March 2000 –June 2003); (ii) Member of the College of Commissioner of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission–re Iraq (UNMOVIC), 2000-2007; (iii) Chairman, Board of Directors, Spaceweek International Association (Oct. 2001– Oct. 2004); (iv) Chairman, United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), June 2004 – June 2006; (v) One of 20 global panelists that explored, in Feb. 2006, ‘Space and Humans in the Next 1,000 Years’ for the “Foundation for the Future,” Bellevue, State of Washington, USA; (vi) Member of the Association of Space Explorers’ Panel on the Mitigation of Asteroids Impact (2007-2008); (viii) Trustee, The ISPRS Foundation, and (ix) Founder, African Space Foundation.
Ciro Arevalo is the Chairman of the Latin American and Caribean Regional Group of the International Astronautical Federation. Prior to this post, he was the Chairman of COPUOS as well as the advisor on space matters to the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has worked in the space sector for the past twenty years. He has law degree from Universite de Lausanne, Switzerland and postgraduate studies in international relations and international public law at the Universidad de los Andes. He is a member of Colombian Bar Association since 1985. Member of the Colombian delegation to various international entities including ITU, IAEA, UNTAT, ILO, CBTO etc. Dr. Arevalo Yepes was one of the main organizers of the Fourth Space Conference of the Americas held in Cartagena, Colombia in 2002, during which the Colombian Space Commission has originated. In addition to his diplomatic career, Dr. Arevalo Yepes has dedicated portion of his time to the academics. He was a Dean of the Post Graduate International Business Program at University of Bogotá, UJTL and a Founder and Director of the Centre of U.S. Studies, CEUS, Bogotá. He authored a number of papers and articles on Space related matters, Space and Society, and Space and Education.
Ben Baseley-Walker is a Legal and Policy Advisor for the Secure World Foundation. A British national, Ben works on legal and policy issues related to space security. He has worked in the policy and legal field in a variety of settings and countries including Chile, Kenya, Ethiopia and the Netherlands. From 2006 to 2007 Ben lived in Kenya working for the United Nations and the Kenyan Government. He is also the former Co-Chair of the Vienna-based Space Generation Advisory Council. Ben is an alumnus of the University of Edinburgh and the Universiteit van Amsterdam from which he graduated with a M.A. degree in Politics and an LLM degree in International and European Law respectively. He is a graduate of the International Space University Space Studies Programme (2007, Beijing).
Yolanda Berenguer is currently the Space Education Programme Coordinator at the UNESCO. Yolanda is a specialist in international relations and Earth observations applications. She was former Chair of the CEOS Working Group on Education, Training and Capacity Building and is currently Co-Chair of the GEO Capacity Building Committee and Board Member of the World Space Week Association. Yolanda is UNESCO’s representative to COPUOS, UN Inter-Agency Meeting on Outer Space Activities, IAF’s Space and Education Outreach Committee, APRSAF’s Working Group on Space Education and Awareness and Space Conference of the Americas’ Education Committee. Yolanda is UNESCO’s Focal Point for the International Year of Astronomy (2009) and follow-up actions.
Michael Brett is the outgoing Chair of SGAC. He lives in Canberra, Australia where he works as a consulting systems engineer on a range of projects including the HIFiRE hypersonics research program and Antarctic Broadband satellite program. He has a degree in Aerospace Avionics Engineering from the Queensland University of Technology in Australia and is currently studying an Executive Masters of Business in Project Management also at QUT. Michael was a delegate at SGS 2002 in Houston, Sponsorship Manager for SGC 2005 in Fukuoka, moderated a group at SGC 2009 in Deajeon, and was SGAC’s Treasurer for four years. He has been actively involved in the Australian space community for many years assisting the Australian Youth Aerospace Association, Royal Aeronautical Society, Aerospace Futures conference and National Space Society.
James D. (Jim) Burke, a Caltech graduate and former US Naval Aviator, worked at the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 1949 to his retirement in 2001. His main professional interest is the exploration and settlement on the Moon. Since 1989, he has been a faculty member of the International Space University. He and his wife, Caroline (Lin), were advisors at the founding conference of SGAC during UNISPACE III in Vienna and have participated in many Space Generation activities since then.
