15th ESPI Autumn Conference, 5-7 October 2021, hybrid
European space solutions for European ambitions
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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Andreas Geisler
Head of Aeronautics and Space Agency, Austrian Research Promotion Agency - Opening Speaker

Andreas Geisler is Head of the FFG Aeronautics and Space Agency, Head of the Austrian Delegation to ESA and Chairman of the General Assembly of ESPI. He joined the Austrian Space Agency in 2003 as Team Leader Aeronautics. From 2009 to 2015 he headed the FFG Energy and Environment team and and from 2005 to 2011 he acted as Deputy Division Head Thematic Programs of FFG. Mr. Geisler graduated from a technical college for communications engineering and electronics, studied economics and biology and has a PhD in ecology from the University of Vienna.

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Henriette Spyra
General Director for Innovation, Technology and Space, Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology - Keynote Speaker (Session 1)

Henriette Spyra has been the Director General for Innovation and Technology at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation, and Technology since September 2021. Prior to that, she was the Director of Science and Innovation of the Austrian Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt) from September 2019 to September 2021. From November 2016 to September 2019, she was the Head of Mobility Transformation and Transport Decarbonisation at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology. Mrs. Spyra has a master’s degree in international economics and international relations from Johns Hopinks University, USA.

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Isabelle Duvaux-Béchon
Acting Head of the Foresight, Strategy and Coordination Department in ESA DG Services and Head of the Strategy and Development Office of the Department, European Space Agency - Keynote Speaker (Session 1)

Isabelle Duvaux-Béchon is Acting Head of the Foresight, Strategy and Coordination Department since June 2021. Previously, she was Head of the Member States Relations and Partnerships Office from 2017 to 2021. She is also co-chairing the Preparatory Group for the next Council at Ministerial level, the ESA Space & Arctic Task Force and chairing the ESA Blue Worlds Task Force formed with interested ESA Member States. She is a Commander in the citizen reserve of the French Navy and a full member of the International Academy of Astronautics.

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Simonetta Cheli
Head of Strategy, Programme and Coordination Office of Earth Observation Programmes, European Space Agency - Speaker (Session 1)

Simonetta Cheli became Head of Strategy, Programme and Coordination Office of ESA Earth Observation Programmes in 2017 after being Acting Head from 2016 to 2017. Among others, she is member of the International Institute of Space Law, and of Board of Directors IAI (Istituto Affari Internationali), and she has several teaching experiences. She holds a degree in Political Sciences with focus on International Law at the University “Cesare Alfieri”, Florence, Italy and was an Undergraduate student at Yale University (CT,USA) studying Law and Economics.

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Emmanuel Pajot
Secretary General, EARSC - Speaker (Session 1)

With over 17 years of experience combining sciences, technologies, and economy to deliver space-based Earth Observation (EO) services, Emmanuel Pajot has experienced the challenges of developing and selling EO services. After 13 years in the Energy market, he joined EARSC in 2017 as a Project Manager and was appointed as the EARSC Secretary-General in July 2020. With his team, he supports European companies developing awareness on EO capabilities and the dialogue with stakeholders and communities of users.

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François Raffenne
Manager for Strategic Planning and Analysis, ArianeGroup - Speaker (Session 1)

François Raffenne became Manager for Strategic Planning and Analysis after holding the position of Marketing & Sales Manager for Missile Defence and Systems within ArianeGroup’s Defence Division (formerly Airbus Defence and Space) from 2012 to 2018. From 2010 to 2012, he was responsible for EU & NATO Defence and Security topics within Astrium’s Corporate Institutional Relations team. Before joining the industry, he held the position of Desk Officer for North America within the Policy Directorate (DAS), currently DGRIS of the French Ministry of Defence from 2005 to 2010.

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Luca Rossettini
CEO & Co-Founder, D-Orbit - Speaker (Session 1)

Luca Rossettini is CEO of D-Orbit which co-founded in 2011. Since 2017, he is also President of the Association of Space Activities Companies (AIPAS). During his Ph.D. studies in Advanced Space Propulsion at Politecnico di Milano, Italy concluded in 2008, he founded IRTA srl and in 2006, he co-founded The Natural Step Italia. He also worked in the US in a research lab on nanotechnologies in the early 2000s and did an internship at NASA Ames Research Center in 2010.

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Alain Bories
Senior Vice President, Business Development and Political Affairs, OHB - Speaker (Session 1)

Alain Bories joined OHB SE Group as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Busienss Development in 2006. In 2020, his job evolved to Senior Vice President Business Development and Political Affairs. He previously worked for the French Department of Defence and for Alcatel ISR; where he was in charge of the Air Traffic Management Department prior to becoming VP Sales and Marketing. In 1996 he joined Alcatel Radio Space and Defence as VP Navigation, and in 1998 he was named VP Sales and Marketing Government Affairs in Alcatel Space. In 2000 he joined Thomson_CSF (now Thales) as Corporate Vice President for Space Pgorammes and was also Director of the Galileo Programme within Thales.

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Rodrigo da Costa
Executive Director, EUSPA - Keynote Speaker (Session 2)

In October 2020, Rodrigo da Costa became the Executive Director of the European GNSS Agency (GSA), now EUSPA. From 2017 to 2020, he was the manager of the Galileo Exploitation Programme. Prior to joining the public sector, Mr. da Costa was the Director of Future Projects and Business Development, Orbital Systems and Exploration at Airbus Group from 2012 to 2017. From 2009 to 2012, he was the Head of Launchers Business Development at Airbus Defence and Space.

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David Bertolotti
Director for International and Institutional Affairs, Eutelsat - Speaker (Session 2)

David Bertolotti has been Director for institutional and international affairs at Eutelsat since July 2020. Prior to joining the private sector, he led a diplomatic career for 17 years at the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. From July 2019 to July 2020, he was Director for Strategic Affairs, Security and Disarmament at the French MFA. He was also Ambassador of France in Jordan from October 2015 to July 2019. He graduated from Science Po Paris and is a former student of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA).

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Dr. Nicolas Capet
CEO and Founder, Anywaves - Speaker (Session 2)

Nicolas CAPET is CEO & founder of ANYWAVES. Prior to creating its start-up, Dr. Capet was working in the Telecom Division, Antenna Department of CNES, the French Space Agency, Toulouse, France. In 2010, he obtained a Doctoral degree in electromagnetism and microwaves from Toulouse University, France. He also has a degree in electronic engineering and hyper frequencies from the Ecole National d’Aviation Civile (ENAC), Toulouse, France

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Guillaume de la Brosse
Head of Unit in charge of space innovation, start-ups and economics, DG DEFIS, European Commission - Speaker (Session 2)

Guillaume de la Brosse is currently Head of Unit in charge of space innovation, start-ups and economics in the Commission (Direction-General for Defence Industry and Space). Previously, Guillaume was assistant to the Director-General. Guillaume joined the Commission in 2016, as a member of the Commission's think-tank and member of the UK Task Force, where he dealt with security, defence and space. Before joining the Commission, Guillaume worked in the European Defence Agency as an assistant to the Executive Director (2011-2016) and as a political and military adviser at the French Permanent representation to the EU (2006-2011).

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Wolfgang Roehrig
Head of Information Superiority Unit, Capability, Armament, and Planning Directorate, European Defence Agency - Speaker (Session 2)

Wolfgang Roehrig became the Head of Information Superiority of the European Defence Agency in 2018. Prior to that, he was a Project Officer in Cyber Defence at the EDA. Before joining European institutions, he led a career in the German Federal Armed Forces.

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Elodie Viau
Director for Telecommunications, European Space Agency - Speaker (Session 2)

Elodie Viau took up duty as the Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications (D/TIA), and Head of ECSAT, Harwell, UK, on 1 September 2020. Prior to joining ESA, Ms. Viau worked at SES for 12 years. In June 2018, she became Senior Manager of SES New Space Segment Procurement and Development and then Vice-President for SES Technology Programme Management. She holds a MSc degree in telecommunications from Télécom SudParis, France.

