The Speakers

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Jean Jacques Tortora

Jean Jacques Tortora is the Director of the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), in Vienna, Austria. He served as the Secretary General of ASD-Eurospace from 2007 to 2016. He was the Head of the French Space Agency (CNES) office in North America and Attaché for Space and Aeronautics at the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C. from 2004 to 2007 and served as Deputy Director for Strategy and Programs responsible for the Industrial Strategy of CNES from 2001 to 2004. He advised the French Ministry of Research for Industrial Policy Funds management aiming at competitiveness support and new space applications and services development and promotion.

Mr. Tortora was based in Kourou, French Guiana from 1990 to 1996 as Head of Arianespace Operations Quality Department where he led the Quality Management of the Ariane 4 launchers final integration and of the launch pad operations and maintenance. He supervised the industrialisation and the implementation of the associated control plans. He started his career in 1984 at the French military procurement agency, DGA, as a naval weapons integration and test engineer, expert in signal processing and warships acoustic discretion.

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Pierre Delsaux

Pierre Delsaux is Deputy Director General at the European Commission Directorate General for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME’s.  After studying Law at the University of Liège, he obtained his Master of Law at the Northwestern University, Chicago, in 1983. He was Legal Secretary at the European Court of Justice from 1984 to 1987.  He worked in the private sector before joining the European Commission in 1991.  He started his career within the European Commission in the Directorate General for Competition.  He was appointed Director responsible for regulating the financial services in 2007.  Following this, in 2011, he was appointed Deputy Director General with responsibilities for the Single Market in the EU.  Since December 2015, he is in charge of Space Policy and Defence.

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Luca Del Monte

Mr. del Monte is a senior manager at the European Space Agency with strong background in international cooperation, governmental relations and advanced technologies. He is currently responsible for the ESA Space Economy Pole of Competences focusing on industrial policy frameworks and mechanisms capable to foster innovation and the development of a new generation of European space Entrepreneurs, new Public-Private Partnerships concepts, and the socio-economic-environmental impact assessment of space activities.

He is also in charge of cybersecurity projects to protect ESA space missions, and responsible for the business development of the ESA European Space Security and Education Centre.

Mr. del Monte holds a master in Aerospace Engineering School from University La Sapienza in Rome, and he is also 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.

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Pierre Lionnet

Pierre joined EUROSPACE in 1994 as a research Analyst after an 18 months period as a hired contractor for the European Space Agency. In EUROSPACE he was gradually given full responsibility over a series of studies and research activities for internal and external customers in the technico-economic domain, as well as in the policy area. In parallel he was also given management responsibility over various industry working groups (such as REACH. GMES, Navigation, Research and Technology, Standardisation, Markets etc.). He is since 2004 Director of Research heading all research activities of the Association. He is notably in charge of the full technology strategy of Eurospace, coordinating industry actions towards the EU (H2020, JTF) and ESA (Harmonisation).

In addition to its core EUROSPACE responsibilities, Pierre’s expertise was put to the service of various European initiatives, such as Invesat (a Europe Innova project) where he acted as member of the Advisory Board, he also supported European space policy development, as appointed expert for the French Economic and Social Council (CES) in 2003 and 2004 working with Counsellor Alain Pompidou.

Pierre has teaching activities with Master students at the International Space University (France), the University of Cape Town (South Africa), The Technical university of Graz (Austria), with the French Army's Center for Aerospace Strategic Studies and with professionals of the space sector within EUROSAE and IAS in Toulouse. He lectures on the Space economy, industrial economics, technology strategy, innovation and market studies.


