Maria Antonietta PERINO

Thales Alenia Space ItaliaDirector International Network Opportunities Development

Maria Antonietta got a Degree in Nuclear Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino. In 1988 she attended the first Summer Session of the International Space University (M.I.T., Boston, USA) and then she became a Faculty member. She has been recently elected member of the Academic Council. Since 1986 she has been working at Thales Alenia Space – Turin, as Program Manager of major ESA and ASI activities related to exploration like ExoMars, Mars Sample Return, and the Aurora Core Program. In 2010 she was appointed Director for Advanced Exploration Programs. In the last years she has been Director Marketing & Sales for the ESA Exploration & Science Programs, and Director for System Supplies Operations. Currently she is Director for Relations with Space Associations. Maria Antonietta is involved in different activities promoting the development of young professionals in the space industry. She is author of several publications, papers, and reports, and Acta Astronautica Co- Editor. Maria Antonietta is a member of different scientific committees, of the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF), and of Women in Aerospace. She is member of the Académie de l’Air et de l’Espace and of the International Academy of Astronautics, and former Vice President of the International Astronautical Federation Bureau responsible for Technical Activities and IAC Evolution. She is President of Explore Mars Europe. Awarded “Woman of Excellence 2010” by AIDDA, the Italian chapter of FCEM (Femmes Chefs d’Enterprises Mondiales) and “Stella al Merito del Lavoro” (Star of Merit for Labour) by the President of the Italian Republic.