SGAC – LSA SpaceGen Entrepreneurs

Wednesday 23 October 2019, 09:40 – 10:40

Location: The Walter E. Washington Convention Center – Grand Ballroom C


The SpaceGen Entrepreneurs held for the first time during IAC 2017 in Adelaide, Australia, is an event organised by the Space Generation Advisory Council designed to connect entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs with startup veterans and venture capitalists, investors, business angels and business incubators. This year, SGAC proposes a joint GNF with Luxembourg Space Agency focused on the concept of space commercialization. Luxembourg has a dynamic and growing space sector, with more than 50 private, public and academic players. In the context of its unique framework for the exploration and commercial utilization of resources in space and the initiative, about 20 space companies have established a presence in Luxembourg in the last 3 years. Technological progress, cheaper access to space and interest from investors is expected to fuel the growth of the industry in the near future. The SpaceGen Entrepreneurs will feature high-calibre entrepreneurs, business investors and startup experts that will analyse how to capitalize new commercial opportunities in the space industry, discuss the most effective ways to succeed in startup ventures and share the human story behind space entrepreneurs.

Organized by:
Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC)
Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA)


Chris Nie

Space Generation Congress 2019 Manager,

Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC),


Full Bio

Chris Nie is a Systems and Integration Engineer working on the environmental control and life support system (ECLSS) for the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle at Lockheed Martin Space. His career has given him the opportunity to work on GPS satellites, SmallSats, in government affairs and business development, as well as NASA’s Human Spaceflight Program, Orion. Chris graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering and a focus in Bioastronautics. He has been named one of Aviation Week’s Twenty20s as a rising leader in Aerospace and Defense, and has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award multiple times for his work in STEM outreach.



Gary Martin

Senior Advisor,

Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA),


Full Bio

Gary Martin is Senior Advisor to the Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy on space education and research. He retired from NASA in 2017.

At NASA, he worked for 32 years at multiple NASA Centers across the Agency (LaRC, NASA HQ, GSFC and ARC) supporting science missions, advanced technology development, and human spaceflight. In 2002, he became NASA’s first Space Architect, leading strategic planning at the Agency, and provided the analysis used to develop the Vision for Space Exploration announced by the President Bush in 2004. For this work he was awarded NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal.

Mr. Martin was seconded by NASA to the International Space University in Strasbourg, France as the Director of the Space Studies Program for SSP06, SSP07, SSP12, and SSP13.

Mr. Martin holds a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering/Astronautical Engineering from George Washington University, dual Bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Applied Mathematics from Virginia Commonwealth University and Bachelors in Anthropology from Colorado State University.


Andy Bowyer

CEO and Co-Founder,



Full Bio

Andy is CEO and co-founder of Kleos a Space powered RF Reconnaissance company that IPO’d in 2018. Andy has 15 years’ heritage delivering complex Space contracts, including missions to Mars and Mercury as co-founder of Magna Parva a Space engineering company. Andy has broad commercial and business development skills with strong start up experience having founded 2x Space companies and 1x non-Space.


William Crowe


High Earth Orbit Robotics,


Full Bio

William co-founded High Earth Orbit Robotics, a company with a vision to prospect and utilise asteroid resources and an immediate goal of using the same technology to inspect and resolve anomalies on satellites. His company counts the Australian Air Force as a customer. He has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from UNSW Sydney, where his research focussed on using swarms of spacecraft to characterise asteroids. He won several international awards for his research, including the SGAC’s “Move an Asteroid” scholarship for his work using small spacecraft in Earth orbit to intercept asteroids as they pass through the Earth-Moon system.


Gareth Keane


Promus Ventures,

United States

Full Bio

Gareth Keane is a Partner with Promus Ventures, splitting his time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Europe. Promus Ventures invests in early-stage deep-technology software and hardware companies that are run by visionary and tenacious founding teams. Promus funds companies shaping the future in areas like robotics, AI/ML, space, and synthetic biology.
Gareth’s career to date has stretched from engineering roles to venture capital investment. Prior to joining Promus Ventures he worked at Qualcomm Ventures, the venture capital investment arm of Qualcomm Inc. Before that he worked for two years in the corporate development teams at National Semiconductor and Texas Instruments, focused on strategic investment, corporate M&A and corporate strategy. Previously he worked for PMC-Sierra and a number of other technology firms across both hardware and software.
Gareth has an MBA from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania, a PhD in Electronic Engineering from The Queen’s University of Belfast (UK) and a BE in Electronic Engineering from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Gareth is also a Kauffman Fellow.


Etienne Schneider

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Space,

The Luxembourg Government,


Full Bio

Etienne Schneider was a municipal councillor in Kayl from 1995 to 2005, and from 1997 to 2004, he was secretary general of the parliamentary group of the LSAP in Parliament. Mr. Schneider was appointed Minister of the Economy and Foreign Trade on 1 February 2012. In the government formed following the 2013 Luxembourg general election he is Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy. He continued to hold these offices following the 2018 Luxembourg general election, where he became the health minister too. From 2013 to 2018, he served as Minister for Defence. Mr. Schneider has a degree in commercial and financial sciences from the Institut catholique des hautes études commerciales (ICHEC) in Brussels and Greenwich University in London (1995).


Oniosun Temidayo Isaiah

Managing Director,

Space in Africa,


Full Bio

Temidayo is the Managing Director for Space in Africa, the authority for news, data, and business analysis for the African Space Industry. In 2018, he was listed as one of the World 24 Under 24 Leaders and Innovators in SPACE and STEAM by The Mars Generation, one of the 25 under 25 Nigerians who are influencing and disrupting the world of Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Corporate World by BellaNaija, and a recipient of 35 Under 35 space industry recognition award by the International Institute of Space Commerce. The former SGAC Regional Coordinator has appeared on Forbes, ChannelsTV, Guardian, etc for his work in the Industry.


Joost van Oorschot

Founder and CEO,

Maana Electric,

The Netherlands

Full Bio

Joost van Oorschot is a serial entrepreneur with an educational background in Economics and Space Studies. He has build several startups with 6 years of entrepreneurial experience as well as working at a VC in the space sector.
Joost currently runs Maana Electric as its CEO and Founder. Maana Electric is a New Space startup located in Luxembourg and the Netherlands specifically focussed on utilising In-Situ Resource Utilisation technologies for the production of solar panels from regolith for Space applications and from Sand for Terrestrial applications. The company currently has 20 employees and is expected to have >50 by the end of 2020.


Pete S. Worden

Executive Director,

Breakthrough Initiatives,

United States

Full Bio

Dr. Pete S. Worden is the Chairman of the Breakthrough Prize Foundation and Executive Director of the foundation’s ‘Breakthrough Initiatives’. He was Director of NASA’s Ames Research Center in California until his retirement in 2015. He served as a scientific co-investigator for three NASA space science missions. Dr. Worden has held several positions in the United States Air Force and was research professor of astronomy at the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA. He has authored or co-authored more than 150 scientific papers in astrophysics space sciences, and strategic studies.


Lynn Zoenen

Global Affairs Manager,



Full Bio

As ispace Europe’s Global Affairs Manager, Lynn manages ispace’s European payload sales pipeline and partnering activities including both space and non-space technology development and branding partnership sales. In addition, Lynn is in charge of Government Affairs, engaging with governments and Space agencies to construct mission partnership frameworks and policies that promote the development of commercial lunar exploration and space resource utilisation.
Before joining ispace Europe, Lynn contributed as an economic advisor to the strategic orientation of the Chamber of Commerce of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Lynn holds a Master’s in International Political Economy from King’s College and a Bachelor’s in International Business Administration.