In the last decade, global space activity experienced a dramatic expansion of the commercial space activity and growth of national space ecosystems. The panel puts forward the issue of the current unique role of space agencies in an age of national space ecosystems.
Moderator: Dr. Deganit Paikowsky
Dr. Deganit Paikowsky is a Researcher and Lecturer at the Department of International Relations, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a Non-Resident Scholar at the Space Policy Institute of the Elliott School for Foreign Affairs, George Washington University. She also serves as a Vice President at the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) on behalf of the Israel Space Agency. Her book "The Power of the Space Club," published by Cambridge University Press is considered by many as fundamental reading for global space policy researchers, practitioners, and decision-makers.
Tal Inbar studied Political Science (Bachelor’s degree) and Security Studies (Master’s degree), both in Tel Aviv University, Israel. He started working at the Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies in 2003 and became the director of the institute’s space and UAV research canter in 2007 until the closing of the institute in 2019. He co-founded the international Ilan Ramon Space Conference in 2006. Mr. Inbar follows the space and missile programs of Israel for 30 years and has written numerous articles and op-eds in national and international media. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences, workshops, and seminars. Mr. Inbar contributed to the Space Competitiveness Index (Futron product) and several other classified reports delivered to governmental and industry customers. He is a visiting speaker on various think-tanks and research institutes including RAND, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, Secure World Foundation – to name a few. He is consulting Israeli defense and space companies, and develop[ed the Space and Missile courses for IAI, addressed to engineers. Inbar delivered several congressional briefings on ballistic missile programs of Iran and North Korea. Inbar is also a speaker at various HCoC (Hague Code of Conduct) conferences and presented his findings at a UNIDIR conferences in Geneva. In his daily work, Mr. Inbar covers several space issues such as space policy and technical assessments of foreign space, ballistic missiles and rocket programs of Iran, North Korea, and China, as well as of non-state entities. On May 2021 Inbar joined the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (based in Washington, DC) as a senior research fellow. Inbar is a consultor for the Heinlein Trust Fund and Excalibur-Almaz Inc., both in the US. He is the curator for Israel space week for several years and serves as the national coordinator of the World Space week in Israel for years. Inbar is a member of the History Committee of the International Academy of Astronautics Since 2019 he is a member of the board of D-Mars, Israel's Mars simulations center. He is also a national mentor for "Horizon", the Israel Space Agency community of space educators.
This panel discussess the space-based technologies designed to monitor climate change and develop a more sustainable way of life on planet Earth.
Special Keynote: Tamar Zandberg
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.
Dr. Meir Ariel
Meir Ariel received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering with honors and a Ph.D. in the
field of Algebraic Group Theory (all from Tel Aviv University). He has over 30 years of experience in
research and development in the fields of signal processing, wireless communication and space
technologies, and in the management of scientific institutions and companies, both in industry and in the
public sector. Between 1999 and 2012, Dr. Ariel served as CEO of CUTe Systems Inc. (Computerized
Vision) and TMPG Inc. (FinTech). Since 2013, Dr. Ariel has served as the Director General of the
Herzliya Science Center. He is currently the Director of the Nano-Satellite Center at Tel Aviv University.
Since 2014, thirteen scientific nano-satellites have been built and launched under its management. Dr.
Ariel is a member of a number of public commissions in the areas of defense, science and education,
among them the National Infrastructure Committee, the Steering Committee for Education at the Ministry
of Science and Technology, and the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR). He is the recipient of the
“Marco Polo Society Award for Cultural, Technological and Civic Achievements” (2018) and was
selected as one of the 60 Israeli pioneering inventors of all time by the Ministry of Science and
Technology (2016). He holds 14 patents in the field of signal processing.
The Rakia mission is a unique opportunity of extraordinary collaboration between diverse factors. This Mission will enable entrepreneurs and researchers to advance innovative ideas to be tested in space environment, thereby contributing to international space eco-system.
