Scientific Committee


Dave Anilkumar

Head of Innovation and Transfer of Technologies ASI

Dave Anilkumar is Head of the Innovation and Technology Transfer Unit at the Italian Space Agency, member of the Space Economy monitoring committee at the Ministry of Economic Development and promoter of SATTO, alliance between the Technology Transfer offices of the main space agencies.


Paolo Annunziato

Former President CIRA

Paolo Annunziato, former President of CIRA, has been Director General of the National Research Council, Senior Group Vice President for Public and Economic Affairs of Telecom Italia, Executive Director of Research, Innovation and Net Economy for Confindustria, President of the European Commission expert groups for public and private partnerships.

Roberto Cingolani

Chief Technology & Innovation Leonardo

Roberto Cingolani, physicist, is the Chief Technology & Innovation Officer of Leonardo Group. His main research interest is in bio-nanotechnology. He is author of about 1000 scientific publications and holds about 48 patents.

Mr Pascal Claudel

Pascal Claudel

Chief Operating Officer at GSA

As the Chief Operating Officer of the GSA, Mr Claudel’s mission is to ensure efficient and effective management of the Agency’s Galileo service, EGNOS service, Security, GSMC, Project Control and Market Development activities, working in a matrix organisation structure, leading GSA operational corporate activities. Before joining the GSA, Mr Claudel held management positions in Arianespace, Thales Alenia Space and Starsem.


Juan Carlos Cortes

Director of European Programmes, Space and Technological Return CDTI

Juan Carlos Cortés joined the CDTI in 1996 as a member of the Spanish Delegation in the European Space Agency (ESA). He is currently Director of Space, Large Installations and Dual Programs. He is a member of the Spanish Delegation in the Strategic Committee of the H2020 Program, member of Spanish delegation at ESA  Council and adviser of the company Hispasat S.A.


Luca del Monte

Senior Manager at European Space Agency

Luca del Monte has a strong background in international cooperation, governmental relations and advanced technologies. He is currently responsible for the ESA Space Economy Pole of Competences focussing on the development of Innovation Policy, the new Public-Private Partnerships concepts, and the socio-economic-environmental impact assessment.


Eugenio Di Sciascio

Rector of Politecnico di Bari

Eugenio Di Sciascio, currently the Rector of Politecnico di Bari, is the Vice-President of CINECA consortium since 2015. His research interests include knowledge representation and automated reasoning, with applications devoted to electronic commerce, Semantic Web and Web of Data, information retrieval and recommender systems, pervasive computing.


Pascale Ehrenfreund

Chair of DLR Executive Board

Pascale Ehrenfreund Chair of the DLR Executive Board since 17 August 2015. She obtained degrees in Astronomy and Biology at the University of Vienna, where she also earned her doctorate in 1990. Ehrenfreund was appointed as a Fellow of the European Space Agency (ESA) at the Leiden Observatory in the Netherlands, upon completion of her doctoral studies.


Steve Eisenhart

Space Foundation Senior Vice President, Strategic & International Affairs

As head of international affairs, Steve Eisenhart is principally responsible for the Space Foundation’s global strategy and relationships with international space agencies and organizations, foreign embassies and U.S. organizations involved with global space programs. He is directly responsible for the program development and integration of key Space Foundation activities including the annual Space Symposium and the New Generation Space Leaders program.


Paolo Gaudenzi

Director of Mechanical and Aerospace Department La Sapienza University

Paolo Gaudenzi, Director of the Professional Master in Satellites and orbital platforms at La Sapienza University, is the Coordinator of the Section Aerospace systems and structures of DIMA Department and member of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Cluster for Aerospace CTNA.


Alessandro Golkar

Assistant Professor at Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology

Alessandro Golkar professional activity focuses on research, education, and innovation in the space technology and systems engineering domains. His research interests lie in the areas of systems architecture, federated satellite systems, and concurrent engineering, and identifying technologies and processes in these areas that result into startup ventures with his students.


