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Free to attend for military and government worldwide, this conference, supporting SSAFA, the armed forces charity, is the largest gathering of MilSatCom professionals as it returns for its 26th year. Only at Global MilSatCom will you gain access to five ground-breaking events in one place – new for 2024 the SME Expo & Innovation Stage and the Champion Women in Space Forum!

It’s time to unlock unparalleled insights from over 100 of the biggest experts in the field to ensure you stay ahead in the dynamic landscape of military satellite communications. Join the hub of the MilSatCom community.

Advisory Board

Captain (RN) Phil Coope

Captain (RN) Phil Coope

Deputy Head – Space, UK Strategic Command
Captain (N) Jose Freitas

Captain (N) Jose Freitas

Head of Space Department, Portuguese Armed Forces General Staff
Colonel (Ret'd) Jennifer Krolikowski

Colonel (Ret'd) Jennifer Krolikowski

Former Chief Information Officer - Space Systems Command
CEO, Plan Z
Nik Smith

Nik Smith

Regional Director UK and Europe, Lockheed Martin Space
Brigadier Mike Cornwell

Professor Anna Moore

Director, ANU Institute for Space
Todd Gossett

Todd Gossett

Vice President, Space and National Security Initiatives SES Space & Defence
David Dean

David Dean

Space FBLOS Principal Advisor, DSTL
Chris Moore

Chris Moore

VP Defence & Security, Government Relations, Eutelsat Oneweb
David Black

Wing Commander David Black

SO1 Satellite Co-ordination Team, UK Space Command
Betty Bonnardel-Azzarelli

Betty Bonnardel-Azzarelli

Chairperson, UK Chapter, Space and Satellite Professionals International

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Clare Hopper

Clare Hopper

Director, Commercial Satellite Communications Office , United States Space Force
Dr Vincent Lenders

Dr Vincent Lenders

Director of Cyber-Defence Campus, Federal Office for Defence Procurement (armasuisse)
Joshua Broom

Joshua Broom

Head of Space, Department for Business & Trade
Major General Hans Folmer

Major General Hans Folmer

Chief of Staff, NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency)
Major General Steven 'Bucky' Butow

Major General Steven 'Bucky' Butow

Military Deputy, Defense Innovation Unit
Name Withheld for Security Reasons

Name Withheld for Security Reasons

Senior Representative, UK National Cyber Security Centre
Philippe Bertrand

Philippe Bertrand

Chairman, EU Space Programme Security Accreditation Board (SAB)
Vice Admiral Dr Thomas Daum

Vice Admiral Dr Thomas Daum

Chief of German Cyber and Information Domain Service, German Cyber and Information Domain Service, Bundeswehr/ German Federal Armed Forces
Victoria Cope

Victoria Cope

Commercial Enterprise Director, Defence Digital, UK MOD

Andrew D'Uva

Strategy and Policy Adviser, Space Data Association
Andrew D'Uva

Andrew D’Uva is Strategy and Policy Adviser to the Space Data Association as well as being President of Providence Access Company, a government affairs, technology, and satellite consultancy. He has supported international commercial satellite and telecommunications businesses on the regulatory, policy, legal, operational and business fronts for more than two decades, with a present emphasis on government services, information assurance, and cybersecurity in support of national security missions. Satellite clients have included key communication satellites owner-operators, trade organizations, and U.S. Federal agencies.
D’Uva coordinates the activities of the SATCOM Industry Group (SIG), dedicated to improving the communications capabilities afforded in support of U.S. national security missions and helped instantiate the DoD’s Commercial Integration Cell (CIC). D’Uva was the principal editor of the most recent National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee Satellite Task Force Report, and is U.S. industry chair of the Commercial Space INFOSEC Working Group of the NSA/DISA. He was a founding executive of New Skies Satellites (now SES) and an attorney at Willkie Farr & Gallagher.

 

Angela Owen OBE

Founder, Women in Defence UK
Angela Owen OBE

 Angela’s Army career spanned 30 years and included tours in the UK, Germany and NI during the ‘Troubles’. One of the very first mothers to re-join the Army after the rules changed in the early 90s, Angela has always cared deeply about helping women progress with a real passion for gender equity.

 
In 2011, Angela founded Women in Defence UK. Although best known for its annual Awards, now in their 9th year, its innovative Critical Mass work and its Challenge interviews with senior officers and MOD officials. Its ground-breaking cross-defence sector mentoring programme is in its fourth year and the group continues to collaborate with the MOD and industry on the Women in Defence Charter.
 
Angela recently reprised her early (Commonwealth Games) athletics career and enjoys sprinting in Masters’ competitions albeit very slowly. She was appointed OBE in the New Years’ Honours List 2021 for her services to women who work in the Defence Sector and was selected to join the Northern Power Women’s Power List in 2024. An exceptionally proud mother of a son and daughter, she is now an equally proud grandmother of two glorious granddaughters!    
 

Bernard Edwards

Deputy Communications & Navigation Lead, NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate
Bernard Edwards

Bernard Edwards is the Deputy Communications and Navigation Systems Capability Lead for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. In that role, he provides technical advice to NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and the Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate. He also serves as the Chief Communications Systems Engineer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He supports the NASA representative to the Interagency Operations Advisory Group (IOAG) and until 2024 chaired the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS) Optical Communications Working Group. He also served as the Chief Engineer for the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration Project. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1989, a M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1991, and a M.S. in Computer Science in 1993 all from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Captain (N) Jose Freitas

Head of Space Department, Portuguese Amed Forces General Staff
Captain (N) Jose Freitas

Captain (N), José Matias de Freitas is a Navy Officer Commander graduated by the Naval Academy as a Weapons and Electronics Engineer. He served on board of various Portuguese navy war ships as a Weapon Engineer Officer (WEO) responsible for the performance and availability of the on-board weapons, sensors, Command Support Information Systems, combat, and communications systems. As Senior Engineer Officer supported the Executive Officer in resources management and information systems administration Ship Domain Administrator for IT. He was head of Weapon Systems Office for the Weapon and Electronic Systems Department at the Portuguese Navy - Technical Navy School and head of Communications and Cypher Department at Naval Communications Centre, being responsible for the transformation process in the naval communications infrastructures and implementation of main data center. After being deputy Director at Portuguese Navy IT and Communications Directorate, he was appointed as head of Planning and Programing Division, at the Portuguese MoD Directorate-General of National Defence Resources, since 2015 where he has been responsible for the coordination, monitoring and execution of Military Programming Law in the Armed Forces among other responsibilities, which includes the coordination of the implementing process of the Portuguese SST capability. Member of the EU-SST Steering Committee and PMO. He is the MoD representative at international forum, within UE, EDA, and NATO for the Space Domain (SATCOM, SST/SSA)

 

Captain (RN) Phil Coope

Deputy Head - Space , UK Strategic Command
Captain (RN) Phil Coope

Phil joined the Royal Navy in 1993 having graduated from the University of Liverpool in Electronics and Communication Engineering. Twenty-eight years later he was delighted to accept the role of Deputy Head Space at UK Strategic Command, leading the Capability Development of Satellite Communications (SATCOM) and Position Navigation and Time. This is his second assignment in the Space Sector having previously worked as and Capability Manager for SATCOM and Programme Manager for Skynet 6.

Phil has been engaged in numerous major projects, notably delivery and acceptance of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH Aircraft Carrier. He has also described the then future Royal Navy short-range air defence missile and radar systems, generated lifing policy for Defence ordnance, munition and explosives and contributed to the education of junior Royal Navy Officers at the Joint Services Command and Staff College.

Phil has served on T21, T22 and T23 class of Frigates and conducted UK and multinational operations in the North Atlantic, Caribbean, Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf. He also served in Hong Kong for territorial integrity and anti-smuggling operations and conducted media operations in Sarajevo, Bosnia.
 

Charlotte Gerhart

Director, Acquisition Delta - Tactical SATCOM, Space Systems Command, USSF
Charlotte Gerhart

Ms. Charlotte Gerhart is the Chief, Tactical SATCOM Acquisition Delta, Military Communications and Position, Navigation, and Timing (MilComm & PNT) Directorate, Space Systems Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base (LAAFB), CA. She is responsible for the acquisition, production, and fielding of tactical satellite communications capabilities for the Nation’s warfighters.

In 1998, Ms. Gerhart joined the civil service supporting the US Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate. In this assignment she was responsible for managing the development and demonstration of space system technologies including thermal systems, structural systems, vibro-acoustic suppression, and laser communications systems.

In 2009, Ms. Gerhart moved to be the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) program as the manager of the WGS 7-10 program (also known as WGS Block II Follow-on), and later served as the Deputy Program Manager for the WGS program. From 2013 through 2018 she served as the WGS Program Manager delivering four satellites into operations, with two more in work.

In 2022, Ms. Gerhart transitioned to the newly formed MilComm & PNT Directorate and assumed leadership of the Tactical SATCOM Acquisition Delta. She has responsibility for the production and fielding of WGS 11+, the rapid acquisition and fielding of Protected Tactical SATCOM (PTS) Rapid Prototype payloads, Protected Tactical Enterprise Service (PTES) Rapid Prototype, Army & Air Force Anti-jam Modem (A3M), Air Force Wideband Enterprise Terminal (AFWET), and Enterprise Management and Control (EM&C).
 

Clare Hopper

Director, Commercial Satellite Communications Office , United States Space Force
Clare Hopper

Clare A. Hopper is Director, Commercial Satellite Communications (COMSATCOM) Office, assigned to the Space Systems Command, United States Space Force, Washington, D.C. She is responsible for delivering COMSATCOM capabilities to support the joint warfighter, federal agencies, and international partners. Her portfolio includes the Enhanced Mobile Satellite Service (EMSS) Program Office, the EMSS Capabilities Office and the Department of Defense COMSATCOM Solutions Program Office.
EMSS is an $800 million global satellite program that provides the Department of Defense, federal and coalition partners with unlimited access to the commercial Iridium constellation, a mesh-network of 66 on-orbit cross-linked satellites, through a dedicated, EMSS controlled gateway.

The COMSATCOM Solutions Program Office acquires any commercial satellite capability for any customer, anywhere, and has over $5 billion under management.

Prior to this role, Mrs. Hopper was the SATCOM Division Chief, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). In this role she managed the Department of Defense Enterprise Gateways Program Office, the SATCOM Operations Integration Branch, and the COMSATCOM portfolio described above, prior to its Congressionally directed transfer to the United States Space Force. Other assignments include Program Manager, EMSS and Program Manager for a classified telecommunications system within DISA’s National Leadership Command Capabilities Center (NLCC). Mrs. Hopper began her career in government with DISA as a Contracting Officer, and served as the Chief, Special Projects Contracting Branch, which held a contracts portfolio valued over $2 billion.

Prior to joining the government, Mrs. Hopper was a retirement funds analyst for T. Rowe Price.

Mrs. Hopper received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from West Virginia University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Mrs. Hopper is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level 3 certified in Contracting from the Defense Acquisition University (DAU).

Colonel (Ret'd) Cameron Stoltz

Director Space Requirements, DND Canada
Colonel (Ret'd) Cameron Stoltz

Colonel Cam Stoltz enrolled in the Canadian Forces as a Communications and Electronics Engineering (Air) Officer. His postings include the Aerospace Maintenance Development Unit in Trenton, engineering and project support positions in Ottawa, and A6 of 1 Canadian Air Division and Canadian NORAD Region (Winnipeg). Senior staff positions at National Defence Headquarters include Director Strategic Communication Services and Director Air Support.

Colonel Stoltz has served as Commanding Officer of 8 Air Communications and Control Squadron (Trenton) and Commanding Officer of the Canadian Forces Joint Signal Regiment (Kingston). He also commanded the Operation APOLLO National Command Control and Information Systems Squadron in Camp Mirage.

In 2017, Colonel Stoltz was posted to his current position as Director Space Requirements. Colonel Stoltz holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Canadian Military College of Canada, as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Ottawa, and is a graduate of the Canadian Forces College in Toronto.

Colonel (Ret'd) Jennifer Krolikowski

Former Chief Information Officer - Space Systems Command, CEO, Plan Z
Colonel (Ret'd) Jennifer Krolikowski

Colonel (ret) Jennifer Krolikowski most recently served as the Chief Information Officer for Space Systems Command, the acquisition arm of the United States Space Force. In her first assignment, she served as a project engineer in the Manufacturing Technology Directorate at Wright Labs. After receiving a Master’s in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, Jennifer was assigned to the 49th Test and Evaluation Squadron and accumulated 50+ flying hours in the B-52. She moved to the GPS Joint Program Office where duties included Executive Officer; Branch Chief, GPS III Acquisitions; and Air Force Program Executive Office’s GPS Staff Director. Col Krolikowski taught at the National Security Space Institute and became their Deputy Director for Mission Support. At HQ Air Force Space Command, she served as Chief, Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Requirements. After graduating Air Command and Staff College, Jen consecutively worked as the Tactical Data Network Program Element Monitor; Deputy, Command and Control Division; and Chief, Executive Action Group under the Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisitions. She commanded as Materiel Leader of an ACAT I program, Base IT Infrastructure. Upon graduating Air War College with her third Master’s degree, Col Krolikowski became Branch Chief, Integrated Air and Missile Defense Global Requirements on Joint Staff. She then promoted to Military Assistant for DASD/Space, Strategic, and Intelligence Systems, Office of the Secretary of Defense. She commanded as Senior Materiel Leader for Space C2, establishing the USSF’s premier software factory, Kobayashi Maru.
 

Colonel A.J. Ashby

Senior Materiel Leader, Acquisition Delta-Strategic SATCOM, Space Systems Command, USSF
Colonel A.J.  Ashby

Colonel A.J. Ashby is the Senior Materiel Leader for the Acquisition Delta Strategic SATCOM Division, Space Systems Command, Los Angeles Air force Base, CA. In this role, he leads 100+ military, government civilians, and contractors in the development and acquisition of our nation’s most critical strategic space capabilities. His $20B portfolio includes the Evolved Strategic SATCOM and Enhance Polar Systems recapitalization Programs.

Colonel Ashby enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1990 and received his commission after completing Air Force Officer Training School in 2001. He transferred to the U.S. Space Force in 2021. Col Ashby served in numerous acquisition and operations leadership assignments within the Department of the Air Force, Joint Staff, and National Reconnaissance Office. He is also an experienced Special Missions Unit operator with multiple global contingency and humanitarian deployments with 5,300 hours in a variety of aircraft with 133 combat missions. Prior to his current position he served as the Division Chief for Space Sensing and Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications, within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space Acquisition and Integration, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Colonel Jaime Sanchez Mayorga

SAF/Defense Programs Department , Spanish Space Agency
Colonel Jaime Sanchez Mayorga

Born in 1963, son of a S.A.F. NCO "Specialist Photography and Cartography", he lead the Space Unit, in the Programs Management Sub-Directorate of General of Armament and Material for 12 years, even have been working on France, as Liaison officer for Satellite Earth Observation Cooperation Program. Today is working to the Spanish Space Agency.

Since his graduation in the Spanish AF Academy to the current days, he has done several courses and high studies related with Defense activities, which has been supplemented with University studies in Telecommunication, Network and Systems, Strategic Direction on TIC, s and recently Regulation and Entrepreneurship on Space Sector. Today is PDH on Economy, for Space Procurement Process Model.

He oversaw the Technical Squadron and Deputy to the Spanish Center for Aerospace Observation Systems, Head of the Spanish Pleiades program, responsible for the SATCOM Program DGAM, MoD representative in the SST Consortium, MoD representative in the CSO French Program (Paris), and SATCOM NG Program Manager.

As a representative in national and international working groups, his task is to follow the evolution and development in the four areas of application in space for the Defense: Communications (GOVSATCOM), Observation (PAZ and SEOB EDA), Navigation (GNSS-Galileo) and surveillance and Space Tracking (SST EU).

He is chairman in different Working Groups concerning Space issues, at national and international level, and today is on the Spanish Airforce and Space Staff, to the Spanish Space Agency (Defense’s Department Programs).
He takes part in many National and International conferences, forum and discussion meetings, concerning Space technologies and capabilities, wrote research papers to six R&D for Defense Congress at national level, and has written various articles of interest in Aeronautical and Defense Magazines, concerning Space, Jisr, Industrial Sector Space Policy, Space Law, etc...,
Col. Mayorga, he considers himself as a “never ending Space student”.
 

Confirmed Representative

, UKSEDS
Confirmed Representative

Coraline Dalibot

Member, Women in Aerospace Europe - UK
Coraline Dalibot

 Coraline Dalibot is a Senior Spacecraft Thermal Engineer at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) Space department, which is part of the UK Research and Innovation Science and Technology Facilities Council. She is a chartered engineer working on world-class science, technology, and innovations. Her passion for space and her career journey led her to encourage students and support colleagues within the aerospace sector as a STEM ambassador and mentor. She joined the Women In Aerospace Europe in 2020 and is now a UK group’s committee member taking part in initiatives to raise awareness about Space careers.

CWO5 Rilin Desamours

Space and Propagation Engineering Officer, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, G-6
CWO5 Rilin Desamours

CWO5 Rilin “Phil” Desamours, a native of Nyack, New York, graduated from Miami Edison Senior high school, June 2001. Enlisted July 2001, and was assigned a primary Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) of Field Radio Operator. Subsequently attained multiple follow-on MOS, Multi-Channel Radio Operator, SATCOM, Advanced Extremely High Frequency Systems Operator and Forward Observer. He was appointed to Warrant Officer February 2011, and commissioned in August 2012. He is a graduate of Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School and Command and Staff College. He possesses a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Management from UMUC, an MBA from New England and Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering Management from the Naval Post Graduate School Monterey CA.

 

His service in the operating forces includes: Field Radio Operator, Wideband SATCOM Operator, Forward Observer within several echelons within both II MEF and I MEF. Deployed to OIF I & II with the II MEF Ground Commend Element (GCE). Multiple MEU deployments with I MEF. Platoon Commander, Tactical Communications Planning and Engineering Officer, Operations Officer, Space Operations Planner within multiple levels of III MEF, in the Pacific. His service outside the operating forces includes Reequipments Manager with Combat Development and Integration (CD&I), HQMC, and Project Officer with Marine Corps Systems Command.

CWO5 personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy, and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with two gold stars), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

David Dean

Chief Engineer, Space FBLOS Principal Advisor, Cyber and Information Systems Division, DSTL
David Dean

I am a Chief Systems Engineer with over 37 years of experience in the Defence and Security Environment, which has included MOD PE, DERA and QinetiQ.

I joined Dstl in 2004 and I have been an Operational Analyst, systems engineer and consultant. I was the Theme Advisor for Combat Identification and currently work in the Cyber and Information Systems Division as the Principal Advisor for MilSatCom within the Dstl Space Programme.

My current role includes leading national and international research activities, and providing support to the UK Skynet 6 programme and Space Command.

My main areas of interest include Space Hybrid Networks, future MilSatCom bearers, secure waveforms and space platform protection, and space industrial policy.

I was born in Romford, Essex; have degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Systems Engineering and am a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

 

Deanna Ryals

Director, International Affairs, Space Systems Command, USSF
Deanna Ryals

Ms. Deanna L. Ryals is the Director, International Affairs, Space Systems Command, Los Angeles AFB, CA. In this role, she is responsible for driving innovative partnerships with Allies, InterAgencies, and Industry to build a joint robust and resilient military space enterprise that is “Allied by Design”. Ms. Ryals is the USSF lead in developing and executing space FMS and shapes the use of armaments cooperation to set the conditions for an allied inclusive space architecture in accordance with Department and Service strategic guidance.

Ms. Ryals entered federal government service in 1988, and for more than 25 years, she supported the DoD in both civil service and industry in financial management and acquisition. In 2000, Ms. Ryals moved to the Secretary of the Air Force staff in the Space Acquisition Directorate and managed a MILSATCOM terminal portfolio worth $10B, then took over as the single SAF/AQS focal point for international activities. In 2012, Ms. Ryals moved to the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space Launch (AFPEO/SL) as the PM for Acquisition Strategy development and secured DoD Acquisition Executive approval of a new acquisition strategy for future DoD NSS launches that introduced a competitive environment for all certified U.S. launch service providers. Ms. Ryals rejoined MILSATCOM in January 2013 with her transition to Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC). After being named SMC’s Chief Partnership Officer in 2018, Ms. Ryals ascended to her current role as Director, Int’l Affairs with the stand up of Space Systems Command in August of 2021.

Dr Aurelie Trur-Mirahmetolu

Director, Space Diplomacy and International Cooperation, Foreign Policy Institute (DPE)
Dr Aurelie Trur-Mirahmetolu

Dr. Trur is an independent global space policy expert with two decades of involvement with
the international space community. Originally from France, Dr. Trur spent the better part of the last
decade between Türkiye, France and Japan. Developing global experiences, she graduated with a
Ph.D. from the Tokyo-based National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), writing her
dissertation on space sustainability and debris governance. Her research interests combine
diplomacy, policy and governance of space activities, international cooperation, global governance,
security, and sustainability issues affecting the future of humankind.

Recently invited to head a new space diplomacy project at the Foreign Policy Institute of
Ankara DPE (Dis Politika Enstitüsü), Dr. Trur provides strategic advice for space policy, cooperation,
education and outreach projects globally including lately in Türkiye, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific
regions, besides contributing to editorial board and peer review roles for academic journals covering
space and international affairs. She publishes and peer reviews articles in Acta Astronautica,
Astropolitics, Eurasian World, Space Policy, The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, and Nature
(Astronomy) and is an editorial board member of Astropolitics and the Advanced Space Law Journal.

Involved in international affairs in various capacities across several continents, Dr. Trur
covered space diplomacy and strategy issues as a researcher starting twenty years ago in France
with her diplomatic and international studies’ master at École des Hautes Études Internationales
(HEI Paris) and her master in space studies at the International Space University (ISU Strasbourg).
She combined international academic and private sector experiences providing policy consultancy
and project management to a leading operator of satellite telecommunications, SES, at their
Brussels office following policy research internships with George Washington University’s Space
Policy Institute and with the United States Navy Department of Contemporary History.

Dr. Trur has been a member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) since 2016 and
of multiple space associations, committees, and boards, the latest being the International
Astronautical Federation IAF ACCESS MECA Subcommittee supporting emerging space nations. She
participates in United Nations-led space diplomacy initiatives and experts’ workshops, the latest
being the World Space Forum hosted at the United Nations’ Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)
in Vienna, Austria, in preparation of the 2024 Summit of the Future.

Dr Brendan Mulvaney

Director, China Aerospace Studies Institute, USAF
Dr Brendan Mulvaney

Dr. Brendan Mulvaney is currently the Director of the China Aerospace Studies Institute at National Defense University. He was a Marine for a quarter of a century, where he flew more than 2000 hours as an AH-1W Cobra pilot, and was an Olmsted Scholar in Shanghai, China.

He enlisted in 1991 and was commissioned in 1993 after graduating from UC San Diego. He earned his Master’s in Leadership from the University of San Diego in 2002, and was selected as one of three Marine Olmsted Scholars for 2003. He studied at Fudan University in Shanghai, China from 2003-2005 where he earned his Ph.D. in International Relations.

He served several tours in California, Iraq, Japan, and the Western Pacific. He served as the first Director of the Commandant’s Red Team, and supervised the implementation of Red Teaming in the Marine Corps. In 2013 he transferred to the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was the Associate Chair for the Languages and Cultures Department, and taught Mandarin Chinese, Chinese culture, and cross-cultural literacy.

Dr Chiara Palla

Co-lead, Women in Aerospace-Europe UK
Dr Chiara Palla

 Dr Chiara Palla has been working as Project Manager at MDA Space UK since February 2020. She currently manages multiple projects focusing on the design and development of space sensors for exploration and on-orbit servicing missions, and space-based communication technology, including the Radiofrequency distribution network for HLCS, which will be onboard the Lunar Gateway. Her day-to-day job involves interactions with diverse teams, international space agencies, commercial customers and suppliers to ensure the programs are timely delivered.

Previously (2017-2020) she worked at Imperial College, Space Magnetometer Laboratory of Space Physics group, as Instrument engineer for Magnetometer payload on ESA RadCube, VIGIL and JUICE missions.
 
She holds a PhD from Cranfield University (2017) specialising in Space Debris Mitigation technologies for de-orbiting. During the PhD, she also worked as part time President for the Cranfield University Student Association.
She is co-lead for the non-profit organization WIA-Europe (WIA-E) UK Regional Network, which is committed to promoting female talent and leadership across all levels of the European aerospace sector.
 
Aside from the Space sector, Chiara is a qualified Ski Instructor with BASI.
 

Dr David Voss

Director, Spectrum Warfare Program, Space Warfighting Analysis Center
Dr David Voss

SL, Dr. David L. Voss is the Director of the Spectrum Warfare Program at the Space Warfighting Analysis Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is responsible for performing the analytic foundation for the Force Design in the Information Mobility and Navigation Warfare mission areas.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Voss was the Division Chief for the Future Technologies Division at the Space Security and Defense Program. He primarily focused on architectural analysis and on-orbit prototyping enabling a future resilient architecture.

Dr. Voss previously led the Small Satellite Portfolio at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Space Vehicles Directorate which included numerous small satellite (1- 50kg) missions, and the nationally recognized University Nanosat Program. His primary research efforts were attempting to understand and communicate how small satellites can support the pivot to a hybrid space architecture.

In addition, he received his PhD from Boston University in Electrical Engineering with a focus on modular spacecraft designs and space weather instrumentation.
 

Dr Gregory Falco

Director, The Aerospace ADVERSARY Lab, Chair, IEEE International Standard for Space System Cybersecurity, Cornell University
Dr Gregory Falco

 Prof. Gregory Falco is an aerospace security expert that designs and develops next-generation defense capabilities. He is an Assistant Professor at Cornell University’s Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Systems Engineering Program. Falco is the Director of the Aerospace ADVERSARY Lab and is the founding chair of the IEEE international technical Standard for Space System Cybersecurity. A Fulbright Scholar, Falco is the recipient of DARPA’s Young Faculty Award, named as a DARPA RISER and has been listed in Forbes 30 Under 30. He is also the NATO Country Project Director for NATO’s Multi-Year Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme on subsea cable communication security called HEIST. Falco currently holds an appointment as a Visiting Researcher at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Falco received his PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.S. from Columbia University and B.S. from Cornell University.

 

Dr Joanna Hart

Director, Space Partnership
Dr Joanna Hart

Joanna thrives on bringing people together to address complex challenges and deliver change. The Space Partnership equally represents industry, academia and government, enabling shared priorities to identified and collective action agreed so that the ambition contained within the National Space Strategy. Director is delivered. Joanna started in the role in March 2023 after nine years working across the space and innovation ecosystems, first at the Satellite Applications Catapult and then at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC, part of UK Research and Innovation).

As the Harwell Space Cluster Development Manager, Joanna worked with stakeholders to grow the Cluster from 80 organisations to over 100 today that collectively employ over 1,400 people (up from 800 in December 2017). As STFC’s Skills Factory Director, Joanna led the development of STFC’s Skills Factory proposal to address national technical skills shortages, resulting in a doubling of the STFC apprenticeship scheme.

With a first career in investment banking at UBS and Credit Suisse, a PhD in particle physics, Joanna has a strong financial and scientific background.

Dr John Huth

Chief, Office of Space & Counterspace, Defence Intelligence Agency
Dr John Huth

 Dr. John Huth is the Chief of the Office of Space and Counterspace. He leads DIA’s activities on collection, characterization, and analysis of foreign space and counterspace capabilities,

vulnerabilities, and intent. Prior to this assignment he served as the Defense Intelligence Officer for Space and Counterspace. In that role he was the senior intelligence advisor to the Director and Deputy Director of DIA on the full range of intelligence matter related to space and counterspace topics to include analysis, collection, counterintelligence, international engagement, intelligence policy, and outreach.
 
Dr. Huth earned his Doctorate in Computational Science from George Mason University, his
Master of Science in Physics from the University of Massachusetts, and a Bachelor of Science in
Astronomy from Penn State. He served as an Army Intelligence Officer, technology industry
leader, and program manager for over 25 years before joining the Defense Intelligence Agency
(DIA).
 
Dr. Huth is a lead contributor to several firsts in space and intelligence that have had long
lasting impacts to the space and intelligence communities. He has experience across the full
spectrum of intelligence activities from analysis to collection, and enterprise management. Dr. Huth has led multiple cross-discipline organizations at the office level.

Dr Leah-Nani Alconcel

Member, Women in Aerospace Europe - UK
Dr Leah-Nani Alconcel

Dr Alconcel has almost 20 years of experience working as an engineer and manager on planetary exploration missions throughout the solar system including the Cassini mission to Saturn, JUICE mission to the Jovian system, and the Cluster multi-spacecraft mission investigating the Earth’s magnetosphere. She has worked on the full life cycle of space missions, from concept and design through to build, launch, operations and end-of-life.

Currently, she works as an Associate Professor at the University of Birmingham on space-based inverse synthetic aperture radar systems for improved Space Domain Awareness (SDA). Please see our dedicated page for this research: .

Dr Mamatha Maheshwarappa

Head of Research & Development, Co-Chair of WIA-E UK Regional Network, WIA-Europe UK / UK Space Agency
Dr Mamatha Maheshwarappa

 Dr Mamatha Maheshwarappa is the Head of Research & Development within Office of the Chief Engineer (OCE) at the UK Space Agency. Previously, as a Payload Systems Lead, she provided technical leadership on various UK Space Agency programmes and projects, by offering technical oversight/assurance. At RAL Space, she was the technical lead on SPEQTRE (Space Photon Entanglement Quantum Technology Readiness Experiment) satellite project. Mamatha has worked on transceivers for ExoMars and Lunar Polar Sample Return projects while at QinetiQ. She has a PhD in Software Defined Radios for Multi-Satellite Communications from the University of Surrey, UK. Mamatha is the co-chair of the Women in Aerospace-Europe (WIA-E) UK Regional Network representing UK Space Agency.  

Dr Martin Strohmeier

Senior Scientific Project Manager, Federal Office for Defence Procurement (armasuisse)
Dr Martin Strohmeier

Martin Strohmeier is a Senior Scientific Project Manager at the Cyber-Defence Campus in Switzerland and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford. Before coming to Oxford for his PhD, he received his MSc from TU Kaiserslautern, Germany and worked as a researcher at Lancaster University’s InfoLab21 and Lufthansa. He is interested in wireless security, critical infrastructures and adversarial machine learning. Martin is also a co-founder and board member of the OpenSky Network.
 

Dr Sharon Lemac-Vincere

Academic and Entrepreneur, University of Strathclyde
Dr Sharon Lemac-Vincere

Dr Sharon Lemac-Vincere is an interdisciplinary academic at the University of Strathclyde and visiting academic at the international Space University, Strasbourg. Sharon has also set-up and sold her own business and as such she brings real life experience to her work.
Sharon works at the intersection of space entrepreneurship and cyber security. She conducts research in this field. More recently she launched an executive space cyber security course at the University of Strathclyde in partnership with the International Space University. Sharon also hosts a podcast: Space: No Rocket Required and she has designed the first Space Tartan called ‘Vincere Ad Astra’.
 

Dr Ulpia-Elena Botezatu

Chair of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee, UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS)
Dr Ulpia-Elena Botezatu

Dr. Ulpia-Elena Botezatu is the Chair of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) and currently serves as a Space Policy Officer at the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA). With extensive expertise in space security, Dr. Botezatu represents her agency as a delegate to prominent organizations such as the European Space Agency (ESA), the Europena Commission, the EU Space Surveillance and Tracking (EUSST) Partnership, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and NATO's Science and Technology Organization (STO), focusing on pivotal issues related to space security and the peaceful use of outer space. With a Doctorate in Engineering Sciences and a Master's degree in Urban Management, she has made substantial contributions to space situational awareness and the security of critical space infrastructure. Dr. Botezatu is not only an author of numerous academic articles but is also preparing a book on the confluence of space and urban environments. Her work is instrumental in fostering international collaboration towards the enhancement of space security and the promotion of peace in outer space. Currently, she is pursuing a degree in international law with a focus on space law, aiming to further contribute to the development of legal frameworks that support the sustainable and peaceful exploration of outer space.

Dr Vincent Lenders

Director of Cyber-Defence Campus, Federal Office for Defence Procurement (armasuisse)
Dr Vincent Lenders

Vincent Lenders is Director of the Cyber-Defence Campus at the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport. He has been working in the field of cybersecurity since 20 years, mostly focusing on research and penetration testing. He has published over eighty papers in the field of aerospace cybersecurity and is the co-founder of the OpenSky Network. He holds a Master’s degree and a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies from ETH Zurich.

Heinrich Krispler

Project Officer GOVSATCOM & Project Officer Support to EU Operations, European Defence Agency
Heinrich Krispler

Helen Weedon

Managing Director, Satcoms Innovation Group
Helen Weedon

Helen Weedon is Managing Director of the Satcoms Innovation Group (SIG) which is dedicated to promoting innovation within the satellite industry. Helen has been involved with SIG since 2011, previously supporting the group with marketing, PR, and admin activities. Helen has over 20 years’ experience within the satellite and broadcast industries. She is the founder of Radical Moves, a specialist PR and Marketing agency. Helen is fluent in French and German, with a good knowledge of Welsh and a basic knowledge of Dutch and Spanish. Helen regularly addresses the industry on the challenges faced by the satellite industry and the innovative approaches needed to resolve them.

Jacob Smith

Director, SpaceCareers.uk
Jacob Smith

 Jacob is a Director of SpaceCareers.uk, a non-profit organisation supporting students and professionals throughout their careers in the space sector. He is also the founder of SpaceProjects.uk and a former Chair of UKSEDS. Jacob works for the Space Partnership as Space Partnership Lead, following roles at ESA Academy at SSTL.

Jeremy Wimble

Programme Manager, Defence, Tech UK
Jeremy Wimble

 Jeremy is the programme manager at techUK responsible for the defence programme which works to help the UK's defence technology sector align itself with the Ministry of Defence, in particular Defence Digital.

 
Prior to joining techUK, from 2016-2024 Jeremy was International Security Programme Manager at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). In this role he coordinated the team’s research and impact activities for funders including the FCDO and US Department of Defense, as well as business development and strategy.
 
Jeremy has a MA in International Relations from the University of Birmingham and a BA (Hons) in Politics & Social Policy from Swansea University.

Jessie Hamill-Stewart

PhD Candidate, University of Bath and University of Bristol
Jessie Hamill-Stewart

Jessie Hamill-Stewart is a Cyber Security (TIPS-at-Scale) CDT (PhD) candidate at University of Bath and University of Bristol. She investigates the cyber resilience of space infrastructure through multidisciplinary research, which combines technical analysis of cyber attacks and more qualitative approaches such as document analysis and interviews.

 

Joan Johnson-Freese

Senior Fellow, Women in International Security
Joan Johnson-Freese

Dr. Joan Johnson-Freese is a University Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the National Security Affairs Department at the Naval War College, as well as serving as the Charles Bolden Chair on Science, Space & Technology. She has also been part of the Government Department faculty of Harvard Extension School and Harvard Summer School since 2004, and a Senior Fellow with Women in International Security. She is the author of Women v Women: The Case for Cooperation (2022), Women, Peace & Security: An Introduction (2nd edition, December 2023) and her new book Leadership in War & Peace: Masculine & Feminine is forthcoming in 2025. She is also the author of 7 books and dozens of articles on space security, testified on space security before Congress on multiple occasions, a faculty member of the International Space University and held positions on multiple space-related boards and advisory councils. 

 

John Irving

Security Engineering Manager, ESA Security Office, European Space Agency
John Irving

John Irving is the European Space Agency Security Engineering Manager in the Director General's Security Office. In this role, he supports security efforts to enhance the agency's overall security posture and resilience.

John initially focused on UK Tactical Datalinks. Later, both in the industry and at ESA, he made significant contributions to Europe's Global Navigation Satellite System, Galileo. He was entrusted with critical security elements and systems engineering throughout the entire system development lifecycle.

Since 2020, John has been at the forefront, spearheading the team in a collaborative effort with industry to develop the ESA Space & Security Cyber Centre of Excellence (SCCoE) and the Cyber-Security Operations Centre (CSOC). His contributions also extend to establishing the new ECSS European space system security standard.
 

Joshua Broom

Head of Space, Department for Business & Trade
Joshua Broom

Joshua Broom is the Head of Space at the UK Department for Business & Trade (DBT). He leads the Department’s space engagement with UK companies looking to export to global markets, and international companies wishing to invest and locate in the UK space sector, as well as investors looking to invest into UK companies and capabilities. He also coordinates the Department’s contributions to cross-government space policy and governance working with the Department for Science, Innovation, & Technology (DSIT), the UK Space Agency, Ministry of Defence (MOD), Foreign, Commonwealth, & Development Office (FCDO), and Cabinet Office.

Josh has worked in the UK Government on space since he joined the Civil Service in 2017. He has held four different roles in the Department for the Environment, Food, & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the UK Space Agency, and Department for International Trade – now DBT. He has tackled many complex issues such as negotiating with the European Union on UK participation in EU space programmes, mobilising space-based assets and expertise for emergency responses to international crises in Australia and elsewhere, establishing precedent-setting agreements and partnerships with strategic space-faring allies, and landing companies from abroad across the UK space ecosystem.

Prior to his career in the Civil Service, Josh studied at Loughborough University and Cranfield University to secure bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering and environmental science respectively. He is a self-professed space ‘geek’, keen traveller, and rugby enthusiast.
 

Juliana Suess

Research Fellow, RUSI
Juliana Suess

Juliana is the Research Fellow on Space Security as part of the Military Sciences team at RUSI and is the host of the podcast War in Space. She was previously Project Officer and Research Analyst at RUSI International. Her research interests include global space governance, sustainability, counterspace capabilities and space warfare.

Juliana holds an MA in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London and a BA in Politics and International Relations from the University of Reading. Prior to joining RUSI, she was an intern for the Development, Concept and Doctrine Centre, the independent think tank of the Ministry of Defence. There she researched varied topic areas, including geo-strategic, security and stabilisation topics, as well as future and contemporary trends in warfare.

Junayd Miah

Member, Institute of Physics
Junayd Miah

 Dr Junayd Miah is a widely recognised UK space subject matter expert, having led the development and delivery of several critical space and ground segment capabilities for the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD). This includes leading the development of a £145 million, game-changing space programme for space-based Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), demonstrating the UK government operating satellites for the first time in over 17 years, and helping deliver two satellite missions for R&D purposes, CIRCE and Prometheus-2 respectively. He currently serves as Science Adviser for UK Space Command to direct investment towards beneficial technologies for future space operations.

Katherine Courtney

Chair, Global Network on Sustainability in Space
Katherine Courtney

 Katherine is a non-executive director, strategic advisor, and former CEO of the UK Space Agency. She chairs the Global Network on Sustainability in Space – which brings together scientists, industry leaders and policy makers in partnership to tackle the rising challenges of space debris and congestion.

 
Katherine has over 20 years’ executive experience in business innovation, start-up and expansion in the UK, Europe, and other geographies. Over nearly 15 years as a Senior Civil Servant with the UK government, she developed and implemented high-profile government policy in areas ranging from critical national infrastructure to industrial strategy. She led several landmark technology-enabled transformation programmes and steered five cross-cutting pieces of legislation successfully through Parliament.
 
During her tenure as CEO of the UK Space Agency, Katherine opened the UK market to commercial spaceflight; modernised the UK’s space regulatory frameworks; directed the Agency’s response to major global and domestic events, such as the Brexit referendum; and led €1.4bn investment in collaborative space missions through the European Space Agency.
 
Katherine is also a STEM Ambassador and the Founder of PrimarySpace.org – a charity with the mission to inspire and engage as many primary school children and teachers as possible with STEAM subjects and careers.
 

Kees Buijsrogge

Director Space & Scientific Instrumentation, TNO
Kees Buijsrogge

Kees Buijsrogge obtained his degree in Science and Policy at Utrecht University (M.Sc., distinction). He has been with TNO for 11 years and has served in various roles in applied research in High Tech Systems applications within TNO. He started his career at TNO in business development, then moved towards management of research groups in the defense domain of TNO. Since 2012 he has been Research Manager of the Optics Department in Delft, which includes the Optics Manufacturing unit.
Since September 1, 2017 he has been appointed Director Space & Scientific Instrumentation.
As Director, he is responsible for the strategic vision of the unit: ensuring that the unit’s objectives align with both society’s needs on Satellite Communication, Earth Observation and Astronomy, and boosting Dutch commercial competitiveness within international value chains.

In addition to his role at TNO, he is a Supervisory Board member at Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology, a Board Member at SpaceNed, member of the Supervisory Board at TU Delft Space Institute and Board Member at Space Expo Noordwijk.
 

Kimberly Morris

Deputy, Space Operations Department, Naval Network Warfare Command, US Navy
Kimberly Morris

Kimberly Morris is the Deputy for Space Operations at Naval Network Warfare Command. In this role, she has supervision of Navy SATCOM Operations. She supervises the asset allocation and mission planning of the Navy’s Commercial Broadband Satellite Program. She is currently leading an initiative to demonstrate resilient SATCOM through proactive management and control techniques by using pre-allocated MILSATCOM compatible commercial capabilities as maneuver space.

Kimberly retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2014 after 20 years as a Communications Officer. During her career, she held several SATCOM centric billets including leading one of the first Joint Force wideband SATCOM “Enabler” detachments from amphibious shipping and after 9-11 as a Communication Company Commander in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her last assignment was team lead for the Expeditionary SATCOM acquisitions program at MARCORSYSCOM

After retirement, she served as a program analyst in support of OPNAV N2N6 responsible for the Navy’s Commercial SATCOM and Wideband programs before accepting her current position at Navy Network Warfare Command.

She is the recipient of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service award, the Meritorious Service Medal with three stars, the Joint Commendation Medal, the Navy/ Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy/ Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

 

Laetitia Cesari

Researcher in Space Law and Cybersecurity, University of Luxembourg
Laetitia Cesari

Laetitia Cesari is a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Luxembourg and is currently a visiting researcher at UNSW Canberra Space. She is also an external consultant for the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR). She specialises in Space Law and Policy, and has authored papers, articles and books focusing on security and safety aspects, including cybersecurity, space data, verification and monitoring, and space situational awareness.

Laryssa Patten

Head, Space Technology Adoption and Resilience, NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency)
Laryssa Patten

Ms Laryssa Patten is the Head of the Space Technology Adoption and Resilience (STAR) team at the NATO Communications and Information Agency. Laryssa has spent her career in the space field on civilian, government and military space programs. This includes working at the Canadian Space Agency on RADARSAT operations and International Space Station operations where she trained astronauts and cosmonauts to operate robotics in space. She also supported the European Commission on European Space Policy Development and Galileo Applications. For the last 10 years, Laryssa has been part of NATO, responsible for both Space and the Alliance Global Hawk activities within the Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance service center and the Chief Technology Office at NCI Agency.  

 
 

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Abde Bellahnid

SATCOM Program Manager, DND Canada
Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Abde Bellahnid

Lieutenant Colonel Melanie Strodtman

Director of Operations, 1st Combat Communications Squadron, USAF
Lieutenant Colonel Melanie Strodtman

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Macdonald

SO1 Naval Plans & Capability, UK Ministry of Defence
Lieutenant Colonel Michael Macdonald

Lt Col Macdonald joined the Royal Marines in Feb 1999 and, on completion of recruit training, specialised as an RM Signaller, deploying with the 3 Commando Brigade HQ and Signals Squadron to Kosovo (Op AGRICOLA IV) and Afghanistan (Op JACANA).

He commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 2003 and, after completing initial troop commands, specialised as a Radio Signals Officer before joining the Commando Helicopter Force, deploying to Iraq (Op TELIC VII and VIII). This was followed by a move to HQ 3 Commando Brigade as the SO3 J6 and Battle Captain, deploying to Afghanistan (Op HERRICK IX). As an acting Major, he then took charge of the Trials and Training Support Group within the Defence CBRN Centre.

On promotion to Major, his initial SO2 appointment was as the Officer Commanding the CIS Training Company at the Commando Training Centre, Royal Marines (CTCRM). He was then selected for Sub-Unit Command and assumed command of the Communications Squadron, 30 Commando (Information Exploitation) Group RM. He then returned to CTCRM, as the Second in Command or the Specialist Training Wing. This was followed by a broadening appointment outside the RM. In his final role as a Major, he was appointed to be the Second in Command of 30 Cdo IX Gp RM.

On promotion to Lieutenant Colonel, he assumed a Navy Command HQ, as the SO1 Equipment Capability in the Commando Force Project Team within the Develop Directorate.

Since September 2023 he has been working in the Navy Plans and Capability team within the MoD
 

Lieutenant Colonel Phil Alvarez

Commander, 1st Air and Space Communications Operations Squadron, United States Air Force
Lieutenant Colonel Phil Alvarez

Lt Col Phillip N. Alvarez is the commander of the 1st Air and Space Communications Operations Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany where he commands 149 total force personnel across six career fields delivering, operating, and defending nine diverse C5ISR network platforms used by over 3,400 users and intelligence analysts at 19 locations in the United States Air Forces in Europe, Air Forces Africa, and United States Air Forces Central Command-Forward theaters of operations. He leads the management and sustainment of the command’s $90M Air Force Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System (JWICS) net-centric enterprise, the operation and mobilization of the Air Force’s only deployable JWICS communications suite, the only approved black network, and two global command and control systems.

Lt Col Alvarez is a prior-enlisted Airmen and achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant before earning a Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) scholarship. Lt Col Alvarez received his commission from the University of South Florida ROTC program, earning Distinguished Graduate honors. He is a cyberspace operations officer and has held positions at the Squadron, Group, Wing, Numbered Air Force, Combatant Command, Joint and NATO levels. Lt Col Alvarez most recently served as Deputy Division Chief, Warfighting Capabilities and Integration Division for United States Air Forces in Europe and Africa. In this capacity, he led 191 personnel and managed a $260 million budget, directing command, control, communications, cyber defense, development, modernization, nuclear command and control program management, and operational analysis to provide reliable, resilient and interoperable technology for 9 Wings, 6 Main Operating Bases, and 92 Geographically Separated Units across 2 Combatant Commands.
 

Linda Ngozwana

Member, Women in Aerospace Europe - UK
Linda Ngozwana

 Linda Ngozwana, born and raised in South Africa, is a Systems Engineer at MDA UK Space and Robotics with experience in developing sensors used in spacecraft. Prior to this, Linda completed her Masters in Astronautics and Aerospace Engineering at Cranfield University, with research experience in applying Model Based Systems Engineering to complex satellite manoeuvres and its impact on satellite design.

 
Linda believes in breaking boundaries and is determined to inspire other young girls to do the same by leading in the promotion of gender equality and access to quality education. To this end, she has been actively working in various Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) which help expose learners from all over the world to careers in space. Linda aims to play a pivotal role in inspiring the next generation of young people who want to come into space so they too can create monumental changes to uplift their communities. As a result, Linda is a co-founder of Moonshot Africa, a South African based talent accelerator that aims to launch future generations of African rocket scientists into space. Linda is also a fervent volunteer of the Space Generation Advisory Council and has served as mentor and in 2023 as part of the Organising Team for the 21st Space Generation Congress. Linda has also been part of the Women in Aerospace UK committee since 2023.
 
As a pinnacle of her work, she has been recognized by various organisations from all over the world including getting a career feature on CNN. She also had many articles published by media houses in Africa on how she empowers and inspires young girls and women to take on careers in these fields.
Linda proudly represents a generation of African engineers that will not be defined by their origins and environment, rather by their bravery and ambition.
 

Lorenzo Arona

Standard Member Director, Space Data Association
Lorenzo Arona

Lorenzo is Standard Member Director, Space Data Association and a Senior Manager in the Spacecraft Operations department of Avanti Communications, where he leads the team responsible for Flight Dynamics and Space Traffic Coordination, and he is the company delegate for Space Safety & Sustainability matters.

Lorenzo has more than 15 years of experience in satellite operations, first at the European Space Agency, where he worked on interplanetary probes like Rosetta and Venus Express, then at Avanti Communications. There, he set up the company Spacecraft Operations Centre, then turned it from a cost centre into a revenue-generating department by implementing spacecraft operations as a service.
Lorenzo participates in several industry-led working groups focused on space safety and sustainability, and is a UK Space Agency (UKSA) delegate at the European Cooperation for Space Standardization (ECSS).


 

Major General Hans Folmer

Chief of Staff, NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency)
Major General Hans Folmer

Major General (MGEN) Hans Folmer was appointed Chief of Staff of the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) as of 3 March 2022. In his role, MGEN Folmer acts as the NCI Agency’s senior military officer and provides oversight of day-to-day activities, while ensuring the efficient and effective operation of the Agency’s functional support elements.

From summer 2018 until 2021, he served in NATO as Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of the NATO CIS Group (NCISG) in Mons, Belgium. In this period, he was also appointed acting SHAPE Deputy Chief of Staff Cyberspace for an extended length of time.

In June 2015, he became the first Commander of the Netherlands Defence Cyber Command, having previously commanded the Cyber Task Force from 2011 to 2015. During that time, MGEN Folmer was responsible for the implementation of the cyber programme for the Armed Forces of the Netherlands.

From 2010 to 2011, MGEN Folmer was Chief Joint C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) requirements at the Dutch Ministry of Defence, Directorate for Operational Policy, Requirements and Planning. Prior to this role, he was the Chief of the European Union’s (EU’s) Operations Centre and Watchkeeping Capability in Brussels, Belgium. MGEN Folmer also chaired the Brussels Joint Coordination Team for the EU Supporting Action for African Union’s mission to Sudan (AMIS). From October 2006 until May 2007, he was the Military Assistant to the Commander, NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Regional Command (South) in Kandahar, Afghanistan. MGEN Folmer was the Commanding Officer of the bi-national CIS Battalion of the 1 (German/Netherlands) Corps from June 2004 until May 2007. With his battalion, he participated in NATO Response Force and won the General Fellgiebel prize for best German signal battalion. As liaison officer at Germany’s Bundeswehr Operations Command, from 2002 until 2004, he was involved in the planning of operations in Afghanistan,

in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Bosnia and the Persian Gulf. He has held previous positions such as Assistant Chief of Staff G4 of the Netherlands Mechanized Division and Senior Policy Advisor at the Army Directorate of Materiel, as well as Senior Project Manager on IT systems, communications, IT Architecture and Command and Control Systems.
 

Major General Sami Nurmi

Deputy Chief of Staff – Strategy, Finnish Ministry of Defence
Major General Sami Nurmi

Major General Sami Nurmis Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategy of the Finnish Defence Forces as of 1 April 2024.

Previously, he has served as Head of Unit, Ministry of Defence, Head of Defence Courses at the National Defence Uni-versity, Director of Communications for the Finnish Defence Forces and assistant to the Chief of the EU Military Staff in Brussels.

Major General Steven 'Bucky' Butow

Military Deputy, Defense Innovation Unit
Major General Steven 'Bucky' Butow

Steve “Bucky” Butow is the Director of the Space Portfolio at the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). He joined the team in 2015 as a plank owner when DIU was known as the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) and helped establish the organization’s operating locations in Silicon Valley; Boston, Massachusetts; and Austin, Texas.

In his reserve capacity, Butow is a Major General serving as the Commander of the California Air National Guard where he leads 4,900 Airmen assigned to five wings and a headquarters staff. Prior to this assignment, he was a Special Assistant to the Director, Air National Guard.

Butow is a former Commander of the 129th Rescue Wing at Moffett Federal Airfield, CA, where his responsibilities included organizing, training, equipping, and maintaining 970 combat-ready forces and $1 Billion dollars of special mission aircraft and equipment supporting the U.S. Air Force's combat rescue and personnel recovery missions. He has previously served as the Deputy Director of the Joint Search and Rescue Center for U.S. Central Command in 2005, and as Chief of Personnel Recovery for U.S. Air Forces Central in 2007 supporting Operations IRAQI and ENDURING FREEDOM. Prior to joining DIU, Butow was the Vice Chief of the Joint Staff, California Military Department with responsibilities including cybersecurity, incident awareness and innovation. He has more than 3,500 flying hours in T-37, T-38, C-130, HC-130 and MC-130P aircraft.

As a researcher with the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute, Butow worked on instrument concepts for Mars surface soil analysis at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA. He later served as co-principal investigator for a series of airborne science missions for which he was recognized for outstanding achievement and contributions to the Space Science Division in 1999 and received an Ames Honor Award as a member of an Astrobiology Mission Project Team in 2000.

Butow graduated from San Jose State University with a B.A. in Physics & Astronomy and earned a M.S. in Management with specialization in Air and Space Strategic Studies from the University of Maryland. He has also completed executive courses at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and was a member of the National Leadership Preparedness Initiative (NPLI) Cohort 16.

Major Semra Turkalp

Senior Legal Counsel Space, Royal Netherlands Air Force - Defence Space Security Center
Major Semra Turkalp

Major Semra Turkalp joined the Defence Space Security Center at the Royal Netherlands Air Force in March 2020. As Senior Legal Counsel Space, she provides legal support to the civilian and military space experts and operators of the Defence Space Security Center, and to the high level policymakers and the Military Staff within the Ministry of Defence. In addition, as a Subject Matter Expert she takes part in various international consultations and conducts negotiations on behalf of the Minister of the Netherlands space related projects, agreements and cooperation with allied nations, NATO and/or the EU.

Major Turkalp obtained her law degree, with a specialization in Space Law at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. Prior to joining the Royal Netherlands Air Force, she served at the Netherlands Public Prosecution Service involving cases of international crimes at the Appeals Court of the Hague and the Supreme Court of the Netherlands.

Martin Coleman

Board Member, Satcoms Innovation Group
Martin Coleman

Martin Coleman is a SIG Advisory Board member. Since 2011, Martin has been active in spearheading several significant initiatives, leading the advance in new tools to resolve all types of VSAT interference using SatGuard and the campaign to introduce Carrier ID across all SCPC/MCPC transmissions and subsequent ongoing activities.

Martin’s own company, Colem, which is now a part of Crystal, is a services, design and project management consultancy developing Network Management Systems (NMS) and automation control (NMS+) for the satellite and video distribution industry. Prior to setting up Colem, Martin was an engineer in charge of various BT projects for Madley, Goonhilly and other ground stations within the UK as well as working at London’s international switching centres starting his career in 1970.

 

Michael Usowski

Senior Defense Intelligence Analyst, Office of Space & Counterspace, Defence Intelligence Agency
Michael Usowski

 Mr. Michael A. Usowski was appointed as the Senior Defense Intelligence Analyst for Space & Counterspace (SCS) in August 2022. In this role, he is the analytic authority for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) on space and counterspace issues. He leads the planning, directing, and management of space and counterspace intelligence analysis and production across the Defense Intelligence All-Source Analysis Enterprise (DIAAE). He develops and implements strategies and analytic capabilities to support combatant command, policymaker, and defense acquisition community intelligence requirements. Mr. Usowski joined the DIA in 2007 and has served the agency in numerous roles since then. He holds a B.S in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

Michelle Hanlon

Executive Director, Center for Air and Space Law at the University of Mississippi
Michelle Hanlon

Michelle L.D. Hanlon is the Executive of the Air and Space Law Program at the University of Mississippi School of Law and its Center for Air and Space Law. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Space Law, the world’s oldest law journal dedicated to the legal problems arising out of human activities in outer space and its sister publication, the Journal of Drone Law and Policy. Michelle is a Co-Founder and President of For All Moonkind, Inc., a nonprofit corporation that is the only organization in the world focused on protecting human cultural heritage in outer space. In this capacity, she was instrumental in the development of the recently enacted One Small Step Act in the United States. For All Moonkind has been recognized by the United Nations as a Permanent Observer to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and recently launched its Institute on Space Law and Ethics.

Michelle received her B.A. in Political Science from Yale College and her J.D. magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center. She earned her LLM in Air and Space Law from McGill University. Prior to focusing on aviation and space law, Michelle was engaged in a private business law practice.

 

Mike Assid

Director, SATCOM Integrated Operations Division
Mike Assid

Mike Dean

Director, Command, Control and Communications Infrastructure (C3I), US DoD CIO
Mike Dean

Mr. Mike Dean became a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) in 2024. He currently serves as Director, Command, Control, and Communications Infrastructure (C3I) office of the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer (DoD CIO). In this position, he leads the governance, oversight and policy development of DoD tactical communications, tactical data links, combat identification systems, public safety communications, satellite communications, positioning, navigation and timing, and mobility/5G systems.

 
Previously, Mr. Dean served as Satellite Communications (SATCOM) Division Chief for C3I, providing technical expertise, oversight and broad guidance on policy, programmatic and technical issues relating to DoD SATCOM as well as serving as the DoD CIO’s focal point for international partnership activities in SATCOM to include the NATO SATCOM Services 6th Generation (NSS6G) activities.
 
Before joining federal government service, Mr. Dean served as a career Army Signal Corps and Cyberspace officer for more than 27 years (including multiple command positions and combat deployments within the 82d Airborne Division and finally as the Space Branch Chief in the Joint Staff J6). Following his military career, Mr. Dean served as a defense contractor in multiple roles supporting the DoD CIO in satellite communications and information enterprise management. One of Mr. Dean’s most notable roles in DoD SATCOM was the architectural development and digital modernization of Enterprise SATCOM Management and Control. This enterprise architecture is currently being implemented by a DoD-wide plan endorsed in December 2022 by the principal leadership of the DoD CIO, U.S. Space Command, and the U. S. Space Force.
 
Mr. Dean holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Systems Management from Western International University, a Master of Arts in History from Western Illinois University and he is a 2023 alumni of the Federal Executive Institute’s “Leadership in a Democratic Society” course.

Name Withheld for Security Reasons

Senior Representative, UK National Cyber Security Centre
Name Withheld for Security Reasons

A senior representative from the UK National Cyber Security Centre will join us to provide the keynote of the Cybersecurity for Space & SATCOM Focus Day. Name withheld for security reasons.

Nimmi Patel

Head of Skills, Talent, and Diversity, Tech UK
Nimmi Patel

Nimmi Patel is the Head of Skills, Talent and Diversity at techUK. She works on all things skills, education, and future of work policy, focusing on upskilling and retraining. Nimmi is also an Advisory Board member of Digital Futures at Work Research Centre (digit). The Centre research aims to increase understanding of how digital technologies are changing work and the implications for employers, workers, job seekers and governments. She is a member of Chatham House's Common Futures Conversations.

Prior to joining the team, she worked for the UK Labour Party and New Zealand Labour Party, and holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Manchester and is currently studying MA Strategic Communications at King’s College London.
 

Patricia Cooper

President & Founder, Constellation Advisory, LLC and Former VP, Space X
Patricia Cooper

 Patricia Cooper is a leading expert on satellite communications, regulation and space policy, and is the founder of the space consultancy, Constellation Advisory, LLC, where she advises smart space and satellite ventures and international projects.

 
For six years, Cooper led Government Affairs for the Starlink satellite broadband constellation project at Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), where she secured Federal Communications Commission authorization for a record 12,000 satellites, and market access in more than 30 countries. She advocated for updates to spectrum, telecom competition and space safety regulations in the US and around the globe to support the coming generation of satellite networks. Today, Starlink serves over 2 million users worldwide with a constellation of over 6,000 satellites in over 70 countries.    
 
Prior to SpaceX, Patricia was an executive at geostationary satellite fleet operator Intelsat and as for nearly 7 years, President of the Satellite Industry Association (SIA), the leading trade organization representing U.S. satellite operators, manufacturers and service providers. At SIA, Patricia advocated in regulatory and national security arenas, for fair trade and competition rules internationally, and spearheaded a successful bipartisan, bi-cameral legislative initiative to reform satellite export control legislation.  Previously, Patricia had served in both the U.S. Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Commerce, and led international outreach at two start-ups, CoreExpress, an Internet fiber infrastructure play and PanAmSat Corporation, a disruptor in the early satellite services market.   
 
Patricia holds a Master’s Degree with Distinction in International Economics from the John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and German from Kansas State University (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa).  
 

Peter Trussell

Skills for Space Lead, UK Space Agency
Peter Trussell

 Peter Trussell is a Civil Servant working at the UK Space Agency as the Future Workforce Lead, partnering with experts in industry, academia, and across government to provide a skilled workforce for the growing UK space sector.

 
Prior to joining the UK Space Agency, Peter worked in the Leadership College for Government within the Cabinet Office as a Learning and Development Specialist, designing and delivering leadership development programmes, courses, and events for public sector Chief Executive Officer equivalent leaders in local government, health, education, emergency services, armed forces, and civil services.
 
Having completed Rolls-Royce’s HR Graduate Training Programme, Peter has experience across the entire employee lifecycle through various HR roles, including recruitment, induction, training and development, workforce planning and voluntary and mandatory redundancy. Peter is also an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development having completed the CIPD Advanced Level 7 Diploma in Strategic People Management.

Philippe Bertrand

Chairman, EU Space Programme Security Accreditation Board (SAB)
Philippe Bertrand

Philippe Bertrand was elected by the European Union Member States as the Chairman of the Security Accreditation Board (SAB) of the EU Space Programme in May 2022. The SAB is the security accreditation authority for all of the EU Space Programme’s components where Member States take decisions in a strictly independent manner.

Prior to that, Mr. Bertrand worked as a European affairs coordinator at the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) in France. Philippe Bertrand has a vast experience in space-related activities and more specifically in satellite navigation. He has held several managerial positions in the public sector, namely in the French Armed Forces, the office of the French Prime Minister and the European Commission.

 

Pinar Yasar Orten

Head of SATCOM Technology, NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency)
Pinar Yasar Orten

Mrs. Pinar Yasar Orten is a SATCOM professional who leads the efforts related to SATCOM technology roadmaps and bringing those technologies to NATO as Head of SATCOM Technology in NATO Communications and Information Agency Chief Technology Office (CTO).
She is part of CTO-STAR (Space Technology Adoption and Resilience) team, where the team deals with all space domain technology related matters in NCIA.

