It will focus on EU GOVSATCOM developments, integrated applications, security & ground segment solutions, user perspectives as well as pooling and sharing solutions.
Tuesday 21/11/2017
The one day conference will take place in the Château de Betzdorf and will be followed by an evening reception at Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain.
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The program

09:00 Registration and morning coffee
09:30 Welcome speech and opening speech

Etienne Schneider
Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg

Karim Michel Sabbagh
President & CEO
10:00 Satellite Communications to support EU Security and Defence
Leading European Policy makers and representatives will discuss the relevant
European initiatives, frameworks and programmes

  • Christine Leurquin - VP, Institutional Relations and Communications at SES S.A

  • Chris STACE, the Head of Unit Information Superiority within the EDA Capability, Armament and Technology Directorate
  • Magali Vaissière from ESA - Head of the Telecommunications Department within the ESA
  • Uwe Harms from ATHENA - Head of the Athena Unit
  • Christophe Morand - Senior Policy Officer
  • Sabine Lecrenier - Maître de Conférence, University of Liège
11:00 Coffee break
11:30 Nations perspective on Governmental Satellite Communication
National representatives will outline their needs, approach and experience

  • Gaston Reinig - Adviser in the military domain to the CEO of GovSat
12:30 Lunch
13:30 User perspective of Governmental Satellite Communications
Users will discuss the demand, requirements and path of GovSatCom

  • Paul Wells - Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of GovSat

  • Gregorio Ameyugo Catalan, Principal Research Officer in the Research and Development Unit, FRONTEX
14:15 Coffee break
15:00 Solutions, Applications and Satellite Communication Capabilities
Industry and Public R&D will discuss their latest developments and innovations

  • Patricia Conti - Deputy Director of Space Affairs
    Ministry of the Economy - Luxembourg

  • Patrick Biewer from GovSat - Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LuxGovSat
  • Lucien Hoffmann from LIST - Director of the Environmental Research and Innovation (ERIN)
  • Rich Pang from SES - Vice President, Government Segment Market Management
  • Richard Franklin from Airbus - Head of Secure Communications at Airbus Defence and Space
16:30 Closing comments by Conference Chairman (Gerard Donelan)
18:30 Evening reception followed by key-note speaker and seated dinner:
19:00 Key note speaker

  • Mr Georges Schmit - Special Envoy of the Government of Luxembourg, SpaceResources.lu
20:00 Seated dinner

2017 Speakers


Uwe Harms is the Head of the Athena Unit within the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union. In this function he is also the Deputy Administrator of the Athena mechanism, a mechanism created to administer the common costs of European Union military operations.

After studying law in Germany Uwe Harms first worked as a judge and in the Federal Ministry of Justice before being recruited to the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union in 2001. There he has been wor...king on different legislative files but also in the CMPD establishing legal frameworks for EU military operations, especially for the anti-piracy operation Atalanta, before becoming the Head of the Athena Unit in 2013.
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Magali Vaissiere was born in 1957. She holds an Executive MBA from the “Centre de Perfectionnement aux Affaires”, France, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Stanford and an Engineering Diploma from the “Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications” of Paris.

In 2005, Mrs. Vaissiere joined ESA as the Head of the Telecommunications Department within the ESA Directorate for Telecommunications and Navigation. Now she heads the new Directorate of ...Telecommunications and Integrated Applications, one of several Directorates that were created in an organizational change triggered by ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain and endorsed by the ESA Council.
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Prof. Dr. Lucien Hoffmann is director of the Environmental Research and Innovation (ERIN) department of the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technologies and Vice-President of the Luxembourgish Space cluster

The ambition of the ERIN department is to implement a smart green vision, accelerating innovation towards the sustainable management of natural resources. With its teams made of 170 life, environmental, and IT scientists and engineers, the ERIN department brings together the necessar...y interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to tackle major environmental challenges our cities are facing today: climate change mitigation, ecosystem resilience, sustainable energy systems, efficient use of renewable resources, environmental pollution prevention and control. To tackle these challenges the ERIN department is developing integrated space solutions for environmental risk monitoring and management.
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Patrick Biewer

