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Roberto Battiston
Former Head of the Italian Space Agency (ASI)

Roberto Battiston is an Italian physicist, specialized in the field of fundamental physics and elementary particles, and leading experts in the physics of cosmic rays. He was the president of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) from 2014 to 2018, and president of the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) Committee on Astroparticle Physics from 2009 to 2014. As of August 25, 2020, Web of Science reports Battiston as author of 486 published papers, with 17.350 citations received and an H index of 58. He has received numerous awards and honors including the Space Economy Award (2017), the Hall of Fame (2019) and the China National Science and Technology Award (2019). In 2017, the asteroid 21256 Robertobattiston was dedicated to him.

Trevor Bennett
Co-Founder and CTO, Starfish Space, Inc.

Dr. Trevor Bennett is the co-founder and CTO of Starfish Space, Inc. Starfish Space is building orbital transportation infrastructure for the new space revolution. The constellation of space tugs uses state-of-the-art autonomy software and robotics to provide on-demand transportation and station-keeping for spacecraft. B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M, Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from University of Colorado, Boulder. Trevor’s Ph.D. thesis discussed guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) of a geostationary space tug using low-thrust propulsion for active debris removal. His work was recognized by NASA, NSF, AIAA, and Aviation Week. Prior to Starfish Space, Trevor designed and developed GNC software at NASA and more recently Blue Origin.

Sven G. Bilén
Professor, Penn State University

Sven G. Bilén , Ph.D., PE (B.S. Penn State 1991, M.S.E. 1993 and Ph.D. Univ. of Michigan 1998) is Professor of Engineering Design, Electrical Engineering, and Aerospace Engineering at Penn State and Head of the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs. Bilén’s research interests, coordinated through his direction of the Systems Design Lab, include the areas of space systems design; electrodynamic-tethers; spacecraft–plasma interactions; plasma diagnostics for space plasmas, plasma electric thrusters, and low-temperature plasmas; software-defined radio techniques and systems; wireless sensor systems; concrete 3d printing; innovative engineering design, systems design and new product design; engineering entrepreneurship; and global and virtual engineering design. Dr. Bilén is member of IEEE, AIAA, AGU, ASEE, INCOSE, and Sigma Xi.

Ian Christensen
Director, Private Sector Programs, Secure World Foundation

Ian Christensen is Director of Private Sector Programs at Secure World Foundation. He is responsible for leading SWF’s engagement activities with the commercial space industry, where his activities focus on policy and governance topics in support of the development of private sector space capabilities: including topics such as space debris mitigation, norms of behavior for responsible space operations, and space resources policy. In this role Mr. Christensen was a member of the Hague International Space Resources Governance Working Group, where he chaired the Group’s Socioeconomic Panel.  He is also a member of the Secretariat for the Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations (CONFERS), an industry group developing best practices and standards for commercial satellite servicing.   

Prior to joining SWF, Mr. Christensen worked at leading space-sector consulting firms Futron Corporation and Avascent.  In these positions he managed or served in lead analysis roles on market, business planning, and forecasting studies for numerous commercial space sector clients in the United States, Israel, and Europe. For government clients, Mr. Christensen has provided space-related strategic and analytic services for NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and the Government of Australia. Mr. Christensen has supported consulting engagements with clients in Australia, Israel, the Isle of Man, Japan, and South Korea; and led in-country work in Brazil, Burkina Faso, Europe, and Japan.

Prior to Futron, Mr. Christensen was a research assistant at the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University, a Policy Fellow at the National Academies of Science Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy, and a research assistant at the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center. Read Mr. Christensen's publications. Mr. Christensen holds a Master of Arts (M.A.) in international science and technology policy, focusing on space policy from the George Washington University Elliott School for International Affairs.  He holds dual Bachelor’s of Science (B.S.) degrees in political science and biochemistry from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Mert Evirgen    
Ph.D. Student, Northumbria University, UK    

Mert Evirgen is a Ph.D. Researcher at Northumbria University, working alongside Northern Space and Security (NORSS) on the Space Law Games. He receives funding from European Regional Development Fund.



