Isaac Herzog is the 11th President of the State of Israel. The son of Israel's sixth President, Chaim Herzog and grandson of Israel's first Chief Rabbi, Yizhak Isaac Halevi Herzog, President Isaac Herzog was born in Tel Aviv in 1960, trained as a lawyer and became senior partner in one of Israel's leading law firms. In 2003, Herzog was elected member of Israel's parliament, the Knesset, after serving as Government Secretary to Prime Minister Ehud Barak (1999-2001). Throughout his 15 years in the Knesset, Herzog held several parliamentary and ministerial posts, among them Minister of Housing and Construction, Minister of Tourism, and Minister of Diaspora Affairs, Society and the Fight Against Anti-Semitism. Herzog's revolutionary term as Minister of Welfare & Social Services is considered his crowning achievement in the Government of Israel. Herzog was a Member of Israel's Security Cabinet, in addition to serving as Government Coordinator for the Provision of Humanitarian Aid to Gaza. In 2013, Herzog was elected Chairman of the Israeli Labor Party, the founding party of the State of Israel, becoming Leader of the Opposition. Two years later he led the alliance between the Labor Party and the Hatnua Party to form Israel's largest center-left political party of that time – the Zionist Union, which made him a leading candidate for Prime Minister during the 2015 national elections. In June of 2018, Herzog was appointed Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), the historic organization which laid the foundations of the State of Israel and the largest Jewish NGO in the world. As JAFI Chairman, he led the process of restructuring the organization, which reinvigorated it, reaffirmed its prominence within world Jewry, and solidified JAFI's status as a bridge between international Jewish communities and the State of Israel. On July 7, 2021, Isaac Herzog was sworn in as the 11th President of the State of Israel, following an overwhelming majority vote at the Knesset which constituted a historic landslide victory. President Herzog published numerous books and articles in Israel and worldwide, and is a sought after speaker in different fields all over the world. He is married to Michal, also a lawyer by profession and an expert in philanthropy, and they have three sons.
Orit Farkash-Hacohen is Israel's Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology. Minister Farkash-Hacohen is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and clerked for Supreme Court Justice Dalia Dorner. She began working for a leading law firm in the private sector, and then moved to the public sector as the head of litigation at Israel's Antitrust Authority. In 2003, Minister Farkash-Hacohen served as the legal advisor to the Israel Public Utility Authority for Electricity and later was appointed as the first woman to serve as its chairperson and director-general, a position she held for five years (2011-2016). During her tenure as chairperson, she pushed for opening up Israel's energy production market to competition and encouraged the creation of a renewable energy industry. Until being elected as a Member of Knesset in 2019, Minister Farkash-Hacohen was a partner at a leading law firm in Israel, where she directed its energy and infrastructure practice. Prior to becoming Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology, she held various positions in the government including Minister of Tourism, Minister of Strategic Affairs and member of the National Security Cabinet. In 2006-2007, Minister Farkash-Hacohen attended Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, earning her Master's Degree in public administration. She is a visiting fellow at both the Consortium for Energy Policy Research at Harvard and the Harvard Electricity Policy Group (HEPG).
Her Excellency Sarah bint Yousef Al Amiri
The UAE Minister of State for Advanced Technology and Chairwoman of the UAE Space Agency
Her Excellency Sarah bint Yousef Al Amiri is the UAE Minister of State for Advanced Technology and Chairwoman of the UAE Space Agency. In her role as Minister of State for Advanced Technology, her Excellency spearheads the UAE Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology’s efforts to empower the adoption of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies and promote research and development in the advanced science and technology sector, in order to create new industries that drive the shift towards a knowledge economy. This, in turn, contributes to the overall mandate of the Ministry to strengthen the UAE’s industrial base, ensure in-country value, and raise the competitiveness of local industries. As Chairwoman of the Space Agency, Her Excellency is responsible to oversee the Agency’s mandate of guiding the space sector, ensuring its contribution to the national economy and to the UAE’s sustainable development. Her Excellency is also the Chairwoman of the Emirates Scientists Council, Chairwoman of the Fourth Industrial Revolution Council, Chairwoman of the Dubai Future Academy Board of Trustees, and she served as the Deputy Project Manager and Science Lead of the Emirates Mars Mission (Hope) at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) before going on to be appointed Chairwoman of the UAE Space Agency. Previously, Her Excellency was the Head of R&D at MBRSC, where she established the Centre’s knowledge management, strategic research and product assurance functionalities. She was also involved in DubaiSat-1 and DubaiSat-2, and in the establishment of the KhalifaSat program. In 2014, Her Excellency was tasked with and led the establishment of the Advanced Aerial Systems Program, where she championed development efforts on a prototype High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite. The project resulted in a successful 24-hour flight of the unmanned vehicle, which recorded the highest altitude of any aircraft over UAE airspace. In 2015, the World Economic Forum honoured Her Excellency as one of its 50 Young Scientists for her contributions to science, technology and engineering. H.E. Sarah Al Amiri holds a Bachelor's and a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from the American University of Sharjah.
