19 – 21 March 2019 | St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Advisory board

H.E. Dr. Ahmad bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi
Cabinet Member, Minister of State for Higher Education & Advanced Skills, Chairman, UAE Space Agency
Ministry of Education - UAE
Dr. Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu
Board Director - ASE Europe
Association of Space Explorers
Mr. Jean-Yves Le Gall
Centre National d'etudes Spatiales – CNES
Jean-Yves Le Gall is President of the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the French space ag... ency, since 2013. In this capacity, he is Interministerial Coordinator for satellite navigation programmes and Chair of the Administrative Board of GSA, the European GNSS Agency. He is also Chair of the Council of the European Space Agency (ESA) and President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF).

CNES is responsible for proposing and implementing space policy in France. It is involved in all aspects of space (Ariane, Sciences, Observation, Telecommunications, Defence) through its four centres of excellence in Paris, Toulouse and French Guiana, with 2,450 employees and a budget of more than €2.4m (2018). CNES also represents France on the ESA Council and at many other international organizations, and is a partner in various commercial enterprises.

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

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

He received the Astronautics Prize from the French Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AAAF) in 2001. He was named Via Satellite magazine’s 2005 Satellite Executive of the Year and received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 from the Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council (APSCC). In 2011 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SPPI) and received the Icarus Prize from the French association of professional aerospace journalists (AJPAE). In 2014 he received a Laureate Award from Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine and in 2018 the California Institute of Technology presented him with the International Von Kármán Wings Award.

Jean-Yves Le Gall holds the rank of Commander of the National Order of Merit and Officer in the Legion of Honour in France. He has also been awarded the Order of Friendship by the Russian Federation and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, by the government of Japan. He is Doctor Honoris Causa of Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology.
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Mr. Eric Stallmer
Commercial Spaceflight Federation
Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund
Chair of the Executive Board
German Aerospace Center
Pascale Ehrenfreund is the Chair of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The Ge... rman Aerospace Center is among the largest center for aerospace, energy and transportation research in Europe with more than 8600 employees at 40 institutes and 20 locations in Germany. Since three decades she contributed as Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator and Teamleader to ESA and NASA astronomy and planetary missions as well as experiments in low Earth orbit and on the International Space Station. Pascale Ehrenfreund is Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs at the Space Policy Institute/George Washington University in Washington DC, Chancellor of the International Space University ISU and incoming President of the International Astronautical Federation IAF. From 2013-2015 she was President of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). Pascale Ehrenfreund holds a Master degree in Molecular Biology, a PhD in Astrophysics, and a Master degree in Management & Leadership. The asteroid "9826 Ehrenfreund 2114 T-3" bears her name.   Show more >
Dr. Tanja Masson-Zwaan
International Institute of Air and Space Law
Dr. Olga Stelmakh-Drescher
Director of Business Development & International Affairs
International Institute of Space Commerce
Dr. Olga Stelmakh-Drescher is the Director of Business Development and International Affairs at the ... International Institute of Space Commerce and a Member of the Global Council on Space Technologies of the World Economic Forum. She has an extensive background in space matters, having worked in the space sector for more than 15 years, including seven years of governmental and parliamentarian engagement. She has become noted as a lawyer with strong business, diplomacy and policy background, working around the globe, combining public service with academic work and legal practice. Academically, an alumna of Paris-11 Institute of Space and Telecommunication Law and International Space University, Dr. Stelmakh-Drescher holds a Doctorate in International Law specializing in Space Security, two Master of Laws (LLM) degrees, and two Master in Business Administration degrees. In 2013, she was honored with the IAF Emerging Space Leaders recognition award, in 2015 - with Secure World Foundation award and in 2017 - with Space Generation Leadership award. For the past three years she has been a judge of the regional rounds of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition. She heads the Election Committee and is Assistant Executive Secretary of the International Institute of Space Law. Olga is a member of many high-profile professional groups and sits on the Space Economy Committee and Entrepreneurship and Investment Committee of the International Astronautical Federation. Dr. Stelmakh-Drescher is a frequent speaker at many international space fora (US, Europe, Middle East and Asia-Pacific) and publishes extensively on space-related topics.   Show more >
Mr. Soichi Noguchi
Head of Astronaut Group
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency – JAXA
Dr. Mark Serres
Head of Space Agency
Luxembourg Space Agency
Ms. Minoo Rathnasabapathy
Research Engineer, PhD
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Minoo Rathnasabapathy is a research engineer within the Space Enabled Research Group at the MIT ... Media Lab. In this role, she helps coordinate projects in collaboration with international development organizations, national governments and entrepreneurial companies to apply space technology in support of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. Previously, Dr. Rathnasabapathy served as the Executive Director of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), a global non-governmental organization which acts in support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications, based in Vienna, Austria.

