ACES Worldwide - Global Advisory Committe
Chairman, Space Renaissance International
He is a board member of the Alliance for Cooperation in the Exploration of Space (ACES Worldwide), Chairman of the Board of Riga Photonics Centre that advances light sciences and technologies for Latvia, and a writer and futurist. Vid Beldavs has served as a convenor of a number of sessions for the United Nations General Assembly Science Summits in recent years.
He is an advisor to the African Network for Solar Energy (ANSOLE) and a Co-Founder of the International Lunar Decade Working Group; He has been nominated by the Latvian government to serve as expert on space issues to the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague. He served as Chair of the International Conference on Cooperation in Space Technologies 2014 (ICCST) that promoted cooperation in space between the Baltic Sea Region and Africa. He was the initiator and then also served as consultant to the International Baltic Economic Commission (IBEC) organized by Hudson Institute for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to develop an action plan to transition to market economies in 1990-1992.
His prior service has included serving as a business trends advisor and futurist for Cummins, a global manufacturer of power systems. He has served as Vice President – Intelligent Resources International and Executive Director of the Technology Transfer Society. Other roles for Vid Beldavs have included publishing and the founding of several not-for-profit organizations. These have included the US-Africa Literary Foundation to promote African writers, New Leaf-New Life (criminal justice reform Bloomington, Indiana), and Futuristics Study Group (community futures forum in Columbus, Indiana). He is an American citizen semi-retired in Latvia.
Dr. Sergio Camacho-Lara
Director, Centro Regional Enseñanza de Ciencia y TecnologÍa del Espacio para América (CRECTEALC)
Dr. Sergio Camacho-Lara is the Secretary General of the Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education for Latin America and the Caribbean, affiliated to the United Nations. He is also a professor at the National Institute for Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics of Mexico.
Dr. Camacho is a former Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). Previously, he was Chief, Space Applications Section of UNOOSA focusing on capacity building in space science, technology, and space policy. Before that, he was Chief, Committee Services and Research Section also at UNOOSA and worked on the organization of the Third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III). Working with Member States of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), he contributed to implementing the recommendations of UNISPACE III. Highlights of that implementation have been, the establishment of the Space Generation Advisory Council, the establishment of the International Committee on GNSS, and the establishment of the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER).
Gerd Dani is the founder of FREEAstroScience.com, the premier online destination for the global astroscience news and commentary, a distinguished independent social scientific organization . The mission of the site is to deliver accurate, up-to-date, and reliable science news that captivates millions of avid readers each month.
Pascale Ehrenfreund, PhD, MBA, MS
President, International Space University ISU
Pascale Ehrenfreund is Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs at the Space Policy Institute/George Washington University in Washington DC. She is also the President of the International Astronautical Federation IAF and Chancellor of the International Space University ISU. For over three decades she contributed as Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator and Teamleader to ESA and NASA astronomy and planetary missions as well as experiments in low Earth orbit and on the International Space Station. Pascale Ehrenfreund was the Chair of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) between 2015-2020 and the President of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) from 2013-2015. Pascale Ehrenfreund holds a Master's degree in Molecular Biology, a Ph.D. in Astrophysics, and a Master degree in Management & Leadership. The asteroid "9826 Ehrenfreund 2114 T-3" bears her name.
Dr. Steven Freeland
Professor Emeritus, Western Sydney University
Steven Freeland is Emeritus Professor of International Law at Western Sydney University, where he was previously the Dean of the School of Law, and Professorial Fellow at Bond University. He also holds Visiting or Adjunct positions at various other Universities/Institutes in Copenhagen, Vienna, Toulouse, Hong Kong, Montreal, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai and London.
Prior to becoming an academic, he had a 20-year career as an international commercial lawyer and investment banker.
He is a Member of the Australian Space Agency Advisory Board and has been an advisor to the Australian, New Zealand, Norwegian and several other Governments on issues relating to national space legislative frameworks and policy. He has represented the Australian Government at Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) meetings and was appointed in June 2021 by UNCOPUOS as Vice-Chair of a 5-year Working Group looking at issues regarding the exploration, exploitation and utilisation of space resources.
He has also been a Visiting Professional within the Appeals Chamber at the International Criminal Court, and a Special Advisor to the Danish Foreign Ministry in matters related to the International Criminal Court.
He is a Co-Principal of specialised space law firm Azimuth Advisory, a Director of the International Institute of Space Law, and a Member of the Space Law Committee of the International Law Association and the Space Law and War Crimes Committees of the International Bar Association. In addition to co-Editing the Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals book series, he also sits on the Editorial Board / Advisory Board of a number of internationally recognised academic journals.
