Chief Executive Officer
Space Angels Network
Chad Anderson is CEO of Space Angels Network, where he has invested millions of dollars of private capital into new commercial space ventures. He is also Non-Executive Director of the UK Space Catapult where he supports the national strategy to grow the space sector in the country. Prior to his current roles, Anderson enjoyed a successful career at JP Morgan Chase where he managed a $50 billion real estate portfolio through the Great Recession. Anderson holds an MBA from the University of Oxford

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CEO and Co-founder
Accion Systems
Natalya Bailey is the CEO and a co-founder of Accion Systems. Natalya earned her doctorate in space propulsion from MIT where she helped invent the first working prototype that made use of an ion propulsion technology for small satellites, which then became Accion Systems. Prior to MIT, she invented a new chemical rocket technology that she turned into a space startup. At Accion, she has developed an electric rocket system that can work at a smaller scale than the alternatives, and is cheaper and easier to manufacture.

Natalya was named to Forbes' 30 Under 30 list in 2015. During graduate school, Natalya was a National Science Foundation Fellow and a NASA Ambassador to the US at the International Aeronautical Congress. As an undergraduate at San Diego State, she graduated first in her class and helped found the Aerospace Engineering Honor Society. She’s the President of the Boston Tau Beta Pi honor society alumni chapter, bringing together current engineering students with young professionals.


Bill Nye Saves the World
Emily Calandrelli is a correspondent on Netflix's Bill Nye Saves the World and is the host and a producer of FOX's Xploration Outer Space. She has a Masters in Aeronautics and Astronautics as well as Technology and Policy from MIT. As a professional speaker and science writer, Emily works to promote science literacy, space exploration and equality. She's given two TEDx talks and her first children's science chapter books, the Ada Lace series, come out in the Fall.

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Founder & Chief Operating Officer
ATLAS Space Operations, Inc.
Mike Carey is a Founder and the Chief Operating Officer for ATLAS Space Operations, Inc.

ATLAS was created to remove the barriers to space created by aging ground network methods and infrastructure. Gen Carey brings to ATLAS the required leadership, technical skill, and vision.

General Carey served 32 years in the US Air Force in space, cyber, and missile operations attaining the rank of major general. He has commanded Air Force units at the detachment, squadron, group, wing, and Numbered Air Force levels.

A visionary space leader, General Carey led the establishment of the Space Test and Training Range (2003), the National Security Space Institute (2004), and an expeditionary integrated space and cyber force (2009).

Since 2014, he has also held the position of President and CEO of AAC Microtec North America, Inc., contributing to the company's increased value and its parent company's Initial Public Offering (IPO) in Dec 2016.

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John Cumbers has a strong background in the synthetic biology industry as founder of SynBioBeta, a global activity hub and community of entrepreneurs, thought-leaders and investors. John is an active investor through the DCVC SynBioBeta Fund and his synthetic biology syndicate on AngelList. He is also the co-author of the forthcoming book “What’s Your Bio Strategy?”, a guide for any business wanting to understand the impact that biotechnology will have on their industry. He has earned several degrees, including a PhD in molecular biology from Brown University as well as a masters degree in bioinformatics from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and an undergraduate degree in computer science from the University of Hull in England. John is passionate about education and on the use and adoption of biological technologies. He has received multiple awards and grants from NASA and the National Academy of Sciences for his work in the field. John has been involved in multiple start-ups such as those producing food for space, microbes to extract lunar and martian resources, and hoverboards! He worked at NASA for seven years on the issues of resource utilization, extremophiles and sustainable technologies. He was instrumental in starting NASA’s program in synthetic biology and most recently, the lead for planetary sustainability at the NASA Space Portal. A super connector, community builder and consultant, John has devoted himself to helping those around him connect into the synthetic biology ecosystem and gain the resources that they need to break through scientific boundaries and see their innovations applied in the real world.

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Photographer & Public Speaker
Tim Dodd, better known as the "Everyday Astronaut," is a professional photographer and public speaker based out of Cedar Falls, Iowa. Everyday Astronaut is an art project gone rogue which has become a vessel of science communication and spaceflight advocacy. His mission, to bring space down to Earth for everyday people. He does this through fun, funny and factual original content as a man-child in a used Russian space suit.

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EDventure Holdings
Esther Dyson is chairman of EDventure Holdings and fulltime executive founder of Way to Wellville (@WaytoWellville), a 10-year project helping five US communities to dramatically improve the health of their residents, and to develop new business models for the cultivation of health.

