Special Guest of the Toulouse Space Show 2016 : India


Tuesday 28 June – 14:10

  Invited speaker

drapeau_europe Pierre DELSAUX – Deputy Director General at the European Commission Directorate General for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME’s

Pierre Delsaux is Deputy Director General at the European Commission Directorate General for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME’s.  After studying Law at the University of Liège, he obtained his Master of Law at the Northwestern University, Chicago, in 1983. He was Legal Secretary at the European Court of Justice from 1984 to 1987.  He worked in the private sector before joining the European Commission in 1991.  He started his career within the European Commission in the Directorate General for Competition.  He was appointed Director responsible for regulating the financial services in 2007.  Following this, in 2011, he was appointed Deputy Director General with responsibilities for the Single Market in the EU.  Since December 2015, he is in charge of Space Policy and Defence.


tr_international1 – International cooperations and capacity building 
Coopérations internationales et renforcement de capacités

Tuesday 28 June – 14:25 >> 16:30

This round table will investigate international cooperation issues with respect to the development and use of space, while taking into consideration the viewpoint and expectations of countries that have recently become involved in the space sector. Participants will present the challenges to space development that they face in their respective countries and discuss the assets and resources available for bilateral or multilateral partnerships. They will illustrate their presentations with concrete examples of cooperative or capacity-building projects and will outline prospects for the coming years.

This roundtable will be in English or in French with translation


  Facilitated by

Fréderic CASTELSenior Aerospace journalist                                 



  Keynote speaker

Julien DERUFFE – Head of Unit "Space and Aeronautic Defense"                                                        


  Foreseen speakers

Driss EL HADANI – Director, Centre Royal de Télédétection Spatiale du Maroc, Morocco

Mr. D. EL HADANI  has worked during more than 28 years in the area of Remote Sensing and Space Technologies. As Director of the CRTS, the Moroccan agency in charge of RS applications and development, he developed sharp expertise and knowledge of this sector as well as at national level or with international cooperation agencies and mechanisms.
June 2000 to June 2004: First Vice-president of the United Nations Committee for the Peaceful uses of Outer Space (COPUOS)
October 2002-October 2004 Vice-president of the International Astronautic Federation (IAF).
Member of the Eurisy Association Council.
Member of the UN-OOSA Working Group in charge of strategy  for the integration of space technique in risk and natural disaster management (DMISCO)
Member of the Scientific committee of the African Centre for Catastrophic Risks; created by the African Insurance Organisation.

Academic background:
engineering degree in Water Resources Management
DESS Diploma in Space Remote Sensing applied to environment, University of Paris VI, France,
Master Degree in Management of Organizations, ISCAE, Casablanca, Morocco
Bachelor in Law, University of Rabat, Morocco.


Dr. Muppalla Nageswara Rao – Deputy Director, ISRO Satellite Centre, Indian Space Research Organization, Department of Space, Government of India

Outstanding Scientist – Deputy Director, ICA – Deputy Director, CPA

Dr. M. Nageswara Rao joined Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in September 1982 after completing Masters in Physics with Specialization in Electronics. He also obtained his  Ph.D degree in Physics in July 2012. He started his career at ISRO Satellite Centre, Bengaluru. His, first assignment was with Electrical Integration Division, where he was involved in the communication spacecraft assembly, integration, testing and launching activities. He played a major role in the realization of INSAT-2 series of multipurpose communication satellites. He was actively involved in the realization, launching and recovery of the India’s first Space Capsule Recovery Experiment (SRE) as a key project executive.
During his stint with Assembly, Integration & Testing Group, he headed the Special Test & Instrumentation Section, Geo-Sat Integration & Testing and Compact Antenna Test Facility (CATF).
He was Project Director of GSAT 4 communication Spacecraft. He also shouldered the responsibility of Project Director for Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS) Space segment. He successfully completed the realization of IRNSS constellation with the launching of 7Th satellite in the month of April, 2016. He is also responsible for realizing the GSAT-14 communication satellite, which has flown on the GSLV-D5 with indigenous cryo stage.
Presently he is Deputy Director for Integration & Checkout Area and also holding Deputy Director, Communication & Power Area, as additional responsibility.
He is recipient of several awards in the field of space systems. He is involved in the discussions with Russia, for joint development of GLONASS satellites.


