Mr. del Monte is a senior executive at the European Space Agency with strong background in international cooperation, governmental relations and advanced technologies. He is the Head of the Industrial Policy and SME Division focusing inter alia on the development of frameworks and mechanisms to foster the European space economy and the growth of a new generation of European space Entrepreneurs. He is also in charge of cybersecurity projects to protect ESA space missions.
Prior to joining ESA, he held several technical and managerial responsibilities with the Italian Space Agency, the European Patent Office (NL) and with Telespazio S.p.A.
Mr. del Monte holds a master degree in Aerospace Engineering from University La Sapienza in Rome, he is a graduate of the French National Defence Procurement College, and of the HEC Montreal School of Management of Innovation. He is author of more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and Member of the International Astronautical Federation Committee on Space Security.