Henry R. Hertzfeld

Dr. Henry R. Hertzfeld is a Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs at the Space Policy Institute, and the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at GW and teaches the Space Law course. He is an expert in the legal, economic, and policy issues of space and advanced technological development. Dr. Hertzfeld has served as a Senior Economist and Policy Analyst at both NASA and the National Science Foundation, and is a consultant to both U.S. and international agencies and organizations.  He is author of many articles on the legal and economic issues concerning space and technology.  Dr. Hertzfeld is a member of the Bar in Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. He can be contacted at: or


Alessandra Vernile

Alessandra Vernile has been a Resident Fellow at European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) since May 2016 with a fellowship from the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and the Italian Society for International Organisation. Previously she worked as an intern at the Strategy Department of the European Space Agency HQ in Paris and as Event Manager at the NATO Defence College Foundation in Rome. She holds a MA in International Relations from LUMSA University, in Rome, and a Master in Economic Security, Geopolitics and Intelligence from SIOI. In 2015 she completed a Master of advanced studies in Space Policy at SIOI-ASI-CNR, Rome. 

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Isabelle Duvaux-Béchon

Isabelle Duvaux-Béchon is since January 2016 and until end July 2017 the Head of the Global Challenges and Partnerships Coordination Office in the ESA Strategy Department. She is in charge of the coordination across ESA of transverse initiatives representing global challenges on Earth, with a thematic (Space & Energy, Sustainable Development and Migration, Health…) or geographical approach (Oceans, the Arctic, Antarctic, the Alps, Africa…), making the links between ESA and potential users, also in charge of the coordination of partnerships with non-space entities. As from 1 August 2017, she will also be in charge of the Relations with ESA Member States ensuring the coordination at corporate level of the information on Agency’s policies and actions towards Member States, as well as relations with relevant national and regional bodies, acting as their entry point to the Agency and aiming at optimisation of mutual current and future interests.

She joined ESA in 1987 and worked in various areas: Microgravity, International Space Station, Budget, Education, Corporate Planning and Finance. From 2010 to 2013 she was in charge of the ESA General Studies, the Advanced Concepts Team and the coordination across ESA of transverse initiatives. She has recently been supporting the Director of Finance, Controlling and Information Technology, and was also in charge of the ESA Efficiency Initiative and the Coordinator of ESA Transverse Initiatives serving Earth challenges.

Before joining ESA, she spent 4 years in Matra Espace, as product engineer.

Isabelle Duvaux-Béchon is a diplomed engineer from Ecole Centrale Paris (specialisation in Air & Space engineering) and graduated in 1983. She is an auditor of the 60th national session “Politique de défense” (2007/2008) and of the 1st national session “Enjeux et Stratégies maritimes” (2016) of IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale).

She is a Knight of the French Order of Merit, Commander in the reserve of the French Navy and holds the Volontary Military Services Medal (Bronze level).

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Joerg Kreisel

Joerg specializes in technology commercialization - with a strong focus on space - and has been involved in numerous primarily international activities in both space and early-stage equity finance since 1987. After pursuing a first career in space business (research & technology management) he became venture capitalist in the early 1990s. Joerg serves as board member of several high-tech startups and venture capital funds. He has been involved with new business creation in the space arena around the globe (i.e. RapidEye) and is featured in “the faces of space”. He also acted for two decades as lecturer at international post-graduate master degree programs (SpaceTech and ISU). Joerg holds a diploma degree in aerospace engineering from RWTH Aachen University (Germany) and is an ISU alumnus. He is frequent speaker and moderator at international events, and sits on a number of corporate and investor boards, etc. He was born in 1961 and is married, with two children.
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Gerd Gruppe

Since 1 April 2011, Gerd Gruppe is Member of the DLR Executive Board, responsible for the German Space Administration. Born in 1952, he grew up near Aachen in the very Western part of Germany. He received a degree in mining from RWTH Aachen University. Upon completion of an internship at the Bureau of Mines in Munich, he obtained a doctorate degree in Energy Marketing at Augsburg while continuing to pursue his career. He then transferred to the Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology. Initially, he was responsible for promoting research and for technology transfer, and later had his first professional experience with space. In the late 1980s he was involved in the establishment of the German Space Operations Center (GSOC) at DLR's Oberpfaffenhofen site. Later, as Head of the Department of Research, Innovation and Technology at the same ministry, he greatly advanced the development of Bavaria as a location for space activities, particularly with his involvement in the Galileo Control Centre and the world-renowned Robotics and Mechatronics Center – both based at DLR Oberpfaffenhofen
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Lionel Suchet

Lionel Suchet graduated from “Ecole Polytechnique” Paris and “Sup’Aero” Toulouse. He is General in French Armament Corps and Director for Innovation, Applications and Science at CNES.

He was deeply involved in Manned Space Flight from the very beginning of his career at CNES and for 15 years.

From 1989 to 1992, he was responsible for Safety and Human Factors for the Antares mission (M Tognini onboard MIR in 1992).

Then he began Project Manager at CNES for the four following manned missions performed by CNES onboard MIR : Altaïr (1993), Cassiopée (1996), Pégase (1998) and the very long duration flight Perseus (188 days in 1999).

Then, while preparing the CADMOS (nowadays French USOC) to be ready for ESA support, he managed the two last CNES manned missions onboard ISS: Andromède (2001) and STS111 in 2002.

When the CADMOS began to be operational, he became in 2004 responsible for all CNES scientific missions and then, in 2008, Assistant Director in charge of all CNES space projects (except launchers).

From 2011 to 2015, he was Deputy Director of CNES Toulouse Space Centre.

From 1st January 2016 on, he is Director for Innovation, Applications and Science. The purpose of this new Directorate is to defend interests, need ans stakes of all potential users for spatial data and missions, so as to propose and prepare the future for CNES orbital systems, leaning on creativity and innovations.

 Rainer Horn

Rainer Horn

Rainer has nearly 20 years’ experience in consulting and finance. He has consulted private and institutional clients in aerospace, automotive, transportation and telecoms - on strategy, market analysis, organisational and finance matters. As accredited coach for leading seed funds he works with several start-ups and SME. At Booz Allen Hamilton, he led the Space Services and Telematics Practice and managed European Business Operations as Finance Director. Rainer obtained an MBA from INSEAD and a dual-degree from ESB Reutlingen/London in European Business.  He is a member of the European Commission’s Galileo Advisory Board (MEAG), shaping the future of satellite navigation in Europe. Rainer is an avid skier and enjoys playing squash.

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Gary Martin

Mr. Gary L. Martin is the Director of Partnerships at Ames Research Center.  In this position, he oversees public-private and international partnerships for the Center and NASA’s Small Business Innovative Research/ Small Business Technology Transfer program for the Agency.  Mr. Martin led his team to be recognized as the model of partnership development for the Agency.

Mr. Martin has worked at NASA for 32 years at multiple Centers; Langley Research Center, NASA Headquarters, and Goddard Space Flight Center before coming to Ames in 2007.  Primarily, he has supported science missions and human spaceflight programs, by managing for advanced technology projects and in strategic planning.  In 2002, he was named as NASA’s first Space Architect, leading strategic planning for the Agency and providing the analysis that was used to develop NASA’s Vision for Space Exploration which was announced by the President in 2004.  For this work, he was awarded NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2005. From 2005-2007 and again in 2012-2013, Mr. Martin was on a NASA Intergovernmental Personnel Assignment as the Director of the Space Studies Program at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France.

Mr. Martin holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering/Astronautical Engineering from George Washington University, and dual Bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Applied Mathematics from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelors in Anthropology from Colorado State University.

 Pierluigi Mancini

Pierluigi Mancini

Specialising in Electrical Engineering, I initially graduated cum laudae from Naples University, then was awarded my Master's by the Polytechnic Institute of New York, and subsequently took a PhD at University College London.

I have more than 30 years of experience in the space sector where after several years of R&D activities in the spaceborne radar domain, I have been involved in the definition and implementation of several ESA missions such as ERS, ENVISAT, Little Geo as well as some key strategic developments in the field of space-based application.

I have been responsible for the Strategy and the Feasibility Studies Divisions in the Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications. I am now heading the GNSS Demonstration Office whose duty is to manage the newly created NAVISP programme in the Directorate of Galileo Programme and Navigation-related Activities.

Giovanni Pandolfi

Giovanni Pandolfi is the CTO and a co-founder of Leaf Space. He is an alumnus of the Italian Air Force Military School, and he graduated in aerospace engineering at Politecnico di Milano.
In 2012, Mr. Pandolfi founded the no-profit student association Skyward Experimental Rocketry, the first and still only association of this kind in Italy. There he enriched his managerial skills, being the project manager for the design and launch of an experimental sounding rocket.
Currently he manages the technical team of Leaf Space for the Leaf Line project, a ground segment as a service dedicated to small and microsatellites.
 Rick Tumlinson

Rick Tumlinson

Rick Tumlinson has been called one of the world’s top space “Visionaries” and is credited with helping create the NewSpace commercial space industry, whose players include Richard Branson, Elon Musk, Paul Allen and Jeff Bezos. A leading writer, speaker and Congressional witness, he led the take over of the Russian Mir space station, signed the first space tourist, cofounded the Space Frontier Foundation and was a founding board member of the X-Prize. Rick also founded Orbital Outfitters and Deep Space Industries – an asteroid mining company. In 2015 he won the World Technology Award along with Craig Venter of the Human Genome project. Currently, his New Worlds organization is developing the people and technology to settle the frontier. It recently held a major US space policy summit in Washington DC, and will be putting on the New Worlds 2017 Fair and Conference Nov 10-11 in Austin.

Roberto Battiston

Roberto Battiston is born at Trento in 1956, married with Maria, father of four.  Laurea Degree at Scuola Normale of Pisa (1979). Doctorate (Troiseime Cycle), University of Paris, Orsay, 1982.  Chair of General Physics at the Engineering Faculty of the Perugia University (1992‐2012) and at the Physics  Department of the Trento University (2012‐ ).  He has worked for over 30 years in international collaboration in the field of experimental physics and  fundamental interactions: Strong interactions, Electroweak interaction physics. Search for antimatter and  dark matter in Cosmic Rays.   In 1994 he started the Laboratory for the Study of the Effects of the Radiation on Special Materials (SERMS)  devoted to the characterization of the materials and devices to be used in space conditions.    Deputy spokesperson for the AMS experiment installed on the International Space Station in 2011.   Author of more than 420 papers published on international scientific journals.   Member of the ASI Scientific Committee (1997‐9).  Member of ESA Fundamental Physics Advisory Group (1999‐ ).  Member of the Board of Directors of the National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) (2004‐7).   Director of the Perugia INFN (National Institute for Nuclear Physics) Section (2001‐8).  President of the National Committee on Astroparticle Physics of INFN (2009‐14).
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Carissa Bryce Christensen

Carissa Bryce Christensen is the founder and CEO of Bryce Space and Technology. She previously co-founded The Tauri Group, LLC and was a partner in CenTauri Solutions, LLC (acquired by CSC in 2010).  Ms. Christensen is an internationally recognized expert in commercial space.  For over two decades she has engaged the leading edge of the space industry with innovative analysis of space systems and advanced technology.  She led the creation of widely used financial and economic indicators now considered global metrics for the commercial space and satellite sectors.

A frequent speaker and author on space and satellite trends, Carissa serves as a strategic advisor to government and commercial clients, and has been an expert witness and testified before Congress on market dynamics.  She is an active investor in technology-focused startups and advises several companies she has helped seed. She serves on the board of QxBranch, an early stage quantum computing software firm in which she is a partner.

Ms. Christensen holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where she specialized in science and technology policy. She also completed the General Course in Government at the London School of Economics and was a Douglass Scholar at Rutgers University.

Ms. Christensen is an Associate Fellow of The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Association.


Mark Boggett

CEO of Seraphim Capital a London based venture firm. The team manage the recently launched Seraphim Space Fund, a pioneering new fund backed by a range of leading space corporates seeking investments in space related start-ups. He is also director of UK Space Tech Angels and is Chairman of the London Co-investment Fund – one of the most active seed investors in Europe. Prior to Seraphim he was at YFM Equity Partners serving on their main board for a number of years and working on the British Smaller Company VCT 1 and 2. He has a Degree in Accounting and Finance, MA in Economics and Finance from the University of Leeds and a range of professional investment qualifications.

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Gunnar Muent

Gunnar Muent is Director of the Innovation and Competitiveness Department within the Projects Directorate at the European Investment Bank. Previously, he was Head of the RDI division in the same department since 2007. He joined the EIB in 2001 as an economist in the Projects Directorate and later became loan officer in the Central Europe Department within the Directorate for Lending Operations in Europe. Prior to joining the EIB, Mr Muent worked for a chemical company in operations in Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, spent three years in the German Foreign Office and held different positions in public research. He has a degree in Industrial Engineering and a doctorate in Economics from the technical universities of Karlsruhe and Braunschweig (Germany). 

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Nicolas Bouzou

Nicolas Bouzou is an essayist and economist, born in France in 1976. He is graduated in economics from the University Paris X Nanterre and from Sciences Po Paris. He is the founding director of Asterès, a leading economic consultancy. He is also the creator of the Belém Circle, a think-tank that gathers together European progessive and liberal intellectuals. Nicolas is a professor of economics at the MBA Law and Management program of the University of Paris II Assas. He is the author of several best-selling books. He is a regular contributor to major French economic newspapers. He can be heard or seen frequently on the radio or on television.

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Guoyu Wang

Guoyu WANG (1979-), Doctoral degree in Law and Economics, Associate Professor,  Deputy Director, Institute of Space Law, Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT); Legal Counsellor in Space Law, CNSA Lunar Exploration and Space Project Center(2016-), Space Security Consultant of United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) (2015), Academy Senior Fellow of Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), U.K. (2014-); Visiting Scholar, National Center for Remote Sensing, Air and Space Law, Mississippi University, U.S..(2011-2012); Space Policy Expert representing China, APSCO Joint Small Multi-Mission Satellite Constellation Project (2016-);

Dr. Wang has been severed as a Chinese delegate, Legal Consultant of the United Nation Committee on the Peaceful use of Outer Space(UNCOPUOS)(2012-), Inter-governmental Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC)(2014-), as well as a Chinese expert in the Long-term Sustainability for Outer Space Activities Working Group of UNCOPUOS(2012-), has been representing China for international space rules and policies negotiation and drafting.

Dr. Wang’s researches focus on international and national space law, international space politics. Dr. Wang's expertise includes legal and political analysis on space security issues, inter alia, arms control in outer space and space debris mitigation and remediation; the application of NPS in outer space; space natural resources use and exploration, inter alia, lunar project, asteroid mining, deep space exploration; the U.S. And China space legislation.

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Genevieve Fioraso

English teacher during 2 years in Amiens, she then moved to Grenoble, where she has been living since 1978.

From 1979 to 1986 : collaborator of Hubert Dubedout, Mayor of Grenoble and member of the French Parliament, she was successively in charge of press and documentation,  communication and Parliament relations.

She then joined the private sector, from 1989 to 1995, as a member of the management board of a start-up, CORYS, spin-off from the French Energy commission (CEA), specialized in the design of simulators for the training of operators in the field of energy (nuclear, thermal, electric networks) and transportation (trains and tramways). In Corys, she was in charge of institutional relations and European projects (Phare and Tacis programmes).

From 1995 to 1999, she became director of cabinet of the new mayor of Grenoble, Michel Destot. In 1999, she created and managed the Rhône-Alpes agency for the diffusion of digital in regional SMEs.

After being elected as deputy mayor in 2001, she worked half time during 3 years for a telecom operator, France Telecom, now Orange, as expert in innovative products and services for health and social applications.

In 2003, she was appointed as CEO of Minatec entreprises (until 2012), a semi public-private company welcoming in clean rooms industrial projects in the field of micro and nanotechnologies, biotechnologies, via partnerships between private companies and public research laboratories.