Sen. Bill Nelson was sworn in as the 14th NASA administrator on May 3, 2021, tasked with carrying out the Biden-Harris administration’s vision for the agency. Nelson chaired the Space Subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives for six years and later served as the Ranking Member on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, where he was recognized as the leading space program advocate in Congress.
During his time in Congress, Nelson was a strong advocate for NASA’s Earth science programs and authored numerous pieces of legislation to combat and mitigate the effects of climate change. Nelson was also a vocal proponent for STEM career training and education programs to create and fill the jobs of the future.
In 2010, Nelson and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-Texas) passed the landmark NASA legislation that mapped out a new future for NASA and set the agency on its present dual course of both government and commercial missions. In 2017, Nelson and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) authored the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017, which expanded NASA’s commercial activities in space. After leaving the Senate, Nelson continued to be engaged in NASA activities, serving on the NASA Advisory Council under former Administrator Jim Bridenstine.
From president of 4-H to international president of the Key Club in high school, Nelson has always known the importance of investing in your neighbors and community to create a better future. Nelson continued to serve his community and country while in college at the University of Florida, Yale, and University of Virginia Law School through various service organizations, school leadership positions. He served on active duty as a Captain in the U.S. Army.
Nelson has served in public office over four decades, first in the state legislature and U.S. Congress, then as State Treasurer. He was elected three times to the United States Senate, representing Florida for 18 years. His committees included the breadth of government policy from defense, intelligence and foreign policy to finance, commerce, and health care.
In 1986 he flew on the 24th flight of the Space Shuttle. The mission on Columbia orbited the earth 98 times over six days. Nelson conducted 12 medical experiments including the first American stress test in space and a cancer research experiment sponsored by university researchers.
In 1971, Bill met Grace Cavert of Jacksonville, Florida, while speaking at a statewide young leader convention. Grace has been an active partner in Bill’s public service career. From his first race for a seat in the Florida Legislature, Grace has been by his side knocking on doors and talking to folks about issues that mattered to them and their families. They have two grown children, Bill Jr. and Nan Ellen.
Isaac Ben-Israel was born in Israel (Tel-Aviv), 1949. He studied Mathematics, Physics and Philosophy at Tel-Aviv University, receiving his Ph.D. in 1988. He joined the Israel Air Force (IAF) after graduating high school (1967) and has served continuously up to his retirement (2002). During his service, Isaac Ben-Israel has held several posts in operations, intelligence and weapon development units of the IAF. He headed the IAF Operations Research Branch, Analysis and Assessment Division of IAF Intelligence, and was the Head of Military R&D in Israel Defence Forces and Ministry of Defence (1991-1997). In January 1998 he was promoted to Major General and appointed as Director of Defence R&D Directorate in IMOD. During his service he received twice the Israeli Defence Award. After retirement from the IDF Isaac Ben Israel joined the University of Tel-Aviv as a professor and was the head of Curiel Centre for International Studies (2002-2004), the head of the Program for Security Studies (2004-2007), Executive Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Technological Analysis & Forecasting at Tel-Aviv University (ICTAF) (2010-2013), Deputy Director of the Hartog School of Government and Policy in Tel-Aviv University (2005-2015) and a member of Jaffe Centre for Strategic Studies (2002-2004). In 2002 he founded and headed the Yuval Ne’eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of Ariel University Centre (2009-2011), and a member of the advisory council of Neaman Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology at the Technion (2000-2010). In 2002 he founded RAY-TOP (Technology Opportunities) Ltd, consulting governments and industries in technological and strategic issues. Professor Ben-Israel was a member of the 17th Knesset (Israeli Parliament) between June 2007 and February 2009. During this period he was a member of the Security and Foreign Affairs Committee, the Finance Committee, the Science & Technology committee, the Chairman of the Homeland Security Sub Committee and the Chairman of the Israeli–Indian Parliamentary Friendship Association. In 2011 he was appointed by the Prime Minister to lead a task force that formulated Israel national cyber policy. Following that he founded the National Cyber Headquarters in the PM Office. In 2014 he was appointed again by the PM to lead another task force which resulted in a government decision (February 2015) to set up a new National Cyber Authority. Isaac Ben Israel was a member of the board of directors of IAI (2000-2002), the board of the Israel Corp. (2004-2007) and the R&D advisory board of TEVA (2003-2007) and Chairman of the Technion Entrepreneurial Incubator (2007). He was the Chairman of Israel National R&D council between 2010-2016. Professor Ben-Israel has written numerous papers on military and security issues. His book Dialogues on Science and Military Intelligence (1989) won the Itzhak-Sade Award for Military Literature. His book on The Philosophy of Military Intelligence had been published by the Broadcast University (1999) and has been translated into French (2004). His book Science, Technology and Security: From Soldiers in Combat up to Outer Space, was published in 2006. His book on Israel Defence Doctrine was published in 2013. Isaac is married to Inbal (née Marcus) and they have three sons: Yuval (1981), Roy (1984) and Alon (1988).
