Vienna, Austria, September 27, 2006 --(PR.com
)-- The Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) announced last week that long-time member, Chris Boshuizen, will serve as the organization’s first Executive Director, along with the newly appointed Executive Officer, Agnieszka Lukaszczyk. They join Kevin Stube, who was appointed as Executive Secretary in March, and together complete the Executive Office.
The establishment of these new Executive positions was enabled as a direct result of a new strategic partnership between the Netherlands-based aerospace company Serco FM and the SGAC. The revision of the SGAC’s global strategy and the formation of further strategic partnerships are the two main goals of the new Executive Office.
Boshuizen was assistant event manager for the Bremen and Vancouver Space Generation Congresses, and Event Manager for the Fukuoka Space Generation Congress in 2005. In 2004 he founded an international directory for the space industry, at Space-Industry.com and he submitted his PhD in Physics at the University of Sydney in 2005.
Of his role as Executive Director, Boshuizen said, “The Space Generation has a large membership base and a lot of talented young people absolutely dedicated to bringing the benefits of space travel to their fellow man. With the right strategy and clever use of our resources, SGAC can make a fantastic contribution to the futures of these young people and help them achieve their dreams”
Agnieszka Lukaszczyk holds a Masters degree in International Politics from the American University's School of International Service in Washington DC and has previously served at the at the Polish Embassy in Washington DC, American Electronics Association Europe in Brussels, EU Department of the Senate of the Republic of Poland, and the Warsaw Business Journal.
Under a partnership agreement with the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in Vienna, Austria, Lukaszczyk will split her time between SGAC duties and assisting the Institute. It is hoped that this valuable partnership will help strengthen ties between the SGAC and other space policy organisations.
Of her motivations for taking this position, Lukaszczyk said, “I took my executive position to make a positive impact on a great organization, which has a potential to impact space activities around the world. I believe that with right attitude, ideas, and organization skills we can really make a difference!”
Kevin Stube completed his MS in Space Studies at the University of North Dakota and is pursuing his PhD in Planetary Science and Astrobiology. Kevin has served SGAC for two years as the USA Point of Contact, delegate to the COPUOS Science and Technology Subcommittee, staff at the annual Space Generation Congress, and more. Regarding his role, Stube said, “I took my executive position for two reasons; to actively effect a positive change and promote youth space activities globally and to support an organization I believe has great potential.”
The Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) is an international, non-government organization dedicated to employing the creativity and vigour of youth in advancing humanity through the peaceful uses of outer space. The SGAC has observer status on the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS) granted in recognition of the invaluable input provided by young people on world space issues. Today, it is the only body to represent the views of students and young professionals worldwide to the United Nations, space agencies, and other space organizations. Since its inception, the SGAC has created a range of successful projects that illustrate the reach, impact, and diversity of today’s young people.