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Gaia Guiso

Gaia Guiso holds a Master’s Degree in Law with focus on EU Law. After graduation, she attended the specialistic course on Space law, policies and institutions of SIOI (UN Association for Italy), in Rome, and of the European Centre for Space Law, in Caen, France. Currently working as a CRM Specialist, she had a previous experience […]

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All Honorary Members (2010-2021)

Ms. Maria Stella Gelmini (2010) Ms. Edelgard Buhlman (2011) Dr. Gerda Horneck (2012) Mr. Jean-Francois Clervoy (2013) Dr. Patrizia Caraveo (2014) Ms. Jocelyne Landeau-Constantin (2015) Ms. Candace Johnson (2016) Dr. Claudie Haigneré (2017) Ms. Grazia Vittadini (2019) Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund (2020) Dr. Anny Cazenave (2021)

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Claudia Kessler

Visionary –  Founder  –  Space Ambassador CEO Astronautin GmbH A life dedicated to spaceflight- fascinated by the Moon landing in 1969, the then four-year-old Claudia decides that one day she too will fly into space! Claudia is an entrepreneur and visionary. She founded Astronautin GmbH in April 2017 to ensure the female future of (traditionally

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Simonetta Di Pippo

Simonetta Di Pippo founded WIA-E as a non profit association together with Claudia Kessler in June 2009. Simonetta holds a Master’s degree in Astrophysics and Space Physics at the University “La Sapienza” in Rome, Italy (1984) she then went on to join the Italian Space Agency (ASI) in 1986. Her responsibilities range from Earth Observation

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Christina Giannopapa

Chair of the Board Dr. Christina Giannopapa is the Head of the Office of the Executive Director of the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA). Before that, she was advisor to the Secretary General of Telecommunications and Post of the Ministry of Digital Governance in Greece, seconded from the European Space Agency (ESA).

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Paola Belingheri

Director of Research Paola Belingheri grew up in an international environment. She holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Bologna, where she also received a scholarship through the university’s Honours Programme. Previously, she worked in various roles, including supporting technology transfer from space at the European Space Incubator in Noordwijk, participating

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Diana Pueyo

Diana Pueyo is our Director for Regional Development since 2013. In this role, she supports the creation and operations of local groups all over Europe. She launched the local group of Munich and lead the group until 2013. She created and is now the Head of the Procurement Department at Thales Alenia Space in Spain.

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Marc Heppener

Marc Heppener studied physical chemistry at the University of Amsterdam and obtained his PhD in 1986 on time-resolved molecular dissociation processes. In 1986 he joined the Space Research Organisation of the Netherlands (SRON) as project leader X-ray detector development. In 1989 he joined the SRON management, taking up the position of programme manager external research.

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Luisella Giulicchi

President of Women in Aerospace Europe (WIA-Europe) Luisella Giulicchi is System Manager at the European Space Agency (ESA), Netherlands, for the Copernicus Sentinel-6 mission: measuring sea level change. Project of the European Commission in cooperation with ESA, EUMETSAT, NASA, French Space Agency CNES, and NOAA. Copernicus is the largest operational Earth observation programme from Space

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