12th ESPI Autumn Conference, 27-28 September 2018
Security in Outer Space: Rising Stakes
The Autumn Conference is a yearly ESPI event where space policy, agency and industry stakeholders come together to discuss issues that affect Europe and the rest of the world.
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Jean Jacques Tortora
Director of the European Space Policy Institute

Jean Jacques Tortora is the Director of the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), in Vienna, Austria. He served as the Secretary General of ASD-Eurospace from 2007 to 2016. He was the Head of the French Space Agency (CNES) office in North America and Attaché for Space and Aeronautics at the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C. from 2004 to 2007 and served as Deputy Director for Strategy and Programs responsible for the Industrial Strategy of CNES from 2001 to 2004. He advised the French Ministry of Research for Industrial Policy Funds management aiming at competitiveness support and new space applications and services development and promotion.

Mr. Tortora was based in Kourou, French Guiana from 1990 to 1996 as Head of Arianespace Operations Quality Department where he led the Quality Management of the Ariane 4 launchers final integration and of the launch pad operations and maintenance. He supervised the industrialisation and the implementation of the associated control plans. He started his career in 1984 at the French military procurement agency, DGA, as a naval weapons integration and test engineer, expert in signal processing and warships acoustic discretion.

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Henry Hertzfeld
Director of the Space Policy Institute

Dr. Henry R. Hertzfeld is Director of the Space Policy Institute and Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at GW. He is an expert in the legal, economic, and policy issues of space and advanced technological development. Dr. Hertzfeld has served as a Senior Economist and Policy Analyst at both NASA and the National Science Foundation, and is a consultant to both U.S. and international agencies and organizations. He is author of many articles on the legal and economic issues concerning space and technology and teaches courses in Space Law and Space Economics. Professor Hertzfeld is a member of the Bar in Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia and holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. from Washington University, a Ph.D. from Temple University and a J.D. from George Washington University. He can be contacted at: hrh@gwu.edu.

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Kai Uwe Schrogl
Chief Strategy Officer of ESA

Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl is the Chief Strategy Officer of the European Space Agency (ESA, Headquarters in Paris, France). From 2007 to 2011 he was the Director of the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in Vienna, Austria, the leading European think tank for space policy. Prior to this, he was the Head of the Corporate Development and External Relations Department in the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Cologne, Germany. Previously he also worked with the German Ministry for Post and Telecommunications and the German Space Agency (DARA) in Bonn, Germany.

He has been a delegate to numerous international forums and has served from 2014 to 2016 as chairman of the Legal Subcommittee of the UNCOPUOS. He also was chairman of various European and global committees (ESA International Relations Committee and two plenary working groups of the UNCOPUOS Legal Subcommittee, the one on the launching State and the other on the registration practice, both leading to UN General Assembly Resolutions). He presented, respectively testified, at hearings of the European Parliament and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Kai-Uwe Schrogl is the President of the International Institute of Space Law. He holds a doctorate degree in political science and lectures international relations as an Honorary Professor at Tübingen University, Germany.

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Jana Robinson
Space Security Program Director at the Prague Security Studies Institute

Dr. Jana Robinson is Space Security Program Director at the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI). She previously served as a Space Policy Officer at the European External Action Service (EEAS) in Brussels as well as a Space Security Advisor to the Czech Foreign Ministry. From 2009 to 2013, Ms. Robinson worked at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), seconded from the European Space Agency (ESA), leading the Institute’s Space Security Research Programme. Prior to joining ESPI, Dr. Robinson served as Development Director at PSSI from 2005 to 2009, and administered its affiliate organization in Washington DC, PSSI Washington. Ms. Robinson is an elected member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) and the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the George C. Marshall Missile Defense Project of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. Ms. Robinson holds a PhD from the Charles University’s Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Political Studies, in the field of space security. She also holds two Master’s Degrees, from George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs and Palacky University in Olomouc, respectively.

