14th ESPI Autumn Conference, 28th of September - 2nd of October 2020, online
The post-2030 European Space Agenda
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.
Leonore Gewessler
Leonore Gewessler
Welcoming speech (Video message) - Session 1

Leonore Gewessler has been the Austrian Federal Minister for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology since January 2020. Before her appointment as Federal Minister, Ms. Gewessler was Member of the Austrian National Council since October 2019 as well as Deputy Chairwoman of the Green Parliamentary Group of the National Council, the Federal Council and the European Parliament. Ms. Gewessler was Executive Director of Global 2000, an independent Austrian environmental organisation, from 2014 to 2019, and Director of the Green European Foundation, in Bruxelles, from 2008 to 2014. Leonore Gewessler holds a bachelor’s degree (BA) in political science from the University of Vienna.

Simonetta Di Pippo
Simonetta Di Pippo
Welcoming speech - Session 1

Simonetta Di Pippo is Director of UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), a position which sees her lead the Office’s strategic, policy and programmatic activites and advising the UN Secretary-General on space related matters. Prior to joining UNOOSA, she served as Director of Human Spaceflight at ESA, and previously also Director of the Observation of the Universe at the Italian National Space Agency, ASI. She is an Academician of IAA and member of its Board of Trustees. She is member of WEF Global Future Council on space technology since 2016. She co-founded Women in Aerospace Europe in 2009. In 2017, she became a UN International Gender Champion. She holds a Master’s Degree in Astrophysics and Space Physics from University “La Sapienza”, and Honoris Causa Degree in Environmental Studies, and an Honoris Causa Degree of Doctor in International Affairs. In 2008, IAU named asteroid 21887 “Dipippo” in honour of her contribution to space activities.

Aurel Ciobanu Dordea
Aurel Ciobanu-Dordea 
Speaker - Session 1

Aurel Ciobanu-Dordea is director of the Directorate for Implementation and Support to the Member States of the DG Environment since January 2014. He is in charge – inter alia – of the enforcement of EU environmental laws and of environmental governance, including the use of data and geospatial intelligence for environmental policy-making and implementation purposes.

Simonetta Cheli
Simonetta Cheli
Speaker - Session 1

Simonetta Cheli is the Head of Programme Strategy and Coordination Office in the Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes at ESA Headquarters in Paris, France, where she has been working since 2007. She is responsible for the Strategy and coordination of relations with the European Union, European organisations, international relations, relations with ESA Member States and programmatic coordination in the Earth Observation Directorate. She manages the Secretariat of the Programme Board of Earth Observation (PB-EO). She supports the Director in the preparation of Council meetings, Ministerial meetings, high-level international conferences (e.g. COP, UN) and in coordinating bilateral and multilateral relations of the Earth Observation Directorate (CEOS, GEO). She also manages communication activities. She entered ESA in 1988 at ESA HQ, Paris, in the International Relations Division and then moving into Strategy. She progressed to Head of Public and Institutional Relations Office, transferring to ESA ESRIN, Frascati in 1999 where she was responsible for institutional relations with Italy, Spain and Portugal and communication activities. She completed a degree in Political Science, with a specialisation in International Law, and obtained a Master Degree at the Diplomatic and Strategic Institute in Paris (CEDS), France. She wrote her thesis on International Law of Telecommunication Satellites.

Margit Mischkulnig
Margit Mischkulnig
Speaker - Session 1

Since September 2017, Margit Mischkulnig is serving as Head of Department for Space Affairs at the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology. Ms. Mischkulnig’s areas of specialization include macro- and micro-economics with special focus on industrial policy and unlocking the potential of strategic innovative sectors. She joined the Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology in 2015, after working in the Ministry of Finance, the European Commission and the World Bank Group. She served in ministers` cabinet responsible for innovation and technology. Margit Mischkulnig holds a master degree in economics from the University of Vienna.

Ricardo Conde
Ricardo Conde
Speaker- Session 1

Ricardo Conde began his professional career in 1991, having been linked to the Aeronautics and Space sector since 1993 with the participation in several National and International programs, in particular in Space and Earth segments. He was recently responsible for Ground Segment Business Development at Edisoft, SA (Thales Group). In 2019 Ricardo joined Portugal Space as a member of the board, and about one year later was appointed President. Ricardo holds a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from IST – Technical University of Lisbon and a postgraduate degree in Space Technologies. He is 54 years old, and the father of two beautiful girls.