Caroline C. (Lin) Burke is a teacher of children's music and movement according to the principles of Carl Orff and Emile-Jaques Dalcroze. She has participated in summer sessions of the International Space University since 1989, founding ISU's English language assistance program and aiding in the cultural adjustment of students. Pursuing her interest in dance in partial gravity, she has flown three times in the Zero G Boeing 727. At both ISU and SGAC, she continues to advocate for the incorporation of arts in space future.
Lance Bush has designed and analyzed human space transportation systems, including space shuttles, space station rescue vehicles, aerospace planes and Moon/Mars vehicles. He was the Chief Structural Engineer and System Configuration Manager for the HL 20, the most advanced human spacecraft development program since the shuttle. In the course of the HL 20 program, he also developed state-of-the-art software to perform optimal designs for safety and efficiency of space vehicles. While working as Manager for International Space Station Commercial Development at NASA Headquarters, Dr. Bush managed the International Space Station Entrepreneurial Offer Program. There he developed policy and technical reports for, and responses to, the US Congress and the White House regarding space commercialization programs. He also represented NASA as a space commercialization expert to international bodies including the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, United Nations, and International Astronautical Federation.
Sergio Camacho is currently the Secretary General of the Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education for Latin America and the Caribbean. The Centre is affiliated to the United Nations and has a Campus in Brazil and a Campus in Mexico.
Dr. Camacho is the former Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA), a post that he held from 2002 to 2007. From 1999 to 2002, he was Chief of the Space Applications Section of OOSA and United Nations Expert on Space Applications. In this capacity, Dr. Camacho organized a series of three symposia in Graz, Austria that led to the establishment of the Space Generation Advisory Council to the United Nations Programme on Space Applications, a recommendation made by UNISPACE III. From 1994 to 1999, he held the post of Chief, Committee Services and Research Section of OOSA. In his various capacities, Dr. Camacho has worked in space-related capacity building for developing countries, the organization of the Third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III) and in the implementation of the recommendations of the Conference. Other highlights of the implementation of the recommendations of UNISPACE III which he supported have been the establishment of the International Committee on GNSS and the establishment of the “United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER)”.
Prior to joining the United Nations, Dr. Camacho carried out research at the Institute of Geophysics, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México where he worked on modeling of the interaction of electromagnetic
radiation with matter. Dr. Camacho received his Ph. D. in Aerospace Science from the University of Michigan, in the United States and his Bachelor’s degree in physics from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
A.C. Charania is an entrepreneurial engineer and technical innovator possessing more than a decade of experience creating and advancing new aerospace ventures for both commercial and government customers; helping to turn advanced concepts into reality. He was a visionary/founder/early employee of three aerospace start-ups (SpaceWorks Enterprises, Generation Orbit and Terminal Velocity Aerospace). He was one of the leaders of the LauncherOne program at Virgin Galactic (now Virgin Orbit) and is currently Manager of Advanced Programs with the Strategy and Business Development group at Blue Origin. He is a member of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Entrepreneurship and Investment Committee.
He earned an M.S. and B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a specialization in systems design and optimization. He also earned a B.A. in Economics/Mathematics from Emory University.
Chris De Cooker holds law degrees from the University of Amsterdam and of Columbia University. He was for nine years senior lecturer in international law at the University of Leyden in the Netherlands. He then joined the European Space Agency (ESA) in 1984, where he held a number of positions, mainly concerning internal institutional matters. His current position is that of Head of the International Relations Department. He is Head of the ESA delegation to COPUOS. He has authored a large number of publications, mostly in the field of International Administration. He has also been advising many regional and global international organisations. He is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics.
Ariane Cornell works on the Business Development and Strategy team for Blue Origin, LLC, a developer of vehicles and technologies to enable human space transportation. At Blue Origin, she leads North American sales for New Glenn and the astronaut portfolio.
Ariane was formerly based in Vienna, Austria as the Executive Director of the Space Generation Advisory Council in Support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications (SGAC). She headed SGAC’s delegations to international conferences and the United Nations, as well as ran the organization’s operations, business development, strategy, and policy output. Ariane has supported the international aerospace community in other capacities and organizations. She has served on the board of Women in Aerospace – Europe, has guest blogged for Space News, and has sat on several committees of the International Astronautical Federation and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Previously, Ariane worked in international management consulting, first with Accenture based in San Francisco and then with Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, DC. With Accenture, she lived and worked on IT projects in the Philippines, South Africa, Brazil, and the US. With Booz Allen Hamilton as a senior consultant in the aerospace and defense commercial consulting group, she helped develop strategies and solve operational issues for executives of the world’s top aerospace and defense companies.
