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.
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. Show more >
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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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.
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.
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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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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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.
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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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.
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. Show more >
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. Show more >
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. Show more >
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
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.
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. Show more >
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.
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). Show more >