Simonetta Di Pippo, Master degree in Astrophysics and Space Physics at the University “La Sapienza” in Rome, Italy in 1984, joined the Italian Space Agency (ASI) in 1986. Ranging responsibilities from Earth Observation to Automation & Robotics, Science and Human Spaceflight, she took up duty as Director of the Observation of the Universe in 2002. After having served as Director of Human Spaceflight at the European Space Agency (ESA) from 2008 to 2011, she went back to ASI leading the European Space Policy Observatory at ASI – Brussels until March 2014. Starting from June 2009, she is President and co-founder of the international association Women in Aerospace Europe (WIA-E), with legal base in the Netherlands and with the main aim of expanding the women representation and leadership in the aerospace sector. Knighted by the President of the Italian Republic in 2006, the International Astronomical Union in 2008 assigned the name “dipippo” to asteroid 21887, in recognition of her effort in space exploration.

She is author of more than 60 publications, more than 700 articles and interviews on magazines and newspapers, member and President of scientific committees of international congresses, member and President of scientific awards’ jury, she has been teaching at various Universities, including the George Washington University in Washington D.C. and the LUISS-Business School in Rome. From Nov. 1st, 2013 she is Visiting Scholar at CalPoly, CA. She is the author of a blog on devoted to provide information about the use of satellites and space activities to improve the quality of life on Earth, called SpazioGreen and she is also member of the editorial board of the NewSpace Journal.

In May 2013 she received an Honoris Causa Degree in Environmental Studies from the St. John University in Vinovo (TO). Since April 2013 she is member of the Global Board Ready Women, the list of potential top managers created by European Business Schools in the framework of the Women on Board initiative. Appointed Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) in July 2013, she is chairing since July 2012 on behalf of the Academy the study “Public/Private Human Access to Space”, with the aim of analyzing the potential market development for commercial human spaceflight on a global scale. On March 23rd, 2014 she took up duty as the new Director of the Office for Outer Space Affairs at the United Nations. She is considered one of the most expert worldwide leaders in international cooperation in the aerospace sector.

Watch Simonetta Di Pippo’s, WIA-E Co-founder and UNOOSA Director, Testimonial video for WIA-E