Brigadier General (Res.) Uri Oron is a fighter pilot with command and operational experience of over 32 years in the Israel Air Force and the IDF, having served in a variety of positions – including the head of the IAF’s Intelligence Directorate and head of the IDF’s Operations Division. Since his discharge from the IDF, Oron has created and managed the operation field at an Israeli start-up that develops technology to solve problems using Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools. Oron has extensive knowledge in managing complex systems and implementing broad-scale strategies and large budgets and state-of-the-art technologies. He has led innovative projects in the space field in collaboration with the IDF, defense industries and interfacing with the political echelon. Oron has earned a bachelor’s degree with distinction from Haifa University and is a graduate of the National Security College.
Before being appointed as President of the Canadian Space Agency, Lisa Campbell was Associate Deputy Minister, Veterans Affairs Canada, supporting the well-being of veterans and their families and promoting recognition of those who served Canada. Previously, Ms. Campbell was Assistant Deputy Minister, Defence and Marine Procurement, leading the organization procuring Canada’s military and marine equipment. She worked at Canada’s competition authority as Senior Deputy Commissioner reviewing mergers and business conduct. Ms. Campbell also enforced civil and criminal laws for truth in advertising. She has done extensive regulatory work on the collection and trade in data, particularly in emerging business models. Ms. Campbell worked as a litigator in the areas of criminal, employment and constitutional law. She holds a B.A. in political science from McGill University (1988) and an LL.B. from Dalhousie Law School (1991). In October 2021, Ms. Campbell was elected for a three-year term as a Vice-President of the International Astronautical Federation, responsible for Agency Relations and Global Membership Development. This role aligns with the Canadian Space Agency’s mandate of promoting international collaboration and the peaceful use and development of space.
Lionel Suchet is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique engineering school and an Ingénieur Général de l’Armement (IGA, armaments engineer). He is currently Chief Operating Officer of CNES. He gained his first experience of the space sector in human spaceflight, devoting the first 15 years of his career at CNES to this domain. From 1989 to 1992, he was responsible for Safety and Human Factors for Michel Tognini’s Antares spaceflight mission on the Mir space station. He was subsequently project leader for the next three missions to Mir: Altair (1992 to 1996), Cassiopée, which flew France’s first female astronaut (1993 to 1996), and Perseus, a long-duration flight lasting 188 days (1999). He went on to head the agency’s International Space Station Utilization division, where he oversaw the Andromède (2001) and STS-III (2002) missions, the latter being the last spaceflight by a CNES astronaut. At the same time, he set up the CADMOS centre for the development of microgravity applications and space operations, today the centre in charge of human spaceflight physiology for all of Europe. CADMOS also coordinates all of CNES’s microgravity activities. In 2004, Lionel Suchet branched out into the field of Universe science, becoming head of the department tasked with developing CNES’s astronomy, planetology and life and material sciences projects. In 2008, he was appointed head of the sub-directorate in charge of developing orbital systems projects for Universe sciences, altimetry and space oceanography, telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation and defence. In total, this sub-directorate was responsible for 50 projects, all of them with international partners. In 2011, he was appointed Deputy Director of the Toulouse Space Centre, coordinating all of the centre’s cross-cutting activities, i.e., R&T, technology roadmaps, technology and industry policy, preliminary project planning and regional relations. From 1 January 2016, he was appointed Director of Innovation, Applications and Science (DIA), the new directorate tasked with supporting the interests, requirements and challenges of all potential users of space data and missions, and planning and proposing CNES’s future orbital systems with a view to nurturing creativity and driving innovation. Since 28 August 2017, Lionel Suchet is Chief Operating Officer of CNES with functional authority over all of the agency’s activities.
Born in São Paulo, Carlos Augusto Teixeira de Moura graduated from ITA in Aeronautical Infrastructure Engineering (1980) and got a Master of Science (1996) degree. Experienced in airport projects and space launch centers;
development, qualification and operation of computer systems of critical application;
space preparation and launch operations in Brazil and abroad; activities for the
elaboration and review of public policies and technological and organizational planning,
including international cooperation; implementation and monitoring of quality assurance
systems; development of standards for the aerospace sector; spatial certification; strategic
planning of the aerospace sector; space program management.
As an airport engineer, served, from 1981 to 1985, in projects and works under the
responsibility of the Coordinating Committee of the Airport System Project of the São
Paulo Terminal Area (COPASP).
Working in the space segment since 1985, with emphasis on the implementation of the
Alcantara Launch Center (CLA); development of the Satellite Launch Vehicle (VLS);
space launch and tracking operations (CLA); probe intercomparison operations with the
World Meteorological Organization; development of the Master Plan for the Alcantara
Space Center (Infraero); design and implementation of the Cyclone-4 Terrestrial Complex
(ACS); conception and planning of space systems under the Strategic Space Systems
Program (PESE); assistance in several Technical Groups of the Development Committee
of the Brazilian Space Program (CDPEB / GSI). Since 2005, acts as Representative for South America of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety. Worked in the private sector from January 1972 to February 1973; and from October 2008 to February 2016. Pursued a career in the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), from March 1973 to September 2008, leaving the FAB as an Engineer Colonel. Worked again in the Science,
Technology, Innovation and Offset area of the Air Staff, from April 2016 to February 2018. From March 2018 to December 2018, has worked as an Analyst at the Space Systems Coordination and Implantation Commission - CCISE, in charge of PESE.
Since January 2019, is the president of the Brazilian Space Agency.
He started his higher education at Technical University of Istanbul (ITU). He had his master's degree from Technical University of Berlin for Aerospace Technologies. He has more than thirty years of experience in aerospace most of which is in aviation. He taught for five years as a lecturer at Kadir Has University in Istanbul. He is the Former Director-General of DHMI, State Airports Authority of Turkey, and the Former Director-General of Aviation and Space Technologies by Ministry of Transport. He has been the President of the newly established Turkish Space Agency since August 2019.
Minister Zandberg holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and economics from
Ben-Gurion University, a bachelor's degree in law from Tel Aviv University, and a
master's degree in social psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Minister Zandberg began her doctorate in politics and government at Ben-Gurion
University, but her studies were cut short when she was elected to the Knesset.
Minister Zandberg began her political career as a parliamentary adviser to MK Ran
Cohen of Meretz. She was then elected as a Meretz Party representative to the Tel
Aviv City Council in 2008, where she chaired the Committee for Women's
She was first elected to the Knesset in 2013 and was designated chair of the
Committee on Combating Drugs and Alcohol. she was the first person in this position
to endorse legalization. Minister Zandberg also served on the Internal Affairs and
Environment Committee, the Committee on the status of Women and Gender
Equality, and the Economic Affairs Committee. As MK, Minister Zandberg
established an environmental-social lobby, a lobby for sustainable transportation, an
urbanism lobby, a secular lobby, and a lobby for Jewish-Arab collaboration and a
Environmental issues, women's rights, human rights, secularism, and legalization are
just a few of Zandberg's most noteworthy Knesset battles. During her time in office,
she passed the Paternity Leave Act, expanded the right to public housing for women
who were victims of domestic violence, strengthened labor rights for women staying
in shelters, and established a grant law for home births.
