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The Karman Community is made up of Members who are highly curated global leaders in technology, science, business, politics and the arts who want to positively impact space. Members take up one or more equally important roles.

Member Roles

Karman Fellows
Fellows are a new generation change-makers and global leaders who are below 45 years old with potential to positively impact space.

Selection Board
The Selection Board consists of 20 highly respected and successful professionals who help select a new cohort of Fellows each year.

Karman Team
The Karman Team provides day-to-day operations and community management on behalf of the Karman Project.

Fellows

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Chairman
Joseph Abakunda
Chief Strategy Officer
Rwanda Space Agency
Joseph is currently the Chief Strategy Officer of the Rwanda Space Agency where he oversees the strategic direction of the agency and develops partnerships across industry, academia and government.
Karman Fellow 2022
Chairman
Siti Nur Aazzah Abdul Aziz
Deputy CEO
Network Integrity Assurance Technologies
Siti Nur Aazzah is the Deputy Head of Network Integrity Assurance Technology (NiAT), Brunei’s only one-stop satellite company providing telecommunications services for offshore and rural as well as delivering geospatial data and information solutions.
Karman Fellow 2022
Chairman
Hazzaa AlMansoori
Astronaut
MBRSC
After 14 years experience in military aviation, Hazzaa made history as the first Emirati to be deployed on a space mission to the International Space Station.
Karman Fellow 2022
Chairman
Prateep Basu
Co-founder & CEO
Satsure
Prateep Basu is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at SatSure Ltd, a decision analytics startup that is working on solutions to enable technology access for financing sustainable development, as well as food, water and energy security programs globally.
Karman Fellow 2020
Chairman
Katherine Bennell
Director of Space Technology
Australian Space Agency
As Director of Space Technology at the Australian Space Agency, Katherine leads a team within the Chief Technology Office to accelerate the transformation and growth of Australia's space sector, by streamlining responsible access to space for Australian industry and researchers across all space priority areas.
Karman Fellow 2020, Selection Board Member 2021 & 2022
Chairman
Pierre Bertrand
Director of R&D Center
Loft Orbital
As the Director of R&D Center at Loft Orbital, Pierre is leading the development of key satellite technologies to serve Loft Orbital’s innovative business model. Loft Orbital enables its customers to fly their payload in orbit as a service through ridesharing on board Loft’s microsatellites.
Karman Fellow 2021
Chairman
Chris Boshuizen
Operating Partner
DCVC
Chris was the co-founder of Planet Labs, a company providing unprecedented daily, global mapping of our changing planet from space.
Karman Fellow 2020
Chairman
Jingqi Cai
Vice President
Beijing Interstellar Glory Space Technology Co., Ltd.
Dr. Jingqi Cai was appointed Vice president of Beijing Interstellar Glory Space Technology Co.,Ltd. in 2020.
Karman Fellow 2021
Chairman
Vanessa Clark
CEO and Co-Founder
Atomos Space
Vanessa Clark is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Atomos Space. She is an experienced aerospace engineer with expertise ranging from advanced concepts to hardware development and production, with emphasis on in-space propulsion and space nuclear power systems.
Karman Fellow 2021
Chairman
Theresa Condor
Chief Operating Officer
Spire Global
Theresa is Chief Operating Officer of Spire Global Inc. She directly oversees Spire’s Space Services, Weather, and Aviation business units worldwide, including US Federal and Global Government.
Karman Fellow 2022
Chairman
Davis Cook
CEO
Research Institute for Innovation and Sustainability
Davis is currently CEO at RIIS, a Johannesburg-based boutique consultancy that builds innovation ecosystems for industries, regions and sectors.
Karman Fellow 2021
Chairman
David Dana
Head of Disruptive Tech & Innovation VC Investments
European Investment Fund
David is heading the Disruptive Tech & Innovation VC Team of the EIF, where he has been working for more than ten years. Previously, he has been in charge of EIF investments in VC funds in France, Israel, and of the Luxembourg Future Fund. David was also overviewing EIF activities with Accelerators.
