ISC 2022 Speakers

International Space Convention 2022 will host over 100 world-renowned space industry speakers and experts, ranging from government space agencies to private space companies and over 95 lectures during the 3-days of the convention.

Barbara Belvisi

Barbara Belvisi is an entrepreneur passionate about space, biology, and AI. She started her career in finance at 22 investing in tech companies worldwide and launched several global initiatives to foster scientific innovation and entrepreneurship. Youngest woman founder of a venture capital fund at 26 and is in the top 10 women in Tech in France and Forbes Top 100 in Europe in 2018. Self-taught in engineering and architecture, she spent a year with NASA engineers before launching Interstellar Lab to develop food production and habitation modules for sustainable living on Earth and space.

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Tugay Güzel

Tugay Güzel was born in 1989 in Ankara. He graduated from METU Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 2012. In 2019, he successfully completed his MBA in Bilkent University Faculty of Business Administration. He founded INFINIA Engineering in 2012. Being one of the founders, he completed the planning, production, and assembly of GUHEM, which is Turkey's first aerospace training center. INFINIA Engineering produced the world's first flexible/rollable LED display, a proprietary product. Space enthusiasm of him about space opened new chapter with Plan-S Satellite and Space Technologies company. He is working as CEO at Plan-S to do what has never dared be done before. Güzel is married with one child.

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Shabnam Huseynli

Shabnam is a Satellite Engineer at Azercosmos. She specializes in space systems and is responsible for developing in-depth plans and processes to ensure success of satellite mission operations as well as delivering technical guidance during critical malfunctions of active satellites. She has graduated from the University of Southampton with BEng(Hons) in Aerospace Engineering in 2018 followed by MSc in Space Systems Engineering in 2019 from the same university. While in university, she got introduced to advanced future space activity model based on historical launch data and testing, leading to increased support of university’s space environment and debris research.

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Claude Nicollier

He was selected in 1978 in the first group of astronauts of the European Space Agency (ESA), then was detached to the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas, for full training as Mission Specialist on the US Space Shuttle, following an agreement between ESA and NASA. After several years of training and various jobs at JSC, he served as a crewmember on four Shuttle missions between 1992 and 1999, including two on-orbit interventions on the Hubble Space Telescope. During his last mission in December 1999, he performed a spacewalk of more than 8 hours duration to install new equipment on the orbiting observatory. He spent a total of more than 1000 hours in space during these four missions.

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Keval Dattani

Space Power was founded by Keval, Chartered Engineer at the IMechE, who has spent the last 10 years performing a leading role in developing manufacturing capabilities to push design potential on the UKs key nuclear reactors at Rolls-Royce and the UKAEA across Fusion and Fission. Keval graduated from Imperial College London in 2011, in Nuclear and Mechanical Engineering. His passion for raising the power ceiling in space spawned from developing disruptive and sustainable technologies from concept to production in challenging environments across the full TRL range, as well as writing the technology development strategies for RR Submarine Core Design and Manufacture, UKAEA STEP Fusion reactor and initiating the UK Nuclear Space Propulsion Project at both institutes.

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Mike Safyan

In 2011, Mike joined the eight-person founding team at Planet where the company was building the first iterations of its Dove satellite in a Cupertino garage. Mike is responsible for Planet's Launch strategy and has overseen the launch of over 350 Planet satellites across 22 launch attempts. Mike received his B.S. of Aerospace Engineering at UCLA, and an M.Sc. of Space Studies at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. He started his career working on lunar rover designs for the Barcelona Moon Team competing for the Google Lunar X-Prize and then joined the PhoneSat team at NASA Ames where he worked as a Systems Engineer developing ultra-low-cost CubeSats utilizing smartphone technologies. In 2018, Mike received the SSPI Promise Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement by satellite industry professionals under the age of 35.

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Herb Baker

Herb recently retired from NASA after 42 years of service. He spent most of his career at the Johnson Space Center supporting the Space Shuttle, Space Station, and Orion Programs but also worked at the Kennedy Space Center and NASA Headquarters. His last position was serving as the Manager of the Operations Support Office which provided support to the Flight Operations Directorate and included support to the Astronaut Office, Mission Control operations, NASA’s Aircraft Operations at Ellington Airport, and astronaut training. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the NASA Alumni League.

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Tushar Jadhav

Tushar Jadhav is a Co-Founder & CEO of Manastu Space. He is an Ex-DRDO Scientist, and a graduate (B.Tech, M.Tech) of Aerospace Engineering from IIT Bombay. Space has been Tushar's area of interest since his early days, however, the dream only came true when he built a satellite as a part of the satellite team of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, and later when he led its launch on the indigenous ISRO PSLV C35.

