Maria Cristina Falvella is a published astrophysicist with 30 years of experience in space science and leading space programmes. She studied and taught at Sapienza University of Rome and the ENS in Paris. Her activity ranges from space programs to industrial policy dossiers. Former Chair of the Industry Policy Committee of ESA, she represented Italy in discussions over the space agenda at the highest level in Europe, contributed to building international collaborations and brought forward and mentored Italian talents in the space sector.
Maria Cristina has recently been appointed General Inspector of the Italian Space Agency where she has worked for over 20 years.
M.C. Falvella is also the President of E. Amaldi Foundation (F.E.A.), which promotes and supports applied research aimed to transfer technologies and new space economy.