Patrick Biewer is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LuxGovSat, the Public-Private Venture between the Government of Luxembourg and SES. He reports directly to the LuxGovSat Board of Directors and is in charge of all of LuxGovSat's business activities, building customer relationships with International institutions, such as the European Union (EU), the United Nations (UN) or the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).
Mr. Biewer has held a number of executive positions since he joined SES in 1...993 and has accumulated some impressive leadership experience during his career.
Prior to joining LuxGovSat, he held the position of Managing Director of SES Broadband Services (SBBS) since 2010. Mr. Biewer is a Luxembourg national and was educated in France and the UK. He holds a Master Degree in Telecommunications and an MBA from the Open University.
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Rich Pang

Mr. Rich Pang joined SES Networks in August 2015 and serves as the Vice President of Government Segment Market Management where he is responsible for assessing global government and institutional markets, identifying customers' requirements, and leading the identification and/or development of SES products and solutions to meet our customers' needs. Prior to joining SES, Mr. Pang worked at SES Government Solutions (SES GS), the wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of SES, where he served as the S...enior Director for Hosted Payloads. He was responsible for seeking, pursuing, and securing opportunities to support U.S. Government missions around the world through the use of hosted payloads. While there he managed the Commercially Hosted InfraRed Payload (CHIRP) program for the United States Air Force and captured two other hosted payload contracts: (1) the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) funded by the Federal Aviation Administration; and (2) the Global Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In May 2010, Mr. Pang retired from the United States Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel after twenty-one years of service. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, and a Master of Business Administration Degree from San Jose State University in San Jose, California.
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Mr Georges Schmit

Georges Schmit is a retired civil servant of the Government of Luxembourg which he served from 1981 to 2016 in various positions. He most recently served as Consul General of Luxembourg and Executive Director of the Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office in San Francisco ( 2009-2016).

During most of his career, his work focused on innovation and technology policy, economic development and trade and Investment promotion.

Between 1994 and 2004, Georges Schmit was Secretary General of the Luxemb...ourg Ministry of the Economy. In this capacity, he coordinated all policy areas within the Ministry's mandate. He also advised the Government on EU-policies and proposals and was a member of several European Union high level advisory bodies including the European Commission's "Enterprise Policy Group" (1993-2009).

From 1992 to 2009, he served as Vice - Chairman and Executive Chairman ( ’95-‘02) of the National Credit and Investment Corporation (SNCI) of Luxembourg, a wholly State- owned Economic Development Bank which provides long term investment, R&D and innovation funding to SMEs and corporate customers. SNCI also takes strategic equity interests in Luxembourg-based companies and funds SME business takeovers.

In addition to his role at SNCI, Georges Schmit has served on the Board of Directors of both listed and private companies including the world's largest steelmaker ArcelorMittal, the Luxembourg-based global satellite operator SES, the Luxembourg Post and Telecommunications Company, and the Luxembourg State and Savings Bank, among others.

Most recently, he contributed to the design and launch of several major Luxembourg Government innovation policy initiatives including the Financial Technologies (FinTech) Promotion Initiative and the SpaceResources.lu Initiative aiming at the commercial exploration and utilization of space resources. In June 2016, Georges Schmit was appointed to the Luxembourg Government’s Advisory Board on Space Resources which he continues to serve on after his retirement at the end of 2016. He also represents SNCI on the Board of Planetary Resources Inc., serves on the Boards of Saphir Capital Investment Fund and several of their technology start-up investments and joined the University of Luxembourg Center for Security, Reliability and Trust as a Research Fellow in March 2017.

Georges Schmit graduated with degrees in Economics from the University of Louvain, Belgium and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
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Joining the European Commission in 1985, Ms Lecrenier has worked in various services in the context of the Internal Market (Free Movement of Goods and Services, Intellectual Property Rights, Notification Directive 98/34) and International Trade (Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade). Ms Lecrenier studied law at the University of Liège and holds a post-graduate degree in European Law at the “College d’ Europe" in Bruges, Belgium. She is “Maître de Conférence” at the University of Liège in the field of EU Institutions and Cooperation with Developing Countries.

Gregorio AMEYUGO

Has been working now more than eight years for the European Commission Agency Frontex as Principal Research Officer developing, budgeting, implementing, and managing complex multinational projects related to surveillance platforms, sensors, and communication (including the technical development of EUROSUR for which he was the initiator and responsible.)