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Jim Cantrell

Jim brings over 30 years of experience to his role as CEO of Phantom Space which he co-founded in 2019 after leading StratSpace for more than 15 years. He has held positions with many organizations including the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the French Space Agency (CNES). Additionally, he was the first vice president of business development at SpaceX and on its founding team. In addition to his work on satellite launch missions, Mars exploration technologies, and space situational awareness sensors, Jim Cantrell has authored numerous technical papers that have helped advance innovation in his field. A mechanical engineer, he holds a bachelor's degree and master's degree from Utah State University. Mr. Cantrell is also an avid road racer and the owner of Vintage Exotics Competition Engineering.

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Sunghee Lee

Dr. Sunghee is a CEO of CONTEC, has established the company with the goal of connecting the Earth with messages from space as the movie ''Contact''. He has gained expertise in satellite launch and operations by joining a range of relevant projects such as ‘Naro (KSLV-1)’, the first launch vehicle developed by South Korea. In April 2020, CONTEC launched a commercial ground station service through its Jeju ground station, which is Korea’s first commercial ground station and it saw a huge demand from global companies. CONTEC’s final goal is providing total solutions by expanding its business areas. The company is planning to launch its own Earth observation satellite in 2023 to enhance its services.

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Antoine ARVEILLER

Antoine is a French aerospace engineer and new tech entrepreneur, in charge of launch campaign operations at Arianespace, he has integrated nearly 200 satellites on Ariane 5, VEGA and Soyuz, at the launch bases of Kourou at CSG, Baikonur in and Vostochny. Passionate about new technology he co-founded in 2016 SENTINEL, an aerial services company in French Guiana that deploys for the first time drones at the European spaceport. The Sentinel group is now developing its services also in the Caribbean and Brazil.

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David Baumann

Mr. David Baumann is the Director of NASA’s Human Research Program. HRP is responsible for mitigating the effects of the space environment on the health and performance of crewmembers aboard current and future space flight exploration missions. Its work is distributed across five NASA Centers and carried out by researchers in laboratories throughout the nation, aboard the International Space Station (ISS), and in specialized space flight analog facilities around the globe. In 2018, he served as Acting Deputy Director of the Division of Space Life and Physical Sciences Research and Applications at NASA Headquarters.  From 2019 to 2020, Mr. Baumann served as the Chief Health and Performance Officer for NASA’s Human Landing System Program.

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Oscar Delgado

Oscar Delgado, is the IoT Sales & Business Development Director within HEAD Aerospace Group, focuses on IoT Business strategy and execution Sales plan of the Skywalker Space IoT constellation service (own Internet-of-Things (IoT) LEO constellation) and Business Development for Earth observation (EO) satellites business from HEAD AEROSPACE GROUP. With more than twenty-five years of experience in international business development arena in the ICT sector, of which fifteen-year in the IIoT & SATIot Industry and New Space sector last 10 years.

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Giao-Minh Nguyen

After obtaining a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2001, he started his career at Snecma (now Safran Aircraft Engines) and held management positions in operations and supply chain. In 2009, he joined Airbus Group and held purchasing and supply chain management positions at Sodern and Astrium Satellites (now Airbus Defense & Space). In 2013, he became director of the Space and Situational Awareness program at Airbus Safran Launcher (now Ariane Group) and then in 2015 appointed director of the "Quick Access To Space" microlancer program. In 2018, he joined cubesat manufacturer Open Cosmos as vice president of operations and institutional sales. In January 2020, he founded Prometheus with Olivier Piepsz.

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Malak Trabelsi Loeb

Malak Trabelsi Loeb (Ph.D. Candidate) is a Jurist, Serial Entrepreneur, and Investor. Mrs. Loeb is CEO at Trabelsi Loeb Legal Consultant, Founder and Managing Director at Vernewell LLC, Founder and Chairwoman at Medusa Cysec For Cyber Security Consultancy, Writer, and Public Speaker. Mrs. Loeb is an International Business Law and Space Law legal advisor and Technology Transfer and Business Consultant. She holds a Bachelor of Law & Economics, a Master's in Public International Law and European Law, and an LLM in International Business Law from Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, UAE - Paris Descartes, France. Mrs. Loeb's business and humanitarian activities revolve around humanity's evolution to the Cosmos and becoming a multiplanetary species, emphasizing socioeconomic development, ethics in technology and science, and human rights.

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John Spencer

Since the late 1970s John has been one of very few designers pioneering the field of outer space architecture. He worked on designs for NASA for the “International Space Station” (ISS) assembled in Earth orbit and did the first interior designs/models for the “SpaceHab” human-rated module which flew 18 times in the Space Shuttle cargo bay. In 1982 he started pioneering the space tourism industry, basing it on the cruise line industry, and since the mid-1990s he has been designing his original concept for an orbital super yacht called “Destiny.” He is currently designing a proposed $2 billion space/Mars/future themed mixed-use complex called “Mars World”.

