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 Special Guests

  • Baker
  • Bolkhovitinova
  • Campbell
  • Dula
  • Ferring
  • Isella
  • Jaffart
  • Markusic
  • Muranovic
  • Pustovyi
  • Rossettini
  • Scarlott
  • Shar
  • Stelmakh-Drescher
  • Zabiyaka
  • Zoenen
  • Karl Baker

    President and Founder of Summit Space Corporation

    Karl Baker leads technical finance diligence for multi-billion-dollar commercial space projects. As a commercial satellite expert he works directly for the world’s largest investment banks on the world’s largest commercial space programs.
    In the past Karl led technical teams that successfully resolved many of the industry's most difficult spacecraft anomalies. He also established a successful record leading teams providing technical expert support for major space related litigation/arbitration cases.
    Karl helped develop and built, as program manager, many early commercial satellite deployable radiators. He has three energy conversion related patents and was NASA Inventor of the year in 1992.

  • Anastasiya Bolkhovitinova

    Legal Director in DLA Piper's Kyiv office

    Anastasiya has over 15 years' experience advising on a variety of legal matters, including significant industry experience in the aerospace, technology, IT, telecommunications and defense sectors. She has advised clients such as Taqnia, Globalstar, Singapore Technologies, Ring, Dialog Semiconductor, FireEye on various corporate, regulatory, employment and other matters.
    Anastasiya graduated from the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and obtained an MA (Law) degree with honors. She also holds a PhD in law.
    She acted as a Co-Chair of the Aerospace & Technology Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine in 2016 and has authored a number of publications related to aerospace and defense in Ukraine.

  • Jeff Campbell

    Director, Contracts, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, Inc.

    Jeff Campbell has over 30 years of contracts experience starting at E-Systems and for the past 28 years at Orbital Sciences Corporation/Orbital ATK/Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems.
    Jeff has been working in Ukraine with Yuzhnoye, Yuzhmash, SSAU and STCU for the past 15 years on Antares Launch Vehicle program. Negotiated and managed launch service and other contracts with NASA, USAF, Brazil, Taiwan, Kingdom of Spain, Japan and Italy.

  • Arthur M. Dula

    Space Lawyer, Patent Attorney, Chairman and Founder of the private spaceflight company, Excalibur Almaz

    Art Dula's law practice focuses on aerospace and intellectual property law, technology licensing, business start-up and development, patents, contracts, corporations, securities, copyrights and trademarks. Patent Attorney, Law Office of Art Dula, is licensed to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Texas State and Federal Courts.
    Since 1980, Art has co-founded several aerospace companies. The most significant of them, Excalibur Almaz Limited, owns several Almaz Space System space capsules and space stations.
    Art is a literary executor for the major science fiction writer, Robert A. Heinlein. He also serves as Trustee of the Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust.
    Holding a BS (chemistry/mathematics) and a Juris Doctor (civil law), Art is also an Academician of International Academy of Astronautics, a Fellow in British Interplanetary Society, and an Associate Fellow in American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics.
    In recognition of Art Dula’s significant contribution to space industry development one of the minor planets is named "44455 Artdula".

  • Shea Ferring

    VP of Mission Assurance and Mission Management

    Shea has more than 25 years of experience in design, integration, test, and leadership of space systems. Shea is an expert in Launch Vehicle design, qualification, integration, test and flight and holds a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Arizona State University. Shea’s career is full of examples of mission success and mentoring his future replacement, consistently allowing him to go onto the next adventure. Throughout his career, Shea has held numerous engineering and leadership positions at multiple companies working on over 50 missions and vehicles such as ASUSat1, Iridium, Atlas V, SBIRS Low, Delta IV, Mars Exploration Rovers, SIRTF, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Antares, HTV, Patriot Target Vehicle, Taurus IIE/RD0124, Iridium NEXT, Dnepr, DSCOVR, Falcon 9, Skybox (PSLV/Vega/Minotaur), ORS-5 and OmegA to list a few.
    Shea’s leadership, multi-discipline engineering expertise and passion allow him to deliver impactful strategic guidance and mentoring to the Firefly team, including strategy, planning, vehicle engineering and test rigor, proposal leadership, business development, mission management, and operations.

  • John Isella

    Business Development Director Firefly Aerospace

    The person who knows both sides: current Director of International Business Development, Firefly Aerospace and prior business development representative for the Yuzhnoye Design Office in the United States. Authored NASA certification plans and requirements. Was the one among the NASA experts who made audit for Space X.

  • Laurent Jaffart

    Vice President - Head of Constellations and Future Solutions, Sales & Marketing - Space Systems, Airbus Defence and Space

    Laurent is currently working in the Sales and Marketing organization of Airbus Defence and Space taking care of constellations and future solutions with a focus on Space Systems. Laurent leads a trans-national team based in France, Germany and in the UK. The aim of his organization is to bring constellation solutions and innovation on the market, including financing and business model innovation or product innovation.
    Since 2015 and while becoming Vice President Head of Constellations and Future Solutions in the sales and marketing organization, he led the OneWeb bid for a constellation of 900 telecommunication satellites and the creation of the Joint Venture - Airbus OneWeb Satellites - to design and manufacture constellation satellites amongst other opportunities and most recently was appointed as Airbus Board Member for EarthNow a new venture delivering true real-time video of the Earth that is persistent through a large constellation and enhanced by machine intelligence.
    Laurent Jaffart holds a Masters in National Resources Strategy from the National Defense University (2013), two Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the former ESC Reims (Reims Management School - France) and Dublin City University (2002) and a Bachelor of Sciences (Hons) in European Business and Technology from the University of Brighton in the UK (2000).

