INTERNATIONAL SPACE UNIVERSITY
EXECUTIVE SPACE COURSE

TEL-AVIV, ISRAEL
3-8 October 2021

International Space University
Executive Space Course

Inaugurated in 2003, the ISU Executive Space Course is a unique, very interactive and creative immersion in the space sector, and is considered to be one of the best courses of its kind. Participants will gain essential background and insight into the emerging space industry: technology trends, science, business, and policies. The course is designed for qualified engineers or experienced entrepreneurs, investors or government officials who wish to consider opportunities in the space industry.

Executive Space Course TLV

The Executive Space Course will examine current space and space-related activities: technology, science, business, and policies within each phase of a space program or mission.

 

Presented from an international perspective, the course enables participants to gain an understanding of the differences as well as the common approaches to space strategy across the globe. The course explains core engineering and technical concepts in a simple, understandable manner, allowing participants to develop their knowledge of space-related activities and terminology.

 

The course is designed for two broad categories of professionals, those working in the space sector, but who do not have a broad space background (e.g., those with expertise in finance, law, marketing, human resources, etc. or even engineering and science) or those currently working outside of the space sector but who have an interest in developing a better understanding of it (e.g., entrepreneurs, government employees, and politicians, etc.).

Speakers

Renana Ashkenazi

Space Finance

Danna Linn Barnett

Space debris & risk management

Yariv Bash

The Beresheet Story

Cecilia Blacker Sy

Project management and costing

Charles F. Bolden

New Space Exclusive Conference

Dan G. Blumberg

Earth observation from space

Storm Boswick

Space Finance

Ran Ginosar

New Space & entrepreneurship

Danijela Ignjatović Stupar

Satellite navigation and positioning

Tal Inbar

Human Spaceflight

Ofer Lapid

Space and security

Ran Livne

Space outreach and education

Amir Perry

Space mission design workshop

Raphael Roettgen

Space Finance

Claude Rousseau

Emerging Space Markets

Dr. Eran Schenker

Space Medicine – What do you need to live in Space

Keren Shahar

Is there any law in outer space?

Irina Thaler

The physical environment of space

Christopher Welch

Spacecraft orbits, Space mission design, Space propulsion and transportation, Spacecraft systems and configurations

S. Pete Worden

Distinguished Speaker

What will I Gain?

Participants will leave the course with knowledge and skills enabling them to understand and communicate more effectively with their colleagues in other disciplines.

They will develop their comprehension and expertise of space-related activities and terminology.

Benefits for the Company

  • Help staff get a clearer picture of how
    the global space sector is structured

  • Stay a step ahead and keep abreast of
    the latest space developments

  • Generate business opportu nities via
    other participants.

  • Ensure smooth exchanges and
    communication on space issues within
    the company observation…) as well as
    new space economy.

Quotes about the course

“Excellent program, thorough and up to date information about the space industry. Impressed by the quality of the professors and lecturers” Estefania, The Netherlands

 

“This university is useful not only for Space business developers but also for young talents who will lead Yokogawa’s future. I strongly suggest that we should send our future leaders to this unique university, ISU.” Satoru Kurosu, Yokogawa Electric Corporation Ltd., Japan

 

“A great introduction to space, in a stimulating international environment allowing to meet interesting professional people” Kendra Horn, Congresswoman, USA.

Registration

Currently participants can only register in person for the Executive Space Course in TLV. (Subject to change on the basis of health regulations)

Class size is strictly limited. Register early. 

Registration will be completed through the payment of a 500€ deposit to the Finance Unit before 31 August 2021, and the payment of the remaining fees is due no later than 14 September 2021.

Fee

3500€ – includes the course fee, all course
materials, all lunches, one course-related
visit, and a reception.

Contact Us

esc@isunet.edu
Melody Korman | Local Organizing Committee | Space@ramonfoundation.org.il | +972-526052250

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Renana Ashkenazi

Space Finance

Renana comes from a strong technical background with extensive product and managerial experience in the areas of Technology, Global Innovation and strategy.

Today, she is a General Partner at Grove Ventures, a leading Israeli early stage, deep technology fund.

Prior to joining Grove Ventures, Renana worked at Applied Materials, a global technology leader, in various product and technical management positions. Her previous position was an engineering fellow at the Center for Innovation in Global Health Technologies at Northwestern University developing diagnostic devices for poor resourced countries.

