25 October 2017

SGAC is proud to announce the following appointments in our team of volunteers:


Lauren Napier (Austria)

Lauren Napier has a Bachelor of Science in Communications and a Master of Arts in International Relations. She is originally from the United States but has spent the past seven years living in Europe. She has been a member of SGAC since 2013 and has served as a co-lead for the Space Law and Policy Project Group since 2015. She was also a member of the Communication Team for the 1st European Space Generation Workshop. She has been part of the SGAC delegation for the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and the Legal Subcommittee since 2013. Outside of SGAC Lauren has held various positions of leadership in communications, capacity building, and events. Currently Lauren is living in Vienna, Austria and is looking to start her PhD in Political Science

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Chris Beauregard  (USA)

Chris Beauregard is a second-year graduate student at the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, where his research interests include space policy and commercial activity. In 2017, he served as a program management intern at the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs, a visiting scholar at the European Space Policy Institute in Vienna, Austria, staff assistant to Dr. Scott Pace at the Space Policy Institute and communications coordinator for the Space Generation Advisory Council’s 2017 Congress in Adelaide Australia. He is currently working with United Launch Alliance’s Washington Operations Team as a government affairs intern and is assisting GW’s Micropropulsion and Nanotechnology Lab with regulatory compliance for the launch of the University’s first satellite, GW-Sat.

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Cody Knipfer (USA)

Cody Knipfer is the Strategic Communications Lead within the SGAC Public Relations and Communications team. He has experience in communications and policy roles across a number aerospace organizations, including the Aerospace Industries Association and the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, and in the U.S. House of Representatives. Likewise, Cody has volunteered for several space advocacy non-profits, such as the Space Frontier Foundation, and was the PR & Communications Co-Coordinator for SGAC’s 2017 Fusion Forum event. He is currently finishing his Master’s degree at George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute.”

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Monica Pascanu (Romania)

Monica is a Branding and Communication professional, currently working for the European Space Agency. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communication and Public Relations as well as a Master's Degree in Anthropology and Cultural Differences from University of Vienna and University of Chicago. Her experience in coordinating cross-media campaigns was developed while working over the past six years in international organisations such as NATO, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and AIESEC. Next to her professional activities, Monica is passionate about space exploration, sustainable energy, and supporting TEDx events and youth-run initiatives. 

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Lydia Lay (USA)

Lydia is a recent graduate of Tennessee Technological University with a degree in International Business and Cultures. A lifelong lover of space and human exploration, she recently completed a summer internship in Washington D..C. at NASA HQ working in the Office of International and Interagency Relations. She has a passion for sharing her love of space with others and is thrilled to join the SGAC community by serving as the Communication Specialist. She believes her experience working with people of all backgrounds combined with common interests will allow her to help further the SGAC's vision for the future. 

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George-Cristian Potrivitu (Romania)

George is a young professional in space advanced propulsion technologies, graduate of a military engineering school in Bucharest, Romania and a double-MSc in space science, technology and instrumentation (Sweden and France). After a short military career as an aviation safety engineer at the Romanian Air Force Staff, he is currently a plasma space propulsion engineer at CNRS Orleans, France, following his dream since a teenager: working on plasma physics and space solar electric propulsion. His background includes several research projects at institutes and companies in France, Italy and Japan as well as a sustained volunteering activity. George finds himself ready to merge his scientific knowledge with the desire of being actively involved in our world young leaders’ community and take a stand regarding the safety aspect of our endeavours in space and their sustainability facade. Those aspects are of high importance nowadays, when taking space for granted is no longer possible! The Space Safety and Sustainability Project Group of the Space Generation Advisory Council is the perfect incubator for young minds envisaging a safe, clean and sustainable usage of space for us and the generations to come.  

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