Moderator: Inbal Kreiss
Inbal Kreiss is the former Director of the Israeli Arrow 3 Missile Defense Program, an exo-atmospheric state of-the-art Interceptor. Inbal's leadership in space systems Development & Innovation has contributed significantly to Israel's national space challenges, one of those are the 1st Israeli spacecraft ('Beresheet') challenging journey to the moon! Inbal received various awards for her contribution including the Technological Entrepreneurship Award from the International Aerospace Conference for brilliant concept in missile defense and the IAI award for Arrow 3 successful flight test. In 2012 Inbal was awarded the “Woman of the Year” by Lady Globes Magazine and in 2014 was voted as one of the 10 most inspiring women in Tech in Asia & the Middle East. In 2016 she selected by the Israel Defense Magazine as the 'women of the year' Inbal holds a B.S.C in Engineering, graduated with honors from the Technion, an Executive Master of Business Administration (E.M.B.A) Degree with honors from Tel-Aviv University, and was a researcher in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, Boston.
Join us for a fireside talk with Astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri, the first Emirati in space. The talk will focus on Al Mansouri's mission and remarkable journey, the UAE's vision on space, and much more. Interviewed by Tal Inbar.
Hazza Al Mansouri
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.
Over the course of his career, Dan has served in senior leadership roles across a
wide range of aerospace programs, spanning human spaceflight, satellite
development, launch, and missile defense, and running through all phases of the
aerospace product life cycle, from research and development through design,
production, and spaceflight operations.
Dan currently serves as CEO for Virgin Orbit, Richard Branson’s pioneering
commercial space firm, which launches small satellites into space from a rocket
carried under the wing of a modified Boeing 747. It is Virgin’s contribution to the
massive transformation going on in space technology, and has the clear goal of
opening access to space to improve life on Earth.
Dan joined Virgin Orbit after more than three decades of aerospace leadership at the
Boeing Company, where he most recently served as Vice President of Government
Satellite Systems. In that position, he oversaw Boeing's government satellite
programs, developing and managing missions for the U.S. Department of Defense,
NASA, NOAA, and other national programs. Dan’s portfolio included marquee
programs such as Global Positioning System (GPS), Wideband Global SATCOM, the
Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS) system, and the X-37 spaceplane.
Outside of Virgin Orbit, Dan serves on the U.S. Investment Advisory Council (IAC),
which advices the Secretary of Commerce on the development and implementation of
strategies and programs to attract and retain foreign direct investment (FDI) in the
United States. Additionally, in early 2020, California Gov. Gavin Newsom selected
Dan to join the Governor's Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery, which works
to develop actions government and businesses can take to help Californians recover
from the COVID-19 induced recession.
Dan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the State University of New
York at Albany and attended the Harvard Business School Advanced Management
Program. He is a passionate and committed advocate for STEM education, and
serves on the Executive Board of the California Science Center, as well as the Dean’s
Advisory Council for California State University, Long Beach’s College of Engineering.
Co Founder and CEO of Helios, developing technologies to extract oxygen and metals on the lunar and Martian surfaces to refuel spacecrafts and establish extraterrestrial infrastructure. Helios is currently onboard three missions to the moon in the coming years to develop and demonstrate its capabilities. Jonathan has spent nearly a decade in the Israeli armed forces in combatant positions, and later established two companies in the realms of product design, manufacturing and logistics in Israel, Europe and the USA. In the last five years he has been working to develop Helios to enable humanity's expansion beyond earth.
