Entrepreneurship and Investment Committee (EIC) (2018-2021)

Objective/Scope of the Committee

The Entrepreneurship and Investment Committee (EIC), inaugurated in 2007, promotes dialogue among entrepreneurs, established companies, government, and academia, focusing on encouragement of economic innovation and attraction of private investment. By 2012, the Committee should be established as a recognised global clearinghouse for dialogue concerning these subjects. By 2027, the EIC should be generating ideas and inspiring initiatives in various regions around the world that concretely contribute to technology-driven economic growth.

Committee rules for membership applications and renewal

  • An EIC member submits a member-candidate’s name, along with a brief CV of the candidate, to the EIC chair.
  • The Chair will forward the name and CV to other EIC members.
  • Current EIC members will be given an appropriate amount of time to review and provide comment on the candidature.
  • At the end of the allotted time, the EIC Chair will call for an informal vote by the current members for acceptance of the candidate-member.
  • Results of the vote will be recorded and the appropriate letter will be sent to the candidate immediately afterward.

Symposiums/Sessions at the IAC

E 6: BUSINESS INNOVATION SYMPOSIUM (including technical Sessions E 6.1, E 6.2, E 6.3)
The symposium will address creative business approaches to serving government and private sector customers, as well as government options for encouraging this activity. The symposium will address the general role of government in encouraging space industry applications, new business models in traditional space industry applications (e.g. satellite-based services involving Earth observation, navigation and communications), and new space industry applications (e.g., space tourism, space-industrialisation, space resource utilisation).

Coordinator: Ken Davidian, Federal Aviation Administration Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA/AST), United States

Technical meetings or events outside of the IAC

EIC Meeting at IAF Spring Meetings in Paris, March 2013.

Studies undertaken by the Committee

The Committee plans to be involved with a proposed IAA study entitled “Public/Private Human Access to Space – Volume 2: Earth Orbit and Beyond”.

Other committee activities

“Space Is Business” Paper-Writing Competition in conjunction with the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC).

Committee Members


Ken Davidian


Juergen Drescher


Julio Aprea
David Bearden
Paola Belingheri
Marc Boucher
A.C. Charania
Joyeeta Chatterjee
Brad Cheetham
Ian Christensen
John Culton
Farnaz Ghadaki
Yann Gouy
James Keravala
Joerg Kreisel
Michal Kunes
Charles Lauer
Benjamin Lenoir
Gary Martin
Clayton Mowry
Thomas Olson
Misuzu Onuki
Christian Sallaberger
Luigi Scatteia
Elizabeth Seward
Olga Stelmakh-Drescher
Jan Svoboda
Miquel Pastor Vinader
Dapeng Wang


Eleanor Aldrich
Douglas Comstock
Andrea Harrington
Scott Hubbard
Claire Jolly
Nicole Jordan
Monica Phang
Bruce Pittman
Maria-Gabriella Sarah
Dennis Stone