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Joe Pelton
Director emeritus of the Space and Advanced Communications Research Institute

Dr. Joseph N. Pelton is on the Executive Board of the International Association for the Advancement of the Space Safety (IAASS) and Associate Editor of the Journal of Space Safety Engineering. He is emeritus Director of the Space and Advanced Communications Research Institute (SACRI) at George Washington University. He played a key role in the establishment of the International Space University of Strasbourg, France where he served as Chairman of the Board (1992-95) and Vice President of Academic Programs and Dean (1996-97). From 1989 to 1996 Dr. Pelton served as Director of the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program at the University of Colorado where he also headed the Center for Research in Telecommunications. From 1969 to 1989 Dr. Pelton held a number of management positions with the COMSAT Corporation and the INTELSAT global satellite organization, including the position of Director of Strategic Planning. Dr. Pelton is the author of over 50 books or research studies in the field that include writings on satellites, advanced telecommunications technology and regulation and especially about the long range impact of technology on society. His book Global Talk received a Pulitzer Prize nomination and won the literature award of the American Astronomical Society. He was the founding President of the Society of Satellite Professionals International and has been elected to this organization’s Hall of Fame. He has also received the 2001 Authur C. Clarke Prize, and in 2017 both the IAASS da Vinci award and the Guardian Award of the Lifeboat Foundation.

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Victoria Samson
Head of the Washington Office, Secure World Foundation

Victoria Samson is the Washington Office Director for Secure World Foundation and has twenty years of experience in military space and security issues.

Before joining SWF, Ms. Samson served as a Senior Analyst for the Center for Defense Information (CDI), where she leveraged her expertise in missile defense, nuclear reductions, and space security issues to conduct in-depth analysis and media commentary. Prior to her time at CDI, Ms. Samson was the Senior Policy Associate at the Coalition to Reduce Nuclear Dangers, a consortium of arms control groups in the Washington, D.C. area, where she worked with Congressional staffers, members of the media, embassy officials, citizens, and think-tanks on issues surrounding dealing with national missile defense and nuclear weapons reductions. Before that, she was a researcher at Riverside Research Institute, where she worked on war-gaming scenarios for the Missile Defense Agency's Directorate of Intelligence.

Ms. Samson holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in political science with a specialization in international relations from UCLA and a Master of Arts (M.A.) in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

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Pierre Delsaux
Deputy Director General at the European Commission Directorate General for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME’s

Pierre Delsaux is Deputy Director General at the European Commission Directorate General for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME’s. After studying Law at the University of Liège, he obtained his Master of Law at the Northwestern University, Chicago, in 1983. He was Legal Secretary at the European Court of Justice from 1984 to 1987. He worked in the private sector before joining the European Commission in 1991. He started his career within the European Commission in the Directorate General for Competition. He was appointed Director responsible for regulating the financial services in 2007. Following this, in 2011, he was appointed Deputy Director General with responsibilities for the Single Market in the EU. Since December 2015, he is in charge of Space Policy and Defence.

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Mark Dickinson
Chairman of the Space Data Association

Mark Dickinson is Inmarsat’s Vice President of Space Segment and Deputy CTO. In March 2017, Mark was elected as the new Chairman of the Space Data Association (SDA), an international organization that brings together satellite operators to support the controlled, reliable and efficient sharing of data critical to the safety and integrity of the space environment. Mark, who has a Ph.D in High Energy Astrophysics from the Durham University, joined Inmarsat in 2000. Between 2009 and 2017 he was the Head of Satellite Operations, responsible for Inmarsat’s geostationary telecommunication fleet. He now responsible for the design, procurement and launch of Inmarsat’s future space segment assets.

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Daniel Oltrogge
Director of AGI's Center for Space Standards and Innovation

Daniel Oltrogge is the Director of AGI's Center for Space Standards and Innovation and Program Manager of the Space Data Center, providing space situational awareness and analysis support to 33 government, civil and commercial space operators in the Space Data Association. Dan is also a modeling, simulation and analysis analyst for AGI’s Commercial Space Operations Center. Dan’s specialties include launch and early orbit operations, nanosatellites, collision avoidance, RF interference mitigation, space situational awareness, astrodynamics and international standards development for space operations and orbital debris mitigation. Dan has authored over 100 technical papers and professional journal articles including the consensus international standard on estimating orbit lifetime. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University and a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California.