Alex Gilbert
Ph.D. Student, Colorado School of Mines

Alex Gilbert is a complex systems researcher focusing on climate policy, energy markets, nuclear regulation, and space resources governance. He is a Project Manager at the Nuclear Innovation Alliance, where he works on regulatory reform and policy for advanced nuclear power. Alex collaborates with the Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines on research related to energy, environment, and outer space governance. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in Space Resources at the Colorado School of Mines, where he focuses on resource governance, environmental protection, and space nuclear power. Alex is also Adjunct Faculty at Johns Hopkins University where he co-teaches a course on nuclear power technology and regulation.

Henry Hertzfeld
Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs; Director, Space Policy Institute
George Washington University

Dr. Henry Hertzfeld is an expert in the economic, legal, and policy issues of space and advanced technological development. Dr. Hertzfeld holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. from Washington University, and a Ph.D. degree in economics from Temple University. He also holds a J.D. degree from the George Washington University and is a member of the Bar in Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. Dr. Hertzfeld joined the Space Policy Institute in 1992. His research projects have included studies on the privatization of the Space Shuttle, the economic benefits of NASA R&D expenditures, and the socioeconomic impacts of earth observation technologies. He teaches a course in Space Law and a course in microeconomics through the Economics Department at G.W.

Dr. Hertzfeld has served as a Senior Economist and Policy Analyst at both NASA and the National Science Foundation, and has been a consultant to many U.S. and international organizations, including a recent project on space applications with the OECD. He is the co-editor of Space Economics (AIAA 1992). Selected other publications include a study of the issues for privatizing the Space Shuttle (2000), an analysis of the value of information from better weather forecasts, an analysis of sovereignty and property rights published in the Journal of International Law (University of Chicago, 2005), and an economic analysis of the space launch vehicle industry (2005). Dr. Hertzfeld has also edited and prepared a new edition of the Study Guide and Case Book for Managerial Economics (Sixth Edition, W.W. Norton & Co.).

Diane Howard
Chief Counsel for Space Commerce at the U.S. Department of Commerce

Dr. Diane Howard is Chief Counsel for Space Commerce at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In addition to providing space law expertise to the Office of Space Commerce (OSC) and the Department of Commerce as a whole, she also participates in interagency work and is actively involved in the Office of Space Commerce’s implementation of Space Policy Directive-3.

In n addition, Diane is a non-resident scholar at UT Austin’s Strauss Center for International and Security Studies and an adjunct professor in its School of Law. She is helping to develop Strauss Center’s Space Security and Safety program, a trans-disciplinary program offering opportunities to work on solutions to challenges to the space environment through a combination of law, policy, engineering, and science curricula. 

Clelia Iacomino
Junior Fellow, SDA Bocconi School of Management

Clelia Iacomino is a Junior Fellow of the multidisciplinary research laboratory on the evolution of the space economy (SEE Lab) at the SDA Bocconi School of Management. She coordinated relevant international researches related to the economic sustainability of important space projects. She was part of the organizing team of important international events and workshops. Furthermore, she supported some training activities such as  the Capacity Building courses in collaboration with UNOOSA (United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs).

Her research activities are focused on analysis of main political and economic international aspect in the global space market. Previously, she worked as Research Fellow at European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in Vienna,  seconded by Italian Space Agency (ASI) where she  developed space business analysis skills in the European and international context. Her main study was focused on the Potential Contributions of Commercial Actors to Space Exploration , partnership (PPPs) schemes and other new mechanisms to engage the commercial actors. Clelia  worked as  strategic business analyst at Thales Alenia Space in Strategic Business Intelligence department in Rome, where she analysed the global space market and supported the activities of the department, through the development of new models with the objective to consolidate the Collective Innovation Intelligence. Finally, Clelia co-founded the association Space School with the aim  to promote and organize training programs that transfer the Space Economy  knowledge in schools.

She earned  a Degree in Political Science - International Relations.  After her university studies, Clelia attended the Master in Space Institutions and Policies at SIOI (Società Italiana per l’Organizzazione Internazionale) in Rome. Thanks to this Master, she gained a specialized background and professional training in the field of Space Institutions and Policies, in particular in economic, technical and scientific, industrial, international relations and legal disciplines.

