Distinguished Speakers

SmartSat’s Distinguished Speaker series provides a unique opportunity to hear from leading global experts on the latest research and technological advancements in the space sector.

Check our events page for upcoming speakers in the series:

Past Speakers

Trudy Kortes

Ms Trudy F. Kortes

Director, Technology Demonstrations Space Technology Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters

Thu 19 May 2022

Giuseppe Borghi (002)

Mr Giuseppe Borghi

Head of the ESA Φ-lab Division, European Space Agency

10 March 2022

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Dr. Christa D Peters-Lidard

Deputy Director Hydrosphere, Biosphere & Geophysics, Earth Sciences Division, NASA Goddard Flight Centre

26 August 2021


Dr Alice Bunn

International Director, UK Space Agency

May 2021

Larry James

Larry D. James

Deputy Director, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

March 2021

A Mahabal

Prof Ashish Mahabal

Astronomer and Lead Computational and Data Scientist, CalTech

February 2021


Dr Jose Velazco

Technical Supervisor, Advanced RF & Optical Technologies Group, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

December 2020


Dr Claudia Giardino

Senior Researcher at CNR-IREA (National Research Council of Italy, Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment)

August 2020

Dougals Wiemer

Mr Douglas Weimer

Director, Cyber Security Solutions at RHEA Group

July 2020

15 Prof Low

Prof Kay-Soon Low

Director, Satellite Technology and Research Centre (STAR) at National University of Singapore

June 2020

14 Max Pastena

Dr Max Pastena

Future Missions / Earth Observation Programmes (EOP-ΦM) – European Space Agency, ESTEC Noordwijk

June 2020

Giorgio Saccoccia

Mr Giorgio Saccoccia

Head of Italian Space Agency

February 2020

Dr Dan Hannan

Retired US Government Service expert on Space Policy in architects for the Wideband Global SATCOM, Washington

February 2020

Charles Norton

Dr Charles Norton

Special Advisor Small Spacecraft NASA HQ, Washington

February 2020


Dr Sachi Babu

Technology Validation Program Manager, NASA Earth Science Technology Office, Greenbelt

February 2020


Mr Luca del Monte

Head of Industrial Policy and SME Division, European Space Agency, Paris

September 2019