COMMUNITY

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
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.
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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."
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Fabien Jordan
Founder & CEO
Astrocast
Fabien Jordan is widely recognized for his work on Switzerland’s first satellite, SwissCube, a highly successful educational mission.
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Katherine Bennell
Assistant Director PCD
Australian Space Agency
As Assistant Director for the Program and Capability Directorate of the newly established Australian Space Agency, Katherine leads a team to develop the Australian Space Agency’s first roadmaps, which will guide the advancement of the country’s space capability over the next decade.
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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).
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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
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.
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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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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
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Chairman
Hélène Huby
Chairman
Karman Project
Currently VP Orion European Service Module, Helene was Head of Innovation at Airbus Defence & Space where she grew a portfolio of 20+ new profitable businesses, laid the foundations of A^3 and Airbus Ventures in Silicon Valley.
Karman Team
Chairman
Artur Koop
Treasurer
Karman Project
Artur is the Avionics and Power Subsystem Lead of the Orion European Service Module at Airbus Defence and Space. He held several thermal & propulsion engineering positions beforehand.
Karman Team
Chairman
Hannah Ashford
Director, Fellowship & Community
Karman Project
Hannah oversees the Community Department at Factory Berlin, Germany’s leading innovation community of 3,500+ ambitious and international creators from the tech, creative and corporate industries.
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Ke Wang
Director, Operations & Growth
Karman Project
Ke is CEO of Disrupt Space, a platform which provides business cooperation opportunities for commercial space companies globally.
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Magni Johannsson
Director, Startups
Karman Project
Magni is a Swedish-Icelandic entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Disrupt Space where he fostered the growth of the entrepreneurial space ecosystem in Europe.
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