Karman Fellow 2022
Chairman
Alessandro Golkar
Associate Professor & Technology Development Director
Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Skoltech
Alessandro Golkar is Associate Professor and Technology Development Director at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) in Moscow, Russia. Skoltech is an international research university in Moscow, Russia, founded in 2011 in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Karman Fellow 2021
Chairman
Melania Guerra
Director of Science Strategy
Planet
Melania is the Director of Science Strategy at Planet, a company that operates a constellation of 200+ high-resolution satellites that photograph the Earth daily, with the goal of documenting global change, making impacts visible and providing transparency to the solutions.
Karman Fellow 2022
Chairman
Jonathan Hofeller
Vice President of Starlink Commercial Sales
SpaceX
Jonathan Hofeller is SpaceX’s Vice President of Starlink Commercial Sales. In this role, he leads the sales and creation of the company’s Starlink business and enterprise service products. In addition to providing broadband to consumers, the demand for connectivity applies to nearly all businesses and its Hofeller’s charter to determine how to best serve these markets.
Karman Fellow 2021
Chairman
Clarisse Iribagiza
CEO
HeHe
Clarisse is the Chief Executive Officer of HeHe, a leading technology company she founded 10 years ago. HeHe’s vision to enable Africans to live a life of abundance by optimizing supply chains to match demand and supply. HeHe is now the largest e-commerce business in Rwanda, digitizing over 200 businesses, and serving 2 million consumers.
Karman Fellow 2021
Chairman
Fabien Jordan
Founder & CEO
Astrocast
Fabien Jordan is widely recognized for his work on Switzerland’s first satellite, SwissCube, a highly successful educational mission.
Karman Fellow 2020
Chairman
Yoav Landsman
Co-founder
Moonscape
In 2019, Yoav was the Deputy Mission Director of the first ever privately funded lunar mission.
Karman Fellow 2020, Selection Board Member 2021
Chairman
Martin Langer
Chief Technology Officer
OroraTech
Martin is the Chief Technology Officer of OroraTech, a company offering affordable thermal-infrared products from space, with a current focus on global wildfire detection and monitoring.
Karman Fellow 2022
Chairman
Tricia Larose
Principal Investigator
Tumors in Space, University of Oslo
Tricia is the Principal Investigator for Tumors in Space, a cutting-edge cancer research portfolio at the intersection of space technology, stem cell biology and ethics/policy & law with the University of Oslo, Norway.
Karman Fellow 2022
Chairman
Joe Laurienti
Founder and CEO
Ursa Major
Joe Laurienti, Founder and CEO of Ursa Major, is an experienced engineer with a background in propulsion technology manufacturing and development. Joe graduated with a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California, where he spent time supporting research in fluid dynamics and as part of a group that designed, built, and flew hobby rockets.
Karman Fellow 2021
Chairman
Yohann Leroy
Deputy CEO
Eutelsat
Yohann Leroy has been working in space for 10 years. In July 2014, Yohann Leroy became Chief Technical Officer, before moving into his current role as Deputy CEO in April 2017. 
Karman Fellow 2020
Chairman
Mike Lindsay
Chief Technology Officer
Astroscale
Mike Lindsay joined Astroscale as group CTO in January 2020 and is responsible for driving the company’s overall technical strategy while shaping future service and mission architectures.
Karman Fellow 2022
Chairman
Xin Liu
Artist, Engineer & Arts Curator
MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative
Xin is the Arts Curator in the Space Exploration Initiative in MIT Media Lab, a member of the inaugural ONX studio program founded by New Museum and Onassis NY and Silver Arts Project in the World Trade Center. She is also an artist-in-residence in SETI Institute.
Karman Fellow 2022
Chairman
Rogel Mari Sese
Chair, Department of Aerospace Engineering
Ateneo de Davao University, Philippines
As one of the only three astrophysicists in the Philippines as of 2017, Rogel joined the Department of Science and Technology and served as the head of the National Space Development Program which was launched in order to set up the foundation of a future space agency.
Karman Fellow 2020, Selection Board Member 2021
Chairman
Marc Marzenit
Composer & Audio Engineer
Marc Marzenit was born in Barcelona in 1983, and is an audio engineer, composer, DJ, music producer, TEDx speaker, professor at ENTi University and founder of the music educational platform Aulart.com. 
Karman Fellow 2020
Chairman
Jessica Meir
Astronaut, Marine Biologist & Physiologist
NASA
Dr. Jessica Meir was selected by NASA in 2013 and launched to the International Space Station in late 2019 for a 205-day spaceflight. Jessica - one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2020 - holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Brown University, a Master of Science in Space Studies from the International Space University, and a Doctorate in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (UCSD).
Karman Fellow 2021
Chairman
Rafal Modrzewski
Co-founder & CEO
ICEYE
Rafal Modrzewski is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of ICEYE. ICEYE is launching and operating a constellation of small radar imaging satellites, providing access to timely and reliable Earth observation data.
Karman Fellow 2020
Chairman
Thomas Oehl
Founder & Managing Partner
Vsquared Ventures
Tommy is one of the Founding Partners of Vsquared Ventures, an early stage deep tech fund focused on Europe. Before moving to the other side of the table, Tommy founded his first company in university and successfully exited it in 2013 and then joined Uber as one of the first employees in Germany.
Karman Fellow 2021
Chairman
Temidayo Isaiah Oniosun
Managing Director
Space in Africa
Temidayo Oniosun is the founder and Managing Director of Space in Africa, the authority on news, data and market analysis for the African space industry. 
Karman Fellow 2020, Selection Board Member 2021
Chairman
Yuanyuan Peng
Co-founder and President
Commsat
Ms. Peng is a co-founder and President of Beijing Commsat Technology Development Co, LTD, a leading private commercial satellite technology company in China since 2015. Commat’s commitment is to make aerospace technology, particularly satellites, relevant to everyone’s aspiration for a better life. With her leadership and collaboration with other partners, Commsat has been recognized by the Chinese government as a qualified high-tech company on both Beijing municipal and China national levels.
Karman Fellow 2021
Chairman
Thomas Pesquet
Astronaut
European Space Agency
Thomas was selected from among many thousands of candidates as an ESA astronaut in May 2009. In 2014, Thomas was assigned to a long-duration mission (‘Proxima‘) as a flight engineer for Expeditions 50 and 51 on the International Space Station (ISS).
Karman Fellow 2020
Chairman
Priyanka Das Rajkakati
Artist & Aerospace Engineer (Ph.D.)
From winning the school "all-rounder" award to being the on Forbes India 30 Under 30 list a decade later, Priyanka Das Rajkakati has a story to share: the pursuit of a childhood dream, on mixing three passions in one lifetime - science, art and space.
Karman Fellow 2021
Chairman
Balachandar Ramamurthy
Director of Flight Safety
SpaceX
Bala has fifteen years of experience as a systems engineer in the aerospace industry. He has worked in a leadership and individual capacity on a number of significant projects, most notably leading the human-rating of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
Karman Fellow 2022
Chairman
Christopher Richins
Co-founder & CEO
RBC-Signals
Christopher Richins is Founder and CEO of RBC Signals, a provider of global satellite communication "infrastructure as a service."
Karman Fellow 2020
Chairman
Nahum Romero
Artist & Founding Director
KOSMICA Institute
Nahum’s oeuvre goes deep into the human experience by challenging our perceptions through unusual perspectives. Navigating between the real and the imaginary, his work produces events that reframe the way we understand the world: “I am interested in that point where reality touches the impossible.“ He often employs outer space technologies, illusionism, hypnosis and music to guide audiences into otherworldly journeys to raise critical dialogues about the politics of existence. Nahum’s multidisciplinary work orchestrates a wide range of media including performance, installation, video, music, drawing and storytelling.
Karman Fellow 2021
Chairman
Neha Satak
Co-Founder & CEO
Astrome
Neha is a serial entrepreneur and a researcher. She holds a PhD from Texas A&M University and a Master’s from Indian Institute of Science in Aerospace Engineering. She worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Air Force Research Lab, USA.
Karman Fellow 2021
Chairman
Tom Segert
Founder & CEO
Berlin Space Technologies
Tom is the visionary behind Berlin Space Technologies (BST). He is fostering space industry that is truly commercial since almost two decades. Many activities which he pioneered in the early 2000s are today known under the umbrella of New Space.
Karman Fellow 2020
Chairman
Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian
Artist
Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios, SETI Institute & WeTransfer
Nelly is an award-winning designer of experiences with over a decade of working to manufacture impossible productions and complex events and projects.
Karman Fellow 2022
Chairman
Lynette Tan
Chief Executive
Singapore Space & Technology
Lynette is the CEO of the Singapore Space and Technology Limited, and co-founder and Executive Director of the Singapore Space & Technology Association (SSTA).
Karman Fellow 2020, Selection Board Member 2021
Chairman
Erika Wagner
Senior Director Emerging Market Development
Blue Origin
Dr. Erika Wagner serves as Senior Director of Emerging Market Development for Blue Origin, a developer of vehicles and technologies to enable human space transportation. 
Karman Fellow 2022
Chairman
Grier Wilt
EVA Flight Controller
NASA
Grier Wilt is an ExtraVehicular Activities (EVA) Flight Controller and Instructor at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, Ms. Wilt plans spacewalk missions aboard the International Space Station, trains an international cadre of astronauts for those missions, and supports those EVAs real-time from Mission Control.
Karman Fellow 2022
Chairman
Dongkun Xia
Co-Founder & VP
Galactic Energy Beijing Space Technology
Dr. Dongkun Xia is the co-founder and vice president of Galactic Energy Beijing Space Technology Co. Ltd.
Karman Fellow 2022
Chairman
Yang Feng
Founder & CEO
Spacety
Feng Yang is the Chief Executive Officer of Spacety. He founded this company in 2016, which became one of the fastest-growing private space companies in China.
Karman Fellow 2020
Chairman
Soyeon Yi
Astronaut
Dr. Soyeon Yi is South Korea’s first and only astronaut. She was selected as an astronaut in December, 2006, out of 36,000 contestants vying for the title of South Korea’s First Astronaut. On April 8, 2008, she launched into space on-board Soyuz TMA-12. During her 11-day mission at the International Space Station (ISS), Dr. Yi completed aggressive number of experiments contributing to South Korea’s science text books and science channel television lectures.
Karman Fellow 2021
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Chairman
Hannah Ashford
Director, Fellowship & Community
Karman Project
In her role at the Karman Project, Hannah works to build trusted relationships among a highly diverse cohort of global space leaders. Additionally, Hannah leads the community development and strategic partnerships for The Exploration Company.
Karman Team
Chairman
Jean-Jacques Dordain
Former Director-General of ESA
Mr Jean-Jacques Dordain was Director General of the European Space Agency between 2003 and 2015. He has honorary functions as Vice President of the International Astronautical Federation and Chancellor of the International Space University.
Deputy Chairman
Chairman
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.
Board Member
Chairman
William H. Gerstenmaier
Former Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations of NASA & Senior Consultant
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 as Senior Principle Flight reliability Engineer Consultant, supporting Dragon Commercial Crew flights to ISS, Falcon 9 launches, Starlink, and Starship activities.
Board Member
Chairman
Karen Hitschke
Chief Operating Officer
WHO Foundation
Karen Hitschke is the 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.
Board Member
Chairman
Hélène Huby
Chairwoman
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.
Chairwoman
Chairman
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.
Board Member
Chairman
Noor Sweid
General Partner
Global Ventures
Noor Sweid is the founder of Global Ventures, a Dubai-based, growth-stage venture capital firm focusing on investing in emerging markets.
Board Member
Chairman
Ke Wang
Director, Operations & Growth
Karman Project
Ke oversees the operational and funding activities of the Karman Project, whilst managing various relationships with trusted partners. Alongside this, Ke is the CEO of Disrupt Space, a platform which provides business cooperation opportunities for commercial space companies globally.
