The Need For a Solid SME Base Within the Industrial Chain on Space and Defence Programmes

Wednesday 3 October 2018, 14:40 – 16:10

Location: Bremen Conference Center – CCB Hansesaal


Start-up and scale-up firms are important drivers of economic growth and thus for the creation of jobs. During recent years, professional, scientific and technical activities have represented the sector with the highest share of high-growth firms.
SME firms play an steadily increasing role within the industrial chain working for space and defence programmes, the analysis of which is subject of this presentation and panel session. On the other hand, within the new space and defence industries there are also companies opting for an approach having most production under one roof.
The public procurement authorities provide industrial policy reflections / directives on the share of the involvement of SME companies within the space and defence contracts. In addition to this, public procurement authorities can play an increasingly important role by providing supporting measures to the SME in many different forms( e.g. improving SME visibility, networking opportunities, supply chain integration and ability to bid for contracts).
The respective views will be presented by the 3 important actors involved i.e. the Public Procurement Authorities, Large System Integrators, SME companies and their representative bodies.
As the topic is relevant worldwide, high level representatives from different continents, with a special role for SME’s, will participate to this session.
Key questions to be addressed during this panel / presentation sessions are:

  • Which are the advantages and responsibilities for Large System Integrators / Prime contractors to have a solid SME industrial base, instead of a company owned vertically integrated industrial structure.
  • Which are the views of the SME community that their actual share in development contracts is much below their share of winning space technology contracts and what should be done about this.
  • What is the present role of the Public Procurement Authorities and how should this role further evolve in the future?
Organized by:
European Space Agency (ESA)

Opening AdDress

Marco Fuchs


OHB SE / OHB System AG,


Full Bio
  • Marco Fuchs was born in 1962 in Hamburg.
  • Fuchs went to Law school at the Freie Universität Berlin and Universität Hamburg. After completing his Law degree and the Second State Exam he practiced as an Attorney in Hamburg. After completing a postgraduate master degree (LLM) at New York University, he was admitted to the New York Bar as an attorney at-law.
  • From 1992 to 1995, Mr. Fuchs practiced law with the U.S. firm Jones Day in New York and later in Frankfurt.
  • From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Fuchs held various management positions at OHB System AG and from 1998 on as Managing Director. In 2000 he was appointed as the Chairman of the Management Board of OHB SE, the holding company of the group.
  • Under his leadership the company completed an IPO at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in March 2001.
  • The OHB Group is Germany’s first listed space and technology company with approximately 2.500 employees in i.a. Germany, Italy, France, Belgium, Sweden and Luxembourg.
  • In 2008, Mr. Fuchs was appointed as the Honorary Consul of Italy in the Federal State of Bremen. He is married and has two children.



Nicolas Chamussy

Executive Vice President Space Systems,

Airbus Defence and Space,




Full Bio

Nicolas Chamussy became Executive Vice President Space Systems in the Airbus Defence and Space Division on 1st July 2016.

Prior to assuming this position he was the Chief of Staff to Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders since July 2012.

He served as Head of Mission Air Systems leading UAV programmes in the former EADS Cassidian Division from 2008, and was the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) Programme Manager for the former Astrium space Division from 2004 to 2008. From 2002 to 2004, Chamussy was Director of Ground Infrastructure for Astrium and started with the Group in 1999 as Director of the Satellite Business for EADS in Paris.

Nicolas Chamussy began his career in 1992 as an engineer on space matters at Phillips Laboratory ( US Air Force). He went on to work for France’s Direction générale de l’armement (DGA) as a Deputy Programme Manager for reconnaissance satellite in 1993, followed by positions as an Advisor to the French Minister of Defence and as Deputy Head of Bureau at the French Ministry of Finance.

Nicolas Chamussy holds degrees from École polytechnique, École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées, and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.

Nicolas Chamussy, born in July 1967, lives in Toulouse, is married and has 3 children.


Lisa Callahan

Vice President and General Manager Commercial Civil Space,

Lockheed Martin,

United States



Full Bio

Lisa B. Callahan is Vice President and General Manager of the Commercial Civil Space line of business for Lockheed Martin Space. In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of execution and growth for Commercial and Civil markets in human and robotic deep space exploration, communications and weather and remote sensing. Ms. Callahan is also responsible for Michoud Operations and related activity at Stennis Space Center.

In her previous role as Vice President of Corporate Internal Audit of Lockheed Martin Corporation – reporting directly to the Lockheed Martin Audit Committee of the Board of Directors – Ms. Callahan provided independent, objective assurance and advisory activity to improve the Corporation’s operations. Under her leadership, Corporate Internal Audit determined the adequacy and effectiveness of the Corporation’s network of risk management, internal control, and governance processes as designed and represented by management.

Her prior leadership roles also include Vice President and General Manager of the Mission Systems & Training Undersea Systems line of business for Lockheed Martin Corporation, Vice President of Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Maritime Ballistic Missile Defense Program, and Program Director for Lockheed Martin’s Simulation Training and Support business.

Ms. Callahan graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Currently, she is a member of the Dean of Engineering Advisory Board.


Thibaud Delourme

Team Leader for Copernicus User Uptake,

European Commission,




Full Bio

Thibaud Delourme joined the European Commission in 2013, where he worked in the Chief Economist unit of the Directorate General for Industry and Internal Market (DG GROW). He is now team leader for Copernicus user uptake in the unit on Space Data for Societal Challenges and Growth. His team develops initiatives to increase the use of Copernicus and to foster innovation in the space data sector, notably by developing trainings, funding instruments or acceleration programmes for start-ups.  Thibaud Delourme studied Economics at the University of Oxford.



Matt Tetlow


Inovor Technologies,




Full Bio

Matthew performed his PhD research at the Space Systems Institute in Stuttgart on advanced guidance algorithms for application on future launch systems.

Matthew then worked on tactical weapon navigation algorithms and several work packages for the Australian Scramjet program. This was followed by further defence projects in Systems Engineering for capability development; stand-off and close air support weapon modelling; submarine design optimisation; and CFD analyses of aircraft stores.

In 2012 Matthew founded Inovor Technologies to work closer with defence and to develop nano-satellite technologies, with a particular focus on small satellite platforms, Space Situational Awareness, Earth observation and Remote Sensing.



Eric Morel

Director of Industry, Procurement and Legal Services,

European Space Agency (ESA),




Full Bio

Eric Morel de Westgaver took up duty as Director of Industry, Procurement and Legal Services (D/IPL) on 1 November 2013. He was appointed Head of HQ Paris on 1 October 2016.

Eric Morel de Westgaver graduated in Economics from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. He joined ESA in 1987 as Industrial Policy Officer in the Directorate of Administration. In 2001, he became Head of the Industrial Policy and Cost Analysis Department in the Directorate of Industrial Matters and Technology Programmes.

Before his current appointment, he had been Director of Procurement, Financial Operations and Legal Affairs since April 2011 and before that, Head of the Procurement Department since October 2004 in the Directorate of Resources Management and Industrial Matters. In addition  to this responsibility  he was nominated  Associate Director for Industrial Matters by the Director General in February 2010.



Ernst Pfeiffer




Full Bio
  • Dr. Pfeiffer undertook his university degree & his PhD at the Technical University of Munich (Aerospace Engineering).
  • 6 years at Kayser-Threde GmbH as Assistant to Board of Directors (1996 – 2002).
  • Appointed to Managing Director of HPS GmbH, Germany in 12/2002, currently almost 50% shareholder.
  • Foundation of first subsidiary 2007: HPS Lda. located in Porto (Portugal), sold in April 2018.
  • Foundation of second subsidiary in March 2016: HPS S.R.L. located in Bucharest (Romania).
  • Spokesperson of German SME Association since 2015.