Kaitlyn Johnson
Deputy Director and Fellow in the Aerospace Security Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Kaitlyn Johnson is deputy director and fellow of the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Ms. Johnson manages the team’s strategic planning and research agenda. Her research specializes in topics such as space security, military space systems, commercial space policy, and U.S. air dominance. Previously, Ms. Johnson has written on national security space reorganization, threats against space assets, the commercialization of space, escalation and deterrence dynamics, and defense acquisition trends. Ms. Johnson holds an M.A. from American University in U.S. foreign policy and national security studies, with a concentration in defense and space security, and a B.S. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in international affairs.

Therese Jones
Senior Director of Policy, Satellite Industry Association

Therese Jones is the Senior Director of Policy at the Satellite Industry Association, a U.S.-based trade association representing over 50 satellite operators, manufacturers, ground equipment suppliers, and launch companies. In this position, Therese manages SIA working groups on regulatory, legislative, defense, space safety, cybersecurity, remote sensing, and export control-related issues. Prior to SIA, Therese was an assistant policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, supporting the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Army in assessing new space technologies, increasing the resilience of the national space architecture, and determining commercial acquisition strategies for communications and remote sensing services.  Before transitioning into space policy, she worked as an astrophysics researcher focusing on galaxy formation and evolution. Therese is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Policy Analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She holds a master’s in astrophysics from the University of California, Berkeley, and bachelor’s degrees in astronomy and astrophysics, physics, German, and international studies from The Pennsylvania State University.

Marshall H. Kaplan
Professor of the Practice, University of Maryland

Marshall H. Kaplan, Ph.D., is Professor of the Practice in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland and a recognized expert in space flight technologies, orbital mechanics and debris retrieval. He was the first to study space junk retrieval and was instrumental in the safe reentry of the Skylab Space Station in 1979. recently aired a story about his four decades of research on this topic. Dr. Kaplan is one of only a few experts in the field of space debris control and reduction. He has over four decades of academic and industrial experience, having served as Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University and presenting hundreds of courses on space technology in the U.S., Europe, South America and Asia. In addition to publishing some 100 papers, reports, and articles on aerospace technologies, he is the author of several books, including the internationally used text, Modern Spacecraft Dynamics and Control. Dr. Kaplan is a Fellow of AIAA and a member of the its Technical Committee on Space Transportation. He holds advanced degrees from MIT and Stanford University.

Josef Koller
Systems Director, The Aerospace Corporation
Center for Space Policy and Strategy

Dr. Josef Koller is a Systems Director for the Center for Space Policy and Strategy at The Aerospace Corporation, serving as a senior analyst and team leader on topics that cut across policy, technology, and economics. His focus is on space-based remote sensing, space flight safety, and long-term sustainability of outer space. He is also the director and producer of the popular Space Policy Show. Prior to joining Aerospace, Dr. Koller served as a Senior Advisor to the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Space Policy where he directly supported key national and international strategy efforts for space-related U.S. Government and DoD policy matters. His portfolio included commercial remote sensing, space traffic management, and related congressional affairs. Prior to that assignment, Dr. Koller managed and co-lead over 40 scientists in the “Space Science and Applications Group” at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Koller also established and led the Los Alamos Space Weather Summer School to promote graduate student research and outreach at the Laboratory. He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications with 1100+ citations. Dr. Koller currently serves on the NASA Advisory Council – Regulatory and Policy Committee and is Editor of the Journal for Geoscientific Model Development.

Dr. Koller has a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Rice University, a Master’s Degree in both Physics and Astronomy from the University of Innsbruck, Austria. 

Chris Kunstadter
Global Head of Space, AXA XL 

Chris Kunstadter is Global Head of Space at AXA XL, where he manages the company’s space insurance portfolio. He is actively involved in all aspects of AXA XL’s space insurance business, including technical, financial and actuarial analysis, policy wording construction, claims handling, and business development.

Chris has been responsible for developing and exploiting innovative satellite salvage opportunities, as well as being involved with numerous failure review boards for satellites and launch vehicles. In addition, he has worked closely with satellite operators, launch providers, and government agencies to enhance industry understanding of space collision risk and space situational awareness, and has participated in developing guidelines on risk management aspects of space collision risk. Prior to joining AXA, Chris was Executive Vice President at U.S. Aviation Underwriters, Inc., where he managed the Aerospace and IT Departments. He is a recognized leader in risk assessment throughout the industry and a graduate of University of California, Berkley.