In her spare time, she also sits on the board of XCOR Aerospace, and is an investor in ICON Aircraft, Nanoracks, RTR Drone, Space Adventures, World View and Zero-G (also an avid customer!). From 2010 to 2012, she was a member of the NASA Advisory Council. From October 2008 to March of 2009, she lived in Star City outside Moscow, Russia, training as a backup cosmonaut. She also sits on the board of the nonprofit WayPaver Foundation, focused on dual-use tech for Earth and Moon; is a patron of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation; a donor to the B612 Foundation; a member of the Space Angels Network; and a former investor in and board member of Airship Ventures.

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Chief Executive Officer
Ralph Ewig holds 3 aerospace degrees from the University of Washington, and an MS in Business Management for experienced leaders (MSx) from Stanford.

In 2000, he joined Andrews Space (now Spaceflight), where he was Principal Investigator for the Mini-MagOrion program with Sandia National Labs, worked with the FAA/AIAA RLV Safety Group, contributed to the NASA Alternate Access to Space Station program, and was the exploration architecture lead under NASA’s Project Constellation program.

In 2005, he became a partner in Holder Aerospace, consulting on space systems and launch vehicle development.

From 2006 through 2008, he joined AirLaunch, and was responsible for the VaPak propulsion system and performance of the QuickReach launch vehicle under the USAF/DARPA Falcon program.

In 2010, he transitioned to SpaceX as a Mission Operations Engineer, focused on the Dragon spacecraft for the NASA Commercial Space Transportation Services (COTS) program. There he supported spacecraft integration, and was a mission operator for the first 3 flights to the International Space Station (ISS).

In 2012, he joined Aerojet as VP of Engineering for Sacramento, managing 300+ engineers and in 2013 transitioned to VP of Avionics following Aerojet’s acquisition of Rocketdyne, managing staff at 8 sites across the US while executing programs in space, launch, defense, aviation, and energy.

In 2014, he returned to school at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, graduated in 2015, and transitioned to founder & CEO of Audacy – a provider of spacecraft communications with the mission to deliver anytime, seamless space connectivity, that advances humanity to a new age of space commerce, exploration, and discovery.

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Vice President, Strategic Operations & Commercial Aerospace
Ball Aerospace
Debra Facktor Lepore is the vice president and general manager of Strategic Operations and of the Commercial Aerospace strategic business unit for Ball Aerospace. As Vice President, Strategic Operations, Lepore is responsible for increasing Ball Aerospace’s profile in the market and facilitating collaboration across the company. She is the company’s senior executive in the Washington, DC area and leads Washington Operations, Communications and Strategic Development.

Lepore also leads Ball Aerospace's Commercial Aerospace strategic business unit, where she is responsible for developing and executing new business strategies across the company, and pursuing and performing commercial work in the areas of traditional space, integrated solutions and transformational communications for airborne and space platforms and data analytics.

Lepore brings over 25 years of experience in the aerospace industry to her current role. Prior to joining Ball in January 2013, she served as the president of DFL Space LLC, an aerospace consulting firm focused on developing innovative business strategies for a wide range of clients. As an industry professor at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, she led its Master’s of Engineering in Technical Leadership program and served as Director of Strategic Programs for the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC). She was Principal Investigator on the SERC research project “Expedited Systems Engineering for Rapid Capability and Urgent Needs,” sponsored by the U.S. Air Force, and has used this research toward PhD studies.

Lepore has extensive business experience including serving as president and an owner of AirLaunch LLC, a small business which won funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the U.S. Air Force to develop an operationally responsive small launch vehicle. She previously served as vice president of Business Development and Strategic Planning for Kistler Aerospace Corporation. Earlier in her career, she was Chief of Moscow Operations for ANSER’s Center for International Aerospace Cooperation.

Among other distinctions, Lepore was honored with the University of Michigan 2014 Alumni Merit Award for Aerospace Engineering and as the Women in Aerospace (WIA) “Most Outstanding Member” for 2012. She is the former chair of the board of WIA and founding president of the WIA Foundation. Lepore serves on the board of the American Astronautical Society (AAS), the Future Space Leaders Foundation, and the industry advisory boards of the University of Michigan Aerospace Engineering Department and the Johns Hopkins University Space Systems Engineering program. She is also an appointed member of the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC). Lepore is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a fellow of AAS and an Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). She holds a B.S.E. (magna cum laude) and M.S.E. in aerospace engineering, both from the University of Michigan, and is an alumna of the International Space University summer session program in space policy and law.

