Published on June 24, 2020

The IAF is proud to introduce the 2021 IAF Young Space Leaders!

The future of the space industry strongly depends on a motivated next generation to continue the progress and drive further developments in designing new space technologies, exploring new ideas and building worldwide connections.

Through various activities and programmes the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) commits to include and inspire young minds who are active in the space field and acknowledge their contributions and achievements.
To this end, the IAF has established the IAF Young Space Leaders Recognition Programme that recognizes exceptional students and young professionals who demonstrate leadership in their academic or early careers and we are very excited to announce the 2021 IAF Young Space Leaders:

Elizabeth BARRIOS

Structural Materials Engineer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

United States


Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellow, University of Cambridge

Costa Rica


Political scientist

United States


Senior Researcher at Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics, Russian Academy of Sciences


Pierre-Alexis JOUMEL

Director International & New Business, Space Systems, Airbus Defence and Space GmbH



Unit Chief of International Affairs, National Space Policy Secretariat (NSPS)

Please find the full biographies of the 2021 IAF Young Space Leaders at and learn more about these inspiring young minds.

Congratulations to all and best regards,

IAF Secretariat