Simonetta Di Pippo

Simonetta Di Pippo is the Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs.  Her experience includes serving as Director of the Observation of the Universe at Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI) (2002-2008) and Director of Human Spaceflight of the European Space Agency (ESA) (2008-2011).  Prior to her appointment at UNOOSA in March 2014, she was Head of the European Space Policy Observatory at ASI Brussels.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Astrophysics and Space Physics, and an Honoris Causa degree in Environmental Studies. She is Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and Member of its Board of Trustees. Ms. Di Pippo was knighted by the President of the Italian Republic in 2006.  In 2008, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) named asteroid 21887 “Dipippo”.