Michelle L.D. Hanlon
Co-Founder and President, For All Moonkind, Inc.
I am a space lawyer focused on developing the laws and regulations that will responsibly promote commercial space ventures and support our sustainable transition into a multi-planetary species. In addition to leadership roles at both UMiss and and For All Moonkind, I am the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Space Law and President of the National Space Society.
Dr. Ram Jakhu
Director of the Air and Space Law Institute, McGill University
Professor Jakhu teaches and conducts research in international space law, law of space applications, law of space commercialization, government regulation of space activities, law of telecommunications and Canadian communications law, and public international law.
He recently edited an international study on Global Space Governance in which about 80 experts from around the world were involved.
He is currently directing an innovative international research project related to the drafting of a Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space (MILAMOS).
Sékou OUEDRAOGO, M.S.
Founding President of the African Aeronautics & Space Organisation (AASO)
Founding President of the African Aeronautics & Space Organisation (AASO). Aeronautics Programs Manager head, Association of Aeronautics & Space Professional Journalists (AJPAE). Published author and holder of numerous prestigious awards.
Sékou OUEDRAOGO is an engineer and holds a postgraduate degree in in-depth international relations from the Center for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies in Paris (CEDS). Head of aeronautical programs at SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES. He is Knight of the Order of Merit of Burkina Faso, gold medal of the “French Renaissance” as well as gold medal of the “Society of Francophone Authors and Artists” (SAAF).
Susan Ip-Jewell, MD, DCEG
Co-Founder and CEO, Moon-Mars Astronautics Academy (MMAARS Inc.)
Susan Ip-Jewell serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer for Mars Academy USA. She has been a leader, innovator, speaker and educator in the areas of space exploration, space medicine, STEAM, edutainment, and astropreneurship. Susan is a graduate of the International Space University (ISU), recipient of a Google scholarship to attend Singularity University, SU, Graduate Studies Program (GSP15), at NASA Ames. She has garnered extensive knowledge and skills in astronautics, exponential technologies, space medicine and human factors, and completed a summer program in aerospace medicine at University of Texas Medical Branch, UTMB, Galveston
An experienced commander of many analog astronaut missions, Susan has formed and trained multiple crew teams for exploratory analog expeditions in isolated, confined environments. As an entrepreneur, she has formed many organizations, for example, Mars Academy USA (MAU), Mars Without Borders (MWOB), and Space Surgery Institute (SSI) focusing on developing, simulation-based learning training programs, technological and innovative concepts, VRAR sim training “edutainment” content to improve quality of lives for Space and Earth expand "Let's get S.T.E.A.M.E.D" education, and pioneer visionary ideas for human space exploration and future settlements on Mars.
Dr. Ranjana Kaul
Partner, Dua Associates Law Firm
Ranjana’s practice areas include advising joint ventures and contracts, including company law, FDI, foreign exchange regulations, intellectual property rights and dispute resolution, across sectors. She specializes in the international law of outer space and advises on specific issues related to the interrelation between international regulations and Indian domestic policy and regulations, including on participation of non-government entities in outer space activities and relating to commercial satellite services including telecommunications and Earth Observation.
She litigates in the High Court of Delhi, the National Company Law Tribunal and Supreme Court of India, as well as conducts arbitration and conciliation proceedings. She has served as Counsel for the Union of India at the High Court of Delhi and Counsel for the State of Maharashtra in the Supreme Court of India. Ranjana specializes in air accident claims subject to personal international air law and relevant national law.
An affiliate of the International Institute of Space Law, Paris, Ranjana was awarded the IISL 2017 Distinguished Services Award for contribution to development of national space law. She serves on the Editorial Board of Room, The Space Journal.
Prior to joining Dua Associates, she was in private practice, and regularly assisted Government in legislative drafting. Ranjana also served as Member, Delhi State Commission for Women and has been a consultant to the World Bank and the Indian Council for Research in International Economic Relations.
She holds an LLM from the Institute of Air & Space Law, McGill University, Canada, a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Delhi and Doctorate from the University of Poona.
Dr. Sanat Kaul
Chairman, International Foundation for Aviation
Served in Government of India and Union Territories for 36 years in various capacities. Was India’s Permanent Representative to the Council of International Civil Organization, Montreal. Was on Board of Air India and Airports Authority India. Currently Founder Chairman of International Foundation for Aviation, Aerospace and Drones (IFFAAD)
Dr. George Kyriakopoulos
Professor, National and Kapodistrian University Law School, Athens
Dr. George D. Kyriakopoulos is a Lecturer in International Law in the School of Law of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, with expertise in airspace law, space law, law of the sea, international criminal law, telecommunications law and international law. He also teaches air & space law at the Department of International Studies of the Panteion University of Athens, while he is visiting professor of space law at the Faculté de droit et science politique of the Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, France. He advises the Greek government as an international law expert on various domains, being a legal adviser for the Minister of National Defense on airspace law issues and representing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS). He regularly gives lectures on aviation security matters in the Hellenic Air Force Military Academy. He has deep knowledge of the law on transport security and safety, while he has obtained extensive experience on aviation accident investigation as a member of the Greek Air Accident Investigation and Aviation Safety Board. He is also a practicing attorney, member of the Athens Bar Association, having over twenty years of experience in the field of civil law, and corporate and commercial law, providing both advice and litigation services. Dr. Kyriakopoulos obtained a BA in Law Studies from the School of Law of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He has been awarded a DEA en droit international (Master’s Degree in international law) from the Paris 2 University, France and his is a Docteur en droit (PhD in Law) of the same university. His PhD thesis on “La sécurité de l'aviation civile en droit international public” (Security of civil aviation in public international law) has been awarded the Prix de thèse of the French Society of Air and Space Law.
Dr. Scott Madry
Founding President, Informatics International, Inc.
I am an anthropologist and archaeologist by education; a remote sensing, GPS, and GIS specialist by training, and a teacher and scientist by vocation.
I have conducted research projects around the world for over 35 years, looking at various environmental and cultural resource issues which all focus around the complex and interrelated nature of the interaction between human civilizations and their environments over time. I am interested in the application of advanced space technologies for complex regional issues such as land use and human settlement patterns over time, including how societies respond and prepare for environmental change and natural disasters.
Dr. Mikhail Marov
Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, The International Academy of Astronautics and the Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry; Project Scientist for the Soviet Luna, Venus and Mars missions; Editor-in-chief of Solar System Research; Chairman of the Commission for K. E. Tsiolkovsky Scientific Heritage; participated in the IAU and COSPAR; and Former Vice President and President of the IAU Com. 16 and President of Division III. Awarded numerous prizes, orders and medals, including the highest award from the Russian Academy of Sciences - the Keldysh Gold Medal.
Peter Martinez is the Executive Director of the Secure World Foundation. He has extensive experience in multilateral space diplomacy, space policy formulation and space regulation. He also has extensive experience in capacity building in space science and technology and in workforce development.
Prior to joining SWF, from 2011 - 2018 he chaired the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS) Working Group on the Long-Term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities that negotiated a set of international consensus guidelines to promote the safety and sustainability of space operations. In 2012 and 2013 he was South Africa’s representative on the United Nations Group of Government Experts on transparency and confidence-building measures for space activities. From 2010 – 2015 he was the Chairman of the South African Council for Space Affairs, the national regulatory authority for space activities in South Africa. From 2014 - 2018 he was Professor of Space Studies at the University of Cape Town. Before this he acquired fifteen years of executive level management experience and associated general management skills gained in the research and development environment of the South African Astronomical Observatory, a National Facility under the South African National Research Foundation.
Dr. Sa’id Mosteshar
Director, London Institute of Space Policy & Law
Sa’id Mosteshar is the Director of the London Institute of Space Policy and Law and its Professor of International Space Law. A Barrister and California Attorney, he has advised governments, international agencies and major space corporations on legal and policy issues for over twenty-five years. Among his degrees he holds a bachelor’s degree in physics. Sa’id is a member of the Space Leadership Council, and of the UK delegation to the UN Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. He is a member of the International Institute of Space Law and a past Chairman of the Outer Space Law Committee of the International Bar Association. He teaches space law and policy and is a frequent speaker at international space conferences.
He has been involved in arbitrations as counsel and acted as arbitrator in two US disputes. One concerned the right to orbital and frequency assignments and the other in related to the rights to satellite-based data compression algorithms.
He has been involved in arbitrations as counsel and acted as arbitrator in two US disputes. One concerned the right to orbital and frequency assignments and the other in related to the rights to satellite-based data compression algorithms.
Temidayo Oniosun, M.S.
Founder and Managing Director, Space in Africa, Lagos
Temidayo is the Managing Director of Space in Africa, the leading analytics and consulting company focusing on the African space and satellite industry.
Temidayo advises Governments and Commercial space players in the African Space Industry value chain. He is a TEDx speaker and regularly appears on various media commenting on the African Space Program.
He is a 2020 Karman Fellow and a 2021 Forbes Africa 30 under 30 award recipient.
Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom, M.S.