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Boris OTTER

Boris is President and Founder of Swiss Space Tourism, highly passionate about space conquest and space tourism, Boris Otter acquired pilot skills at the controls of airplanes, helicopters, seaplanes and gyrocopters. Former Deputy Director of Ground Operations in business aviation, trained as a flight dispatcher, he also worked as a simulator pilot for Skyguide as part of the training of air traffic controllers. He has planned his own Space Mission, SST-6 which will have to be financed with the help of sponsors, financial partners and donations in order to take off as from 2023 on board a New Shepard rocket from Blue Origin, being accompanied by 5 space tourists who will have been selected by the main sponsor.

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M. Mehmet Nefes 

M. Mehmet Nefes is the Director of TURKSAT Satellite Communication Cable TV and Operation AS , Satellite Programs Department. He is also serving as Program Manager of TURKSAT-5A/5B and TURKSAT-6A (first national communication satellite of Turkey) satellite programs. Before being named director and program manager in January 2021 , M.Mehmet Nefes was working as technical expert and payload coordinator in TURKSAT satellite programs. He has project and operation experience in satellite industry over 16 years. M.Mehmet Nefes was born in 1983, Ankara-Turkey.  He earned a Master of Science degree in  Engineering Management from Turkish Aeronautical Association- THK University in 2016, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bilkent University in 2006.

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John Lusk

John Lusk is Senior Vice President and COO of Spire Maritime. He has been with the company since 2018 and previously led the Global Data Services group, which includes Maritime, Aviation and Weather. John has more than 25 years of experience driving go-to-market strategy and delivering unparalleled customer experiences in B2B and B2C industries ripe for disruption. Prior to Spire, John was Principal at The Lusk Group, LLC, a strategic consulting and advisory firm that he founded, and also served as the Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a non-profit focused on entrepreneurship and education.

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Gernot Groemer

Gernot is an astrophysicist with a Ph.D. in Astrobiology, he serves as the Director of the Austrian Space Forum, where he leads the development team for a Mars spacesuit simulator. Besides that, he is the TV host of the prime-time science show on Austrian and German television “PM Wissen”. He is an active analog astronaut, logging 30min of weightlessness and currently 113 hours of simulated spacewalks. So far, Dr. Groemer leads 12 international Mars simulations in Mars-like locations on Earth: from the Utah Badlands, hundreds of meters below the surface in ice caves to the northern Sahara and the deserts of southern Oman.

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Jason Palidwar

Jason joined Iridian in 2006 and has over 20 years of experience working with thin film optical filters. He has developed filter specifications together with Iridian’s customers to optimize solutions for a wide range of technical and commercial needs in applications such as telecom, Raman spectroscopy, fluorescence microscopy, 3D entertainment, and IR remote sensing. Recently, as Product Group Manager of Aerospace and Specialty Optics, his focus has been on optical filters for use in satcom (optical intersatellite link filters and solar rejection windows) and earth observation including multi spectral filter arrays. Jason has an MSc in Physics from McMaster University.

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Narayan Prasad

Narayan is Chief Operations Officer at satsearch, the world’s largest marketplace for the space industry that streamlines procurement for team building space missions and suppliers. Narayan holds a PhD in Supply Chain Management and is educated in India, Germany, Sweden and France. He Co-founded Spaceport SARABHAI, India’s first dedicated think tank catalyze the fledgling Indian space economy and give India an international voice where he serves as Director for Research and Operations. He has authored over 100 publications in various national and international outlets. He is also an elected member of the International Institute of Space Law and host of the NewSpace India podcast.

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Sara Seager

Sara is an astrophysicist and a Professor of Physics, Professor of Planetary Science, and a Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the MIT where she holds the Class of 1941 Professor Chair. She has been a pioneer in the vast and unknown world of exoplanets, planets that orbit stars other than the sun. Her ground-breaking research ranges from the detection of exoplanet atmospheres to innovative theories about life on other worlds to development of novel space mission concepts. Professor Seager was the Deputy Science Director of the MIT-led NASA Explorer-class mission TESS; she was PI of the JPL-MIT CubeSat ASTERIA and is a lead of the Starshade Rendezvous Mission (a space-based direct imaging exoplanet discovery concept under technology development) to find a true Earth analog orbiting a Sun-like star.