Dr. Rathnasabapathy earned her PhD in Aerospace Engineering researching the impact dynamics of novel materials used in aerospace structures. Dr. Rathnasabapathy serves as a Vice President of the Bureau of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), and is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Space Technology.
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Eng. Salem Humaid Al Marri
Assistant Director General for Science & Technology Centre
Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre - MBRSC
Mr. Alexander Macdonald
Senior Economic Advisor, Office of the Administrator
National Aeronautics & Space Administration – NASA
Mr. Stuart Martin
Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director
Satellite Applications Catapult
Ms. Victoria Samson
Secure World Foundation
Mr. Jeff Feige
Space Frontier Foundation
Sir Martin Sweeting
Executive Chairman
Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd
Prof. Sir Martin pioneered highly capable small satellites utilizing modern consumer electronics to ... change the economics of space that brought space within the reach of developing economies. In 1985, he founded a University spin-off company (SSTL) which has designed, built, launched and operated in orbit 61 nano, micro and mini-satellites – as well as 34 navigation payloads for the European Galileo constellation. Sir Martin is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering. Knighted by HM The Queen, he has been identified as one of the UK’s 20 most influential engineers in the UK.  Show more >
Dr. Anu Ojha
UK National Space Academy
Anu Ojha is Director of the UK’s National Space Academy programme, a Director of the UK Natio... nal Space Centre (the UK’s largest visitor centre for space science and astronomy) and in 2018 was appointed to the Council of STFC – the UK’s Research Council responsible for national and international facilities and programmes in particle physics, nuclear physics and astronomy/space science.

A member of the Space Growth Partnership team formulating the long-term industry/government/academia growth plan for the UK space sector, Anu is the lead for Skills/Training/Education and Space Exploration in the UK Government’s programmes of strategic collaboration in Space Science and Technology with China. Appointed in 2016 as an Honorary Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester, he is a Co-Investigator for the SPLIT planetary geotechnics sampling tool being developed by the University for use on future Mars exploration missions and was Principal Investigator for the Astro Academy Principia experiments conducted by European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Tim Peake aboard the International Space Station.

A former Advanced Skills Teacher (AST), Assistant Headteacher and National Lead Practitioner (Physics) for the UK Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, Anu has led the development and delivery of National and International teacher training and student programmes for the UK Space Agency, ESA, the United Arab Emirates and China. He has worked as a consultant for ESA using data from the SOHO orbiting solar observatory and Mars Express mission and has written and presented numerous international teaching films for ESA targeted for European students, teachers and the general public.

Anu continues to teach physics on the National Space Academy’s Space Engineering (A level pre-University) and Higher Apprenticeship (undergraduate) courses run in partnership with Loughborough College and the University of Leicester. In 2014 he was appointed OBE for services to science education and in 2018 was invited to join ESA’s Human Spaceflight and Exploration Science Advisory Committee (HESAC) – the senior advisory body to ESA’s Director of Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration on all matters concerning scientific exploitation of human spaceflight, microgravity and exploration programmes.

