ESPI Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is made up of experts from across Europe’s space sector. The Advisory Council provides the ESPI Secretariat with medium-term orientations with respect to the activities of the Institute.

Read the letter from our former and current Advisory Council Chairs in our 2023 Annual Report here.


  • Etienne Schneider Chair, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg
  • Marek Banaszkiewicz Former President of the Polish Space Agency
  • Samantha Cristoforetti ESA Astronaut, member of the European Astronaut Corps
  • Fritz Merkle Former Chief Technical Officer at OHB
  • Margit Mischkulnig Head of Dept. for Space Affairs at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology
  • Niklas Nienaß Member of the European Parliament
  • Sinéad O’Sullivan Economist at Harvard Business School’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness
  • Peggy Hollinger International Business Editor at the Financial Times
  • Walther Pelzer Director General of the German Space Agency at DLR
  • Magali Vaissière President of the IRT Saint Exupéry and Member of the Ministerial Space Steering Committee of France 2030

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