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


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
H.E. Dr. Mohammed Nasser Mubarak Saeed Al Ahbabi
Director General
UAE Space Agency
Etienne Schneider
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy
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H.E. Dr. Driss El Haddani
Director General
Royal Centre for Remote Sensing, Morocco
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H.E. Dr. Salem Al Hajraf
Director General for Scientific Affairs
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Bertrand Baratte
Space Business Unit Director
Air Liquide
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Laurent Jaffart
Vice President - Head of Constellations & Future Space Solutions, Marketing & Sales - Space Systems
Airbus Defence and Space
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Chikouche Abdelwahad
Director, Space Programs and Industry Development
Algerian Space Agency
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Dr. Azzedine Oussedik
Director General
Algerian Space Agency
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Nadia Almehairi
Managing Director
Al Muatheroon Professional & Management Development
Daniel Dumbacher
Executive Director
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
Ben Baseley-Walker
Andart Global
Ben Baseley-Walker is a Partner at Andart Global, ... providing space and emerging technologies consulting to governments, industry and investors. This includes policy, strategy, international law, management and due diligence. A seasoned expert who has worked with national governments, regional organisations, and multilateral institutions such as the EU and the UN.  He served as Programme Lead for the Emerging Security Threats Programme at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research in Geneva and as a Global Fellow at the Geneva Center for Security Policy. Additionally, Baseley-Walker worked with the Secure World Foundation in Washington, D.C. as an advisor on security policy and international law.   Show more >
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Peter Marquez
Andart Global
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Stéphane Israёl
Chief Executive Officer
Tanya Harrison
Director of Research, NewSpace Initiative
Arizona State University School of Earth and Space Exploration
Dr. Tanya Harrison is the Director of Research for...  Arizona State University’s Space Technology and Science (“NewSpace”) Initiative, and a science team collaborator for NASA’s Opportunity rover and Mars 2020 rover. Her expertise lies in Martian geology and mission operations. She holds a B.Sc. in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Washington, M.A. in Earth and Environmental Sciences from Wesleyan University, and Ph.D. in Geology with a Specialization in Planetary Science and Exploration from the University of Western Ontario. Science communication is also a focus for Tanya, having written for outlets such as The Globe and Mail, Slate, and Astronomy Magazine. She also stars in the YouTube series “How to Build a Spaceship,” a partnership with Honeywell. You can find her on Twitter as @tanyaofmars.   Show more >
Dr. Li Xinjun
Secretary General
Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation (APSCO)
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Elena Siegel
Giulio Ranzo
Chief Executive Officer and General Manager
Michael Suffredini
Chief Executive Officer
Axiom Space
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Donna Lawler
Azimuth Advisory
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Gregory Knapp
Business Development Manager
BAE Systems
Ingo Baumann
BHO Legal
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Clay Mowry
Vice President, Global Sales, Marketing & Customer Experience
Blue Origin
Peter McGrath
Director of Global Sales & Marketing - Space Exploration Division
Boeing Defense, Space and Security
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Dr. Farouk El Baz
Director of the Center for Remote Sensing and Research Professor
Boston University
Manny Shar
Head of Analytics
Bryce Space and Technology - UK
Manny Shar is the Head of Analytics at Bryce Space...  & Technology, leading consulting engagements for government and commercial clients. He has worked across the board on innovative projects from early stage investment to commercial model development in the satellite communications sector, having previously managed a multi-billion-dollar portfolio of assets and supporting cross-functional strategic business development activities. His background includes international consulting work in complex business environments for Fortune 100, FTSE-100, mid-size and emerging businesses in the US and Europe. 

Manny is actively involved with the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), a non-governmental organisation that supports the United Nations Programme on Space Applications. Manny also advises numerous space start-ups, providing strategic business and technical advice. He is a contributing editor of ISU's alumni magazine and enjoys promoting STEM education through public outreach.

Manny holds a master’s degree in space studies from the International Space University and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Kent, Canterbury, England.
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Sylvain Laporte
Canadian Space Agency
Jean-Yves Le Gall
President, Centre National d'etudes Spatiales (CNES) and President International Astronautical Feder
International Astronautical Federation
Jean-Yves Le Gall is President of the Centre Natio... nal d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the French space agency, since 2013. In this capacity, he is Interministerial Coordinator for satellite navigation programmes and Chair of the Administrative Board of GSA, the European GNSS Agency. He is also Chair of the Council of the European Space Agency (ESA) and President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF).

CNES is responsible for proposing and implementing space policy in France. It is involved in all aspects of space (Ariane, Sciences, Observation, Telecommunications, Defence) through its four centres of excellence in Paris, Toulouse and French Guiana, with 2,450 employees and a budget of more than €2.4m (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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Antoine Seillan
Chief Financial Officer
Centre National d'etudes Spatiales (CNES)
Kaitlyn Johnson
Associate Fellow and Associate Director, Aerospace Security Project
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Prof. Wu Ji
Chief Scientist and Project Leader of the Strategic Priority Program on Space Science
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Eric Stallmer
Commercial Spaceflight Federation
Michael Flachbart
Global Education Director
Compass International
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Matthew Cochrane
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Defense Services Marketing Council
Jeff Matthews
Specialist Leader
Deloitte LLP
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Stefano Antonetti
Head of Sales - Institutional Business
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Carie Lemack
Chief Executive Officer
Humaid Alshamsi
General Counsel
Dubai Aviation City Corporation
Jean-Jacques Dordain
Former Director General
European Space Agency
Luca del Monte
Head of Industrial Policy and SME Division
European Space Agency (ESA) – France
Dr. Mario Merri
Head of the Missions Operations Data Systems Division
ESOC - European Space Operations Centre of ESA - European Space Agency
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Dominique Tilmans
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Andreas Voigt
Global Communications Systems Manager
Eutelsat SA
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Jeanne Medvedeva
Commercial Director
Col. Thierry Blanc
Chef d’état-major
French Joint Space Command - Commandement Interarmées de l’Espace
Enlisted in 1989, Colonel Thierry BLANC spends his...  early career as an intelligence officer in the French Air Force has been regularly deployed abroad. After being graduated in 1997 as an engineer in air and space domains, he is assigned to the French Space Agency, in charge of the French military remote-sensing satellites and then to the General Secretariat for Defence and National Security as an expert in outer space proliferation and export control.

