Leadership

Andy Aldrin

Dr. Andrew Aldrin is currently the Program Coordinator of the Masters of Space Operations program at Embry Riddle University Worldwide and President of the Aldrin Family Foundation.

He was Director of the Aldrin Space Institute and ISU Center for Space Entrepreneurship from 2015 to 2021.

From 2007 to 2014, he was  

Namrata Goswami

Dr. Namrata Goswami is an author, professor and consultant specializing in space policy, international relations and ethnic identity. She teaches at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University, the Joint Special Forces University and is a consultant for Space Fund Intelligence. She is a guest lecturer at Emory University for seminars on Technology, Society & Governance and India today. She was subject matter expert in international affairs with Futures Laboratory, Alabama. She worked as Research Fellow at MP-Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi; a visiting Fellow at Peace Research Institute, Oslo, Norway; La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia; University of Heidelberg, Germany; Jennings-Randolph Senior Fellow, United States Institute of Peace; and was a Fulbright Senior Fellowship Awardee. She was awarded the Minerva grant by Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense to study great power competition in outer space. In April 2019, Dr. Goswami testified before the U.S-China Economic and Security Review Commission on China’s space program. Her co-authored book, Scramble for the Skies: The Great Power Competition to Control the Resources of Outer Space was published 2020 by Lexington Press; Rowman and Littlefield. Her book on The Naga Ethnic Movement for a Separate Homeland was published in 2020 by Oxford University Press.  She has published widely to include in The Diplomat, the Economic Times, The Washington Post, Ad Astra, Asia Policy, Live Encounters Magazine, Cairo Review. She was invited in November 2019 to share about her life and her work at a Tedx event held at the Rosa Parks Museum, Montgomery, Alabama. She is currently working on two academic book projects, one on China’s Grand Strategy and Notions of Territoriality and the other on Spacepower Theory and Practice: Case Studies of U.S. China, India, Russia and Japan.

Alissa Haddaji

Adj Prof. Alissa J. Haddaji is the coordinator of the STSC SMPAG Ad-Hoc Legal Working Group on Planetary Defense, the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) representative at SMPAG and the Vice-Chair of the International Astronautical Federation’s Near-Earth Object & Planetary Defense Committee.

Haddaji is also the founder and director of The Space Consortium, a grassroots community initiative for Harvard & MIT Space Affiliates, of Space Week in Boston (extended to the greater Boston area).

She is a faculty researcher and lecturer in space law, policy, ethics and sociology of space. She created and taught Harvard’s and Harvard Law School’s Space Law, Policy and Ethics curriculum (2019-2022), was a lecturer at the Harvard Astronomy Department (2021-2022) and is the Faculty Advisor of the Harvard Law School’s Space Law Society. She also launched and teaches Boston College Law School’s and Paris-Saclay University’s Space Law, Policy and Ethics courses (2022-present).

Prior to her Planetary Defense work, Haddaji served for four years as COSPAR’s Planetary Protection project officer, where she led the coordination of, and co-authored the International Planetary Protection Handbook (IPPH). She was a senior researcher in space economics at Harvard Business School (2020), a research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School (2018) and a visiting scholar at the GWU Space Policy Institute (2017).

She holds a PhD in Science and Technology Studies, and Master’s Degrees in Planetary Science (spe. oceanography), History/International Relations, Political Science, Law and Socio-Anthropology, from Brown University, La Sorbonne University and Bordeaux 1 University. She is currently finishing her 2nd PhD at Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), Paris on International Space Politics.

Michelle Hanlon

Michelle is co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of For All Moonkind.  She leads all legal efforts, with particular emphasis on space law.  Michelle is also Co-Director of the Center for Air and Space Law and an instructor of aviation and space law at the University of Mississippi School of Law.  She is also the President of the National Space Society.  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 where the focus of her research was commercial space and the intersection of commerce and public law.

Prior to focusing on space law, Michelle was engaged in a private business law practice.  Her legal career commenced with the restructuring of sovereign debt for a number of South and Latin American countries and evolved into the negotiation and implementation of cross-border technology mergers and acquisitions.  Her subsequent solo practice advised entrepreneurs across four continents on all aspects of bringing their innovative ideas to market: from basic corporate formation to financings and buyouts.

Michelle is also a founding partner of ABH Aerospace, LLC a consulting firm which provides advice and counsel in respect of all aspects of air, space and cyber law.  She is on the Advisory Board of several start-ups involved in commercial space activities including orbital debris removal, remote sensing and the support of lunar resource extraction.  Michelle is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Space Law and the Journal of Drone Law and Policy.

