Meagan is one of the leading female voices in the space industry and an experienced space startup executive and founder. She is the host of the Mission Eve podcast that aims to increase the number of women in the space industry and is frequently featured as a thought leader on the industry’s development and investment potential.
Meagan is a strong believer in the power of free enterprise as the driving force that will lift humanity permanently off-world. She is managing partner of SpaceFund, a venture capital firm investing in space startups and Chair of the board of the non-profit Center for Space Commerce and Finance. She holds an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Rice University.
In 2009, Meagan began running the NewSpace Business Plan Competition, a program focused on educating both entrepreneurs and investors, and catalyzing deal flow. As a manager, coach, and judge for the last decade, she has read over 1,000 space business executive summaries, has coached hundreds of selected teams, and helped award cash prizes to dozens of NewSpace startups
Teri Crain is the Business Manager for AZ Space Technologies, LLC and the Project Manager for the Lunar Polar Hydrogen Mapper (LunaH-Map) CubeSat mission at Arizona State University. The 6U cubesat is scheduled to launch as a secondary payload aboard NASA’s SLS (Space Launch System) Artemis 1 rocket in late 2021 in search of water-ice in the permanently shadowed regions of the Moon’s south pole.
Teri has a very diverse background with over 30 years of experience in the fields of High Technology in California’s Silicon Valley, Higher Education, Marketing, and Space Science. She holds a 2010 Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the University of Phoenix and is certified in Project Management through the Project Management Institute of Pennsylvania. She is a 2020 member of The National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha PI at University of Phoenix.
She is the proud mother of two sons who attend Arizona State University.
Mr. Frank DiBello
President & Chief Executive Officer, Space Florida
Frank DiBello has been President and CEO of Space Florida since 2009.
Space Florida is the state’s aerospace and spaceport development authority. In his position, he develops and executes programs designed to attract, retain and grow aerospace business across the state. Mr. DiBello also focuses on Florida aerospace workforce development and retention as well as international partnership development.
Additionally, he currently serves on the United States Department of Commerce Investment Advisory Council, helping advise Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on how government politics affect the nation’s ability to attract and facilitate business investment from U.S. and international firms.
Mr. DiBello holds more than five decades of direct aerospace, defense and emerging space industry-related experience. Prior to Space Florida, Mr. DiBello was President and CEO of Florida’s Aerospace Finance Corporation (FAFC), established by the Florida Legislature to assist financing the infrastructure needs of new and established companies for the aerospace space, and aviation markets.
Frank spent more than 20 years at KPMG, in various management positions where he was responsible for guiding the firm's aerospace industry consulting practice, heavily focused on support of major aerospace merger, acquisitions and consolidations. He founded KPMG’s Space Industry Practice, which focused on new space businesses, taking major satellite programs to Wall Street for financing and led the effort to develop commercial uses of the International Space station (ISS).
Mr. DiBello served on President Reagan's Private Sector Survey on Cost Control, also known as the Grace Commission, and was responsible for management of the teams reviewing the Departments of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Office of the Secretary of Defense and NASA.
Mr. DiBello formed SpaceVest, a venture capital firm focused on investments in companies taking defense and space technologies to commercial applications and markets. He later served as President and CEO of Constellation Communications, International (CCI), which held an Iridium-class license from the FCC, where he planned and raised the financing for a global satellite network for mobile broadband communication services.
Mr. DiBello has been involved in multiple civic, social and industry organizations. He currently serves on the board of directors for United Way of Brevard (Florida) and is the past chair of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. He founded the Washington Space Business Roundtable and was appointed to serve on several defense and space commissions. He was also President of the Board of USO Metropolitan Washington.
Mr. DiBello has taught at the Defense Systems Management College and International Space University. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Villanova University, and did graduate work at American University and George Washington University.
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Shiva Dustdar has over 25 years of experience in the financial industry working for large private and public institutions in New York, London and Luxembourg. Since joining EIB in 2003, she has worked in risk management, lending and investing in innovative companies and currently heads the Innovation Finance Advisory (IFA) Division in the EIB which she was tasked to set up in 2013. IFA has 2 units covering project advisory and thematic finance providing access to finance advice to public and private entities, performing market studies and developing new financial products to meet the financing needs across the innovation spectrum to support smart, green and healthy growth
Shiva started her career in 1993 at J.P. Morgan Investment Banking in New York working in M&A, Project Finance and Emerging Markets before joining Fitch Rating Agency in 1999 to set up its European High Yield rating business.
