The Programme for GLAC 2018 is organized by an International Programme Committee (IPC), co-chaired by:

  •  Roberta Mugellesi-Dow,

Integrated Applications Manager,

European Space Agency (ESA)




  •  Maria Victoria Alonsoperez,

Digital Innovation Lead,

Airbus Defense and Space


Special Advisor to the IAF President



Dear colleagues,
We are very glad to invite you to the 2nd Global Space Applications Conference – GLAC 2018 in Montevideo, Uruguay.
The first GLAC took place in Paris in 2014 and after the success of the event it was decided to hold a follow-on conference in Latin America. GLAC 2018 will take place on May 21 – 23 and we encourage you to participate in the Conference. We are currently preparing a very diverse program which will attract stakeholders from various industries. The conference will  gather representatives of space agencies, industry, academia and other stakeholders from all over the world and it will be a great instance to network and find collaboration opportunities.
Space companies, ranging from startups to big corporations, are providing services for various sectors, including agriculture, farming, mining, fishing, transport, energy and others. The GLAC 2018 is strategically located at Uruguay a country in  South America whose main industry is farming and agriculture. Therefore space applications can massively help Uruguay and the
countries of the region. GLAC 2018 will provide a platform to make countries aware of the benefits of space applications for their industries.
Please join us next year at GLAC 2018 in the city of Montevideo, capital city of Uruguay to generate a positive impact with Space Applications.


Programme Committee Members

Khaled Al Hashmi, Director of Space Missions, Science and Technology
UAE Space Agency

Salem Al Marri, Assistant DG for Science & Technology Sector
Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC)

Rodrigo Alonso Suarez, Associated Professor, Solar Energy Laboratory CENUR Litoral Norte,
Universidad de la República

Gabriella Arrigo, Head of International Relations and Advanced Education Unit
Italian Space Agency (ASI)

Beatrice Barresi, Applications Engineer
European Space Agency (ESA)

Avi Blasberger, Director General
Israel Space Agency (ISA)

Manuel Caldas, Official  National Directorate of Telecommunications and Audiovisual Services (DINATEL),
Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mines

Gilberto Camara, Researcher
Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE)

Rosario Casanova, Director, Surveying Institute
Faculty of Engineering, University of the Republic

Julio Cesar Castillo, Director of Security
Mexican Space Agency (AEM)

Simonetta Cheli, Head of Coordination Office, Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes
European Space Agency (ESA)

Pablo de Leon, Associate Professor, Human Spaceflight and Space Suit Researcher
Department of Space Studies, University of North Dakota

Felipe   Duarte Santos, Professor Physics and Environmental Sciences Department,
University of Lisbon

Driss El Hadani, Director Centre Royal de Teledetection Spatiale (CRTS)

Carmen Felix, Electronic and Communication Engineer
Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC)

Marco  Ferrazzani, Legal Counsel and Head of the Legal Services Department
European Space Agency (ESA)

D. Gowrisankar, Director, International Cooperation
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)

James   Graf, Deputy Director for Earth Sciences and Technology
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

Henry   Hertzfeld, Director
Space Policy Institute, John Washington University

Jeanne Holm, Senior Technology Advisor to the Mayor
University of California

Rhoda S. Hornstein, Retired National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Geir Hovmork, Deputy Director General
Norwegian Space Centre

John Kimani, Lead Scientist/Coordinator
Kenya Space Agency

Otto Koudelka, Head, Institute of Communications Network & Satellite Communications
Graz University of Technology

Jean-Pascal Le Franc, Director of Planning, International Relations & Quality
Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES)

Steven Lett, Head of Secretariat

Denis Lyskov, Director General

Stuart Martin, CEO
Satellite Applications Catapult

Tanja Masson-Zwaan, Asst. Professor and Deputy Director
Leiden University

Attila Matas, Retired International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Francisco Mendieta, General Director
Mexican Space Agency (AEM)

Felix Menicocci, General Secretary
Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE)

S.O. Mohammed, Director General
National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA)

Val Munsami, CEO
South African National Space Agency (SANSA)

Masami Onoda  Administrator, International Relations Department
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Anh Tuan Pham, Director General
Vietnam National Satellite Center (VNSC)

Barbara Ryan, Former Director
GEO Secretariat

Gunter Schreier, Head, Business Development/Deputy Director, Department Earth Observation Center
German Aerospace Centre (DLR)

Kai-Uwe Schrogl, President
International Institute of Space Law (IISL)

Brent Smith, Retired National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Anond  Snidvongs, Executive Director
Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA)

Rafael   Sotelo, Adviser National Directorate of Telecommunications and Audiovisual Services (DINATEL)
Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mines

Luc St- Pierre, Chief of Space Applications Section
United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)

Petteri Taalas, Secretary General
World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Gonzalo Tancredi, Full Professor at the Dept. of Astronomy
Faculty of Sciences, Universidad del Uruguay

Guadalupe Tiscornia, Researcher        GRAS Unit (Agro-climate and Information Systems Unit)
National Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA Uruguay)

Stephanie Wan, Global Engagement Strategist
US State Department Space and Advance Technologies Office

Kammy Brun-Chan, Head of International Business Development China
HEAD Aerospace Technology Co.

Yiran      Wang, Vice President & Secretary General
Chinese Society of Astronautics (CSA)

Charles Wooldridge, Acting Director, International and Interagency Affairs Division
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Ronnie Nader, Space Operations Director – EXA Cosmonaut
Ecuadorian Civilian Space Agency (EXA)

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