Dan Hawk

Dan Hawk was born and raised on the Oneida Indian Reservation. On March 2022, he addressed the United Nations Legal Subcommittee of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space by providing history-making General Exchange of Views. Dan has been appointed to lead the Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium Lunar Dust Interoperability and Standards Focus Group. He is currently working with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration to prevent dust explosions in mines and factories when lightning strikes.

 

Dan enlisted in the Army National Guard out of high school and served in the Navy as a nuclear reactor operator on two Fast-Attack submarines. He was a senior power plant operator at UW-Madison and UW-Madison Hospital. While working with the Wisconsin Space Grant, Dan and Dr. Aileen Yingst founded the First Nations Launch and the Tethered Aerostat Program. Following WSGC, Dan supported the Montana Space Grant in ensuring the Salish Kootenai Tribal College was successful and BisonSat was launched on October 8, 2015. He then worked with U.S. Department of State to remove Native Americans from the International Traffic and Arms Regulations List.

Prior to BisonSat, Dan helped the El Paso Community College with two NanoRacks ISS Experiments and launched a payload RockOn payload on a suborbital Terrier-Orion in 2009.

Dan is a recognized Amazon Black Earth expert with NASA, NOAA, and the DOE, for which he made one ton of high CEC carbon that is being used to mitigate radiocesium-137 on Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands.

Dan is currently working with NASA to waive Satellite Export Controls to First Nations People, Canada. In cooperation with many entities and institutions, the first tribal sovereignty data blockchain Jay Treaty satellite is being designed.

Ram Jakhu

Dr. Ram S. Jakhu has over 40 years of experience in space law and policy and currently is a tenured Full Professor at the Institute of Air and Space Law, Faculty of Law, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He teaches and conducts research in international space law, law of space commercialisation, space safety and security, national regulation of space activities, law of telecommunications, and public international law. In addition, he has been providing consultation to several private and governmental entities and drafting national laws and regulations in various countries.

 He is the Project Director and Co-Editor of the McGill Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space (MILAMOS Project); Project Director and Editor-in-Chief of the McGill Encyclopedia of International Space Law, and Project Director of Project on Sustainable Development in South Asian Countries (The Role of Space Technologies, Laws and Policies).

 He served as the Director of the McGill Institute of Air and Space Law; Director of McGill Centre for Regulated Industries; Director of the Master of Space Studies Program of the International Space University; member of the Global Agenda Council on Space of the World Economic Forum; member of the Board of Directors of International Institute of Space Law (IISL); and member of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.

 He authored three books, over 130 articles, 70 research reports and edited 13 books, including the one that received the 2011 Book Award from the International Academy of Astronautics.

 In 2022, he received the “Excellence in Supervision and Mentorship Award” from Graduate Law Student Association of the Faculty of Law of McGill University, in 2016 the “Leonardo da Vinci Life-Long Achievement Award” from the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety and in 2007 the “Distinguished Service Award” from the IISL for significant contribution to the development of space law.

 He holds Doctor of Civil Law (Dean’s Honours List) and Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees from McGill University, Canada as well as LL.M., LL.B., and B.A. degrees from Panjab University, India.

David Kendall

David Kendall is Co-founder and Fellow of the Outer Space Institute; Emeritus faculty, International Space University (ISU); proud member of the Leadership Board of For All Moonkind and member of the Institute on Space Law and Ethics; member of the Board of Advisors of SEDS-Canada; elected full academician of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA); Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (2016-2018); Director General of Space Science and Space Science and Technology, Canadian Space Agency (2004-2012); Vice President and Chair of the Finance Committee of the International Astronautical Federation (2008-2012); Bureau member and Chair of the Finance Committee of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) (2000-2008); Past Chair and member of the Steering Group of the Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee; Past Co-Chair of a subgroup of the International Ad-Hoc Group on Earth Observations; Past Chair and Member of the Academic Council, and Director of the Space Studies Program (1999 & 2014) of the ISU. 

He is also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) and the C.D. Howe Award of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (2016-2017).

Ed Koellner

Edward Koellner has a strong background in international law, intellectual property, fintech, and space law. As the Associate General Counsel at USAA, Mr. Koellner excelled in integrating new technologies within legal frameworks, notably by implementing AI tools for contract analysis, which streamlined contract review processes and improved efficiency. In his critical role, Mr. Koellner developed and implemented compliance programs that significantly enhanced intellectual property protection by implementing proactive monitoring strategies and fostered industry growth through strategic partnerships and innovative legal solutions.

As a registered patent attorney with the US Patent and Trademark Office and a US Navy veteran, Mr. Koellner brings a unique skill set and disciplined approach to his legal practice, drawing on his experience in intellectual property law and military discipline to provide comprehensive and strategic legal counsel. In the field of space law, he focuses on ensuring an understanding of the law and ethical practices to help mitigate risks by promoting regulatory and industry-wide adherence to international space treaties and other regulatory guidelines. Mr. Koellner holds a leadership position with For All Moonkind’s Institute on Space Law and Ethics, contributing to the advancement of space law principles and ethical standards.

Mr. Koellner‘s extensive career includes pivotal roles at USAA, Citibank, SunTrust, and Western Union, where he spearheaded transformative initiatives in regulatory compliance, digital transformation, intellectual property law, and risk management, driving organizational success and innovation. His educational experience includes an LL.M. in Air and Space Law at the University of Mississippi School of Law, where he delved into topics such as regulatory governance, cultural heritage protection, ethics, the intersection of space and intellectual property law, space cybersecurity, and natural resource exploration, refining his expertise in niche legal domains. His academic credentials also include an MS in Global Technology and Development from Arizona State University, a JD from Marquette University, an MBA in Finance from Texas Christian University, and a BA in Biochemistry from West Virginia University.

In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Koellner actively contributes to scholarly publications and serves as a prominent speaker on topics related to the emerging outer space economy, where his insights on space law and ethics shape industry discourse and advance best practices.

Marlene Losier

Dr. Marlène M. Losier is a legal expert in international law.  She advises private and public clients around the world on international and national laws relating to culture and space policies affected by maritime, terrestrial and beyond Earth considerations often resulting from the succession of states in the post-colonial context.  She advises on the United Nations treaty system and its auspices, counsels on bilateral and multilateral agreements and assists in developing corresponding domestic rules.  Dr. Losier is an expert in complex matters of sovereign immunity and jurisdiction, where they conflict, when they are evoked in areas beyond national jurisdiction and specifically in respect to issues relating to title and proprietary rights, including with regard to the moral and ethical arguments concerning the rights of communities of origin and private individuals.  Her academic background is in government and social anthropology and her legal basis is in international litigation, alternative disputes resolution and contractual matters.  She is Principal of Losier & González, PLLC based in Washington, D.C

Patrick Lin

Patrick Lin, PhD, is the director of the Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group at Cal Poly, where he is a full philosophy professor.  He currently serves on the US National Space Council’s Users Advisory Group and is also affiliated with Stanford Law School, Microsoft Research, Czech Academy of Sciences, World Economic Forum, Aurelia Institute, AIAA, and other leading orgs.  Previous affiliations include the US Naval Academy, Stanford Engineering, Dartmouth College, Center for a New American Security, UNIDIR, 100 Year Study on AI, and more.  He is well published in technology ethics—including on frontier development (esp. outer space and the Arctic), AI, robotics, cybersecurity, bioengineering, nanotechnology, security technologies, and more—and is regularly invited to provide briefings on the subject to industry, media, and government.  Site: https://ethics.calpoly.edu/

 

Sergio Marchisio

Sergio Marchisio is Professor of Space Law and Emeritus of International Law at Sapienza University of Rome. Vice-President of the Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI). Chairman of the European Centre for Space Law at the European Space Agency (ECSL/ESA), General Counsel of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), and Member of the Advisory Council of the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI).

He is Senior Legal Advisor of the Italian Space Agency (ASI). Scientific Responsible for the research project OSL – Outer Space Law for International Cooperation and Sustainable Development, funded by ASI, and a member of the Board of Directors of ASI (2014-2018). 

He is legal Expert at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Italian delegate to the UN COPUOS, where he served as Chairman of the Legal Subcommittee (2004-2006) and Co-chair of the Expert Group D (Regulatory Regimes and Guidance for Actors in the Space Arena) of the Working Group on the Long-Term Sustainability of the Outer Space Activities (2010-2018).

Since 2007, he has served as Italian delegate to the Council of the European Union for the Negotiation of the International Code of Conduct on Outer Space Activities (ICoC). and Chair of the multilateral negotiations on the ICoC held at the United Nations in New York, July 2015.

