Workforce Development-Young Professionals Programme Committee (WD-YPP) (2018-2021)

Committee Members  


  • Hambloch, Patrick


  • Becker, Kate
  • Singh, Balbir
  • Stube, Kevin
  • Wan, Stephanie


  • Ashford, Edward
  • Bacsardi, Laszlo
  • Barrios, Elizabeth
  • Boyd, Andrea
  • Cappella, Matteo
  • Carnett, Carol
  • Cocchiara, Chiara
  • Coderre, Kathleen
  • Culler, Jessica
  • Decoopman, Clémentine
  • DeLuna, Alan T.
  • De Paula, Ramon P.
  • Edwards, J.R.
  • Emanuelli, Matteo
  • Erdem, Merve
  • Fishwick, Nicholas
  • Geiß, Markus
  • Girard, Guillaume
  • Hansra, Ajeet
  • Hartman, Birgit
  • Jaime, Andrea
  • Kobrick, Ryan L.
  • Kojima, Ayami
  • Kunes, Michal
  • Lousada, Joao
  • Madry, Scott
  • McAvinia, Ruth
  • Monzon, Amalio
  • Nasseri, Ali
  • Nie, Christopher
  • Pandhi, Twinkle
  • Perino, Maria Antonietta
  • Pons, Arnau
  • Raposo, Ana
  • Rathnasabapathy, Minoo
  • Robinson, Kathryn
  • Sarli, Bruno
  • Sasaki, Kaori
  • Schierholz, Stephanie
  • Schlutz, Juergen
  • Seward, Elizabeth
  • Shortt, Kevin
  • Shumsky, Steven
  • Silva, Jackelynne
  • Simoes, Hugo
  • Svoboda, Jan
  • Vasko, Chris
  • Wasserman, Adi
  • Wigbels, Lyn
  • Marco Romero
  • Zhuoyan Lu
  • Tahir Merali
  • Anthony Yuen
  • Bethany Downer
  • Claudiu Mihai Taiatu
  • Joseph Ibeh
  • Mariam Naseem
  • Avid Roman-Gonzalez
  • Petrillo, Davide


  • Adriaensen, Martin -Ahmed, Farid
  • Alleyne, Camille
  • Aprea, Julio
  • Beauregard, Christopher
  • Bloschock, Kristen
  • Botha, Maria
  • Chung, So Young
  • Clayfield, Kimberley
  • Cornell, Ariane
  • David, Emmanuel
  • Davidian, Ken
  • Edgington, Stacey
  • Ghadaki, Far as
  • Hendrikse, Jeffrey
  • Jordan, Nicky
  • Kessler, Claudia
  • Kiang, Charlotte
  • Lenoir, Benjamin
  • Manjoo, Khalid
  • Mathers, Naomi
  • Meier, Anne
  • Meusy, Nathalie
  • Shierholz, Stephanie
  • Snitch, Mary
  • Sutherlun, Jacob
  • Svoboda, Jan
  • Welch, Chris
  • Zimmerman, James V.
  • Bukley, Angelia


  • Boisdur, Emma
  • Rathnasbapathy, Minoo

Objective/scope of the committee

The Committee’s main scope focuses on workforce development matters of the international space community as well as being the focal point of the IAF’s Young Professional’s activities – which includes organizing the Young Professionals Programme (YPP) at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC). The Committee focuses on early and mid-career professionals in all areas of the aerospace community.

The Committee encourages career development directed toward creating a globally informed space community in space agencies and in industry.

Committee rules for membership applications and renewal

If you are interested in joining the committee, please submit your CV/resume and a motivation letter to the Chair of the Committee, by sending it to The chair and vice chairs will decide whether candidates are suitable for specific open vacancies or general addition to the committee, taking into account the size and diverse composition of members to ensure a balanced approach to the work of the committee. All pending members will be admitted after approval of the whole committee, generally during the IAF Spring Meetings, the IAC, or when there is a specific need for the committee.

Symposiums/sessions and events at the IAC

  • Next Generation Plenary – Joint Sponsorship with SEOC and other technical committees
  • Global Technical Symposium – Five sessions that are held at the IAC and streamed online.
  • 5 Learning and Knowledge Development for a Globally Sophisticated Workforce (co-chaired with SEOC)
  • Three networking receptions for young professionals
  • Cross Cultural Presentation Workshop
  • IPMC YP Workshop – Workshop together with the International Programme/Project Management Committee
  • Paper competitions, workshops and other YP activities in collaboration with other technical committees

Technical meetings or events outside of the IAC

  • Podcast interviews and webinars
  • Monthly committee meetings
  • Paper competitions, workshops and other YP activities in collaboration with other technical committees
  • Young Professional Event at IAF Global Conferences

Other committee activities

Young Professionals Events at IAC 2019

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