Vienna, Austria, June 10, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- “We’re thrilled to be able to bring together such an illustrious group to help guide SGAC. The new Advisory Board is the latest achievement in a concerted effort over the past few years by the members of SGAC to improve the corporate governance of the organisation. We are looking forward to the impact the board will make on realising the potential of SGAC’s contribution to our world,” stated Michael Brett, SGAC Co-Chair.
SGAC’s Advisory Board members are:
Adigun Ade Abiodun, Founder of the African Space Foundation
Ambassador Ciro Arevalo, Chairman of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS)
Ben Baseley-Walker, Legal & Policy Advisor for Secure World Foundation & former SGAC Chair
Yolanda Berenguer, Space Education Programme Coordinator for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Lance Bush, Chief Strategy Officer, Paragon Space Development Corporation
Sergio Camacho, Secretary General of the Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (CRECTELAC)
Chris de Cooker, Head of International Relations for the European Space Agency
Clay Mowry, President of Arianespace, Inc.
For information on and pictures of the Board members, please visit our website.
The first board meeting is set for 10 June, and it will be held in conjunction with the 53rd session of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). The board will then meet twice annually at meetings held in conjunction with COPUOS and the International Astronautical Congress.
“This truly is a mile stone in SGAC’s history,” said Agnieszka, SGAC’s Chair. “For the first time our organisation will have an Advisory Board, which will guide and mentor us to help SGAC grow from strength to strength. I am very proud that we have managed to attract such prominent members to our Board and am honored to have an opportunity to work with these distinguished individuals this year. SGAC has matured to a new level, and we should all take credit for it. Thank you, Space Generation!”
The Space Generation Advisory Council in support of the United Nations Program on Space Application (SGAC) is a non-governmental organisation, which aims to represent university students and young space professionals to the United Nations, space agencies, industry and academia. SGAC has permanent observer status in the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). SGAC has a long history and was conceived at the Third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Space (UNISPACE-III) in Vienna in 1999. The SGAC Executive Council is made up of representatives from each of the six UN regions, and has a larger body of representatives from nation states. Our focus is on pragmatic space policy advice to policy makers based on the interests of university students and young professionals, broadly in the age range 18-35, interested in space, from around the world. SGAC currently has 4,000 members in over 90 countries.