He is a member of the Intergovernmental Committee entrusted to negotiate the UNIDROIT Space Assets Protocol to the Cape Town Convention (2003-2012) and Chair of the Committee of the Whole of the 2012 Berlin Diplomatic Conference, which adopted the Protocol. Since 2013, he has been Correspondent for Italy to the UNIDROIT.

Additionally, he is member of the UN Group of Governmental Experts on Outer Space Transparency and Confidence-Building Measures (TCBMs, UNGA Resolution 65/68) (2011-2013) and of the UN Group of Governmental Experts on Practical Measures for the Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space (PAROS, UNGA Resolution 72/250, 2018-2019). He is member of the Specialized Panel of the Permanent Court of Arbitration pursuant to the Optional Rules on Disputes relating to Outer Space Activities.

In 2011, Sergo Marchisio was awarded the Social Sciences Award from the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and, in 2015, Distinguished Service Award from the International Institute of Space Law (IISL).

Elina Morozova

Elina Morozova is Executive Director at the Intersputnik International Organization of Space Communications, an intergovernmental satellite telecommunication organization. At Intersputnik, she is responsible for relations with member states and the United Nations system, including the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and the International Telecommunication Union, and manages the International and Legal Service. She also takes part in the work of the Expert Committee of the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly – Regional Commonwealth in the Field of Communications.

Ms. Morozova combines her career at Intersputnik with research. She teaches a course on international space law and telecommunications law at St. Petersburg University and is the author (co-author) of publications on international space law and policy, management of radio frequency spectrum and satellite orbits, and satellite telecommunications in Russian and English.

Claire Nelson

Dr. Claire Nelson has been actively engaged in the business of international development for more than twenty-five years.

The first Jamaican woman to earn a Doctorate degree in an engineering discipline and the only black person in her graduating class, Dr. Nelson holds Industrial Engineering Degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Purdue University, and a Doctorate in Engineering Management from George Washington University. She has served on numerous boards and committees including: US Department of Commerce US/Caribbean Business Development Council Advisory Board; Black Leadership Forum;  DC Caribbean Carnival Association; International Think Tank Commission on Pan-African Affairs, Office of the Prime Minister of Barbados; African-American Unity Caucus; National Democratic Institute/Carter Center Election Observer Mission to the Dominican Republic; Black Professionals in International Affairs; and the International Committee of the National Society of Black Engineers-Alumni Extension.

Recognized as a White House Champion of Change, she is sought after as a speaker on issues pertaining to economic development, globalization, and issues concerning the Caribbean and its peoples. She is a frequent guest on the television talk show CARIBNATION seen on cable TV in the Washington D.C. area, as well as CARIBBEAN EXCHANGE on WEAA, Morgan University Radio.

Dr. Nelson has been a frontrunner in the challenge of placing the topic of social exclusion and diversity on the agenda of the multilateral development assistance institutions. As a result of her pioneering work, she was invited to the Salzburg Seminar as a Fellow in 1997 and 1999 of the Seminars on Race and Ethnicity, in 2000 and 2003 to the Fetzer Institute Advisory Group on Moral, Ethical and Spiritual Leadership; and as Faculty at the Seminar on Leadership Across Geographic Borders and Cultural Boundaries. Dr. Nelson was also a participant in the Bellagio Consultation on the UN World Conference on Racism (WCAR) organized by the International Human Rights Law Group, and was active on the Working Group on Globalization and Transnational Corporations.

Dr. Nelson is Ideation Leader of The Futures Forum and Sagient Futures LLC,  which provides strategic foresight and development futures consulting practice.  She is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the World Futures Society, and an emerging voice as a Black Futurist. An award-winning writer and performance artiste, Dr. Nelson’s OpEd pieces have appeared in media outlets such as Morning Edition, National Public Radio; WEAA FM and WHUR FM; and CaribNation TV.

Nick Nielsen

J.N. “Nick” Nielsen is an independent scholar in Portland, Oregon. He writes on space philosophy, the nature of civilization, and the future prospects for life in the universe. He has spoken at several conferences, including 100YSS, Icarus Interstellar, IBHA, NoRCEL, SSoCIA, SESA, and Forming and Exploring Habitable Worlds events. He has published in the Journal of Space Philosophy.