Shiva holds a BA in Economics from Columbia University and an Executive MBA from London Business School (LBS). Shiva co-founded the European High Yield Association (EHYA), which is now part of the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) and was nominated to Top 50 Women in Credit by Credit Magazine in 2006. She is a regular speaker on innovation and impact financing, gender smart investing, digital and green financing and actively engaged in networks that promote sustainable and mission oriented financing.
Dr. Dorit Dor serves as Vice President, Products for Check Point Software Technologies. She manages all product definition and development functions for both the enterprise and consumer divisions of the Company. Dr. Dor's core responsibilities include leading the company's product management, research and development (R&D) and quality assurance (QA) initiatives from concept to delivery. Dr. Dor has served in several pivotal roles in Check Point's R&D organization. She has been instrumental to the organization's growth and managed many successful product releases. She has been published in several influential scientific journals for her research on graph decomposition, median selection and geometric pattern matching in d-dimensional space. In 1993, she won the Israel National Defense Prize. Dr. Dor holds a Ph.D. and M.S degree in computer science from Tel-Aviv University, in addition to graduating cum laude for her Bachelor of Science degree.
Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund
President, International Astronautical Federation (IAF)
Pascale Ehrenfreund is Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs at the Space Policy Institute/George Washington University in Washington DC. She is also the President of the International Astronautical Federation IAF and Chancellor of the International Space University ISU. Since three decades she contributed as Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator and Teamleader to ESA and NASA astronomy and planetary missions as well as experiments in low Earth orbit and on the International Space Station. Pascale Ehrenfreund served as the Chair of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) between 2015-2020 and the President of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) from 2013-2015. Pascale Ehrenfreund holds a Master degree in Molecular Biology, a PhD in Astrophysics, and a Master degree in Management & Leadership. The asteroid "9826 Ehrenfreund 2114 T-3" bears her name.
Amir brings to the Karamba leadership extensive experience in sales, marketing and product management. Prior to joining Karamba, Amir worked 9 years at HPE (NYSE: HPE) in Texas and California. In his last role at HPE he ran the product management teams of ArcSight (HPE’s Security Operations solution). Prior to that, Amir was the General Manager of HPE’s Mobility Management business unit, where he was responsible for the profitable revenue growth of the unit’s $100M+ business. Prior to joining HPE, Amir was a product strategy director at Comverse. (NASDAQ: CMVT).
Amir received a BA in Management and Economics from Tel Aviv University, Israel.
As Vice President of Business Development at Virgin Orbit, Stephen Eisele is responsible for leading all sales and the strategies around business efforts and advanced concepts. His primary focus is to engage with the civil, commercial and new space small satellite community as well as lead Virgin Orbit’s growth opportunities through strategic partnerships. Prior to joining Virgin Orbit, Eisele served as a senior business development executive for Surrey Satellite Technology US, where he was responsible for engaging with commercial and government customers and collaborating with them on advancing their key programs from subsystems to platforms and mission fulfillment. He also helped lead Surrey’s business growth opportunities through strategic partnerships, enterprise marketing, and advancing new space technology and innovation developed from within the company’s core offerings.
Stephen previously served as vice president of Space Services Inc, a commercial space holdings and investment company, where he managed multi-million dollar companies and start-ups; served as head of sales and marketing for Excalibur Almaz (EA), an international space exploration company created to provide routine, affordable access to and from space; and also worked as the marketing coordinator for the X PRIZE Foundation's Google Lunar Lander Challenge in 2007. Prior to working with entrepreneurial aerospace firms, Stephen worked as a senior analyst for DFI International (now Avascent Group) in Washington, DC, managing and researching numerous projects for Fortune 100 aerospace and defense firms.
Stephen holds a bachelor of arts in international studies from the Johns Hopkins University and a master of arts in international economics and strategic studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) where he received the William C. Foster Award for “sound scholarship and a record of distinguished service and leadership.” He also holds a master's certificate from the International Space University in space business
Mr. Guy Eshel
head of space observation business unit, Elbit Systems
Mr. Guy Eshel is the head of space observation business unit at Elbit Systems for the past 2 years. This unit is responsible for the development and manufacturing of high quality of space observation payloads, and has done so since 1995. Guy has joined Elbit since 5 years, in which he has run projects of various airborne Electro-Optical systems for customers worldwide.