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Robert Zubrin

Robert Zubrin is an American aerospace engineer and author, best known for his advocacy of human exploration of Mars with his Mars Society Organization. He and his colleague at Martin Marietta, David Baker, were the driving force behind Mars Direct, a proposal in a 1990 research paper intended to produce significant reductions in the cost and complexity of such a mission. Robert established the Mars Society in 1998. This is an international organization advocating a human mission to Mars as a goal.

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Carlos Rodríguez

Carlos is COO and co-founder at Orbital Space Technologies, a startup seeking to provide access to microgravity research in Latin America. Carlos has a background in electromechanical engineering and physics, Systems Engineer for GWSat ground station at SETEC Lab, directive at the Central American Association for Aeronautics and Space (ACAE), recognized as Emerging Space Leader by the International Astronautical Federation, co-founder and president at TECSpace, 3 times author of IAC papers and winner of the 6th Mission Idea Contest.

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Nikola Bukowiecka

Nikola is a physicist at the Space Research Centre, Polish Academy of Sciences, where she is a member of the Laboratory for Solar System Physics and Astrophysics. She is a physicist at the GLOWS project, which is a part of NASA's mission IMAP, IBEX. She is also a AOCS engineer at Creotech Instruments S.A where she develops control systems for satellites. She wrote her physics diploma at Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics at Greifswald, Germany doing research on plasma fusion reactor Wendelstein 7-X. Awarded in competitions organized by Huawei (Seeds for the Future) and Intel Technology (New Technologies for Women). She is also a member of the Polish Astrobiology Society. President of the Physics Science Club (University of Szczecin).

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Daniel Perez Grande

Daniel has been dreaming about rockets, and the places we'd reach through them, since he was very young. His passion for everything geek and, in particular, for science-fiction (and the real science behind it), propelled him to become an Aerospace Engineer and, years later, to obtain a PhD in Plasma Physics and Nuclear Fusion (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid). Today, he's the founder and CEO of ienai SPACE, a young startup focused on providing the smallest satellites with their own rocket engines: it is Spain's first in-space propulsion commercial company. He dedicates his time to carrying out scientific outreach related to space sciences and is passionate about creative communities: he's co-organizer for AI Saturdays Madrid, a non-profit focused on the dissemination of AI related knowledge, and of the NASA SpaceApps Challenge Madrid, the local edition of the world's largest Hackathon event.

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Kate Adamala

Kate is a biochemist engineering synthetic cells. Her research aims at understanding chemical principles of biology, using artificial cells to create new tools for bioengineering, drug development, and basic research. The interests of the lab span questions from the origin and earliest evolution of life, using synthetic biology to colonize space, to the future of biotechnology and medicine.  Kate is a co-founder of the synthetic cell therapeutics startup Synlife, and coordinator of the Build-a-Cell synthetic cell community.

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Murat Sencer Akyüz

Murat graduated from Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department of Bilkent University in 2006. Completed his Master’s Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department of Bilkent University on Electromagnetics and Antenna Engineering. Started his career as a Design Engineer and continued as Radar RF Systems Technical Leader in many complex projects. After working as Radar RF Systems Technical Leader of the largest defense company of Turkey, he joined Plan-S Satellite and Space Technologies Inc. as the Head of RF & Telecommunication Systems of the company.

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Stella Kafka

Dr. Kafka, is the Executive Director the American Meteorological Society (AMS), an international organization that “advances the atmospheric and related sciences, technologies, applications, and services for the benefit of society”. Dr Kafka acquired her BSc in Physics from the University of Athens (Greece) and her MA/PhD in Astronomy from Indiana University (USA). Before her tenure at the AMS, Dr Kafka was the Executive Director of the AAVSO; she also held positions at CTIO, Spitzer Science center/Caltech, Carnegie Institution of Washington/DTM and AIP Publishing.

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David Hawkins

David is a founder of Smokey Hawk Solitons and co-inventor of an electromagnetic soliton generator that is being developed for interplanetary transportation and sustainable propulsion in the Space environment. The electromagnetic soliton generator may change the conversation of Space exploration relating to speed, sustainability, and reliability of the propulsion system. David has a background in electrical engineering and aviation. He develops the technology with his brother and CTO Hunt Hawkins. David has an MBA from the University of Tennessee and an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering. He also has professional experience in patents in a wide range of other electrical technologies.

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Egbert Edelbroek

Egbert is founder & CEO of SpaceBorn United, a research & biotech company that researches and enables the conditions for human reproduction in space. Egbert’s interest in space exploration accelerated shortly after he decided to be a (sperm) donor in 2010. As soon as he learned more about the world of A.R.T. (assisted reproductive technology) this quickly inspired him to explore options to re-engineer existing IVF technology for application in space. Enabling the first human babies in history to be conceived and born in space, expanding the human comfort zone. Egbert earned his PhD in Courage development in organisations, connecting the domains of Biology,  Neurology and Psychology. He learned once more that he enjoys innovating and exploring boundaries by connecting domains that usually remain separated.