Renana hold a BSc (Tel Aviv University) and MSc (Northwestern University) Engineering.

Danna Linn Barnett

Space debris & risk management

Danna is an experienced system engineer with over 18 years of experience in satellite system engineering, space debris, astrodynamics and orbit control.
Previously employed at Israel’s leading and innovative companies, she fulfilled leading roles as system engineer at the space systems Directorate in Rafael, and in the Technological Mission on the Israeli – French VENUS satellite. Furthermore, Danna worked as a system engineer at Effective Space Solutions R&D, providing overall mission design of the SPACEDRONE ™ On Orbit servicing satellite which is designed to provide life extension for aging GEO satellites. For the last few year she has been working on Space debris and malfunctioned satellite behavior, active debris removal and mega constellations post mission disposal.
Currently Danna is a senior satellite and mission systems engineer in a remote sensing mission. Danna holds both BSc & MSc in Aerospace Engineering from the Aerospace Engineering Department in the Technion, Israel, and is also an ISU alumnus (SSP16).
Danna has been part of D-MARS (Desert Mars Analog Ramon Station), both in the system engineering team, public relations and as mission commander in the mission control. D-Mars board member since June 2020.
Danna is a founding board member of the WiSpace association, promoting gender equity in the Israeli space sector, serving as the Chairwomen since June 2021. Always excited to be part of outreach and promoting women in STEM.

Yariv Bash

The Beresheet story

Yariv is the co-founder and CEO of Flytrex Aviation.
Flytrex is building the Fedex of autonomous aerial delivery and is one of a few drone companies being approved by the FAA to deliver packages to residential houses in the US, together with Amazon and Google.
Flytrex has signed deals with Walmart, El Pollo Loco, and others as their “drone delivery as a service” provider, focusing initially on consumer goods and food.
Prior to that, Yariv was the founder and CEO of SpaceIL, a $100M mission that made history by sending Beresheet – the 1st private unmanned spacecraft to the moon.

Cecilia Blacker Sy

Project management and costing

Cecilia has over 20 years’ experience in the field of Space, working for the European Space Agency, ESA.  She works in the Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications and has also worked in the Earth Observation Directorate. 

 

She holds the role as Head of Business Planning, Management Support and Coordination Office and is responsible for; the Business Unit Controlling and the Directorate’s project controllers, management of the Programme Board Secretariat and has close interaction with ESA’s Member States (22). She has also been Head of the Earth Explorer Project Control Section, Project Programmatic Analyst and project controller for the Envisat, Aeolus and GOCE satellite projects. Cecilia interrupted her career at ESA for some years  and worked for NASDAQ OMX as Manager of the Business and Project Management Group and as Project Manager in charge of developing a trading system for the financial and commodity exchange markets. 

Cecilia holds a University degree in Economics and Business Administration and a MBA from Stockholm School of Economics and has attended the International Space University Space Studies Program.

Charles F. Bolden

Jr. Major General, US Marine Corps (Ret.) 12th NASA Administrator

Founder & CEO Emeritus, The Charles F. Bolden Group

Retired Marine Corps Major General Charles Frank Bolden Jr. was the
Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
from July 2009 until January 2017.
Bolden’s 34-year career with the Marine Corps included 14 years as a member
of NASA’s Astronaut Office. After joining the office in 1980, he traveled into
orbit four times aboard the space shuttle between 1986 and 1994,
commanding two of the missions and piloting two others.
Today, in addition to his numerous professional affiliations, General Bolden
serves as the Founder and CEO Emeritus of The Charles F. Bolden Group,
providing leadership in the areas of Space/Aerospace Exploration, National
Security, STEM+AD Education and Health Initiatives.
Bolden is a graduate of C.A. Johnson High School in Columbia, SC. He earned
a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master of
Science degree from the University of Southern California.
Bolden is married to the former Alexis Walker of Columbia, SC. They have two
children, A. Che’ Bolden, Colonel, USMC (Ret.) and Dr. Kelly M. Bolden, MD,
FACS; daughter-in-law Penelope (Penny) Bolden and four grandchildren –
granddaughters Mikaley, Kyra and Talia and grandson Walker Elias.