  • Tom Markusic

    CEO Firefly Aerospace

    Prior to co-founding Firefly, Tom served in a variety of technical and leadership roles in new-space companies: Vice President of Propulsion at Virgin Galactic, Senior Systems Engineer at Blue Origin, Director of the Texas Test Site and Principal Propulsion Engineer at SpaceX. Prior to his new-space work, Tom was a civil servant at NASA and the USAF, where he worked as research scientist and propulsion engineer. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University.

  • Lana Muranovic

    Senior Associate with the law firm of BakerHostetler

    Lana Muranovic counsels U.S. and foreign companies regarding a wide scope of international trade matters. She has extensive experience related to U.S. import and export controls, sanctions, and anti-bribery laws and regulations, and she regularly represents clients before various U.S. government agencies, including the Departments of Commerce, State, Defense and Treasury, as well as before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS). In her practice, Lana has assisted clients across a myriad of industries with compliance, export jurisdiction and classification issues, licensing determinations, regulatory disclosures, the design and implementation of export and import compliance programs, and enforcement actions. Lana’s depth of knowledge, experience, and practical approach make her an effective advocate for clients seeking to navigate complex regulatory issues in an effective manner.

  • Yaroslav Pustovyi

    Former astronaut with the National Space Agency of Ukraine

    Dr. Yaroslav “Yarko" Pustovyi was trained by NASA and served as a Backup Payload Specialist for the STS-87 Space Shuttle Columbia mission in 1997. Since 2003, Yarko is actively involved in the commercial spaceflight industry through a variety of entrepreneurial, consulting, educational and other endeavors, including X-Prize entrant Canadian Arrow, Canadian Space Commerce Association, Nova Scotia based spaceport project Maritime Launch Services as well as Canadian space transportation developer SpaceHorizon.

  • Luca Rossettini

    CEO and Founder of D-Orbit

    Luca Rossettini is an expert at the Space Advisory Group of the European Commission, Board member of AIPAS (space SME industrial association) and Board member of Confindustria Florence.
    In 2008, Rossettini co-founded Imaging and Research Technology Association, where he held the position of President until 2011.
    He is an aerospace engineer with a Ph.D. in advanced space propulsion, awarded with honors by Politecnico di Milano. He holds a master in Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability and a Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship from Santa Clara University, California.

  • Kerry Scarlott

    Partner with the law firm of BakerHostetler

    Kerry Scarlott partner with the law firm of BakerHostetler, based in Washington, D.C., where he leads the firm’s International Trade practice group.
    Kerry represents clients in foreign trade-related matters before a variety of U.S. government agencies, including the Departments of Commerce, State, Defense and Treasury. His expertise spans the full panoply of U.S. export control and sanction laws and regulations, national security requirements related to foreign investment in the U.S., and U.S. and global anti-corruption regimes. Kerry has particularly deep experience representing both U.S. and non-U.S. organizations involved in space related activities.

  • Manny Shar

    Head of Analytics at Bryce Space & Technology

    Manny Shar leads consulting engagements for government and commercial clients. He has worked across the board on innovative projects from early stage investment to commercial model development in the satellite communications sector, having previously managed a multi-billion-dollar portfolio of assets and supporting cross-functional strategic business development activities.
    Manny is actively involved with the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), a non-governmental organization that supports the United Nations Programme on Space Applications. Manny also advises numerous space start-ups, providing strategic business and technical advice. He holds a master’s degree in space studies from the International Space University and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Kent, Canterbury, England.

  • Olga Stelmakh-Drescher

    Director of Business Development and International Affairs at the International Institute of Space Commerce

    Dr. Olga Stelmakh-Drescher is the Member of the Global Council on Space Technologies of the World Economic Forum. She has an extensive background in space matters, having worked in the space sector for more than 15 years, including seven years of governmental and parliamentarian engagement. Academically, an alumna of Paris-11 Institute of Space and Telecommunication Law and International Space University, Dr. Stelmakh-Drescher holds a Doctorate in International Law specializing in Space Security, two Master of Laws (LLM) degrees, and two Master in Business Administration degrees. In 2013, she was honored with the IAF Emerging Space Leaders recognition award, in 2015 - with Secure World Foundation award and in 2017 - with Space Generation Leadership award.
    Dr. Stelmakh-Drescher is a frequent speaker at many international space fora (US, Europe, Middle East and Asia-Pacific) and publishes extensively on space-related topics.

  • Yuriy Zabiyaka

    Head of Legal @ Noosphere

    With a practice spanning more than 15 years in the sphere of corporate law, Yuriy now concentrates on space industry and space law in particular. However Yuriy’s passions stem from his entrepreneurial endeavors to change current Ukrainian regulation of the space industry. Being impressed by NewSpace movement he has learned the best experience in the sphere and developed several propositions to be implemented in the existing legislation.

  • Lynn Zoenen

    Global Affairs Manager at ispace, inc

    Lynn Zoenen is in charge of Government Affairs in ispace, engaging with governments and other institutional stakeholders in the EU and other countries to discuss space policy and construct policies and a legal framework that promote the development of space resource activities and lunar exploration.
    Before joining ispace Europe, Lynn contributed as an economic advisor to the strategic orientation of the Chamber of Commerce of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

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