1 September 2007. ESPI is now under a new leadership. Today, Kai-Uwe Schrogl took over the task as Secretary General from Serge Plattard. Schrogl will lead ESPI for the next three years. At the same time, the mandate of ESPI's Treasurer, Michel A. Jakob was extended for three more years.
In a ceremony at ESPI, the Head of Austrian Research Promotion Agency's Aeronautics and Space Agency, Harald Posch, thanked Dr. Serge Plattard on behalf of the member institutions of ESPI for his efforts in building up ESPI during the past three years. He specifically mentioned the selection of the ESPI premises and the first set of studies, which have recently been finalized under the guidance of the former General Secretary. Serge Plattard will now advise the Director General of the United Nations in Vienna on a space strategy and from the beginning of next year shape the space agenda of the French EU-Presidency during the second half of 2008 in Brussels.
The new Secretary General, Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl, has been the Head of the Corporate Development and External Relations Department of the German Aerospace Center DLR before. He has a long experience in management and diplomacy. He inter alia served as Chairman of the International Relations Committee of the European Space Agency (ESA) and as Chairman of two working groups of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS), comprising its almost seventy member States. Kai-Uwe Schrogl has published seven books and numerous articles in the field of space policy and law and lectures international relations as a Honorarprofessor at Tübingen University, Germany (a CV can be found here).
The ESPI team, from left: Ségolène van den Steen, Wolfgang Rathgeber, Agnieszka Lukaszczyk, Pierre Henri Pisani, Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Michel A. Jakob, Charlotte Mathieu, Nicolas Peter and Blandina Baranes
The new Secretary General has already worked at ESPI during the past months and was able to prepare a number of new lines of activities. Of particular importance are the re-launch of a completely reworked website as of today and the establishment of a European Space Policy Research and Academic Network (ESPRAN). This network will meet for the first time on 13-14 September 2007 in the framework of the newly established annual "ESPI Autumn Conference" . One of the outputs of this event will be a "Yearbook on Space Policy", published early next year at Springer.
These initial initiatives by Kai-Uwe Schrogl were welcomed by the representative of the member institutions. Harald Posch summed up the expectations: "We very much appreciate the appointment of Kai-Uwe Schrogl. With his outstanding experience, his leadership and his vision, he is the right person to make ESPI the top space policy institute."
1 September 2007 also marks a date of continuity, since the Treasurer of ESPI, the Head of Finance and Administration, Michel A. Jakob will continue in this post for three more years as it was decided by the last meeting of ESPI's General Assembly. Michel A. Jakob is of Austrian nationality and has worked for the Austrian Space Agency and the Austrian Parliament before joining ESPI. He has a long experience in administration and was instrumental in the build-up and establishment of ESPI in Vienna.