Dan G. Blumberg

Earth observation from space

Prof. Dan G. Blumberg is the Vice President for Regional and Industrial Development, and Incumbent of the Simon Family Chair in Remote Sensing at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. From 2014 through 2019 Prof. Blumberg served as the Vice-President and Dean for Research and Development.

Prof. Blumberg received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University (1993) where he studied and worked in the Planetary Geology Group and focused on aeolian processes and microwave radar remote sensing to study arid zone environments and planetary geology.

Prof. Blumberg was a Co-I on the SRL (Spaceborne Radar Laboratory) mission, SRTM mission and other space missions. Prof. Blumberg has been working for the past 20 years on analysis of multi-parameter remote sensing data including radar, hyperspectral, multi-spectral and GPR data; he published numerous papers in the areas of windblown geomorphology and target and anomaly detection.

Prof. Blumberg combined field studies with the use of remote sensing data; he recently led the development and successful launch of a Nanosatellite, BGUsat – a 3U cubesat with a shortwave infrared imager onboard.

Prof. Blumberg has been a leader in the development of the IT and cyber eco-system in Beer-Sheva, he brought over 40 multi-national companies, 70 startups and almost 300 new engineers to the advanced technologies park in Beer-Sheva.

Prof. Blumberg is also a member of a national committee deigned to leverage the AI industry and research in Israel; he was recently elected to be an academy member of the International Academy of Astronoautics.

Storm Boswick

Space Finance

Storm Boswick is an experienced Founder, Partner, Portfolio Manager, and Senior Managing Director in the Asset Management & Investment Banking industries. Also a Venture Capitalist, Long/Short PM, and a skilled Investor and Advisor in Public & Private Equity, and Public & Private Debt. As Investment Banker, he works as a Strategic Advisor on Governance, Capital Markets, Capital Introduction, and Corporate Advisory including Mergers & Acquisitions. He is a strong business development professional with extensive experience as an investment/industry conference presenter, media contributor, and lecturer. FINRA: Series 7, 63, 79.
– Investment Research, Goldman Sachs
– Partner/Portfolio Manager, J&W Seligman
– Portfolio Manager, Sigma Capital (SAC)
– Founder/Portfolio Manager, Brompton Cross
– MD, Medley Capital; MD, Brightwood Capital; Sr Advisor, MC Credit; Partner/Sr MD, Brock Capital
– Founder, TRE Advisors

VC Investor: Stamps.com; Howstuffworks.com; Inktomi; Interwoven; Capstone; ONI Systems; iBiquity; TruSecure; USTowerCo; AutoWeb; ThinkBurger

Debt Investor: WheelsUp; IRDM; Aderant; BeyondTrust; DDC; HooverContainer; BattleFin; DryIce; AmAppInc; Shea

InvBanker/Advisor: USARareEarth; Ramon.Space; CST/GuardianSpace; blueflite; Greentech; GreatPointMedia; GRI/PureFonte; Dundee/Redecam; Sherbet; KOD; Lithium Americas; EGG; HPG; Geenee; CBGB

Ran Ginosar

New Space & entrepreneurship

Ran Ginosar received BSc EE&CS (scl) from the Technion in 1978 and PhD from Princeton University in 1982. He served on the Technion EE & CS faculty since 1983. Ran has visited U of Utah in 1989-1990 and Intel Research in Oregon 1997-1999. He has co-founded several companies in the area of VLSI architecture. Ran has founded and led Ramon.Space (prev. Ramon Chips) over close to 20 years, innovating in high-performance Space computing. Ran is interested in computer architecture and in Space engineering. 

Danijela Ignjatović Stupar

Satellite navigation and positioning

Danijela Ignjatović Stupar, geodetic engineer and Ph.D researcher in the field of space applied technologies needed for Lunar settlement missions. She worked at Republic Geodetic Authority of Serbia (from 2000-2003) maintaining the cadastre land management. From 2005-2012 she was employed as an engineer surveyor at VINCI and Colas, France. Familiar with International Space University (ISU) since 2012 as a Master student where currently is working as a lecturer and research associate. Her teaching expertise covers Earth Observation and GNSS. Her research interest is based on utilization of lunar in-situ soil resources and development of new off-Earth navigation systems.