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Andrew Monham
Spacecraft Operations Manager at EUMETSAT

Andrew Monham has 32 years' experience in the space industry, having graduated with a Master of Engineering in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Southampton University in England. Andrew led the system preparation and transition into operations of the ground station and near-real-time product processing for ESA's first European Remote Sensing satellite (ERS-1) and subsequently led the flight operations system preparation for ENVISAT. He performed consultancy to EUMETSAT as System Manager on the European Polar System / Metop mission, following which he became Director of Operations at Rhea Group. Andrew then moved back to EUMETSAT where he is responsible for Low Earth Orbit Spacecraft Operations. Andrew is also deeply involved in debris and space weather management, as well as EUMETSAT's technical, management and financial interfaces with external partners and stakeholders.

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Xavier Pasco
Director of the Foundation for Strategic Research

As Director of the Foundation for Strategic Research since October 4, 2016, Xavier Pasco coordinates research on space, high-tech industries and security. In particular, he has a specific interest for US Space Policy both on civilian and military issues, as well as its approach towards international affairs in high-tech industries.

He is also responsible for studies on future national and European programs in the field of space – civilian and military. He is the author of numerous study reports on civil and military space activities carried out on behalf of national and European public entities. Xavier Pasco has been a member of numerous ministerial and interdepartmental working groups. He has been rapporteur for the report "A Space Ambition for Europe" published by the Center for Strategic Analysis.

He has participated in several projects related to "preparatory activities for security research" launched by the European Commission in 2004, and in the framework of the 6th and 7th Framework Program for European Research and Development (2007-2013). In this context, he coordinated for the period 2010-2011 the European activities in tranversal research on Conditions for Space Policy and Related Action Plan Consolidation in Europe" supported by the Executive Research Agency of the European Union.

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Gustav Lindstrom
Director of the EU Institute for Security Studies

Gustav Lindstrom is the Director of the EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) – an agency of the European Union dealing with the analysis of foreign, security and defence policy issues. Previously, Dr Lindstrom served as the Head of the Emerging Security Challenges Programme at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). While at the GCSP, he also served as Head of the Euro-Atlantic Security Programme, Director of the European Training Course, co-chair of the Partnership for Peace Consortium (PfP-C) Emerging Security Challenges Working Group, and as a member of the Executive Academic Board of the European Security and Defence College. Prior to his tenure at the GCSP, he was a Research Fellow and later a Senior Research Fellow at the EUISS. He has also worked with the RAND Corporation and the World Bank.

Dr Lindstrom holds a doctorate in Policy Analysis from the RAND Graduate School and MA in International Policy Studies from Stanford University.

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Didier Alary
Head of Advanced Space Systems at Airbus Defence and Space

Didier is presently Head of Advanced Space Systems at Airbus Defence and Space. Prior to that position, he was Head of Innovation, head of Earth Observation advanced concepts, and several positions in the design and development of spacecraft and associated ground segments. 30 years of space experience. Before 1988 he worked in Manufacturing Engineering at Schlumberger for seven years. Didier Alary is graduated in Electronics at the Ecole Centrale de Paris.

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Nicolas Bobrinsky
SSA Programme Manager at ESA

Mr. Nicolas Bobrinsky has been managing ESA’s Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Programme since November 2008, following its approval at the ESA Ministerial Conferences in The Hague (2008) and in Naples and Lucerne (2012 and 2016). This Programme encompasses activities relating to Space Weather (SWE), Near Earth Objects (NEO) as well as Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST) domains. 19 ESA Member States have to date committed ca. 200 M€ to the SSA activities covering the time frame 2009- 2019.

Nicolas Bobrinsky has been with ESA since 1987, mostly at the European Space Operations Centre (Darmstadt, Germany), and held engineering and managerial positions in the areas of Engineering and Operations in support of various Space Missions ranging from Near Earth to Deep Space, as well as ESA’s network of Tracking Stations (ESTRACK). He holds an engineering degree in aerospace engineering from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (France).

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Genevieve Fioraso
Chair of ESPI Advisory Council

From 1979 to 1986, collaborator of Hubert Dubedout, Mayor of Grenoble and member of the French Parliament, in charge of press, documentation and Parliament relations.

In 1989, joined the private sector, as a member of the management board of CORYS, a spin-off from the CEA (French Nuclear Energy Commission), specialized in the design of simulators for training operators in normal and accidental situations in nuclear and thermal power-plants in France and abroad (Eastern Europe, US, India, China, Indonesia, Pakistan, Spain…) as well as train and tram drivers : in charge of Corus institutional relations and European R and T projects (Tacis, Phare and Eurêka programmes). From 1995 to 1999, director of cabinet of the Mayor of Grenoble. In 1999, creation and general management of the Rhône-Alpes Agency for the diffusion of digital in regional SMEs.

In 2001 and until 2012, election as deputy mayor and 1st vice-president of the metropolitan area of Grenoble, in charge of economic development, innovation, university and research. Part time marketing counsellor for France Telecom (now Orange) in the field of health and social care. From 2003 to 2012, CEO of a new semi private-public company, Minatec enterprises, welcoming within an innovative technological pole start-ups and cooperative projects between public and private research in the field of micro, nano and biotechnologies.

Elected as a member of the French Parliament in 2012, member of the Parliament Office in charge of evaluating public choices in the field of science and technology (OPECST).

From 2012 to 2015, French Minister of University and Research, also in charge of space. Much committed for the European decision for Ariane 6.

2015-2017 : member of the French Parliament, Commission of defence and Parliament group for space. Report for French Prime Minister in July 2016 entitled “Open space, an answer to the challenges of the space sector”.

2017- : Chair of ESPI (European Space Policy Institute) advisory board, Vienna, member of several scientific foundation boards in Paris, Marseille, Grenoble in the field of space, health and scientific diffusion.

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Regina Peldszus
Policy Officer, DLR Space Administration, Department of Space Situational Awareness

Dr Regina Peldszus is a policy officer with DLR Space Administration, Department of Space Situational Awareness. She leads the German delegation to the Consortium implementing the European Space Surveillance & Tracking (SST) Support Framework for the European Commission, serves as Co-Chair of its Steering Committee, and handles studies at the intersection of space policy, foresight, security, and infrastructure. From 2013 to 2015 Regina was an Internal Research Fellow with ESA’s European Space Operations Centre (ESOC), Studies & Special Projects Division, focusing on resilience of flight control teams during critical mission phases. Prior to this, she contributed to various future systems and safety projects, including at ESA’s Astronaut Training Division, Special Skills & Exploration Unit. Regina holds a Ph.D. from Kingston University, London, on human systems integration in exploration class missions. Her interests include transfer of practice on issues such as governance and dual use from high reliability domains, including polar and nuclear. She is a member of the AIAA; the IFIP WG 13.5 on Resilience, Reliability, Safety and Human Error in System Development; and the ESA/CNES/DLR committee for Human Dependability.

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Petr Havlik
Senior Space Policy Officer, European External Action Service

Petr Havlik serves as a Senior Space Policy Officer at the European External Action Service in Brussels. He was the First Counsellor of the European Union Delegation in Vienna from 2011 to 2016 focusing on space policy, international security, international trade law, and industrial development. He was the Counsellor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic for 16 years posted in Prague, Geneva, the Hague, and Vienna. He worked in the fields of space policy, international trade, security policy, international transport, and industrial development. Petr Havlik worked as Senior Economist and International Trade Expert at Motokov International from 1986 to 1995, dealing with export of agricultural tractors and agricultural machinery. Petr Havlik holds an Engineer´s degree in Information Technology from the University of Economics, Prague, and a MBA from Sheffield Hallam University.

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Carlo des Dorides
EU GSA Agency Executive Director

Carlo des Dorides is the Executive Director of the European GNSS Agency (GSA). In his role prior to Executive Director of the GSA, he held a management role at the European Commission, and was responsible for the definition of the Galileo/EGNOS exploitation phases.

Previously, he led the Concession Department at the European GNSS Supervisory Authority, and served as Chief Negotiator of the Galileo Public-Private-Partnership/Concession contract at the Galileo Joint Undertaking. This in-depth understanding of Galileo and EGNOS, as well as a career in management, helped him excel in his first term as Executive Director.

After obtaining a degree in engineering from the University of Rome, he went on to achieve an M.B.A. from CUOA, Vicenza, Italy, and obtained additional education at the International Space University in Toulouse, France. From there, he worked in management in the aerospace sector, including a position as Head of Advanced Telecommunication Programmes and Programme Manager for major satellite telecommunication projects at Alenia Spazio. Later, he served as Director of Programmes and Engineering at ENAV, the Italian air navigation service provider.