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Chairman of the Board
Space Frontier Foundation
Jeff Feige is the Space Frontier Foundation's Chairman of the Board, and he has worked exclusively for NewSpace entrepreneurial space companies as a consultant for both government affairs and government marketing. Prior to his work at Orbital Outfitters, he worked for Polispace, a consulting firm focused on supporting entrepreneurial spaceflight firms. He was also the Assistant to the Executive Director of the Aerospace States Association, an organization devoted to developing the aviation and space industries through the tools available to state governments. In addition to his work in the NewSpace industry, he helped found Talon Aerospace, an LED lighting firm that develops internal and external lighting solutions for the commercial air transportation industry. He is an avid sailor, SCUBA diver, and pilot.

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Science Communicator
Kellie Gerardi is an aerospace and defense professional who has supported a number of commercial spaceflight companies and government agencies as a business development and communications strategist. A popular science communicator and Mars settlement advocate, Kellie has appeared across television shows and publications such as ABC's “The View”, “Nightline”, the New York Times, Popular Mechanics, and Vogue. In 2016, she founded Paper Rocket, a STEM-themed clothing line.

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Vice President of Space Opportunities
As VP of Space Opportunities at NanoRacks, Ron develops platforms and opportunities for microgravity research, testing, and commercial applications from concept through deployment into LEO or on the International Space Station (ISS)...and beyond. He enjoys working with colleagues in academia, government, and private industry to advance the new space ecosystem. He considers himself, in a sense, a VP of Product Launches in that he launches people's products...into orbit!

Ron has 20 years of experience in business and corporate development experience in imaging systems, aerospace, semiconductors, sensors, medical devices, data analytics and risk industries. He has secured business and M&A of over $200 million and closed over $20 million in venture capital. He is a former CEO, COO and analyst with clients and customers including GE, AIG, AON, Zurich, Bertelsmann, Norsk-Hydro, General Physics and Texas Instruments.

Ron is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, and a co-founder of the UCSD Bay Area Alumni Scholarship Fund. He speaks English, Dutch, German, and French. Ron enjoys sailing, cycling and anything turbocharged.

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Interim Executive Director
Space Frontier Foundation
A visionary, creative and entrepreneurial individual with diverse experience in taking an idea an making it happen. Particular talents in project conception and delivery, relationship building, organizational and strategic direction, fundraising, bringing together teams and leading them, exhibit and digital media creative direction, and using traditional media (author and former TV host).

Having taken a break from a career in space related endeavors and non profit space based visitor attractions to grow a start up luxury tourism related business with airships, I was privileged to work with some amazing entrepreneurs who are headed to the Moon with the Google Lunar XPRIZE. This background enables me now to work with a variety of innovators in NewSpace, tech, visitor attractions etc, helping them succeed.

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Founder & CEO
Ryan Holmes is the Founder and CEO of SpaceVR. Ryan started SpaceVR to allow everyone to experience the transcendent beauty of our infinite Universe. He is a Serial Entrepreneur, Serial Kickstarter, College Dropout, Meditator, and Vegan. Self taught Designer, Software Engineer, and Founder. He has founded several companies including Sphr, a software and design agency; E5 Engineering, the parent company of SharkBox Power; and Tampa Hackerspace, a means for people to self-learn without College. He studied Electrical Engineering at the University of South Florida.

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Venture Team Partner
Steve Jurvetson fosters companies at the forefront of technology. The smartest people in tech walk through DFJ's doors each day, and for Steve, it's like being a kid in a candy shop.

He looks for unconventional companies in deep learning, commercial space, synthetic biology, genomics, robotics, and sustainable transportation—purpose-driven companies that will transform massive industries.

His current board responsibilities include D-Wave, Flux, Mythic, Planet, SpaceX, Synthetic Genomics, and Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA). He was the founding VC investor in Hotmail (Microsoft), Interwoven (NASDAQ: IWOV), Kana (NASDAQ: KANA), and NeoPhotonics (NYSE: NPTN). Steve was also the first VC investor and board member at deep learning company Nervana, acquired by Intel in 2016.

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CEO / Founder
Space Shift, Inc.
Naruo Kanemoto, CEO of Space Shift, Inc. (Tokyo) and Director of Elysium Space, Inc (San Francisco). He started his career as an engineer in ICT industry since 1996. Space Shift has been established in 2009 providing Satellite Kit, Satellite Data Processing and Consulting services to non-space companies. And he joined Elysium Space providing memorial space flight as a board director in 2013. A member of conference for space by ICT led by Japanese government.