Joe Pelton

Joseph N. Pelton, Ph.D., is the Chairman of the Board of the Alliance for Collaboration in the Exploration of Space (ACES Worldwide) –  see: https://acesworldwide.org. He is the Dean emeritus and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International Space University. He is the Founder of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation and the founding President of the Society of Satellite Professionals International—now known as the Space and Satellite Professionals International (SSPI). Dr. Pelton currently serves on the Executive Board of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety. He is the Director Emeritus of the Space and Advanced Communications Research Institute (SACRI) at George Washington University, where he also served as Director of the Accelerated Masters’ Program in Telecommunications and Computers from 1998 to 2004. Previously, he headed the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program (ITP) at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Dr. Pelton has also served as President of the International Space Safety Foundation and President of the Global Legal Information Network (GLIN).  Earlier in his career, he held a number of executive and management positions at COMSAT and INTELSAT, the global satellite organization where he was Director of Strategic Policy.

A prolific author and futurist, Dr. Pelton has now published over 60 books and over 400 articles, encyclopedia entries, op-ed pieces and other research publications during his career. He has been speaker on national media in the U.S. (PBS News Hour, Public Radio’s All Things Considered, ABC, and CBS) and internationally on BBC, CBC, and FR-3. He has spoken and testified before Congress, the United Nations, and delivered talks in over 40 countries around the world. His honors include the Sir Arthur Clarke, International Achievement Award of the British Interplanetary Society; the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award; the ICA Educator’s award; the ISCe Excellence in Education Award; and being elected to the International Academy of Astronautics. Most recently, in 2017, he won the Da Vinci Award of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety and the Guardian Award of the Lifeboat Foundation.

Dr. Pelton is a member of the SSPI Hall of Fame, Fellow of the IAASS and Associate Fellow of the AIAA. Pelton’s Global Talk won the Eugene Emme Literature Award of the International Astronautics Association and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His most recent books are: Space Systems and Sustainability, Preparing for the Next Cyber Revolution, Space 2.0: Revolutionary Advances in the Space Industry, The New Gold Rush: The Riches of Space Beckon, The Handbook of Small Satellites, Global Space Governance: An International Study, and the second editions of The Handbook of Satellite Applications and The Farthest Shore: A 21st Century Guide to Space.

He received his degrees from the University of Tulsa, New York University and from Georgetown University, where he received his doctorate.

John Rummel

John Rummel is a Principal Partner with Friday Harbor Partners, LLC, in Washington State. Previously, he was a Senior Scientist with the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, and was a Visiting Scholar at McGill University’s Institute of Air and Space Law in Montréal from 2014-2018. He retired as a Professor of Biology with East Carolina University in 2015.

 Dr. Rummel is the former (and founding) Chair of COSPAR’s Panel on Planetary Protection, and until 2022 was the representative of the International Union of Biological Sciences on the COSPAR Council. As such, he represented COSPAR on The Hague International Space Resources Governance Working Group. A former member of the NASA Advisory Council’s Planetary Protection Subcommittee, Rummel worked at NASA Headquarters (1986 to 1993 and 1998 to 2008), as NASA’s Senior Scientist for Astrobiology and as NASA’s Planetary Protection Officer (PPO). He served NASA as Exobiology Program Manager and Research Programs Branch Chief in the Life Sciences Division beginning in 1986, and was responsible for both the Life Support and Exobiology Implementation Teams under the US-USSR Joint Working Group in Space Biology and Medicine.

 Between NASA assignments (1994-1998) he was the Director of Research Administration and Education at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

 A holder of eight NASA Group Achievement Awards, Rummel is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1990) “for leadership in fostering NASA-sponsored life science research,” the recipient of the Life Sciences Award from the International Academy of Astronautics (2005) “for significant and lasting contributions to the advancement of the astronautical sciences,” and was awarded the NASA Exceptional Performance Award (2008) “for outstanding management of space science programs…”  He received his PhD in community ecology and evolution from Stanford University, and his undergraduate degree in environmental biology from the University of Colorado.

M.C. Sungaila

 M.C. Sungaila is an award-winning appellate attorney who has handled appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court, multiple state supreme courts, numerous federal and state appellate courts, and even the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. She is known for crafting creative and effective strategies for clients with serious appellate matters and emergent legal challenges.

