Olga Stelmakh-Drescher

Chief Policy and Government Relations Officer, EXOLAUNCH; Board Member of the International Institute of Space Law; Member of the WEF Global Future Council on Space Technologies; Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics; NewSpace Advocate, International Space Lawyer and Space Environmentalist

Region:          Europe

Field:              NewSpace, Space Law and Policy, Space Diplomacy, Launch Services


Profile:     Dr. Olga Stelmakh-Drescher is a NewSpace advocate, international space lawyer and space environmentalist - shaper of the Space Sustainability Goals and social responsibility for space activities concepts. She holds the position of a Chief Policy and Government Relations Officer at EXOLAUNCH, a global leader in rideshare launch services and deployment technologies for small satellites. Dr. Olga has an extensive background in space matters, having worked in the space sector for more than 15 years, including seven years of governmental and parliamentarian engagement. She has become noted as a lawyer with strong business, diplomacy and policy background, working around the globe, combining public service with academic work and legal practice. In her personal capacity she acted as a space strategy development and implementation adviser to several governments.

Academically, an alumna of Paris-11 Institute of Space and Telecommunication Law and International Space University, Dr. Stelmakh-Drescher holds a Doctorate in International Law specializing in Space Sustainability and Security, two Master of Laws (LLM) degrees, and two Master in Business Administration degrees. She pursued her Postdoctoral degree at McGill Institute of Air and Space Law where she coordinated an International Study on the Global Space Governance and was one of its lead drafters. Additionally, she was a visiting scholar and research associate with the George Washington University Space Policy Institute. She has also completed a number of professional development and leadership programs, including the Legislative Fellowship Program (U.S. Department of State), Public International Law Course (The Hague Academy of International Law), Training for International Diplomats (German Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Intellectual Property Law Course (WIPO Academy) and International Arbitration Course (ICC Paris Arbitration). She was honored with the IAF Emerging Space Leader award (2013), Secure World Foundation IAC award (2015), Space Generation Leadership Award (2017) and IAF Young Space Leader award (2019). Dr. Olga is a member of many high-profile professional groups, sits on several boards and committees, including WEF Global Future Council on Space Technologies, IAF Space Economy Committee and Entrepreneurship & Investment Committee, International Institute of Space Law. For the past five years she was a judge of the regional rounds of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition. Dr. Stelmakh-Drescher is a frequent speaker at many international space fora (United States, Europe, Middle East and Asia-Pacific), chaired and moderated number of panel discussions. She places a lot of emphasis on leadership, knowledge-based society, inclusiveness and empowerment of the next generation, serves as mentor to many and is an often lecturer on issues of space sustainability and security, NewSpace and global space governance. Dr. Olga publishes extensively on space-related topics.