Co-Founder and CEO, Space Base
Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom is a space entrepreneur, speaker, author, and impact instigator. She is the Co-Founder of International Space Consultants and SpaceBase – a social enterprise working to democratize access to space by catalyzing space ecosystems in emerging countries, starting with New Zealand. Emeline is an Edmund Hillary Fellow, currently residing in Christchurch, New Zealand. She is the former Chief Impact Officer and EVP of Operations, and Space Singularity Expert, Lead at Singularity University. Emeline has Physics, and Earth and Space Science degrees, and attended the International Space University Space Studies Program, where she helped develop and run its masters and summer Space Studies programs. She has worked and consulted for several space companies including Space Adventures, Zero Gravity Corporation, and Odyssey Moon. She currently advises space startups including Ceres Robotics and Extraterrestrial Power in their plans for commercial lunar missions. She is an associate editor for the "New Space” journal. She is also on the Board of Trustees for the Ten to the 9th Foundation. A global citizen from the Philippines and the U.S., she has lived and worked in ten countries and have visited over 85 countries on seven continents. Emeline is co-author of the book "Realizing Tomorrow: The Path to Private Space Flight" which was selected in 2013 for the US Air Force’s Chief of Staff Reading List.
Dr. Joseph N. Pelton
Chairman of the Board
Dr. Joseph N. Pelton is Chairman of the Alliance for Collaboration in the Exploration of Space (ACES Worldwide). He is also Director of Academics and Research for the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) and Chairman of the IAASS Academic Committee and a member of its Board. He is the Dean Emeritus and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International Space University. He is also the Director Emeritus of the Space and Advanced Communications Research Institute (SACRI) at George Washington University, where he was also Director of the Accelerated M.S. Program in Computers and Telecommunications. In earlier positions, Dr. Pelton held managerial positions at Comsat and Intelsat. He also served as Professor and Director of the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he served as the Director of the Center for Advanced Research in Telecommunications and Technology (CARTT).
Joe is an award-winning author and editor of 60+ books and over 300 articles in the field of space and telecommunications. His book Global Talk won a Pulitzer Prize nomination and the Eugene Emme Literature Award of the International Association of Astronautics. In July 2013, Joe received the British Interplanetary Society International Award known as “The Arthur” in honor of Arthur C. Clarke. He also received the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement award in 2001, and the IAASS “da Vinci Award” for lifetime achievement. Most recently, Joe won the Guardian Award of the Lifeboat Foundation, previously won by Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Warren Buffet. He served as Founder and Executive Director of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation, and also as the Founding President of the Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI).
Tommaso Sgobba, M.S.
Executive Director, International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS)
Tommaso Sgobba, M.S. is President and cofounder of the IAASS (International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety), which gathers the top space safety experts worldwide. He is also Vice President of the US-based International Space Safety Foundation (ISSF).
Tommaso is responsible for flight safety at the European Space Agency, including human-rated systems, spacecraft re-entries, space debris, use of nuclear power sources, and planetary protection. He joined the European Space Agency in 1989, after 13 years in the aeronautical industry. Initially he supported the developments of the Ariane 5 launcher, several earth observation and meteorological satellites, and the early phase of the Hermes spaceplane. Later he became product assurance and safety manager for all European manned missions on Shuttle, MIR station, and for the European research facilities for the International Space Station.
During his long and close cooperation with the NASA Shuttle/ISS Payload Safety Review Panel, he developed at ESA the safety technical and organizational capabilities that eventually led in 2002 to the establishment of the first ESA formal safety review panel and first International Partner ISS Payload Safety Review Panel. He was also instrumental in setting up the ESA ATV Re-entry Safety Panel and to organize the first ESA scientific observation campaign of a destructively re-entering spacecraft (Jules Verne ATV).
Tommaso earned his M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the Polytechnic of Turin (Italy), where he was Professor of Space System Safety (1999–2001).
He has published several articles and papers on space safety, and coedited with two NASA colleagues the textbook Safety Design for Space Systems published in 2009 by Elsevier, which is the first of its kind worldwide. He also coedited the book The Need for an Integrated Regulatory Regime for Aviation and Space published by Springer in 2011
Tommaso received the NASA recognition for outstanding contribution to the International Space Station in 2004, and the prestigious NASA Space Flight Awareness (SFA) Award in 2007.
Dr. Marie Lucy Stojak
Executive Director, Mosaic, HEC University, Montreal
Dr. Marie Lucy Stojak is the Executive Director of Mosaic, the Creativity & Innovation Hub at HEC Montréal, Canada's oldest business school. She has directed the Space Studies Program of the International Space University and has over 20 years’ experience in developing international, interdisciplinary and intercultural educational programs. She is a space law expert, with a special interest in space and security issues, along with space commercialization. She has several times been a member of Canadian delegations to such international organizations as the United Nations and the European Union. She is a Faculty member of the International Space University. Dr. Stojak is the Chair of the Canadian Space Advisory Board.