Guy retired from the Israeli Air For in 2015 after 23 years of service as a lieutenant colonel. He has started his career as a flight test engineer after graduating from the Technion, Israel institute of technology, with B.Sc. in aerospace engineering in 1992. Later on Guy attended class 97A of USAF test pilot school at Edwards AFB, in the engineering course. Later on he became chief flight test engineer of the IAF. His last position upon retirement was the commander of the IAF test range.
Guy earned a MBA from Tel Aviv University in 2000.
Shane Fleming leads the Global Commercial Launch Services team based at Rocket Lab's headquarters in Long Beach, California. Previously, Shane led Mission Management, helped establish production in the US and managed the operations at Rocket Lab's Auckland, New Zealand facility, as well as Launch Complex 1 in Mahia. With over 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. Shane has a background in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder.
Following a decade long service in the Israeli armed forces in combat positions, Jonathan founded a product design company that operates in the US and Europe. 3 years ago, he decided to fulfil his passion for space exploration by founding Helios, a Space Resources Utilization company, that with its team of world experts seeks to enable the production of oxygen and metals on the Moon, Mars and beyond.
Dr. Christina Giannopapa
Advisor to the Secretary General, Hellenic Ministry of Digital Governence
Dr. Christina Giannopapa is Advisor to the Secretary General of Telecommunications and Post of the Ministry of Digital Governance in Greece, seconded from the European Space Agency (ESA). Prior to that she was the Head of Political Affairs Office of the Director General of ESA in Paris. From 2012 to 2015 she has been working in the Member States Relations Department of ESA. From 2010 to 2012 she has been seconded from the Agency as Resident Fellow at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in Vienna, where she has been supporting the European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC) and lead studies on innovation, Galileo, Copernicus and Africa. In the policy areas she also worked briefly in DG Research, European Commission. From 2007 to 2010, she has been working in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Technical and Quality Management Directorate of ESA in the Netherlands. Prior to joining ESA she has worked as a consultant to high-tech industries in research and technology development. She held positions in academia in Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands and in the University of London, UK. She has received 14 academic scholarships and awards and has more than 60 publications in peer-reviewed journals, books and conferences. She has co‐edited the Springer “Handbook on space security”. She holds a PhD in Engineering and Applied Mathematics; an MEng in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Mechatronics; and an MBA in International Management from the University of London, UK. Additionally, she holds an assistant professor position in the Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences at Eindhoven University of Technology. She is the chairperson of the Committee for Liaison with International Organisations and Developing Nations (CLIODN) of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and Director for Professional Development of the Women in Aerospace Europe (WIA-E).
Ran Ginosar is Professor Emeritus at the Technion—Israel Institute of Technology and President of Ramon Space. He has received his BSc from the Technion and his PhD from Princeton University. He has conducted research at Bell Laboratories and at Intel Research.
Ran has co-founded several hi-tech start-ups in Israel and the USA. His academic areas of interest include computer architecture and microelectronic chips. At Ramon Space, he focuses on high performance, high reliability Spaceborne computers and digital payloads.
Dr. Adi Ninio Greenberg is a planetary scientist with an expertise in satellites. She is a professional advisor to the Israeli Space Agency in the fields of Science and Technology.
Dr. Ninio Greenberg served for over a decade in the Israel Air Force (Major, Res.) Her final role was as head of the Space Technologies section. She was responsible for managing the development of projects in the fields of remote sensing systems, feasibility and performance of Nano satellite constellations and New Space trends.
Dr. Ninio Greenberg is a founding member of the Wispace Association, which helps professional women grow their career in the Israeli space sector. She is also the founder of SpaceGirlz, an entrepreneurial program encouraging young women to engage in STEM higher education through the exciting challenges of space.
Dr. Ninio Greenberg holds a Ph.D. from the Cometary Research Laboratory in the School of Environment and Earth Sciences at Tel-Aviv University.
Mr. Jörn Hoffmann
European Copernicus program at the DLR space administration
Dr. Hoffmann received a PhD in Geophysics from Stanford University in 2003. After working on developing remote sensing applications at the German Aerospace Center’s (DLR) Earth Observation Center for four years he moved to the DLR Space Administration in 2007. He has been the programme manager for the European Copernicus programme at the DLR space administration, including European and national activities. He also served in different functions in the frame of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO).