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.
2016 – 2017 Bureau
President, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), France
Head of International Relations, Italian Space Agency (ASI), Italy
VP: INDUSTRY RELATIONS
General Designer – General Director, Yuzhnoye State Design Office, Ukraine
VP: COMMUNICATIONS, PUBLICATIONS AND GLOBAL CONFERENCES
Chair of Executive Board, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Austria
Advisor, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Japan
VP: TECHNICAL ACTIVITIES
Head of Institute of Communication Networks and Satellite Communications, Graz University of Technology, Austria
VP: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND OUTREACH
Executive Director for Piloted Spaceflights, ROSCOSMOS, Russian Federation
VP: FINANCIAL MATTERS AND IAC EVOLUTION
VP, Global Sales, Marketing & Customer Experience, Blue Origin, United States
CEO, South African National Space Agency (SANSA), South Africa
VP: GLOBAL MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND DIVERSITY INITIATIVES
Senior Manager, Lockheed Martin Corporation, United States
VP: EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
Professor of Space Engineering, International Space University, United Kingdom
VP: AGENCY, PARLIAMENTARIAN AND MINISTERIAL RELATIONS
Director General, European Space Agency (ESA), Germany
Vice President, Chinese Society of Astronautics (CSA) and China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CAST), China
Professor, Leuphana University Lüneburg, United Kingdom
IAF HONORARY SECRETARY
Deputy Director General, Norwegian Space Centre, Norway
Chief Strategy Officer, European Space Agency (ESA), Germany
Former Ambassador and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Austria
IAF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
IAF Secretariat, France
SPECIAL ADVISOR TO IAF PRESIDENT (IAF GLOBAL INNOVATION AGENDA 2016 – 2019)
Professor and Neil Armstrong Chair, The Ohio State University College of Engineering, United States
SPECIAL ADVISOR TO IAF PRESIDENT (NEXT GENERATION)
Founder of Chipsafer, IAF 2016 Young Space Leader, Uruguay