Geraldine NAJA

European Space Agency (ESA)Director for Commercialisation, Industry and Procurement

Geraldine is currently acting Director for Commercialisation, Industry and Procurement at the European Space Agency (ESA). She joined ESA in 1987 as a payload operations engineer on the International Space Station programme. She has then moved to various strategic, programmatic and managerial functions across the Agency.

Her current responsibilities include the elaboration and implementation of ESA’s industrial and procurement policies, and the setting-up and management of the new Commercialisation Department at ESA, identifying and incubating new space start-ups and businesses with a competitive potential, and fostering the environment to enable these businesses to commercialise their products, including training, access to finance and provision of IOD/IOV opportunities.

Geraldine is a graduate engineer with a specialisation in rocket propulsion, and also holds a master in political studies and international relations. She has taught fluid mechanics and continues to have teaching assignments about space policy in many universities and institutes.


International Astronautical Congress 2021

25-29 October 2021

Dubai, United Arab Emirates