Having almost 2 decades of experience in the domain, Pinar joined the NCI Agency after working in defence industry over a decade.

Her experience spans from design, development and acquisition of Electronic Warfare and SATCOM Systems for space, land, maritime and air domains as well as managing diverse engineering teams. Providing latest SATCOM technology to the Alliance, Pinar applies sound engineering principles using both traditional and innovative methods.

She has her B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering as well as M.Sc. in the same domain with a focus on electromagnetics and novel RF materials, which is one of the disruptive technologies and has published papers in this domain. She is alumni of NATO-wide Executive Development Program.
 

Prof Joanne Wheeler

Chair, Satellite Finance Network
Prof Joanne Wheeler

 Joanne is a leading expert in the field of satellite and space law, policy, regulation and spectrum issues and commercial contracts, having worked at Ofcom, the European Space Agency and for over 20 years in private legal practice in this area. She was awarded an MBE for services to the UK space industry in 2017. She is ranked Tier 1 in legal directories.

Joanne won the Financial Times European Legal Innovator of the Year award in 2014. She is the co-founder and Chair of the Satellite Finance Network (www.satellitefinancenetwork.org). She is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, the Royal Aeronautical Society, Deputy Chair of the National Space Centre and chair of the National Space Academy steering board. She Co-Chairs the UK Government’s Spaceflight Safety and Regulatory Council and was appointed as an honorary Professor by the University of Leicester in 2022.

Raniah Admed

Chair, UKSEDS
Raniah Admed

Samuel Visner

Chair, Board of Directors, Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Space ISAC)
Samuel Visner

 Samuel Sanders Visner serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center and as a Technical Fellow at the Aerospace Corporation. Sam is also a Senior Advisor to the Cybersecurity Solarium Commission. Sam served previously as Director of the National Cybersecurity Federally Funded Research and Development Center (MITRE), sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Sam is as a member of the Board of Directors of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities and also serves as a member of the Cyber Council of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance and the Cyber Committee of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. Sam served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, where he taught a course on cybersecurity policy, operations, and technology, and has also established a charitable trust for the University for the continued development of curricula in the study of information technology in international security. Sam is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Atlantic Council and is a former member of the Intelligence Community Studies Board. Sam is also a member of the Army Science Board. Sam served previously as Senior Vice President at ICF (Cybersecurity and Resilience), Vice President at CSC (General Manager, CSC Global Cybersecurity), Senior Vice President at SAIC, and as Chief of Signals Intelligence Programs at the National Security Agency, from which he received the Agency's highest award for civilian service in recognition of work done to transform the Agency’s signals intelligence infrastructure following 9/11.  Sam holds a bachelor’s degree in International Politics from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in Telecommunications from the George Washington University.

Senior Representative

, UK Ministry of Defence
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Senior Representative

Life Cycle Management Directorate, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)
Senior Representative

Senior Representative

Infrastructure Asset Pre-Assessment program, Commercial Satellite Communications Office, USSF
Senior Representative

Squadron Leader Rebecca Kirk

Project Engineering Lead, RAF Waddington
Squadron Leader Rebecca Kirk

 Becky Kirk is a qualified and experienced Chartered Engineer with a strong background in space systems engineering. With many years of experience in the field, she has proven expertise in Systems Engineering processes and Satellite architecture.

 
Prior to her current role at e2E Services as a Deliver Manager and Engineering Consultant, Becky served in the Royal Air Force for 19 years, where she developed valuable leadership and teamwork skills that have been instrumental in her success as a space systems engineer. She spent time with NATO, DE&S and multiple overseas detachments.
 
Not wanting to leave the military fully, she remained as a Part Time Voluntary Reservist, where she now instructs on the Space Operations Courses and is assisting defence with their Space System requirements.
 
She has worked as a STEM Ambassador and is passionate about demonstrating the virtues of a career in this field.

Steve Pitcher

Senior Cyber Survivability Analyst, Joint Chiefs of Staff - J6
Steve Pitcher

Mr. Steve Pitcher is the Senior Cyber Survivability Analyst for the Joint Staff J6. During Steve’s 20 years in the Air Force, and 19 years as a government civilian with the Missile Defense Agency and Joint Staff, he has held several cybersecurity, command and control, modeling and simulation, information sharing, Joint/Coalition operations, and cyber survivability positions. As part of the Joint Staff, he focused on developing cybersecurity approaches to enable coalition interoperability, with authoritative data services and web-based presentation applications to rapidly deploy a hybrid mission planning and execution network. More recently, he has worked to define how properly articulated cyber survivability threshold performance requirements can reduce resource and mission risk for the acquisition of warfighter systems, by ensuring cybersecurity and cyber resilience performance requirements are included in a program managers cost, schedule and performance risk trade space. This has been transformational in driving cyber security consideration within DevOps, and validation of the effectiveness of implementation during DevSecOps … helping to ensure warfighting capabilities are secure and resilient by design.

Tales Gaspar

Programme Manager, UK SPF and Satellite, Tech UK
Tales Gaspar

 Tales has a background in law and economics, with previous experience in the regulation of new technologies and infrastructure. In the UK and Europe, he offered consultancy on intellectual property rights of cellular and IoT technologies and on the regulatory procedures at the ITU as a Global Fellow at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI). Tales has an LL.M in Law and Business by the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) and an MSc in Regulation at the London School of Economics, with a specialization in Government and Law.

Trond Hermansen

Special Advisor SATCOM, Norwegian Armed Forces Cyberdefence
Trond Hermansen

Trond Hermansen is a SATCOM specialist within operational use of military SATCOM. He is now working as a special advisor in SATCOM to the Norwegian Armed Forces Cyberdefence. He is a former naval operational officer and has specialized in operational use of military SATCOM. He is presently engaged as operational project officer for the Arctic Satellite Broadband Mission project and the HEO-2 project that both will deliver 2 communication satellites in a high elliptical orbit in 2023 and 2026 respectvely.

Tulay Aydin

Strategic Innovation in Defence Technology Manager, University of the Bundeswehr
Tulay Aydin

Tülay is a Research Associate specializing in Cyber Security in New Space at the University of the Bundeswehr Munich. An accomplished aerospace engineer, she brings extensive experience in the defense industry to her role, adeptly managing cutting-edge technology projects. Her passion for space technology and the space economy drives her commitment to advancing security measures and innovations in this dynamic field.

Vice Admiral Dr Thomas Daum

Chief of German Cyber and Information Domain Service, German Cyber and Information Domain Service, Bundeswehr/ German Federal Armed Forces
Vice Admiral Dr Thomas Daum

Vice-Admiral Dr Thomas Daum joined the Bundeswehr as an officer candidate in 1981. After studying computer science at the Bundeswehr University in Munich and completing his naval officer education, he received first command assignments on seagoing units. From 1996 onwards, he took part in the two-year admiral staff officers’ training at the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College in Hamburg.

His career as a senior officer was characterised by assignments at command headquarters and at the Federal Ministry of Defence, where he served in the areas of CIS support/C4ISR as well as concepts and capability analysis. He was also given command assignments at home and abroad, especially as commander of a fast patrol boat squadron, also on NATO operations.

He served as Head of the Information Technology Directorate at the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) from 2012 to 2015 and as Chief of Staff and Deputy General Manager as well as Chief Operating Officer of the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) in Brussels, Belgium, from 2015 to 2019.

After becoming Chief of Staff at the German Cyber and Information Domain Service Headquarters on 1 April 2019, Dr Daum was appointed as Chief of the Cyber and Information Domain Service on 25 September 2020.
 

Victoria Cope

Commercial Enterprise Director, Defence Digital, UK MOD
Victoria Cope

Victoria joined Defence Digital in May 2023 as Commercial Director with responsibility for functional leadership of the directorate and commercial leadership of digital across the defence enterprise.

The enterprise focus includes digital category management, commercial optimisation & market innovation.

Prior to joining Defence Digital Victoria was the Commercial & Category Director for the UK Health Security Agency within the Government Commercial Function. Where she established and led the Commercial and Business Development functions.

Victoria has over 20 years’ experience in the Defence & Security sector, leading corporate procurement, commercial and finance functions within FTSE100/250 organisations including BAE Systems, QinetiQ, Airbus, Unilever and the UK Health Security Agency.

Victoria’s achievements were recognised by World Commerce and Contracting in the Inspiring Women list 2023. The Times & Sunday Times in 2019 as the winner of We Are the City Top 100 Women 2019 – Defence. Victoria was also awarded the Marshall of Cambridge Medal by the Duke of Edinburgh for her contribution to the industry.

Victoria is a chartered Aeronautical Engineer by background and holds an Executive MBA from Henley Business School. Victoria is a Fellow and Global Advisory Board Member of World Commerce & Contracting, a Non-Executive Council Member of The Air League Trust and a Non- Executive Director and Chair of Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee of the Inspiring Leadership Foundation
 

Wing Commander Daniela Nowalski

Deputy Commandant, Tedder Academy of Leadership, Royal Air Force / representing alta
Wing Commander Daniela Nowalski

 Wing Commander Daniela Nowalski joined the RAF in 1999. Her posts have primarily been at the forefront of the UK’s air movements & transport operations and included operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan. She has served in the Joint Force Logistics HQ during Op HERRICK drawdown and in the UK’s Permanent Joint HQ supporting emergent UK operations in the broader Middle East. She commanded Logistics Squadron at RAF Waddington, supporting and enabling the RAF’s ISTAR Force.  She has served as the Aide de Camp to Commander British Forces Cyprus and as the Military Assistant to the Assistant Chief of Defence Staff. Following a year planning and executing the world-wide baton relay to commemorate RAF100 in 2018, she then served as Executive Officer on 85 (Expeditionary Logistics) Wing at RAF Wittering, the home of the RAF’s high readiness deployable logistics capability. 

Daniela assumed the role of Deputy Commandant of the Tedder Academy of Leadership in 2021, a role that shapes and influences leadership training and education across the RAF Whole Force.  As coaching & mentoring desk-lead for the RAF she sets the conditions for mentoring to be adopted as best practice and as part of an individual’s continued pursuit of excellence in leadership.   

An experienced mentor Daniela represents the RAF on the alta steering group - an award winning mentoring initiative for women, by women, in the air, aviation and space sector. Additionally, she has led cross-organisational mentoring circles within the Business in the Community initiative and is a CV-mentor with the Young Women’s Trust. Daniela sits on the coveted Women in Defence mentoring scheme selection panel, and in 2021 as a member of the scheme, she won the national Most Committed Mentee Award. 
 
Daniela is also an Alumni of the Windsor Leadership Trust, a graduate of the Advanced Command and Staff Course (Reserves), a CAS Fellow and a mum of 2. 
 

Ten reasons why Global MilSatCom is the chosen premier gathering for industry experts

1. NEW: Over 500 military in attendance
Connect with the largest ever military audience, as for the first time, the Global MilSatCom doors open for military to attend for free.

2. 45 nations in attendance
Intrinsically global – not just part of the name but part of our philosophy. No other event brings together SATCOM experts from over 45 countries.

3. NEW: SME Expo & Innovation Stage
This is where groundbreaking ideas meet practical solutions. Experience firsthand the innovation and expertise showcased at our SME Expo & Innovation Stage, and stay ahead of the curve in your industry.

4. Pre-conference highly topical Focus Day
Participate in an engaging and timely Focus Day, gaining valuable insights into the most relevant topics shaping the MilSatCom community in 2024, before the main conference kicks off.

5. Unmatched line-up of over 100 market leading speakers
The unparalleled military, government, and industry speaker line-up deliver enlightening and interactive presentations that will leave you inspired and equipped with the knowledge to excel.
 


6. NEW: A steer from the biggest industry and military experts
The first ever Advisory Board is powered by the titans within SATCOM, from across Industry and Military organisations. Their advice and guidance will support the events 25 years heritage to ensure Global MilSatCom continues to be the premier meeting place in the market.

7. NEW: Championing Women in MilSatCom
Support the ground-breaking women shaping the future of MilSatCom at this brand-new dedicated forum.

8. NEW: The Global Connect App
Arrive with a full diary of meetings, arrange closed-door discussions, and interact in Q&A sessions with the new Global Connect App. Prepare to be amazed by the connections waiting to be made.

9. The Graduate Space Careers Conference
Meet the future of space talent at this co-located conference, attended by over 150 university students – supported by the SAE Foundation.

10. More than a quarter of a century of heritage
Be a part of the longest standing MilSatCom conference and exhibition in the world.

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Testimonials

Attending Global MilSatCom Conference & Exhibition in London this year was truly delightful, engaging with customers and partners to discuss the advancements in our market. A big thank you to SAE Media Group Defence for the organisation of this year's event. It was a blast!
Eric Even, Head of Integrated Space Solutions, Airbus Defence & Space
The differentiator for this event is that we as human beings, designers, engineers, business people, customers, are all here. We can network, we can identify problems, create solutions and that's the best part of this conference.
Dr. Rajeev Gopal, VP Advance Solutions, Hughes
This is the first time we've exhibited at Global MilSatCom. The key contacts and the network that we are going to gain from this is like nothing else. This is the event to be at for this year, for sure.
Matthew Humphreys, Sales Director, Intellian
Global MilSatCom has existed for more than a quarter of a century. This is a testament to just how important and relevant this event is. It just gives us the opportunity to network, to build up partnerships and to interact with customers and innovators across the sector.
Nik Smith, Regional Director UK and Europe, Lockheed Martin UK Space
Global MilSatCom is a really crucial Satellite and Communications conference bringing people from across the world, both customers and suppliers. It's a great opportunity for us to come together and exchange, learn what each other are doing and look at those future capabilities.
Patrick Wood, SVP Space systems UK, Airbus

Advisory Board

Captain (RN) Phil Coope

Captain (RN) Phil Coope

Deputy Head – Space, UK Strategic Command
Captain (N) Jose Freitas

Captain (N) Jose Freitas

Head of Space Department, Portuguese Armed Forces General Staff
Colonel (Ret'd) Jennifer Krolikowski

Colonel (Ret'd) Jennifer Krolikowski

Former Chief Information Officer - Space Systems Command
CEO, Plan Z
Nik Smith

Nik Smith

Regional Director UK and Europe, Lockheed Martin Space
Brigadier Mike Cornwell

Professor Anna Moore

Director, ANU Institute for Space
Todd Gossett

Todd Gossett

Vice President, Space and National Security Initiatives SES Space & Defence
David Dean

David Dean

Space FBLOS Principal Advisor, DSTL
Chris Moore

Chris Moore

VP Defence & Security, Government Relations, Eutelsat Oneweb
David Black

Wing Commander David Black

SO1 Satellite Co-ordination Team, UK Space Command
Betty Bonnardel-Azzarelli

Betty Bonnardel-Azzarelli

Chairperson, UK Chapter, Space and Satellite Professionals International

New for 2024!

1. Over 500 military in attendance

Connect with our largest ever military audience as for the first time we open the doors for military to attend for free.

2. A steer from the biggest industry and military experts

For 2024 we are bringing together the Titans of MilSatCom to create a distinctive programme comprising of five integrated conferences.

3. Championing Women in MilSatCom

Support the ground-breaking women shaping the future of MilSatCom at this brand new dedicated forum.

4. The Global Connect App

Arrive with a full diary of meetings, arrange closed-door discussions, and interact in Q&A sessions. Prepare to be amazed by the connections waiting to be made.