Karman Team
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Chairman
Peter Albiez
Country Manager, Board Member
Pfizer Germany
Biologist Peter Albiez started his career at Pfizer in 1996 as a pharmaceuticals consultant and today he is the Country Manager of Pfizer Germany.
Selection Board Member 2022
Chairman
Ouchhh / Ferdi & Eylul Alıcı
AI & New Media Artist
Ferdi Alici and Eylul Alici are directors of OUCHHH, a pioneering new media and art studio. They have over a decade of experience functioning as a New Media Design Director for public arts and new media industry.
Speaker
Chairman
Vasudev Bailey
Partner
Artis Ventures
Vasudev Bailey, PhD, is a partner at ARTIS Ventures where he focuses on investing in novel and breakthrough health and life sciences companies. He currently sits on 10 boards, including Eko, Unnatural Products, Inc., Aether, IDbyDNA, Association for Women in Sciences (AWIS), Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering, and The Trevor Project.
Speaker
Chairman
Patricia Barbizet
CEO
Temaris
Mrs. Patricia Barbizet graduated from ESCP-Europe Business School in 1976. Mrs. Patricia Barbizet started her career as International Treasurer in Renault Véhicules Industriels, and then as Chief Financial Officer of Renault Crédit International.
Selection Board Member 2021
Chairman
Alexia Barrier
World Level Regatta Sailor, Professional Ocean Race Navigator
Alexia acquired a 60 feet monohull - an IMOCA - that has already accomplished six races around the globe, allowing her to head for the Vendée Globe 2020, a single handed sailing-race around the world without stops and without assistance.
Speaker
Chairman
Antonin Baudry
Film Director
Antonin Baudry first made himself known as a diplomat: he held the position of ambassador of French culture and president of the French Institute, and was also cultural counselor of France to the United States.
Selection Board Member 2020
Chairman
Katherine Bennell
Director of Space Technology
Australian Space Agency
As Director of Space Technology at the Australian Space Agency, Katherine leads a team within the Chief Technology Office to accelerate the transformation and growth of Australia's space sector, by streamlining responsible access to space for Australian industry and researchers across all space priority areas.
Karman Fellow 2020, Selection Board Member 2021 & 2022
Chairman
Chris Boshuizen
Operating Partner
DCVC
Chris was the co-founder of Planet Labs, a company providing unprecedented daily, global mapping of our changing planet from space.
Karman Fellow 2020
Chairman
Elmar Broscheit
Managing Director
Macquarie Venture Capital Group
Elmar Broscheit is a Managing Director at Macquarie Capital and runs Macquarie Capital's European Venture Capital activities from Berlin.
Selection Board Member 2020-2021
Chairman
Jean-Michel Cazes
Founder & CEO
Château Lynch-Bages
Jean-Michel Cazes (born 25 March 1935, in Bordeaux) is a French winemaker and insurance executive. He managed the wine holdings of AXA Millésimes until 2000, the family insurance agency, and the Cazes family estates until 2006.
Chairman
Nicolas Chamussy
CEO
Nexter
Nicolas Chamussy, CEO of Nexter, is a seasoned senior executive of the aerospace sector, both as civil servant and in the private industry.
Selection Board Member 2020-2021
Chairman
Pierre-Henri Chappaz
Partner
Rothschild.Co
Pierre-Henri Chappaz is a partner of Rothschild & Co in Paris and head of the firm’s Tech investment banking activities for Europe.
Selection Board Member 2021
Chairman
Bernard Charles
CEO
Dassault Systèmes
Bernard Charlès has been working as the CEO of Dassault Systèmes since 1995 and as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2016. He started his career in the company in 1983 to develop new design technologies. In 1986, he founded a dedicated New Technologies, Research and Strategy department,and in 1988 was appointed President of Strategy, Research and Development.
Selection Board Member 2021
Chairman
Christian Dargnat
Chairman
En Marche!
Christian Dargnat founded and managed Alphée Consulting since 2016. President of the Financing Association of the French political movement “En Marche !”, he is one of the founders of LREM. He is contributing actively to the French economic policy and the implementation of private and public entities with European and French collective interests; He is lecturer at Sciences Po and HEC.