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Janusz Pętkowski

Janusz is an astrobiologist and a Research Affiliate in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Janusz is a Deputy PI on the MIT-Breakthrough Venus Life Finder Mission Concept Study. He is interested in biosignature gases, theoretical biochemistry, and in research leading to finding life outside Earth. Janusz defended his doctorate in biophysics at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He got his M.Sc. and B.Sc. in biotechnology and molecular biology at the Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw, Poland. He is one of the founding members of the Polish Astrobiological Society.

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Murat Suer

Murat completed his master's degree in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering. Since 2010, he worked in satellite projects that still ongoing in Turkey. Within the framework of the 7th Framework Program of the European Union, he took part in the studies of subsystem design, system engineering of HAVELSAT and BEAGLESAT in the QB50 project. He founded GUMUSH Aerospace in 2012, which is the first startup company that focus on nano satellites in Turkey and Middle East. GUMUSH is currently working on Smallsat projects.

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Leonardo Bertelli

Leonardo graduated from Politecnico di Milano in Automation and Control Engineering. During the University he joined Skyward Experimental Rocketry and Dynamis PRC: the former designs, builds and launches rockets, the latter designs and builds an autonomous driving racing car. These experiences led him to pursue his interest towards space and robotics, obtaining the role of Space Robotics Engineer in TMC. Here, he works with a Team which is currently studying a robotic arm for the Mars Sample Return Campaign, a mission which will bring back to Earth the first samples of Mars soil.

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Nishanth Pushparaj

Nishanth obtained a Ph.D. in Engineering while associated with the Institute of Space and ISAS/JAXA, Sagamihara, Japan. He is specialized in spacecraft mission design, optimization, and control, primarily focusing on interplanetary multibody systems and trajectory design in complex dynamical environments around remote planetary satellites and other small bodies of the Solar system. During his time at JAXA, he was involved in multiple JAXA missions, such as the Martian Moons eXploration to explore Phobos and DESTINY+ mission towards an active asteroid Phaethon. His work primarily involves designing transfer trajectories between the retrograde orbits around Phobos for the proximity phase of the MMX mission. His work also includes multiple flyby trajectory designs for the DESTINY+ flyby mission and designing transfers to Mars for piggy-back missions with hybrid rocket motors.

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Brian Barnett

Brian is a serial entrepreneur with 33 years’ experience in commercial space, the mobile satellite services industry, as an aerospace technologist at NASA, and at KPMG as a management consultant. He is Founder and CEO of Solstar Space Co. (Solstar). Solstar is making suborbital and orbital communications more available, reliable, and easier to use. It is the leading commercial space-based connectivity company pioneering the use of persistent communications services for all types of on-orbit assets including satellites, space stations, launch vehicles, and more. We provide an internet connection between spacecraft and Earth-based payload managers, satellite operators, and enable orbital and suborbital communications for crewed missions.

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Michał Grendysz

Michał is a TU Delft aerospace engineering alumni, a Young Graduate Trainee at the Mechanisms Section in ESA ESTEC and, most importantly, the CTO of Revolv Space - a quickly growing innovative startup currently working on the Solar Array Drive Assembly. Being experienced in space engineering, especially in mechanical design, he strives to contribute to the development of a new generation of satellites improving current shortcomings and enabling new use cases. Notable projects he has been involved in in the past are the record-breaking student-built Grot rocket, the Hold Down and Release Mechanisms for ESA PROSPECT mission and the Rocket-Based Combined Cycle engine for Dawn Aerospace's suborbital spaceplane. 

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Jainul Abedin

Founder and CEO of Abyom SpaceTech & Defence. He has started his own organization which is supported by the Ministry of corporate affairs, Govt. of India, recognized by DPIIT Startup India. He was invited for a virtual meeting with ISRO scientists as a Speaker on the theme of Developing India’s potential in the space sector organized by ISRO, along with only 4 Students selected from all over India. He was very fortunate enough to discuss the ongoing problems in the space sector of India. Afterwards he was invited for an interview with the editor of renowned news companies ABP News, Yourstory, Dainik Jagran, Hindustan, Dailyhunt, Infomance, Amar Ujala, etc.

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Coraline Dalibot

Coraline is a Chartered Engineer and Senior Spacecraft Thermal Engineer at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) Space department, which is part of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) at the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire. Within this welcoming environment, her responsibilities allow her to contribute to world class science and innovations. While continuously improving her technical expertise on space systems and programmes within the RAL Space team, she is a member of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), the Women In Aerospace Europe (WIA-E) and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS). Coraline thrives on challenges and always wants to push the boundaries of what can be done with aerospace technology. 

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Mohit Joshi

Mohit is Founder & CEO of Interstellar Space Technologies, a London-based company focused on in-space manufacturing and construction, to provide access to space and spread the benefits it can provide. Supported by UCL Innovation & Enterprise and recent part of the UK Space Agency Explore Programme by Entrepreneurial Spark. At UCL he studied MSc Technology Management from the Department of Space & Climate Physics, where he explored his passion for space by writing on various topics including, the James Webb Space Telescope, Lunar Gateway and Future Lunar exploration, and his research on the Technology Development process in the space sector.

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Leslie Wickman

Leslie Wickman, Ph.D, is an internationally known research scientist, engineering consultant, author and inspirational speaker. For more than a decade Wickman was an engineer for Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space, where she worked on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and International Space Station Programs, receiving commendations from NASA for her contributions and being designated as Lockheed's Corporate Astronaut (hence the nickname "Rocket Girl"). Dr. Wickman has lectured around the world on satellite servicing, spaceflight physiology, astronaut training and operations, as well as various topics in astronomy, environmental stewardship, and most importantly, her heartfelt passion: the interplay between science and theology.

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Marlini Simoes

Marlini’s research aims at developing a new generation of smart architected materials by expanding the frontiers of manufacturing engineering for space applications. During her PhD research at the Cavendish Laboratory in the University of Cambridge, UK, and in association with ESA, Marlini studied the static and dynamic compression behaviour of new additively manufactured smart cellular materials to be used as reusable energy absorbers for vehicle landing impacts and to offer self-healing protection against space debris impact. Her research is important because the quantity of space debris surrounding Earth is increasing rapidly and in orbit. Marlini’s research has recently been awarded a STEM for Britain Medal in the Engineering category, and she was a Finalist of the Robert J. Melosh Medal competition. Marlini’s first steps at ESA were in the Rosetta Mission (2014) and in the last years, she has been an NPI PhD Researcher for ESA.

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Michelle L.D. Hanlon

Michelle is Co-Director of the Air and Space Law Program at the University of Mississippi School of Law and its Center for Air and Space Law.  She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Space Law, the world’s oldest law journal dedicated to the legal problems arising out of human activities in outer space and the Faculty Advisor for its sister publication, the Journal of Drone Law and Policy. Michelle is a Co-Founder and President of For All Moonkind, Inc., a nonprofit corporation that is the only organization in the world focused on protecting human cultural heritage in outer space. Michelle is the President of the National Space Society and the mentor to the newly-formed National Space Society Legal Fellows program.  She was recently appointed to The Hague Institute for Global Justice Off-World Approach project.

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Celene Shimmen

Celene is an engineering intern with the Melbourne Space Program and a mechatronics engineering student at Federation University in Australia. Celene is highly focused on building and improving robotic and AI systems for space missions. Her current work at MSP involves developing a gait algorithm for a humanoid robot which is designed to perform companionship functions. She is also undertaking research in rehabilitation using robotics and AI and founded Fed Aerospace at Federation University where they are in the process of building a 3D rocket that will reach the Karman Line.

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Pushya Subramanyam

Pushya has a Masters degree in Space Engineering and Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering. She has worked on multiple space systems like Asteroid Lander, Sounding Rocket, Cubesat, Balloon launched experiments. Her specialty lies in Space vehicle design, Structural design and analysis of space structures and Composite and sandwich materials for space structures. Pushya has worked on the concept of an asteroid lander similar to that of MASCOT for DLR in the department of Landing and Exploration Systems for over a year and a half as a part of my Master thesis and as Research assistant. She has worked as Research Assistant in analyzing the aerodynamic stability of the sounding rocket at ZARM.

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Raphael Roettgen

Raphael is the managing partner of E2MC Ventures, a space-focused early-stage venture capital firm. He lectures on space entrepreneurship and finance at several universities including the ISU and the EPFL, hosts the popular Space Business Podcast, and is the author of an introductory book on the space economy, currently available in German (“Hoch Hinaus”) and Portuguese (“Para Cima”) , and forthcoming in English. Previously, Mr. Roettgen held senior roles at global investment banks and hedge funds and was also a fintech entrepreneur in Brazil. He holds degrees in finance from Wharton, machine learning from PUC-Rio and space studies from the International Space University, where he also serves as a governing member.

