Current Honorary Board Members
SGAC’s Honorary Board is a lifetime recognition from the organisation, comprised of distinguished individuals who have been of great service to our organisation or who we have wished to recognise for their furtherance of goals similar to those of SGAC. The Honorary Board provides advice as appropriate to the experience of Honorary Board members.
Members in alphabetical order:
|Barbara Adde||NASA SCaN Policy and Strategic Communication|
|Adigun Ade Abiodun||Founder of African Space Foundation|
|Ciro Arevalo||Former Chairman of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS)|
|Ben Baseley-Walker||Legal & Policy Advisor for Secure World Foundation & former SGAC Chair|
|Yolanda Berenguer||Space Education Programme Coordinator for the
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
|Michael Brett||Former SGAC Chair 2012; CEO, QxBranch|
|James D. Burke||US Naval Aviator and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory|
|Caroline Burke||Teacher and Arts in Space Advocate|
|Lance Bush||Chief Strategy Officer, Paragon Space Development Corporation|
|Sergio Camacho||Secretary General of the Regional Centre for Space Science|
|A.C. Charania||Manager of Advanced Programs, Strategy and Business Development group at Blue Origin|
|Chris De Cooker||Head of International Relations for the European Space Agency|
|Ariane Cornell||North American sales for New Glenn, Business Development and Strategy team for Blue Origin|
|Catherine Doldirina||Former SGAC Co-Chair (2012-2013)|
|JR Edwards||Manager of Space Exploration Systems, Lockheed Martin|
|Norbert Frischauf||Future Studies Systems Engineer, Spacetec|
|Gernot Grömer||Professor and Researcher of human mars exploration at the University of Innsbruck|
|Yasushi Horikawa||Technical Counselor, Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)|
|Tanja Masson-Zwaan||Former president, International Institute of Space Law|
|Johannes Ortner||Former President of the Austrian Space Agency and of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF)|
|Enrique Pacheco-Cabrera||Former Deputy Director for Space Science and Technology Affairs, Mexican Space Agency|
|Nicolas Peter||Exploration Strategy Officer in the Director General’s Cabinet, European Space Agency (ESA)|
|Dumitru Prunariu||Former Chairman of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS)|
|Kai-Uwe Schrogl||Director of the European Space Policy Institute|
|Christopher Vasko||Former SGAC Co-Chair (2014-2015), Contractor at ESA Strategy Department|
|Chris Welch||Director MSc Programmes, International Space University; IAF Vice President: Education and Workforce Development|
|Loretta Hidalgo-Whitesides||Flight Director for ZERO-G|
|Jim Zimmerman||President of International Space Services, Inc. and Former IAF President|
Biographies published here reflect the board member’s status at time of appointment to the Honorary Board.
Thereafter, Ade Abiodun also served/(is serving) as (i) Senior Special Assistant to the President (of Nigeria) on Space Science and Technology.(March 2000 –June 2003); (ii) Member of the College of Commissioner of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission–re Iraq (UNMOVIC), 2000-2007; (iii) Chairman, Board of Directors, Spaceweek International Association (Oct. 2001– Oct. 2004); (iv) Chairman, United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), June 2004 – June 2006; (v) One of 20 global panelists that explored, in Feb. 2006, ‘Space and Humans in the Next 1,000 Years’ for the “Foundation for the Future,” Bellevue, State of Washington, USA; (vi) Member of the Association of Space Explorers’ Panel on the Mitigation of Asteroids Impact (2007-2008); (viii) Trustee, The ISPRS Foundation, and (ix) Founder, African Space Foundation.
Dr. Camacho is the former Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA), a post that he held from 2002 to 2007. From 1999 to 2002, he was Chief of the Space Applications Section of OOSA and United Nations Expert on Space Applications. In this capacity, Dr. Camacho organized a series of three symposia in Graz, Austria that led to the establishment of the Space Generation Advisory Council to the United Nations Programme on Space Applications, a recommendation made by UNISPACE III. From 1994 to 1999, he held the post of Chief, Committee Services and Research Section of OOSA. In his various capacities, Dr. Camacho has worked in space-related capacity building for developing countries, the organization of the Third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III) and in the implementation of the recommendations of the Conference. Other highlights of the implementation of the recommendations of UNISPACE III which he supported have been the establishment of the International Committee on GNSS and the establishment of the “United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER)”.
Prior to joining the United Nations, Dr. Camacho carried out research at the Institute of Geophysics, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México where he worked on modeling of the interaction of electromagnetic
radiation with matter. Dr. Camacho received his Ph. D. in Aerospace Science from the University of Michigan, in the United States and his Bachelor’s degree in physics from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
He earned an M.S. and B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a specialization in systems design and optimization. He also earned a B.A. in Economics/Mathematics from Emory University.
Ariane was formerly based in Vienna, Austria as the Executive Director of the Space Generation Advisory Council in Support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications (SGAC). She headed SGAC’s delegations to international conferences and the United Nations, as well as ran the organization’s operations, business development, strategy, and policy output. Ariane has supported the international aerospace community in other capacities and organizations. She has served on the board of Women in Aerospace – Europe, has guest blogged for Space News, and has sat on several committees of the International Astronautical Federation and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Previously, Ariane worked in international management consulting, first with Accenture based in San Francisco and then with Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, DC. With Accenture, she lived and worked on IT projects in the Philippines, South Africa, Brazil, and the US. With Booz Allen Hamilton as a senior consultant in the aerospace and defense commercial consulting group, she helped develop strategies and solve operational issues for executives of the world’s top aerospace and defense companies.
Ariane earned an MBA from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in science, technology, and society, with a focus in management science and engineering, from Stanford University.
Christopher then decided to return to academia for a PhD in applied physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. This allowed him to focus on science as well as to remain active in SGAC where was active from 2009 on in various positions ranging from web editor to Treasurer and Chairperson of the organization.
After defending his PhD, Christopher worked as an engineer before he started his current job at European Space Agency’s Strategy Department in Paris.