Chetan Pradhan
Chetan Pradhan
Speaker - Session 1

Chetan Pradhan is the Head of Institutional Engagement at Earth-i, a provider of global and timely insights derived from very high resolution satellite data and video from space, based in the UK. He is the chairman of the board of directors of EARSC, the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies, which represents the interests of the Earth Observation (EO) services sector in Europe. EARSC today has over 125 members from 23 countries across Europe, covering the full EO services value chain including commercial operators of EO satellites, resellers of data, value-adding companies, geospatial information suppliers, consultancies and software/system providers. Its secretariat is in Brussels and currently employs a team of 12 staff. Chetan has served on the board of directors of EARSC since 2008, and has been the chairman of this board since 2016.

Jean Jacques Tortora
Jean-Jacques Tortora
Moderator - Session 1

Since June 1, 2016 Jean-Jacques Tortora serves as the Director of the European Space Policy Institute. From 2007 to mid-2016 he was the Secretary General of ASD-Eurospace, which is the trade association of the European Space Industry. From 2004 to mid-2007, he was head of the French Space Agency (CNES) office in North America and the Attaché for Space and Aeronautics at the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C. Previously he was Deputy Director for Strategy and Programs, responsible for the Industrial Strategy of CNES, the French Space Agency. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Tortora was adviser to the French Ministry of Research for Industrial Policy Funds management. From 1996 to 1998, he was appointed by Arianespace in Evry, France. From 1990 to 1996, Mr. Tortora was based in Kourou, French Guiana, as Head of Arianespace Operations Quality Department. Mr. Tortora 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.

Peter Stuckmann
Peter Stuckmann
Speaker - Session 2

Peter Stuckmann is managing the Commission's policy on 5G communication systems and the related research and innovation programme. Before his appointment as Head of Unit he was managing the office of the Director General of DG CONNECT, Roberto Viola, coordinating the Commission's digital policy initiatives. The portfolio included Digital Single Market, Broadband Policy, Telecoms, Media and Online Policy, the Copyright Reform as well as the EU ICT Research and Innovation Programme. Between 2010 and 2014 he was Head of Sector "Spectrum Policy", was penholder of main elements of the Commission proposal on the Telecom Single Market and the Roaming regulation, and was responsible for the implementation of the EU telecom rules in Germany and Austria. Between 2005 and 2010 he coordinated the EU R&D programme leading to the 4G mobile communications standards. Before joining the European Commission in 2004 he has occupied several engineering and management positions in industry, academia and start-ups. He holds engineering and doctoral degrees from RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

Magali Vaissiere
Magali Vaissiere
Speaker - Session 2

From June 2008 till August 2020, Magali Vaissiere was the Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications of ESA (responsible for the ARTES programme of ESA R&D programme in satellite telecommunications and applications). She was also the Head of ECSAT (UK Centre of ESA located in Harwell) since mid-2013. From September 2005 till May 2008, she was Head of the Telecommunications Department at ESA-ESTEC. Before joining ESA, she had worked in industry: EADS-Astrium Satellite, now within the Airbus group (for 15 years), and earlier in Thomson-CSF Radars, now within the Thales group (for 9 years). Magali Vaissiere is an engineer from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Telecommunications de Paris (Telecom Paris Tech) and holds a Master of Sciences of Stanford University as well as an Executive MBA from the Centre de Perfectionnement aux Affaires. She is member of the French "Académie des Technologies".

Nelson Malaguti
Nelson Malaguti
Speaker - Session 2

Nelson Malaguti is Counsellor at the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). He is responsible since June 2006 for ITU-R Study Group 4 on Satellite Services (FSS, BSS, MSS and RDSS) and the Coordination Committee for Vocabulary. Before taking up his current duties, he worked at EMBRATEL in Brazil, involved in the coordination, notification and registration processes for the Brazilian satellite networks. He received the M.Sc degree in telecommunications engineering from PUC-RIO, Brazil. He then worked in the Space Services Department of the BR ITU, having participated actively at World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC) such as WRC-97, WRC-2000 and WRC-03. He also participated actively at WRC-07, WRC-12, WRC-15 and WRC-19.