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Co-founder & CEO
Jim is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of OffWorld, building an industrial robotic workforce to undertake mining, manufacturing and construction on planetary surfaces and in space. The robotic workforce forms a solar system platform that will enable the construction of space based solar power stations, propellant depots and entire settlements. He brings 30 years of experience and visionary leadership in innovation in multidisciplinary areas such as aerospace engineering, space systems, robotics and machine intelligence, manufacturing and construction, computer science, synthetic biology and molecularly precise control systems. Jim is a prolific technologist and an accomplished entrepreneur able to constantly identify new acceleration ramps in the technological landscape.

Jim started his career in the space launch industry managing launch programs overseeing over a dozen successful orbital launches on Russian, European and US launch vehicles. Satellite design, integration engineering and program management were part of this process.

Jim also architected major space programs including new space agencies and launches at Surrey Satellite Technology and as cofounder of Shackleton Energy, space propellant depots utilizing requiring lunar mining and a continuous supply of fuel in space. Jim studied aerospace engineering, spacecraft engineering and physics at University of London, Surrey University, Aachen Technical University and International Space University, was previously faculty at Singularity University and is on advisory boards and Board of Directors of a number of space institutes including Board Member of the National Space Society.

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Board of Directors
Space Frontier Foundation
Amaresh Kollipara is a space industry executive with a multidisciplinary background. He recently managed a unique space-related project at Facebook's virtual reality company Oculus. Called Mission:ISS, this project was conducted in collaboration with NASA and ESA and is a true-to-life simulation of the International Space Station in VR. In addition, he is a Founder and Managing Partner of Earth2Orbit, LLC, which is a professional advisory firm with an aerospace industry focus. Earth2Orbit provides launch advisory and earth observation services to a variety of clients. He strongly feels that the future of commercial space, and the future of humanity's relationship with space, is dependent on the development of useful applications based on space infrastructure. Amaresh serves as a strategic advisor to a generation of entrepreneurs by helping them develop viable businesses and prepare for the world of venture finance. He currently serves on the Board of the SETI Institute and the Space Frontier Foundation. He served as a Principal of the Space Angels Network, a professionally managed global network of investors. He often speaks at aerospace and entrepreneurial conferences on topics related to the economics of the commercial space industry. Amaresh also currently serves as an advisor to C-level executives in the financial services, healthcare, and hi-tech industries.

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Sr. Mission Design Engineer
OneWeb, Ltd.
Mike Lindsay is a Senior Mission Design Engineer at OneWeb, Ltd.

Prior to joining OneWeb, Mike spent five years at NASA Ames Research Center designing and analyzing advanced space mission concepts and working mission operations on LADEE: a robotic, Lunar orbit mission. Mike also has extensive experience with CubeSats and other unconventional cost saving technologies and philosophies for space applications.

Mike holds a BSc. degree in Aerospace Engineering and a MEng. degree in Space Engineering from the University of Michigan.

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Director of Venture Strategy & Research
Space Frontier Foundation
Jeff Matthews is currently the Director of Venture Strategy and Research for the Space Frontier Foundation and the leader of their NewSpace Venture Labs, a virtual accelerator that seeks to empower innovation within the new space sector. Additionally, provides strategy and management consulting services for firms in the technology, aerospace, clean energy, and e-commerce sectors.

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Vice President
Bessemer Venture Partners
Sunil, a vice president in the Menlo Park, CA office, focuses on investments in space, developer tools, internet of things and security companies.

Sunil serves as a Board Director for Auth0 and Zoosk. He is a board observer at GetInsured, Rainforest, Rocket Lab, Spire, Tile and Virtru. Sunil is also involved with Bessemer's investments in Simply Measured and Zapier. His past investments include Twitch (acquired by Amazon), Defense.net (acquired by F5 Networks) and Grow Mobile (acquired by Perion).

Prior to joining Bessemer, Sunil was the founder and CEO of Triangulate, a venture-backed online dating startup that used social media behaviors to drive algorithmic matching. Previously, Sunil worked in consulting at Bain & Company, in Cisco's Corporate Development group, and in product management at Microsoft. He has also worked at several early-stage startups (Sendio, ZeeWise, Celito) as a software engineer and in business development. Sunil frequently speaks about best practices for growing startups.

