European Space Agency (ESA)Director of Navigation

Paul Verhoef took up duty as the Director of Navigation (D/NAV) on 15 February 2016.

Paul Verhoef has a Master’s degree in electrical engineering from Eindhoven Technical University. He worked for the United Nations, Eutelsat, and, since the early 1990s, for the European Commission, in a variety of policy functions in the areas of space, telecommunications, electronic commerce and internet.

From 2005 to 2011, Paul Verhoef was the European Commission's programme manager for the EU Galileo and EGNOS satellite navigation programmes and was responsible for setting up the implementation of the programmes in close cooperation with ESA.

As the ESA Director of Navigation, Paul has responsibility for the ESA work as Design Authority and System Prime for the Galileo and EGNOS satellite navigation systems and the related upstream R&D and technology development and industrial readiness, as well for the ESA Navigation Innovation Programme.