Ariane earned an MBA from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in science, technology, and society, with a focus in management science and engineering, from Stanford University.
Catherine Doldirina is the former Chair of Space Generation Advisory Council. She is engaged in legal research related to space activities since 2005. Her expertise lies in the field of intellectual property law, some fields of European law, (geographic) data policies and regulations, as well as general questions of space law. In 2011 she defended her PhD thesis entitled “Remote sensing data and the common good” at the Institute of Air & Space Law, McGill University (Montreal, Canada). She lectured on European competition law, European copyright law and space law at various universities in Canada and Europe. She authors work on various aspects of space law and is a member of the International Institute of Space Law. She currently works as a researcher at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (Italy), with the focus on policies and regulations regarding access to and use of geographic and Earth observation data.
J.R. Edwards is Manager of Space Exploration Programs based in Lockheed Martin’s Washington DC-area office, where he develops and manages strategic partnerships and special projects in support of critical national missions. Frequently, he is called to advise on the unique and distinct roles that private industry, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and Federal entities can play in realizing shared visions. An alumnus of Lockheed Martin’s Executive Development and Growth Enhancement (EDGE) Program, Mr. Edwards has been acknowledged for his global leadership in outreach and advocacy before the General Assembly of the United Nations. Edwards is an Associate Fellow and lifetime member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He served on the American Astronautical Society’s Board of Directors. And, he represents Lockheed Martin to the International Astronautical Federation. A Senator Richard G. Lugar Scholar, Herman B. Wells Scholar, and Ronald E. McNair Scholar, he is a graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University. Mr. Edwards is an arts enthusiast and classically trained pianist and vocalist, having studied with Ms. Camilla Williams, the first African-American to hold a professional opera contract, and American heldentenor Mr. James King.
Norbert Frischauf is a future Studies Systems Engineer for Spacetec. He studied Technical Physics at the Technical University in Vienna (Austria). Following his specialisation on high energy physics, he moved to CERN in Geneva (Switzerland) to work on two particle detectors in the DELPHI Experiment of the Large Electron Positron Collider (LEP). After having spent some years at CERN, his professional career led him to the European Science and Technology Centre (ESTEC) of the European Space Agency (ESA) in Noordwijk (Netherlands), where we worked as future studies systems engineer and expert for emerging technologies. From 1999 to 2006, Norbert was engaged with consultancy work for Booz Allen Hamilton, mostly focusing on aerospace, telecoms and hi-tech. After a professional detour into management with the start-up QASAR in Vienna, Norbert returned to the Netherlands in the beginning of 2009, where he worked for three years as a scientific officer at the EC JRC-IE in the action for “Hydrogen Safety in Storage and Transport”, being responsible for scientific aspects of high pressure hydrogen storage activities and further technical developments. Beside these scientific activities, Norbert is a leading member in various associations (like the OEWF) and is active as science communicator, making science documentaries for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation and writing popular science articles in various magazines. In addition, Norbert is a keen acrobatic pilot and a high sea skipper, enjoys skiing and ballroom dancing.
Gernot Grömer was born in 1975 and obtained his masters degree in Astronomy at the Leopold-Franzens University in Innsbruck, Austria. He is an alumni of the Space Studies Programme of the International Space University (Houston, Texas) and was a teaching assistant of the same programme at the ISU Cleveland, Ohio campus. Mr Grömer has international academic experience having already conducted research in Italy, the US and Chile. His experience with outreach activities is considerable having already coordinated such activities for the European lunar mission, LunarSat; for the crewed Mars simulation expedition in Utah; for the 37th ESA Parabolic Flight Campaign as a flight crew member; and for the AustroMars and PolAres, as part of the Programme Management Group. Currently, he teaches and researches in the field of human Mars exploration at the University of Innsbruck in Austria.