Chairman
Thomas Dittler
Founder & CEO
Dittler Industriebeteiligungen GmbH
Thomas is the founder and CEO of DIBG, which has two lines of business: 1) Creating Industrial Makerspaces, a real estate innovation, for innovation teams with industrial business models and which embrace the new work approach and 2) investing and scaling-up small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in high-tech industries.
Selection Board Member 2020-2021
Chairman
Jean-Jacques Dordain
Former Director-General of ESA
Mr Jean-Jacques Dordain was Director General of the European Space Agency between 2003 and 2015. He has honorary functions as Vice President of the International Astronautical Federation and Chancellor of the International Space University.
Deputy Chairman
Chairman
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.
Board Member
Chairman
Marco Fuchs
CEO
OHB
Marco Fuchs, born in 1962, has been CEO of OHB SE since 2000 and CEO of OHB System AG since 2011. He studied law in Berlin, Hamburg and New York and was admitted to the bar and attorney-at-law.
Selection Board Member 2021
Chairman
Nicolas Gaume
CEO
Orbite & Space Cargo
Nicolas Gaume is a serial entrepreneur and a long time space enthusiast.
Selection Board Member 2021
Chairman
William H. Gerstenmaier
Former Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations of NASA & Senior Consultant
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 as Senior Principle Flight reliability Engineer Consultant, supporting Dragon Commercial Crew flights to ISS, Falcon 9 launches, Starlink, and Starship activities.
Board Member
Chairman
Gong Zi Zheng
Principal Research Scientist
China Academy of Space Technology
Dr. Zizheng Gong is the Principal Research Scientist of China Academy of Space Technology, Chief Expert on Space Debris of Beijing Institute of Spacecraft Environment Engineering (BISEE), Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Spacecraft Environment Engineering.
Chairman
Sun Gongling
Full Professor
International Space University
Mr. Sun is a professor of Space System Engineering in International Space University (ISU) located at Strasbourg, France.
Selection Board Member
Chairman
Benoist Grossmann
Managing Partner
ID Invest
Benoist Grossmann is Managing Partner at Idinvest Partners and Eurazeo Growth. He joined Idinvest Partners in 2002, was appointed a board member in 2003 and manages the Growth Capital and Eurazeo Growth activities.
Selection Board Member 2021
Chairman
Karen Hitschke
Chief Operating Officer
WHO Foundation
Karen Hitschke is the 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.
Board Member
Chairman
Candace Johnson
Chair of Advisory Board
Seraphim Space Fund
Candace Johnson is the Chair of Advisory Board and Partner of Seraphim Space Fund, Vice Chair of NorthStar Earth and Space, and Non-Executive Director of SES-imagotag, the world’s leading IOT/Electronic Shelf Labelling group. She is a member of the Executive Board of the ICC, International Chamber of Commerce and is Vice President of Institut EuropIA, the European Institute of Artificial Intelligence.
Selection Board Member 2022
Chairman
Yoav Landsman
Co-founder
Moonscape
In 2019, Yoav was the Deputy Mission Director of the first ever privately funded lunar mission.
Karman Fellow 2020, Selection Board Member 2021
Chairman
Lisa Lang
Founder & CEO
ThePowerHouse GmbH
Lisa Lang is a European entrepreneur, technologist and international keynote speaker. She has gained recognition as one of Forbes Europe’s Top 50 Women in Tech, top 100 most influential people in wearable tech worldwide, one of 25 leaders in fashion and technology worldwide, and has been listed as one of the 50 most important women for innovation & startups in the EU.
Chairman
Charles-Henri Levaillant
Advisor to the Chairman & CEO
LVMH
Charles-Henri Levaillant is currently Advisor to the Chairman and CEO of LVMH. Prior to this role he acted between 2013 and 2019 as General Manager of several businesses of the Chemical company SOLVAY, in the field of Peroxides, Phenol and bio-products.
Selection Board Member
Chairman
Pierre Jean Léna
Astrophysicist
The scientific work of Pierre Léna is centred on infrared astronomy, a major branch of astronomy born in about 1960.
