Massimo Mercati

European Space Agency (ESA)

Massimo, as Head of the ESA Security Office, is responsible for the coordination, supervision and control of all security matters in ESA.  He is the ESA Cyber Security Authority and the lead of ESA’s Cyber Resilience Programme.  

Patrick Nicolet


As Capgemini’s Group CTO and Executive Board Member, Patrick Nicolet is responsible for setting the overall technology and innovation agenda for the Group, overseeing its information systems and cyber security. As a respected technology thought leader, he recently joined the Forbes Technology Council.

Dr. Mario Polino

Politecnico di Milano

Mario Polino received his Ph.D. from Politecnico di Milano in Italy, working at NECST laboratory as part of the Computer Security group. His primary research revolves around malware analysis with specific attention on behavioral analysis to assist malware analysts. 

Phil Cooper

AWS Account Manager – Ground Station EMEA

Phil Cooper is part of the AWS Aerospace and Satellite Solutions division. Phil’s 20 year background in Remote Sensing and Geospatial Technology is now helping customers becoming cloud enabled, including the AWS Ground Station as a Service offering.

Adrien Bécue

Airbus Cybersecurity

Adrien Bécue is Head of Innovation of Airbus Cybersecurity. Having completed a Master in Aerospace Management, he has a strong background in civil and defense organizations. He is group leader for Industry and Transportation vertical markets at ECSO (European Cyber-Security Organization).

Nicholas “Donnie” Laughton


Nicholas “Donnie” Laughton manages the architecture and application development team for Telesat LEO. Before joining Telesat, Mr. Laughton worked at MDA Space Systems (Montreal) where he focused on the design of next-generation payload architectures for GSO and NGSO satellite systems

José Achache


José was Director of Earth Observation at ESA and Deputy Director General at CNES. He is recognized as the architect of COPERNICUS, the global Earth monitoring programme of the European Union.

Eoin Carroll


Eoin Carroll is a Principal Engineer and Senior Vulnerability Researcher on the McAfee Advanced Threat Research team, focused on researching the trustworthiness of emerging computing platforms and protocols. He also analyzes critical industry vulnerabilities and innovates advanced threat defenses.

Christiaan Beek


Christiaan Beek, lead scientist & sr. principal engineer is part of McAfee’s Office of the CTO leading strategic threat intelligence research. He coordinates and leads passionately the research in advanced attacks, plays a key-role in cyberattack take-down operations and participates in the NoMoreRansom project.

Federico Belloni


Federico Belloni is a Space Systems Engineer. He joined ASTROCAST  in 2015 where he is responsible for the ASTROCAST technical development. After receiving his Master in Electronics from EPFL in 2011, he joined the Swiss Space Center to contribute to various space projects.

Ignacio Chechile


Ignacio Chechile is the CTO of ReOrbit, a NewSpace startup based in Helsinki which designs and builds software-defined modular space systems to enable the next generation of space applications.

Alexandre Karlov


Alexandre Karlov is CTO at CYSEC and holds a PhD in IT security from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). He has spent his entire career in IT security through various positions in leading industrial firms like Kudelski Security and engineering schools like HEIG-VD in Switzerland.

Dr. Mark Manulis

University of Surrey

Dr Mark Manulis is Head of the Department of Computer Science, Deputy Director of the Surrey Centre for Cyber Security, and Associate Professor at the University of Surrey. His track record includes some 100 peer-reviewed publications in leading international security venues.

Giovanni Pandolfi

Leaf Space

Giovanni Pandolfi is a Space Engineer. He co-founded LeafSpace in 2014 where he is now CTO. After completing his Master in Space Engineering at Politecnico di Milano, he worked for different space companies.

James Pavur

Oxford University

James Pavur is a Rhodes Scholar and PhD student at Oxford University in the Centre for Doctoral Training on Cyber-Security. His PhD research revolves around the intersection between cyber-security and space technology with a particular focus on satellite communications.