Leo Loiacono

Senior Director, Program Management Value Stream Lead-Aerospace Business,

Valcor Engineering Corporation,

United States


Full Bio

Mr. Loiacono has 22 years of engineering and management experience with the design, development and production of aerospace fluid controls, specializing in solenoid valves, pressure regulators, relief valves, fill and drain valves and accumulators.  Mr. Loiacono has served as Program Manager for major development programs in the aerospace industry (commercial, military and space).  He has led the program management team at Valcor Engineering Corporation for over 15 years and is the Value Stream Leader for the Aerospace Group.

Mr. Loiacono holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in mechanical engineering and has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, with a focus on strategic management.  He is a licensed professional mechanical engineer in the State of New Jersey.


Luca del Monte

Head of the Industrial Policy & SME Division,

European Space Agency (ESA),



Full Bio

Mr. del Monte is a senior manager at the European Space Agency with strong background in international cooperation, governmental relations and advanced technologies. He is the Head of the Industrial Policy and SME Division focusing on frameworks and mechanisms capable to foster innovation and the development of a new generation of European space Entrepreneurs, new Public-Private Partnerships concepts, and the socio-economic-environmental impact assessment of space activities.

He is also in charge of cybersecurity projects to protect ESA space missions, and responsible for the business development of the ESA European Space Security and Education Centre.

Mr. del Monte holds a master in Aerospace Engineering School from University La Sapienza in Rome, and he is also a graduate of the French National Defence Procurement College, and of the HEC Montreal School of Management of Innovation. He is author of more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and Member of the International Astronautical Federation Committee on Space Security.


Sias Mostert

Executive Chairman,

SCS Aerospace Group,

South Africa



Full Bio

Dr. Sias Mostert is the Executive Chairman of SCS Aerospace Group and has been an active member of the space industry in since 1992. He started his career in space engineering as Development Manager on the SunSat programme at Stellenbosch University from 1992 and was one of the founding members of SunSpace in 2000.

In 2008 he co-founded SCS Holdings that went on to establish Space Advisory Company (Pty) Ltd, NewSpaceSystems (Pty) Ltd and SCS Space (Pty) Ltd.

Dr. Mostert has a keen interest in bridging the digital divide with space technology and is passionate about using space technology as a catalyst for development.


Pieter van Beekhuizen

Senior Consultant,


The Netherlands

Full Bio

Pieter van Beekhuizen has worked his whole professional life since 1972 in the space domain, first with ESRO and as from 1975 with ESA, and has occupied during this period a large variety of different functions and responsibilities within ESA ( Finance, Facility Management, Director’s staff office, ATV project – Jules Verne).

In 2002 he became responsible for the ESA Industrial Costs Audits which has included many audits and programme reviews for the ESA Launcher Directorate ( Ariane and VEGA) .

In 2015 he was nominated Head of ESA Industrial Cost Auditing and Return Division for which position he moved to the ESA Head Office in Paris . During the last years he has also been actively involved in the European initiatives for commercialisation opportunities/ projects of the International Space Station (ISS).

He retired from ESA at the end of 2017.

After 45 years in the Space domain acquiring an in-depth knowledge of the functioning of ESA , and having gained during the last 15 years a thorough understanding and experience of the European Space industrial landscape and of the  ESA industrial return related aspects, he has started his own consultancy company (  in 2018, providing consultancy services for various clients.


Karina Miranda Sanchez

Head of the Industrial Audit Section,

European Space Agency (ESA),


Full Bio

Karina Miranda is the Head of the Industrial Audit Section at the European Space Agency (ESA) performing cost analysis and auditing related activities in support of ESA procurement process.

She is also in charge of the organization of an Expert Group together with European National Audit Authorities to present and discuss industrial auditing and accounting matters as well as policies relevant to the implementation of industrial audits having an impact into the ESA regulatory framework.

Previously she worked as an Audit Manager specializing in Financial and Internal Audits, Sarbanes Oxley 404 projects and Financial Due Diligences within Commercial and Public sectors.

Ms. Miranda holds a university degree in Accounting majoring in Auditing and Finance, an MBA and an additional qualification as a Certified Chartered Accountant.