Selection Board Member
Chairman
Anne & Frédéric Lévi
Luthier
Frédéric designed and licensed to other experts an unprecedented online authentication method for instruments certificates. Since 2010 he has been collaborating with a pool of world leading experts in the creation of reference publications. Anne wanted to express herself in art and craft, and left France for Newark violin making school where she met Frédéric. Very gifted, and with work experience in Asia, she was selected from her class to run a violin workshop in China strait out of school.
Chairman
Yo-Yo Ma
Cellist
Yo-Yo Ma’s multi-faceted career is testament to his enduring belief in culture’s power to generate trust and understanding. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, collaborating with communities and institutions to explore culture’s role in society, or engaging unexpected musical forms, Yo-Yo strives to foster connections that stimulate the imagination and reinforce our humanity.
Chairman
Rogel Mari Sese
Chair, Department of Aerospace Engineering
Ateneo de Davao University, Philippines
As one of the only three astrophysicists in the Philippines as of 2017, Rogel joined the Department of Science and Technology and served as the head of the National Space Development Program which was launched in order to set up the foundation of a future space agency.
Karman Fellow 2020, Selection Board Member 2021
Chairman
Gary Martin
VP North American Operations
International Space University
Gary L. Martin is the vice president for North American Operations at International University. In 2017, Mr Martin became a Senior Advisor to the Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy, where he contributed to the establishment of the Luxembourg Space Agency.
Selection Board Member
Chairman
Shravin Mittal
Founder
Unbound
Shravin Bharti Mittal is the Founder of Unbound and Managing Director of Bharti Global Ltd (Bharti family investment arm). Unbound is a globally focused long term technology investment arm that aims to build and back technology companies.
Selection Board Member 2021
Chairman
Clay Mowry
VP Global Sales, Marketing, Customer Experience
Blue Origin
Clay Mowry is vice president for global sales at Blue Origin, a private space company developing reusable launch vehicles and technologies that dramatically improve access to space for people and payloads.
Selection Board Member
Chairman
Valanathan Munsami
Chancellor
International Space University
Dr. Munsami is the 5th honorary Chancellor of the International Space University. He was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) on 3 January 2017. 
Selection Board Member 2022
Chairman
Geraldine Naja
Head of Industrial Policy and Audit
European Space Agency
Geraldine has 30-year experience in the European space sector in managerial and strategy development positions.
Selection Board Member 2021
Chairman
Michael Najjar
Artist
Since the mid-nineties Najjar has embraced different genres of photography using a wide range of technological approaches. His work continually interrogates the relationship between reality and its representation in the technical image.
Selection Board Member
Chairman
Temidayo Isaiah Oniosun
Managing Director
Space in Africa
Temidayo Oniosun is the founder and Managing Director of Space in Africa, the authority on news, data and market analysis for the African space industry. 
Karman Fellow 2020, Selection Board Member 2021
Chairman
Emeline Paat-Dhlstrom
Co-Founder & CEO
SpaceBase
Space entrepreneur, global change maker, and aspiring exponential innovator. Emeline is Co-Founder and CEO of ​SpaceBase​, a social enterprise focused on democratizing space for everyone by co-creating space ecosystems in developing and emerging countries, starting with New Zealand.
Selection Board Member 2021
Chairman
Irene Ramme
CEO
Parmigiani Fleurier Europe
Irene took over as Managing Director for the German, Austrian and Scandinavian markets of Parmigiani Fleurier and developed the Munich branch into the European headquarters. She currently manages the business for the entire EU area of this Swiss watch manufacture.
Selection Board Member
Chairman
Marcel Reichart
Growth Partner
Bertelsmann
Dr. Marcel Reichart is an international executive, investor and advisor in creative and culture Industries.
Selection Board Member
Chairman
Andreas Scheuer
Former Federal Minister of Transport & Digital Infrastructure
German Bundestag
Andreas Scheuer is a German politician of the Christian Social Union (CSU) party. From March 14 2018 to December 8 2021, he was the Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.
Selection Board Member 2022
Chairman
Evan Spiegel
Co-Founder & CEO
Snap Inc.
