Disrupt Space summit 2019 Speakers
Dang Wei (党炜)
Co-founder & CEO of CISS Technology (Beijing)

Mr. Wei Dang is the founder and CEO of CISS Technology (Beijing). CISS is leading the big data platform for EEE components in China as a startup company. CISS is changing the methodology of aerospace development in China through big data and internet thinking. Mr. Wei Dang worked as a director engineer in EEE components assurance and reliability engineering for the years in China's manned space program. A smart platform will be developed for satellites and industry 4.0 in China.

Giovanni Pandolfi
Co-founder & CTO at Leaf Space

Co-founder and CTO at Leaf Space Srl. Master Degree in Space Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy (2014-present). President and General Director at Skyward Experimental Rocketry, Politecnico di Milano, Italy (2012-2015). Bachelor Degree in Aerospace Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy (2014). Junior Design Engineer at D-Orbit Srl, Italy (2014). His experience in the technical and administrative, managerial and organizational fields was extremely important to the effective management of several projects. Being also Project Manager for a sounding rocket project, he also has acquired the indispensable knowledge of many technical problems, solved in any context with insight and critical thinking skills. His educational experience in the Italian Air Force Military School that, in addition to give him an understanding of the roles of an organization, has highlighted his responsibilities and duties. His undisputed global vision ability will be of substantial importance to manage the technical aspects of the projects and their proper and effective implementation.

Han Lai
Co-founder, Director & VP International Relationship Asia at Open Cosmos

Open Cosmos provides a turnkey bundled solution comprises of one or more bundled nano/micro satellites, mission design, launch campaign, launch brokering, ground station network broking,satellite operation and regulatory compliance including frequency allocation, satellite registration etc. Main applications include in-orbit verification, remotes sensing, IoT, communication, GNSS enhancement etc. Besides professional space mission services/solutions, Open Cosmos can also help Chinese partners explore the international market with its strong overseas resources.

Han Lai joined the CEO Rafael early on as a co-founder of Open Cosmos and was responsible for the satellite development and the supply chain. He currently manages market development, supply chain and strategic partnerships in the Asia region.

Han was a serial entrepreneur and had worked in industrial equipment industries as a project manager. He graduated from Imperial College Business School and EEE at the University of Edinburgh.

Juan de Dalmau
President of the International Space University

Juan de Dalmau was selected President of the International Space University (ISU) and took office in September 2018. He brings a multidisciplinary background in mechanical engineering, business administration, space studies, and languages, as well as over 35 years of international management experience in engineering, operations, technology development, education and communications. He has worked in the private sector, in university and in space agencies. He attended ISU’s Space Studies Program (SSP) in 1989 thanks to a joint scholarship from the French Space Agency (CNES) and the European Space Agency (ESA).

He retired from ESA in July 2018.

Luigi Scatteia
Director of PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Space Practice

Luigi is a Director in PwC Paris. He leads the PwC Space Practice, and its core space advisory team based in Paris. Luigi has over 17 years of experience in the space sector along the wider value chain and 8+ years in consulting for the industry and institutions in Europe and worldwide. His work encompasses market assessments, market entry strategies,industrial policy, regulatory support and economic impact assessments. His recent work  targets the role space imaging can play in new digital products and services based on advanced analytics and data fusion.

Marco Witzmann
Co-founder & CEO at Valispace

Marco Witzmann, 31 years old, was born in Lima (Peru) and later grew up in Germany, where he studied Space Technology and Computer Science at the TU Munich and finished his master’s degree in 2013. Marco was German Debating Champion as well as European Semi-Finalist and he attended the 18 month Manage&More entrepreneurship program of UnternehmerTUM. After his studies, he worked for 3.5 years at OHB System as an Avionics Satellite Systems Engineer for Meteosat Third Generation (MTG).

Because he got the feeling that thousands of inconsistent documents and spreadsheets were not the best tool to build complex systems such as satellites, he decided to develop a collaborative engineering software. In 2014 he founded together with his two co-founders Louise Lindblad and Simon Vanden Bussche the Startup Valispace. Valispace is a browser-based software that enables engineers to collaboratively design better satellites, rockets and other complex hardware products. Since then, companies such as Airbus, Gomspace, DLR, Luxspace and others have become their customers. Marco works hard on making sure that Valispace keeps empowering engineers to develop great products.

Pei Jun (裴濬)
General Manager of Zhongguancun IC-Park
Rahul Bansal
Deputy Director at Climate-KIC

Rahul is currently working as the Deputy Director at Climate-KIC, the world’s largest publicly-funded climate innovation organisation. Over last 5 years, his role entailed the strategy formulation and execution for key priority areas in sustainability and climate change. He led and co-developed numerous global innovation platforms with an outreach across 70 countries, and these were acknowledged by Forbes, OECD, the Guardian and COP21. Rahul started his professional career as a young entrepreneur and then built a niche global consulting practice where he led multimillion-dollar innovation strategies across the world.

Outside work, Rahul serves as a mentor and volunteer for social enterprises, especially supporting rehabilitation of trafficked women through entrepreneurship. He is a Gandhi Scholar for Innovation Entrepreneurship, with an MBA from Imperial College London.

Sven Meyer-Brunswick
Director of Communications & Corporate Growth at Mynaric

Sven is Director of Growth and Comms at Mynaric. Mynaric produces the optical fiber for the skies and enables as a pioneer of laser communication extremely fast and secure wireless data transmission between aircraft, drones and satellites. Mynaric's products are used by world leading corporations to establish an internet above the clouds intended to bring connectivity to the remaining 3 billion unconnected people of the planet. The company has been founded by former researchers of the German Aerospace Center and has secured around $50m in growth capital to commercialize laser communication. Prior to joining Mynaric Sven has been working on projects as diverse as charitable and philosophical mobile apps and microtechnology for optical telecom networks. Sven holds a Master of Photonics Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark, a Bachelor of Engineering Science of the Technical University of Munich and was a visiting student at Nanyang Technological University Singapore, London School of Economics and Hong Kong University of Science & Technology.