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Andre Hubert Roussel
President, Eurospace - Keynote Speaker (Session 3)

Since June 2020, André-Hubert Roussel has been president of Eurospace. He also has been the CEO of Ariane Group since January 2019. From January 2015 to February 2016, he was Head of Engineering, Operations and Quality for the Space Systems business line of Airbus Defence and Space. After that, he was appointed Head of Engineering of Airbus Defence and Space, then Head of Operations, member of the Executive Committee of the Division. André-Hubert has a degree in Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications.

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Andreas Buhl
Country Manager, RUAG Space - Speaker (Session 3) 

Since January 2019 Andreas Buhl works as Country Manager at RUAG Space Austria. Prior to that he worked in the "Aerospace & Railway" division at an Austrian technology company and for more than 20 years at LIEBHERR in the fields of aerospace and railroad technology in various management functions. Andreas Buhl graduated in applied physics from the University of Applied Sciences in Ravensburg-Weingarten (Baden-Württemberg) and completed an officer training with the German armed forces.

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Riadh Cammoun
Vice President for Public and Regulatory Affairs, Thales - Speaker (Session 3)

Riadh Cammoun has been the Vice President of Institutional Affairs and Executive Committee member at Thales Alenia Space since 2014. Before joining Thales Alenia Space, Riadh Cammoun was Deputy Director of the cabinet of Geneviève Fioraso, French Minister of Higher Education and Research. Riadh Cammoun is the former Director of the LIST Institute of the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission in France. He has a degree in Engineering from the Ecole Spéciale des Travaux Publics and a master’s degree in Robotics from Pierre et Marie Curie University.

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Geraldine Naja
Director for Industry, Procurement and Legal Services, European Space Agency - Speaker (Session 3)

Geraldine is currently acting Director for Commercialisation, Industry and Procurement at the European Space Agency (ESA). She joined ESA in 1987 as payload operations engineer on the International Space Station programme. She has then moved to various strategic, programmatic and managerial functions across the Agency. Geraldine is a graduate engineer with a specialisation in rocket propulsion, and also holds a master’s in political studies and international relations. She has taught fluid mechanics and continues to have teaching assignments about space policy in many universities and institutes.

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Dr. Olga Stelmakh-Drescher
Chief Policy and Government Relations Officer, ExoLaunch - Speaker (Session 3)

Dr. Olga Stelmakh-Drescher is a NewSpace advocate, international space lawyer and space environmentalist - shaper of the Space Sustainability Goals and social responsibility for space activities concepts. She holds the position of a Chief Policy and Government Relations Officer at EXOLAUNCH, a global leader in rideshare launch services and deployment technologies for small satellites. Dr. Olga has an extensive background in space matters, having worked in the space sector for more than 15 years, including seven years of governmental and parliamentarian engagement.

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Tero Vauraste
Regional Director Europe, Iceye - Speaker (Session 3)

MSc, Lt Cdr (Ret) Tero Vauraste has been a Senior Advisor and Regional Director Europe of ICEYE since October 2020. He is responsible of the European clientele including co-operation with the European Space Agency and Business Finland. Prior his permanent position at ICEYE, Mr. Vauraste served as a Naval and Coast Guard officer and in various CEO and other Senior Executive Positions within security, aviation, automotive, maritime, rail, logistics and Arctic Industries and he has served as a long-term Chair/Vice Chair of the Arctic Economic Council.

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Geneviève Fioraso
Chair, ESPI Advisory Council and Former French Minister in charge of space - Closing Remarks (Session 3)

Mrs. Fioraso is the Chair of the ESPI Advisory Council. She is the former French Minister for Higher education, Research and Space. From 2012 to 2014, she was the French Minister for Higher Education and Research, including space. From 2014 to 2015, she was the French Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research, including space. Then, she returned to the French Parliament as a Member of the defence commission and the parliamentary space group. Prior to her political commitments, she was working in the private sector as the CEO of Minatec entreprises from 2003 to 2007.