Javier MENDIETA – General Director, Mexican Space Agency, Mexico

Francisco Javier MENDIETA – JIMENEZ obtained his bachelor's degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from the National University of Mexico (UNAM), and his Certificate of Higher Studies and Doctor of Engineering degree from the National Superior School of Telecommunications (ENST), France, in the field of Optical Telecommunications.
At the Institute for Electrical Research (IIE), Mexico, he was involved in development projects on applications of optical fibers to electrical power systems. During a leave at the Utah State University (USU), U.S.A., he participated in a project on instrumentation for space experiments.

At the Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education of Ensenada (CICESE), a Center coordinated by the Mexican Agency for Science and Technology (CONACYT), he formed the optical communications group and laboratory, where he has leaded diverse research and development projects on optical telecommunications, free space optical satellite communications and detection. He is a lecturer in graduate courses and continuous education on optical and digital telecommunications, and has been adviser for several Master's and Doctor's degrees thesis.
He spent a sabbatical leave at Telecom Paris Tech, LTCI Laboratory of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France, in the field of optical communications. He has published in diverse scientific journal and conferences papers, and holds several patents. He was awarded the following recognitions for his contributions: the "Emilio Rosenblueth" prize, from the National Academy of Engineering, Mexico; the "Ericsson Telecommunications" prize, from Ericsson – Mexico; the "Mexican Academy of Optics Prize" from the Mexican Academy of Optics.
He is a member of the National Research System (S.N.I. level 2) of CONACYT, Mexico. He served as Director of the Applied Physics Division and General Director of CICESE. On the space field, Dr. Mendieta was the 2o candidate astronaut for the Shuttle mission, was leader in CICESE of the SATEX 1 (Experimental Satellite in Spanish) Project that was a coordinate national effort to develop human resources in space sciences around a microsatellite project.
Recently was the leader of the SENSAT (Self Explore Nano SATellite) that was a two-year project to develop an educative nanosatellite concept to promote the developing of space technology and the acquisition of practical skills for students and workforce in aerospace. Since November the 1st he has been appointed as the first General Director of the Mexican Space Agency.


03_logo_dark_blue Frederic NORDLUND – Head of External Relations Department, Director General Services, ESA

Frederic Nordlund is currently Head of the External Relations Department, one of the Director General’s Services at ESA.   This function encompasses, among others, the provision of support to the Director General of ESA regarding the relations of the Agency with the European Union, the formulation of the Agency’s position on international developments and the negotiation of cooperation agreements meeting the demands of ESA programmes and activities approved by Member States. 
Mr. Nordlund was formerly, acting Head of Cabinet of the Director General (July 2015 – April 2016), Head of the International Relations Department, Senior Advisor on international relations within the Cabinet of the ESA Director General and in 2008 – 2010,  the Secretary of the Human Space Flight, Microgravity and Exploration Programme Board (PB-HME), a Delegate Body of the ESA Council.  He held from 2002 to 2008 the position of Head of the European Space Agency (ESA) Washington Office, representing ESA in the US and Canada. In a previous capacity, Mr. Nordlund was an Administrator at ESA’s International Relations Department where he was responsible of ESA’s relations with the US, Japan and Canada.  Before starting his career in 1992 at ESA, he worked in Canada.
Mr. Nordlund was bestowed the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal in June 2010 and is a member of several professional organisations.


Jean-Yves LE GALL – President, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales, France

