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We foster trust, cooperation and independent dialogue'

Between global leaders

science
tech
business
arts
politics
space

Building a cooperative future in space

An independent, non-profit foundation gathering global leaders who are shaping the future of space.

Mission

We foster trust, cooperation and independent dialogue between global leaders in tech, science, business, politics and the arts who want to positively impact space.

Activities
Community
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Activities
Community
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Activities

The foundation works across three core areas: Dialogue (facilitating independent forums for strategic dialogue); Action (supporting our leaders to implement commitments serving the UN Sustainable Development Goals); and Elevation (elevating Karman Community voices to key regional and international stakeholders). The Karman Fellowship is our flagship activity, but the foundation participates in multiple international forums.

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Community

In an effort to create a wholly independent forum for strategic discussion about the future of space, the Karman Project gathers members as passionate individuals and operates under the Chatham House Rule. Karman Fellows interact with a diverse, global and multidisciplinary network of decision-makers to amplify their impact.

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Story

Founded by an international group of space professionals in Berlin, Germany in 2019, the Karman Project was born of a desire to bolster independent, courageous and cooperative dialogue in space, building trust between those who are shaping the future of the sector.

Space is an inherently international endeavour, and one that requires the commitment and cooperation of people at an individual, as well as an organisational, level.

The Karman Project

Board of Directors

Jean-Jacques Dordain

FORMER DIRECTOR-GENERAL
EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY

Mr Jean-Jacques Dordain was Director General of the European Space Agency between 2003 and 2015. He has additionally held honorary functions as Vice President of the International Astronautical Federation and Chancellor of the International Space University.

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Fu Kun

MANAGING DIRECTOR
China Academy of Sciences Capital Management

Mr. Fu Kun, born in Shanghai in 1980, Managing Director of CAS (Chinese Academy of Science) Capital Management Co. Ltd.

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William H. Gerstenmaier

VICE PRESIDENT OF MISSION ASSURANCE
SpaceX

William H. Gerstenmaier served as Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations between 2005 and July 10, 2019 at NASA’s headquarters in Washington and a special advisor to NASA's deputy administrator during July - December, 2019. Prior to being Associate Administrator, Gerstenmaier served as the International Space Station Office Program Manager, at Johnson Space Center, a position he began in June 2002. In February of 2020 Gerstenmaier joined SpaceX where he currently serves as Vice President of Mission Assurance. 

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Karen Hitschke

Co-Founder & Former COO
Yunus Social Business & Former COO

Karen Hitschke is the former Chief Operating Officer at the WHO Foundation, an independent grant-making organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland that identifies and funds catalytic initiatives to improve world health. She was previously the Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer Funds at Yunus Social Business (YSB) Global Initiatives, where she still serves as a Board Member.

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Hélène Huby

CHAIR
KARMAN PROJECT

Hélène is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Exploration Company, which aims to democratize space exploration. Before launching The Exploration Company, Hélène served for a number of years as VP Orion European Service Module at Airbus Defence and Space. Previously within Airbus, Helene held the position of Head of Innovation where she grew a portfolio of 20+ new profitable businesses.

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Artur Koop

TREASURER
KARMAN PROJECT

Artur is the COO of The Exploration Company, and previously served as the Propulsion Subsystem Lead of the Orion European Service Module at Airbus Defence and Space. Artur has held several thermal and propulsion engineering positions throughout his career.

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Noor Sweid

Founder and Managing Partner
Global Ventures

Noor is the Founder and Managing Partner of Global Ventures, a UAE-based, Series-A focused, emerging-market venture capital firm with presence in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria. 

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Team

As the Managing Director of The Karman Project, Hannah works with public and private space leaders worldwide to facilitate forums for strategic dialogue and impactful cooperation. 

Hannah Ashford

MANAGING DIRECTOR
KARMAN PROJECT

Artur is the COO of The Exploration Company, and previously served as the Propulsion Subsystem Lead of the Orion European Service Module at Airbus Defence and Space. Artur has held several thermal and propulsion engineering positions throughout his career.

Artur Koop

TREASURER
KARMAN PROJECT

Ke is the CEO of Disrupt Space, a platform which provides business cooperation opportunities for commercial space companies globally. 

Ke Wang

CO-FOUNDER & STRATEGIC ADVISOR
KARMAN PROJECT

Oyku leads the fundraising and partnership activities of The Karman Project to broaden its impact. 

Öykü Gürsu

DIRECTOR FUNDRAISING & PARTNERSHIPS
KARMAN PROJECT

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