IAF Secretariat

The IAF Secretariat, based in Paris, France, is responsible for the coordination and management of all IAF activities, events and related tasks.

It supports the IAF member organisations, the IAF Technical and Administrative Committees, the Global Conferences (GLUC, GLEX, GLAC, GLIC, GLIS), and the annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC).


The Secretariat – Who we are


Dr Christian Feichtinger, Executive Director


berardi_g-originalGiulia Maria Berardi, Deputy Executive Director


  • Support to Executive Director in leading the Secretariat
  • Executive Secretary of the IAF Finance Committee
  • Support to IAF Bureau and General Assembly meetings
  • Interface to Industry Relations Committee
  • Membership interface (Agencies, Industry, SME, Assoc. of Idustry)
  • Integration and coordination of IAC
  • Organisation of IAC site Visit
  • VIP Programme and Opening Ceremony
  • Coordination of IAC Plenary Programme
  • Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities
  • Spring Meetings integration / coordination
  • Integration and overall coordination of Global Conferences
  • IAF Alliance Programme

leenhardt_v-retouche-hrValérie Leenhardt, Office Manager


  • Staff administration
  • Managing day-to-day activities of the IAF Secretariat
  • IAF financial accounting
  • Administrating invoices and payments
  • Administrative support to IAF Bureau, General Assembly Meeting, Spring Meetings, and IAC
  • Administration of membership data base and new members applications
  • Management of service contracts
  • Coordination of IT systems maintenance activities
  • Support membership development activities
  • Support registration (SM and Global Conferences)

mm_pictureMyriam Morabet-Moreau, Senior Projects Manager


  • Legal advice
  • Interface to Technical Committees
  • Interface to Administrative Committees (CLIODN, CSAC, RG, IPC, TAC)
  • IAF international relations activities (UN-OOSA, UNESCO, WMO, ITU, GEO, IAF CLIODN, UN COPUOS, COSPAR, etc.)
  • Interface with partner organisations IAA and IISL
  • Managing IAC abstracts, papers, (interactive) presentations
  • Hotline for authors
  • Coordination of IAC Hosts Summit and Virtual Forum Events
  • Management of IAF website restricted area
  • Coordination of IPC General Meeting and Symposium Coordinators Workshop
  • Managing the on-line archiving system for IAC papers
  • UN/IAF Workshop at IAC
  • Coordination of International Meeting of Members of Parliaments at IAC

Silvia Antolino, Senior Communications Manager


  • IAF communication strategy and development and maintenance of corporate identity
  • Publications (Call for Papers, Brochures, Final Programme, Pocket Programme, etc.)
  • IAC Closing Ceremony
  • Outreach Activities (Children programme, OpenDay, etc.)
  • IAF external communication (press releases, newsletters, etc.)
  • Managing IAF public website
  • Social media communication (community manager)
  • Promotional Activities for IAF and IAF events (IAC, SM, Global Conferences, etc.)
  • Coordination of Reporting for Global Conferences
  • Coordination of Press Office and Media Agreements
  • Management of AudioVisual Documentation

isaIsabella Marchisio, Projects Manager


  • Global Networking Forum (GNF) Activities Coordinator
  • Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Interface to the IAF Industry Relations Committee
  • Interface to IAF Space Education and Outreach Committee (SEOC)
  • Interface to IAF Workforce Development Young Professional Programme Committee (WD/YPP)
  • Interface to IAF International Project/Programme Management Committee (IPMC)
  • Coordination of Professional Development Programme at IAC
  • Coordination of YP / IPMC Workshop at IAC
  • Coordination of Young Professional Programme (YP, ISEB, SGAC)
  • IAF Alliance Programme
  • Social Media support

Emma Huis, Projects Manager


  • Coordinate ESL Grant Programme
  • Coordinate YSL Recognition Programme
  • Supporting Cross Cultural Communications and Presentation Workshop at IAC
  • Support IAF Awards porgramme
  • Support interface to IAF Space Universities Administrative Committee (SUAC)
  • Support Student Workshop at IAC
  • Support to IAF Press Office
  • Support IAC Closing Ceremony
  • Social Media support


Evelina-hedmanEvelina Hedman, Projects Manager


  • Publications (Call for Papers, Brochures, Final Programme, Pocket Programme, Corporate etc.)
  • Social Media support
  • Interface to IAF Administrative Committees (ACHA, SSC and Space Museums)
  • Interface to IAF Technical Committees
  • Support in IAC Technical Programme
  • IAC Archive
  • Support to IAF Administrative Committees (CLIODN, CSAC, RG, IPC, TAC)
  • Support at IAF international relations activities
  • Support coordination of IAC Hosts Summit, Interactive Presentations Award, UN/IAF Workshop
  • Support Communications
  • Support to IAF website and database

Abed Aldaas, Projects Manager


  • Registration activities (IAC, SM, Global Conferences)
  • Catering activities (IAC, SM, Global Conferences)
  • IAF public website support
  • Support to administrative activities of the IAF Secretariat
  • Support to IAF Bureau and General Assembly meetings
  • Support to IAC VIP Programme
  • Maintenance of IAF action items tracking system
  • Support IT maintenance activities

 IAF volunteers:

michelMichel Arnaud

  • Advisor to IPC Co-Chairs
  • Advisor to IAC Steering Group
  • IAC Room Allocation for Technical Sessions



ElenaElena Feichtinger, Projects Manager and Special Advisor


  • Interface to IAF Administrative Committees (HAC, SUAC)
  • Membership interface (academia, research organisations)
  • Coordinations and implementation of Awards programmes
  • Coordination of student workshop at IAC
  • Management of IDEA “3G” Diversity Platform


IAF Secretariat 3 Rue Mario Nikis 75015 Paris – France
Tel: +33 1 45 67 42 60
Fax: +33 1 42 73 21 20
Email: info@iafastro.org


Segur metro station:10 or Cambronne metro station: line 6

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