Mr. Hung is Executive Chairman of Singapore Space and Technology Limited (SSTL), Singapore’s lead, industry organisation focused on developing the space technology industry. SSTL was previously Singapore Space and Technology Association (SSTA, estd. 2007), which he served as Founder and President.
SSTL supports all elements of space and astronautics activity in Singapore, ranging from engagements with foreign space agencies, working with space industry chiefs and top research organisations spanning the globe. It also supports a range of start-ups, innovators and venture capitalists through its two deep-tech accelerators, and provides technical training to companies entering the industry.
His international work experience includes management roles with the Rheinmetall-Contraves Group, CAE Inc., ST Engineering Electronics and Flex, where he’s credited for establishing and leading their successful Advanced Innovation Centre in Asia.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Hung was in government service as Centre Director for Middle East & North Africa Operations at the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). Whilst at HQ EDB, he handled portfolios in aerospace, marine/offshore and super yacht sectors. In particular, he led the development of the space incubator unit that is presently EDB’s space office.
Mr. Hung currently serves on the Board of Synspective Pte. Ltd., Hypernova Pte. Ltd. World Robot Olympiad Association, and is an ExCom Member of JAXA’s Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum
Jonathan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, double majoring in Aerospace Science and Aviation Business Administration.
Tal Inbar, Board member of D-Mars and director of operations for Excalibur Almaz in the Middle East, headed the Fisher Institute's Space Research Center until the institute closed in 2019. Since 2019 Inbar is leading an independent research center for Space and Missiles – renown expert on space policy, missile defense and Iranian space and missile programs. He Serves as the coordinator of operations in Israel for World Space Week, Consultant for science museums, curator of space exhibitions, regular lecturer at international conferences, initiator and organizer of the Ilan Ramon International Space Conference, consultant for the defense industries and the Israel Space Agency on a variety of topics. Teaches enrichment programs for gifted students, develops curricula in the field of space and advises on these issues to various bodies in Israel and around the world.
Dr Raz Itzhaki-Tamir Co-Founder and CEO at NSLComm Ltd.
An expert in the fields of nanosatellites and algorithms with over two decades of experience, Raz has managed multiple satellite programs, integrating various satellites and sub-systems on Israeli satellites.
Before opening NSLComm, Raz established the nanosatellite department of Israel Aerospace Industries, a global leader in developing aerospace technology.
There, he was responsible for the initiation of multiple nanosatellite programs.
Raz was also the CEO of INSA, the Israeli NanoSatellite Association.
Larry D. James was appointed Deputy Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in August 2013. At JPL he is the Laboratory's Chief Operating Officer responsible to the Director for the day-to-day management of JPL's resources and activities. This includes managing the Laboratory's solar system exploration, Mars, astronomy, physics, Earth science, interplanetary network programs, and all business operations. These activities employ 6000 scientists, engineers, technicians, and business support personnel, generating $2.6 billion in annual revenues.
Prior to his retirement from the Air Force and his appointment as JPL Deputy Director, Lt. Gen. James was the Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance at the Pentagon. He was responsible to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force for policy formulation, planning, evaluation, oversight, and leadership of Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities and led more than 20,000 Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance officers, enlisted and civilians across the Air Force ISR Enterprise.
Lt. Gen. James received his Bachelor of Science in Astronautical Engineering (1978) from the US Air Force Academy (Distinguished Graduate) and his Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics (1983) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA. He was also a Draper Fellow at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Cambridge MA.
Robert C. Jacobson is a multi-faceted entrepreneur and accomplished space industry enabler, advocate, and investor. Jacobson is the founder of Space Advisors, a strategic and financial consulting firm for space startups. His decade-plus of professional experience in NewSpace includes roles at Arch Mission Foundation, where he notably worked to initiate the first Solar Library (the payload famously launched in Elon Musk’s Tesla in 2018), and Space Angels (formerly Space Angels Network), the world’s first space-focused angel investment group. He is also the author of the new book, Space Is Open for Business: The Industry That Can Transform Humanity. Jacobson is a graduate of University of Southern California and California Institute of the Arts.
Mr. Stephen Jurczyk became NASA’s associate administrator, the agency's highest-ranking civil servant position, effective May, 2018. Prior to this assignment he was the associate administrator of the Space Technology Mission Directorate, effective since June, 2015. In this position he formulated and executed the agency’s Space Technology programs, focusing on developing and demonstrating transformative technologies for human and robotic exploration of the solar system in partnership with industry and academia.
He previously was Director at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. Named to this position in May 2014, he headed NASA’s first field Center, which plays a critical role in NASA’s aeronautics research, exploration and science missions. Jurczyk served as Langley’s Deputy Center Director from August 2006 until his appointment as director.
Jurczyk began his NASA career in 1988 at Langley in the Electronic Systems Branch as a design and integration & test engineer developing several space-based Earth remote sensing systems. From 2002 to 2004 Jurczyk was director of engineering, and from 2004 to 2006 he was director of research and technology at Langley where he led the organizations’ contributions to a broad range of research, technology and engineering disciplines contributing to all NASA mission areas.
Jurczyk received several awards during his NASA career, including two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals, the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive in 2006, and the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executive in 2016 -- the highest honors attainable for federal government leadership.
Jurczyk is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1984 and 1986. He is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Dan Katz is a former business lawyer turned innovator and tech entrepreneur. Some strange Earthlings once contacted him to procure a spacecraft for some funky extraterrestrial missions : they planned to age wine in Space and grow vine plants in Space microgravity.
Now that both projects have been successfully completed, Dan is leading Space Cargo Unlimited’s efforts to develop and operate the first fleet of Space vehicles dedicated to Space Manufacturing. Despite a natural tendency to take gravity lightly, Dan strongly believes in Space matters.
Gareth Keane is a Partner with Promus Ventures, splitting his time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Europe. Promus Ventures invests in early-stage deep-technology software and hardware companies that are run by visionary and tenacious founding teams. Promus funds companies shaping the future in areas like robotics, AI/ML, space, and synthetic biology.
Gareth’s career to date has stretched from engineering roles to venture capital investment. Prior to joining Promus Ventures he worked at Qualcomm Ventures, the venture capital investment arm of Qualcomm Inc. Before that he worked for two years in the corporate development teams at National Semiconductor and Texas Instruments, focused on strategic investment, corporate M&A and corporate strategy. Previously he worked for PMC-Sierra and a number of other technology firms across both hardware and software.
Gareth has an MBA from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania, a PhD in Electronic Engineering from The Queen’s University of Belfast (UK) and a BE in Electronic Engineering from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Gareth is also a Kauffman Fellow.
Ms. Inbal Kreiss
Head of Innovation System Missiles and Space Division, IAI
Inbal Kreiss is the Head of Innovation, Systems, Missiles and Space Group, Israeli Aerospace Industry. She Served as Deputy General Manager of Space Division from 2013 and held the position of Arrow 3 missile defense program manager from 2007 to 2013.
During her career she has held leadership positions across the corporation, including chief engineer of Arrow 2 anti- ballistic missile defense system and Arrow 3 Program Manager and leading the 1st Israeli spacecraft challenging journey to the moon.
Inbal's leadership in Defense Development & Innovation has contributed significantly to Israel's deterrence ability to respond security challenges. She has received various awards for her outstanding contribution including: The Technological Entrepreneurship Award from the International Aerospace Conference for brilliant concept in missile defense and the IAI Vice president award for Arrow 3 successful flight test.
In 2012 Globes magazine ranked Mrs. Kreiss No.1 on its list of "50 most powerful women" in Israel. In 2014 was voted as one of the 10 most inspiring women in Tech in Asia & the Middle East. In 2016 she was named " The women of the year" by Israel Defense Magazine. Mrs Kreiss was identified as one of the Jerusalem Post's 50 most influential Jew's of 2019.
Inbal played a critical role in the development and success of Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft, designed by SpaceIL and IAI. Although Beresheet failed to land successfully on the moon, crash-landing in the Sea of Serenity on April 11, the mission captured the imagination of children and adults alike worldwide.
Jean-Yves Le Gall is President of the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the French space agency, since 2013. In this capacity, he is interministerial coordinator for satellite navigation
programmes. He is also Honorary Ambassador and former President of
the International Astronautical Federation (IAF).
CNES is responsible for shaping and executing France’s space policy. It is involved in all aspects of space (Ariane, Sciences, Observation, Telecommunications, Defence) through its four centres of excellence in Paris, Toulouse and French Guiana, with 2,400 employees and a budget of €2.8m (2020). CNES represents France on the Council of the European Space Agency (ESA) and at many other international organizations, and is a partner in several commercial enterprises.
Born in 1959, Jean-Yves Le Gall is a qualified engineer and scientist who has devoted his entire career to the European space programme, holding positions within the French national scientific research agency CNRS, several French ministries, at Novespace and a first stint with CNES before joining Starsem and Arianespace, where he was CEO and then Chairman & CEO. In addition to leading CNES, he has also been Chair of ESA Council and Chair of the Administrative Board of GSA, the European GNSS Agency in charge of Galileo.
Jean-Yves Le Gall is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and Vice President of the "Space Circle" at French think-tank CEPS (Centre d’Etude et de Prospective Stratégique). He chairs the France-Japan business council of Medef International and is President of the Foundation for the study of the Japanese language and civilization. He is also a member of the French-Mexican Strategic Council.
He received the Astronautics Prize from the French Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AAAF) in 2001. He was named Via Satellite magazine’s 2005 Satellite Executive of the Year and received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 from the Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council (APSCC). In 2011 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SPPI) and received the Icarus Prize from the French association of professional aerospace journalists (AJPAE). In 2014 he received a Laureate Award from Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine and in 2018 the California Institute of Technology presented him with the International Von Kármán Wings Award.
Jean-Yves Le Gall holds the ranks of Commander of the National Order of Merit and Officer in the Legion of Honour in France. He has also been awarded the Order of Friendship by the Russian Federation and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, by the government of Japan. He is Doctor Honoris Causa of Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology.
As CIO, Mike works to develop new innovations for Nanoracks as the company grows into new and emerging in-space markets.
Previously, as a consultant to Nanoracks he supported the areas of design, analysis, business development, and project management in order to help the company provide repeatable access to the ISS and other microgravity environment platforms for commercial and educational research projects.
Before joining Nanoracks, Mike was the lead engineer for Deep Down, Inc., a Houston-based company that fabricates subsea structures and services deepwater subsea oil operations. Prior to that, Mike comes from a background of Aerospace (Tethers Unlimited, Inc.), Electromechanical Design (ANCO Engineers, Inc.), Structural Engineering (Structural Components, LLC) and as an Adjunct Professor in Space Systems Operation Management (Webster University)
Ram Levi, Founder and CEO. Ram Founder and CEO of Konfidas, and Co-Founder & Director of Cyberstar. Ram is a globally-recognized cybersecurity expert, and an advisor for leading organizations on cybersecurity. Ram has extensive knowledge in policy, technology and hands-on experience. He served as the secretary for the Prime Minister of Israel’s National Cyber Initiative.
Ram is currently the cyber advisor to the National Council for Research and Development and Senior Fellow at Tel Aviv University, and teaches a course on cybersecurity at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center in Israel.
Taly Markovits, Head of Intel Geospatial R&D, responsible for building and managing the team that developed Intel Geospatial platform.
Intel Geospatial platform meets the unique challenges of processing, storing, streaming and analyzing multi source geospatial data by leveraging the core competencies of Intel silicon and AI optimization technologies.
Tay holds MSc in electrical engineering from Tel Aviv university and has over 20 years’ experience in founding and managing top-notch R&D organizations, in Israel and abroad.