In 2013, the French government appointed Jean-Yves Le Gall as President of the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the French space agency, and extended his term in 2015. He is also interministerial coordinator for satellite navigation programmes. In 2015, he has been elected Co-Chair of the Council of the European Space Agency (ESA) and Incoming President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF).
CNES is responsible for proposing and implementing space policy in France. It is involved in all aspects of space (Ariane, sciences, observation, telecommunications and defence) through its four centres of excellence in Paris, Toulouse and French Guiana, with 2,450 employees and a budget of more than €2.1m (2015). CNES also represents France on the Council of the European Space Agency and at many other international organizations, and is a shareholder in various commercial enterprises.
Born in 1959, Jean-Yves Le Gall is a trained engineer and scientist who has devoted his entire career to the European space programme, holding positions within the French national scientific research agency CNRS, several French ministries, at Novespace and a first stint with CNES before joining Starsem and Arianespace, where he was Chairman & CEO until his appointment as President of CNES.
Jean-Yves Le Gall is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and Vice-President of the "Space Circle" at French think-tank CEPS (Centre d’Etude et de Prospective Stratégique). He also chairs the France-Japan business council of Medef International, and is a member of the French-Mexican strategic council.
He received the Astronautics Prize from the French Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AAAF) in 2001. He was named Via Satellite magazine’s 2005 Satellite Executive of the Year and received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 from the Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council (APSCC). In 2011 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SPPI) and received the Icarus Prize from the French association of professional aerospace journalists (AJPAE). In 2014 he received a Laureate Award from Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine.
Jean-Yves Le Gall holds the rank of Officer in both the Legion of Honour and the National Order of Merit in France. He has also been awarded the Order of Friendship by the Russian Federation and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, by the government of Japan.


2 – Geo-intelligence: closing the gap between Space and professional sectors
La géo-intelligence : le spatial se rapproche des métiers

Wednesday 29 June – 9:00 >> 10:45

Géo-intelligence - Couleur V4Geo-intelligence is knowledge, a process and a discipline that uses geo-referenced information to optimise the decisions and performance of companies and organisations.
Geo-intelligence was first exploited by defence and institutional players. Today, the emergence of new satellite capabilities and the increase in data volume and processing throughput is fostering at the same time new services designed to be tailored to the needs of an increasing range of professions.
This round table aims to shed light on how these two models continue to exist and develop concomitantly.

This roundtable will be in English or in French with translation


  Facilitated by

Fréderic CASTELSenior Aerospace journalist                                 



  Keynote speaker

Christophe GOMART – Head of Military Intelligence, France

Lieutenant-General Christophe Gomart has been the head of the French military intelligence directorate (DRM – Direction du Renseignement Militaire) since 1st August 2013.

Previous assignment: Commander of Special Operations 2011 – 2013.

Military Education:

  • Saint Cyr Military Academy 1981-1983
  • Branch school – Armor – Saumur (1983-1984)
  • War college 1995-1996
  • Senior Staff College – Paris en 1996-1997

Main assignments:

Upon completion of the Saint-Cyr Military Academy course, he opted for the Armor branch. He served three times at the 13th régiment de Dragons Parachutistes (13th airborne long-range surveillance battalion). Between 2003 and 2005, he was the commander of the 13th RDP, where previously he had been airborne reconnaissance leader and head of operations.

In addition to these assignments, Major-General Gomart also served as:

  • Instructor at St-Cyr military academy (1988-1990),
  • Commander of an armored squadron AMX30B2 at the 2nd régiment de chasseurs (armored battalion) (1990-1992),
  • Press information officer at the Armed forces public relations and information service (1992-1995);
  • HUMINT operation officer at DRM (1999-2003),
  • Staff Officer, General Inspectorate of the Army (2005-2006),
  • Head of the intelligence staff at the MoD Cabinet (2006-2008).
  • Assistant to the National Intelligence Coordonator – French Presidency – Elysée Palace (2008 – 2011)


Major General Gomart is Commander in the Legion of Honor and in the National Order of Merit.
He has been awarded the cross of Military Valor.


  Foreseen speakers

Damien DHONT – TOTAL, France

Geologist as a background, Damien Dhont obtained a PhD in Geology and remote sensing at the University Pierre et Marie Curie (1999). He has formerly an occupied an academic post as a lecturer and researcher for 12 years at the University of Pau where he obtained a habilitation thesis to supervised research in 2006.
Damien Dhont joined the TOTAL Company in 2011 where he has been appointed Specialist in remote the sensing. He is in charge of the remote sensing team and participates to the exploitation of satellite data and to the development of the remote sensing applications for oil and gas exploration mainly.
He is the author and co-author of approximately 30 research articles published in peer-reviewed journals.


 Didier RIGAL, Director of BU GEO-information, Telespazio

Didier RIGAL holds a position as Director GEO Information within Telespazio France. He is also the Vice President of the EarthLab International network.
Didier has graduated from the French National Agronomic Institute of Toulouse, and holds a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development & Climate Change from the Toulouse Business School and the National School of meteorology (ENM).

During 26 years, he developed international programs related to Remote Sensing applications and services in Europe, SE Asia, Africa and Latin America and led the development of sales within the former Spotimage group. He was then nominated by Astrium Services as Senior Advisor for Corporate Development Strategy.
During the past three years, he joined Telespazio (Thales – Leonardo JV) for developing abroad the EarthLab program which is a collaborative network of innovation clusters devoted to Environmental monitoring with space sensors and Geo-information platforms.


drapeau_europe Marc JOURNEL – Senior Project Officer, EMSA

Marc Journel is a former Naval Officer. He worked several years on satellite imagery intelligence in the French Navy and at the French military intelligence directorate (DRM). From 2003 to 2005, he was head of operations then deputy commanding officer of the Joint Imagery Intelligence Centre of the DRM. Marc Journel has extensive experience in law enforcement at sea in particular regarding fishery surveillance and counter-drug operations. He joined the European Maritime Safety Agency in 2007. Until March 2016, he was in charge of the European satellite based oil spill detection service, CleanSeaNet. He is now responsible for services provided by EMSA to the European Fishery Control Agency and to the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre (Narcotics).



Eric MOREL – Defence & Security Director, Intelligence-Optical, Airbus Defence and Space Géo Information, France

Eric Morel is titular of a PhD in Science of  Information and a former IHEDN listener.
During its career he was firstly  an Intelligence Officer within the French Department of Defence, principally in geointelligence. Particularly he was head of IMINT Department and then geospatial programs Director within an Intelligence agency.
Finally he joined Airbus as Defence and Security Director of the Intelligence-Optical division.


drapeau_allemagne Massimiliano VITALE – Planet Labs / BlackBridge, Germany

Massimiliano leads Planet operations in Germany and Canada, and has over 20 years of experience in integrating and operating ground segment systems for Earth Observation satellites. He joined RapidEye in 2006 and since 2011 has been responsible for the ongoing success of RapidEye Mission Operations. Additionally, Massimiliano played a key role in developing ground segment systems from concept to routine operations, and built a team that successfully completed a number of multimillion data delivery projects.
Prior to joining RapidEye, from 1997 to 2006, he was Project Leader with Datamat SpA (a Telespazio company) and participated in a number of Earth Observation ground segment projects for the European Space Agency (ESA) and other national space agencies.
During his last years at Datamat, Massimiliano was in charge of the engineering team that supported six different ESA ground segment facilities in Europe. He received a M.Sc. with honors in Computer Engineering from the University of Rome Tor Vergata.


Cécile WENDLING – AXA Group, France

Dr. Cécile Wendling is Head of Foresight at AXA. She is conducting forward looking studies on Big data, Blockchain, Artificial intelligence, Connected devices, among others. She is also an associate researcher at CSO (CNRS-Sciences po Paris). Her field of research includes the sociology of risk, crisis management, and anticipatory governance. She teaches at ENA, Ecole de Guerre, IHEDN, etc.


tr_connected3 – Connected World & Connecting Space: benefits & opportunities
Nouveaux usages, nouveaux objets et transition numérique

Wednesday 29 June – 14:30 >> 16:30

This Round Table will focus on space applications and the digital economy, including the digital business transformation. Its main objective is to convey ideas and messages about institutional and private approaches for the development of innovative space applications linked to the digital transformation, interactions between space data and Big Data, and the use of space technologies and data for a smarter economy and societal benefits, e.g. in the area of mobility.