5. SME Expo & Innovation Stage

Specifically for SMEs, showcase your services and be at the centre of the conversation shaping tomorrow’s technology.

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With a range of packages and bespoke options available tell us what you want to achieve and we will help you get there.
Contact Daniele Moreschi, Sales Director on daniele.moreschi@saemediagroup.com  or +44 (0) 20 7827 6050.

Conference agenda

We’ve changed our approach to the agenda for Global MilSatCom in 2024. This year the entire event is focussed on the theme of 'Building Resilient & Robust SATCOM' and as such the agenda is not split on geographic lines but instead on key topic areas within this theme, each with a varied mix of perspectives from across the world. We’ve moved away from purely longform individual presentations and are instead prioritising a mix of short presentations and interactive panels, punctuated by highly topical keynotes.

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Focus Day - Cybersecurity for Space & SATCOM: Registration & Coffee

This brand-new pre-conference Focus Day will be entirely dedicated to the vital topic of Cybersecurity for Space & SATCOM. As we have seen in the Ukraine Conflict, Cyber-attacks on space systems are becoming increasingly prevalent and this runs the risk of undermining the capability of Military Satellite Communications, whether at war or not.
Cyber-attacks are the most likely and potentially the most dangerous form of attack on SATCOM and as such it is vital the topic is thoroughly explored.

The day itself will focus on cybersecurity standards and regulation, innovative concepts, increased awareness, cyber solutions and threat knowledge across the MILSATCOM enterprise in order to help the community embrace security-by-design and ensure continuity of communications.

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8:50

Chair's Opening Remarks

Colonel (Ret'd) Jennifer Krolikowski, Former Chief Information Officer - Space Systems Command, CEO, Plan Z

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Enhancing Cybersecurity for the UKs Critical Space Infrastructure

Name Withheld for Security Reasons, Senior Representative, UK National Cyber Security Centre

  • Understanding the enduring and significant threat to the UK’s critical infrastructure, including the implications for the space sector
  • The danger from state and non-state actors
  • What we need to do to raise resilience of the sector
     
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    Advancing the Cybersecurity Posture of Current and Future Commercial Satellite Communications Procurements

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, Infrastructure Asset Pre-Assessment program, Commercial Satellite Communications Office, USSF

  • Establishing the imperative for the IA-PRE Program
  • What is the process for Pre-Assessment?
  • Key  standards and how to comply
  • Establishing firm relationships with industry to further the program and cybersecurity as a whole
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    Establishing the Warfighter Statements of Intent for Cyber Security and Cyber Resilience

    Steve Pitcher, Senior Cyber Survivability Analyst, Joint Chiefs of Staff - J6

  • Establishing a statement of intent that is plain language, mission focused, threat informed and system specific
  • Bridging the gap between non-cyber professionals and system security engineers
  • Ensuring DoD networks, information systems, and weapon systems are sufficiently cyber survivable, commensurate with their mission risk tolerance
  • Evolving cybersecurity standards
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    10:30

    Session Reserved for Focus Day Strategic Partner

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    11:00

    Morning Coffee

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    Ensuring the Cybersecurity of EU Space Programs

    Philippe Bertrand, Chairman, EU Space Programme Security Accreditation Board (SAB)

  • Ensuring security accreditation for all governmental users (civilian and military)
  • The SAB Security Accreditation Strategy standards
  • Approach to cyber security
  • Long term planning and vision
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    ESA Activities to address Space and Cyber Security Resilience

    John Irving, Security Engineering Manager, ESA Security Office, European Space Agency

  • The collaborative effort with industry to develop the ESA Space & Security Cyber Centre of Excellence (SCCoE) and the Cyber-Security Operations Centre (CSOC)
  • Improving the security posture and resilience of the Agency and its partner: collaborating with defence entities
  • Establishing the new ECSS European Space System Security Standard
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    12:30

    Networking Lunch

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    13:30

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    14:00

    Space/SATCOM Cybersecurity Challenges and Scalable Solutions

  • The intersection between cyber security, data science, networking, and crowdsourcing
  • System-oriented research and the transfer of research results to real-world solutions
  • The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Cyber-Defence for MILSATCOM
  • GNSS spoofing detection/defense, particular with regards to aviation
  • Dr Vincent Lenders, Director of Cyber-Defence Campus, Federal Office for Defence Procurement (armasuisse)

    Dr Martin Strohmeier, Senior Scientific Project Manager, Federal Office for Defence Procurement (armasuisse)

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    14:30

    Cybersecurity for Space and SATCOM: The Role of AI in Defense and Satellite Communications

    Tulay Aydin , Strategic Innovation in Defence Technology Manager, University of the Bundeswehr

  • Emerging cyber threats and collaborative solutions
  • Use cases for AI to enhance security
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    15:00

    Afternoon Tea

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    15:30

    Enhancing our Understanding and Capabilities in Securing Space Assets Against Emerging Cyber Threats

    Dr Ulpia-Elena Botezatu, Chair of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee, UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS)

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    15:45

    The Complex Safeguarding Challenges for Evolving Commercial Space Sector

    Dr Sharon Lemac-Vincere, Academic and Entrepreneur, University of Strathclyde

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    16:00

    Cybersecurity of Space infrastructure: The Legal Aspects

    Laetitia Cesari, Researcher in Space Law and Cybersecurity, University of Luxembourg

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    16:15

    Threats Against Satellite Ground Infrastructure: A Retrospective Analysis of Sophisticated Attacks

    Jessie Hamill-Stewart, PhD Candidate, University of Bath and University of Bristol

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    16:30

    Joint Q+A: Technical and Legal Approaches to Space Cybersecurity

    Dr Ulpia-Elena Botezatu, Chair of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee, UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS)

    Dr Sharon Lemac-Vincere, Academic and Entrepreneur, University of Strathclyde

    Laetitia Cesari, Researcher in Space Law and Cybersecurity, University of Luxembourg

    Jessie Hamill-Stewart, PhD Candidate, University of Bath and University of Bristol

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    17:00

    Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Focus Day

    Colonel (Ret'd) Jennifer Krolikowski, Former Chief Information Officer - Space Systems Command, CEO, Plan Z

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    7:30

    Registration & Coffee

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    8:50

    Chair's Opening Remarks

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    9:00

    Host Nation Opening Keynote Presentation

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, , UK Ministry of Defence

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    9:20

    Exploring UK MilSatCom Programmes & Priorities

    The Global MilSatCom Main Conference will open with a through exploration of our host nation’s MilSatCom programs and priorities with a particular focus on resiliency and UK Space Command’s ‘Protect & Defend’ mission. Updates from 2023 will be discussed, along with the next steps of the SKYNET 6 Program, Commercial partnerships at Defence Digital and the challenges the UK MOD faces.

    Short Presentations and Interactive Q+A with:

    Captain (RN) Phil Coope, Deputy Head - Space , UK Strategic Command

    Victoria Cope, Commercial Enterprise Director, Defence Digital, UK MOD

    David Dean, Chief Engineer, Space FBLOS Principal Advisor, Cyber and Information Systems Division, DSTL

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    10:05

    Session Reserved for Lead Sponsor Airbus

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    10:25

    Morning Coffee

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    KEYNOTE - Providing Critical SATCOM Capabilities and Services to Enable NATO’s Core Tasks

    Major General Hans Folmer, Chief of Staff, NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency)

  • Working in partnership with industry, academia, and not-for-profit organizations
  • Maintaining NATO’s technological edge in SATCOM
  • ‘Connecting the dots’ in space, cyberspace, air, land and maritime domains
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    11:15

    Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor All.Space

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    11:35

    Session Reserved for Silver Sponsor Lockheed Martin

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    11:55

    International Partnerships & Collaboration to Ensure Reliable Communications

    This section of the agenda will bring together those experts who focus on enhancing worldwide collaboration in MilSatCom to ensure communications, no matter the circumstances.

    Short Presentations and Interactive Q+A with:

    Deanna Ryals, Director, International Affairs, Space Systems Command, USSF

    Heinrich Krispler

    Heinrich Krispler, Project Officer GOVSATCOM & Project Officer Support to EU Operations, European Defence Agency

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, Life Cycle Management Directorate, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)

    Colonel Jaime Sanchez Mayorga, SAF/Defense Programs Department , Spanish Space Agency

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    12:55

    Session Reserved for Sponsor Northrop Grumman Corporation

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    13:15

    Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor Eutelsat Oneweb

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    13:35

    Networking Lunch

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    14:35

    Session Reserved for Sponsor Thales

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    14:55

    Why Robust & Resilient SATCOM is Key: Understanding the Threat

    Experts in the intentions and capabilities of hostile actors in space will provide the audience with a thorough understanding of the threat to MilSatCom systems is now and will be in years to come.

    Short Presentations and Interactive Q+A with:

    Dr Brendan Mulvaney, Director, China Aerospace Studies Institute, USAF

    Dr John Huth, Chief, Office of Space & Counterspace, Defence Intelligence Agency

    Michael Usowski, Senior Defense Intelligence Analyst, Office of Space & Counterspace, Defence Intelligence Agency

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    15:25

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    15:45

    Afternoon Tea

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    KEYNOTE - Developing the Next-Generation of Communications Satellites Critical to the Nation’s Nuclear Command, Control and Communications Network

    Colonel A.J. Ashby, Senior Materiel Leader, Acquisition Delta-Strategic SATCOM, Space Systems Command, USSF

  • The legacy of AEHF, what capabilities do we need to enhance?
  •  Plans and project goals for the ESS program
  •  What challenges are we facing and what do we need to hear from industry?
     
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    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    Utilising Laser Communications Technology to Enhance SATCOM Security

    Technical experts in field of Laser Communications and Free-Space Optics will provide insight not only into their specific programs, but also how they see the field developing as a whole.

    Short Presentations and Interactive Q+A with:

    Kees Buijsrogge, Director Space & Scientific Instrumentation, TNO

    Bernard Edwards, Deputy Communications & Navigation Lead, NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate

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    17:25

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    17:45

    Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

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    8:00

    Registration & Coffee

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    8:50

    Chair's Opening Remarks

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    KEYNOTE - Providing Secure, Assured, Low Latency, and Multi-Path Communications Across a Scalable, Resilient and Multi-Domain Network

    Major General Steven 'Bucky' Butow, Military Deputy, Defense Innovation Unit

  • Joint All-Domain Command and Control efforts
  • Taking advantage of scalable data transport architecture
  • Data fusion tools for secure data aggregation and analysis
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    Hybrid Architecture as the Key to Resilient & Robust SATCOM

    There is a growing focus on ensuring resilient SATCOM networks through Hybrid Architecture. Day Two of Global MilSatCom will begin by exploring this focus in depth, through a variety of expert perspectives.

    Short Presentations and Interactive Q+A with:

    Charlotte Gerhart, Director, Acquisition Delta - Tactical SATCOM, Space Systems Command, USSF

    Mike Dean, Director, Command, Control and Communications Infrastructure (C3I), US DoD CIO

    Dr David Voss, Director, Spectrum Warfare Program, Space Warfighting Analysis Center

    There is a growing focus on ensuring resilient SATCOM networks through Hybrid Architecture. Day Two of Global MilSatCom will begin by exploring this focus in depth, through a variety of expert perspectives.

    Short Presentations and Interactive Q+A with:

    Mike Assid

    Mike Assid, Director, SATCOM Integrated Operations Division

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    10:20

    Session Reserved for Lead Sponsor Airbus

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    10:40

    Morning Coffee

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    11:10

    Session Reserved for Sponsor SES Space & Defense

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    11:30

    Session Reserved for Sponsor Hughes

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    11:50

    Leveraging COMSATCOM & Commercial Partnerships

    Utilising commercial capability has become vital in ensuring mission resiliency for SATCOM. This section will explore the growing commercial satcom sector, as well as evaluate how government can best take advantage of these capabilities.

    Short Presentations and Interactive Q+A with:

    Joshua Broom, Head of Space, Department for Business & Trade

    Clare Hopper, Director, Commercial Satellite Communications Office , United States Space Force

    Heinrich Krispler

    Heinrich Krispler, Project Officer GOVSATCOM & Project Officer Support to EU Operations, European Defence Agency

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    12:35

    Session Reserved for Sponsor Gilat

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    12:55

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    Networking Lunch

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    KEYNOTE - Global, Reliable, Partnered SATCOM: Reorienting the Enterprise for Future Force Design

    Colonel (Ret'd) Cameron Stoltz, Director Space Requirements, DND Canada

  • CAF Joint Space 2024
  • Defence SATCOM Program 2040
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    14:35

    Session Reserved for Sponsor Swissto12

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    Ensuring SATCOM Security through Diplomacy, Deterrent & Law

    Whilst it is vital to discuss the technology and capability that keeps SATCOM robust and resilient, it is just as imperative to discuss the legal and diplomatic means by which space systems can be kept secure and crises averted.

    Short Presentations and Interactive Q+A with:

     

    Dr Aurelie Trur-Mirahmetolu, Director, Space Diplomacy and International Cooperation, Foreign Policy Institute (DPE)

    Juliana Suess, Research Fellow, RUSI

    Major Semra Turkalp, Senior Legal Counsel Space, Royal Netherlands Air Force - Defence Space Security Center

    Michelle Hanlon, Executive Director, Center for Air and Space Law at the University of Mississippi

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    15:30

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    15:50

    Afternoon Tea

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    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    16:40

    Utilising LEO & Multi-Orbit SATCOM for Military Operations

    Commercially as well as government developed LEO SATCOM capability offers many advantages in regard to secure SATCOM compared to traditional GEO assets, but also comes with challenges of its own.

    Short Presentations and Interactive Q+A with:

    Pinar Yasar Orten, Head of SATCOM Technology, NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency)

    Kimberly Morris, Deputy, Space Operations Department, Naval Network Warfare Command, US Navy

    Captain (N) Jose Freitas, Head of Space Department, Portuguese Amed Forces General Staff

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    17:25

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

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    Registration & Coffee

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    Chair's Opening Remarks

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    KEYNOTE - Enhancing the German Armed Forces through Increased Exploitation of Space, Cyber and SATCOM

    Vice Admiral Dr Thomas Daum, Chief of German Cyber and Information Domain Service, German Cyber and Information Domain Service, Bundeswehr/ German Federal Armed Forces

  • The increasing dependency of the armed forces on space-supported data, services and products
  • Controlling and protecting the SATCOMBw Military Communications Satellite System
  • Advancing capability through allied partnership and exercises
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    9:20

    Terminal & On-The-Move Resilience for the User

    To ensure truly robust and resilient SATCOM, the User segment is vital. Key warfighter perspectives from combatant commands will explore the importance of secure battlefield communications.

    Short Presentations and Interactive Q+A with:

    Lieutenant Colonel Melanie Strodtman

    Lieutenant Colonel Melanie Strodtman, Director of Operations, 1st Combat Communications Squadron, USAF

    Lieutenant Colonel Phil Alvarez, Commander, 1st Air and Space Communications Operations Squadron, United States Air Force

    Lieutenant Colonel Michael Macdonald, SO1 Naval Plans & Capability, UK Ministry of Defence

    CWO5 Rilin Desamours, Space and Propagation Engineering Officer, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, G-6

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    Session Reserved for Lead Sponsor Airbus

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    Morning Coffee

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    KEYNOTE - Ensuring the Effective Defence of Finland Through Effective and Integrated SATCOM

    Major General Sami Nurmi, Deputy Chief of Staff – Strategy, Finnish Ministry of Defence

  • Maximising levels in connectivity across the High North,
  • Asserting influence across the strategically important Arctic region
  • The role of effective and allied SATCOM for Finnish Defence Strategy
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    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    Polar SATCOM as an Element of Robust & Resilient Networks

    It is vital to ensure continuous SATCOM coverage in the polar region to ensure secure, jam-resistant, strategic and tactical communications to support operations in war and peace. Key players in the region will discuss the field.