Jurry de la Mar
Jurry de la Mar
Speaker - Session 2

Jurry de la Mar is Account Director for International Research and Space Programs in Deutsche Telekom/T-Systems since 2008. Before that he had responsibility for projects with EU Institutions in Europe e.g., infrastructures for public administrations and policy programmes (2003-2008) and was responsible for the business unit in South East Asia (2000-2003). He joined the Deutsche Telekom Group in 1994 as account manager. Through the work with the Galileo and Copernicus, various other R&D Programmes and Research Organisations in Europe he has a very good understanding of the needs and requirements of the Aerospace, Research and Education sectors. He has brought forward several innovations with respect to Data Management and Cloud Computing e.g., with the Copernicus Programme and Helix Nebula Initiative. Deutsche Telekom is a European leader in Telecommunications, Mobile Networks, Big Data, IoT and Cloud and therefore deeply involved in GAIA-X and various standardisation bodies e.g. ISO, and community collaborations e.g., OpenStack. He is Member of the Supervisory Board of Cesah GmbH, the Centre for Satellite Navigation in the State of Hesse, Germany since 2009 and has experience with advising on business models, innovation management, results exploitation and technical roadmaps. Jurry de la Mar has Dutch nationality and holds a M.Sc. in Nuclear Physics from Free University in Amsterdam.

Sebastien Moranta
Sebastien Moranta
Moderator - Session 2

Sebastien Moranta is Coordinator of Studies at the European Space Policy Institute in Vienna. Prior to supervising the research activities of the Institute, he was a Senior Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory where he managed space-related studies for the European Commission, ESA, GSA and other space sector stakeholders. Former analyst at Eurospace, the association of the European space industry, he has worked on a variety of space-related topics including strategy and policy, programme management, R&D&I, standardisation, security, business and economics across different space domains. Mr. Moranta has an aerospace engineer degree from the Institut Polytechnique des Sciences Avancées (IPSA) in Paris.

Jean Yves Le Gall
Jean-Yves Le Gall
Introduction - Session 3

Jean-Yves Le Gall is President of the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the French space agency, since 2013. In this capacity, he is interministerial coordinator for satellite navigation programmes. He is also Honorary Ambassador and former President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF). Born in 1959, Jean-Yves Le Gall is a qualified engineer and scientist who has devoted his entire career to the European space programme, holding positions within the French national scientific research agency CNRS, several French ministries, at Novespace and a first stint with CNES before joining Starsem and Arianespace, where he was CEO and then Chairman & CEO. In addition to leading CNES, he has also been Chair of ESA Council and Chair of the Administrative Board of GSA, the European GNSS Agency in charge of Galileo. In 2011 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SPPI) and received the Icarus Prize from the French association of professional aerospace journalists (AJPAE). In 2014 he received a Laureate Award from Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine and in 2018 the California Institute of Technology presented him with the International Von Kármán Wings Award. Jean-Yves Le Gall holds the ranks of Commander of the National Order of Merit and Officer in the Legion of Honour in France. He has also been awarded the Order of Friendship by the Russian Federation and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, by the government of Japan. He is Doctor Honoris Causa of Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology.

Pascal Legai
Pascal Legai
Speaker - Session 3

Major General (Ret) Pascal Legai, was an intelligence officer in the French Air Force. He acquired experience mainly in the fields of geography, imagery, international relations, Space and Security issues. He 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 (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) before joining the EU Satellite Centre in July 2010 as Deputy Director. Pascal Legai has been Director of the EU Satellite Centre Director between January 2015 and May 2019. Since the 1st of May 2019, he is a Senior Adviser to the ESA/Earth Observation Director, in Frascati (Rome), for security-related matters. He has a PhD in International Relations, a law degree, several master’s degrees in Imagery Processing, Computer Sciences, in History, in British Civilization, in Mathematics. He is an aerospace engineer and has also an Engineer Diploma in the field of the geographic sciences.