Marie Le Pellec
Director Space Sustainability & SSA, Chief Technology Office, Australian Space Agency

Dr. Marie Le Pellec joined the Australian Space Agency as a senior technical lead, with a particular focus on Space Situational Awareness (SSA). In this role, Dr. Le Pellec oversees the development and implementation of the Agency’s SSA roadmap. She also provides strategic advice as part of the technical leadership team across the seven priority areas of the Australian Civil Space Strategy. In order to progress SSA related technical capability and space regulation aspects, she collaborates with relevant national and international stakeholders. Dr. Le Pellec is an engineer with a doctorate in strategy. She commenced her career at the French Space Agency CNES and has over 10 years of experience in strategy and sustainability.

Miles Lifson
Ph.D. Student, MIT

Miles Lifson is a Ph.D. candidate within the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a research assistant for the Astrodynamics, space Robotics, and Controls Laboratory (ARCLab) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His research focuses on space sustainability, space situational awareness, and space traffic management. He holds master's degrees in Technology and Policy & Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT as well as undergraduate degrees in Physics and Government from Claremont McKenna College. Prior to coming to MIT, Miles worked within the Space Systems Division at the Aerospace Industries Association.

Michael J. Listner
Founder and Principal, Space Law and Policy Solutions

Michael J. Listner is an attorney, the founder and principal of the legal and policy think-tank/consultation firm Space Law and Policy Solutions, and the author and editor of the subscription space law and policy briefing-letter, The Précis.



Timothy Maclay
President, Celestial Insight, Inc.

Dr. Timothy Maclay is the President of Celestial Insight, Inc., an aerospace consulting company he founded in 2003 to provide engineering and policy support to commercial and government customers.  Areas of concentration include space mission development, satellite operations, and environmentally responsible practices.

Dr. Maclay’s industry experience includes OneWeb, as the Director of Mission Systems Engineering, and before that, Orbcomm, as the VP of Systems Engineering.  He has spent nearly 25 years developing and operating low-Earth-orbit (LEO) satellite constellations for global communications.  He began his career with Kaman Sciences working various space safety topics after earning a PhD in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado in the fields of astrodynamics, debris environment modeling, and hypervelocity impact physics.

Dr. Maclay has chaired conferences and published numerous articles on orbital debris and has served on related technical committees for the National Research Council, NASA’s Engineering Safety Center, the AIAA, and the IAA.  He has served on the board of the Hypervelocity Impact Society and currently serves on advisory boards for ClearSpace SA, and for the World Economic Forum’s Space Sustainability Rating.

Kenneth MacLeod

Ken MacLeod spent the first half of his career as an engineering manager at HP in Silicon Valley and then Roseville, California. He then moved to Orange County California, taking management roles with a focus on product definition at Western Digital, Toshiba laptops, Standard Microsystems (SMC) and PairGain. Ken then took on director and VP roles at 4 successive startups in Irvine California. He is now retired from corporate roles, and working independently. He is an active member of the Space Propulsion Synergy Team, SPST, a long-running collaboration conducted on the NASA teleconferencing system. In all recent years, Ken has attended the AIAA Space annual forum, and also presented last year at the AIAA Propulsion and Energy/Space joint annual forum. Ken has a B.S. in EE with CS emphasis from Penn, and an M.S. in the same field from Stanford. He has 4 US patents.

Madeline Mayer
Graduate student, Aerospace Engineering, Penn State University

Madeline Mayer is currently a master’s student in aerospace engineering at Penn State, and obtained her BS degree in the same field in 2020. Mayer’s research interests include the areas of astrodynamics; astronomy; orbit determination; spacecraft trajectory optimization; interplanetary trajectories, dynamics and controls of spacecraft; and space debris remediation.


Jesse K. McTernan 
Assistant Teaching Professor, Penn State University 

Jesse McTernan is an assistant teaching professor of engineering design at the Pennsylvania State University. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in aerospace engineering from Penn State in 2011 and 2017, respectively. He was a NASA Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Marshall Space Flight Center conducting research on ground-based simulation of LEO-like plasmas, instrument development for small-scale spacecraft, high frequency radio propagation in the ionosphere, ionospheric sounding and citizen science via crowdsourced nodes, and the effects of solar eclipses on the ionosphere. His current research interest is spacecraft interactions with low Earth orbit (LEO)-environment. 