Apostolia Karamali

Deputy Head of Unit, Space Policy and Research European Commission

Apostolia Karamali is currently Deputy Head of Unit for space policy and research in the space and defence directorate of DG GROW where she oversees, in particular the programming and implementation of Horizon 2020 space research, access to space, access to risk finance and the development of an innovation policy for space.

Renato Krpoun

Head Swiss Space Office

Dr. Renato Krpoun is Head of the Swiss Space Office at the State Secretariat for Education Research and Innovation of the Swiss Confederation. He is the Head of the Swiss Delegation to ESA and responsible for the Interministerial Coordination for space activities in Switzerland. He is also member of the Board of Trustees of the International Space Science Institute (ISSI).

Jean-Yves Le Gall

President CNES

Jean-Yves Le Gall, President of the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the French space agency. In this capacity, he is Interministerial Coordinator for satellite navigation programmes and Chair of the Administrative Board of GSA, the European GNSS Agency. He is also Chair of the Council of the European Space Agency (ESA) and President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF).

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Gian Paolo Manzella

Councilor Economic Development Regione Lazio

Gian Paolo Manzella is the Councilor of Economic Development for Regione Lazio. Official of the European Investment Bank, he is interested in creative industries, startups, European funds, public policy evaluation. Author of articles and essays he has published a book on European regional politics.


Licia Mattioli

Vice President of Internationalization Confidunstria

Licia Mattioli is Vice President of Confindustria for Internationalization and foreign investors, member of the General Council of Confindustria and member of the board of the North-West Territory of Unicredit. Graduated in law, she is Chief Executive Officer of Mattioli S.p.A. She is president of Exclusive Brands Torino, the first network in the world of luxury she founded in 2011. She was awarded the Golden Apple by the Bellisario Foundation in 2010.


Piero Messidoro

Professor Politecnico di Torino

Piero Messidoro, Nuclear Engineering. After his retirement from TAS, is also acting as Space Expert in support of Piedmont Region Agency for the Internationalization of the SME’s and to several European Universities including University of Leicester, of Padua and Politecnico di Torino.


Pierdomenica Perata

Professor Sant’anna School for Advanced Studies of Pisa

Pierdomenico Perata è docente di Fisiologia Vegetale alla Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, di cui è stato Rettore dal 2013 -2019. E’ socio dell’Accademia Nazionale delle Scienze detta dei XL ed è membro dell’Accademia dei Georgofili. L’attività di ricerca di Pierdomenico Perata si svolge nell’ambito della Fisiologia delle Piante.


Ferruccio Resta

Rector Politecnico di Milano

Ferruccio Resta, Mechanical Engineer, is Rector of the Politecnico di Milano. His research activities address the following topics: robotics, mechatronics and vibration control, fluid-structure interaction and wind engineering. The research activity has led to more than 220 scientific papers.


Marina Ruggieri

Full Professor University of Roma “Tor Vergata”

Marina Ruggieri is Full Professor of Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Roma “Tor Vergata” and therein member of the Board of Directors; co-founder and Steering Board Steering Board Chair of CTIF, an Interdisciplinary Research Center on ICT and its verticals.


Guido Saracco

Rector Politecnico di Torino

Since 2012 Guido Saracco is Head of the Department of Applied Science and Technology (DISAT). In 2018 he was appointed as Rector of the Politecnico di Torino by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research. He is author and co-author of 8 patents and more than 500 publications in national and internation journals, his h-index is 52 with over 9350 citations.


Andrea Sommariva

Director SEE Lab

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.

Mr Pascal Claudel

Pascal Claudel

Chief Operating Officer GSA

As GSA Chief Operating Officer, Mr Pascal Claudel’s mission is to ensure efficient and effective management of the Agency’s Galileo service, EGNOS service, Security, GSMC, Project Control and Market Development activities, working in a matrix organisation structure, leading GSA operational corporate activities. He holds an engineering diploma and has 30 years of experience fully dedicated to the Space sector.


Graham Turnock

Chief Executive UK Space Agency

Graham Turnock, CEO at the UK Space Agency, an Executive Agency of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) since March 2017. Prior to this he led the Better Regulation Executive, a unit within BEIS. He holds a PhD in Particle Physics from Cambridge University for theoretical work at CERN.

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