After his graduation from the War College in 2005, he is positioned as second then first-in-command of several space related entities and the ISR Brigade in the French Air Force. In September 2018, he is appointed Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of the French Joint Space Command.
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Lu Zhang
Founder & Managing Partner
Fusion Fund
Lu Zhang is the Founder and Managing Partner of Fu... sion Fund. Fusion Fund supports early-stage entrepreneurs who are looking to build globally disruptive companies using innovative technologies to drive systemic change. Lu leads the management team consisting of seasonal investors, distinguished entrepreneurs and top tier scientists. Recently, Lu is selected as 2018 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (Davos). Before this, she also got selected as Silicon Valley Women of Influence 2018 and Top 10 all America Chinese Youth. In 2017, she was awarded as the Forbes US 30 under 30 & Featured Honoree of VC category and also awarded as the Forbes Asia 30 under 30 of Finance category. In the same year, Lu was selected as the Town & Country 50 Modern Swans Influencer, representing top female entrepreneurs and influencers in the U.S. 
Prior to starting Fusion Fund, Lu was a Venture Partner at Fenox Venture Capital. She was also the Founder and CEO of a medical device company focused on non-invasive technology for the early diagnosis of Type II diabetes (acquired in 2012). Lu is active in the entrepreneur and investor communities providing mentorship and serves as an advisor to programs like Microsoft AC, Singularity University, StartX at Stanford, and Youth Council of Future Forum. Lu received her M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University and holds several patents.
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Lon Levin
Chief Executive Officer
Lindsay Wolff
Satellite Architect and Director, Civil and Military Missions
Prof. Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund
Chair of the Executive Board
German Aerospace Center DLR
Pascale Ehrenfreund is the Chair of the Executive ... Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The German 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 >
Alexander Serkin
GK Launch Services
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Bulent Altan
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Global Space Ventures
David Meltzer
Secretary General
Global VSAT Forum (GVF) - U.S.
Jawad Abbassi
Head of Region
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Christodoulos Protopapas
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Hellenic Space Agency
Chief Executive Officer, Hellas Sat
Stephanie Wan
International Government Relations Manager, IMSG & IPA agreement to the State Dept. Office of Space
I.M. Systems Group Inc.(IMSG)
Maher Ezzedine
CEO of Ideanco and Chairman of Harvard Business School Aerospace Alumni Association
Maher Ezzeddine is the Chief Executive Officer of ... Ideanco, an idea innovator company with offices in New York, San Francisco, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Beirut, Paris and Calgary including representative offices in over 30 cities. Ideanco is a disruptive idea innovator with a very innovative business model and over 43,000 people and elite partners focusing on providing strategy consultancy targeting both private and public sectors with a special highlight on renewable energy, aerospace, defense, security and education. Maher is also the Chairman of Harvard Business School Aerospace Alumni Association (HBSAAA), a global association focusing on Aerospace. With its head office in Washington DC, HBSAAA is catering its services towards aviation, defense, security and space exploration. 

Maher has been instrumental in kick-starting the first credited courses of its kind in collaboration with prominent universities such as the American University of Beirut (AUB) and University of Calgary concentrating on designing shelters and colonies for the “Red Planet” Mars.

For more information, please visit www.ideanco.com
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Ahmed Halil
Adviser on Satellite & Technologies
Dr. Koppillil Radhakrishnan
Former Chairman
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
Dr. Radhakrishnan Koppillil, Hono... rary Distinguished Advisor in ISRO, was India's space chief during 2009-2014 (as Chairman of Space Commission, Secretary of Department of Space and Chairman of ISRO). He steered India’s first planetary exploration mission to Mars (alias Mangalyaan) from concept to fruition. Besides, he is credited with flying GSLV with India's cryogenic engine, experimental flight of GSLV Mk3, re-entry experiment of un-manned Crew module, a dozen operational flights of PSLV and new space capabilities for navigation, strategic communications, microwave radar imaging & tropical climate studies. Enlargement of space application to all central ministries, redefinition of Chandrayaan-2 mission with Indian lander and rover as well as inking agreement with NASA to jointly build an advanced Radar Imaging Satellite by 2020 are highlights of his leadership initiatives for future. Through an inclusive organizational process, Dr. Radhakrishnan nurtured younger generation of leaders to carry forward the legacy of ISRO. While heading ISRO’s Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (2007-09), he had a key role in Chandrayaan-1 mission. He scripted India’ modern multi-mission ground station for Earth Observation Satellites, while heading National Remote Sensing Agency (2005-07). He headed Indian Delegation to UN-COPUOS during 2008/2009 and chaired ‘Working Group of the Whole’. An electrical engineer, inducted into ISRO in 1971, Radhakrishnan studied management at IIM-Bangalore and completed doctorate from IIT-Kharagpur. He held key roles in avionics systems, technology management, space economics and space applications for three decades. During a stint of five years as founder-Director of the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), he became Vice Chairman of Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (2001-05) and the first Project Director of the India’s Tsunami Early Warning System. Radhakrishnan is a Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Science, India and Member of International Academy of Astronautics. He is bestowed with ‘Padma Bhushan’, the third-highest civilian award in India, Allan D Emil Memorial Award of IAF and 50 more awards & accolades. The 'Nature' Journal chose him as one of the Ten people who mattered in the year 2014. His biography “My Odyssey: Memoirs of the Man behind the Mangalyaan Mission” was published by Penguin Random House India in 2016. 