This roundtable will be in English or in French with translation


  Facilitated by

Paul de BREM                                



  Keynote speakers

Geneviève FIORASO – Former Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, France

Born in Amiens, France, October 1954, 2 children
Professional background : English teacher during 2 years in Amiens, she then moved to Grenoble, where she has been living since 1978.
From 1979 to 1986 : collaborator of Hubert Dubedout, Mayor of Grenoble and member of the French Parliament, she was successively in charge of press and documentation,  communication and Parliament relations.
She then joined the private sector, from 1989 to 1995, as a member of the management board of a start-up, CORYS, spin-off from the French Energy commission (CEA), specialized in the design of simulators for the training of operators in the field of energy (nuclear, thermal, electric networks) and transportation (trains and tramways). In Corys, she was in charge of institutional relations and European projects (Phare and Tacis programmes).
From 1995 to 1999, she became director of cabinet of the new mayor of Grenoble, Michel Destot. In 1999, she created and managed the Rhône-Alpes agency for the diffusion of digital in regional SMEs.
After being elected as deputy mayor in 2001, she worked half time during 3 years for a telecom operator, France Telecom, now Orange, as expert in innovative products and services for health and social applications.
In 2003, she was appointed as CEO of Minatec entreprises (until 2012), a semi public-private company welcoming in clean rooms industrial projects in the field of micro and nanotechnologies, biotechnologies, via partnerships between private companies and public research laboratories.


Jacques CREMER – Director of research at the "Toulouse School of Economic" and member of "National Digital Board", France

Jacques Crémer received his undergraduate degree from the Ecole Polytechnique in 1971, a SM in Management and a PhD in economics, both from MIT, in 1973 and 1977.
He has held appointments at the University of Pennsylvania and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Since 1991, he has been a researcher at the Toulouse School of Economics. From January 2003 to July 2007, he was Director of the Institut d’Economie Industrielle (IDEI), and from 2011 to 2014 Scientific Director of the Toulouse School of Economics.
He has held visiting appointments at the University of Southampton, Northwestern University and the University of Hong Kong and from 1996 to 2003 was Professor of Economics at the École Polytechnique. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and a member of its Council. He has done fundamental work on planning theory, the theory of auctions and organization theory.
His current research interests are the economics of organization, the economics of the Internet and of the software industries, as well as contract theory. He co-manages, along with Paul Seabright, the Jean-Jacques Laffont Chair on the Digital Economy at the Toulouse School of Economics. Since February 2016, he is a member of the French “Conseil National du Numérique”.


  Foreseen speakers

drapeau_europe Florian GUILLERMET – Executive Director, SESAR

Florian Guillermet is an engineer, graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and the Civil Aviation Engineering School in France.  He also holds a Master degree in aeronautics and airport management.
Florian has been working in the field of Civil Aviation for 15 years. He started his career in the flight planning department of Air France. He then held different managerial positions at the French Air Navigation Service Provider before joining the European Central Flow Management Unit at EUROCONTROL. He has been in charge of various operational and IT projects. His experience ranges from ATM systems definition and implementation to network operations management.

He joined the SESAR Joint Undertaking in June 2008 as Chief Programme Officer to manage the SESAR Programme and became Deputy Executive Director Operations and Programme in 2012.
Since April 1st he is leading the SESAR Joint Undertaking as Executive Director.


drapeau_europe  Günther KOHLHAMMER – Chief Data Officer-Digital Agenda Strategy, ESA

Dr. Günther Kohlhammer did his studies in Munich in Geology, Geophysics and his PHD in digital image processing. 
Following few yeas in remote sensing industry he held several positions in ESA including the ERS- and ENVISAT Mission Management and for 12 years has been heading the Earth Observation Mission Management and Ground Segment Department in ESRIN, Frascati.

He is now ESA’s Chief Digital Officer and Chair of ESA’s Information Technology Governance Board (IGB) in ESA-HQ in Paris.


Philippe LAPLANE – Senior Vice President Orange Cloud for Business, ORANGE BUSINESS SERVICES, France

Philippe Laplane has 25 years experience in the IT and Telecom industry with a strong focus in the B-to-B market. In 1989, Philippe joined France Telecom and held various program management and marketing positions. In 1998, he joined the data and IP division, Transpac, as Vice-President of Product Engineering and Development, and created the portfolio of data services with the introduction of MPLS and IP VPN, ADSL, and first ToIP implementation. With the acquisition of Global One and Equant, he successively merged the Product Engineering of Transpac, Global One and Equant into a single entity supporting France and international business.
In 2002, he spent 4 years in Lyon, as head of Sales for the Rhône Alpes Auvergne SME market, serving 12 000 business customers, developing, in addition to traditional telco offers ,the business in network integration, mobile data, IP and Internet, Voice over IP.

