2023 Space4Women Network Mentors

Omowumi Alabi

Head of the Academic Programs at the United Nations affiliated African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Nigeria

Márcia Alvarenga

Education and Training Department Head at the National Institute for Space Research 

Kristine Bantay

Senior Science Research Specialist at the Philippine Space Agency  


Lisa Brown

Hepatobiliary Surgeon and Aerospace Medicine Researcher at the New Zealand Space Health Research Center 

Chiara Chiesa

International PR and Space Technology Commercialization Transfer Advisor

Margarita Chrysaki

Communication and Project Office at NEREUS (Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies)

Edoardo Cocci

Satellite Operations Architect & Product Owner at Telespazio Germany GmbH

Smiti Dhami

Spacecraft Operations Engineer at Telespazio Germany GmbH

Abigail Ganopol

Mission Operations Manager at Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE)


Adi Ninio Greenberg

Chief Scientific Advisor at the Israel Space Agency

Mindy Howard

CEO & Founder of Inner Space Training

Norilmi Amilia Ismail

CEO at SpaceIn

Susan Jewell

CEO & Co-Founder of Mars-Moon Astronautics Academy and Research (MMAARS) 

Mina Konaka

Researcher at the Paris Observatory

Sabrina Alam

Senior Specialist, Space Sustainability and ESG Program Manager at SES Satellites 

Anita Antwiwaa

Education and Training Department Head at the National Institute for Space Research

Vered Cohen Barzilay

CEO at Out of the Box

Shelli Brunswick

Chief Operating Officer, Space Foundation

Nikita Chiu

Senior Lecturer in Innovation Policy at the University of Exeter 

llaria Cinelli

Space Healthcare Expert and Business Developer at AIKO

Angela Corbari

Entrepreneur, Co-founder & Chief Operating Officer @Studiomapp

Elisa Raffaella Ferre

Reader (Associate Professor) in Cognitive Neuroscience at Birkbeck University of London


Yang Gao

Professor of Robotics, Head of CORE, King's College London


Melania Guerra

Director of Science Strategy at Planet 

Abby Hutty

Lead Systems Engineer at iSpace Europe SA 

Aisha Jagirani

Director General, Department of External Relations and Legal Affairs, Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organization 

Anna Jurga

Research Assistant at Wroclaw University of Science and Technology

Simon Larose

Operation Engineer at the Canadian Space Agency 

Aysha Alharm

Space Engineering Specialist, National Space Agency, Bahrain 

Hana Aouinet

Director General of the Private Higher School of Engineering and Applied Technology (ESPITA) 

Silvia Bianchi

Director of Aircraft Architecture at Deutsche Aircraft 

Rocio Caparrós Del Moral

Head of Institutional Relations of Space at Airbus Spain

Priyanka Roy Chowdhury

Doctoral Student at Warsaw University of Technology, Poland

Julie Claveau

Earth Observation Program Officer at the Canadian Space Agency

Coraline Dalibot

Senior Spacecraft Thermal Engineer at the UK Research and Innovation | Science and Technology Facility Council  | Rutherford Appleton Laboratory 

Naomi Asabre Frimpong

Research Scientist at the Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute


Veronique Glaude

Senior Space Radio Regulations Engineer at the International Telecommunications Union

Alissa Haddaji

Researcher at Harvard University

Florence Avosuahi Ibrahim

Satellite Control & Operations Manager at Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited


Rachel Jenkins

Mission Planning Engineer at GMV

Claudia Kessler

CEO of Astronautin Gmbh

Yidan Lei

Associate Professor at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law 

Nada Al-Shammari

Partner and Chief Inspiration Officer at Orbital Space; Program Team Leader - Applied Media at the Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE

Zainab Azim

Founder of GIVE (Global Initiative and Vision for Education) & Research Assistant at the University of Toronto  

Basuti Bolo

Endowed Chair Educational Technologies at Africa University

Joan Chesoni

Director at the Kenya Space Agency 

Rowena Christiansen

Space Health Topic Coordinator and Lecturer at  the University of Melbourne Medical School 

Wendy N. Whitman Cobb

Professor of Strategy and Security Studies at School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS), Air University


Sarita Dara

Space Medicine and Human Factors Consultant, Occupational Medicine Physician, Senior Medical Officer (Aviation Medicine) at Humane Factors Exponential