Artem Mokhnatkin
Co-Manager, ISON Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics of the Russian Academy of Sciences (KIAM RAS)

Artem Mokhnatkin graduated with a master's degree in astronomy at Saint Petersburg State University in 2015, and he started to actively participate in work on space geodesy at the Pulkovo Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2014 while still a student. One year after graduating he started his career at Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics of the Russian Academy Sciences, first as an observer at the 80-cm optical telescope for follow-ups of anthropogenic space objects at the hard-to-reach observatory in the North Caucasus and then as an administrator of optical facilities in Latin America. Now Mr. Mokhnatkin is one of the persons managing the ISON initiative of Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics of the Russian Academy Sciences with the network of small aperture optical telescopes as a key part.

Althea Moorhead
Space Scientist, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Althea Moorhead is a researcher and modeler in NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office (MEO) at Marshall Space Flight Center. They serve as the current lead developer of the Meteoroid Engineering Model and sole developer of the MEO's meteor shower forecasting code. Aside from these modeling efforts, Dr. Moorhead's past research topics have included meteor shower identification and characterization, meteor observation debiasing, and special environments such as cometary comae.

Mark Mulholland
Lead for STM/SSA Policy and Strategy, MITRE Corporation, at the Office of Space Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce

Mark Mulholland is MITRE employee providing technical and policy expertise to the Director and staff of the Office of Space Commerce in the U.S. Department of Commerce. Prior to joining the Space Commerce team in September 2019, he held a wide range of satellite acquisition and space operations jobs in government and the private sector dating back to 1976.  He has had careers in the U.S. Air Force, National Reconnaissance Office and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).   

While at NOAA, he established the enterprise risk management program for NOAA’s weather satellite program and was a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) and worked on the Long-term Sustainability Working Group developing guidelines and best practices for safe space operations.

Mr. Mulholland served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in October 1998. During his career, he worked in various elements of the national security space program including establishing the National Reconnaissance Office’s first 24/7 space situational awareness center, known today as the NRO Operations Center (NROC).

Dan Oltrogge
Director, Center for Space Standards and Innovation, and Founder and Administrator of the Space Safety Coalition

Dan Oltrogge is the Director of the Center for Space Standards and Innovation, Director of Integrated Operations and space policy expert at the Commercial Space Operations Center, program manager of the Space Data Center, founder and administrator of the Space Safety Coalition, U.S. Head of Delegation to ISO TC20/SC14, technical author, and the author of numerous international space standards and best practices.

Alejandro Pastor
Ph.D. Student UC3M and GMV

Alejandro Pastor is a Ph.D. candidate at GMV in collaboration with Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) on advanced observation correlation and orbit determination for space debris catalogue build-up and maintenance. He is currently working on association and correlation of tracks, objects and orbits using initial orbit determination and orbit determination methods, including also manoeuvre detection and estimation, covariance realism, measurement simulation and data fusion.

Cristina Pérez
Head of Operations, CDTI/Spanish Space Surveillance and Tracking Operation Center (S3TOC)

Cristina Pérez holds an Engineering Degree (M.Sc. 5-year degree) in Aerospace by Politechnical University of Madrid, including a Master Thesis “Optimization of Impulsive Maneuvers using Genetic Algorithm by Universitá dello Studio della Sapienza, Rome." She has been working in the space domain since more than 10 years ago, at the beginning in close cooperation with the Spanish Ministry of Defense, working on the programmatic and industrial aspects of Spanish space Programs and finally, she joined CDTI in 2016 as Technical Officer for the SST programme and currently she is the Head of Operations and Services of the Spanish Space Surveillance and Tracking Operation Center (S3TOC). The S3TOC is in charge of the CA service provision, together with the FR OC, in the EUSST Service Provision Model.

Akhil Rao
Assistant Professor of Economics, Middlebury College

Akhil Rao is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Middlebury College. Akhil Rao joined the Economics faculty as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2019. His primary research interests are in environmental and computational economics, with a focus on outer space and simulation modeling.  Akhil received his PhD from the University of Colorado Boulder, and BS in Business Administration from the University of California, Riverside. His dissertation research focused on the economic dynamics of orbit use and applying that understanding to policy design and integrated assessment modeling. He teaches courses in statistics and environmental economics.