    Trond Hermansen, Special Advisor SATCOM, Norwegian Armed Forces Cyberdefence

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Abde Bellahnid

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Abde Bellahnid, SATCOM Program Manager, DND Canada

    Colonel A.J. Ashby, Senior Materiel Leader, Acquisition Delta-Strategic SATCOM, Space Systems Command, USSF

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    12:35

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    12:55

    Networking Lunch

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    Developing Standards for Military Satcom: Collaboration Between Defence and Industry - Hosted by Global Satellite Operators Association (GSOA)

    Exploring the critical role of developing standards in military satellite communications (SATCOM) and the importance of collaboration between defence organisations and industry partners. Discussion topics will include the implementation and impact of the Digital Intermediate Frequency Interoperability (DIFI) standard, the benefits of unified standards for operational efficiency and security, and how collaborative efforts can drive innovation and interoperability in military SATCOM. Join us to gain insights from experts on how these partnerships are shaping the future of military communications.

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    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    Ensuring Longterm Sustainability of Space & Spectrum - Hosted by the Space Data Association & Satcoms Innovation Group

    As the amount of objects in orbit continues to rise, space is becoming increasingly congested and contested. Ensuring longterm sustainability means ensuring both safety of flight and continued and protected use of spectrum. This session will explore the tools and processes already in place, as well as asking what more commercial and military operators need to do to ensure longterm sustainability in an increasingly complex environment.

     

    Martin Coleman, Board Member, Satcoms Innovation Group

    Andrew D'Uva, Strategy and Policy Adviser, Space Data Association

    Lorenzo Arona, Standard Member Director, Space Data Association

    Helen Weedon, Managing Director, Satcoms Innovation Group

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    Afternoon Tea

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    Advisory Board Panel Discussion & Event Wrap Up

    The Global MilSatCom 2024 Advisory Board will reflect on the discussions and key points of the conference, discuss the year to come and take your questions.

    Including:

  • Captain (RN) Phil Coope, Deputy Head – Space, UK Strategic Command
  • Professor Anna Moore, Director, ANU Institute for Space | InSpace
  • Captain (N) José Freitas , Head of Space Department, Estado-Maior-General das Forças Armadas
  • Nik Smith, Regional Director UK and Europe, Lockheed Martin Space
  • Todd Gossett, Vice President, Space and, National Security Initiatives, SES Space & Defense
  • Betty Bonnardel-Azzarelli MBE, Chairperson, UK Chapter, Space and Satellite Professionals International (SSPI)
  • David Dean, Space FBLOS Principal Advisor, Dstl
  • Dr Mamatha Maheshwarappa, Head of Research & Development, UK Space Agency
  • Chris Moore, VP Defence & Security, Government Relations, Eutelsat OneWeb
  • Wing Commander David Black, SO1 Satellite Co-ordination Team, UK Space Command
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    Round Table Facilitated Networking Session

    The final session of Global MilSatCom will be a facilitated networking session built around the key themes we have discussed over the previous three days. Each round table will have a subject matter expert on it, ready to lead deeper discussion of the most important aspects of Building Resilient & Robust SATCOM.

    Round Tables on:

  • Cybersecurity for Space & SATCOM
  • International Partnerships & Collaboration to Ensure Communications Continuity
  • Why Robust & Resilient SATCOM is Key: Understanding the Threat
  • Utilising Laser Communications Technology to Enhance SATCOM Security.
  • Hybrid Architecture as the Key to Resilient & Robust SATCOM
  • COMSATCOM & Commercial Partnerships
  • Ensuring SATCOM Security through Diplomacy, Deterrent & Law
  • Resilience for the User in Terminals & On-The-Move
  • Utilising LEO & Multi-Orbit SATCOM for Military Operations 
  • Polar SATCOM as an Element of Robust & Resilient Networks
  • Ensuring Longterm Sustainability of Space and Spectrum
  • Developing Standards for Military Satcom: Collaboration Between Defence and Industry
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    Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference


    Chief of German Cyber and Information Domain Service
    German Cyber and Information Domain Service, Bundeswehr/ German Federal Armed Forces
    Commercial Enterprise Director
    Defence Digital, UK MOD
    Chief of Staff
    NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency)
    Director, International Affairs
    Space Systems Command, USSF
    Director, Command, Control and Communications Infrastructure (C3I)
    US DoD CIO
    Military Deputy
    Defense Innovation Unit
    Director, Commercial Satellite Communications Office
    United States Space Force
    Senior Representative
    UK National Cyber Security Centre
    Deputy Chief of Staff – Strategy
    Finnish Ministry of Defence
    Strategy and Policy Adviser
    Space Data Association
    Founder
    Women in Defence UK
    Deputy Communications & Navigation Lead
    NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate
    Head of Space Department
    Portuguese Amed Forces General Staff
    Deputy Head - Space
    UK Strategic Command
    Director, Acquisition Delta - Tactical SATCOM
    Space Systems Command, USSF
    Director Space Requirements
    DND Canada
    Former Chief Information Officer - Space Systems Command, CEO
    Plan Z
    Senior Materiel Leader, Acquisition Delta-Strategic SATCOM
    Space Systems Command, USSF
    SAF/Defense Programs Department
    Spanish Space Agency
    Member
    Women in Aerospace Europe - UK
    Space and Propagation Engineering Officer
    U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, G-6
    Chief Engineer, Space FBLOS Principal Advisor, Cyber and Information Systems Division
    DSTL
    Director, Space Diplomacy and International Cooperation
    Foreign Policy Institute (DPE)
    Director
    China Aerospace Studies Institute, USAF
    Co-lead
    Women in Aerospace-Europe UK
    Director, Spectrum Warfare Program
    Space Warfighting Analysis Center
    Director, The Aerospace ADVERSARY Lab, Chair, IEEE International Standard for Space System Cybersecurity
    Cornell University
    Director
    Space Partnership
    Chief, Office of Space & Counterspace
    Defence Intelligence Agency
    Member
    Women in Aerospace Europe - UK
    Head of Research & Development, Co-Chair of WIA-E UK Regional Network
    WIA-Europe UK / UK Space Agency
    Senior Scientific Project Manager
    Federal Office for Defence Procurement (armasuisse)
    Academic and Entrepreneur
    University of Strathclyde
    Chair of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee
    UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS)
    Director of Cyber-Defence Campus
    Federal Office for Defence Procurement (armasuisse)
    Project Officer GOVSATCOM & Project Officer Support to EU Operations
    European Defence Agency
    Managing Director
    Satcoms Innovation Group
    Director
    SpaceCareers.uk
    Programme Manager, Defence
    Tech UK
    PhD Candidate
    University of Bath and University of Bristol
    Senior Fellow
    Women in International Security
    Security Engineering Manager, ESA Security Office
    European Space Agency
    Head of Space
    Department for Business & Trade
    Research Fellow
    RUSI
    Member
    Institute of Physics
    Chair
    Global Network on Sustainability in Space
    Director Space & Scientific Instrumentation
    TNO
    Deputy, Space Operations Department
    Naval Network Warfare Command, US Navy
    Researcher in Space Law and Cybersecurity
    University of Luxembourg
    Head, Space Technology Adoption and Resilience
    NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency)
    SATCOM Program Manager
    DND Canada
    Director of Operations
    1st Combat Communications Squadron, USAF
    SO1 Naval Plans & Capability
    UK Ministry of Defence
    Commander
    1st Air and Space Communications Operations Squadron, United States Air Force
    Member
    Women in Aerospace Europe - UK
    Standard Member Director
    Space Data Association
    Senior Legal Counsel Space
    Royal Netherlands Air Force - Defence Space Security Center
    Board Member
    Satcoms Innovation Group
    Senior Defense Intelligence Analyst, Office of Space & Counterspace
    Defence Intelligence Agency
    Executive Director
    Center for Air and Space Law at the University of Mississippi
    Director
    SATCOM Integrated Operations Division
    Head of Skills, Talent, and Diversity
    Tech UK
    President & Founder
    Constellation Advisory, LLC and Former VP, Space X
    Skills for Space Lead
    UK Space Agency
    Chairman
    EU Space Programme Security Accreditation Board (SAB)
    Head of SATCOM Technology
    NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency)
    Chair
    Satellite Finance Network
    Chair
    UKSEDS
    Chair, Board of Directors
    Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Space ISAC)
    UK Ministry of Defence
    Life Cycle Management Directorate
    NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)
    Infrastructure Asset Pre-Assessment program
    Commercial Satellite Communications Office, USSF
    Project Engineering Lead
    RAF Waddington
    Senior Cyber Survivability Analyst
    Joint Chiefs of Staff - J6
    Programme Manager, UK SPF and Satellite
    Tech UK
    Special Advisor SATCOM
    Norwegian Armed Forces Cyberdefence
    Strategic Innovation in Defence Technology Manager
    University of the Bundeswehr
    Deputy Commandant, Tedder Academy of Leadership
    Royal Air Force / representing alta

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    Silver Sponsor

    Sponsors

    Exhibitors

    SME Zone Exhibitor

    Supporters

    Five events in one

    Only at Global MilSatCom will you benefit from five ground-breaking events in one place – in addition to the 26th annual Global MilSatCom Conference, you'll gain access to the new Focus Day and the new SME stage. This year continues to evolutionise with the addition of the Women in MilSatCom Forum and welcomes the return of the Space Careers Forum. Further details on both events can be found below.

    Graduate Space Careers Forum

    Graduate Space Careers Forum

    The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre
    6 November 2024
    London, United Kingdom

    Women in MilSatCom Forum

    Women in MilSatCom Forum

    St James' Court
    7 November 2024
    London, United Kingdom

    VENUE

    The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

    Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London, United Kingdom

    Located opposite Westminster Abbey, the QEII Centre is less than a five minute walk from the Thames, and a two-minute walk from a royal park. Major train hubs within a 15-minute walk include Victoria, Charing Cross and Waterloo. Whilst there are five international airports with an hour’s transfer.

    A number of our clients have been approached by third party organisations offering to book hotel rooms. We would advise that you do not book through them as they are not representing the SMi Group. SMi Group books all hotel rooms directly. If you are approached by a third party organisation then please contact us before making any bookings. If you have already booked a hotel room using a third party organisation, we would highly recommend contacting the hotel you were booked into to ensure a booking has been made for you. We would also advise you to please check the terms and conditions of the booking carefully.
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    Global MilSatCom 2024 Facts and Figures and Stats

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    Major General Dr. Michael Färber, Bundeswehr 2023 Presentation

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    Brigadier General Davide Cipelletti, 2023 Presentation

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    Colonel David Pheasant, Space Delta 8, USSF 2023 Presentation

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    2023 Global MilSatCom Attendees

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    Global MilSatCom 2023 Facts, Figures and Stats

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    Global MilSatCom Portfolio

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    Commentary: Major General Philippe Adam

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    Sponsors and Exhibitors


    ALL.SPACE

    Gold Sponsor
    https://www.all.space/

    Founded in 2013 with headquarters in Reading, UK, ALL.SPACE is a fast-growing innovative deep tech company and builder of the world’s first and only field-proven smart terminal to simultaneously deliver full-performance connections across all significant orbits from a single device.

    ALL.SPACE’s pioneering technology moves the industry beyond multiple antennas and terminals for different networks with a fully reconfigurable and flexible platform that converges infrastructure, networks, edge computing, intelligent routing and software-defined capabilities all through one device. We deliver assured communications across multiple orbits and networks for a smarter, safer, more resilient world.

    Initially serving defence and government mobility markets, including NATO, we will enable ubiquitous connectivity to remote locations on land, in the air and at sea. Our platform enables military users to leverage emerging satellite technologies in multiple orbits (LEO/MEO/HEO/GEO), giving them the needed resiliency, assured bandwidth and lower latency for multi-domain operations in congested and contested environments. This game-changing solution will bring a new level of connectivity to mobility users globally.



    Eutelsat OneWeb

    Gold Sponsor
    https://www.eutelsat.com

    Eutelsat Group is a global leader in satellite communications, delivering connectivity and broadcast services worldwide. The Group was formed through the combination of Eutelsat and OneWeb in 2023, becoming the first fully integrated GEO-LEO satellite operator with a fleet of 35 Geostationary satellites and a Low Orbit earth constellation of more than 600 satellites. The Group addresses the needs of customers in four key verticals of Video, where it distributes more than 6,500 television channels, and the high-growth connectivity markets of Mobile Connectivity, Fixed Connectivity, and Government Services. Eutelsat Group’s unique suite of in-orbit and on-ground assets enables it to deliver integrated solutions to meet the needs of global customers. The Group is committed to delivering safe, resilient, and environmentally sustainable connectivity to help bridge the digital divide

    Sponsors and Exhibitors


    Lockheed Martin

    Silver Sponsor
    http://www.lockheedmartin.com

    Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 100,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.


    Sponsors and Exhibitors


    3S Northumbria Ltd

    SME Zone Exhibitor
    http://https://northumbrianspace.co.uk/

    ,3S Northumbria Ltd, is the latest commercial venture from Ralph “Dinz” Dinsley, an RAF veteran with more than 25 years’ experience in Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST), Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and Space Domain Awareness (SDA). Based in Alnwick, in the Northeast of England, the company provides Sustainable Space Solutions grounded in the principles of a circular economy for space and evidenced through assured SSA. Its vision is to lead the market in the development of a circular economy for Space by creating and enabling opportunities for increasing the skills and experience needed to support long-term space sustainability.

    Trading since June 2024, 3S Northumbria Ltd is an SME dedicated to the need for preserving the benefits provided from space for future generations. SSA underpins all space activities and the company is committed to applying a cross-disciplinary approach to future Space operations through key strategic partnerships. This innovative company works closely with ExoAnalytic Solutions, a world leader on SSA/SDA of high Earth orbits and beyond, to focus unprecedented expertise on developing future space operational concepts whilst accelerating the development of skills and experience essential to support the UK Space sector.

    Alongside general consultancy projects, 3S Northumbria Ltd is working with Durham University Business School “valuing Space debris”, exploring innovative applications of AI/ML to space object optical tracking with NuData – the Doctoral Training Centre for ‘big’ data in Newcastle - and developing a passive module for satellite identification. Furthermore, 3S Northumbria is establishing 2 observatories in the North of England to create an opportunity for collaborative SST R&D and to place North East England as a centre of excellence for SSA skills development.

    3S Northumbria is building the relevant experience and understanding of space to enable foundational support to the needs of industry, government, and academia for the long-term sustainability of space.



    Aerospacelab

    SME Zone Exhibitor
    http://https://www.aerospacelab.com/

    Founded in 2018, Aerospacelab is an emerging figure in the aerospace sector, showcasing a remarkable achievement of 8 satellites successfully deployed in orbit. We pride ourselves on our dedication to vertical integration and TRL-9 implementation, solidifying our commitment to driving innovation in the space industry. With our operations strategically placed in various locations, including the U.S., Aerospacelab remains steadfast in its mission to deliver pioneering solutions for our diverse customer community. Aerospacelab recently broke ground on its Megafactory, the world’s third largest satellite manufacturing facility, scheduled to begin operations in 2026.



    Methera

    SME Zone Exhibitor
    http://www.metheraglobal.com

    Methera will fulfil the growing, global, transient requirements for ultrafast satellite broadband connectivity and Space Domain Awareness to complement various communications infrastructures, where high-capacity focused broadband will increasingly be required for short and long-term demand-driven frequently changing locations, the protection of space assets, and for critical infrastructures, which will fundamentally rely on information collected from space-based sensors.

