Dr. Michael K. Simpson is the Executive Director of Secure World Foundation (SWF). Simpson joined SWF as the Senior Program Officer in September 2011 following seven and a half years as President of the International Space University (ISU). Simpson holds a post as Professor of Space Policy and International Law at ISU. He is a member of International Academy of Astronautics and the International Institute of Space Law and is a Senior Fellow of the International Institute of Space Commerce. After 23 years of service, Simpson retired from the Naval Reserve in 1993 with the rank of Commander. Simpson's practical experience includes service as a Political Military Action Officer, observer representative to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, participating organization representative to the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and member of the Association of Space Explorers International Panel on Asteroid Threat Mitigation. He currently serves on the Commercial Spaceflight Safety Committee of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF). He sits on the governing boards of the International Space Safety Foundation, and the World Space Week Association, and is a governor of the National Space Society in the United States. Simpson received his Bachelor’s Degree magna cum laude from Fordham University . He completed his Ph.D. at Tufts University, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; holds a Master of Business Administration from Syracuse University; and two Master of Arts degrees from The Fletcher School. He has also completed two prestigious one year courses in Europe: the French advanced defense institute (Institut des Hautes Études de Défense Nationale) and the General Course of the London School of Economics and Political Science.
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