Rebecca Reesman
Project Engineer, Aerospace Corporation, Center for Space Policy and Strategy (CSPS)

Rebecca Reesman, Ph.D. Dr. Rebecca Reesman is a project engineer at The Aerospace Corporation where she supports the headquarters Space Force analysis division, which provides analyses to major budgetary and policy decisionmaking. She is also a policy analyst in Aerospace’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy. Before joining Aerospace in 2017, she was an American Institute of Physics Congressional Fellow, handling space, cybersecurity, and other technical issues for a member of Congress. Prior to the fellowship, she was a research scientist at the Center for Naval Analysis, providing technical and analytical support to the Department of Defense, with a focus on developing and executing wargames. Reesman received her Ph.D. in physics from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

Luc Riesbeck
Space Policy and Research Analyst, Astroscale U.S.

Luc Riesbeck is a Space Policy and Research Analyst at Astroscale U.S., where they engage in collaboration across the space community to find comprehensive solutions to orbital sustainability challenges. A recent graduate of the Space Policy Institute Master’s program at George Washington University, their research interests include space sustainability, orbital debris mitigation, and ethics in science and technology. Riesbeck also holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Science and a minor in Global China Studies from New York University Shanghai. In 2018, they were selected as a Fellow in the Brooke Owens Fellowship’s second annual class.

Robert J. Rovetto
Research Affiliate, Center for Orbital Debris Education & Research, University of Maryland.
Member, AIAA, Space Traffic Management Working Group.
NASA Datanauts.

Robert Rovetto is a research affiliate of the Center for Orbital Debris Education and Research, where he presented at the 2016 panel session on SSA.  He is a member of the NASA Datanauts, formed in the Office of Chief Information Officer, and is published in the journal of Space Policy, the International Astronautical Congress, and elsewhere.  He currently serves in: the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) as Co-lead of a lexicon task within the Space Traffic Management (STM) group; the AIAA Space Architecture Committee on Standards as a subject matter expert in ontology; the International Astronautical Federation STM Committee; the CCSDS; the ISO Space Systems groups; and semantic technology groups.  He recently received an award sponsored by NASA, USGS and NOAA for his orbital debris ontology presentation in the Earth Science Information Partners.  Two focus areas are knowledge modeling for spaceflight and SSA; and space policy.  He possesses an M.A., and actively searches for PhD opportunities, as well as support to develop his astronautics ontology work.  Finally, he holds a Merchant Mariner credential, and pursues service in water search and rescue during his free time. 

Alexander Salter
Assistant Professor of Economics, Rawls College of Business, Comparative Economics Research Fellow, Free Market Institute, Texas Tech University.

Alexander Salter is an associate professor of economics in the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University, the Comparative Economics Research Fellow at TTU's Free Market Institute, and an associate editor of the Journal of Private Enterprise. Additionally, he is a senior fellow with the Sound Money Project and a Young Voices Contributor.

Aristea Saputo
Research Fellow, SDA Bocconi SEE Lab

Aristea Saputo is a researcher at the SDA Bocconi - Sustainability Lab. Since March 2018 she has being doing research on environmental and social sustainability, industrial ecology and socio-environmental systems. She has carried out multi-sectoral sustainability studies for primary companies and non-profit organizations, focusing on sustainability within supply-chain management, innovation, organizational and decision-making processes. She also collaborates with the AGRI Lab – Agribusiness research institute and with the SEE Lab – Space Economy Evolution, for the aspects related to sustainability. Beside the research activities, she has being coordinating courses with focus on the topics of her competence. 