Tal Inbar

Human Spaceflight

Tal Inbar is an independent space consultant and advisor, Board member of D-Mars, Israel Mars analogue missions, National coordinator for World Space Week, a member of the history committee of the International Academy of astronautics, member of AIAA and a senior research fellow of Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, a Washington DC NGO. studied Political Science (Bachelor’s degree) and Security Studies (Master’s degree), both in Tel Aviv University, Israel. Inbar was the head of the Space Research Center of the Fisher Institute for air and space strategic studies from 2003 until 2019 when the institute was closed. In 2006 he co-founded the world appraised Ilan Ramon International Space Conference, and he is a member of its academic committee ever since.

Mr. Inbar follows the space programs of various countries for 30 years and has written numerous articles and op-eds in national and international media. Mr. Inbar is a frequent speaker at international conferences, workshops, and seminars and a visiting speaker on numerous think tanks including RAND, The Washington Institute and gave several briefings at the US Senate and Congress. Inbar is also a speaker at various HCoC (Hague Code of Conduct) conferences and presented his findings at a UNIDIR conferences in the UN HQ in Geneva and at the European parliament in Brussels. He is an adviser to the Israeli Space Agency on various issues, working with the strategic branch of Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and consult the major defense contractors in Israel. Inbar is married and a father of daughter (14) and a boy (12.5). He lives in Kadima, Israel.

talinbar@fisherinstitute.org.il

Twitter: https://twitter.com/inbarspace 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tal-inbar1/

Ofer Lapid

Space and security

Ofer Lapid has a BSc and MSc in Electronics Systems Engineering from Tel Aviv University, an SSP08 alumnus, faculty and a member of the ISU board of trustees representing Israel Space Agency. Witnessed the STS-92 space shuttle launch and decided to advance his career to space. Performed senior roles in the Israeli National Space Program, notably as Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Lapid has more than two decades of experience is space mission design, Space systems and technologies, Space research and development as well as international cooperation. Mr. Lapid is a member of the Specialized Panel of Scientific Experts pursuant to the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) Outer Space Rules since 2016. At the EU Research Executive Agency Horizon 2020 program, as well as at the Israel Space Agency and the Israel Innovation Authority, Mr. Lapid serves as an expert evaluator.
He serves as a technological lead of the ULTRASAT astrophysical space mission, a cooperation of the Weizmann Institute of Science, DESY Berlin and NASA. Mr. Lapid is Co-founder and CTO of SpaceNest, a space focused startup incubator.

Ran Livne

Space outreach and education

Ran has been the Director-General at the Ramon Foundation since June 2015. During his tenure at the Foundation, it transformed from a small nonprofit to one of Israel’s most prominent nonprofits and a significant cornerstone in the Israeli space eco-system.
Ran led the Foundation to support the growth of the Israeli space eco-system, facilitating major space conferences, meetups, executive space course, and innovation workshops. These events and other networking platforms position the Foundation as the ‘gateway’ to the Israeli space sector.
As of August 2021, the Foundation has over 95 employees and a yearly budget of around 100 Mil. Nis. Aside from its spacetech activities, Foundation also operates education programs and teachers training in Israel, Southeast Asia, Africa & South America.

In 2021 the Foundation signed a contract with Eytan Stibbe & Axiom space. It became the first nonprofit ever to lead a crewed space mission as part of the AX1 mission.
Ran has been involved with Social entrepreneurship since 2008 and demonstrated successful history of managing, developing, planning, and executing international projects.
Prior to his work at the Foundation, Ran worked for 3.5 years as the head of business development at the strategic consulting company T.A.R.A. Ran has consulted leading public enterprises in Israel: local communities, Institutions of higher education, Hospitals, and Nonprofit organizations.
Ran was the Chairman of the student union in Tel-Aviv university till 2011 and as a member of the governing council of the national association of Israeli students. Among the rest, Ran was one of the founders of the entrepreneurship center in Tel-Aviv University and initiated the Housing Scholarship Fund of the Tel Aviv municipality. Ran was the Chairman of the board of “Dyonun” and established the community interest company – “Xtra Student.”
Ran is an international space university alumni (ESC 2019), he has a BA in Sociology and Literature from Tel-Aviv University, MBA in Business Management-Global strategy from IDC Herzliya, and graduated from the Grubb institution’s Leadership program in London,
Aside from his work at the Ramon Foundation, Ran was also a faculty member at the academic program – Global Consulting Practicum at the IDC Herzliya and Wharton school for business management in the USA. Ran is also a board member of 3 different organizations.

Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund

Pascale Ehrenfreund is the President of the International Space University
and Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs at the
Space Policy Institute/George Washington University in Washington DC.
She is also the President of the International Astronautical Federation IAF
and Visiting Professor at Leiden Observatory.
Since three decades she contributed as Principal Investigator, Co-
Investigator and Teamleader to ESA and NASA astronomy and planetary
missions as well as experiments in low Earth orbit and on the International
Space Station.
Pascale Ehrenfreund served as the Chair of the Executive Board of the
German Aerospace Center (DLR) between 2015-2020 and the President
of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) from 2013-2015.
Pascale Ehrenfreund holds a Master degree in Molecular Biology, a PhD
in Astrophysics, and a Master degree in Management & Leadership.
The asteroid “9826 Ehrenfreund 2114 T-3” bears her name.

Amir Perry

Space mission design workshop

Amir has over 20 year of experience in space systems design and operation. He is a proud graduate of the distinguished IDF Talpiot program, where he gained his bachelor degree in physics and mathematics, later followed by masters degree in biomedical engineering.

Amir worked for the Israeli National Space Program for 22 years, holding senior system engineering and project management positions.

In the past 3 years Amir leads the system engineering team in Solaredge, a global leader in solar and smart energy technology.

Aside from his day job, Amir volunteers in the Israel Boy and Girl Scouts Federation and in a “tree planting for sustainability” initiative in his community.

Raphael Roettgen

Space Finance

Raphael Roettgen, CFA, is the managing partner of E2MC Ventures, a space-focused venture
capital firm. He is also the author of “Hoch Hinaus”, an introductory book on space business, lectures on space entrepreneurship and finance at several universities including the International Space University and the Swiss Institute of Technology, and hosts the Space
Business Podcast.
Previously, Raphael has held senior roles at global investment banks and hedge funds and was also a fintech entrepreneur in Brazil.
He holds degrees in finance from Wharton, machine learning from PUC-Rio and space studies from the International Space University, where he also serves as a governing member.

Claude Rousseau

Emerging Space Markets

Claude Rousseau is Consultant, Space Markets at Northern Sky Research (NSR), the leading global satellite and space consulting firm. Based in France, he is regional and applications expert and directs both multi-client research reports and consulting projects. He oversees and conducts market research products and services in satellite manufacturing and launch services, smallsats, satellite applications (Earth Observation, big data analytics, cloud computing, optical communications, quantum communications), emerging space markets investments, space tourism,  lunar exploration, in-orbit servicing, space situational awareness, high-altitude platforms (HAPs) and related markets. He has more than 30 years of experience in the space sector in organizations such as the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), the International Space University (ISU), Futuraspace and NSR which he joined in 2006. He received a BSc. (Physics and Astrophysics) from the University of Calgary (Canada) and an MSc. (Space Science) from the International Space University (France) with where he is currently also Adjunct Professor in business and management. 

Dr. Eran Schenker

Space Medicine – What do you need to live in Space

ISU SSP96 graduate and Ramon foundation space mentor and space judge. Founder and Director of the Israel Aerospace Medicine Institute (IAMI). Space researcher in biomedical space domain since 1993, with over 40 researchers. Leads as the senior space doctor in Axiom Ax1 Space Rakia mission of the Israel Space Agency and the Ramon Foundation, with Eight of the leading Biomed projects to be launched to the International Space Station in 2022.
Principal Investigator in six international projects launched in five NASA space shuttle missions. Initiated and established the forum for the community of biotechnology researchers in Israel. Senior Manager of Merchavia Capital and Public Investment Company. VP of Business Development and Medical Director at the Neurim pharmaceutical company and VP of KMDA (NASDAQ: KMDA) with over $ 100 million each sales turnover.
Leads projects of the development of technological monitoring and control systems in the IDF, Mapat, and the Ministry of Defense (ANTAL, MARAN, MARLAT, GRLN, RLR, Mashgouit, BoosterLife, Canari, RexMed) to lead entrepreneurship The start-up companies in various high-tech fields in cooperation with Elbit, Spectralink, IAI and Motorola, including regulatory approvals in 40 countries around the world with global partners such as Teva, Pfizer, Ipsen, and Takeda.
Regional medical director at Maccabi multi-division healthcare system, with over $40 million annual operating budget serving more than 100,000 unique members annually. In 2020 managed the first national Coronavirus waking-in community clinic in one of the world’s highest COVID prevalence and record red zone regions and established the first national Post-COVID Community medical clinic. A pilot and Senior Aviation Physician graduate. Holds an MD from Ben Gurion University, an MBA from Northwestern University Business School and Master of Management Health Informatics and Analytics (MHI) from George Washington University.

Keren Shahar

Is there any law in outer space?

Adv. KEREN SHAHAR is the Senior Deputy Legal Adviser in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She serves as a legal counselor for strategic affairs and heads the Project for Coordinating National Implementation of the United Nations Security Council’s Sanctions Resolutions. She was previously the Director of the Treaties Department and Director of the General International Law Department in the Legal Adviser’s Office and served as the Political Counselor in the Israeli Mission to the United Nations in New York. 

 

Ms. Shahar specializes in the law of treaties and in strategic international law, including outer space law, cyber law, legal aspects of emerging technologies, international sanctions and international law in the fields of nuclear, arms control, non-proliferation and export control. She was part of the team drafting the Israeli export control legislation. She provides the Israel Space Agency with legal advice in international law and is currently part of the drafting team of a new Israeli space law.

 

Ms. Shahar has represented the Government of Israel in various bilateral and multilateral negotiations as well as in international meetings and conferences. She was appointed to the Specialized Panel of Arbitrators pursuant to the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) Outer Space Rules since 2015 and has served as the Second Vice Chair and rapporteur of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) in Vienna in the years 2019-2020.

 

Ms. Shahar is a LL.B and LL.M graduate of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and has a M.A. in Diplomacy and Security from Tel-Aviv University (graduated with honors: Magna Cum Laude).

kerens@mfa.gov.il

Irina Thaler

The physical environment of space

Irina finished her master degree in industrial physics at the technical university in Graz in 2009. In 2014 she completed her Phd at the Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching, Munich. Her Phd topic was Solar Surface Magnetism using 3D Mhd models.

After that she worked as Postdoc Researcher in the Helioseismology group with Prof Markus Roth at the Kiepenheuer Insitute for Solar Physics in Freiburg, Germany, until end of 2017, specializing on solar magneto-acustic wave propagation in the Solar Atmopshere. Since end of 2017 she is a Postdoc Researcher at Hebrew University investigating the effect of Cosmic Rays on Cloud formation with Prof. Nir Shaviv. 

Christopher Welch

Why space?, Spacecraft orbits, Space mission design, Space propulsion and transportation, Spacecraft systems and configurations

Chris has been orbiting ISU since he first met founders Peter Diamandis and Todd Hawley in 1987. He is currently Full Professor of Space Engineering, Head of the Space Payloads Laboratory and Director of the MSc in Space Studies at ISU. SSP21 will be his thirteenth SSP. Chris is a Fellow and President-Elect of the British Interplanetary Society and former Vice-President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF). He sits on the board of the World Space Week Association and the Aluna Foundation and is an advisor to Space Hero, the Moon Village Association and the Initiative for Interstellar Studies. Although technically a physicist-turned-engineer, Chris sees himself more as a ‘spaceist’, interested in all aspects of space. His main research interests are in space systems and space exploration, the latter from an interdisciplinary perspective. He has a significant track record in both space education and outreach and higher education, receiving the 2009 Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Space Education. Chris was in the final twenty-five finalists for the 1991 Juno mission to the Russian Mir space station and still hopes to get to space eventually. He has written what he believes to be the first-ever paper on the design of extraterrestrial gardens and has a poem on the International Space Station.

S. Pete Worden

Distinguished Speaker

Simon Peter “Pete” Worden, (Brig. Gen., USAF, Ret., PhD) is the Chairman of the Breakthrough Prize Foundation and Executive Director of the foundation’s Breakthrough Initiatives. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Astronomy from the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, Dr. Worden was Director of NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California until his retirement on March 31, 2015. He has held several positions in the United States Air Force and was research professor of astronomy at the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA. He is a recognized expert on space and science issues, both civil and military, and has been a leader in building partnerships between governments and the private sector internationally.

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