Sorin Dumitru Ducaru
Sorin Ducaru
Speaker - Session 3 

Ambassador Sorin Dumitru Ducaru is the Director of the European Union Satellite Centre (SatCen) since June 2019. He has previously held the position of NATO Assistant Secretary General and Head of the NATO Emerging Security Challenges Division, as well as the positions of Romania’s ambassador to NATO, USA and to the UN in New York. He also assumed various positions in the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) such as: spokesperson of the MFA, director of the Minister’s Office and head of the Directorate for NATO and Strategic Issues. Ambassador Ducaru is holding a BS in Applied Electronics & Computer Studies, a M. Phil in Political Science & International Relations and a Ph.D in International Economic Relations and Institutional Management. Ambassador Ducaru has been engaged in academic and scientific activity, as associate or guest lecturer at the National University for Political Studies (Bucharest, Romania), NATO Defence College (Rome, Italy), Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (Cambridge, USA), Leiden University (Netherlands). He is the Honorary Chairman of the Scientific Board of the New Strategy Center (Bucharest), European Council of Foreign Relations Member, Advisory Board Member of Digital Society Institute (Berlin), the NATO Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence (Tallin), Special Advisor to the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (The Hague) and former Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute (Washington DC).

Anja Korenblik
Anja Korenblik
Speaker - Session 3

Anja Korenblik has more than 20 years of experience in the area of drug control and crime prevention with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime at HQ and in the field. Presently she is the Chief of the Programme Management and Development Unit of the Research and Trend Analysis Branch. She is in charge of the UNODC illicit crop monitoring programme which monitors opium poppy and coca cultivation globally, most importantly in Afghanistan and Colombia. The Unit also provides expertise on the use of geographical information systems to analyse other illicit activities. Ms. Korenblik has contributed to several global research publications on drugs and crime issues, including the World Drug Report, the Global Report on Trafficking in Persons and the World Wildlife Crime Report.

Piotr Malinowski
Piotr Malinowski
Speaker - Session 3

Piotr Malinowski has over 20 years of experience in the area of service development and information management in military and public domains. Initially with the Polish Armed Forces in 2001, he joined NATO's Joint Forces Command Headquarters (Netherlands) and later continued on various positions at NATO's Allied Command Transformation (USA) and NATO's Joint Warfare Centre (Norway), specializing in the development and implementation of various information exchange capabilities. In 2010, Piotr joined the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, taking responsibility for development of services related to information exchange, situation awareness, and surveillance in support of operational activities of the Agency. Currently, he is the Head of the Agency’s Information Fusion Centre, which is responsible for fusion of data from various surveillance systems across the EU in respect to EU border protection.

Alberto gueda
Alberto Águeda
Speaker - Session 3

Alberto Águeda is an Aerospace Engineer with 20 years of international experience in the space market within the GMV Group (www.gmv.com). At present, he coordinates Space Situational Awareness (SSA) activities in GMV, involving 50+ engineers working in 6 countries (ES, FR, UK, DE, PL & RO), being the largest SSA-dedicated team in Europe. GMV provides SSA solutions to ESA, the EC and other national space agencies in Europe based on advanced proprietary solutions and operates its own Operations Centre (focusoc), which provides 24x7 collision avoidance services to 10+ satellite operators and 80+ satellites, precursor of a future Space Traffic Management (STM) capability. This service makes use of GMV operational tools exploiting the precise SP catalogue from the US as well as dedicated data from collaborating Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST) sensors worldwide.

Tomas Hrozensky
Tomas Hrozensky
Moderator - Session 3

Tomas Hrozensky joined ESPI as a Resident Research Fellow in July 2018. He holds MA and PhD in international relations from the Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. Previously he was a visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Space Policy Institute of the George Washington University, researcher for the Space Security Index 2017 project and member of Slovak delegation to the UN COPUOS. During his studies he also completed several internships in the state administration and international organisations. Tomas has several years of volunteer engagement experience in the Space Generation Advisory Council and in his home country he currently chairs the Slovak Space Policy Association NGO, which also serves as a national point of contact for Slovakia in the European Centre for Space Law.