Minister Zandberg recently received the Green Globe Award, Israel's leading award
in the field of sustainability for her outstanding public service to protect the
environment, and recently published a detailed piece on the climate crisis in "Telem"
As Minister of Environmental Protection, Ms. Zandberg implemented a levy on single-
use plastic utensils, blocked the Med-Red pipeline agreement, halted the phosphate
mining program in Sde Barir, expanded the Deposit Law, passed a series of
government decisions to combat climate change and is promoting a comprehensive
and effective climate law.
Hazza Al Mansouri is an Emirati astronaut and the first person from the United Arab Emirates in space. Previously, he was the UAE's youngest F-16 fighter pilot. On 25 September 2019, he launched aboard the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft to the International Space Station, where he stayed for eight days. Born in Abu Dhabi, Al Mansouri graduated in 2004 from Khalifa bin Zayed Air College with a bachelor's degree in aviation. Prior to becoming an astronaut, he was a Major in the United Arab Emirates Air Force, piloting a F-16 "Desert Falcon". He was selected by Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre alongside Sultan Al Neyadi to become the country's first astronauts on 3 September 2018 and underwent training at Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia.
President, International and Space Stations, Voyager Space Holdings
Prior to Voyager Space, Jeffrey was the Co-Founder and CEO of Nanoracks from 2009 through 2021. Today, Jeffrey remains Chairman of the Board at Nanoracks. Jeffrey steered the growth of Nanoracks from a garage space in Webster, Texas to the first commercial space station company with customers. Under Jeffrey’s leadership, Nanoracks was a pioneer, and now leader, in commercial low-Earth orbit utilization, and now in partnership with Voyager Space, intends to build the first-ever commercial space station. Under Jeffrey’s leadership at Nanoracks, the company flew over 1300 payloads from over 30 countries to the International Space Station, ranging from governmental agencies to universities and commercial organizations. In 2017, Jeff and his team brought the first-ever commercial Chinese experiment to the International Space Station. As the only American to ever work officially for the Russian space station program, his prior experience includes serving as Managing Director of Energia USA, the American arm of RSC Energia. In 1991, he carried over the first commercial contract between NASA and the Soviet Union to use the Russian Soyuz as an escape vehicle for Space Station Freedom. Later, Jeffrey represented the Russian space organization when the basic contracts to realize the International Space Station were negotiated. As CEO of MirCorp, which leased the Russian space station Mir, he oversaw the first-ever commercially funded crew mission, of over 70 days, to the Mir space station. His experience developing the business base for Mir forged the path for Nanoracks’ success on the International Space Station and now on their own commercial platform. He also co-developed the first fund dedicated to commercial space on Wall Street (Shearson Lehman) and has served as an adviser to numerous companies and governments. The author of three books, his second (Selling Peace) chronicles his time working with the Russian space program. In 2012, Jeffrey was awarded the NASA Exceptional Public Achievement Medal and the Space Frontier Foundation’s 2017 Pioneer of New Space Award. In 2018, Jeffrey spoke before the National Space Council and U.S. Vice President on commercial trade with China on space services.
Charles F. Bolden Jr.
Major General, United States Marine Corps (Ret.); 12th NASA Administrator; Founder & CEO, Emeritus, The Charles F. Bolden Group
Retired Marine Corps Major General Charles Frank Bolden Jr. was the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from July 2009 until January 2017. Bolden’s 34-year career with the Marine Corps included 14 years as a member of NASA’s Astronaut Office. After joining the office in 1980, he traveled into orbit four times aboard the space shuttle between 1986 and 1994, commanding two of the missions and piloting two others. Today, in addition to his numerous professional affiliations, General Bolden serves as the Founder and CEO Emeritus of The Charles F. Bolden Group, providing leadership in the areas of Space/Aerospace Exploration, National Security, STEM+AD Education and Health Initiatives. Bolden is a graduate of C.A. Johnson High School in Columbia, SC. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master of Science degree from the University of Southern California. Bolden is married to the former Alexis Walker of Columbia, SC. They have two children, A. Che’ Bolden, Colonel, USMC (Ret.) and Dr. Kelly M. Bolden, MD, FACS; and four grandchildren – granddaughters Mikaley, Kyra and Talia and grandson Walker Elias.