Dr. Jinyuan Su
Professor, Wuhan University Institute of Law, Wuhan
Dr. Jinyuan Su is Professor and Assistant Dean at Xi’an Jiaotong University School of Law, China. His research interests lie in outer space law, the law of the sea, and international aviation law. Dr. Su holds a PhD in International Law from Xi’an Jiaotong University. He was an Erin J.C. Arsenault Fellow (2014-2015) at the McGill Institute of Air and Space Law, a visiting research fellow (2009-2010) at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge, and a visiting scholar (2008-2009) at School of Law, King’s College London. Dr. Su is a member of Governance Group of the Space Security Index (SSI), a lead drafter for the McGill project of Global Space Governance (GSG), a core expert in the project of Manual of International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space (MILAMOS), and a member (2016-2018) of the Global Future Council on Space Technologies of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Dr. Yu Takeuchi
Associate Senior Administrator for Legal Affairs of Research & Development, JAXA
Madhu Thangavelu is a member of the ACES Worldwide Board and also serves on it's Global Advisory Committee. He conducts the graduate Space Exploration Architectures Concept Synthesis Studio in the Department of Astronautical Engineering within the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California. He also teaches the Extreme Environment Habitation Design Seminar in the School of Architecture, where he is a graduate thesis adviser. Mr. Thangavelu’s educational background is in both Architecture and Engineering. This includes a Masters in Building Science, USC School of Architecture (1989) and a Bachelors in Science and Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Calicut, India (1980). He is also a graduate of the inaugural summer session of the International Space University held at MIT in 1988. Versions of Madhu's Masters Thesis entitled "MALEO: Modular Assembly in Low Earth Orbit. An Alternate Strategy for Lunar Base Establishment" were published in several journals worldwide. He is a co-author of the book "The Moon: Resources, Future Development and Colonization", John Wiley &Sons 1999, and the second Springer/Praxis edition was published in 2007, and the third edition is in preparation. He is a former Vice Chairman for Education, Los Angeles Section of the American Institute Of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
He has directed Space Exploration Projects at the California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture. Mr. Thangavelu is also the invited author of the chapter “Living On the Moon” in the Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering, a major reference work published by John Wiley and Sons in October 2010, and updated in 2012.
He was on the team that won the coveted NASA NIAC Phase 1 and 2 awards consecutively for developing robotic building technologies on the Moon and Mars with Principal Investigator Prof.Behrokh Khoshnevis. Mr. Thangavelu’s concept creation work was greatly appreciated for proposing ideas that pointed to the “leading-edge sensor concept” for return to flight of the space shuttle fleet. Mr.Thangavelu is also on the faculty of the International Space University.He is the North American coordinator for the International Moon Village Association and is a Director of the National Space Society (NSS) and also the NSS Vice President and Liaison for NSS India.
Jean-Jacques Tortora, M.S.
Past Director of the European Space Policy Institute
Jean-Jacques Tortora is the former Director of the European Space Policy Institute
From 2007 to mid 2016 he was the Secretary General of ASD-Eurospace, which is the trade association of the European Space Industry.
From 2004 to mid 2007, he was head of the French Space Agency (CNES) office in North America and the Attaché for Space and Aeronautics at the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C.
Previously he was Deputy Director for Strategy and Programs, responsible for the Industrial Strategy of CNES, the French Space Agency.
From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Tortora was adviser to the French Ministry of Research for Industrial Policy Funds management.
From 1996 to 1998, he was appointed by Arianespace in Evry, France.
From 1990 to 1996, Mr. Tortora was based in Kourou, French Guiana, as Head of Arianespace Operations Quality Department.
Mr. Tortora started his career in 1984 at the French military procurement agency, DGA, as a naval weapons integration and test engineer, expert in signal processing and warships acoustic discretion.
Dr. Carlos Wuensche
Senior Scientist, National Institute for Space Research (INPE)
Dr. Carlos Alexandre Wuensche received his BS in Physics from Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (1984), M.Sc. in Astrogeophysics from Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (1988) and PhD in Radioastronomy/Cosmology from Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais/University of California Santa Barbara (1995). He has experience in Astronomy, focusing in Cosmology, acting on the following subjects: cosmology, cosmic microwave background radiation, radioastronomy instrumentation, numerical analysis and science education
Specialties: Numerical analysis, problem solving skills, advanced math and physics skills, arbitration, academic program coordination, microwave instrumentation