Klaus Pseiner
Klaus Pseiner
Introduction - Session 4

Klaus Pseiner is Managing Partner of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG. He earned his PhD in biology (ecology) at Vienna University. After working for two years as a student assistant at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Klaus Pseiner accepted a position at Dornier GmbH. Afterwards he was project manager at Österreichische Raumfahrt- und Systemtechnik GmbH and became senior adviser of the strategic technology planning at ESA/ESTEC in 1989. In 1998, he was appointed managing director of the Austrian Space Agency (ASA). Since 2004 Klaus Pseiner is Managing Director of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG.

Josef Aschbacher
Josef Aschbacher
Speaker - Session 3

Josef Aschbacher is the ESA Director of Earth Observation Programmes and Head of ESRIN, ESA’s centre for Earth Observation, located in Frascati (near Rome), Italy. Born in Austria, he studied at the University of Innsbruck, graduating with a Master’s and a Doctoral Degree in Natural Sciences. He has an accomplished international career in space, with more than 35 years of combined work experience at the European Space Agency, European Commission, Austrian Space Agency, Asian Institute of Technology and University of Innsbruck. Over the past 20 years, Josef Aschbacher has been a key leader of ESA’s Copernicus Programme, which has grown beyond expectations and is considered to be the most ambitious and successful Earth Observation programme. He took up duty as ESA Director of Earth Observation Programmes on 1 July 2016, leading the largest Directorate with an annual budget responsibility of 1.5bn €, with 800 staff and contractors distributed over four ESA establishments. This world-leading Earth Observation Programme has 40 satellites under development, 13 in preparation and 15 in operation; providing 300 TB of satellite data to users world-wide, every day. It is the only Directorate with three main funding partners – ESA Member States, EU and EUMETSAT.

Carine Claeys
Carine Claeys
Speaker - Session 4

Carine Claeys is the EU Special Envoy for Space in the European External Action Service (EEAS) since July 2019. She is Head of the EEAS Space Task Force since 2015 and headed the Security of the EU Space Tools Cell of the EU Joint Situation Centre from 2005 to 2011. She has been a multilateral diplomat in the general Secretariat of the Council and in the EEAS since 1992, where she dealt with issues such as energy, drugs, terrorism, United Nations, public international law, agriculture, enlargement, transport… Carine Claeys holds a PhD in political sciences, a Master degree in business engineering, a Master degree in international relations and a Master degree in development cooperation.

Tidiane Ouattara
Tidiane Ouattara
Speaker - Session 4

Dr. Tidiane Ouattara is currently Space Science Expert and Coordinator for GMES & Africa Programme at the African Union, where he has been working since 2016. Previously, he worked for several institutions of the federal government of Canada, such as the Department of Environment (2010-2016), the Department of Natural Resources (2002-2004 and 2006-2010) and the Canadian Space Agency (2004-2006), for which he was International Relations Manager in charge of Africa, Central and South America and United Nations and Head of the Canadian delegation at the COPUOS. Previously, he had a brief stay with the private sector in Montreal. Dr. Ouattara began his career in Canada as lecturer at Sherbrooke University from 1996 to 2001, where he taught not only scientific courses, but also African geopolitics and sociocultural issues. Dr. Ouattara received a master’s degree in physical geography from Université de Cocody-Abidjan (Côte-d’Ivoire). In 1996, Dr. Ouattara obtained a master’s degree and in 2001 a PhD, both in Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System (GIS) from Sherbrooke University (Canada).

Ikuko Kuriyama
Ikuko Kuriyama
Speaker - Session 4

Ikuko Kuriyama is a senior administrator and an advisor to the Director at International Relations and Research Department of JAXA where she promotes international cooperation on global issues such as SDGs and climate change, space policy community building in the Asia-Pacific Region, and collaboration with domestic and overseas research institutions. She has experience and expertise in international cooperation, especially in the area of Earth observation. From 2005 to 2007, she was in a Japanese ministry serving as an official liaison to the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and an official delegate to the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC. She holds Ph.D. in Public Policy, LL.M., LL.B. and Master of Space Studies.

Nicole Roberton
Nicole Roberton
Speaker - Session 4

Nicole Roberton has been the New Zealand Ambassador to Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia and Permanent Representative to the International Organisations in Vienna since October 2018. Previously, she was New Zealand Special Representative for United Nations Security Council Issues in Africa between January 2015 and December 2016 and worked as an International Foreign Policy Consultant between January 2012 and November 2014. From 2002 to 2007, Ambassador Robertson was Head of the Political Section at the New Zealand Permanent Representation to the United Nations in New York.

Ken Hodgkins
Ken Hodgkins
Speaker - Session 4

Ken Hodgkins is a globally recognized strategic thought-leader on international space policy and law and the application of the Outer Space Treaties to new commercial ventures. Throughout his 40 years in government service, Mr. Hodgkins has been a driving force for multilateral and bilateral initiatives focused on improving transparency, predictability, interoperability, resiliency and the safe and responsible use of space. He has managed a vast array of civil, commercial, and national security challenges as the overall scope and nature of the space enterprise rapidly evolved. He worked in the National Environmental Satellite and Data Service’s International Relations Office (1980-1986) and the Department of State's Office for Space and Advanced Technology, where he was Director from 2007-2020. During his tenure in State, he was the United States Representative to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer. He was a key figure in the development of U.S. national space policies and directives and diplomatic initiatives to sustain the use of the International Space Station and move human activity from low Earth orbit to the Moon through the Gateway and Artemis programs. Mr. Hodgkins conceived and established the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG), the first International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF), the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), and the first Space Enterprise Summit (SES). Mr. Hodgkins was the lead negotiator on international guidelines on Remote Sensing of the Earth, the Use of Nuclear Power Sources in Space, Mitigation of Orbital Debris and the Long-Term Sustainability of the Space Environment.

Marco Aliberti
Marco Aliberti
Moderator - Session 4

Marco Aliberti is a Senior Research Fellow at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), where he has carried out and published a number of research projects in the areas of access to space and human spaceflight, governance and International Relations of space, and Asia’s space programmes, particularly those of China, Japan and India. Prior to joining ESPI in October 2012, he held positions consistent with his academic background in East Asian Studies.

Johann Dietrich Jan Woerner
Johann-Dietrich Wörner
Speaker - Session 5

Johann-Dietrich ‘Jan’ Wörner became the ESA Director General on 1 July 2015. Previously, from March 2007 to June 2015, he served as Chairman of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Jan Wörner was born in Kassel, Germany, in 1954. He studied civil engineering at the Technical University (TU) Berlin and TU Darmstadt, from where he graduated in 1985. In 1982, as part of his studies, he spent one year in Japan, investigating earthquake safety of nuclear power plants. Until 1990, Mr. Wörner worked for consulting civil engineers König und Heunisch. In 1990 he returned to TU Darmstadt, where he was appointed as a professor of Civil Engineering and took over as Head of the Test and Research Institute. Before being elected as President of TU Darmstadt in 1995, he held the position of Dean of the newly established Civil Engineering Faculty. Jan Wörner headed the university from 1995 to 2007 and succeeded in making it the first autonomous university of the Federal Republic of Germany. Before joining ESA as Director General, Jan Wörner was head of the German delegation to ESA from 2007 to 2015 and served as Chairman of the ESA Council from 2012 to 2014.

Pierre Delsaux
Pierre Delsaux
Speaker - Session 5

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.

Kai Uwe Schrogl
Kai-Uwe Schrogl
Speaker - Session 5

Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl is currently seconded from the European Space Agency ESA to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in Berlin to support the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2020. Until 2019, he was the Chief Strategy Officer of ESA (Headquarters in Paris, France). From 2007 to 2011 he was the Director of the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in Vienna, Austria. 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 UN COPUOS. He also was chairman of various European and global committees. Kai-Uwe Schrogl is the President of the International Institute of Space Law, Member of the International Academy of Astronautics and the Russian Academy for Cosmonautics as well as Corresponding Member of the French Air and Space Academy. He holds a doctorate degree in political science and lectures international relations as an Honorary Professor at Tübingen University, Germany.

Marian Jean Marinescu
Marian-Jean Marinescu
Speaker - Session 5

Member of the European Parliament since January 2007, Marian-Jean Marinescu is currently the coordinator of the EPP Group for transport policies and Chair of the European Parliament's Sky and Space Intergroup 2019 - 2024. During the past legislatures, MEP Marinescu was vice-president of the PPE Group, chair of the PPE Working Group "Budgets and Structural Policies", coordinator of the PPE working group for the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 and member of the Board of Directors of the European Agency for Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GSA). In 2017, MEP Marinescu received the annual award of The European Business Aviation Award (EBAA). 