Previously, he worked four years at the European Defence Agency, under the EU Council, developing, implementing, and managing multinational pro...jects based on capacity building development (i.e. EU Strategic Transport and Logistics for Security and Defence Deployments)

The Spanish Ministry of Defence detached him to NATO where he worked for more than five years in developing, implementing, and managing multinational projects funded by the participant Member States (i.e. Advanced Distributed Learning) and in creating a network of experts for the production and disseminating of best practices and guidelines.

As a Navy Officer he spend ten years at sea, in different ships, covering Navigation and Operation areas including Command and Control, Communications, Weapons and Sensors. He is today a reserve Navy Captain.

His educational background includes Naval Officer Education at the Spanish Naval Academy and two Master of Science, one in Operations Research at the US Naval Postgraduate School, and another in Mathematics and Physics completed at the Spanish Naval Observatory. His mother tongue is Spanish and he is fluent in English and French.
September 2017
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Richard Franklin

Secure Communications is the Airbus Defence and Space lead business for global secure communications build, operations and services. With satellite communications as its backbone, and defence customers at its core, solutions are increasingly focused on the integration of all critical communications for clients that demand the highest availability and security. As more and more assets become connected - whether in the air, on land or at sea - the management of all bearers, guaranteeing connectivi...ty for the most demanding customers is the new mission
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Chris Stace

Chris Stace joined European Defence Agency, Brussels, in 2012 having served for 26 years in the UK’s Royal Air Force. His diverse career has spanned operational signals, CIS and logistics, acquisition and change/programme management. Before EDA, he had tours in the EU Military Staff and the UK Ministry of Defence’s Capability Directorate.
Chris is the Head of Unit for ‘Information Superiority’. The Information Superiority Unit focuses on cyber defence, Sat Com, space-based information ...services, radio spectrum management, enhancing command and control within EU-led crisis management operations, CIS and progressing Research & Technology projects within the domains of Cyber, Information and Modeling & Simulation.
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Brigadier General Carlos De Salas, Head of C4ISR & Space Programs, Spanish Ministry of Defence

Born in 1955 (Zaragoza) BG De Salas entered the SPArmy as Engineer & Signal Corps Officer.
In 1976 as Lieutenant and following the Helicopters pilot’s course, was assigned to the 4º HELO Battalion as Pilot and Signal Officer.
In 1979 as Captain was assigned to SPArmy Aviation. 1980-81 he attends the USArmy Transportation School Helicopter Maintenance Officer and Test pilot Course. In 1985 attended ...the SPArmy Signal School, EW Course. 1985-89 Commander of Signal & Air Control Coy and XO/S3 Helo Battalion
In 1989 as Major was graduated, with honours, from the SPArmy General Staff (GS) College and was assigned to the OPS Division. In 1993 was S5 Chief UNPROFOR in BiH (FYROM).
In 1995 as LTC was assigned to the Cabinet of the SPArmy Chief of Staff. 1998-2001 was nominated as the first Spanish LNO to the USArmy Combined Arms Center (USA). 2001-02 was the Commander of the 1ST EW SP Battalion.
In 2002 as COL was Chief of the Joint Strategic Department SP Joint GS. 2004-07 was G6-CIS to NRDC and the Commander of the 21st Signal Regiment. In 2007 was J4 Chief Logistic at KFOR HQ (KOSOVO).
In 2008 as BG was appointed as CoS Canary Islands Military Command and in 2012 General Deputy Director of the Land Systems Directorate.
Nowadays he is the General Head/PEO of the C4ISR&Space Programs at the SP MoD National Armament’s Directorate.
His awards include several Spanish Military & Civilian medals, the UNPROFOR, NATO Balkans, USArmy Meritorious Service, French National Defense (Silver) Medals… and others.
Married to Concepcion (psychologist), they have two children. He is Knight of San Jorge and Professor at the SEI-International Studies Society.
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Moderators 2017

Christine Leurquin

Christine Leurquin is VP, Institutional Relations and Communications at SES S.A. Positioning the Company at high level within the European Union and other European institutions, such as European Union, ITU, ESA, African Union, ACP Secretariat or OECD. She regards policies and regulations, provides political support, and engages in setting-up Research and Development and institutional projects. She follows the European Institutions’ political issues and debates of interest to her company, es...pecially those concerning defense and security, space,crisis management, cooperation development in emerging markets, satellite broadband and 5G. She is also the key institutional person in the company as regards the GNSS projects such as Galileo and EGNOS. She has 30+ years of experience in the satellite telecommunications field in Europe.
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Gaston Reinig