In 2008, he joined the Large Projects division, in charge of  the Finance, Insurance and Government sectors in France, to support the development of outsourcing and large projects for those customers, before taking over the entire Large Projects organization worldwide in December 2009.
As of 1st of January 2013, he is Senior Vice President of Orange Cloud For Business, in charge of IT Infrastructure, cloud IaaS and PaaS line of business in Orange Business Services (1300 employees in France and abroad, from pre-sales to delivery). Since March 2015, Cloudwatt (French cloud service provider) has joined Philippe’s scope of activities.
Philippe is graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and Telecom Paris Tech. He is married with four children and lives in Paris Region, France.


drapeau_UK Stuart MARTIN – Chief Executive Officer Satellite Applicationd, CATAPULT, UK

Stuart was appointed CEO of the Satellite Applications Catapult in January 2013.
Prior to this appointment, Stuart was a partner at Logica (now CGI), a large European business technology company where he was responsible for the worldwide space business, turning over more than £50M annually and employing over 300 staff, a position he had held since 2006.
During his time at Logica, Stuart held a range of engineering and management functions, mainly in the fields of satellite navigation and meteorological processing before moving onto more strategic business roles in 2003. More recently, Stuart held the position of Vice Chair of UK Space, the UK trade association for space business, was a member of the council of Eurospace (the European equivalent), and was three-time chair of UK judges for the annual European Satellite Navigation Competition, also known as the Galileo Masters.
Stuart holds a BSc in Physics (first class) from Imperial College and, in 2013, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and the Institute of Physics.


drapeau_UK Ed PARSONS – Geospatial Technologist, GOOGLE, UK

Ed Parsons is the Geospatial Technologist of Google, with responsibility for evangelising Google’s mission to organise the world’s information using geography. In this role he maintains links with Universities, Research and Standards Organisations which are involved in the development of Geospatial Technology.
He is currently co-chair of the W3C/OGC Spatial Data on the Web Working Group.
Ed is based in Google’s London office, and anywhere else he can plug in his laptop.
Ed was the first Chief Technology Officer in the 200-year-old history of Ordnance Survey, and was instrumental in moving the focus of the organisation from mapping to Geographical Information. He came to the Ordnance Survey from Autodesk, where he was EMEA Applications Manager for the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Division.
He earned a Masters degree in Applied Remote Sensing from Cranfield Institute of Technology and holds a Honorary Doctorate in Science from Kingston University, London and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Ed is married with two children and lives in South West London.

soon Aurélie PICART – Innovation Director, Actia Automotive


4 – A Whirlwind of Innovation in Space
Un Espace bouillonnant, innovations et ruptures

Thursday 30 June – 9:00 >> 11:00

The space sector is bubbling over with novelties, having become an arena where new players mainly from the digital business world, are now competing with traditional players, bringing with them not only technological breakthroughs but new services and business models. This is a world in which the US administration (and especially NASA) is pushing to develop space as a business by offering a sizeable institutional market share to these new players. A world where young millionaires discover a passion for space and are receptive to the idea that space can be conquered by private entrepreneurs. A world in which technological progress offers smaller satellites for an affordable entrance ticket price, enabling the academic world to nurture its training and research ambitions. Finally, a world regarded by capital risk companies as a new playing field.
This round table session will give the floor to players from this innovative world: start-ups, SMEs, major groups and financial partners will have the opportunity to express their views and discuss their vision.

