On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our two keynote speakers for Friday April 10, Frank Maximilian Salzgeber.
Frank M. Salzgeber is the Head of the Technology Transfer Programme Office at the European Space Agency (ESA). Prior this post he was the Head of Commercial Development in the European Astronaut Department of the Directorate of Human Spaceflight Microgravity and Exploration at the European Space Agency. Prior to joining ESA, Frank held the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO and CFO) at an IT startup headquartered in Munich, Germany. Frank also spent seven years at Apple Computer initially as an account manager and then as a sales manager, covering Central Europe and being positioned in the US and Czech Republic. Frank is a member of the advisory board of the Triangle Venture Capital Group, the board of directors of European Business Network (EBN) and was founding chairman of the EIROforum working group on Innovation management and knowledge/technology transfer.
Frank is a senior expert and a passionate speaker in the field of open innovation, entrepreneurship, future trends and technologies. He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering, is married, has two sons and lives in the Netherlands and Bavaria.
On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our mentors, Lesley Jane Smith. She will work intimately with you and your team, disseminating her knowledge and experiences, making sure you and your team will be successful.
Professor Dr. Lesley Jane Smith has been teaching international, European and commercial law for over 20 years. She was appointed a Full Professor of International and European Economic law at the Leuphana University Lüneburg in 1996. Lesley Jane was appointed for several years as Rector to the Riga Graduate School of Law, University of Latvia, a specialist school of European and international law established by Sweden to facilitate the country’s transition on regaining its independence and negotiating its accession to the EU.
Lesley Jane has extensive professional and academic contacts to the main law schools and universities focusing on international space law across Asia, Europe and the Americas. Her own research interests in space law cover the areas of liability for commercial space activities and related issues of space debris, commercial issues of industrial and agency procurement, as well as regulatory aspects of GNSS and intellectual property issues relating to outer space activities. She has published widely on an extensive range of space-related legal questions and co-authored studies for the Academy, currently co-chairing a study group on cosmic debris. Lesley Jane latterly contributed to all three volumes of the Cologne Commentary on Space Law (CoCoSL), where she is the lead author on all aspects of liability for space activities and legal issues of Earth observation.
Lesley Jane became a member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) in 2003, and was appointed as Board member at the Naples AGM in 2012. She became a corresponding member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) in 2010. She is a longstanding member of the European Center of Space Law (ECSL), which is hosted by ESA. In 2012 Lesley Jane was appointed Board member of the European section of Women in Aerospace (WIA-E). She lives in Bremen, is married and has three young adult children.
On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our judges, Chad Anderson. He will assess your team and your final product on Sunday evening, evaluating your business model, customer validation, technical and design execution.
Chad Anderson works at the intersection of early-stage capital and the emerging commercial space industry as Managing Director of Space Angels Network. Based in London, he also works with the UK government to develop and commercialize the UK space industry by accelerating startups and mobilizing investment in space ventures. In the past, Chad has worked with a space robotics company and developed the first ever market assessment for commercial lunar transportation. Chad is a prominent advocate of the emerging space industry, with numerous public papers, speaking engagements, and interviews on the subject.
Chad holds an MBA from the University of Oxford with a focus on Entrepreneurship & Innovation. He also holds Finance and Economics degrees from Seattle University, magna cum laude. Prior to graduate school, he spent three years as Director of Finance for an aviation startup and five years as Business Manager for JP Morgan Chase. With experience in all aspects of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, Chad is intimately familiar with the opportunities and challenges faced by both entrepreneurs and investors.
Additionally, Chad is an avid volunteer and social entrepreneur earning recognition from both the President of the United States and JP Morgan Chase as Volunteer of the Year for his work supporting the marketing and development efforts of Seattle Children’s Theatre. He was Chairman of the Oxford Social Impact Network, a group of 200+ students using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems, and served for two years on the Board of Directors for Greenside Development Foundation, a social enterprise focused on youth entrepreneurship and business incubation in Morocco.
On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our mentors, Claudia Kessler. She will work intimately with you and your team, disseminating her knowledge and experiences, making sure you and your team will be successful.
Claudia has been CEO of HE Space since 2008 and is one of the rare female leaders in the space business. Qualified as an aerospace engineer and MBA, Claudia has worked for more than 20 years in international space environment. Since opening the first German office of HE Space in Bremen in April 2004 she has built it up to become one of the most significant suppliers of engineering services to the space industry. Claudia was a founder of Women in Aerospace Europe and she is passionate about supporting female high-potentials with their career development. She is a member of the International Aeronautical Academy (IAA) and a board member of the German Aerospace Association DGLR. Claudia is married and mother of a daughter.