Luc Piguet


Luc Piguet is the CEO and co-Founder of ClearSpace, a ground-breaking initiative based at EPFL in Lausanne to clear up Space debris. He is a EPFL MSc Engineer and Stanford GSB alumni with over 18 years of field experience in B2B and B2G.

Marika Popp


Marika Popp is Head of Space Solutions at Guardtime, a leading enterprise blockchain company. Previously, she served in various management positions for the Government of Estonia and both private/non-government sectors.

Juan Tomás Hernani


Juan Tomás Hernani is the founder and CEO of Satlantis, a space company that provides optical payloads for Earth Observation small satellites. After completing a master in Industrial Engineering, he served in different management positions in the industry and for the Spanish Government.

Dr. Gregory Falco

Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Gregory Falco is an Assistant Research Professor. His lab, the Autonomy OWL, focuses on matters of space system cybersecurity, space habitation and future satellite capabilities. He completed his PhD at MIT in Cybersecurity and was previously listed in Forbes 30 Under 30 for Enterprise Technology.

Dr. Vincent Lenders


Vincent Lenders is the founding Director of the Cyber-Defence Campus and the head of the Cyber Security and Data Science Department at armasuisse Science and Technology. He earned his Ph.D degree and M.sc in electrical engineering and information technology both at ETH Zürich. 

Goh Koon Tong

SquareRoot8 Technologies

Koon Tong is the CTO and co-founder of Squareroot8 Technologies (Singapore), that provides quantum technologies to strengthen the cybersecurity ecosystem. He holds a PhD in Physics from NUS and is  pushing the boundaries of quantum key distribution (QKD) and quantum random number generation (QRNG).

Alvaro Sanchez


Alvaro Sanchez is the CEO of Integrasys, a Satellite Spectrum Monitoring Systems manufacturing company. He is a Software and Industrial engineer with over 10 years of experience at Integrasys. Before that, he worked at the CERN as a RF Engineer.

Rania Toukebri

Space Generation

Rania is a space engineer working on the spacecrafts architecture (Space missions: JUICE, Biomass, Plato, Hera) Regional Coordinator for Africa in Space Generation Advisory Council in support of United Nations Space Applications program UNOOSA delegate (Scientific and Technical Subcommittees).

Nuno Pires


Nuno is Head of Innovation at GEOSATIS SA, the world’s leading maker of end-to-end electronic monitoring solutions for the criminal justice system. Nuno holds an EPFL PhD in Electrical Engineering on antennas and has a background in communication and product design.

Harrison Caudill

Orbital Security Alliance

Harrison Caudill worked in software and security before getting into the space industry.  After navigating the technological maze, and working with the FCC to eliminate all regulatory hurdles, he moved to space security. He wrote a white paper on security issues in the sector, which crystallized the community.

Damian Vizar


Damian Vizar is Security Expert at CSEM, where he is responsible for the design and implementation of security architecture in advanced embedded applications, notably in the IoT domain. He completed a PhD in Cryptography at EPFL and has 6 years of experience in Computer and Network Security.

Rada Popova

University of Cologne

Rada Popova is a senior research fellow and lecturer at the University of Cologne, experienced in working with space agencies and the aerospace industry. In her work, she focuses on the regulation of space activities, on cybersecurity and the role of law in managing cyber risks in the space sector.

Cesar Cerrudo


Cesar Cerrudo is CTO for IOActive Labs, where he leads research in areas including Industrial Control Systems/SCADA, Smart Cities, IoT, Robots, Blockchain, Cryptos, and software and mobile device cyber security. Cesar is a world-renowned cyber security researcher with more than 15 years of experience.

Chloé Carrière


Chloé Carrière — “Galactic Chloé” — studies management of space technologies at EPFL, where she brings science communication about astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology, space missions and space engineering to the public through engaging public appearances, events, and social media.

Julien Bonnaud

Swiss Space Center

Julien Bonnaud is Space Technology Advisor at the SSC. He joined the Center in 2018 after industrial experiences (TAS F and ADS) in the field of electronic technologies for space applications.He also participated for 3 years in the Upgrade of the CMS Tracker (Outer Silicon detector) at CERN.


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