Before joining the boutique appellate law firm the Complex Appellate Litigation Group as a partner, M.C. led or co-led appellate practice groups at two different AmLaw 150 law firms as an equity partner. The Chambers USA legal ranking guide reports that clients describe M.C. as their “very first choice for appellate work.” Over the years, clients and co-counsel have emphasized that she is “a phenomenal writer,” “an excellent strategist,” “a talented, responsive, and respected appellate lawyer” with “a strong work ethic,” and a “gifted appellate lawyer who consistently delivers bottom line results.” They have also praised her “great practical sense,” “deep local knowledge of the California Supreme Court, as well as other appellate venues,” and her ability to “advise on the business side just as well as she does on the legal side.

 M.C. has twice won the “California Lawyer of the Year” award, along with other honors. Her first CLAY award arose from her precedent-setting victory in a franchisor vicarious liability case, Patterson v. Domino’s Pizza, which she argued before the California Supreme Court; the second arose from an immigration asylum appeal she won in the Ninth Circuit. In addition, the Daily Journal has named her one of California’s 100 Leading Women Lawyers every year since 2010, while the National Law Journal has named her one of its Equality Trailblazers. She has also been recognized for her sustained commitment to community service and pro bono work. In 2017, for her combined professional achievements and humanitarian and pro bono accomplishments, she was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, whose recipients include seven U.S. Presidents, Nobel Prize winners, athletes, leaders of industry, artists, and others whose work has made a “lasting impact on humanity.” More than a dozen other bar and community groups have recognized her community impact and pro bono service.

 M.C. has led or served on a litany of boards of directors, as well as national and regional appellate practice and amicus committees. She has written numerous articles on appellate practice and contributed to leading appellate treatises. She has also taught appellate law at the University of California at Irvine, Loyola, and Whitter Law Schools.

 M.C. is also the creator and host of an award-winning podcast, The Portia Project®️. The twice-weekly podcast celebrates the achievements of pathbreaking and leading women judges and lawyers and seeks to inspire the next generation of women lawyers and law students.

Michael Walthemathe

Dr. Michael Waltemathe is senior lecturer in the Department of Protestant Theology at Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany. Michael is also the Co-Principal Investigator for Interstellar Exploration and Society at the Interdisciplinary Center for Interstellar Exploration at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He serves as an officer of the Astrosociology Research Institute and is a founding board member of IASGAR, the International Academy for the Study of Gaming and Religion. Michael is researching the connections between Religion and Space-Exploration in the history of spaceflight as well as in historic and contemporary theological, philosophical and ethical thought. His current projects include ‘Science and Technology Awareness in humanities education’ and a project on Humanoid Robots as crew members in Space-Analog Missions.

Frank White

Frank White is a Space Philosopher and author of The Overview Effect.

His Theory of the Overview Effect has helped provide astronauts with concepts and language to articulate the profound shift in worldview they experience when viewing the Earth from space and in space. Now, much of the world has adopted this framework in describing our innate interconnectedness. His book, The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution, is considered by many to be a seminal work in the field of space exploration, making him one of the most influential space philosophers of our time.

Frank is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a Rhodes Scholar. He earned his M.Phil. in Politics from Oxford University.

Frank is the author or coauthor of ten books on topics ranging from space exploration to climate change. His book, The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution, is now in its third edition, and is considered by many to be a seminal work in the field of space exploration and development. A film called “Overview,” based largely on his work, has had more than 7 million plays on Vimeo.

Frank is also a co-founder of the Overview Institute, a leading organization dedicated to analyzing the Overview Effect and disseminating its findings.

Frank worked for Harvard University for 17 years and now teaches at Harvard Extension School, Harvard Summer School, and in Boston University’s Metropolitan College.

Soyeon Yi

Dr. Soyeon Yi is South Korea’s first and only astronaut, selected out of 36,000 contestants. On April 8,2008, she launched into space on-board Soyuz TMA-12. During her 11-day mission at the International Space Station (ISS), Dr. Yi completed an aggressive number of experiments contributing to South Korea’s science textbooks and science channel television lectures. During her return to Earth on, she survived a force of nearly 16-G (versus 4-G average) upon the ballistic re-entry. Due to re-entry complications, the first to welcome her return to earth were nomads in the plains of Kazakhstan.

Dr. Yi received her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and her Ph.D. from KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology). In May 2014, Dr. Yi received her MBA with an emphasis on Technology and Global Leadership at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.

Recently, Dr. Yi has worked with Noul Co., Ltd., developing the next-generation POC (Point-Of-Care) blood testing platform as the Managing Director, Business Development & Partnership. Dr. Yi is passionate about nurturing the next generation of STEM leaders; volunteering for non-profits as a speaker and lecturing at the University of Washington and local community colleges.

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