[May also see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K._Radhakrishnan
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Amal Ezzedine
Business Development Manager
Hamza Hameed
Legal Consultant
The International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT)
Hamza Hameed is a Pakistani lawyer currently worki... ng at the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) in Rome, Italy. His primary focus is on the Space Assets Protocol of the Cape Town Convention which is an international instrument designed to facilitate asset-based financing in the space industry. He holds an Advanced LLM degree in Air and Space Law from the International Institute for Air and Space Law at Leiden University. He is also a member of the legal team and the National Point of Contact for Pakistan at the Space Generation Advisory Council.   Show more >
Dr. Christian Feichtinger
Executive Director
International Astronautical Federation (IAF)
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Olga Stelmakh-Drescher
Director of Business Development & International Affairs
International Institute of Space Commerce
Prof. Chris Welch
Professor of Astronautics & Space Engineering and Director ISU Masters Program
International Space University (ISU)
Chris Welch is Professor of Space Engineering at t... he International Space University in Strasbourg, France, where he is also Director of Masters Programs. His research interests are in space propulsion, microgravity science and planetary exploration. He is also a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society (BIS), the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Royal Astronomical Society respectively. He also has a significant track record in both space education and outreach and in higher education, receiving the 2009 Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Space Education and 2015 IAF Distinguished Service Award.   Show more >
Kyle Acierno
Vice President of Global Sales and Strategy
Kyle Acierno is an international expert in commerc... ial space and a specialist in lunar exploration. Over the past decade, he has developed broad knowledge extending into space science, engineering, law, policy, finance, and business development. As an international speaker, Kyle has presented at over 100 conferences worldwide. He is a member of numerous working groups, both commercial and technical, and regularly contributes to legal debates surrounding space resources.

Currently, Kyle works as the Managing Director of ispace Europe. ispace is a lunar exploration and transportation company with its headquarters in Japan and regional offices in Luxembourg and at
NASA AMES in California.

With both Canadian and Italian citizen and a passion for exploration, Kyle has visited over 90 countries. He speaks Chinese and has limited proficiency in both French and Spanish. He received a Bachelors in International Security and a Masters of Science in Space Studies.
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Piero Benvenuti
Italian Space Agency
Dr. Koichi Wakata
Vice President and Astronaut
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
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Dr. Charles Elachi
Former Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA & VP of the California Institute of Technology
Jet Propulsion Laboratory - NASA
Joerg Kreisel
Joerg specializes in technology commercialization ... - with a strong focus on space - and has been involved in numerous primarily international activities in both space and early-stage equity finance since 1987. His firm JKIC is a recognized label in the global space community, advising government authorities, industry and investors on commercialization, partnerships, early-stage finance and strategy development. Joerg serves as board member of startups and investor boards, has been involved with new business creation in the space arena around the globe. He also acts as university lecturer since the 1990s. Joerg holds a diploma degree in aerospace engineering from RWTH Aachen University and is ISU alumnus. He was born in 1961 and is married, with two children.    Show more >
Dmitry Loskutov
Director General
JSC Glavkosmos
In 2000 Mr. Loskutov graduated from Chuvash State ... University with a degree in Law.

Until 2004 he worked in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, engaged in the examination of regulatory legal acts.

From 2004 to 2006 he worked in the Department for Security and Disarmament Affairs of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and dealt with issues of international military-technical cooperation and protection of intellectual property rights.

From 2006 to 2012 he worked in the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to NATO, first as the Third and then Second Secretary, and headed the Defense and Military Technical Cooperation Group. He supervised the projects of the Russia-NATO Council in air traffic control, use of helicopters and military transport aviation.

From 2012 to 2018 Mr. Loskutov held a position of Assistant Deputy Chairman of the Russian Government Dmitry Rogozin. There he was responsible for international contacts, oversaw the work of a number of bilateral intergovernmental commissions on economic cooperation, issues of international military-technical cooperation, and interagency activities related to Trans-Dniester.

Since 2018 as Director of the International Cooperation Department in Roscosmos State Space Corporation, he was responsible for developing proposals on state space policy, interaction with federal executive authorities, as well as with foreign partners on all issues related to international cooperation in space exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes.

In December 2018 Mr. Loskutov was appointed Glavkosmos Director General.

He is assigned a class rank of Class 3 Full State Counselor of the Russian Federation.

Mr. Loskutov is awarded a second-class medal of the Order of Merit for the Motherland.
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Dr. Arif Al Hammadi
Executive Vice President
Khalifa University of Science and Technology
Adham Alkhaja
Graduate Student
Khalifa University of Science and Technology
Dr. Daniel Choi
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Khalifa University of Science and Technology
Dr. Steve Wesley Griffiths
Senior Vice President, Research and Development
Khalifa University of Science and Technology
Dr. Prashanth Reddy Marpu
Associate Professor - Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Khalifa University of Science and Technology
Guido Baraglia
Business Development and Sales Director, EMEA
Kratos Communications
Dr. Mohammed Adnan
R&D Scientist at Algorythma and Technical Product Lead
Krypto Labs
With over 10+ years of R&D experience in the f... ield of nanotechnology and material sciences, Dr. Adnan attained his PhD in Chemical from Rice University at a young age of 26 with over 300 citations of his research work. His work experience at NASA Langley Research Center has enabled him to acquire research funding of more than 500,000 AED for his research group to use nanotechnology in order to develop thermal protection systems for deep space missions to Mars. Dr. Adnan's experience extends from the field of nanotechnology to unmanned autonomous vehicles. Currently, Dr. Adnan works for Algorythma as lead R&D scientist, owning several internal products, where he plays key roles in innovation. Furthermore, with an entrepreneurial spirit, Dr. Adnan is also involved with 3 startup companies in UAE. He is currently focused on inspiring the youth to take on the challenges of space.
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Anas Zeineddine
Executive Director
Krypto Labs
Joo-Jin Lee
Former President
Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI)
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H.E. Dr Mohammad Alramadhan
Director, Research Directorate
Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences
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Dr. Yaser Abdelraheem
Assistant Professor
Kuwait University
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Dr. Hala Al Jassar
Assistant Professor
Kuwait University
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Dr. Duaij Alrukaibi
Assistant Professor
Kuwait University
Thomas Kubancik
Vice President & General Manager
L3 Technologies
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Ghaleb Faour
Lebanese Remote Sensing Centre (CNRS)
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Lisa Callahan
Vice President and General Manager
Lockheed Martin - Space Systems Company
Antoine de Chassy
Loft Orbital
Antoine de Chassy is a 25-year veteran in the Eart... h Observation satellite and services industry. Early 2017, with two long time Business partners he founded Loft Orbital Solutions in San Francisco, CA, with the simple yet challenging ambition to make access to Space much simpler for customers. Prior to launching Loft Orbital, he led the Business Development at Spire Global for 2 years.