Evan Spiegel is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Snap Inc. Snap is a camera company that empowers people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about the world and have fun together. Evan and Snap co-founder Bobby Murphy created Snapchat while at Stanford University. Today Snap is a publicly traded company with over 210 million daily active users around the world.
Chairman
Ludovic Subran
Chief Economist
Allianz
Ludovic Subran is the Chief Economist of Allianz, the world’s largest insurance company. Before, Subran was Chief Economist of Euler Hermes, the leading provider of trade credit insurance solutions.
Selection Board Member 2020-2021
Chairman
Noor Sweid
General Partner
Global Ventures
Noor Sweid is the founder of Global Ventures, a Dubai-based, growth-stage venture capital firm focusing on investing in emerging markets.
Board Member
Chairman
Lynette Tan
Chief Executive
Singapore Space & Technology
Lynette is the CEO of the Singapore Space and Technology Limited, and co-founder and Executive Director of the Singapore Space & Technology Association (SSTA).
Karman Fellow 2020, Selection Board Member 2021
Chairman
Marc Ventresca
Associate Professor, Strategy & Innovation
University of Oxford
Marc Ventresca is an economic sociologist in the Strategy, Innovation and Marketing Faculty at Saïd Business School and a Governing Body Fellow of Wolfson College. 
Selection Board Member 2021
Chairman
Florence Verzelen
EVP Industry Solutions, Marketing, Global Affairs, Communications
Dassault Systems
Florence Verzelen started her career as a financial analyst in investment banking in New York. She then acquired more than 5-year experience in the public sector: she worked in the European Commission in Brussels where she has been responsible for the trade relationships between EU and China.
Selection Board Member 2020-2021
Chairman
Alfred Véricel
Managing Partner
Red River West
Alfred is co-founder and managing partner of Red River West which he founded in partnership with Artemis Group. With a first fund at 120M euros closed in 2017, Red River West is a cross border Venture Capital company dedicated to the most successful European startups.
Selection Board Member
Chairman
Cheng Wang
Council Member, Secretary General
China Space Foundation
Mr Cheng Wang is Member of Council, Secretary General of China Space Foundation (CSF).
Selection Board Member 2022
Chairman
Justin Wilkes
President
Imagine Documentaries
Justin Wilkes is an Academy Award and BAFTA-nominated and multiple Emmy and Peabody-winning producer and President of Imagine Documentaries.
Selection Board Member 2021
Chairman
Maru Winnacker
Entrepreneur & Managing Partner
Urania Ventures
Maru Winnacker is an entrepreneur & managing partner of Urania Ventures since 2021. Before joining Urania Ventures, she founded Super Group, an advisory firm backing visionary global leaders with a purpose-driven tech focus, creating value through growth capital access and strategic partnerships, preparing founders for a potential IPO.
Selection Board Member 2021
Chairman
Ji Wu
President
Chinese Society of Space Research
Ji Wu is president of Chinese Society of Space Research, founder of Deep Link Communications, full member of International Academy of Astronautics and Fellow of IEEE.
Selection Board Member 2021
Chairman
Richard Zijlma
Former Director
Amsterdam Dance Event
Richard is the former Director of ADE (Amsterdam Dance Event) - world's leading gathering for electronic music culturele which is a five-day electronic music conference and festival held annually in mid-October.
Selection Board Member
Chairman
Juan de Dalmau
International Space University
International Space University
Juan de Dalmau was selected President of the International Space University (ISU) and took office in September 2018. He brings a multidisciplinary background in mechanical engineering, business administration, space studies, and languages, as well as over 35 years of international management experience in engineering, operations, technology development, education and communications.
Selection Board Member 2021
Chairman
Christoph von Braun
General Manager
Andrea von Braun Foundation
Dr. Christoph von Braun is the General Manager of Andrea von Braun Foundation for the Promotion of Interdisciplinary Thinking and Methods. He has been a consultant and researcher in the areas of R&D management, technology, innovation and organizational strategy, family businesses, and Japanese business issues.
Selection Board Member 2021