5 December 2017
SGAC is proud to announce the following appointments in our global team who will be supporting the Space Generation Forum Anniversary Event, to be held in conjunction with UNISPACE+50 in June 2018:
- Angeliki Kapoglou and Alessandra Vernile , Program Team
- Lourdes Garcia-Hernandez and Antonio Stark, Communications Team
- Jimmy Gora , Tomas Hrozensky, Swetha Kotichintala, and Ramasamy Venugopal, Support Team
- Jakub Romanski, Local Organising Team
Angeliki Kapoglou is a systems designer and creative strategist with an obsession with working across disciplines and large-scale systems. She has worked at NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and CERN and she is experienced in leading early phase research and opportunity definition projects. Her UCL MSc thesis was supervised by the head of the ISS Utilization Office at ESTEC, and she has worked with JPL's Innovation Foundry on collaborative design methodologies for early space mission concept formulation. Moreover, after spending a year at one of the world’s leading centers for innovation, the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the d.school) at Stanford University, Angeliki became interested in applying Human - Centered Design methodologies as a strategic planning tool for international space exploration. Since then, Angeliki is designing experiences to bring together diversely skilled leaders from inside and outside of the space sector, to define strategies that can advance lunar development in the near and mid-term. Currently, she is a design strategy consultant for ESA, DLR and the Dubai Museum of the Future. Finally, she is one of the Directors of the Board of the Moon Village Association, exploring new Public-Private Partnership models and mission-driven innovation policies for lunar exploration.
Alessandra Vernile has been Resident Fellow at European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) since May 2016 to June 2017, with a fellowship from the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and the Italian Society for International Organisation (SIOI). Previously she worked as an intern at the Strategy Department of the European Space Agency HQ in Paris and as Event Manager at the NATO Defence College Foundation in Rome. She holds an MA in International Relations from LUMSA University, in Rome, and a Master in Economic Security, Geopolitics, and Intelligence from SIOI. In 2015 she completed a Master of advanced studies in Space Policy at SIOI-ASI-CNR, Rome
Lourdes Garcia-Hernandez studied Political Science in Mexico City. She works as a Project Manager at the Mexican Space Agency (AEM) in the area of Science and Space Technolgy. She is also the point of contact for WIA-MEXICO, where she works as promoter of actions that help achieve gender equality and empower women and girls in the space industry.
She has been involved in the organization of several events related to outer space activites in Mexico, and works towards a more inclusive space sector in Spanish speaking countries.
Antonio is a polyglot of engineering, management, and design. Like many others in the field, he was born with a love for aerospace, and has volunteered his time to work at organizations such as NSS (National Space Society), SEDS (Students for the Exploration and Development of Space), ASD (Alliance for Space Development), and, of course, SGAC. During the past 3 years he's been more involved in project management, working for teams around the globe to create startups, lobby legislations, and write reports for governments. Antonio's designer background has assisted him greatly in these instances, where he took up photography, brochure/editorial design, and poster design.
Jimmy Gora is currently a graduate student on Micro-Satellite Technology at Beihang University in Beijing-China. He also holds a bachelor degree in Mechatronics Engineering. Peruvian by birth, he moved recently to China to start his master studies. Jimmy was selected as Executive Officer for Crew 150 - Team Peru III to perform a mars life simulation at Mars Desert Research Station – MDRS, program supported by The Mars Society in Utah-USA. Last academic experience he performed was held in Samara-Russia at the International Space Summer School. His technical background focuses on aerospace mechanics and digital fabrication. Jimmy has served as technical officer of several committees in IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) for Peru and Latin America.
Tomas Hrozensky is a PhD. student of international relations at the Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, where he also completed his Master's programme. He focuses in his dissertation research primarily on space politics and governance. Tomas regularly participates at the sessions of UNCOPUOS and its subcommittees as a member of Slovak delegation. Within Slovakia he is chairing an NGO Slovak Space Policy Association. He had completed research stays at the Space Policy Institute of George Washington University in Washington, DC and at the University of Vienna in Vienna, Austria. Tomas is also graduate of the 2014 ECSL Summer Course on Space Law and Policy. WIthin the SGAC, Tomas holds the position of NPoC for Slovakia and is a member of Space Law and Policy project group.
Swetha has 8+ years of industry experience in design, analysis, testing, manufacturing, systems and project management. Currently, she is the Technical Regulations Industry Standards, Export control (technology) and Product Safety Leader at General Electric International Inc. (GE Oil and Gas). Prior to it, she worked on CubeSats, most known for India's first ever small satellite launched in 2010 through ISRO's PSLV C15. She's an Aerospace Engineer by education and a certified STEM ambassador with Engineers Without Borders (EWB). She's also an Industry Mentor at Strathclyde University for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering undergraduate students and a member of various societies and organizations, especially supporting Women in Aerospace/Technology. At SGAC, she's part of the SPT team.
Ramasamy Venugopal has a Bachelor of Engineering and a Masters in Space Studies from the International Space University, Strasbourg. His major interests are science communication, astronomy and space advocacy & outreach. He works with the International Astronomical Union's Office of Astronomy for Development in Cape Town. Since 2016, he has served as one of the secretaries to the SGAC Executive Council and on the program team for the first African Space Generation Workshop
Jakub Romanski is currently a student at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Since High School Jakub has had a passionate interest in space exploration, and the potential opportunities it presents. During his final year at High School Jakub was involved in designing a drive train for the "Phileas" mars rover, and through this opportunity he was able to become involved in the sector as a member of the Austrian Space Forum (ÖWF). This past summer Jakub pursued his dream of combining his interests in economics and space while interning at SpaceTec Partners, a management consulting firm focused on space and its applications. With the space growing rapidly, Jakub looks forward to deepening his knowledge in this field with the intent of launching his career in this exciting industry.