Antoine worked for over 15 years at Airbus Geo-Information Services where he held senior and executive positions. Early 2006, as CEO of the North American operations, he led the transformation of the company, turning it into an undisputed leader of Geodata business in North America.

Today at Loft Orbital, Antoine leads the company as CEO and grows the business on international markets. Standard, high performance, small satellites are changing the game and Loft Orbital is surfing this massive trend to offer dramatic innovations in Technologies and Business models.

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Dr. Marc Serres
Chief Executive Officer
Luxembourg Space Agency
Andrew Rush
President & Chief Executive Officer
Made in Space
Michael Gold
Vice President for Regulatory & Policy
Maxar Technologies
Dr. Minoo Rathnasabapathy
Research Engineer, PhD
Space Enabled, MIT Media Lab
Dr. Minoo Rathnasabapathy is a research engineer w... ithin 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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Capt. Michael Lopez-Alegria
MLA Space & President of the Association of Space Explorers
Ryo Nakamura
Director & Deputy General Manager,
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd
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Mohammed Al Harmi
Senior Director of Corporate Development
Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC)
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Saeed Al Mansoori
Associate Image Processing Engineer
Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC)
Eng. Salem Humaid Al Marri
Assistant Director General for Science & Technology Centre
Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC)
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Adnan Al Rais
Deputy Project Manager, Ground Station, Emirates Mars Mission
Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC)
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Amer AlSayegh
KhalifaSat Project Manager and Senior Director of Space Engineering Department
Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC)
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Ayesha AlMulla
Officer - Events Management Section
Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC)
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Hessa Ali
Senior Engineer - Data & Control Unit, Space Engineering Department
Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC)
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Omran Sharaf
Project Director, Emirates Mars Mission
Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC)
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Maitha Sharif
Senior Engineer - Electrical Power Unit, Space Engineering
Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC)
Abby Dickes
Director of Marketing, Communications and Special Events
Abby is the Director of Marketing and Communicatio... n at NanoRacks. She handles everything from press, public relations, launch guest operations, creative and strategic planning, event planning, digital and print marketing materials, external company communication, and future planning. She has planned events all over the world on behalf of NanoRacks, including the Netherlands, Mexico, China, Italy, and now the United Arab Emirates. She is passionate about sharing the importance of space exploration with the world.

Abby’s past experience includes outreach work at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, NASA Headquarters Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, the House of Representatives Science Committee – Space Subcommittee, and Aerospace Industries Association. She received a Bachelor’s of Art in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park, complimented with a minor in Astronomy.
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Allen Herbert
Vice President Business Development and Strategy
Allen Herbert is a Vice President of Business Deve... lopment and Strategy at 
NanoRacks, one of the world’s leading commercial space station company. In this position Mr. Herbert handles special projects, investment funding, and business development, specifically for the Africa, Middle East and South East Asia region. 

Mr. Herbert believes that an entrepreneurial space ecosystem with both government and commercial backing will accelerate space development. His commitment to space driven ventures are evident in his personal and professional pursuits. Mr. Herbert has presented to the US government, Congress, and White House in the past as a consultant and space advocate to encourage the US get more involved in programs with emerging space nations. 

Mr. Herbert wants to help accelerate the commercial marketplace in low-Earth orbit and beyond by helping to break barriers and democratize space, by allowing space to be just another place to live, work, and do business. He credits NanoRacks for being a major catalyst allowing numerous entrepreneurial space companies and new-to-space nations to enter the commercial space marketplace.

His vision for the future of space exploration includes developing and working on opportunities aimed at game changing space projects in the US, and emerging space nations that advance those nations to leap-frog technologies.

Mr. Herbert believes that “Imagination, creativity and collaboration are key components that help in advancing space development now and in the future!”

Mr. Herbert has a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California. 
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Mike Lewis
Chief Innovation Officer
Jeffrey Manber
Chief Executive Officer
Jeffrey has served as the CEO of NanoRacks since 2... 009, growing the company into the first commercial space station company with customers. Before NanoRacks, Jeffrey was the only American to officially work for the Russian space program, he served as Managing Director of Energia USA, carried over the first commercial contract between NASA and the Soviet Union, and served as CEO of MirCorp, which leased the Russian space station. While at MirCorp, he oversaw the first ever, and still only, commercially funded manned mission, of over 70 days, to the Mir space station. Jeffrey later represented Russian space organizations when the initial International Space Station contracts were negotiated. He also co-developed the first fund dedicated to commercial space on Wall Street (Shearson Lehman) and has served as an adviser to numerous companies and governments. The author of three 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 in 2017, Space Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer of New Space Award. In 2018, Jeffrey spoke before the National Space Council and Vice President Mike Pence on commercial trade with China on space services.   Show more >
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Mary Murphy
Senior Intern
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Charles Bolden
Former NASA Administrator
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)
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Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen
Associate Administrator for Science
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)
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Mohamed Ibrahim
Head of Satellite Production and Testing Sector
National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences (NARSS)
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Prof. Mohamed Zahran
National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences (NARSS), Egypt
Andrew Nelson
Nelson Aerospace Consulting Associates
Andrew Nelson is President of Nelson Aerospace Con... sulting Associates. Nelson led the recent development of Spaceport Camden’s FAA/AST Spaceport License application and continues leading major elements of the project. Nelson Aerospace consults with major entities on complex strategic, technical and operational issues and comments regularly on emerging commercial space markets and financing. Nelson served 8 years as President/COO of XCOR bringing it from 12 to 125 persons before his departure in late-2014. Nelson raised $40+ Million in equity finance, $15+ Million in non-dilutive economic development grants, produced $65+ Million in sales backlog and led two M&A transactions. Before XCOR, Nelson worked 8 years on Wall Street and 10 years at BoozAllen&Hamilton departing as Head of the International Aviation & Space Team. Nelson’s career started at Pan Am’s Cape Canaveral engineering group and then at MITRE where he led engineering programs and participated in ICAO and NATO panels. Nelson received his BSEE from Ohio University, his MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and studied at the London School of Economics.   Show more >
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Bogdan Gogulan
Chief Executive Officer
NewSpace Capital
Lolowa Al Kindi
Research Assistant
New York University, Abu Dhabi
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Artiom Anisimov
Space Advocate
Noosphere Ventures
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Mark Watt
Managing Partner
Noosphere Ventures
Robert Curbeam
VP - Strategy and Business Development
Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems
Frank DeMauro
Sector Vice President & Space Systems Group President
Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems
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Carlos Niederstrasser
Systems Architect
Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems
Alia Al Mansoori
Scientific Research Fellow & Future Astronaut
NYU Abu Dhabi
Jim Keravala
Off World Inc.
Jim is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of O... ffWorld, building an industrial robotic workforce to undertake mining, manufacturing and construction on planetary surfaces and in space. The robotic workforce forms a solar system platform that will enable the construction of space based solar power stations, propellant depots and entire settlements leveraging a new industrial AI that OffWorld is currently developing.

He brings 30 years of experience and visionary leadership in innovation in multidisciplinary areas such as aerospace engineering, space systems, robotics and machine intelligence.

Jim studied aerospace engineering, spacecraft engineering and physics at London, Surrey, and Aachen Universities and ISU.
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Cody James
Open X Education
Cody James is a Forbes 30 under 30 in Manufacturin... g Industry, the Youngest Robotics Programmer to work at The Boeing Company and the CEO/Founder of Open X Education. He realized a shortage of trained technical staff on the advanced skill sets he works in, such as composite fabrication automation, computer numerical control machining, robotics, programming and more. He launched Open X Education in 2015 while at Boeing and has grown to 10,000 members since, while providing training and staffing solutions to major companies such as Virgin Orbit, Lockheed and more.   Show more >
Agnieszka Lukaszczyk
Senior Director of European Affairs
Agnieszka Lukaszczyk is a Senior ... Director for European Affairs at Planet. A Polish/American national, has worked at the European Commission, Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Space Data for Societal Challenges and Growth Unit. She also worked at the Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry, Space Policy and Research Unit. Before she joined the Commission, Agnieszka was the Brussels Office Director for the Secure World Foundation. In addition, she is the former Chairperson and the former Executive Director of the Space Generation Advisory Council in Support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications. Agnieszka also worked at the European Space Policy Institute as a research fellow. Agnieszka serves as the Vice President - Europe for the World Space Week And Sits on the Board Of Directors for the Women in Aerospace-Europe. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Space Security at the Polish Defence Academy. She holds a Master's degree from the Warsaw School of Economics in Management of Space in New Economies and a Master's degree from the American University School of International Service in International Politics plus a Bachelor degree in Political Science from the University of Tennessee. She also studied at the Universite Catholique de Louvain in Brussels, Belgium; the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland and the World Trade Institute in Berne, Switzerland. She gained professional experience at the Political Section of the Polish Embassy in Washington DC, American Electronics Association in Brussels, European Department of the Polish Senate in Warsaw and the Warsaw Business Journal.
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Andrey Maksimov
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Precious Payload
Andrey is a Dubai-based entrepreneur and is passio... nate to bring disruption to the space industry by using software. His latest project Precious Payload aims at making access to space for smallsats easy by introducing an online reservation system for all launch providers.   Show more >
Dr. Luigi Scatteia
Luigi is a Director in PwC Paris. He leads the PwC...  Space Practice, and its core space advisory team based in Paris. Luigi has over 17 years of experience in the space sector along the wider value chain and 8+ years in consulting for the industry and institutions in Europe and worldwide. His work encompasses market assessments, market entry strategies, industrial policy, regulatory support and economic impact assessments. His recent work  targets the role space imaging can play in new digital products and services based on advanced analytics and data fusion.   Show more >
Mike Collett
Founder, Managing Partner
Promus Ventures
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Maj. Gen. Marius Eugen Opran
Administrator and Chief Scientist Defence & Security Programs
Romanian Space Agency
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Prof. Dr. Marius-Ioan Piso
President and Chief Executive Officer
Romanian Space Agency
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Brig. Gen. Dr. Eng. Awni Al Khasawneh
Director General
Royal Jordanian Geographic Centre
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Sergey Krikalev
Director of Manned Space Flight
Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)
Mohamed Al Qadhi
Director General, Acting CEO of Khalifa Innovation Center
Sandooq Al Watan
Mohamed Taj Aldeen Al Qadhi is the Director Genera... l of Sandooq Al Watan. Mohamed holds a master’s degree in public policy (with distinction) from Oxford University and a number of undergraduate degrees in business, economics, politics and international relations. Previously, Mohamed has worked for more than 10 years in non-for-profit, governmental and private sector organizations including the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi and PricewaterhouseCoopers.   Show more >
Martin Coleman
Executive Director
Satcoms Innovation Group
Martin Coleman is Executive Director, the Satcoms ... Innovation Group (SIG), which is dedicated to promoting innovation in the satellite industry. Since taking on the position in 2011, Martin has been active in spearheading several significant initiatives, leading the advance in new tools to resolve all types of VSAT interference using SatGuard and the campaign to introduce Carrier ID across all SCPC/MCPC transmissions and subsequent ongoing activities.

Martin regularly addresses the industry on the challenges faced by the satellite industry and the innovative approaches needed to resolve them. 

Martin’s own company, Colem, which is now a part of Crystal, is a services, design and project management consultancy developing Network Management Systems (NMS) and automation control (NMS+) for the satellite and video distribution industry. Prior to setting up Colem, Martin was an engineer in charge of various BT projects for Madley, Goonhilly and other ground stations within the UK as well as working at London’s international switching centres starting his career in 1970.
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Stuart Martin
CEO & Executive Director
Satellite Applications Catapult
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Radosław Łapczyński
Co-Founder and CSO
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Victoria Samson
Secure World Foundation
Emiliano Kargieman
Chief Executive Officer
Mark Boggett
Seraphim Capital
Mark Boggett is CEO of Seraphim Capital a London b... ased venture firm. The team manage the recently launched Seraphim Space Fund, a pioneering new fund backed by a range of leading space corporates seeking investments in space related start-ups. He is also director of UK Space Tech Angels and is Chairman of the London Co-investment Fund – one of the most active seed investors in Europe. Prior to Seraphim he was at YFM Equity Partners serving on their main board for a number of years and working on the British Smaller Company VCT 1 and 2. He has a Degree in Accounting & Finance, MA in Economics & Finance from the University of Leeds and a range of professional investment qualifications.   Show more >
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Milos Doncic
BD Director, SESTEMA, Co-Founder, BOXCRAFT
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Dr. Ilias Fernini
Deputy General Director for Research Laboratories & Observatory
Sharjah Center for Astronomy & Space Sciences (SCASS)
Dr. Valanathan Munsami
Chief Executive Officer
South African National Space Agency (SANSA)
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Nicola Sasanelli
South Australian Space Industry Centre
Harriet Brettle
Strategic Partnerships Coordinator
Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC)
Harriet Brettle is passionate about connecting and...  empowering individuals to advance the future space economy. Harriet is a business analyst at Astroscale where she is developing a commercial solution to the problem of space debris. She is also the strategic partnerships team coordinator of the Space Generation Advisory Council, supporting its mission to connect students and young professionals to the wider space community. Harriet also advises space start-ups, providing strategic business and technical insight. 

Harriet has a master’s degree in planetary science at the California Institute of Technology where she researched the stability of storms on Jupiter. Prior to Caltech, Harriet worked at the Bank of England on medium term strategy and research, providing technical support for quantitative impact studies and undertaking risk analysis of global financial institutions. Harriet has a keen interest in public engagement with space science, interactions between different fields relevant to space exploration, and the future of new space economy.
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Clémentine Decoopman
Executive Director
Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC)
Clémentine Decoopman is currently the Executive Di... rector 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 organisation 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 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 UN COPUOS annual sessions) and contribute to the discussions by making regular statements at the plenary sessions.   Show more >
Melissa Thorpe
Head of Sector Engagement
Spaceport Cornwall
Melissa Thorpe heads up the business engagement, c... ommunications, marketing and education outreach for Spaceport Cornwall, the UK’s first horizontal launch site. This ambitious project will deliver safe and low-cost access to space by 2020 and inspire a generation of young people to take up STEM subjects. Melissa engages with businesses across the entire horizontal launch environment, working towards a commercially viable operation from an existing civilian airport.  This recently included the MOU signing with Virgin Orbit to be their exclusive launch location for Cosmic Girl in Europe. 

Graduating from the London School of Economics in 2010, Melissa moved to Cornwall where she has worked in economic development, foreign direct investment and EU funded projects. She has been part of the Spaceport Cornwall team since the project’s inception in 2014. 

Originally from Canada, Melissa maintains her love of the outdoors with swimming, trail running, and skiing whilst exposing her three year old daughter to as much ice hockey as possible. 
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Rainer Horn
Managing Partner
SpaceTec Partners
Rainer Horn is the Managing Partner of SpaceTec Pa... rtners and a member of several institutional boards in space programmes in Europe and Asia. He has long experience in (new)space, space applications and geospatial industry as consultant and investor. Rainer has studied at ESB in Reutlingen & London and attained an MBA from INSEAD. The strategy and management consultancy firm SpaceTec Partners advises its clients on business strategy, technology strategy, user engagement, financing and international cooperation. SpaceTec Partners has been instrumental in shaping the Space innovation ecosystems through the development of space funding programmes, accelerators and incubators.    Show more >
Sir Martin Sweeting
Executive Chairman
Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL)
Prof. Sir Martin pioneered highly capable small sa... tellites 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 >
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Olga Sokolova
Risk Analyst (Dr. Sc.)
St. Petersburg Polytechnic University
Dr. Olga Sokolova is a Risk Analyst with expertise...  in the domain of critical infrastructure risk assessment to natural catastrophes. Main focus of her research is on the power grids reliability assessment to solar storms in accordance with interconnected critical infrastructures considering economic and juridical aspects of power system design. Olga Sokolova has worked in various institutions including Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Paul Scherrer Institut, Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd. (Swiss Re), St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, Stanford University. She is currently leading interdisciplinary cross sectorial multi-stakeholder research projects to support the decision-making processes towards a sustainable energy future.   Show more >
Francois Chopard
Chief Executive Officer
Starburst Venture
François has over 20 years of experience in strate... gy consulting, entrepreneurship and business development.

He has founded Starburst Accelerator, the 1st incubator/accelerator dedicated to aerospace start-ups.

François specializes in the Aviation Aerospace and Defense industries featuring high stakes technology and has developed a wide experience of innovation-related issues. This has led him to speak about innovation at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

He works now on topics like future trends, product strategy, open innovation for companies mainly from the aerospace industry as well as investment funds.

Previously to joining Starburst, François was a Paris-based partner at Oliver Wyman. He worked also at PwC.

François received his MS in Electrical Engineering from the Ecole Supérieur d’Electricité (Supélec) in Paris, France. He has started his career as an Airbus Engineer and spent two years in a US Airforce Research Lab.
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Pavlo Degtiarenko
State Space Agency of Ukraine (SSAU)
Asif Anwar
Programme Director
Strategy Analytics Inc
Gregoire Bourban
Deputy Director National Affairs
Swiss Space Center
Grégoire Bourban obtained his Master degree in Mic... ro technology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). After engineering positions at the European Space Agency (ESA) and in a space industry he joined the Swiss Space Center in 2011 as scientific assistant. He completed his studies with an Executive MBA in Management of Technology in 2014. Currently he is working as Deputy director of the Swiss Space Center in charge of the national affairs and member of the Swiss delegation at ESA for the Technology Harmonisation Advisory Group (THAG).   Show more >
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Vincenzo Giorgio
Vice President Institutional Marketing and Sales
Thales Alenia Space
Sarah Cruddas
Space Journalist, Broadcaster and Author
Sarah Cruddas is a British Space Journalist, Broad... caster and Author. She has an academic background in astrophysics and can be seen on screen on channels such as Discovery, the BBC, Sky News, ITV and Channel 5. She is a global spokesperson for commercial space and the Director of Marketing for Space for Humanity, a non profit dedicated to democratising access to space.   Show more >
Torsten Kriening
Chief Commercial Officer
Pawel Rymaszewski
Chief Executive Officer
Thorium Space
Expert in the field of space engineering, a vision... ary with 20 years of experience in the Space and Defence industry.

Co-creator of many Space projects and innovative solutions in the field of physics, microelectronics and microwave systems.

Founder of Thorium Space Technology, a Polish satellite and RF payloads manufacturer.
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Lisa Stojanovski
Lisa Stojanovski is passionate about accelerating ... humanity's evolution into a space-faring civilization. She is a Producer of the live, interactive webcast 'TMRO', that showcases the latest in both space and science technology. As part of her Master’s in Science Communication Outreach degree, she toured Australia performing science shows for over 100,000 schoolchildren with the Shell Questacon Science Circus. Lisa has been recognized as an Emerging Space Leader by the International Astronautical Federation, and has received the ‘24 Under 24 Leaders and Innovators In STEAM and Space Awards’ from The Mars Generation. Lisa produced Rocket Lab’s launch livestreams for their 3rd and 4th flights, with over 380,000 views. Lisa is also a graduate of International Space University, where she completed research on Martian greenhouse atmospheric design with NASA researcher Dr Christopher McKay. In 2015, she completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) focusing on torpor hibernation in mice, and majored in molecular biology/biochemistry.   Show more >
Alia Al Ameri
Head of Strategy and Future Management
UAE Space Agency
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Dr. Fatima Yahya Al Aydaroos
Space Science Expert, Chief Executive for Happiness and Well-being
UAE Space Agency
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Engr. Heyam Al Blooshi
Design Engineer
UAE Space Agency
Sumaya Al Hajeri
Head of Space Policies and Legislations
UAE Space Agency
Sumaya Al Hajeri is a Space and Telecommunication ... Policies and Regulations professional with 12 years of experience in the field of Space and ICT Regulations and radio spectrum management. Heading the Space Policies and Regulations at the UAE Space Agency, she has contributed toward critical projects such as the Federal Law on Regulating Space Activities and the related Regulations. She has strong roots through a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Electronics Engineering from the UAE University and a Masters in International Law, Diplomacy and International Relations from Paris Sorbonne University. She is an expert in Future Foresight, and created create future scenarios of Space Accessibility based on International Legislations and R&D uncertainties.   Show more >
Eng. Naser Al Hammadi
Head of International Relations and Organization Affairs
UAE Space Agency
Engineer Nasser Bin Hammad is the head of space St... rategic Partnership and International Relations at UAE space Agency. He was Former Director Of International Affairs at Télécommunications Regulatory Authority with a demonstrated history of working in the telecommunications industry for more than 16 years. Skilled in Wireless Technologies, Management, Strategic Planning, Telecommunications, space and Strategy. Strong diplomat professional with an Executive Master of business administration focused in Business administration from Zayed University (UAE). He is a doctoral candidate on International Relations from Geneva School of Diplomacy and international relations. He is Currently elected member of ITU Radio Regulation Board (2014-2018).

Bin Hammad is an experienced International Telecommunications Policy and Regulatory Affairs professional and Telecommunications Engineer, and has been actively participating in the activities of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for the past 16 years.

He has been the Head of Delegation and Deputy Head of UAE delegation and official spokesperson of the UAE Administration at many Regional and International conferences, meetings, forum and meetings expressing and defending UAE positions and interests in Telecom and space sector , and was selected to be the chairperson of the council committee responsible for the 150th anniversary celebration of the ITU.
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Dr. Khaled Al Hashmi
Director of Space Missions Department
UAE Space Agency
Dr. Mohamed Al Junaibi
Executive Director of Space Sector
UAE Space Agency
Dr. Mohamed Al Junaibi is the Executive Director o... f Space Sector at the UAE Space Agency, where he is responsible for both the Mission Management department and the Policy and Regulations department. This includes oversight of operations related to the Emirates Mars Mission, which will see the Hope Probe arrive at Mars in 2021, in addition to the network of deep space observation ground stations and other important space projects.

Dr Al Junaibi obtained his PhD in engineering management from Cranfield University in the UK in 2004. Previously, he received an MSc and BSc from George Washington University in engineering management and electronics engineering respectively.

With more than 20 years of experience in managing ICT systems and implementing strategies throughout the UAE and the Gulf region, Dr. Aljunaibi role included advising and supporting projects undertaken by the UAE Space Agency, YahSat and other major players in the national space sector. Dr Aljunaibi was privileged to work with many Governmental entities and has shown distinguished performance and valuable contributions to ICT in the UAE.
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Talal Al Kaissi
Advisor - Strategic Projects
UAE Space Agency
Talal Al Kaissi joined the UAE Space Agency in Sep... tember 2018 as an Advisor to the Director General on Strategic Projects. Among several duties one of his core focus functions is on trying to support the activation of the UAE Space Agency Investment Promotion Plan, and the development of a local Space Economy in the UAE, outside of the telecommunications realm and with an emphasis on attracting space startups and investments to the UAE. Prior to his role at the Agency, Talal served at the UAE Embassy in Washington DC for 9 years as a Sr. Advisor for Commercial Affairs at the UAE Trade & Commercial Office and also led US / UAE Space Affairs. Talal graduated from California State University in Long Beach with a BS in International Business in 2006.    Show more >
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Dr. Muthanna Al Mahmoud
Head of Space Science and Technology
UAE Space Agency
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Abdulla Al Marar
Head of Projects
UAE Space Agency
Sheikha Al Maskari
Chief Innovation Officer
UAE Space Agency
Naser Al Rashedi
Director of Space Policy & Regulations
UAE Space Agency
Maitha Al Romaithi
Government Communication Officer
UAE Space Agency
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Fatima Al Shamsi
Space Policies Specialist
UAE Space Agency
Dr. Fatheya Al Sharji
Senior Space Legislation Specialist
UAE Space Agency
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Rashid Al Zaabi
Senior Specialist of Government Communication
UAE Space Agency
Mohamed Amara
General Counsel
UAE Space Agency
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Abir Khater
Advisor Academic
UAE Space Agency
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Dr. Naeema Al Darmaki
Assistant Dean for Students Affairs and Professional Development, College of Engineering
UAE University
Anu Ojha
UK National Space Academy
Anu Ojha is Director of the UK’s National Space Ac... ademy programme, a Director of the UK National 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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Arfan Chaudhry
Head of International Policy
UK Space Agency
On joining the Civil Service as a trainee Accounta... nt and undertaking a number of finance roles he qualified as a Management Accountant and took up an Equipment Procurement post in Central Government.  In August 2001 he undertook the role of Head of Finance and Secretariat to the Saudi based UK National Guard Communications Project Team.  From August 2005, as the Head of the Sales Team, he was responsible for the provision of Ministerial advice for the Defence Aviation Repair Agency with specific responsibilities for the sale of 2 Business Units.  From November 2008 he was on loan to the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills; UK Trade & Investment in the role of Assistant Director Support to Business. Principally responsible for delivering the strategy of formal engagement with companies to ensure focused UK Government support for exports.  In July 2013 he joined the Regional Directorate with specific responsibility for building and developing export opportunities in the Americas and the Caribbean.

In September 2016 Arfan led a Joint Forces Command team that delivered policy, operational, personnel, logistics, and governance support to the MOD’s Permanent Joint Operating Bases. He also led on all cross-Whitehall policy issues and was appointed the HQ lead for Department for Exiting the EU engagement on developing MOD’s EU exit plans.

In May 2018 he joined the UK Space Agency as the Head of International Policy, responsible for developing the Agency’s policy for international interventions and establishing effective relationships across Whitehall and strategically prioritising our international engagements both in Europe and globally according to the benefits to the UK. He also leads a team that delivers HMG’s export strategy for space whilst ensuring space interests are adequately captured in wider Government bilateral relationships and trade agreements in a post EU exit context.
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Graham Turnock
Chief Executive Officer
UK Space Agency
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Prof. Ahmed Murad
Professor of Hydrogeology and Dean of College of Science
United Arab Emirates University
Tiphaine Louradour
President, Global Commercial Sales
United Launch Alliance
Tiphaine Louradour is the President of Global Comm... ercial Sales for United Launch Alliance, a premier launch service provider for commercial, government and civil customers. In this role, Louradour has responsibility for worldwide commercial marketing activities including strategy, business development, and sales.

Prior to taking the lead for ULA’s commercial sales, Louradour worked commercial sales in partnership with Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services. During that time, she represented ULA in the commercial market, fostering strong customer relationships and representing ULA at key industry events.

Louradour earned a business master’s degree from the University of Paris-Dauphine and a MBA from the University of South Florida.
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Simonetta Di Pippo
United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)
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Markus Woltran
Programme Officer
United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)
Mahulena Hofmann
SES Chair in Satellite Communications and Media Law
Universite de Luxembourg
Professor Dr. Mahulena Hofmann is...  holder of the SES Chair in Space, SatCom and Media Law at the University of Luxembourg.

Since 2016, she serves as co-director of the Master Program in Space, Communication and Media Law. In 2016, she was head of a team which analysed the framework of space resources activities; afterwards, she was working on a proposal of the general space legislation of Luxembourg. Since 2018, she is representing the University in The Hague Space Resources Governance Group. M. Hofmann is member of the Board of the IISL, and member of the IAA. She is lecturing international law also at the Charles University in Prague.
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Kamiel Gabriel
Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)
Dr. Gabriel is the founding Associate Provost of r... esearch and graduate programs at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Ontario, Canada.  He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the University of Manitoba, Canada. In 1990, Dr. Gabriel attended the prestigious, MIT-founded, International Space University and received a diploma in Space Sciences.  For over 14 years, Dr. Gabriel led an international team in the research efforts spearheaded by NASA to design, test and operate a thermal management system for the International Space Station (ISS). In 2011, Dr. Gabriel worked with UAE higher education sector to construct a framework for funding competitive research in its publicly funded higher education colleges and universities. 
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Philip de Man
Assistant Professor Space Law
University of Sharjah
Prof. Moriba Jah
Associate Professor
The University of Texas Austin
Danny Sebright
U.S. - U.A.E. Business Council
Abdulla Saif Al Awani
Director of Economic Partnerships
Tawazun Economic Council
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David Critchley
Chief Executive Officer
George Whitesides
Virgin Galactic
Tim Wakeman
Senior Underwriter
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Sirisha Bandla
Business Development & Government Affairs Manager
Virgin Orbit
Stephen Eisele
Vice President
Virgin Orbit
As Vice President of Business Development at Virgi... n Orbit, Stephen Eisele is responsible for commercial sales and leading the strategy and mission management teams. His primary focus is to engage with the civil, commercial and new space small satellite community as well as lead Virgin Orbit’s growth opportunities through strategic partnerships. Prior to joining Virgin Orbit, Eisele served as a senior business development executive for Surrey Satellite Technology US, where he was responsible for engaging with commercial and government customers.

Stephen previously served as vice president of Space Services Inc, a commercial space holdings and investment company, where he managed multi-million dollar companies and start-ups; served as head of sales and marketing for Excalibur Almaz (EA), an international space exploration company created to provide routine, affordable access to and from space; worked as the marketing coordinator for the X PRIZE Foundation's Google Lunar Lander Challenge in 2007; and worked as a senior analyst for DFI International (now Avascent Group) in Washington, DC, managing and researching numerous projects for Fortune 100 aerospace and defense firms.

Stephen holds a bachelor of arts in international studies and economics from the Johns Hopkins University and a master of arts in international economics and strategic studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
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Steven Freeland
Dean, School of Law
Western Sydney University
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Najat Abdulrahman
Executive Vice President - Strategic Global Business Development
Masood M. Sharif Mahmood
Chief Executive Officer
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Cecile Gaubert
Risk and Insurance Specialist
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Dr. Fares Al Hawari
Dean of the College of Natural and Human Sciences
Zayed University