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April 13-16, 2015 · Colorado Springs, Colorado USA

David Parker, Ph.D.

David Parker, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
United Kingdom Space Agency

Dr. David Parker was appointed Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency in January 2013.  He is currently the UK’s Head of Delegation to the European Space Agency and was previously the Chair of ESA’s Programme Board for Microgravity and Exploration.  Parker worked for fourteen years in the UK space industry.  He was seconded to the British National Space Centre between 1997 and 1999 to manage space technology innovation projects for the UK government.  From 2004 to 2011 Parker led the UK’s involvement with the ESA space science and robotic exploration programmes as well as its national space science programme.  Parker earned an undergraduate degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Southampton University, UK, in 1984 and a Doctorate in wind tunnel magnetic suspension technology from Southampton University, UK, in 1989.

Participating Events

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
9:00 a.m. to
10:15 a.m.:
Panel: Space Agency Leaders
Symposium Program
Location: International Center: Main Stage

Elliot H. Pulham

Chief Executive Officer
Space Foundation

Dr. Mohammad Nasser Al Ahbabi

Director General
United Arab Emirates Space Agency

Professor Roberto Battiston

Italian Space Agency (ASI)

Dr. Gwang-Rae CHO

Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI)

Jean-Jacques Dordain

Director General
European Space Agency (ESA)

Sylvain Laporte

Canadian Space Agency

Dr. Francisco Javier Mendieta Jiménez

General Director
Mexican Space Agency (AEM)

Ger Nieuwpoort, Ph.D.

Netherlands Space Office

David Parker, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer
United Kingdom Space Agency

Dr. Marius-Ioan Piso

President and Chief Executive Officer
Romanian Space Agency (ROSA)

Johann-Dietrich Wörner

Chairman of the Executive Board
German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Yuichi Yamaura

Vice President, Strategy, International Relations and Industrial Collaboration
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Additional Panelists TBA

Additional Panelists
To Be Announced


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