Luisella Giulicchi is a System Manager the European Space Agency (ESA) for the Copernicus Program. Copernicus is the largest worldwide operational Earth Observation program to date, funded by ESA and European Commission.
Luisella has a M.Sc. (with honors), Electronic Engineering from the University of Florence, Italy and M.S. in Space System Engineering from the University of Delft, Netherlands. She worked as Research Fellow at CERN (European Particle Physics Laboratory), Switzerland, before joining ESA in the Netherlands. In the early phases of her career she was responsible for defining and managing R&D programs for the aerospace applications of GPS technology and for guidance navigation and control systems. Since then she has held several technical and programmatic management positions in space projects, from definition to development, launch and in orbit exploitation of space missions. These include: ESA/Roscosmos Mercury Lander study; ESA/JAXA Bepi Colombo; SMART-1, the first European Moon mission; ESA/NASA LISA Pathfinder; EU/ESA Copernicus Sentinel-1 SAR imaging mission; ESA/EU, Eumetsat, NASA, NOAA, CNES Copernicus Sentinel-6/Jason-CS project, an operational Ocean Surface Topography Mission.
Luisella has authored many scientific and technical papers and has been associate editor for several publications and scientific journals. In addition, throughout her career Luisella has actively participated in several professional organizations: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), International Federation of Automatic Controls (IFAC), American Astronautical Society (AAS); Council of European Aerospace Societies (CEAS).
Luisella is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA and she is currently Member of the AIAA Board of Trustees. She also a member of the AIAA Finance, International Activities and Honors and Awards Committees.
Her extensive and unique experience in Board of Directors and in the Governance of non-for-profit association together with her passion for promoting diversity in the work environment brought her to lead WIA Europe.