The IAF BUREAU

The IAF is administered by a Bureau consistent of Elected and Appointed Officers.

The Bureau meets four times every year – twice in March at the IAF Spring Meetings held in Paris and twice during the year’s International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in September/October.

Bureau meetings discuss IAF policy; IAF administrative and technical committees report on their activities; the IAF Finance Committee issues the audited financial statement of the Federation; and the Local Organising Committees (LOCs) of upcoming IACs provide status reports. At an IAC, the Bureau is responsible for organising the General Assembly meeting.

To become a member of the Bureau, a candidate must represent a member of the Federation. Candidacies must be accepted by a Nomination Committee, and then submitted to the General Assembly for approval.

The Bureau Elected Officers include its voting members: the President and twelve Vice-Presidents (VPs). Bureau Appointed Officers include the General Counsel, the Honorary Secretary, the Executive Director and the special advisors of the President. These last are non-voting members.

The Past President and the Incoming President of the Federation, the Presidents of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) also participate in the Bureau meetings but are non-voting members.

The President and Vice Presidents are elected for three years. They are not eligible to serve for a consecutive term and they shall not serve the Federation for more than two non-consecutive terms of the same office.


2019 – 2020 Bureau

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PRESIDENT

Pascale EHRENFREUND, Austria

Chair of Executive Board, German Aerospace Center (DLR)


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PAST PRESIDENT AND HONORARY AMBASSADOR 

Jean-Yves LE GALL, France

President, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES)


VP: GLOBAL MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Mohammed Nasser AL AHBABI, United Arab Emirates

Director General, United Arab Emirates (UAE) Space Agency


VP: SCIENCE & ACADEMIC RELATIONS AND GLOBAL NETWORKING FORUM

Gabriella ARRIGO, Italy

Head of International Relations, Italian Space Agency (ASI)


VP: FINANCIAL MATTERS AND INDUSTRY RELATIONS

Bruce CHESLEY, United States

Senior Director of Strategy, Space and Missile Systems, The Boeing Company


VP: HONOURS AND AWARDS

Seishiro KIBE, Japan

Advisor, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)


VP: DEVELOPING COUNTRIES AND EMERGING NATIONS

Valanathan MUNSAMI, South Africa

CEO, South African National Space Agency (SANSA)


VP: DIVERSITY INITIATIVES AND NEW SPACE ECONOMY 

Deganit PAIKOWSKY, Israel

Lecturer, Graduate program for Security and Diplomacy Studies, Tel Aviv University


VP: EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Minoo RATHNASABAPATHY, United States

Research Engineer, Space Enabled Research Group, MIT


VP: RELATIONS WITH INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS 

Sergey SAVELIEV, Russian Federation

Deputy Director General for International Cooperation, State Space Corporation “Roscosmos”


VP: COMMUNICATIONS, PUBLICATIONS AND GLOBAL CONFERENCES 

Mary SNITCH, United States

Senior Staff, Global S&T Organizations, Lockheed Martin


VP: TECHNICAL ACTIVITIES

S. SOMANATH, India

Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) of ISRO


VP: PARLIAMENTARIAN AND MINISTERIAL RELATIONS AND USER COMMUNITIES 

Dominique TILMANS, Belgium

President, EURISY

Honorary Senator, Belgium


VP: SOCIETIES AND MUSEUMS

Baohua YANG, China

Vice President, Chinese Society of Astronautics (CSA) and China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CAST)


GENERAL COUNSEL

Sergio MARCHISIO, Italy

Full Professor of International Law, Sapienza University of Rome


IAF HONORARY SECRETARY

Geir HOVMORK, Norway

Deputy Director General, Norwegian Space Agency


Kai-Uwe Schrogl

IISL PRESIDENT

Kai-Uwe SCHROGL, Germany

European Space Agency (ESA)


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IAA PRESIDENT

Peter JANKOWITSCH, Austria

Former Ambassador and Minister of Foreign Affairs


IAF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Christian FEICHTINGER, Austria

IAF Secretariat


SPECIAL ADVISOR TO THE IAF PRESIDENT (IAC EVOLUTION)

Clayton MOWRY, United States

VP, Global Sales, Marketing & Customer Experience, Blue Origin