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Pascal Legai
SatCen Director

Pascal Legai, has been a Brigadier General in the French Air Force since 1988. He acquired experience mainly in the fields of geography, imagery, international relations, Space and Security issues. He had been appointed as a geographer in the French Air Force staff in Paris for five years (1994-1999). He was also the Head of the French Imagery Intelligence Centre (2004-2006), Human Resources adviser of the French Air Force (2006-2008) and the Commanding Officer of the French Air Force Base in Grenoble (2008-2010). He has extensive international experience in geospatial and intelligence domains.

He has a PhD in International Relations, a law degree, several master degrees in Imagery Processing, in History, in British Civilization, in Mathematics and an Engineer Diploma in the field of geographic sciences. After four years as Deputy Director, Pascal Legai was elected by the Member States as the Director of the EU Satellite Centre, taking up his duties on 1 January 2015.

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Philippe Brunet
EC Director for Space Policy and Research, Copernicus programme and Defence

Doctor in Medicine (MD) and Iuris Doctor in Community Law (LLD), he entered the Commission in 1988 (DG V - Social Affairs). He joined the DG III (Industry) in 1993 in order to prepare the establishment of the EMEA (European Medicines Evaluation Agency, now the EMA) and complete the legal framework of the EU authorisation scheme for medicinal products. Philippe Brunet was appointed deputy Head of Unit “Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics Unit” in 1998, and subsequently Head of the Unit “Pharmaceuticals, legislative framework and market authorisations” in April 2000. In October 2007 he was appointed Head of Cabinet by Commissioner Kyprianou.

The Commission appointed on 19th December 2012 him as Director in DG Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW) for Directorate "Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries" as of January 2013. Mr Brunet main institutional files comprise, inter alia, the implementation of COPERNICUS, a constellation of EU-satellites offering Earth Observation services on a full, open and free of charge basis, and the development of civil and military synergies in security and defence matters to render the defence industry competitive and underpin a credible and effective Common Security and Defence Policy. Since 2016, his directorate has in charge the design and development of the new European defence fund.

Philippe Brunet has two sons. He has been knighted in the French Order of the Legion of Honour in 2011.

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Rob Heron
Managing Director of SES Defence UK Ltd

Rob has over 35 years experience in the satellite communications industry. His activities include developing business and products in international environments. He has extensive experience of people and project management and has previously managed other business in the UK.

Rob has worked on the ground segment ranging from product development to system engineering. Rob has also worked on the space segment ranging from autocompatibilty analysis to antenna array performance on military satellites.

Within SES, Rob has occupied several roles including market development and the creation of the GovSatCom business. Previously also responsible for sales on a global basis and before that project management of innovative projects such as the implementation of a global geolocation system and the design and implementation of an advanced spread spectrum ranging and IOT system.

Previously Rob managed a UK R&D company of 86 professional engineers specialised in satellite communications and related technologies. Rob has worked in several countries including ESA in the Netherlands and Dornier in Germany. He is fluent in several languages and has wide experience of working in international environments.

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Richard H. Buenneke
Senior Advisor for National Security Space Policy, US Department of State

Richard H. Buenneke is senior advisor for national security space policy in the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (AVC) at the United States Department of State in Washington, D.C.

In his current position, Mr. Buenneke advises senior State Department officials on the planning and implementation of diplomatic and public diplomacy activities relating to U.S. national security space policy. He served from June 2011 to June 2018 as the co-chair of an international expert group on space debris, space operations and tools for collaborative space situational awareness, which was established as part of a United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space’s working group on the long-term sustainability of outer space activities. He also serves as the AVC bureau’s lead for U.S.-European Union exchanges on space security cooperation.

Before joining the State Department in March 2007, Mr. Buenneke was a senior policy analyst at The Aerospace Corporation, where he served as lead analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense’s efforts relating to mission assurance and resiliency of commercial space capabilities. Mr. Buenneke has also led research tasks in support of U.S. government assessments of policies and architectures for national security and commercial space systems as an analyst with Booz Allen Hamilton and the RAND Corporation. He holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and systems engineering from the Wharton and Engineering schools of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Buenneke also holds masters’ degrees in policy analysis from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

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