William P. Schonberg
Professor in the Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Department
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Dr. William P. Schonberg, P.E., is a Professor in the Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Department at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Dr. Schonberg is a registered professional engineer in the States of Missouri and Alabama, and has over 30 years teaching and research experience in the areas of shock physics, spacecraft protection, hypervelocity impact, and penetration mechanics. He received his BSCE from Princeton University in 1981, and his MS and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University in 1983 and 1986, respectively. The results of his research have been applied to a wide variety of engineering problems, including the development of orbital debris protection systems for spacecraft in low earth orbit, in-situ resource utilization for lunar habitats, kinetic energy weapons, the collapse of buildings under explosive loads, insensitive munitions, and aging aircraft. A significant part of Dr. Schonberg's research is dedicated to improving the safety of long-duration spacecraft and of personnel involved in space flight and operations. His research is unique in that it considers a number of significant parameters typically omitted in the analysis and design of damage-resistant spacecraft. Dr. Schonberg’s international reputation has been earned primarily through the publication of refereed journal articles.

To date, Dr. Schonberg has published 85 papers in refereed journals on these topics, and has presented the results of his scholarly endeavors at a broad spectrum of international scientific and professional meetings, including several invited papers and presentations. To date Dr. Schonberg has received over 40 contract and grants from a variety of federal, state, and private funding agencies, including NASA, NSF, SNL, AFOSR, ARO, USDOT, and Sandia National Laboratories. Recognizing his technical expertise and standing within the orbital debris community, Dr. Schonberg continues to be invited to serve on national technical committees by various federal agencies and organizations. These committees are often charged with reviewing key technical issues related to the nation’s space exploration programs. In 2007 Dr. Schonberg received a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Humboldt Foundation in Germany. This award enabled him to spend 7 months at the Fraunhofer Ernst Mach Institute in Freiburg, Germany working on advanced protection systems for satellites and developing preliminary designs for safe lunar habitats using in-situ materials for protection against meteoroid impacts. Dr. Schonberg has also been a Summer Faculty Fellow at NASA/JPL, Eglin AFB, and NASA/MSFC. He has been twice honored by the NASA Engineering Safety Center for his outstanding leadership and technical insights in support of NASA’s orbital debris programs.

Sujai Shivakumar
Senior Advisor, National Academy of Public Administration

Dr. Sujai Shivakumar is an expert in American technology and innovation policy, with two decades of experience in directing studies, convening high-level dialogue, and preparing reports at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and at the National Academy of Public Administration. He has extensive experience in the assessment of public-private technology partnerships, analyses of policies supporting advanced manufacturing and the technical workforce, and comparative reviews of international innovation policies and their impact on the U.S. innovation system. 

As Senior Advisor to the National Academy of Public Administration, Dr. Shivakumar has served on the research teams that prepared reports on Space Traffic Management and on the establishment of an Innovation Foundation for the Department of Energy.  Previously, Dr. Shivakumar directed the National Academy of Sciences study of National Innovation Programs for Flexible Electronics and its flagship study of The Supply Chain for Middle-Skill Jobs, He also directed the National Academy of Sciences’ Innovation Policy Forum, a focal point for a national and international dialogue on innovation policy. In addition, he directed the six-volume assessment of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program and was the lead researcher on the National Academy of Sciences’ review of the U.S. Manufacturing Extension Partnership. He is a recipient of the National Academy of Sciences Distinguished Individual Service Award. 

Dr. Shivakumar holds a doctorate in economics from George Mason University and pursued post-doctoral research in institutional analysis and public policy as a Earhart Foundation scholar at the Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University-Bloomington. 

Andrea Sommariva
Associate Professor of Practice & Director 
Evolution of Space Economy Lab, SDA Bocconi School of Management

Andrea Sommariva is Associate Professor of Practice and director of the multidisciplinary research laboratory on the evolution of the space economy (SEE Lab) at the SDA Bocconi School of Management. He is an international economist specializing in international finance, the markets for oil and raw materials, renewable energy, and development of the space economy. He is a member of the study group "Space Mineral Resources - Challenges and Opportunities" of the International Academy of Astronautics.