Yasushi Horikawa is a technical counselor of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in Tokyo, Japan. He earned his PhD from Tokyo University in Electrical Engineering. He worked for many years in the field of spacecraft design. He contributed to the successful implementation of Japanese meteorological satellite programs and Earth observation programs, as well as the development of the International Space Station program. Dr. Horikawa also contributed to the implementation of the Japanese International Space Station program as the Program Manager. Subsequently, Dr. Horikawa was responsible for all satellite application programs as an Executive Director of JAXA. This included the operation of satellites for many diverse uses including Earth observation, global positioning, communications and broadcasting. Today, he continues as an advisor for Japanese satellite application development and utilization programmes. Additionally, Dr. Horikawa is a professor at Tokai University and is the president of the Japanese Society of Cost Estimate and Analysis since 2011. In June 2012, Dr. Horikawa began a two year term as the Chairman of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS).
Tanja Masson-Zwaan has specialised in the field of air and space law since 25 years. She currently teaches air and space law in the advanced Masters programme in air and space law of Leiden University (The Netherlands), supervises research of LLM and PhD students and carries out research activities for various clients. She is the President of the International Institute of Space Law, to which position she was re-elected for a second term in October 2010, and has published on a variety of topics over the years. She lectures on space law all over the world, advises the Dutch government, the EU and other national and international bodies on matters relating to space law, and attends the sessions of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space as an observer. Before returning to Leiden where she obtained her LLM in public international law, Tanja set up and taught graduate courses in air and space law at the National University of Singapore, worked as a consultant in France and the Netherlands for industrial and institutional clients, and served many years as Executive Secretary of the IISL, organising numerous conferences, symposia, meetings and the Manfred Lachs space law moot court competition. Tanja is a recipient of several awards (IISL Distinguished Service Award, 2001 and IAA Social Science Award, 2008), and is a member of various professional organisations such as the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA, full member), the Académie de l’air et de l’espace (ANAE, France), the International Law Association (ILA, including its Space Law Committee), and the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL, former Board member). Tanja is a Board member of the Space Generation Advisory Council in Support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications (SGAC), Women in Aerospace-Europe (created in 2009), the Netherlands Space Society (NVR), and HE Space Operations.
Johannes Ortner studied Electrical Engineering and Technical Physics at the University of Technology of Vienna and in 1960 obtained his Ph.D. in Meteorology and Geophysics at the University of Vienna. While working as a physicist at the Geophysical Observatory of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences at Kiruna, Sweden, he was charged with preparing and performing the first Swedish sounding rocket experiments to measure the energy spectra of electrons causing the northern lights (aurora borealis), which were successfully launched in August 1962. Among his many professional positions, Mr. Ortner worked for the European Space Research Organization (ESRO) in Paris, France, was Assistant Director for Scientific Projects at the European Space Laboratory (ESLAB) in Noordwijk, Netherlands, and was Assistant Director for Program Planning in Paris. In 1974, Johannes Ortner was appointed as Managing Director of the Austrian Space Agency (ASA) in Vienna and directed this agency until his retirement in 1998. In this function, he prepared Austria for full membership at the European Space Agency (ESA), which was obtained in 1987. Mr Ortner has also a respectable history with international institutions dealing with outer space, as he was President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), Vice-President of Eurisy (Paris), Member of the Board of Trustees of the International Space University, ISU (Strasbourg), Member of the Board of Trustees of the International Space Science Institute, ISSI (Bern) and Member of several committees of the International Astronautical Federation, IAF (Paris). Additionally, Johannes Ortner was the Director of the annual European Summer School on Space Research in Alpbach, Tyrol, for more than twenty years.
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Enrique Pacheco is native of Chalco, Mexico. He has a Bachelor in Electronic Engineer from the Autonomous University of Baja California, Mexico, and a M.Sc. in Telecommunications from CICESE Research Center. Also he has doctoral studies in Space Technology from Surrey Space Centre at University of Surrey, UK. He has been involved on space technology since 1993, working as Technical Coordinator for SATEX 1 and SENSAT (Self –Explore Nano-Satellite) projects, the latest project aims to research, design, development, and construct High Performance Educative Nano Satellites (HPENS). Also was the leader of a research project to develop a multispectral camera for an UAV and a multispectral optical camera as Payload for the CONDOR mission that is a microsatellite developed jointly between Mexico and Russia under the leadership from Mexico of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Has been lecturer of topics related with telecommunications, space satellite communications and space technology since 1993, also participating in national and international conferences. He is Founder Member of the Mexican Academy of Aerospace Science and Technology and he is part of the Board. Also is part of the Mexican Space Network for Academic Research. He is also a corresponding member of the International Academy of Astronautics. He started to support the General Director of the Mexican Space Agency (AEM) right after his appointment in November 2011. Since January 2012 he has been formally appointed as Deputy Director for Space Science and Technology Affairs on the AEM and from that position has been representative of Mexico on the COPUOS were he is co-chair of the Expert Group A: Sustainable space utilization supporting sustainable development on Earth, that is part of the Working Group on the Long-term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities.
