Chief Executive Officer
Space Angels
Chad Anderson is CEO of Space Angels, 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

27 June


CEO and 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.

29 June


NASA's Langley Research Center
Dr. David E. Bowles is the director of NASA's Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia. He joined the Director’s Office in March 2012 as Associate Director, progressed to Deputy Director in 2014 and then served as Acting Center Director for four months before being appointed Center Director in June 2015.

Dr. Bowles has been an active member of the NASA Langley community for more than 35 years. He began his career conducting research in advanced materials for use on aerospace vehicles and then focused on materials to be used in space. He has published many research papers on the effects of materials degradation on structural and thermal properties.

Dr. Bowles earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in engineering mechanics from Virginia Tech in 1978, 1980 and 1990, respectively. He has received numerous awards, including NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal in both 2005 and 2015.

He lives in Suffolk, Virginia, with his wife, Michele. They have three grown children.

28 June


Urban Logic, Inc.
Bruce Cahan - Adjunct Professor at Stanford University’s School of Engineering and President of Urban Logic, Inc.

Bruce is co-founder of Stanford’s Sustainable Banking Initiative, a Distinguished Scholar at Stanford mediaX, and a member of Stanford’s Center for Legal Informatics (CodeX). Bruce has written on space banking and space commodities markets. Bruce created and teaches three popular Stanford Engineering courses: Ethics of Finance and Financial Engineering (MS&E 148), Understanding the Buy Side of Wall Street (MS&E 449), and Sustainable Banking (CEE 244A). As a recovering Wall Street lawyer, Hong Kong merchant banker, geospatial technology finance pioneer, 9/11 emergency responder and Ashoka Fellow social entrepreneur, Bruce is educating a new cohort of bankers and working on projects ranging from how we will bank and exchange commodities in space, to how to eradicate consumer debt as a factor in intergenerational inequality, to building a periodic table of quality of life and using it as a valuation model in an independent teaching hospital bank (GoodBank™(io)), to creating a blockchain for recording the decisional history of buildings (RE-OS). Bruce has advised and nurtured innovation programs in Fortune 1000 companies, and federal and local government agencies. Bruce regularly mentors Stanford student and Silicon Valley startups, and is on the Investment Committee of Chestnut Street Ventures, an angel/VC fund investing in University of Pennsylvania alumni and others’ growing technology businesses. Bruce graduated Temple Law School (J.D. 1979) and The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania. He is licensed to practice law in California, New York and Pennsylvania. Bruce’s Linkedin profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/brucecahan/

27 June


Field Correspondent
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.

27 June


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.

29 June


Lightspeed Innovations
Ellen is founder and Managing Partner of LightSpeed Innovations, an aerospace focused accelerator dedicated to investing in and fostering startups in the aerospace sector. Ellen’s career spans from the U.S. Navy as an intelligence officer to JP Morgan where she focused on exploring and facilitating investing in start-ups. She later founded her own start-up in the aviation industry where the team focused on building a B2B aviation part sourcing and brokerage focused on business jets. During her 12 years at Northrop Grumman, sheheld positions as a systems engineer and program manager, working in design and development of autonomous systems ranging from the Global Hawk to the Unmanned Carrier based unmanned aerial system.

Ellen holds a bachelors degree in history (historiography) from the University of Pennsylvania, an MS in systems engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, and an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School. Ellen loves to run, taste wine, and travel. She is the chair of the Wharton Angel Network Southern California. She is also co-founder of Wharton Aerospace, and runs the innovation-ventures focused Wharton Aerospace Ventures conference at Wharton San Francisco.

28 June


Manager – Advanced Programs
Blue Origin
A.C. Charania is an entrepreneurial engineer and technical innovator involved in the creation and advancement of aerospace ventures for both commercial and government customers; helping to turn advanced concepts into reality. He was a visionary/founder/early employee of the three aerospace start-ups of SpaceWorks Enterprises, Generation Orbit, and Terminal Velocity Aerospace. He was an early employee within the Virgin Galactic (now Virgin Orbit) LauncherOne small satellite launch vehicle program, where he was involved in winning several hundred million dollars of launch business and change of the carrier aircraft to the 747-400. He currently works on advanced programs at Blue Origin, helping to mature various future initiatives including its proposed Blue Moon commercial lunar lander. He has an M.S. and B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology as well as a B.A. in Economics/Mathematics from Emory University.

29 June


Project Manager
Secure World Foundation
Ian Christensen is a Project Manager at Secure World Foundation and has eight years of professional experience as a consultant and analyst focused on international and domestic commercial space, satellite, and aviation markets.

Prior to joining SWF, Mr. Christensen worked at leading space-sector consulting firms Futron Corporation and Avascent. In these positions he managed or served in lead analysis roles on market, business planning, and forecasting studies for numerous commercial space sector clients in the United States, Israel, and Europe. For government clients, Ian has provided space-related strategic and analytic services for NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and the Government of Australia. Mr. Christensen has supported consulting engagements with clients in Australia, Israel, the Isle of Man, Japan, and South Korea; and led in-country work in Brazil, Burkina Faso, Europe, and Japan.
While at Futron Mr. Christensen led a multi-year project for NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance, and served for one and a half years on a NASA team tasked with managing the retirement of the Space Shuttle. On behalf of USTDA Ian organized several reverse trade missions and workshops aimed at US export promotion. Mr. Christensen also led an industry research team in support of the annual Space Report, a comprehensive guide to the global space industry published by the Space Foundation.

Prior to Futron, Mr. Christensen was a research assistant at the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University, a Policy Fellow at the National Academies of Science Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy, and a research assistant at the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center. Read Mr. Christensen's publications.

27 June


Shasta Ventures
Rob is a 20-year veteran of the Silicon Valley venture capital industry. He is passionate about anything with an engine, including robots, satellites, and race cars. Earlier in his career, Rob served as a lead integration engineer in the Astro Space division of Martin Marietta, where he helped build the first EchoStar spacecraft. Rob earned an MS in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia.

Rob led Shasta Venture’s Series A investment in Nest Labs (acquired by Google for $3.2 billion in early 2014). His current investments include Airware (drones for business applications), Spire (micro-satellites for weather measurement), Turo (the world’s largest peer-to-peer car rental marketplace), Accion (ion engines for in-space propulsion), and Fetch Robotics (robots for warehouse logistics).

27 June


Founder & CEO
Orbital Insight
James Crawford is the founder and CEO of Orbital Insight, a geospatial big data company creating actionable data through proprietary deep learning analysis of satellite and UAV images to understand and characterize socio-economic trends at scale. He has two decades of experience leading innovative software projects: empowering farmers with climate data at the Climate Corporation, working to a commercial robot on the moon at Moon Express, making the world’s books searchable at Google, or managing robotics at NASA's Ames Research Center. At Orbital Insight, he’s using software expertise to create a whole new source of market data for all kinds of industries.

29 June


Managing Partner
Brand Delta-V
Meagan Crawford is a leading space industry advocate, as well as a marketing and public relations expert who specializes in helping companies communicate the benefits of their product, brand, and stock offering. As a successful entrepreneur herself, she draws on years of experience across a wide range of industries including oil & gas, entertainment, consumer products, and biotech. In the past decade, she has turned her expertise towards the most exciting new business sector of this generation: NewSpace.

Meagan is also a Principal of Ramsey Financial, a Houston-based family office. She investigates cutting-edge business sectors, such as NewSpace, as part of Ramsey’s long-term investment initiatives. Since 2009, she has also been a managing team member of the NewSpace Business Plan Competition, where she has reviewed hundreds of space startup business plans and coached dozens of teams on how to strengthen their investment offering.

27 June


CEO & Co-founder
Marshall is an experienced software engineer focused on the intersection of open source and startups, where he was a leader at JBoss/Redhat, Appcelerator, Mozilla and Spire. He is currently CEO of Kubos, building the first comprehensive software platform for the satellite industry. His open-source pedigree is extensive, and includes many prominent projects such as KubOS, ArduSat, FirefoxOS, JBoss, Titanium, Eclipse, NodeJS, and many more.

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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.

29 June


Everyday Astronaut
Everyday Astronaut
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.

27 June


Managing Director
Boost VC
Adam Draper is the founder and managing director of Boost VC. Adam is a 2x entrepreneur and a 4th generation venture capitalist. He also has a very large comic book collection.

In 2009, the same year that Adam graduated from UCLA, he founded Xpert Financial, a secondary market for private securities. After settling millions of dollars in private security transactions and becoming a registered broker dealer, he left Xpert Financial in late 2012 and began angel investing, where he backed such startups as Coinbase, Plangrid and Earnest.

Adam then partnered up with Brayton Williams and to change the face of global startup mentorship. The focus of Boost VC on future technology development stems from Adam Draper's dream to create an Iron Man suit.

27 June


Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer
Made in Space
Jason co-founded Made In Space in 2010 as a result of analyzing the best possible approaches to enabling a fully sustainable form of space colonization.

With a core focus on space manufacturing, the company has since built, flown, and operated the first and second 3D printers in space. Installed on the International Space Station (ISS), the first Made In Space Zero-Gravity 3D printer began space manufacturing in November 2014. Today, Made In Space operates the second-generation 3D printer on the ISS, called the Additive Manufacturing Facility, enabling groups across the planet to have hardware manufactured in space.

Additionally, Made In Space is working with NASA in the development of the Archinaut program to enable in-space robotic manufacturing and assembly of large space structures.

Jason serves as the Chief Technology Officer, overseeing the development of Made In Space's technology roadmap. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring that the technical path of engineering projects align with the company's vision.

Jason holds a B.S. and M.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Central Florida, has studied at the Singularity University Graduate Summer Program, and is an internationally recognized speaker on the topics of space exploration, advanced manufacturing, and the theory of disruption.

He serves on the University of Central Florida College of Engineering and Computer Science Dean’s Advisory Board, the Advisory Council to the Waypaver Foundation, and on the Board of Directors for the Future Space Leaders Foundation. In 2014, Forbes recognized Jason on the prestigious 30 under 30 list.

28 June


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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Founder and CEO
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.

29 June


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.

28 June


Vice President, Commercial Programs
Stellar Solutions, Inc.
Ms. Farrell is the Vice President of Commercial Programs at Stellar Solutions, responsible for developing and managing Stellar commercial sector business. Stellar provides expertise in technical expertise and project management to both New Space and legacy Space customers and stakeholders. Melissa has over 30 years experience supporting multinational satellite programs in roles ranging from System Engineer to Program management, and currently provides due diligence, strategic assessment, program management, and technical consulting expertise for select projects supporting Space System Service providers and Manufacturers and the investment communities. She spent 5 years in the UK leading the start up of Stellar's international operation in the UK. Prior to joining Stellar in 1996, she worked for the inter-governmental organization Intelsat, and Hughes Space and Communications. Melissa holds a BS in Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, as well as a BA in Math and Physics, and MS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley.

28 June


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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Vice President, USA Operations
Rocket Lab USA
Shane Fleming is responsible for the management operations of Rocket Lab's headquarters in Huntington Beach, California. Previously, Shane managed the operations at Rocket Lab's Auckland, New Zealand facility, as well as Launch Complex 1. With a decade of experience developing and commercializing innovative and disruptive technologies, Shane is accustomed to leading diverse teams and navigating complex international projects.

Prior to Rocket Lab, Shane spent seven years at biotechnology firm LanzaTech, leading the Global Engineering Operations and managing teams of engineers, scientists, and technicians at five production facilities in four countries across China, Taiwan, Japan, and the US. Shane has a background in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder.

29 June


Media Specialist
Commercial Spaceflight Federation
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.

27 June


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.

29 June


Interim Executive Director
Space Frontier Foundation
Josh Guild is the Interim Executive Director of the Space Frontier Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to unleashing the power of free enterprise to lead a united humanity into the solar system. Since joining the Foundation in early 2016, Josh has leveraged his expertise in business and finance to facilitate the continued growth of the organization. He is currently leading a dynamic team in the preparations for the NewSpace 2017 Conference, which will take place June 27th - 29 in San Francisco, CA. Josh is an accountant working in public practice for Grant Thornton in Chicago, IL, focusing on financial statement audits of manufacturing, technology, and non-profit clients. He holds a Master of Accountancy and Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri and is pending licensure as a Certified Public Accountant.

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Director of Cyclotron Road
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Ilan Gur is the Director of Cyclotron Road, a new innovation platform for breakthrough energy technologies at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Cyclotron Road recruits the world’s top technology innovators, lets them leverage capital and cutting edge equipment, and surrounds them with an unparalleled network of experts, commercial partners, and financiers. The goal: support critical technology development while identifying the most suitable business models, partners, and financing mechanisms for long-term impact. Prior to founding Cyclotron Road, Ilan completed an appointment as Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), where he funded and managed a ~$50 million portfolio of advanced R&D projects in the areas of energy storage, solar energy, and advanced materials. He also served as cofounder and senior advisor of ARPA-E's Technology-to-Market program, aimed at maximizing the commercial and societal impact of the agency's breakthrough R&D portfolio. Prior to ARPA-E, Ilan launched two venture-backed clean energy startups based on advanced materials and novel manufacturing approaches. He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

28 June


Program Executive
NASA Small Business Innovation Research
Ms. Gustetic is currently the Program Executive for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR/STTR) at NASA Headquarters. The NASA SBIR and STTR programs fund small businesses approximately $200M annually for research, development, and demonstration of innovative technologies that fulfill NASA needs and have significant potential for successful commercialization. Previously, Ms. Gustetic worked at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as the Assistant Director for Open Innovation where she was responsible for scaling the use of open innovation approaches like prizes, crowdsourcing, and citizen science across the Federal Government. Among other accomplishments, in this role she co-founded GSA’s citizenscience.gov program and oversaw a cumulative doubling of the use of incentive prizes government-wide (from 350 total prizes conducted from 2010-2014 to 700 total prizes from 2010-2016).

This White House role built on her previous experience as NASA’s Prizes and Challenges Program Executive where she served as NASA’s principle advocate, advisor and strategist for open innovation methods. Ms. Gustetic also led NASA’s formulation efforts for its Grand Challenges including the Asteroid Grand Challenge to “find all asteroid threats to human populations and know what to do about them”.

Additionally, Ms. Gustetic consulted several Federal Government agencies on open government issues such as the Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Housing and Urban Development as the Associate Director for Strategic Engagement and Communications at Phase One Consulting Group.

Ms. Gustetic holds a bachelors degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in technology policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

28 June


"How to Make a Spaceship"
Julian Guthrie is a journalist and author based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She spent twenty years at the San Francisco Chronicle, where she won numerous awards, including the Best of the West Award and the Society of Professional Journalists' Public Service Award. Her feature writing and enterprise reporting were nominated multiple times for the Pulitzer Prize. She has also written for the Wall Street Journal, Time, Salon, Forbes, and the Huffington Post.

Her new book, How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight, with a foreword by Richard Branson and an afterword by Stephen Hawking, tells the story of a cast of characters who dreamed of getting to space without the government's help. This cast includes aviators, test pilots, engineering school dropouts, NASA retirees, billionaires, and a particularly determined space geek who refused to give up on his outsize dream.

27 June


CEO & Founder
Phase Four
Simon Halpern is CEO and Founder of Phase Four, a plasma propulsion company serving the fast-growing CubeSat and SmallSat markets, with IP scalable for much larger applications. He has 13+ years of space industry experience working at Ball Aerospace, Northrop Grumman, and Spire Global. In 2014 he co-founded Aether Industries, a high-altitude balloon services company that was acquired in 2015. Simon then founded Phase Four in 2015 to provide plasma propulsion as an enabling technology for earth observation, big data and communications. Simon holds BSE and MEng degrees in Aerospace Engineering and a MBA from the University of Michigan.

29 June


Investment Director
Formerly the General Partner Emeritus at CMEA Capital, Karl has a great passion for science and innovation and has been privileged to work alongside many talented entrepreneurs. The management teams at Ambrx, Ensemble Discovery, Ilypsa, Intellikine, Kalypsys, Maxygen, Phenomix, Rigel, Syrrx, Tetraphase, and Xenoport – all have contributed to Karl’s wealth of experience executing visionary plans. Prior to joining CMEA, Karl worked in biotech business development at Millennium. He was one of the first employees of Tularik, and the Whitehead Institute.

29 June


Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education
Government of Portugal
Manuel Heitor is Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education in the Government of Portugal since November 2015. From March 2005 to June 2011 he served as Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education.

Manuel Heitor is full Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico, IST, the engineering school of the University of Lisbon and was founder and director of the IST´s “Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research”, as well as director of the IST´s doctoral Programs in “Engineering and Public Policy, EPP” and in “Enginering Design”. In 2011-12 he was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard.

He earned a PhD at Imperial College, London, in 1985 in combustion research and did post-doctoral training at the University of California San Diego. Then he pursued an academic career at IST, in Lisbon, where he served as Deputy-President for the period 1993-1998. Since 1995, he has been Research Fellow of the IC2 Institute of the University of Texas at Austin. He is a founding member of the S&T Council of the “International Risk Governance Council”, IRGC. He was a co-founder of the European network “science, technology, education and policy for Europe, step4EU”.

28 June


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.

29 June


Managing Director
Tom Irvine is the Managing Director for Content Development at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In this role, he leads the identification of emerging societal trends, aerospace technologies and adjacent business sectors that are of importance to the aerospace community. His office is responsible for developing products related to these emerging technologies, ranging from events, to publications, to the development of positions on matters of public policy.

Previously, Mr. Irvine was the Deputy Associate Administrator for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate at NASA HQ where his responsibilities included the executive management of NASA’s aeronautics research program.

During his career, Mr. Irvine has worked in a number of areas including test and evaluation, aircraft icing, space electrical power systems, and composite material mechanics. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1980 and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Mechanics in 1982, both from The Ohio State University. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

28 June


Draper Fisher Jurvetson
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.

27 June


Business Development Director
Ginkgo Bioworks
Jason Kakoyiannis develops strategic partnerships in new business verticals for Ginkgo Bioworks, an organism design company that scales the process of biological engineering using software and hardware automation. Jason is also founder of Bioscentric, a company at the intersection of applied biology and sensory products. Jason has developed B2B and consumer facing business platforms for companies such as Ginkgo Bioworks, Givaudan, Natura, Procter & Gamble, and the Estée Lauder Companies, among others. He practiced M&A law at Shearman & Sterling LLP.

29 June


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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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.

29 June


Defense Innovation Unit X (DIUx)
Christopher Kirchhoff is one of four partners overseeing the Pentagon's Silicon Valley Office, Defense Innovation Unit X, and its $100m nation-wide investment portfolio harnessing emerging commercial technology for national security innovation. Previously as Director for Strategic Planning at the National Security Council, he was the NSC’s lead strategist on technology and led the Strategic Planning Small Group, which advised the President and National Security Advisor on strategic trends. Earlier he served as Special Assistant to General Martin E. Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Leading Dempsey’s strategy unit, he was the Chairman’s liaison to Silicon Valley and DARPA, devised the military’s inaugural pilots of iPhones and secure mobile devices, was the Chairman’s lead on the Ebola response, and was the first to inform Dempsey of Edward Snowden. Kirchhoff also served in the White House Chief of Staff’s office as Senior Advisor to Presidential Counselor John Podesta and is the author of four landmark government reports: the NSC’s after-action review of Ebola, the White House report on Big Data & Privacy, the Space Shuttle Columbia Accident Investigation report, and the U.S. government history Hard Lessons: The Iraq Reconstruction Experience, coined “the Iraq Pentagon Papers” by the New York Times. Kirchhoff graduated with highest honors in History and Science from Harvard College and holds a doctorate in politics from Cambridge University, where he was a Gates Scholar. He has been awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service and the Civilian Service Medal for hazardous duty in Iraq. From 2011-2014, he was the highest ranking openly gay advisor in the U.S. military.

28 June


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.

28 June


Head of Commercial Programs & Business Development
The Aerospace Corporation
With more than 20 years’ experience in business development/ marketing for both government and commercial space programs, Lisa is a space enthusiast. She has enabled countless space-based missions ranging from architecture mission designs, technology implementations for new applications, and innovative business arrangements. She joined The Aerospace Corporation in 2016 with a mission to enable more space projects in the industry by leveraging the Aerospace Corporation’s unique experience and expertise. Fluent in both Chinese and Japanese in language as well as business culture. Prior to joining Aerospace, Lisa leveraged her multi-lingual advantage as the Director of Commercial Satellite Systems Business Development for Asia Pacific region at Boeing Space and Network Systems, and also worked as a system engineer at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.

She has an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, an M.S. in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Irvine, and a B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences from National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan.

27 June


Space Angels
Joe Landon is Chairman of the Board of Space Angels, the world’s largest angel investor network focused on space companies. He is a prominent connector of entrepreneurs and investors in the space industry, and he has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Economist, The Huffington Post, Bloomberg TV and Space News. Joe also serves as CFO of the asteroid mining venture Planetary Resources.

Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering-Physics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Joe is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Space Technologies and a Trustee of the Museum of History and Industry, and in 2016 he was named one of Seattle’s 40 Under 40 by the Puget Sound Business Journal.

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Ofer Lapid holds a B.Sc in Electrical Engineering and a M.Sc in Electronics Systems engineering and Management from Tel Aviv university. He is an alumnus, adjunct faculty member and a trustee at the International Space University (ISU) representing the Israel Space Agency.

Ofer has over 25 years’ experience in Aerospace and Space program management and technology development. He has been a member of the Specialized Panel of Scientific Experts pursuant to the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) Outer Space Rules since 2016.

Currently, Ofer is the Program Manager of the ULTRASAT astrophysical observation satellite at the Weizmann Institute of Science in collaboration with CalTech and JPL.

An Expert Evaluator for the European Commission Horizon 2020 Space Technologies R&D program, for the Israeli Innovation Authority as well as the Israel Space Agency.

A Co-founder and CTO of Space-Nest, an Israeli space startup incubator.
Ofer volunteers as a mentor for SpaceIL the Israeli GLXP lunar lander mission.

28 June


Principal, Advanced Mission Design
OneWeb, Ltd.
Mike Lindsay is a Principal, Advanced Mission Design, 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.

28 June


Sr. Manager, DoD/IC & Commercial Launch Strategy and Business Development
Aerojet Rocketdyne
Tom Martin is a Senior Manager of Strategy & Business Development for Aerojet Rocketdyne. In this role, he is responsible for the capture business with the Department of Defense, Intelligence communities and commercial launch vehicle partners. Mr. Martin has held numerous Program Management and technical roles of increasing importance in both large and small programs at the company. Most recently, he has worked mission capture for the Space Launch System, which is the Nation’s next generation heavy-lift launch vehicle and the AR1 program. Mr. Martin has a strong engineering and technical background related to product design, development, and production. He received a Master’s of Science in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University and an Masters of Business Administration in Strategy and Finance from the University of Southern California.

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Specialist Leader
Jeff Matthews is a management consultant with 15 years of experience in finance, enterprise architecture, corporate strategy, business development, and venture capital in sectors such as energy, aerospace, defense, cybersecurity, architecture, and mobile applications. Mr. Matthews has provided leadership and analysis for programs valued over $100 million for clients including Fortune 500 members, the State or Oregon, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the U.S. Department of Energy.

From 2015-2017, Mr. Matthews served as the Director of Venture Strategy and Research for the Space Frontier Foundation where he led engagement with entrepreneurs and venture capitalists in addition to producing whitepapers and market analysis such as the recently concluded launch services market study in support of DARPA's XS-1 program. Currently Mr. Matthews is a Specialist Leader for Deloitte where he provides subject matter expertise on the commercial space market. Mr. Mathews is currently based in Los Angeles.

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Space Enterprise Consortium, Air Force Office of Transformational Innovation
Col Jody Merritt is currently on full time assignment at the Air Force Office of Transformational Innovation leading the Space Enterprise Consortium and other Adaptive Acquisition approaches. She is also is a Silicon Valley startup consultant, technical program manager and business developer. In addition to her commercial expertise, she has served at multiple levels of government and in joint and combined international roles - her innovation strategy playbook is robust. Col Merritt has in-depth experience in cyber security for energy, big data, aerospace, and other related technologies.

28 June


Deep Space Industries
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. William “Bill” D. Miller is the Chief Executive Officer of Deep Space Industries, an international space mining and satellite technology company, based in Silicon Valley, California with offices in Luxembourg and Space Coast, Florida. Bill is an accomplished business executive and strategist with an impressive history of success, spearheading all aspects of the development, operation, and optimization of cutting-edge organizations. Bill he has served on the board of several companies, both public and private, and shepherded businesses through every portion of the growth cycle during a career that has spanned from technology entrepreneurship, to pilot, boat captain, and investor. Bill is also a general partner of the Space Angels Network, which is the largest angel fund in the space industry.

27 June


CEO and Founder
Mars City Design
Recognized as "Santa Monica Renaissance Woman", Mulyani’s innovative visions as a conceptual architect brought her from the artistic journey to be contributing to the space pioneers and cross disciplinaries, designing new humans' experiences.

Mulyani is the President of Mars City Foundation, a non profit organization, a STEAM educational platform, connecting the generation of Mars mission to Mars knowledge and experts.

Mulyani is also the Founder, CEO and lead "Marschitect" of Mars City Design LLC, an innovative design platform for multidisciplinary creatives and engineers, creating solutions for future blueprints of cities on Mars, curently working on 3D printing prototypes in the Mojave desert, collaborating with The Aerospace Corporation for Mars Sample Return project and interior design for Space Station/ Mars hotel.

Mulyani’s contribution for the next generation’s great adventure to live on Mars, with Mars City Design, strated with creating an annual challenges where international teams unite and are encouraged to become "responsible guardians of the planets", providing the designs that are not just beneficial to humans but also to nature.

Mulyani's sincere hope is that the future winning designs can provide positive influences to the cities on Earth today.

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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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Perkins Coie
Lowell Ness is a partner in the firm's Corporate practice with considerable experience in securities law and corporate governance matters. His practice focuses on high-growth emerging companies and involves venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, and private placements. His clients range from startup companies in the earliest stages to well-established public companies, as well as private equity and venture capital funds.

Lowell regularly acts as either company counsel or investors' counsel in venture capital financings. He has also acted as either company counsel or underwriters' counsel in public offerings for several high-profile clients, and has represented numerous companies in their mergers and acquisitions.

Lowell has taught a course in securities regulation at Santa Clara University School of Law and is a frequent speaker at national MCLE seminars on topics such as legal opinions, drafting stockholders' agreements, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions.

Lowell is also a core member of the Blockchain Technology and Digital Currency industry group where he focuses part of his practice on assisting Blockchain, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency clients raise money by maintaining relationships with key venture capital groups and other potential investors in the industry. He is very active and well known in the industry and often speaks on the subject in San Francisco and Palo Alto through MeetUp groups at Hero City and other startup workspaces.

27 June


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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Consultant & Dent:Space Conference Chair
Matthew F. Reyes is a Silicon Valley-based consultant, entrepreneur, and technology evangelist with 17 years of experience working in academic, commercial, and federal government space projects. Matt is currently working with the Dent The Future management team as the Conference Chairman for Dent:Space. Dent:Space celebrates the humans actively creating the future of space exploration and highlights their journeys in how they got started.

Matthew recently served as the Strategic Content Manager for GoPro’s Advanced Media team by developing projects and managing partnerships in order to create spherical/360° content and other advanced media. Prior to GoPro, Matthew founded Exploration Solutions enabling him to work as a subcontractor at NASA Ames Research Center. His seven year career at NASA focused on advanced manufacturing as a means to modernize education & workforce development, small satellite development, and Maker community public outreach initiatives.

Matt’s experience in the space field began with researching plant growth in hyper- and microgravity. In grad school, his work involved developing astronaut experiment protocols in microgravity. This eventually led Matthew to become the Director of Technical Operations for the Zero Gravity Corporation. Throughout his career, Matthew has been a frequent magazine contributer and public speaker on topics involving “Do-It-Yourself” earth and space exploration.

28 June


Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of the Economy, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Born on 29 January 1971, Étienne Schneider joined the government in February 2012 as Minister of the Economy and Foreign Trade. Following the legislative elections in October 2013, he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Economy, Minister of Internal Security and Minister of Defence.

Before taking up ministerial positions, he was senior government advisor to the Ministry of the Economy and Foreign Trade, responsible for the Directorates of Economic Development, Infrastructures and Energy. He assumed also responsibility for the Directorate of Industry and Businesses. Upon proposal of the government and in light of his roles within the Ministry of the Economy and Foreign Trade, Étienne Schneider was a member of the executive board of several companies in the energy sector.

Étienne Schneider pursued higher education studies at the Institut catholique des hautes études commerciales (ICHEC) in Brussels and at Greenwich University in London, where he was awarded a degree in commercial and financial sciences in 1995.

27 June


Co-founder & 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.

29 June


Director, Technical Operations, Google Lunar XPRIZE
XPRIZE Foundation
Amanda Stiles is the Technical Director for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, an international competition for privately-funded teams to send spacecraft to the surface of the moon. Amanda has over 10 years of space operations experience spanning across NASA, SpaceX, and the XPRIZE Foundation. She holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Washington and a MSc in Space Management from the International Space University.

29 June


Project Executive
NASA Commercial Space Capabilities Office
Dennis Stone has 40 years of management, technology, commercialization, and international experience. With NASA for over 30 years, he leads support to the commercial space industry. This included business management of a nearly $900M NASA investment portfolio in Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS), Commercial Crew Development (CCDev I), and Collaborations for Commercial Space Capabilities (CCSC). His NASA experience includes program management, system engineering, and international relations on the International Space Station. He is CEO of Ion Biotechnology, which is developing therapeutic technologies for cancer and infectious disease. He is volunteer President of World Space Week Association which coordinates an annual celebration of space with 2,800 events in 86 nations. He has dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Hawaii.

27 June


Head of Global Recruitment
Lynsey Symington is the Head of Global Recruiting at Spire Global, Inc. Lynsey has been building teams for nearly a decade. She sees recruiting's role as enabling the execution of business strategies and enhancing business performance. Her career has given her unique experience with a-typical recruiting efforts. In her time at Spire, she has built a team that includes people from 20+ countries while tripling the size of the company. She runs a team responsible for filling positions where the recruited candidates are often just one of a few in the entire world capable of solving the problem. Prior to joining Spire, she also sourced candidates for long-term stationing on deep ocean rigs (E.g. subsea engineers).

28 June


Founding Partner
Space Angels
Dylan Taylor is a leading angel investor, thought leader, futurist, and founding partner of Space Angels, a global network of commercial aerospace investors and entrepreneurs. As an early-stage investor in more than 40 emerging ventures, including Planet, OmniEarth, Accion, York, Kepler, and Vector Space, Dylan has played a key role in the growth of the private space industry.

Dylan’s technical background, global business experience and unbridled passion for space make him a unique figure in the world of NewSpace investing. He regularly speaks and writes about the future of the space economy and is sought after by the media for his expertise in the financial aspects of space investing as well as industry dynamics. Underlying Dylan’s passion for space, however, is his fundamental belief in its power to unify humanity. Space exploration, from his point of view, can bring people together by highlighting the arbitrary nature of boundaries we create--geographic, ideological, and otherwise. In 2016, Dylan founded Space for Humanity, a global non-profit that strives to both democratize space as well as to demonstrate the power of space to raise human awareness to help solve the world’s most intractable problems.

Dylan is a leading advocate of space manufacturing and the utilization of in-space resources to further space exploration and settlement. In 2017 he became the first private citizen to manufacturer an item in space when the gravity meter he co-designed and commissioned was 3D printed on the International Space Station. The item currently resides at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

For his influence as a global leader and his commitment to having a positive impact on the world, Dylan has been honored with a number of personal and professional accolades in recent years. The World Economic Forum recognized Dylan as a Young Global Leader in 2011 and he was named a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute in 2014. Taylor is also a Delphi Fellow for Big Think, a digital knowledge forum that brings together top thinkers from around the world to collaborate and share ideas. Dylan is also Co-Founding Patron of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.

Taylor earned an MBA in Finance and Strategy from the Booth School of Business at University of Chicago and holds a BS in Engineering from the honors college at the University of Arizona where he graduated Tau Beta Pi and was President of the Engineering College. In 2013 he attended the Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century program at Harvard University.

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Investment Partner
Airbus Ventures
Luka is an Investment Partner at Airbus Ventures. Prior to joining the fund, Luka was manager of corporate development at Delphi, where he gained experience in financial planning, analysis, and business development. Previous to Delphi, Luka flew as a fighter pilot in the Croatian Air Force.

Luka is an Aeronautical Engineering graduate from the United States Air Force Academy, and holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

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Business Development Manager
Blue Origin
Dr. Erika Wagner serves as Business Development Manager for Blue Origin, LLC, a developer of vehicles and technologies to enable human space transportation.

Prior to joining Blue Origin, Dr. Wagner worked with the X PRIZE Foundation as Senior Director of Exploration Prize Development and founding Executive Director of the X PRIZE Lab@MIT. Previously, she served at MIT as Science Director and Executive Director of the Mars Gravity Biosatellite Program, a multi-university spacecraft development initiative to investigate the physiological effects of reduced gravity. From 2009 to 2012, Erika was a member of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation’s Suborbital Applications Researchers Group, furthering the research and education potential of commercial suborbital launch vehicles. Today, she serves on the Boards of the Museum of Flight and American Society for Gravitational and Space Research, as well as the National Academies Committee on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space.

Dr. Wagner’s interdisciplinary academic background includes a bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, a master’s in Aeronautics & Astronautics from MIT, and a PhD in Bioastronautics from the Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Her research spanned both human and mammalian adaptation to microgravity, partial gravity, and centrifugation; as well as organizational innovation and prize theory. She is also an alumna of the International Space University.

28 June


Founder Astronaut and Consultant
Virgin Galactic
A Stanford and Caltech trained astrobiologist, Loretta has worked in the Astronaut Office in Houston Texas, done research on plant life in the Canadian Arctic with NASA, dove to the bottom of the ocean with Titanic Director James Cameron to film the IMAX “Aliens of the Deep,” floated weightless hundreds of times as a Flight Director for Zero Gravity Corporation, worked for the X Prize in 2004, and Co-Created Yuri’s Night, The World Space Party in 2001. Loretta has been a Founder Astronaut with Virgin Galactic since 2005.

She currently lives in the desert outside Los Angeles with her husband George and their two kids and leads leadership development training for Virgin Galactic staff and loves helping people fulfill on what they came to Earth to do!

27 June


Executive Director
Breakthrough Initiatives
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 for 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, USA 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.

Dr. Worden has authored or co-authored more than 150 scientific papers in astrophysics space sciences, and strategic studies. He served as a scientific co-investigator for three NASA space science missions – most recently the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph launched in 2013 to study the Sun. He received the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal for the 1994 Clementine Mission to the moon. Dr. Worden was named the 2009 Federal Laboratory Consortium Laboratory Director of the Year and is the recipient of the 2010 Arthur C. Clarke Innovator’s Award.

On July 20, 2015 at the Royal Society in London, UK, Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking launched the Breakthrough Initiatives. At the press conference Pete Worden was introduced as the Chairman for the Breakthrough Prize Foundation. In this capacity he leads the Breakthrough Initiatives.

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