He has worked in academia as an associate professor at the University LUISS of Rome, the Catholic University of Milan, the China-Europe Management Institute in Beijing, and SDA Bocconi in Milan. In the past, he served as an economist at the International Monetary Fund, Economic Advisor to the Minister of the Budget in Rome, Chief Economist at Montedison, and Senior Financial Advisor at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

At present, his research interest centers on the development of the space economy, particularly on the effects of space activities on the world economy and the international relations.  He has collaborated extensively with Professor Giovanni Bignami, a world known astrophysicist. He has written three books with Professor Bignami: (i) A Scenario for Interstellar Exploration and Its Financing (Springer Briefs in Space Development, 2013; (ii) Oro dagli Asteroidi e Asparagi da Marte: Realtà e Miti dell’Esplorazione dello Spazio (Mondadori Education, 2015); and (iii) The Future of Human Space Exploration (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016). In 2018, he has published a book The Political Economy of the Space Age: How Science and Technology Shape the Evolution of Human Society (Vernon Press, Series in Economic Development). 
He collaborates with the journal Astropolitics devoted to the analysis of the economic, political, and military implications of the use of space. He has written two articles for Astropolitics: Motivations behind Interstellar Exploration and Colonization, (March 2014), and Rationale and strategies for asteroids exploration and mining (March 2015).

Andrea Sommariva graduated in economics from Bocconi University in Milan, and studied at the University of Leuven in Belgium and the University of Indiana in the United States.

Nadejda “Nadia” Stoyanova
Ph.D. Student, University of South Dakota

Nadejda “Nadia” Stoyanova is a Ph.D. student at the University of North Dakota, specializing in space traffic management. She has over 13 years of experience in space security issues.



Gabriel Swiney
Office of the Legal Advisor, U.S. Department of State  

Gabriel Swiney is the lead international space lawyer for the U.S. Department of State. He advises the United States National Space Council as well as Department of State officials on all issues relating to international space law, as well as the nexus between international rules and domestic regulation. Gabriel works directly with the highest levels of U.S. Government space policymakers as well as with private space actors.

Gabriel Swiney represents the United States internationally in negotiations with foreign governments and works with senior policymakers to implement and shape U.S. space policy. He is the Head of Delegation for the United States to the COPUOS Legal Subcommittee.  He is one of the primary negotiators for a series of international agreements that will underpin the design, construction, and operation of the Gateway station in Lunar Orbit. He was an author of a recent Presidential Executive Order regarding the utilization of space resources. Gabriel Swiney is one of the primary authors of the Artemis Accords, an arrangement between multiple governments regarding norms for operating on the Moon and beyond cislunar space. 

Rui Wang
Graduate Student, Kyushu University

Rui Wang is an Aerospace Engineering graduate student with a focus on the observation of debris, and is completing his master's degree in Space Systems Dynamics Laboratory, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Kyushu University.


Brian Weeden
Director of Program Planning, Secure World Foundation

Dr. Brian Weeden is the Director of Program Planning for Secure World Foundation and has nearly two decades of professional experience in space operations and policy. Dr. Weeden directs strategic planning for future-year projects to meet the Foundation's goals and objectives, and conducts research on space debris, global space situational awareness, space traffic management, protection of space assets, and space governance. Dr. Weeden also organizes national and international workshops to increase awareness of and facilitate dialogue on space security, stability, and sustainability topics. He is a member and former Chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Space Technologies, a former member of the Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES) to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Executive Director of the Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations (CONFERS). Dr. Weeden holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University, a Master of Science Degree in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, and is also a graduate of the International Space University Space Studies Program (2007, Beijing). He has a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Public Administration from George Washington University in the field of Science and Technology Policy.

Charity Weeden
Vice President, Global Space Policy, Astroscale U.S.

Charity Weeden is Vice President, Global Space Policy at Astroscale U.S., coordinating and synchronizing Astroscale's global policy efforts towards spaceflight safety and long-term space sustainability. Charity brings a rich experience in aerospace operations, advocacy, and diplomacy. She is a 23-year veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force, was previously Senior Director of Policy at the Satellite Industry Association, and formed a consulting business to support the space industry. Charity serves as Chair of the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC), is a fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, and is a mentor for the Brooke Owens Fellowship. Charity received her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada and a Masters Degree in Space Science from the University of North Dakota. She is an alumnus of the International Space University Summer Session Program.

Di Wu
Ph.D. Student, University of California San Diego

Di Wu is a Ph.D. student of University of California, San Diego. His research focuses on space situational awareness, astrodynamics, and machine learning. Recognized by the International Astronautical Federation, he was awarded the Future Space Leader for his research that bridges space debris characterization and asteroid dynamics. Di was also invited to attend the space generation congress and was involved in making policy suggestions to the UN about space sustainability.