After high school graduation in mathematic sciences, Gaston Reinig volunteered as a Luxembourg career officer, attended the Royal Military Academy in Brussels, Belgium, August, 1976 and graduated as a “licencié en sciences sociales et militaires”.
Soldiering has remained at the core of his career to a large extent. His rise through the ranks from junior to general officer is dominated by operational duty at home and operational missions, ranging from peloton leader to operational command...er, interrupted only by courses at the “Ecole d’Etat-major” in Compiègne, France, “Ecole Supérieure de Guerre Interarmées” in Paris, France, the “Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale” in Strasbourg, France and JFK School of Government, Harvard University in Cambridge, MA United States.
Prior to assuming command as Chief of Defense, General Gaston Reinig served as operational commander of the Luxembourg Armed Forces from 2002 to 2008, and from 1998 to 2002 as Luxembourg’s military representative to the NATO Military Committee, to the Permanent Council of the Western European Union and thereafter to the EU Military Committee. He also assumed the function as national representative to the subsidiary committees of the board of directors of NAMSO and was the national representative of the group of the NATO National Directors on Codification.
He retired from the military on February 1st, 2013 and was assigned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to hold the position of military adviser to the permanent mission of Luxembourg to the United Nations, and finally the position of military adviser to the permanent mission of Luxembourg to the Political and Security Committee of the European Union.
As of June 2016, Gaston Reinig serves as the adviser in the military domain to the CEO of GovSat.
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Paul Wells

Paul Wells is the Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of GovSat. Taking on the role in September 2016 he is responsible for working closely with our customers to develop offerings that match their needs using GovSat-1. Before joining GovSat he worked for QinetiQ where he created , developed and grew several highly successful businesses in the Communications, Intelligence, Security and ISR domains for Defence, Security and Commercial customers. He also spent time working in Government on... creating and delivering highly challenging technical programmes into operational use. He has over 34 years of experience in satcoms for Defence and Security applications.
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Dr. Patricia Conti

Deputy Director of Space Affairs
Ministry of the Economy - Luxembourg

DEMOS (to be confirmed)

Previous speakers


Mr. Lüschow is Programme Manager of Satellite Communication and Project Officer Radio Spectrum within the Capability, Armament and Technology Directorate of the European Defence Agency in Brussels. He took over this responsibility on July, 1st 2016.

Before his move to Brussels, he served in the German Air Force for 30 years where he holds the rank of a Lieutenant-Colonel. Within his military career, Mr. Lüschow served on several posts in the CIS/IT domain ranging from IT-Security to procu...rement to spectrum policy. His national appointments have been complemented by a tour in the NATO Component Command Air in Izmir, Turkey, where he served in the Operations branch.
During the last 6 years, before changing to the EDA, Mr. Lüschow served the German Federal Ministry of Defence, being responsible for the German national satellite communication programme, as well as the radio spectrum policy of the Bundeswehr.

He holds a Master in Electrical Engineering following studies at the University of the Bundeswehr in Munich.
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Air Commodore Peter Round joined the European Defence Agency in 2012 and is now Director of Capability, Armament & Technology. He joined the RAF in 1979 as a University Cadet at Manchester University. After officer and flying training he flew Buccaneers in the maritime strike/attack role from RAF Lossiemouth. He became a RAF Qualified Flying Instructor in 1990 and a T37 Instructor Pilot and Flight Commander at the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training School at Sheppard Air Force Base Texas in 199...2.

After a tour as Deputy Chief Flying Instructor at the Central Flying School he became a Staff Officer in the Ministry of Defence working for the Director of Military Operations with particular responsibility for Arms Control issues. He completed Joint Advanced Command and Staff Training in 1999 and went on to become Chief Instructor at RAF Linton-on-Ouse running RAF Basic Fast Jet Training. This tour was followed by an operational tour to become the RAF Detachment Commander at Prince Sultan Air Force Base, Saudi Arabia with responsibility for Air Operations over Southern Iraq.