Nicolas Peter works currently in the Director General’s Cabinet (H/DGC). He was previously in the Director General’s Office (DG) and has been a Research Fellow at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) from 2006 to 2009 including a secondment during two years from ESA’s Director General Policy Office (DG-P). Mr Peter has been a Lockheed Martin Fellow for two years at the Space Policy Institute at the George Washington University (GWU). He has also been Teaching Associate for the International Space University’s Master programme and Faculty and Team Project Co-chair for the 2003 Summer Session Programme. Mr Peter has published and presented over 100 reports, book chapters, articles in peer-reviewed journals, international conferences related to space activities, particularly on space policy issues and co-edited three books on space affairs. He has been invited to be Chair and Rapporteur for sessions dealing with space policy affairs held in the framework of international space conferences (e.g. IAC) on four continents. He has been also invited to take part in numerous working groups on a diversity of space related fields and serves currently as the Secretary of the IAF Space Security Committee. Mr. Peter holds a Bachelor of Geography from the Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg, France. He holds also his first Masters Degree in Space Systems and second Masters Degree in Space Technology Applications from the Louis Pasteur. Nicolas Peter is also a graduate from the International Space University’s Master in Space Studies programme with a specialisation in business, policy and law and holds a Master of International Science and Technology Policy with a focus on space policy from the GWU’s Elliott School of International Affairs (Washington D.C., USA). Mr. Peter also attended Executive Education courses on foresight, strategy and policy evaluation at ESSEC (France), HEC (France) and the Manchester Business School (UK).
Dumitru Prunariu is the current Chairman of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space for the period of June 2010-June 2012 and is an Associate Professor of Geopolitics at the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, Romania. He acted as a Diplomatic Engineer for industrial sector prior to enrolling in the Romanian Air Force Officers Training School in 1977. He was selected for spaceflight training in 1978 as a part of the Intercosmos Program. In May 1981, he completed an eight-day space mission on board Soyuz 40 and the Salyut 6 space laboratory, where he completed scientific experiments in the fields of astrophysics, space radiation, space technology, space medicine and biology. Since 1995, Dr. Prunariu has been the Vice-President of the International Institute for Risk, Security and Communication Management (EURISC) in Bucharest. He is the former President of the Romanian Space Agency and former Director of the Romanian Office for Science and Technology Union (ROST) in Brussels. He is also a corresponding member of the International Academy of Astronautics, a member of the Romanian National COSPAR Committee, and a member of the Association of Space Explorers (ASE). He was elected in 2004 as the Chairman of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the UN COPUOS and has also served as a permanent representative of the Government of Romania and ASE to UN COPUOS. Dr. Prunariu obtained a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Politehnical University of Bucharest in 1976 and received a PhD from the Aviation Institute in Bucharest with research on flight dynamics.
Kai-Uwe Schrogl is the Director of the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in Vienna, Austria, since 1 September 2007. Prior to this appointment, he was the Head of the Corporate Development and External Relations Department of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Previously, he worked with the German Ministry for Post and Telecommunications and the German Space Agency (DARA). He has been a delegate to numerous international forums having recently served as the chairman of various European and global committees (ESA International Relations Committee and two UNCOPUOS plenary working groups). Dr. Schrogl’s prestige is internationally recognized by many high level governmental institutions, like the European Parliament and the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was called several times to present his professional assessment. Kai-Uwe Schrogl has written or co-edited 12 books and more than 130 articles, reports and papers in the fields of space policy and law, as well as telecommunications policy. He is editor in chief of the “Yearbook on Space Policy” and the book series “Studies in Space Policy” both published by ESPI at SpringerWienNewYork. Additionally, he sits on editorial boards of various international journals in the field of space policy and law (Acta Astronautica, Space Policy, Zeitschrift für Luft- und Weltraumrecht, Studies in Space Law/Nijhoff). Kai-Uwe Schrogl is also a Member of the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Space Law, Member of the International Academy of Astronautics and the Russian Academy for Cosmonautics. He holds a doctorate degree in political science and lectures international relations at Tübingen University, Germany (as an Honorary Professor), as well as at the International Space University (where he serves as Adjunct Faculty) and the European Centre for Space Law’s Summer Courses.