    Methera’s services shall include ultrafast broadband to the underserved and hard-to-reach regions, Space Domain Awareness including growing Military & Defence needs, Interference Management, Payload Hosting for third parties, and Geolocation. Methera will deliver services through its constellation of up to 128 satellites at 19,500km in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) to proprietary Low-cost User Terminals (LCUT), and will also enable real-time data access through its unique and secure Engine for Space Data Analysis (ESPADA).



    Oxford Dynamics

    SME Zone Exhibitor
    http://www.oxdynamics.com

    Award winning, UK-based Oxford Dynamics (OD) is developing a highly scalable and modular generative AI platform for the search, interrogation, and summarisation of complex multi-modal data, typified by that encountered for Space Domain Awareness. The enterprise level platform, known as AVIS™, surrounds a Large Language Model (LLM) with OD’s proprietary AI Modules, to resolve the critical shortcomings of hallucination and latency inherent in LLMs. AVIS is LLM-agnostic meaning as newer, more capable models become available AVIS can take immediate advantage. AVIS is also able to utilise multiple LLMs in parallel this unlocking specific advantages can capabilities of fine-tuned, application specific models.

    Real-time data can be processed alongside archived data, with alerts and answers provided to the human operator including references and confidence scoring. AVIS is designed to augment human decision making, not replace it – effectively ‘force multiplying’ the throughput of a human operator by freeing them to focus on value-add strategic decision making, rather than the distraction of low-level data processing.

    AVIS can operated completely offline for sensitive data processing, as a cloud-only solution, or as a hybrid. The platform is available for integration into existing SDA tools, with AVIS being called via appropriate APIs – essentially “AVIS Inside”.



    Reflex Aerospace

    SME Zone Exhibitor
    https://www.reflexaerospace.com/

    Reflex Aerospace offers rapid, payload-centric, dual-use, secure-by-design small satellite solutions. They apply modern manufacturing advancements to a unique design process resulting in enhanced reliability, the highest-performing core avionics in class, and improved delivery times.



    Space Impulse

    SME Zone Exhibitor
    http://https://spaceimpulse.com/

    Our team represents a global mix of industry experts, developers, engineers, researchers, former investors, journalists and more.


    Sponsors


    GILAT

    Sponsors
    https://www.gilat.com/

    Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ: GILT, TASE: GILT) is a leading global provider of satellite-based broadband communications.

    With over 35 years of experience, we create and deliver deep technology solutions for satellite, ground and new space connectivity and provide comprehensive end-to-end solutions and services, powered by our innovative technology. We believe in the right of all people to be connected and are united in our resolution to provide communication solutions to all reaches of the world. Our portfolio is comprised of a cloud-based platform and high-performance satellite terminals designed to work in harmony with satellite constellations; high-performance Satellite On-the-Move (SOTM) antennas; and highly efficient, high-power Solid-State Power Amplifiers (SSPA) and Block Upconverters (BUC).

    Gilat’s SATCOM solutions have been designed specifically to meet the needs of today’s net-centric battlefield, including: flexible, secure platforms for huge amounts of data and high-bandwidth applications to connect soldiers, platforms and terminals across land, sea and air; continuous and resilient connectivity to ensure that information is available when, where and how it is needed; with all necessary technology, equipment, applications, products and solutions under one roof.

    Gilat’s comprehensive solutions support additional applications including broadband access, mobility, cellular backhaul and enterprise. For more information, please visit: www.gilat.com



    Hughes

    Sponsors
    https://www.hughes.com/

    Hughes delivers information anywhere the mission leads. We engineer and manage resilient networks with intelligence built-in, to make networks easier to operate and harder to take down. We leverage interoperable standards to make networks software-defined, not hardware-limited. We reach to the farthest ends of the mission, so the warfighter is never at an information disadvantage. Hughes. Secure Communications. Anytime. Anywhere. Anycomms.


    Northrop Grumman Corporation

    Sponsors
    http://www.northropgrumman.com

    Northrop Grumman solves the toughest problems in space, aeronautics, defense and cyberspace to meet the ever evolving needs of our customers worldwide. Our 100,000 employees are Defining Possible every day using science, technology and engineering to create and deliver advanced systems, products and services.


    PA Consulting

    Sponsors
    http://www.paconsulting.com/industries/defence-and-security

    We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future. As strategies, technologies, and innovation collide, we create opportunity from complexity. Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results.

    We are over 4,000 strategists, innovators, designers, consultants, digital experts, scientists, engineers, and technologists. And we have deep expertise in consumer and manufacturing, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government and public services, health and life sciences, and transport.



    SES Space & Defense

    Sponsors
    https://sessd.com/

    SES Space & Defense has provided bandwidth, end-to-end satellite communications solutions, and hosted payload opportunities to the U.S. Government and the military for more than 40 years.

    When SES Space & Defense primes an effort, performance is assured, and risk diminished.

    Our team capitalizes on customer satisfaction, industry-leading performance, and sensitivity to requirements no matter how simple or complex the task. With more than 70 satellites in orbit covering 99 percent of the world’s population and a robust satellite schedule that includes an average of 3-4 satellite launches per year – SES Space & Defense ensures future capacity and an abundance of hosted payload opportunities in the years ahead.



    SWISSto12

    Sponsors
    https://swissto12.com/

    Swissto12 is a leading manufacturer of advanced Radio Frequency (RF) payloads, systems and products for telecommunications, surveillance and radar applications across the aeronautic industry. The company’s RF systems and products benefit from proprietary and patented aerospace-qualified 3D-printing technologies that deliver lightweight, compact, highly performing, and competitive RF functionality.

    Customers and partners include the European Space Agency, Intelsat, Inmarsat, Lockheed Martin, Elbit Systems and Thales. Swissto12 has developed commercially with success in Europe, the USA and Israel and is amongst the fastest growing aerospace companies in Europe. Swissto12 spun off in 2011 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), is privately owned and backed by prominent Swiss and European Investors.

    SWISSto12 has deployed more than 1,000 RF products in space, maritime, ground and airborne applications, covering from L-band to V-band. Swissto12 RF products include array apertures for on-the-move applications (airborne, ground) in X-band, Ku-band and Ka-band, phased arrays in with low power consumption for communications and radar, antenna feeds and feed systems for space and ground, and direction-finding antenna front ends. SWISSto12 also builds the HummingSat - the first ever geostationary SmallSat - A new type of small, agile and low weight geostationary satellite designed to deliver high-quality connectivity for a disruptively low investment per mission.



    Thales

    Sponsors
    https://www.thalesgroup.com/en

    Thales is a global technology leader with more than 77,000 employees on five continents. The Group is investing in digital and “deep tech” innovations – Big Data, artificial intelligence, connectivity, cybersecurity and quantum technology – to build a future we can all trust.

    In the markets of defence and security, aerospace and space, digital identity and security, and transport, Thales provides solutions, services and products to help its customers – companies, organizations and governments – to carry out their critical missions.

    Military satellite communications play a crucial role on the theatre of operations and must take into account the needs of tactical users. Thales’s NEXIUM Sat, powered by System 21, offers end-to-end military communication ground segment solutions, including anti-interference and anti-jamming capabilities in order to maintain connectivity with throughput adaptation under extreme threats.


    Exhibitors


    Elta Systems Ltd

    Exhibitors
    https://www.iai.co.il/

    ELTA Systems Ltd., a group and subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries, is one of Israel’s leading defense electronics companies and a global leader in the field of Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR), Early Warning and Control, Homeland Security (HLS), Self-Protection and Self-Defense, and Fire Control applications.

    ELTA offers comprehensive OTM SATCOM solutions with cutting edge technologies for airborne, naval and ground platforms. ELTA has advanced AESA antenna technologies for GEO, MEO and LEO applications. Vast experience in commissioning airborne SATCOM terminals on mission aircraft, fighter aircraft and helicopters. Land based SATCOM solutions for OTM manpack and vehicular. Naval SATCOM for vessels and submarines.



    Hanwha Phasor

    Exhibitors
    https://www.hanwha-phasor.com/

    At Hanwha Phasor, we are at the forefront of pioneering enterprise-grade Active Electronically Steered Array (AESA) antennas for satellite communications on the move, designed to provide seamless connectivity across air, land, and sea. Our advanced technological capabilities cater to both commercial and military clientele.

    Diverging from conventional parabolic reflectors, our flat and modular antennas are designed to conformally fit onto aircraft, response vehicles, and marine vessels. Our innovative make-before-break technology ensures uninterrupted multi-orbit connectivity from virtually any environment, all while maintaining an ultra-low profile and uncompromising performance standards. This marks a revolutionary leap forward.

    We are headquartered in the heart of London and have a second location in Cambridge, England. Join us as we embark on the journey of shaping the future of satellite communications.



    INTEGRASYS

    Exhibitors
    https://www.integrasys-space.com/

    INTEGRASYS, established in 1990 is a software development and engineering company specialized in satellite network design, deployment, maintenance, and interference mitigation tools for monitoring critical satellite infrastructure in the commercial and defense fields, offering a wide range of signal monitoring products and VSAT Deployment, maintenance, and link budget solutions.


    Intellian

    Exhibitors
    https://www.intelliantech.com/en/home#

    Intellian is driven by a passion for innovation and an agile responsiveness to customer needs. As the crucial link between satellite networks and millions of people on Earth, Intellian’s leading technology and antennas empower global connectivity across oceans and continents, organizations and communities. Strategic thinking, an obsession with quality and a proven ability to deliver enables Intellian to invent for the future, creating mutual success for partners and customers as the world’s connectivity needs evolve. For more information, follow @intellian and visit intelliantech.com. Intellian Technologies Inc. is listed on the Korean Stock Exchange, KOSDAQ (189300:KS)



    Intelsat

    Exhibitors
    https://www.intelsat.com/

    Government teams, NGOs and defense agencies around the world rely on Intelsat for reliable, secure connectivity, across domains, to make mission-critical decisions. When moments matter, Intelsat delivers.



    Marlink

    Exhibitors
    https://marlink.com/

    Marlink is the trusted partner of fully managed network solutions based on an intelligent hybrid network infrastructure and unrivalled digital services. We serve European militaries and government institutions, empowering remote operations with multi-band satcoms seamlessly integrated with terrestrial technologies. We tailor our solutions with advanced tracking and safety, welfare communications, digital solutions including remote data and IT and cyber security supported by 24/7 logistics and support for efficient operations.



    Orbit Communication Systems

    Exhibitors
    https://orbit-cs.com/

    Orbit Communication Systems Ltd. (TASE: ORBI) is a leading global provider of maritime and airborne SATCOM terminals, tracking ground station solutions, and mission-critical airborne audio management systems. Orbit is helping to expand and redefine how we connect. The company's systems can be found on jet fighters, navy vessels, ground stations and offshore platforms. Orbit delivers innovative, cost-effective and highly reliable solutions to major air forces and navies, space agencies and emerging New Space companies.

    Media Partners


    GSOA

    Supporters
    https://gsoasatellite.com/

    GSOA is the global CEO-driven association representing the satellite industry. GSOA provides a platform for collaboration between companies involved in the satellite ecosystem globally and a unified voice for the sector. Our vision is to help policymakers improve the state of the world by continuously bridging digital, education, health, social, gender and economic divides across diverse geographies and across mature and developing economies.


    The Space Data Association Limited (SDA)

    Supporters
    https://www.space-data.org/sda/

    The Space Data Association Limited (SDA) is a non-profit international association of satellite operators that supports the controlled, reliable, and efficient sharing of data critical to the safety and integrity of the space environment. The SDA is open to all satellite operators and other participants. Its membership comprises many of the world’s major satellite communications companies.


    Defence Online

    Supporters
    https://www.defenceonline.co.uk/

    Defence Online is one of the fastest-growing communities of key decision makers representing defence sector buyers and influencers within the Ministry of Defence, Prime Contractors and Industry. Providing up-to-date and informative news, insight and intelligence, Defence Online allows organisations to engage directly with a range of sector-based solutions, designed specifically to enhance their knowledge and understanding of this ever-evolving marketplace. No matter the size of your organisation, Defence Online has a range of advertising and marketing solutions to suit your business development requirements, connecting you with a marketplace worth over £19 billion annually in the UK alone.


    Defence Global

    Supporters
    http://barclaymedia.uk.com/

    Defence Global provides an essential link between the Defence & Security Manufacturers and Suppliers, Government and Military sectors globally. Defence Global is a quarterly, tri-service publication providing articles and informative analysis from respected journalists and writers worldwide to attract a sophisticated and broad audience. Defence Global is published in February, May, August and November, with a professional and stylish design in both printed copy and digital format. The printed copies are perfect bound, full colour throughout with high quality art and photography. Defence Global is used as a reference tool providing a professional and intelligent read. We work with industry experts and corporate clients to include Defence and Security Manufacturers and Suppliers, as well as Governments, MoDs, Military Authorities and Senior Management Teams.


    Space Impulse

    Supporters
    https://spaceimpulse.com/



    Space News

    Supporters
    http://www.spacenews.com

    Since 1989, SpaceNews has provided decision-makers throughout the industry with timely and comprehensive space and satellite news, giving them the competitive intelligence they need to succeed. Whether it's the latest trend in military space capabilities, the next space mission or breaking developments in satellite telecommunications, SpaceNews keeps them informed.


    Satcoms Innovation Group

    Supporters
    https://satig.space/



    ASD MEDIA

    Supporters
    http://www.asd-network.com

    Professionals in the Aerospace & Defence market use the ASD Media internet platforms to:
    • Be informed on the latest market developments; www.asd-network.com
    • Find the latest business news; www.asd-network.com
    • Find the upcoming events; www.asd-network.com
    • Find companies and organizations; www.asdsource.com
    • Distribute news globally. www.asdwire.com
    The ASD Media platforms are well known and used intensively, your company is able to benefit from these large numbers of users. Be informed with ASD-Network; Create exposure for your company with ASDSource, distribute your news with ASDWire or advertise with us, build your brand and increase traffic to your company’s website.

    For more detailed information please contact with: ASD MEDIA
    Stefan.koopman@asdmedia.nl


    Everything RF

    Supporters
    http://www.everythingrf.com

    everything RF - www.everythingRF.com keeps you up to date with the RF & Microwave Industry. We publish industry news, white papers and technical articles. We have the largest RF & Microwave product database on the internet which consists of product catalogs from over 500 Manufacturers. Use parametric search tools to narrow down on products based on your requirement. Download datasheets, compare products and get quotations. Quotations are routed to the manufacturers (or their distributors) who get back to you with the details. Visit www.everythingRF.com to learn more.


    Armada International

    Supporters
    http://armadainternational.com

    ARMADA INTERNATIONAL is leading defence magazine which reports on and analyses defence systems, equipment and technology. Together with its Compendium supplements, ARMADA provides defence planners in the militaries, in government, in procurement and in the defence industry itself with the information they need to plan their strategies.


    Microwave Journal

    Supporters
    http://www.mwjournal.com

    Microwave Journal provides leading-edge technical content for RF, microwave and wireless engineers worldwide. MWJ the magazine reaches 50,000 qualified subscribers with practical design application articles for working engineers. MWJournal.com delivers the latest news, events, webinars, whitepapers, videos and newsletters to RF/microwave professionals. EDI CON China and USA events bring industry and engineers together for information exchange and education. For over 60 years, Microwave Journal has been THE resource for engineers who are developing infrastructure for the next-generation of wireless and defense technologies. www.mwjournal.com


    Satellite Evolution Group

    Supporters
    https://www.satelliteevolution.com/


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    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SAE Media Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

    GLOBAL CPD

    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@saemediagroup.com

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