He then completed a tour as an Operations Team Leader at the Permanent Joint Headquarters with responsibility at different times for UK Operations in Afghanistan, the Balkans and all UK supported UN Operations. This was followed by a tour on the Policy Director's staff in the Ministry of Defence with particular responsibility for International Defence Relations Policy, UK/US policy staff interaction and during which time he was a co-author of Defence Strategic Guidance 05. He took command of No 1 Elementary Flying Training School in 2005 with responsibility for initial flying training for all Royal Navy, Army and RAF aircrew.

Afterwards, he became United Kingdom National Liaison Representative to NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia. Most recently he was the Assistant Director of Flying Training with responsibility to Director Flying Training for all aspects of pre-OCU flying training for the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force as well as the introduction of the United Kingdom Military Flying Training System in partnership with Ascent. He holds a master’s degree in Defence from Kings College, London.
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Patrick is responsible for the files related to Space Security and Defence in the Space Policy Unit of the European Commission (DG GROW). With his team he manages the implementation of the Space Surveillance and Support framework and prepares the GOVSATCOM initiative.

Prior to joining the European Commission in 2011, he worked in the Council General Secretariat and later in the European External Action Service on Space, Security and Defence issues. His duties included the operational directi...on of the EU Satellite Centre and he also contributed to the development on the security dimension to the European Space Policy.

Prior to joining the Communities, he served as a Project Officer in the Capability Directorate of the newly established European Defence Agency (EDA). For a couple of years, he created and chaired several expert groups and initiated several cooperative projects including on SATCOM.

Patrick has served for more than 15 years in the French Air Force as an Engineering Officer working mainly on Space and Information Systems.

Patrick graduated the French Air Force Academy, and later Telecom Paris as a SATCOM Engineer. He is an Alumnus of the International Space University where he has been invited to lecture.
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Reimund KUEKE

Reimund Kueke is working at airobotics GmbH as a consultant in the areas of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) and Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR).

He is looking back on more than 25 years of experience in the aerospace industry working for Astrium, Rheinmetall Defence Electronics and Airbus Defence and Space in the fields of advanced projects and disruptive technologies.

He holds a scientific university degree in solid state physics and a PhD in electronic engineerin...g.
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Jeremy WARD

Jeremy started his career in Malvern in 1983 at the UK MOD’s Royal Signals and Radar Establishment (RSRE), as a Higher Scientific Officer after completing his PhD at Durham University. RSRE had sponsored his PhD on “The Application of Number Theory to Digital Signal Processing”. He continued working on parallel computing and DSP after joining RSRE. After a period running the MOD’s Science and Engineering Fast Stream he became a Technical Manager for the Land “Digitisation of the Bat...tlefield” Programme in 1996. Two years later he became one of the first DERA Business Group Managers and then Department Manager for “Battle Management Systems”.

In 2002 he moved to a Corporate Business Development role covering all C4ISTAR areas across the Company. He then became Technical Director and subsequently Sales Director of QinetiQ’s Command and Intelligence Systems Division.

Jeremy created a Consultancy Practice within QinetiQ in April 2008. The Practice provided Client side advice in the areas of Air and Missile Defence, UK Military Communications Programmes – including Satellite Communications, ISTAR programmes and Information Exploitation. The group was 95 strong with approximately one fifth of its revenues overseas.

In July 2010 Jeremy became Managing Director of QinetiQ’s C4ISR business. This included QinetiQ’s programme in support of the Galileo programme and cryptography programmes. In April 2011, this expanded to include QinetiQ’s Radar, Electronic Warfare and Land Survivability businesses with approximately 500 employees. Following subsequent reorganizations, this business grew to have a turn-over of approximately £115m, whilst meeting all business targets.

Jeremy Ward was appointed as the QinetiQ Group Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in November 2014 to promote Innovation across the Group and manage the Internal R&D (IRAD) programme - £10M in FY17. In addition to his Group CTO role, he is responsible for the Group’s Scientific and Technical Strategy, Academic Engagement, the QinetiQ Fellows scheme and acts as the Company’s Senior Information Risk Owner.
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• Master of Science, Johns Hopkins University, USA (Computational Biology), 1998
• Ph.D, INRIA, France (Network Security and Management), 2001
• Habilitation, Université de Lorraine, France, 2008
• Senior Researcher at INRIA, France
• Professor of Computer Science, Telecom Nancy, France
• Head of SEDAN research group at SnT
• Research Topics: network security, Big Data and management of emergent Fintech infrastructures…..
• Senior Scientist at SnT, University of Luxembourg


Rupert Swinhoe-Standen is the Regional Business Manager - Security Systems for Kelvin Hughes Security Division.