Sunil holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with honors. Sunil is Co-Founder/Co-Chair of the NextGen Board of the Computer History Museum and is Co-Chair of NextGen Partners, the largest pre-partner VC networking group in the Bay Area. In addition, he serves on the board of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the largest astronomy education society in the world. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Harvard Business School California Research Center and the Volunteer Council of the SETI Institute. In his free time, Sunil enjoys sailing and stargazing.

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Chief Systems Engineer
NASA Space Portal Office
Bruce Pittman is currently working as a contractor at the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley where he is the Chief System Engineer in the NASA Space Portal Office. In this position Mr. Pittman supports the Emerging Space Office at NASA Headquarters on programs ranging from orbital applications of the International Space Station and other orbiting commercial facilities; low cost, reliable access to space, reusable space infrastructure as well as cis-lunar commercialization. The Space Portal’s latest initiative is in the application of NASA data and technology to address the challenge of planetary sustainability. He has been involved in high technology project management and system engineering in a variety of industries for over 30 years.

Mr. Pittman started his career working as a civil servant at NASA Ames for 11 years on a number of space projects including Pioneer Venus, the Infrared Astronomy Satellite (IRAS), the Cryogenic Grating Spectrometer on the Kuiper Airborne Observatory, the Space Station Freedom Technology Advocacy Group, and several advanced studies programs including Study Manager for the Large Deployable Reflector.

Mr. Pittman has also been a founder and member of the startup team in a number of early growth companies including SpaceHab, Kistler Aerospace, New Focus, Product Factory, Prometheus II Ltd. and Industrial Sound and Motion. As a consultant Mr. Pittman has worked with many Fortune 500 companies including Westinghouse, Northrop Grumman, Varian, Texas Instruments, TRW and Boeing as well as government agencies including NASA and DOE.

Mr. Pittman has a BS in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering from U. C. Davis and a MS in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University. Mr. Pittman is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and is the chairman of the AIAA Commercial Space Group. He was also the founder and first chairman of the AIAA System Engineering Technical Committee and also the co-founder and president of the Silicon Valley Space Club. In 2012 Mr. Pittman was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Space Society (NSS) and in 2013 he was elected by the Board as Senior Vice President and Senior Operating Officer of NSS. He is an advocate of the Space Frontier Founding and has authored or co-authored over 4 dozen papers on a technical, management and business topics in aerospace and high technology. He has co-authored two book chapters in Beyond The Earth: The Future of Humans in Space and Space Commerce: The Inside Story. In addition to his technical work Mr. Pittman has also been a member of the adjunct faculty in the Graduate Engineering School at Santa Clara University for over 25 years.

For his technical work Mr. Pittman has been awarded 2 NASA Special Achievement Awards and four NASA Group Achievement Awards. In 2011 NASA award him the Exceptional Public Service Medal for “exceptional leadership in pioneering the development of commercial space for public benefit”. In 2012 he was presented with the “Service to the Frontier” award by the Space Frontier Foundation and in 2015 he was presented the Space Activist of the Year award by the National Space Society.

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Co-found & CCO
Astrapi Corporation
David is a Co-Founder and Chief Commercialization Officer of Astrapi Corporation, a telecommunications company with offices in Dallas, TX and Washington, D.C. David has over thirty years of experience validating technologies and introducing new products and services that address a wide range of markets. Among them are companies such as Global Uni-Docs, Xerox Corporation, Forbis Energy, and Sanijet. David had successful exits with Capital Group and Nail Express. He has formulated strategy, executed business plans, prepared financial statements, raised capital, developed early customers, and sold product. These products range from the introduction of one of the first desktop memory devices, a $30 million office tower, a retail concept, and failed development of both a novel authentication method and a green “cool roof” system. Most recently David won the inaugural SATELLITE 2017 Startup Space Pitch competition on behalf of Astrapi. In addition, David led the Astrapi National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corp team effort and, independently has reviewed over one hundred NSF SBIR proposals. He has served as a McCombs School of Business Moot Corp judge, World’s Best Technology Showcase mentor, and sometime Angel investor. He has been an invited guest speaker to conferences such as the INFOSEC Research Council, the Air Force Cyberspace Symposium and the Modification and Replacement Parts Association conference. And David currently serves on the advisory board for the International Center for Decision and Risk Analysis at the University of Texas at Dallas. He won the prestigious Xerox President’s Club award four times under four separate assignments. David is married with three children and resides in Dallas. David has a BBA in finance and MS in technology commercialization from the University of Texas at Austin where he was awarded the George Kozmetsky Award for Academic Excellence through the IC² Institute.

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