Over the last twenty years Anu has also continued his involvement in high-altitude Himalayan expeditions, free-diving and scuba diving and has a deep interest in human performance/physiological science in extreme environments. He is a current skydiver with nearly 1500 jumps and was involved as an independent science analyst for Felix Baumgartner’s Red Bull Stratos stratospheric jump programme
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Ms. Simonetta Di Pippo
United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs – UNOOSA
Simonetta Di Pippo is Director of UN Office for Outer Space Affairs. She served as ESA’s Human Space... flight Director, and ASI’s Observation of the Universe Director. She is Academician and Board of Trustees member of IAA; member of WEF Global Future Council on space technology; co-founder of Women in Aerospace Europe; and UN International Gender Champion.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Astrophysics and Space Physics from University “La Sapienza”, an Honoris Causa Degree in Environmental Studies, and an Honoris Causa Degree of Doctor in International Affairs. IAU named asteroid 21887 “Dipippo” in honour of her contribution to space activities.
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Mr. George Whitesides
Chief Executive Officer
Virgin Galactic
• CEO of Virgin Galactic and its sister company, The Spaceship Company.
• Board member of Vi... rgin Orbit, which George spun out of Virgin Galactic last year.
• Before Galactic, was Chief of Staff for NASA.
• First job was working directly for Dave Thompson, CEO of Orbital.
• Was a customer of Galactic before he became an executive.
• Volunteer activities: Vice Chair of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, member of Caltech’s Space Innovation Council and the Advisory Council for Princeton’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
• Just finished up a term as co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Space Technologies.
• Served on the board of trustees at Princeton, degrees from Princeton and Cambridge, Fulbright Scholar.

Private pilot and certified parabolic flight coach.
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Mr. Sylvain Laporte
Canadian Space Agency – CSA
Mr. Michael Gold
Vice President for Regulatory & Policy
Maxar Technologies
Mike Gold serves dual roles for Maxar Technologies as a Vice President for Regulatory / Policy and a... s General Counsel for the company’s Radiant Solutions business unit. Mr. Gold deals with a wide variety of issues ranging from the implementation of international treaty obligations to export control, reform-focused policy development, and technology commercialization. Mr. Gold Chairs the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee which provides independent advice to the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation. Mr. Gold also serves on the NASA Advisory Council where he Chairs the newly formed Regulatory and Policy Committee. Mr. Gold is admitted to practice law in New York and the District of Columbia, and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  Show more >
Dr. Valanathan Munsami
Chief Executive Officer
South African National Space Agency – SANSA
Dr Munsami holds a PhD in Physics, a Master of Business Leadership, a Space Studies Program Diploma ... from the International Space University, and a Certificate in International Air, Space and Telecommunications Law. As of January 2017, he has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SANSA. He is currently a member of the South African Council for Space Affairs (SACSA) and Vice President of the International Astronautic Federation (IAF) for Developing Countries and Emerging Nations. He has also been recently inducted as an academician of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA).   Show more >
Dr. Graham Turnock
Chief Executive Officer
UK Space Agency
Graham has been CEO at the UK Space Agency, an Executive Agency of the Department for Business, Ener... gy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) since March 2017. Prior to this he led the Better Regulation Executive, a unit within BEIS. He holds a PhD in Particle Physics from Cambridge University for theoretical work at CERN.

Graham also holds a diploma in public administration from the École Nationale d’Administration (ENA). He has extensive experience across Whitehall and at a European level – a key priority for the Agency’s head. He has worked in the European Commission and held several other posts in the UK Civil Service with a strong European element, including the Treasury’s lead on the EU budget. Previously he has been the BEIS representative on the Met Office board while outside of work he is a trustee of the Youth Hostels Association and a keen cyclist.
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Dr. Tae-byeong Chae
nominated by Dr. Cheol-Ho Lim
Director of Satellite Application Division
Korea Aerospace Research Institute -KARI
Dr. Koichi Wakata
Vice President and Astronaut
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency - JAXA
Dr. Koichi Wakata received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from Kyushu University. Selected as an astronaut ca... ndidate in 1992, from 1992 to 2016 he worked at NASA Astronaut Office and served in duties including Chief of Space Station Operations Branch, instructor astronaut for robotics, EVA and CapCom. He served as JAXA ISS Program Manager from 2016 to 2018 before assigned as JAXA Vice President for Human Spaceflight in 2018. He flew in space four times on Space Shuttle, ISS, and Soyuz. He became the first Japanese ISS Commander in 2014. He has accumulated more than 347 days in space.  Show more >
Dr. Rogel Mari Sese
Program Leader
National SPACE Development Program Philippines - NSDP