Franois Rivasseau
François Rivasseau
Speaker - Session 5

François Rivasseau has been appointed Ambassador, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations in Geneva and international organizations in Switzerland from September 2018. He was, since 2015, Special Envoy for Space and Head of the Security Policy Division at the European External Action Service (EEAS). From 2011 to 2015, François Rivasseau was Deputy Head of Mission at the Delegation of the European to the United States where he notably followed the space issues and cooperation. He was previously Minister Counsellor at the Embassy of France to the United States from 2007 to 2011. Ambassador Rivasseau was also Permanent Representative of France to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva from 2003 to 2006. The Ambassador has held several positions within the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs. He was notably Deputy Director (1998-2000) and then spokesperson, Director of press and communication (2000-2003) and also Assistant Director for Political Affairs at the United Nations Directorate and other international organizations (1993-1995). François Rivasseau was also, in his personal capacity, chosen by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as a member of the United Nations Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Advisory Council and appointed administrator of the United Nations Institute for Research on disarmament (UNIDIR) from 2009 to 2014.

Andr Hubert Roussel
André-Hubert Roussel
Speaker - Session 5

André-Hubert Roussel is CEO of Ariane Group since January 1st, 2019 and member of the Board of Directors since July 2018. He is President of Eurospace since June 2020. He started in CAP GEMINI in 1990 and moved to Matra Communication in 1993, where he was responsible for the development of a new line of products for enterprise communications. After 6 years in various management positions, he joined the consulting firm Booz. André-Hubert rejoined Matra Communication with the mission to create and head the Product Management and Marketing department. After the 2000 internet crisis, he worked for EADS Defence and Communication Systems and led successively product management and marketing, and then the business line Professional Mobile Radio. He then started in 2004 a new activity in EADS, related to large defence and security systems (network centric warfare, border surveillance, emergency response), and won major contracts in Europe and Middle East. In 2009 he joined EADS Space activities, as Head of Operations (Engineering and Manufacturing) of Astrium Space Transportation, the prime contractor of Ariane launchers and the French nuclear deterrence. He took the responsibility of Launcher Programmes at the beginning of 2014, and played a major role in launching the new European launcher Ariane 6 programme, as well as the initial steps of the creation of the Airbus Safran Launchers, now Ariane Group joint venture. 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.

Genevive Fioraso
Geneviève Fioraso
Speaker - Session 5

Geneviève Fioraso has been Chair of the ESPI Advisory Council since September 2016. From 2007 to 2012, Ms. Fioraso was MP in the French National Assembly and member of the Parliamentary Office for the evaluation of scientific and technological choices, where she published three reports on the budget of industry and energy sectors and one on synthetic biology. Between 2012 and 2014, she was the French Minister for Higher Education and Research, including space, and, then, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research, including space, from 2014 to 2015. In these positions, Ms. Fioraso represented the French government at ESA Ministerial Conferences in Naples (2012) and Luxembourg (2014). From April 2015 to June 2017, she was MP and a member of the Defence Committee of the French Assembly as well as of the Parliamentary Space Group. From January to July 2016, she was missioned by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls for a report on the space sector: “Open Space, the opening as answer to the challenges of the space sector”.

Jean Jacques Tortora
Jean Jacques Tortora
Moderator - Session 5

Since June 1, 2016 Jean-Jacques Tortora serves as the Director of the European Space Policy Institute. From 2007 to mid-2016 he was the Secretary General of ASD-Eurospace, which is the trade association of the European Space Industry. From 2004 to mid-2007, he was head of the French Space Agency (CNES) office in North America and the Attaché for Space and Aeronautics at the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C. Previously he was Deputy Director for Strategy and Programs, responsible for the Industrial Strategy of CNES, the French Space Agency. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Tortora was adviser to the French Ministry of Research for Industrial Policy Funds management. From 1996 to 1998, he was appointed by Arianespace in Evry, France. From 1990 to 1996, Mr. Tortora was based in Kourou, French Guiana, as Head of Arianespace Operations Quality Department. Mr. Tortora 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.