IAF Bureau

The IAF Bureau sets the agenda of the IAF General Assembly, including: review of new member candidates; supervision of IAF activities; and supervision of IAF accounts.

The IAF is administered by a Bureau consistent of Elected and Appointed Officers.

The Bureau meets four times every year – twice in March at the IAF Spring Meetings held in Paris and twice during the year’s International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in September/October.

Bureau meetings discuss IAF policy; IAF administrative and technical committees report on their activities; the IAF Finance Committee issues the audited financial statement of the Federation; and the Local Organizing Committees (LOCs) of upcoming IACs provide status reports. At an IAC, the Bureau is responsible for organizing the General Assembly meeting.

To become a member of the Bureau, a candidate must represent a member of the Federation. Candidacies must be accepted by a Nomination Committee, and then submitted to the General Assembly for approval.

The Bureau Elected Officers include its voting members: the President and twelve Vice-Presidents (VPs). Bureau Appointed Officers include the General Counsel, the Honorary Secretary, the Executive Director and the special advisors of the President. These last are non-voting members.

The Past President and the Incoming President of the Federation, the Presidents of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) also participate in the Bureau meetings but are non-voting members.

The President and Vice Presidents are elected for three years. They are not eligible to serve for a consecutive term and they shall not serve the Federation for more than two non-consecutive terms of the same office.

It is made up of:

  • The IAF President
  • The Incoming IAF President
  • 12 IAF Vice-Presidents
  • The IAF Executive Director
  • The IAF General Counsel
  • The IAF Incoming General Counsel
  • The IAF Honorary Secretary
  • The President of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA)
  • The President of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL)
  • Special Advisor to the President

IAF BUREAU 2020 – 2021:

President

Pascale EHRENFREUND

Research Professor, Space Policy Institute, George Washington University

Past President and Honorary Ambassador

Jean-Yves LE GALL

President, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES)

VP: Global Membership Development

Mohammed Nasser AL AHBABI

Director General, UAE Space Agency

VP: Financial Matters and Industry Relations

Bruce CHESLEY

Former Senior Director of Strategy, Space and Missile Systems, The Boeing Company

VP: IAF Global Networking Forum

Andreas LINDENTHAL

Head of Business Operations Space Systems, Head of Spacecraft Equipment, Head of Space Systems Germany, Airbus Defence and Space GmbH

VP: Space Economy and Sponsorship

Nobu OKADA

Founder & CEO, ASTROSCALE

VP: Diversity Initiatives and Science & Academic Relations

Deganit PAIKOWSKY

Lecturer, Department of International Relations, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

VP: Education and Workforce Development

Minoo RATHNASABAPATHY

Research Engineer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

VP: Relations with International Organizations

Sergey SAVELIEV

Deputy Director General for International Cooperation, ROSCOSMOS

VP: Communications, Publications and Global Conferences

Mary SNITCH

Lead, External Engagements, Lockheed Martin Corporation

VP: Technical Activities

S. SOMANATH

Director, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)

VP: Parliamentarian and Ministerial Relations and User Communities

Dominique TILMANS

President, EURISY

VP: Honours and Awards

Anthony TSOUGRANIS

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

VP: Societies and Museums

Xiaojun WANG

President, China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT)

General Counsel

Sergio MARCHISIO

Full Professor of International Law, Sapienza University of Rome

IAF Honorary Secretary

Geir HOVMORK

Deputy Director General, Norwegian Space Agency

IISL President

Kai-Uwe SCHROGL

European Space Agency (ESA)

IAA President

Peter JANKOWITSCH

Former Ambassador and Minister of Foreign Affairs

Executive Director

Christian FEICHTINGER

IAF Secretariat

IAF Special Advisor to the IAF President (IAC Evolution)

Clay MOWRY

VP, Global Sales, Marketing & Customer Experience, Blue Origin

IAF Special Advisor to the President (International Space Forum & Developing Countries and Emerging Nations)

Giorgio SACCOCCIA

President, Italian Space Agency (ASI)

IAF Special Advisor to the President (IAC Resilience)

Lionel SUCHET

Chief Operating Officer, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES)