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    In this third episode of This Planet’s on Fire, we hear from Wade Barnes, co-founder and CEO of Farmers Edge;

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    In this third episode of This Planet’s on Fire, we hear from Wade Barnes, co-founder and CEO of Farmers Edge; Prateep Basu, CEO of SatSure (a Better Satellite World Award recipient in 2020); and Sanjay Wagle, co-founder and Managing Director of The Lightsmith Group. Wade, Prateep and Sanjay join SSPI’s Lou Zacharilla to talk about the major risks in agriculture today, business models and innovations that use satellite-based information to transform agricultural practices and the impacts of climate change on agriculture and investment.

    Wade Barnes’s roots began in rural Manitoba, where his passion for agriculture started at an early age. He has a strong drive to bridge the gap between technology and agronomy; the motivating force behind starting Farmers Edge™. Farmers Edge, based in Winnipeg, Canada, is the world’s most respected leader in digital agriculture and revolutionized modern agriculture through integrated, AI-driven technologies and a platform that supports growers around the world. Wade is a strong advocate for the industry with a desire to assist growers across the world to improve their farming practices, increase profits and create more efficient cropping systems. He is an industry leader winning Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) of the Year and is recognized as one of the foremost agronomists in Western Canada. Wade is an inspiring speaker presenting at events across Canada and globally as an expert on the impact of technology on agribusiness and particularly the utilization of Variable Rate Technology by growers, investors and industry players. Some of his speaking engagements include Master Seeders, Global AgInvesting Conferences and TedX. Wade previously appeared in another Better Satellite World podcast: The Intersection of Satellites and Agronomy.

    Prateep Basu is the co-founder and CEO of SatSure AG. He co-founded SatSure in 2017 and has served first as Global Head of Strategy and Partnerships and then as CEO for the past 2.5 years. SatSure AG is a DeepTech space applications startup that provides spatial decision intelligence to banking and insurance clients around the world. Their proprietary platform SatSure SPARTA uses satellite imagery, IoT and weather data among others, analysed using various Artificial Intelligence algorithms, to generate usable data insights for banking customers to help them better manage their agriculture portfolios and reduce the non-performing assets through efficient loan recoveries, increase their lending and financial inclusion mandate by adding new customers, planning their market expansion as well as bundling insurance products to protect their portfolio from climate change effects. Prateep is also a Board Member for Nodd App. Before co-founding SatSure, he served as an analyst at Northern Sky Research and as a scientist at ISRO. Prateep is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, the International Space University and Stanford University. He accepted a Better Satellite World Award on behalf of SatSure at the 2020 Better Satellite World Awards Celebration. Learn more about SatSure.

    Sanjay J. Wagle is the co-founder and Managing Director of the Lightsmith Group. His investment experience includes eight years in venture capital and growth equity. He was the first Principal in the CleanTech Group at VantagePoint Capital Partners, which invested over $1 billion in 25 companies, including Tesla Motors, in sectors such as solar, storage, smart grid, green building, water and sustainable agriculture. Earlier in his career, Sanjay served as an Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation, where he led financings of private sector power and water infrastructure projects in developing countries. He has served in senior executive roles with several sustainable tech companies and co-led the launch of a new solar business: Soligent, the largest U.S. solar distributor, and of TerraVia, a biotech company converting plant-based feedstocks into tailored, high-value food oils. Sanjay also served as a senior official in the U.S. Department of Energy during the Obama Administration, where he oversaw the implementation of $15 billion in programs for clean energy and climate. He holds degrees from Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley. Sanjay recently appeared in the Climate Sense edition of the New York Space Business Roundtable: Satellites Boosting Sustainable Technologies.

     

       

     

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    In this second episode of This Planet’s on Fire, we hear from Dr. Steven Hamburg, Chief...

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    In this second episode of This Planet’s on Fire, we hear from Dr. Steven Hamburg, Chief Scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund. Dr. Hamburg joins SSPI’s Lou Zacharilla to talk about MethaneSAT, which locates and measures methane emissions from oil and gas operations around the world with precision and at a scale never achieved, providing valuable data for making decisions on climate change.

    MethaneSAT will provide regular monitoring of regions accounting for more than 80% of global oil and gas production, identifying not only the location but also quantifying the emissions rate with unprecedented precision — giving MethaneSAT the ability to monitor changes in total emissions over time. MethaneSAT will also be able to measure methane from industrial agriculture and other sources. Learn more at methanesat.org.

    Dr. Steven Hamburg is Chief Scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund. In his role at EDF, Steven works to ensure that EDF’s advocacy is based on the best available science. He coordinates studies on methane emissions from the global natural gas supply chain as Chief Scientific Officer of the International Methane Studies, which is part of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition/UN Environment. He also co-chairs the Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative – a joint project of Royal Society, The World Academy of Science and EDF – and serves on the US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Division on Earth and Life Sciences Advisory Board as well as other university and government advisory boards.

    Prior to joining EDF, Steve spent 25 years on the faculties of Brown University and the University of Kansas where he served in numerous administrative positions in addition to his teaching and research. He has served as a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and was recognized as one of the scientists contributing to the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He has also been awarded the US Environmental Protection Agency Merit Award – region 1 twice. He has published more than 100 scholarly papers on biogeochemistry, climate change impacts on forests, carbon accounting and methane emissions. Steve completed his undergraduate degree at Vassar College and his MFS and PhD at Yale University in Ecosystem Ecology. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University and a Bullard Fellow at Harvard University.

    This podcast originally aired in October 2020 as part of the Risk, Season 1 Better Satellite World podcast series.

     

       

     

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    In this first episode of This Planet's on Fire, we hear an overview of what the satellite industry has done and is currently doing in the fight against climate change. Can we engineer our way out of this crisis? Probably not. But what we are doing as a technology and an industry is helping people realize the steps that need to be taken. NASA Division Director of the Earth Science Division Dr. Karen St. Germain and GSOA Secretary General Aarti Holla-Maini join SSPI’s Lou Zacharilla to bring a global perspective to this issue. This podcast series is part of the Climate Sense campaign. Click here to learn more.

    Dr. Karen St. Germain is the Division Director of the Earth Science Division in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA headquarters, where she manages the entire Earth Science portfolio. She provides executive leadership, strategic direction, and overall management for the entire agency’s Earth Science portfolio, from technology development, applied science, research, mission implementation and operation.

    Prior to coming to NASA, Dr. St. Germain was the Deputy Assistant Administrator, Systems (DAAS), for NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service. She guided the ongoing development and deployment of NOAA’s two major satellite programs (the Joint Polar Satellite System and Geostationary Operational Environment Satellite – R series), the COSMIC-2 mission, and the Space Weather Follow-On. She also led the development of the next-generation capabilities that will replenish and augment these systems in the future. Dr. St. Germain has had a distinguished career serving her country through space-related offices and transformative endeavors.

    Aarti Holla-Maini is the Secretary General of the EMEA Satellite Operators Association (ESOA), which was recently renamed the Global Satellite Operators’ Association (GSOA). The Association is structured to drive industry leadership in innovation, connectivity and the need to bring sustainability to space.

    Before joining the ESOA in 2004, Aarti served as Business Development Manager for many years at Airbus Defence and Space. She has a notable history of success in working directly with CEOs and heads of international organizations concerned with the satellite, space and telecommunications industry.

     

       

     

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    In this podcast, New York Space Alliance co-founder Joe Fargnoli and SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla host a panel session between several expert speakers on the emerging ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) market. It would be challenging to find an industry which touches the aspirations of humanity more than the space and satellite industry. But as it becomes more diverse and society takes the turns that we have been taking, we ask if we are doing enough on the social scale to accommodate this vision of a single planet which is populated by a single humanity?

    How can new space companies manage their relationships with their workforce, the societies in which they operate, and the political environment? This is the central question behind the “S” in ESG investing — the social aspect of sustainable investing and business management.  A number of social factors can affect a company’s performance, ranging from short- to long-term challenges. Social factors to consider include a company’s strengths and weaknesses in dealing with social trends, labor, and politics. A focus on these topics can increase profits and corporate responsibility.

    Speakers include: Sabrina Alam, Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) and Sustainability, SES Satellites; Douglas Jarl, Investment Banker, Barclays, Aerospace, Defense & Government Services; Richard Morrison, Competitive Enterprise Institute; and Anthony R.G. Nolan, Partner, K&L Gates.

     

       

     

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    Last week, the city of Winnipeg in the far northern part of Manitoba, Canada was named the world’s most Intelligent Community. Among the criteria used was the level of connectivity and how it was used to grow the local economy. As we continue and wrap up our discussion of the new public/private partnership and the power of collaboration, we cannot escape discussion about how satellite connectivity is the underrated technology in this all-important area of business and society. SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla speaks on this topic with 3 important Canadians who live and breathe connectivity and collaboration: Stephen Hampton, Manager for Government Affairs and Public Policy at Telesat, Canada; Mina Mitry, Co-Founder and CEO of Kepler Communications; and Mark Romoff, Member of the Board of Directors of Infrastructure Ontario and Senior International Business Strategist.

    Stephen Hampton joined Telesat in 2018 and is responsible for government affairs and public policy. Telesat, Canada is one of the world’s first, largest and most successful satellite operators in history. Its new Lightspeed Network may transform global broadband connectivity. Prior to joining Telesat, Stephen worked at TELUS focusing on 5G, rural broadband, and spectrum policy and before that, as a Consultant with Crestview Strategy where he focused on innovation and digital policy helping some of the largest and most innovative companies in the world navigate the political and regulatory environment. Stephen obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Ottawa.

     

    Mina Mitry is the co-founder and CEO of Kepler Communications. A fervent leader with experience conceiving and scaling disruptive companies, opening new markets with compelling products. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto where he had commercialized some of his research in optimization. Mina co-founded Kepler Communications in 2015 with the ultimate objective of bringing the connectivity infrastructure to space. Mina has led Kepler to design, build and launch its first satellite in a span of only 12 months, the first of its kind in the world. Kepler was recently named as one of the world's most innovative companies by Fast Company, and today, operates a combination of space and ground assets delivering its global connectivity service.

    Mark Romoff is a senior international business strategist with proven success in developing and leading economic, political and stakeholder relations, earning multiple recognitions for his contributions to Canada’s economic prosperity, enhanced productivity and global competitiveness. He is the former President and CEO of The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships and before that Founding President and CEO of the Ontario Centres of Excellence. As a senior diplomat in Global Affairs Canada, he served in Nigeria, Mexico, Malaysia, Japan and the United States. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Infrastructure Ontario; Buffalo Toronto Public Media Board of Trustees; Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum; i-CANADA Governors Council; Chair of the Central Canadian Public Television Association; Vice-Chair of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Working Party on Public-Private Partnerships; and is a Senior Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute. He also served as Chair of the Canadian Smart Cities Challenge Jury. He holds a Bachelor of Science from McGill University, a Masters in Applied Science from the University of Waterloo, and is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives Program and the ICD Directors Education Program and holds the Certified Director designation. He is also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

     

          

     

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    In this podcast, New York Space Alliance co-founder Joe Fargnoli and SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou...

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    In this podcast, New York Space Alliance co-founder Joe Fargnoli and SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla moderate a panel session between several expert speakers on the emerging ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) market. As investors come out of COVID they are more engaged on ESG issues than ever before. ESG reporting is haphazard and not uniform nor standardized at present. That leaves self-reporting or buying sustainability services from vendors mostly focused on public companies which are only 10% of the addressable market. For those private companies, there are software vendors trying to make these companies regulatory compliant.

    The business opportunity for the space industry is massive. The use of GPS, Lidar and other technologies to measure and verify emissions, to measure Reforestation and Avoided Deforestation (tree planting and tree conservation) as well as agriculture monitoring and measurement need to be done through an ESG lens as investors are now demanding it. This talk, conducted on September 22, focused on the state of this emerging market, which is not $17 or $30 trillion as is bandied about by many members of the financial press, but is more like $100 billion and growing rapidly. Learn more about the event.

    Speakers include Jason Rainbow, Senior Staff Writer at Space News; Peter Fusaro, Senior Partner, ESG at Oxford Global Accelerated Ventures; Hoyt Davidson, Founder & Managing Partner at Near Earth LLC.; and Harriet Brettle, Head of Business Analysis at Astroscale and a member of the 2020 20 Under 35 cohort.

     

       

     

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    In this podcast, we continue the discussion of public/private partnerships, focusing on policies and regulations. What unique challenges does...

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    In this podcast, we continue the discussion of public/private partnerships, focusing on policies and regulations. What unique challenges does the emerging commercial space industry face in this regard? SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla speaks with Abhishek Malhotra, Founding Partner at TMT Law Practice and Natalia Vicente, Director of Public Affairs and Communications at the EMEA Satellite Operators Association (ESOA) to learn the answer to this question and more.

    Abhishek Malhotra is the Founding Partner of TMT Law Practice. He graduated from National Law School India University, Bangalore and went on to earn an LL.M. degree from the Franklin Pierce School of Law, USA. He is admitted to the State Bar of California and Delhi. Abhishek has nearly two decades of experience, with strong expertise in Intellectual Property, Technology, Media and Telecoms, as well as Commercial Disputes.

     

     

     

    Natalia Vicente is the Director of Public Affairs & Communications at ESOA where she works closely with the Secretary General and the CEOs of ESOA Member companies to drive forward high-level advocacy for the satellite communications sector. Specifically, Natalia focusses on the Development Agenda working with international organisations to ensure nation states understand the value of leveraging available satellite communications services to bridge digital, education and health divides in their countries. Natalia is also a Board Member of the European Internet Forum where she represents ESOA in front of Members of the European Parliament. Natalia has over a decade of experience in the digital sector, focusing on public policy, government relations and building international partnerships. Before joining ESOA, Natalia worked for the European Telecommunications Network Operator’s (ETNO) working on public and regulatory affairs. Prior to that, she worked for Telefonica, Telecom Italia and TagTagCity, where she was one of the first employees involved in establishing a start-up venture providing mobile solutions to municipalities and local businesses in Belgium.

     

          

     

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    In this podcast, we continue the discussion of public/private partnerships, focusing on collaboration among three important strands of society: government, academia and the private...

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    In this podcast, we continue the discussion of public/private partnerships, focusing on collaboration among three important strands of society: government, academia and the private sector. Is the commercial space industry shaping a new DNA for economic development? Does it need to, given its unique features and needs? SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla asks these questions and more as he speaks with Erin Siltman, Business Development Engineer at Space Florida; Dr. David Alexander, Director of Rice Space Institute at Rice University and Chair of the Aerospace and Aviation Committee at Greater Houston Partnership; and Susan Davenport, Senior Vice President & Chief Economic Development Officer at Greater Houston Partnership.

    Erin Siltman is a Business Development Engineer in Space Florida's Spaceports Business Unit, a position she has held for two years. She received her Aerospace Engineering degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Erin previously worked at the FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation for three years, where she guided aerospace companies in preparing launch license and safety approval applications in accordance with federal regulations.

    Dr. David Alexander is the Director of Rice Space Institute at Rice University and Chair of the Aerospace and Aviation Committee at Greater Houston Partnership. He serves as a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, where his primary area of research is solar astrophysics. As RSI Director, Professor Alexander is responsible for the mission and direction required to develop and achieve the goals and objectives of the institute. He has established a strong Rice presence in the Houston space community and strengthened the institutional ties with the NASA Johnson Space Center, developed partnerships with local aerospace industries and created a strong rapport with local, regional and federal government leaders. Professor Alexander is a member of the Rice Faculty Senate and author of “The Sun” part of the Greenwood Press “Guide to the Universe” Series. He received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2004 and was appointed a Kavli Frontiers Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences in 2006. Professor Alexander joined the faculty at Rice in 2003 from the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, California where he was a Staff Physicist working on the development of advanced space missions for solar physics. In 2018, Professor Alexander became an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE). This OBE was awarded to Dr. Alexander “for his services to UK/US links in the space industry and higher education.”

    Susan Davenport serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Economic Development Officer at the Greater Houston Partnership. The Partnership is an approximately 900-member business partnership encompassing a 12-county greater Houston region. In this role, Susan leads the organization’s dometic and international economic development efforts and provides assistance to companies considering expanding, relocating or investing in the greater Houston region. Prior to her work in Houston, Susan served as the President/CEO of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, a five-star accredited Chamber with approximately 1,300 member companies and organizations. Prior to her role as President/CEO she served for two years as the Chamber’s Vice President of Economic Development. From 2013 through 2018, the Gainesville Chamber announced the creation of more than 1,100 new jobs and more than $400 million in new capital investment.

     

          

     

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    In this podcast, we continue the discussion of public/private partnerships, focusing on the growing, somewhat quietly menacing issue of keeping space free from debris. What role can...

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    In this podcast, we continue the discussion of public/private partnerships, focusing on the growing, somewhat quietly menacing issue of keeping space free from debris. What role can collaborations play here? What, if any, already exist? Will regulations be put in place that de-incentivize leaving your litter behind? SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla asks these questions and more as he speaks with Dr. Walter Scott, Executive Vice President and CTO at Maxar Technologies; George John, Associate at Hogan Lovells; and Carolyn Belle, Director of Advanced Systems at Astroscale.

    Carolyn Belle engages in space industry growth and diversification, with expertise in the market dynamics of on-orbit servicing, emerging satellite applications, and the creation of diversified space architectures. Carolyn currently works with commercial and government satellite operators to pursue new approaches to on-orbit operations in her role at Astroscale U.S., where she serves as the Director of Advanced Systems. She previously led KSAT’s standardized ground network development in the U.S. and, as a consultant and industry analyst, advised companies throughout the value chain on key opportunities & strategic direction. She started her career in astrobiology research before focusing her passion for space on building the business environment and underlying infrastructure necessary to facilitate dynamic industry expansion. Carolyn holds a bachelor’s degree from The Colorado College with a focus in Biology and Chemistry and completed the International Space University’s multidisciplinary master’s program in Space Management. She has been active in leading STEM outreach initiatives such as Yuri’s Night and Cool Science as well as efforts to strengthen women’s roles and recognition within the space industry.

    George John ensures regulations do not disrupt innovation and investment in the aerospace, telecommunications, sports, medical, and mobility industries. He advises clients on radiofrequency (RF) spectrum use, orbital debris mitigation, and remote sensing licensing while engaging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), International Telecommunication Union, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Those interactions have helped him shape and streamline regulations on RF spectrum, the safety and sustainability of space, and Earth imagery; negotiate RF spectrum rights at international fora; and complete associated due diligence for venture-capital and private-equity investments. Before joining Hogan Lovells, George served as in-house regulatory and transactional counsel for a pioneering nanosatellite company, where he secured satellite, earth station, and remote sensing licenses and negotiated satellite launch and insurance agreements. Other previous stops include the FCC’s International Bureau Satellite Division, where he tackled satellite and earth station licensing and rulemakings, and the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Chief Counsel, where he undertook commercial space launch, reentry, launch site operation, and other aviation regulation projects. George is a member of the 2020 list of 20 Under 35. Learn more about George.

    Dr. Walter Scott is Maxar's Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer. He founded DigitalGlobe in 1992, which became part of Maxar in 2017. From 1986 through 1992, Walter held a number of technical, program, and department management positions at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, including serving as the assistant associate director of the Physics Department. Prior to this, Walter served as president of Scott Consulting, a Unix systems and applications consulting firm. Walter holds a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Mathematics, magna cum laude, from Harvard College and a Doctorate and Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Walter was inducted into the Space & Satellite Hall of Fame in 2017. Learn more about Walter.

     

          

     

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    In this podcast, we continue the discussion of public/private partnerships. SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla interviews Dave Bettinger, CEO...

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    In this podcast, we continue the discussion of public/private partnerships. SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla interviews Dave Bettinger, CEO of Spacelink Corporation; Jay Gullish, Senior Director, Digital Economy, Media & Entertainment for the US-India Business Council; and Jyotsna Jayaram, Law Partner at the Bangalore Office of Trilegal, part of the TMT practice group. He asks our guests about what financial structure sand technology partnerships will get us where we need to go. And what can we learn from them?

    David Bettinger is a business and technology visionary with 30 years of experience in system engineering, focused on innovative satellite communications. He is a strategic thinker with a track record of capturing opportunities, cultivating partnerships, and transforming startup ventures into a competitive position. Before joining SpaceLink, Mr. Bettinger was VP of the Communications Systems and Advanced Development  Group at OneWeb. He was a founding member of the satellite network operator, which was established in 2014, and he led a team of satellite, aerospace and communications engineers to design its first- and second-generation satellite payloads, user terminals, and ground segment.At OneWeb he was successful in supporting investment activities and was responsible for the corporate technology roadmap. Previous to his role at OneWeb, Mr. Bettinger spent more than a decade as CTO and Senior VP of Engineering at ST Engineering iDirect, a $250 million satellite communications technology company which provided VSAT solutions to over 400 customers in 120 countries. Mr. Bettinger began his career at Hughes Network Systems where he was a member of the Technical Staff in the Satellite Networks Division. There he contributed to the development of several generations of the Personal Earth Station (PES) satellite network, which was Hughes’ flagship product line at the time. He was also a member of the design team that developed and deployed the Claircom air-to-ground telephony system for commercial and private aircraft. A frequent spokesperson at industry events, Mr. Bettinger has authored more than 50 technical papers and articles and holds seven patents in satellite communications. 

    Jay Gullish has passionately promoted digital development in more than 20 countries over his 25 years of experience in government, industry, and civil society across the telecoms, information technology, satcom, and cyber sectors. He has a reputation as an innovative critical thinker and industry expert known for thought leadership, problem solving and an ability to get the job done. Most recently, Mr. Gullish served as a digital policy officer at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi covering cyber policy, telecommunications, information technology, digital inclusion, and commercial space. While at the Embassy, he aligned U.S. cyber policy toward India across multiple in-country USG agencies and consulates on behalf of the State Department’s Coordinator for Cyber Issues (S/CCI). Mr. Gullish was also the in-country lead for the U.S.-India ICT Working Group and the U.S.-India Cyber Consultations. Mr. Gullish previously worked in India’s outsourcing industry, and lived and worked in India for over five years. He has international technology experience in southern Africa, Israel, and Vietnam. Born in New York and raised in California, Mr. Gullish has a passion for the outdoors, wildlife and actions that ensure the long-term health of our planet. He is also active in promoting STEM education.

    Jyotsna Jayaram is a Partner in the Bangalore office of Trilegal and is part of the TMT practice group. She has a breadth of transactional and advisory experience in the technology and telecom space and her core areas of expertise include data privacy, telecom licensing, OTT services, digital communications, broadcasting and media laws, content regulation, intellectual property rights, payment and settlement systems, e-commerce, cyber security, outsourcing and commercial contracts. Jyotsna also works with domestic and overseas clients on a wide range of corporate matters including investments, business and asset transfers in the TMT sector. Jyotsna is an alumnus of the School of Law, Christ University- Bangalore.

     

          

     

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    Summer is a time for fun in the sun, for vacations, hobbies and taking a step back from the usual business of the industry. In this podcast...

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    Summer is a time for fun in the sun, for vacations, hobbies and taking a step back from the usual business of the industry. In this podcast series, we check in on what people in the industry are doing this summer, what they’re thinking about for the fall as they head out on vacation and what they’re planning to do to when they return to make a better satellite world.

    Unlike most trade associations, SSPI has Groupies! The origin story of SSPI allegedly begins in a bar with a band of satellite enthusiasts who called themselves the “Satellite Groupies.” In this podcast, we get the real scoop from some of the folks who made up that original group – and learn from them what the pioneering days of the satellite industry were like and what lessons they can share with us today. SSPI invites you to join Membership Director Tamara Bond-Williams for this two-part conversation with the Satellite Groupies.

    The Original Satellite Groupies include:

    • Lynn Fischer is living in Kentucky where she is Founder & CEO Catalyst Learning and still applying lessons learned about how to apply technology to expand access to education.
    • Polly Hollis is retired, living in North Carolina. Ever the organizer, Polly is a member of three book clubs, two bridge clubs, a gourmet cooking group, a gardening group, She chairs a wine appreciation group and have started a new dinner and wine group called the Wineaux.
    • Susan Irwin is still residing in Washington DC, in Georgetown where at least one Groupies meeting convened. She’s semi-retired, working on being more retired eventually. These days, Sue is Consulting, Managing Director of Euroconsult and volunteering with Geeks without Frontiers.
    • Irl “Bucky” Marshall splits his retirement time between Arizona and Colorado. He keeps himself busy playing music and working at a food bank.
    • Bill Page is living in Virginia and is active in Industry as VP Salés North America for Novelsat.
    • Joe Pelton is living in Virginia. Joe is active in the industry as a consultant and author. His 54th book, Space and Sustainability, comes out in September and his 55th, Space Safety Study of NASA Launch Systems, releases at the end of the year. Joe is Chair of the Board of the Alliance for Collaboration in Exploration of Space (ACES) and the Executive Board International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety, Editor for the Journal of Space Safety Engineering (JSSE), a member of the Editorial Board of Space Policy and Advisor to Theia Communications.
    • Mack Schwing is retired and splits time between Arizona and California. He is currently active in the Wine industry, as part owner of a company that teaches wine industry professionals to sell wine.
    • Del Smith, living in Maryland, is hyper-active! He is currently serving as general counsel for a Lunar Development Company, which is in stealth mode.  

    The Groupies have since expanded to include:

    • Mary Frost Distler, living in New Jersey, volunteers at Duke Farms. She previously taught officers at Ft. Meade Defense Information School.
    • Arlene Krebs lives out in California, She is currently serving on Boards of Directors, grant writing/consulting for orgs involved in providing computers & broadband to low income individuals, consulting and helping orgs for those experiencing food insecurity and homelessness and working in the arts. Arlene was on the Board of Directors of the Arts Council for Monterey County for 9 years, 2 of those years as President of the Board. She is also creating events, fundraising, and serving the community.
    • Penelope Longbottom is currently living in Virginia and is actively retired, keeping busy with travel, fitness and mentoring young professionals.
    • Peter Marshall is retired and living in England, where he continues to work with fellow groupie Joe Pelton on space-related books and is a published author of two spy novels.

     

       

     

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    Summer is a time for fun in the sun, for vacations, hobbies and taking a step back from the usual business of the industry. In this podcast series, we check in on what people in the industry are doing this summer, what they’re thinking about for the fall as they head out on vacation and what they're planning to do to when they return to make a better satellite world.

    Those of you who attended the Better Satellite World Celebration last December know that the typically festive event had a moment of controversy when both Santa Claus and Father Christmas showed up. Santa had lost an election to return as the man of Christmas, while Father Christmas, with a lot more savvy when it came to getting around the world via satellite, was about to be installed.

    The controversy, for some reason, has continued. No one is quite sure why, but today we are visiting with the ex-Santa Claus to see what he’s up to this summer.

    For more information about Santa Claus (Mike Richardson), please visit www.somdentertainment.com.

     

       

     

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    Summer is a time for fun in the sun, for vacations, hobbies and taking a step back from the usual business of the industry. In this podcast...

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    Summer is a time for fun in the sun, for vacations, hobbies and taking a step back from the usual business of the industry. In this podcast series, we check in on what people in the industry are doing this summer, what they’re thinking about for the fall as they head out on vacation and what they're planning to do to when they return to make a better satellite world. The sixth episode of the 2021 Summer Fun series features a conversation between SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla and David Hershberg, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board STS Global Inc. and member of the Space & Satellite Hall of Fame. Lou checks in with David on his summer plans and how he’s enjoying the beaches and weather out in his home of Long Island, New York.