Deepana Gandhi

AOCS/GNC engineer at Thales Alenia Space

Gabriella Goddard

CEO & Coaching Director at the Space Leadership Academy

Muriel Hooghe

Senior Project Manager, Space Safety at the Luxembourg Space Agency

Iroka Chidinma Joy

Assistant Director of Engineering at the National Space Research and Development Agency 

Alexandra Jercaianu

Diversity and Gender Equality Project Group Member at the Space Generation Advisory Council 

Elena Kilpio

Deputy Head of Staff of the Department of Physics at the Russian Academy of Sciences



Natalia Lemarquis

CEO & Co-Founder of Space it Design

Mariya Lyubenova

Astronomer and Head of Media Relations at the European South Observatory

Shimrit Maman

Senior Scientist & Director for the Earth and Planetary Image Facility, Head of Israel's UN-SPIDER RSO

Anne-Sophie Martin

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Sapienza University of Rome

Electdom Matandirotya

Chief Scientist at the Zimbabwe National Geospatial and Space Agency

Natally Mendez

STEM Program coordinator/ Director and Co-founder of ASTCOL

Julia Milton

Systems Engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Lab

Maria Jose Molina-Monteroa

Geographer at Central America Space Network

Laura Moreschi

Mission and Orbit Analysis Engineer at DEIMOS Space for ESA

Maria Alexandra Nita

SSTM Engineer at GMV Innovating Solutions + Co-Founder & Operational Director at ROSPIN


Priscilla Nowajewski

Data Analyst at ALMA Observatory and The Mars Society Chile

Adriana Ocampo

Program Scientist at NASA Headquarters

Susan Murabana Owen

CEO & Co-Founder of The Traveling Telescope

Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom

CEO & Co-Founder of SpaceBase Limited

Alessandra Abe Pacini

Research Scientist in Space Physics at University of Colorado - CIRES / NOAA - NCEI

Garima Patel

Senior Physiotherapist at Revival Physiotherapy, Anand

Valeria Pettorino

Director of Research at CEA Paris-Saclay, Department of Astrophysics

Ana Pires

Assistant Researcher at INESC TEC - Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science

Ruth Pritchard-Kelly

Senior Advisor, Space Policy and Satellite Regulatory Affairs at OneWeb

Giovanna Estefania Ramirez Ruiz

Electronic Engineer/Researcher at the Postgraduate School of the Colombian Air Force



Ana Raposo

Space Application Engineer at ESA



Mariana Rodrigues de Almeida

Professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte

Eva Fernandez Rodriguez

Electrical Engineer at TNO

Ana Cristina Galhego Rosa

Founder and CEO, DipteronUG


Beatrice Sabbatielli

Senior Consultant at Roland Berger

Silvia Sanvido

Space Debris Engineer at LSE Space consultancy at European Space Agency

Aisling Shannon

Structures Engineer at ESA

Yogita Shukla

Founder and Managing Trustee at Wo-Men Geospatial Coterie

Chelsea Smethurst

Senior Space Security Strategist at Microsoft

Miki Sode

Founder (Otento); Senior Advisor, Commercialization Strategies (SCM); Lecturer (Stanford) 


Una Stanniland

VP of Business Development  at Stellar Solutions Aerospace Ltd

Olga Stelmakh-Drescher

Chief Policy, Legal & Government Relations Officer at EXOLAUNCH

Maruska Strah

Executive Director of World Space Week Association 

Adriana Thome

Senior Technologyst/Advisor at the International Affairs Office, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation

Rania Toukebri

Aerospace Engineer (Airbus DS) / Regional Coordinator for Africa  (SGAC) / Space Security Committee member (IAF)

Victoria Valdivia

Senior Analyst, Center for Military and Strategic Studies (CESIM)

Rochelle Velho

Co-Founder of the Space Medicine and Life Science Project Group at the Space Generation Advisory Council

Nicoletta Wagner

Space Transportation Infrastructure Project Manager at ESA

Ayelet Weizman

Lecturer at Kibbutzim College of Education,Technology & the Arts 

Laetitia Cesari Zarkan

Doctoral Researcher in Space Law and Cybersecurity at the University of Luxembourg/UNIDIR


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