Christopher Vasko was born in Vienna, Austria. He studied Physics at the Vienna University of Technology, which brought him in contact with the topic of space and research from a scientific perspective. Ealry during his studies he became an active volunteer in local space organizations in a number of outreach/educational projects. His passion soon brought him to work as an intern at a small privately held Austrian company assisting in developing a novel plasma engine for space applications. Fueled by this experience, Christopher worked as intern at the European Space Policy Institute, the SGAC Vienna office and worked as scientific advisor for an international think-tank based in Germany.
Christopher then decided to return to academia for a PhD in applied physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. This allowed him to focus on science as well as to remain active in SGAC where was active from 2009 on in various positions ranging from web editor to Treasurer and Chairperson of the organization.
After defending his PhD, Christopher worked as an engineer before he started his current job at European Space Agency’s Strategy Department in Paris.
Chris Welch is a frequent commentator on space and astronautics, has made more than 300 television and radio broadcasts and has also advised on a number of space-related television programs and films. In 1989, Chris was one of the final 25 candidates to fly to the Mir space station on the UK-USSR Juno mission, which continues to fuel his passion for space in general and space education and outreach in particular. He is former chair of the UK’s Space Education Council and is Chair of the IAF’s Space and Education and Outreach Committee. He is Vice-President and a Council Member of the British Interplanetary Society and a subject editor for its journal, JBIS and is also on the board of the World Space Week Association and a trustee of the Spacelink Learning Foundation and the Arts Catalyst. In 2009 he won the Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Achievement in Space Education. Chris Welch is a Professor and Director of Masters Programs at the International Space University (ISU) in Strasbourg, France. He has a PhD in spacecraft engineering from Cranfield University in the United Kingdom – where he is also adjunct faculty – and an MSc in space physics from the University of Leicester. He is a Chartered Physicist and Member of the Institute of Physics, the Institute of Engineering and Technology (and a member of its Aerospace Network Executive Committee) and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Chris has also served as a special advisor on two UK government enquiries into space policy. In 1989, Chris was one of the final 25 candidates to fly to the Mir space station on the UK-USSR Juno mission, which continues to fuel his passion for space in general and space education and outreach in particular. He is former chair of the UK’s Space Education Council and is Chair of the IAF’s Space and Education and Outreach Committee. He is Vice-President and a Council Member of the British Interplanetary Society and a subject editor for its journal, JBIS and is also on the board of the World Space Week Association and a trustee of the Spacelink Learning Foundation and the Arts Catalyst. In 2009 he won the Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Achievement in Space Education. Chris is a frequent commentator on space and astronautics, has made more than 300 television and radio broadcasts and has also advised on a number of space-related television programs and films.
Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides is a leader and pioneer in the space community. With degrees in biology from Caltech and Stanford, she has travelled with NASA to Haughton Crater in the Canadian Arctic to study plants in extreme environments, lectured at the International Space University and travelled two miles deep to the bottom of the ocean with Avatar director James Cameron to be in his 3D IMAX documentary Aliens of the Deep. She currently serves as a Flight Director for ZERO-G, the weightless parabolic flight company. Loretta is also the Executive Director of Yuri's Night, an annual worldwide celebration of space observation around April 12th in over 200 cities in over 50 countries. Loretta and her husband George co-created Yuri's Night in 2001. Loretta is passionate about training the next generation of space leaders.
Jim Zimmerman is President of International Space Services, Inc. – a space policy firm in McLean, Virginia – which he founded in 1997. He also serves as Past President of the International Astronautical Federation, President of which he was from 2004 till 2008. Jim has more than 35 years of international space and science program and international cooperation experience. He is particularly familiar with space program and policy developments in the United States and in Europe where he served as NASA’s European Representative for twelve years. Jim is a Fellow in the American Astronautical Society and an Associate Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics where he also served as Vice President - International. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Beloit College and a Master of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, both in the USA. He also studied at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and at universities in Finland, Austria and Italy. Zimmerman was twice awarded NASA's Exceptional Service Medal, European Space Agency's International Space Station Award and the German Space Agency's International Cooperation Award, as well as the American Astronautical Society’s Award for the Advancement of International Cooperation.