    David E. Hershberg is Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board STS Global Inc. Mr. Hershberg, a telecommunication industry leader and serial entrepreneur, has over 40 years of experience in the industry. He has recently sold Globecomm Systems Inc. which he founded in 1994 and was CEO for 19 years for $340 Million. During his tenure as Globecomm CEO, David Hershberg significantly grew the company infrastructure and service business and received multiple entrepreneurial achievement awards. Previously he was also CEO of Satellite Transmission Systems, a company he founded in 1976, that was sold for $120 Million when he left in 1994. Both companies employed over 400 people when he left. Mr. Hershberg began his career as one of the engineers responsible for designing the hotline between Moscow and Washington DC that was used for negotiations during the Cold War. He is a member of the Space & Satellite Hall of Fame, inducted in 2003. Learn more about Mr. Hershberg.

     

       

     

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    SSPI’s Better Satellite World campaign is made possible with the support of our corporate partners

  • Victoria Krisman posted an article

    Summer is a time for fun in the sun, for vacations, hobbies and taking a step back from the usual business of the industry. In this podcast...

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    Summer is a time for fun in the sun, for vacations, hobbies and taking a step back from the usual business of the industry. In this podcast series, we check in on what people in the industry are doing this summer, what they’re thinking about for the fall as they head out on vacation and what they're planning to do to when they return to make a better satellite world. The fifth episode of the 2021 Summer Fun series features a conversation between SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla and Derek Edinger, brewer and co-founder of Brewery Ardennes and former Chief Strategy Officer and co-founder of Ursa Space. Lou checks in with Derek on his summer plans and learns a bit about Brewery Ardennes and its excellent Belgian-style beers.

    Derek Edinger is the brewer and co-founder of Brewery Ardennes, a craft brewery and hospitality destination in the New York Finger Lakes region. Their mission is to offer traditional and approachable Belgian-style beers in a unique and upscale setting. He is also an advisor and consultant to the satellite remote sensing, data analytics, and satellite technology and manufacturing industry. Derek was most recently Chief Strategy Officer and Co-founder of Ursa Space, a U.S.-based satellite intelligence company that provides business and government decision-makers access to on-demand analytic solutions. Prior to co-founding Ursa Space, he held senior management and engineering positions at Maxar (formerly Space/Systems Loral), Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center, and Raytheon (formerly Texas Instruments) where he was responsible for management of satellite technology research and development, satellite programs, advanced spacecraft materials and structures research, RF filter/multiplexer engineering and manufacturing, advanced antenna development, and structural design and analysis. As an engineer, Derek was a lead engineer responsible for mechanical design and analysis of advanced, precision spacecraft structures and airborne radar systems. He received a Promise Award from SSPI in 2007.

     

       

     

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    SSPI’s Better Satellite World campaign is made possible with the support of our corporate partners

  • Victoria Krisman posted an article

    Summer is a time for fun in the sun, for vacations, hobbies and taking a step back from the usual business of the industry. In this podcast series, we check in on what people in the...

    see more

    Summer is a time for fun in the sun, for vacations, hobbies and taking a step back from the usual business of the industry. In this podcast series, we check in on what people in the industry are doing this summer, what they’re thinking about for the fall as they head out on vacation and what they're planning to do to when they return to make a better satellite world. The fourth episode of the 2021 Summer Fun series features a conversation between SSPI Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla and Kerstin Roost, Director of Global Strategic Partnerships at ST Engineering iDirect and the President of SSPI’;s Luxembourg Chapter. Lou checks in with Kerstin on her summer plans and how she manages to take some time to relax amidst her many responsibilities.

    Kerstin Roost is Director of Global Strategic Partnerships at ST Engineering iDirect. She is also the President of SSPI’s Luxembourg Chapter and was recently elected as Co-Chair of the SSPI-WISE Networking and Swag Working Group as well. In her role at ST Engineering iDirect, Kerstin manages the company's indirect sales channels to better serve ST Engineering iDirect’s partners, customers and their partner networks through integration of all types of capacity and connectivity. Before joining ST Engineering iDirect, she served in a variety of roles at Newtec over the course of 11 years, beginning as a software and support engineer before becoming Public Relations Director and eventually Director of Strategic Partnerships. Kerstin holds an Multimedia Engineering degree from the University of Technology, Business and Design in Wismar, Germany. In 2019, she led the founding of SSPI’s Luxembourg Chapter and continues to serve as its President today.

     

       

     

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    SSPI’s Better Satellite World campaign is made possible with the support of our corporate partners