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Aaron Engelhart

Aaron Engelhart is an assistant professor in the department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development at the University of Minnesota. His space biology research focuses on the evolution of early life in varied planetary, extrasolar, and geochemical environments. One area of research in his laboratory relates to the emergence of the earliest cellular life, and how interactions between biopolymers could have influenced these processes. A second area of research seeks to explore the impact of diverse planetary geochemical environments on primitive biochemistry, such as hypersaline Martian brines. He was selected as a Stanley Miller Early Career Research Fellow by the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life and as a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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Derek Demeter

Derek began working at the Emil Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College of Florida in 2003 while a Physics and Technical Education student. By 2007, Derek was offered the position of a planetarium director, and immediately began the process of writing and producing new shows, including a complete series of presentations that explore the astronomy and history of numerous cultures from around the world. Derek enjoys promoting science beyond the planetarium with his work as an astrophotographer which earned him pictures seen on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day website, which is viewed by millions of people around the world.

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Hakan Savaşan

After completing his high school education at the Turkish Naval Forces High School in 1989, he started in the Department of Electronic Engineering at the Turkish Naval Forces Academy in 1989 and completed his undergraduate education in 1993. He completed his master's degree in Modeling and Simulation at the Middle East Technical University. He worked as Model and Simulation Design Chief Engineer at the Turkish Naval Forces Research Center between 2001-2013. Between 2010-2014, he served as the Operational Sub-Group Leader of NATO. Between 2013-2015, he served as a Computer Science Instructor in the Turkish Naval Forces. After working as a Senior Manager at KPMG Turkey between 2016-2017, he started his Profen experience in 2017 and continues his career as CTO.

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Mounir Alafrangy

Mounir Alafrangy is the Commercial Innovation Manager & Technology Lead for the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory. In October 2019, he successfully completed a 45-day confined space mission at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He was one of four crew members, known as analog astronauts, who were selected from a large pool of applicants to be part of the Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA) Mission XX. While completing his degree at GWU, Mounir’s research focused on creating mechanisms that will mitigate the physiological risks associated with long duration space travel and improve human health on deep space missions.

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Sara Aparício

Sara is an Earth Observation data scientist at the European Space Agency in ESRIN/Italy, through Solenix, where she also provides engineering support to the Phi-Lab department in ESRIN. For the past years she has been involved in numerous Earth observation activities, lately with growing focus in Artificial Intelligence for EO and has also been involved in several networking and outreach actions for the Agency. Currently she is also doing a PhD in the areas of combination of AI and multi-sensors EO for the study of Cryosphere and Climate change. Recently she has become an Observer to the Remote Sensing Working Group of Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System.

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Joshua Chou

Dr. Joshua Chou is currently a senior lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney and is a committee member of the Australia Space Agency Space Medicine and Life Sciences advisory group. Dr. Chou started his career in space biology during his postdoctoral at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Chou’s research is focused on how to leverage space microgravity environment to understand and develop next-generation health technologies for space explorers and humans on Earth. His company, EXPLOR Space Technologies develops solutions to advance this critical area of space medicine research. In this presentation Dr. Chou will share with the audience the opportunities of space medicine and tissue engineering and how the next disruption in human healthcare will come from space research.

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Marius Klimavičius

Marius is the founder and CEO of Blackswan Space. The company develops autonomous technologies that enable complex operations including servicing, assembly and manufacturing in space. Marius holds a Master's degree in Space Systems Engineering from the University of Southampton in the UK. He worked for the European Space Agency as a mechatronics engineer, where he was involved in the technology development for the ExoMars mission and the ISS. Before, he worked as a systems engineer at NanoAvionics, where he contributed to the design, integration and testing of the second Lithuanian satellite LituanicaSAT-2.

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Temidayo Oniosun

Temidayo is the Founder and Managing Director of Space in Africa, the leading analytics and consulting company shaping the future of the African space and satellite industry. With over seven years of experience in the industry, Temidayo advises governments and commercial space players in the industry value chain and recently led the baseline studies for the establishment and operationalization of the African Space Agency for the African Union Commission. Temidayo is a 2020 Karman Fellow, a 2021 Forbes Africa “30 Under 30” award recipient, and regularly appears on various media commenting on the African space and satellite programs. He holds an MSc from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

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Ben Greaves

Ben attended the University of Michigan where he received a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, a minor in Astrophysics and a master’s degree in Space Engineering. As a graduate student, Ben interned at NASA Kennedy Space Center and NASA Langley Research Center where he developed projects for extraterrestrial food production as well as Martian habitat designs. Ben then became a US Peace Corps Agricultural Volunteer, where he engineered sustainable agroforestry and water irrigation systems in The Gambia for six months until he was evacuated due to COVID-19. After returning, he attended the International Space University’s Interactive Space Program and conducted plant growth research as a HI-SEAS analog astronaut. Now with StarLab Oasis, Ben is utilizing space systems to improve global food security and nutrition.

