Opening Ceremony

10:00 – 11:30, Popov Room

The GLIS 2016 Opening Ceremony will outset the Conference and set the pace

for the following five panels. Kiyoshi Higuchi, IAF President, and Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary General, will welcome the international delegates and present the general scope and aim of the event. Chris Welch, IAF Vice President for Education and Workforce Development, will present the results of the SpaceUp GLIS, the unconference that took place on Sunday. To follow, prominent international speakers will deliver high-level keynotes: Jennifer Warren, Lockheed Martin’s Vice President for Technology Policy & Regulation Trade & Regulatory Affairs will present the industry view on the conference topics while Badri Younes, NASA Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Communications, and Karsten Geier, Head of the Cyber Policy Coordination Office in Germany, will present an agency and government perspective. To conclude, Jean-Yves Le Gall, CNES President and IAF Incoming President, will deliver a talk on the COP21 results.

Houlin ZHAO

Secretary General, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)



Former Vice-President, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)



Professor of Space Engineering, International Space University (ISU)

United Kingdom

Keynote speakers

Karsten GEIER

Head, Cyber Policy Coordination Staff in Germany’s Federal Foreign Office


Jennifer WARREN

Vice President, Technology Policy & Regulation, Civil & Regulatory Affairs, Lockheed Martin Corporation

United States


Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN), Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

United States

Jean-Yves LE GALL

Former President, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES)



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