This roundtable will be in English or in French with translation


  Facilitated by

Paul de BREM                                



  Keynote speaker

Christian DESMOULINS – Chairman of the Board of Actia Automotive – Actia Group, France

Christian Desmoulins is the Chairman of the Board of Actia Automotive, an independant and international company, specialised in embedded systems for automotive and aeronautics markets. Set up in 1986, Actia realised a turn over of 350M€ in 2015 and employs 3000 people. Its headquaters are in Toulouse and it has subsidiaries in 15 countries. The R&D budget represents 12% of its revenues.
Before moving in Toulouse in 2003, he was the Director of the Technological Research Division of the french Atomic Energy Commission (today called CEA Tech).
For higher education, Christian Desmoulins founded Ecole des Mines d'Albi, and chaired successively ENSMM of Besançon, INSA of Toulouse and Champollion Institute. He is Academician of Technology.
Finally, he is now chairing the Economical Strategy Committee of the new region Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées, according to the request of the regional Prefect. For him, it is a tremendous mission to define a knowledge based economy in a region which invests every year 3,8% of its GDP in R&D.


  Foreseen speakers

Jean-Philippe CHESSEL – Product line Director, Head of Stratobus project, THALES ALENIA SPACE, France

Jean-philippe Chessel has been managing the Sratobus project since January, 2011. Before that, he was on the Executive Committee for the Integration and Testing of Thales Alenia Space Satellites, having been the Manager for the AIT of the Optical Payloads for seven years. He has more than fifteen years’ experience in satellite Systems and Optical engineering, for both agencies and commercial business, on a big variety of Defense and civil space programs.  He has a doctorate in optical thin films, and is a graduate of the École Centrale of Marseille.


drapeau_UK Craig CLARK – Clyde Space, MBE, CEO, UK

Craig has a BEng in Electrical Power Engineering from the University of Glasgow and an MSc in Satellite Engineering from the University of Surrey. After 11 years at a major space company in SE England, Craig returned to Glasgow and founded Clyde Space Ltd.  Clyde Space is now one of the most successful suppliers of small satellites in the world, becoming a 'household name' in the space industry. The company continues to grow and develop cutting-edge products for the space market, in particular in the area of tiny satellites called 'CubeSats'.  Presently in its 11th year of trading, Clyde Space has over 70 highly skilled, full-time staff. Clyde Space launched Scotland's first satellite in July 2014.  In June 2013, Craig was awarded an MBE in the Queen's birthday Honours list for his services to Innovation and Technology.  


Michel FAUP – Manager "Innovation et prospective" CNES Direction de l’Innovation, des Applications et de la Science

Michel FAUP was graduated from Ecole Supérieure d’Optique in 1983. He joined CNES in 1984 as responsible for the development of sensors for robotics, rendez-vous and docking, non-destructive control and microgravity experiments. In 1989, he was appointed System responsible in an integrated team between ESA and CNES in charge of the development of Silex project (Intersatellite optical experiment between Spot4 and Artemis). From 1997 to 2004, he was head of various teams in charge of constellation engineering, application engineering, radiocommunications engineering. He was then head of the service in charge of CNES radiocommunications projects during ten years. In January 2016, he joined the CNES Directorate for Innovation, Applications and Science as Manager of  Innovation and Prospective.


drapeau_usa Richard T. FRENCH – Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) – NASA Headquarters, USA

Richard French earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Aerospace Engineering in 2006 and a Master of Engineering in Space Engineering in 2007, both from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. After joining the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in 2007, he supported systems engineering on a number of programs including the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) Thermal Protection System (TPS) Advanced Development Project (ADP) and the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL) system. He also led the proposal development and implementation of the Thermal Performance Data Services (TPDS) project for the Arc Jet Complex at the NASA Ames Research Center (ARC). He served as the Spin Subsystem Lead on the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) program from formulation through launch and operations, delivering the spin mechanism assembly and the spun-side control electronics used for instrument spin rate control, antenna deployment motor control, and active thermal control of the SMAP instrument, lead an element of the spacecraft system integration and test, and supported launch and commissioning operations. He is currently on detail from JPL as a Staff Technologist in the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) at NASA Headquarters (HQ). His current duties are focused on developing a commercial space technology investment strategy for the directorate while leading the development of content for ongoing public-private partnership opportunities like the Tipping Point solicitation. He also supports the Early Stage portfolio, formulating new initiatives like the STMD Virtual Institutes, and develops university research and early stage technology development content for the Space Technology Research Grants (STRG) Program.


Susmita MOHANTY – CEO of Earth2Orbit (E2O), Bangalore, India

SUSMITA MOHANTY is the co-founder and CEO of EARTH2ORBIT, India’s first private space start-up. She has co-founded and led two other companies, MOONFRONT in San Francisco [2001-2007] and LIQUIFER in Vienna [2004-ongoing].
Before turning entrepreneur, Susmita worked in business development for the International Space Station program at Boeing in California. She also worked on Shuttle-Mir missions at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Since 1998, Susmita has worked with the Americans, Japanese, Europeans, Russians and Indians in various capacities, as employee, consultant, contractor, entrepreneur and advisor.
In 2005, Susmita was honored on Capitol Hill [Washington DC] with the International Achievement Award for promoting international cooperation through entrepreneurial space ventures. In 2012, she was voted into Financial Times’ list of “25 Indians to Watch”.
Educated in India, France, and Sweden, Susmita holds multiple degrees including a PhD.
More @ www.themoonwalker.in



Eric DE SAINTIGNON – Chief Operating Officer, Airbus OneWeb Satellites SAS, France

Since 02/2016: Chief Operating Officer Airbus OneWeb Satellites and President of Airbus OneWeb Satellites SAS.

07/2014 to 01/2016: Site Director Airbus Defence and Space in Toulouse and Airbus AIT (Assemblage, Integration & Tests) Satellites Director
04/2012 to 06/2014: Site Director Astrium in Toulouse and Head of AIT (Assembly, Integration & Tests) Toulouse
2008 to 2012: Head of AIT Telecom and Earth Observation and Sciences Toulouse
2004 to 2008: Head of Improvement Programs, then for Operations, Equipments and Sub-systems
2001 to 2004: Head of Engineering and Procurement for electronic components
1998 to 2001: Head of Industrial Purchasing France
1992 to 1998: Head of Optical Payload AIT
1989 to 1992: Engineer Optoelectronic Equipments

Started at ASTRIUM Satellites in 1989

1988 – 1989 : Physicist – CEA (Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique)

INPG – Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble


drapeau_usa Mark SIRANGELO – Sierra Nevada Corporation's Space Systems, USA

As a longtime, credible voice and global leader within the aerospace industry, Mark Sirangelo leads SNC’s Space Systems business area based in Louisville, Colorado. Sirangelo has helped to build and grow an SNC product portfolio including small satellites; space technologies that have enabled more than 450 planetary missions such as the Mars Curiosity Rover and New Horizons Pluto mission; rocket motors, including the motors that won the Ansari X-Prize; in-space life support and plant growth systems; and, perhaps most notably, he is responsible for developing the Dream Chaser® spacecraft, the only reusable, lifting-body, low-Earth orbit vehicle, capable of landing on commercial runways around the world. Recently selected for NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) contract, SNC’s Dream Chaser Cargo System will be providing cargo delivery, disposal and return services to the International Space Station through 2024. SNC has been named one of the “World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Space” by Fast Company for its contributions to commercial spaceflight.
Sirangelo assumed his current role as head of SNC’s Space Systems business area in 2009, when SNC acquired SpaceDev Inc, where Sirangelo was chairman and CEO. He has been named among the Defense Industry’s Fast Track 50, Deloitte’s Fast Track 500, selected as a finalist in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, included in Inc. magazine’s Top 200 and was inducted into the NASA/Space Foundation’s Technology Hall of Fame. Currently, Sirangelo is chairman emeritus of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, a member of the board of governors of the Aerospace Industries Association, the founding and current chairman of eSpace, and the Center for Space Entrepreneurship, a nonprofit that supports STEM education and the development of entrepreneurial space companies. He has been inducted as an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and is a member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Board for the University of Colorado.
In addition to his service within the aerospace industry Sirangelo also serves as a board member and trustee of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The center has resolved over 100,000 missing children cases and has created such known programs as the Amber Alert and Code Adam. From 2012 through 2015 he served as the state of Colorado’s chief innovation officer, a position appointed directly by the Governor in order to promote innovation throughout the state. He currently serves as board member of the Colorado Energy Research Authority Board.
Sirangelo served his country proudly and with distinction as a U.S. Army officer and has a multi-faceted personal background which includes being a long-term licensed pilot. He holds a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Business Administration and doctorate degrees.


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