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Naeem Altaf

Naeem is IBM's CTO for Space Tech Industry-leading work for IBM in collaboration with NASA and SETI for the Frontier Development Lab (FDL) program. Leads innovation group to design and build a first-of-a-kind proof of concepts and technical prototypes using Edge Computing, Data Services, and Blockchain technologies, augmenting spaceflight, satellite launches, and space exploration. Partnering with various Space Tech companies to bring IBM technologies to Space Tech Industry. Naeem also leads technical client engagements in building Public, Private and Hybrid Solutions for IBM enterprise customers and strategic ISVs for migration & transformation on IBM Cloud.

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Pascal LEGAI

Major General (Ret) Pascal LEGAI has extensive international experience in geospatial and intelligence domains. He had been appointed as a geographer in the French Air Force staff in Paris for 5 years. He was also the Head of the French Imagery Intelligence Centre, Human Resources adviser of the French Air Force and the Commanding Officer of the French Air Force Base in Grenoble before joining the EU Satellite Centre in July 2010 as Deputy Director. Pascal LEGAI has been elected by the Member States as the EU Satellite Centre Director on the 1st January 2015, an imagery analysis centre, based near Madrid, Spain, providing Geospatial Intelligence and Imagery Intelligence products and services to support the EU external action. He left this position on the 30th of April 2019. On 1st of May 2019, he has been appointed to the European Space Agency (ESA), first as a Senior Security Adviser to the ESA/Earth Observation Director, in Frascati (Rome), and today as a Senior Security Coordinator to ESA DG in Paris.

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Carol Craig

Carol Craig, the CEO of Sidus Space Inc. (NASDAQ: SIDU) recently became the first female founder and owner of a space-based company to go public. Sidus Space was listed on Nasdaq for the Initial Public Offering on Tuesday, December 14, 2021. Carol’s story, leading her to where she is with a Nasdaq IPO today, is truly unique. Before becoming a self-described “astropreneur,” Carol was one of the first women eligible to fly combat aircraft in the U.S. Navy and the first female aviator in her squadron serving as an active-duty P-3C Orion Naval Flight Officer. In this position, she was responsible for all tactical communication and navigation aboard combat aircraft. An engineer by trade, Carol provided software design and development for military aircraft cockpit systems prior to her Naval service and instruction of flight planning software for the U.S. Navy Strike Fighter Weapons School post service. 

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Brent Barbee

Brent Barbee is an Aerospace Engineer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and adjunct faculty in the University of Maryland's Department of Aerospace Engineering, where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses. His current work includes serving as a member of the Investigation Team for NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft mission, leading interagency spacecraft mission design research for planetary defense against hazardous asteroids and comets, serving as the technical lead for NASA's Near-Earth Object Human Space Flight Accessible Targets Study (NHATS), and serving as a chair of the International Academy of Astronautics Planetary Defense Conference series.

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Rohit Mallampati

Rohit is an RF Calibration Engineer at Vicom Australia who works on defense and avionics design and measurement of uncertainties. His primary area of focus is on Systems Engineering and its importance in Space and defense. He has previously worked as mission analyst with experience in requirements engineering. Rohit did his master's from UNSW in Satellite Systems Engineering."

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Madhav R Ragam

Madhav is a Vice President – Public Sector at Maxar Technologies, he works to find ways for public sector clients around the world to deliver innovation and efficiency to the systems that support life on this planet–leveraging Maxar’s highly accurate, high-resolution satellite imagery and artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms. Madhav joined Maxar in 2020 after spending 25 years with IBM. While at IBM, he held a variety of solutions and sales management positions with a good exposure and a successful track record of working with government and healthcare clients–starting with Singapore, ASEAN, Asia Pacific, growth market countries and also global government clients. Before joining IBM, Madhav worked for a number of IT firms targeting public sector clients. His achievements included developing a Geographical Information System (GIS) for the Indian government and several other IT systems for the governments in Singapore and Asia.

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Andrew Williams

Dr Andrew Williams is responsible for external relations at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) - an intergovernmental organisation of 16 Member States that constructs and operates world-leading astronomical facilities and fosters international cooperation. Andrew supports strategic relationships with current and future Member States, the EU, UN, and international organisations such as the ESA and CERN. He represents ESO at the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and recently has been dealing with the policy aspects of the impact of satellite constellations on astronomy. He serves as ESO’s representative on the Executive Board of ATTRACT – a 55 Million Euro project to create a breakthrough technology innovation process using Big Science research facilities. Prior to ESO he worked for over a decade as senior policy advisor for NATO, with areas of expertise in strategic impact evaluation and the implications of future technologies.