Mr. Umamaheswaran R, has made significant contribution to the system integration, checkout and avionics of ISRO’s launch vehicles viz PSLV, GSLV & GSLV-Mk III. He has been the Chief Designer (Integration) of major subassemblies including Equipment Bay of the Launch vehicle. Many of the mission critical circuits residing in the vehicle including the entire pyro chain for all the three launch vehicles has been designed by him. He completed B Tech in Electronics & Communication Engineering (1985) MS in Software System (2007) and MA in Russian Language (1996). He joined VSSC in 1987. Over the years, he has evolved as a domain expert in the field of system electrical integration, checkout, ground station and avionics. He was also the Vehicle Director for the remarkably successful GSLV D5/GSAT-14 Mission with the indigenous cryo stage. He took over the assignment of Project Director, GSLV with effect from July 1, 2014. As Mission Director of the GSLV-D6, GSLV F05 & GSLV F09 Missions, he led the entire ISRO Team and successfully accomplished the missions. He also led the Operational Launch Vehicle Team of Avionics Production, Hardware Production, Structural analysis and Control guidance to enable & successfully deliver the products for the increased frequency of PSLV, GSLV and GSLV Mk III missions. As DD, AVN, he led a team of young enterprising Engineers, for the development of miniaturized avionics, Electro Mechanical Actuation Systems in L40, GS2 & S200 EGC systems. From May 4th 2018 onwards, he has taken charge as Associate Scientific Secretary, ISRO HQ and as Scientific Secretary, ISRO from August 1st onwards. He is the current Chair of the Long Term Sustainability (LTS) working group of the STSC of UNCOPUOS. He became a Member for Section 2 on Engineering Sciences of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) in 2021. He has been awarded ISRO Individual Merit Award-2013, ISRO Team Award-2006 (PSLV), 2014 (GSLV) and ISRO Outstanding Achievement Award (2018). He also received the ASI-ISRO Award for the year 2016. He is Fellow of Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI) and Astronautical Society of India(ASI), Life Member of Systems Society of India (SSI) and Indian Society for Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (ISAMPE). He is recipient of Honoris Causa from the Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai (2019).
Brig. General (ret.) Shimon Sarid
Shimon was born in 1953 in Israel. In 1975 he graduated the Technion as an aeronautical engineer, and In 1994, he graduated the Master of Science in Management (MSM) program of Boston University and Beer-Sheba University.
In 1976 Shimon joined the Israel Air Force (IAF) as a young engineer in the area of design and development of manned and unmanned aircraft.
In 1998, the President of Israel decorated Shimon with the Israel Defense Award, for his special contribution to the defense of the state of Israel.
In 2000, Shimon was promoted to Brig. General as the Head of the IAF Material Command, and assumed the responsibility of the entire technical organization of the IAF, under the direct command of the Commander of the Air Force.
In 2004, Shimon retired from service and joined Elbit Systems, as CEO of Silver-Arrow, a subsidiary of Elbit System for unmanned aircraft systems design, production, operation and support. Later on, Shimon served as VP of Operations and VP of advanced unmanned systems development at the unmanned division at Elbit Systems.
In March 2020, Shimon joined Spaceil as the CEO to lead the Beresheet2 lunar landing program.
This panel will discuss advances in satellites and space services, from business, technology and policy perspectives
Moderator: Opher Doron
Opher has been CEO of EVR Motors, an Israeli startup, since November 2019. He leads a team developing advanced electric motors for electric vehicles, designed to be smaller and more cost effective than traditional designs. From 2011 Opher was VP and General Manager of the Space Division at Israel Aerospace Industries. In this capacity he led development, construction, launch and operation of observation and communication satellites for Israeli and foreign users. Opher led IAI’s team in the design and build of SpaceIl’s Beresheet lunar lander, and during Israel’s breakthrough mission to the moon. During his tenure at IAI he revamped the satellite lineup to include a variety of small and sophisticated satellites, upgraded operating and QA processes and widened the customer base. Previously Opher managed the Tactical Systems Division at Ness TSG, where he led software teams in developing and delivering tactical Command and Control Systems. Opher was also director of marketing at IAI Missile division, where he led global marketing activities leading to several large programs. Until 2002 Opher served in the Israel Navy in a variety of operational and staff positions. He commanded 3 missile boats, a Saar 5 corvette and the Saar 5 squadron. He held several positions in the operational requirements department, including head of operational requirements. Opher still serves in reserve duty and holds the rank of Rear Admiral.
Serdar Hüseyin Yıldırım
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.
This panel focuses on the increasing privatization of space stations. Experts will discuss what it takes to launch an object in to space, from the regulations and money to the science and engineering.
Moderator: Ran Livne
Ran has been the Director-General at the Ramon Foundation since June 2015. During his tenure at the Foundation, it transformed from a small nonprofit to one of Israel’s most prominent nonprofits and a significant cornerstone in the Israeli space eco-system. Ran led the Foundation to support the growth of the Israeli space eco-system, facilitating major space conferences, meetups, executive space course, and innovation workshops. These events and other networking platforms position the Foundation as the ‘gateway’ to the Israeli space sector. As of August 2021, the Foundation has over 95 employees and a yearly budget of around 100 Mil. Nis. Aside from its spacetech activities, Foundation also operates education programs and teachers training in Israel, Southeast Asia, Africa & South America. In 2021 the Foundation signed a contract with Eytan Stibbe & Axiom space. It became the first nonprofit ever to lead a crewed space mission as part of the AX1 mission. Ran has been involved with Social entrepreneurship since 2008 and demonstrated successful history of managing, developing, planning, and executing international projects. Prior to his work at the Foundation, Ran worked for 3.5 years as the head of business development at the strategic consulting company T.A.R.A. Ran has consulted leading public enterprises in Israel: local communities, Institutions of higher education, Hospitals, and Nonprofit organizations. Ran was the Chairman of the student union in Tel-Aviv university till 2011 and as a member of the governing council of the national association of Israeli students. Among the rest, Ran was one of the founders of the entrepreneurship center in Tel-Aviv University and initiated the Housing Scholarship Fund of the Tel Aviv municipality. Ran was the Chairman of the board of “Dyonun” and established the community interest company – “Xtra Student.” Ran is an international space university alumni (ESC 2019), he has a BA in Sociology and Literature from Tel-Aviv University, MBA in Business Management-Global strategy from IDC Herzliya, and graduated from the Grubb institution’s Leadership program in London, Aside from his work at the Ramon Foundation, Ran was also a faculty member at the academic program – Global Consulting Practicum at the IDC Herzliya and Wharton school for business management in the USA. Ran is also a board member of 3 different organizations.
Tom is the lead system engineer for the UltraSat project. Tom is a young
professional working in IAI for the past 7 years. Prior to that Tom served in the
IDF as a military intelligence officer at the satellite data collection unit 9900.
Tom holds a BSc in Physics (summa cum laude), a second BSc in Mathematics
and an MSc in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics, all from the Tel Aviv
This panel focuses on the commercial development of human life on space through nutrition, life support and medicine.
Moderator: Dr. Reut Sorek Abramovich
Reut Sorek Abramovich, PhD, is a researcher at the Dead Sea and Arava Science Centre, under the auspices of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Her interests include extremeophiles from arid environemnts, cross contamination issues in space missions, and most recently sustainable use of hydrazine and other rocket fuels using algae and bacteria from the Dead Sea. Reut has co-founded 2 space related NGOs in Israel (the Israeli Mars Society and Desert Mars Analog Ramon Station), managed the Young Astronaut Academy Program, and also worked for the Israel National Covid-19 Consortium, at Shamir Medical Center, employing advanced biological and technological tools to monitor the spread of the pandemic in Israel. Reut has been an International Space University core lecturer for the Space Studies Program on Astrobiology and in 2020 Reut was invited to participate in the US department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).
This panel hosts experts on remote sensing, surveying, and sattelite mapping technology to discuss the lastest developments.
Moderator: Dr. Shimrit Maman
Dr. Maman is a senior research associate in the Homeland Security Institute and director of the Earth and Planetary Image Facility (EPIF), both at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Her research deals with the application of satellite technologies (remote sensing, GIS, OSINT) to environmental challenges and climate change. She is an integral part of the research team leading BGUSAT, Israel's first research nanosatellite.
She also serves as a UN-SPIDER expert, and heads the Israeli Regional Support Office of the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response.
Previously she served as the board director of D-mars, and is a founding board member of WiSpace, a women’s association promoting gender equity among Israeli STEAM professionals and was appointed by UNOOSA as a mentor in the SPACE4WOMEN Network.
Maman leads diverse education and outreach programs promoting Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), using hands-on research activities, at both the national and international scales, including the unique, all-girl, international remote sensing science program: She Space.