Following 17 years’ British Army experience culminating in command in the Royal Artillery, Rupert has garnered a wealth of commercial defence industry experience over 15 years operating both in the UK and overseas. He has extensive experience of the LAND, STA and C4I environment, having worked as a "practitioner" in both peace and war, as a MOD staff officer and as a commander o...f specialist troops.

Rupert’s defence sales, marketing and BD experience is similarly international as well as UK. He is part of the emerging Security Business Unit of Kelvin Hughes, whose surveillance and security solutions are capable of detecting the smallest targets in the worst conditions, both on land and over water.
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LCL. E.A. Jaime L. Sánchez MAYORGA

Lieutenant-Colonel E.A. Jaime L. Sánchez MAYORGA is in charge of the Spanish Space Unit, in the Programs Management Sub-Directorate of Armament and Material.
Ever since his graduation in the Air Force Academy, he has followed numerous courses and defence studies, supplemented by university studies in network systems.

Previous to his current position, he was in charge of the Technical Squadron and was Deputy to the Spanish Center for Aerospace Observation Systems, Head of the Spanish Pleia...des program, responsible for the SatCom Program, and MoD representative in the Surveillance and Space Tracking (SST) Consortium.

As representative in national and international working groups, he follows the evolution in 4 areas of application in space: communications (GovSatCom), observation (PAZ and SEOB EDA), navigation (GNSS-Galileo) and surveillance and space tracking (SST EU).
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Edmond Maldague has been a seasoned senior executive in "Mission & Critical Communication" Solutions & Services for the last 25 years.

Edmond holds a degree of "Doctor of Infrastructure & Technology" from Phoenix University, completed by a MIT degree in Technology & Space (Boston). Prior to this, Edmond achieved a master’s degree in "Economy & Politics" within the University of Namur (Belgium).

In 2011 Edmond was nominated as CEO of Redu Space Services: a joint Venture between SES and Q...initiQ Space, a company focused on "Ground & Space Sharing & Pooling Services and Solutions" for the Governmental & Institutional Market.

Prior joining the SES/RSS, Edmond had successfully held different CEO and high executive level functions in companies like Zenitel, Siemens, Fujitsu Services & IBM.
During the last 15 years, Edmond had the opportunity to lead very significant governmental & institutional projects in cooperation with: Thales, Airbus, Google and many others in the scope of (eg.): Space Balloon Monitoring, Border Security & Surveillance, ISR, Radar Vessel Traffic Systems, Government VSAT networks...."

Edmond's top experience resides in End-to-End Mission Critical Solutions Development & Setup of related operations.
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Hermann Ludwig MOELLER

Ludwig is Head of the Institutional and European Programmes Office within the Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications at ESA HQ.

He has been with ESA since 25 years and was closely associated with the establishment of the Copernicus Earth Observation Programme as Head of the Space Segment Office. Since 2013, Ludwig is responsible for the co-operation between the ESA ARTES Programme (Advanced research in Telecommunications Systems) and related R&D and Programme initiativ...es of the EU institutions. This includes ESA’s preparations for GOVSATCOM, in cooperation with ESA member states, EDA, the EC and in partnership with European space industry. Ludwig holds a Master in telecommunications following studies at TU Darmstadt and ENST Paris.
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Koen Willems has more than 18 years’ experience working in different technology industries.

Before joining Newtec, he was Product Marketing Manager for Europe at the electronics giant TOSHIBA.
Currently, Koen holds the position of Market Director with focus on the government, defense and humanitarian SatCom markets at Newtec. In his role, he is in charge of developing the government and defense market worldwide for Newtec and managing large key projects and programs.

Koen has a Master's d...egree in English & Scandinavian Languages (University Ghent, Belgium, 1997) and a Master's degree in Marketing Strategy and Management (Vlekho Business School in Brussels, 1998). More recently Koen also received the degree for ‘High Studies in Security and Defense’ at the Belgian Royal Higher Institute for Defense.
You may know Koen as a Newtec technology evangelist through his regular appearance in editorials in satellite-focused publications, white papers and speaking slots at conferences around the world.
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Pascal Rogiest

Chief Executive Officer at LuxTrust S.A.

Dr. Thomas Beer

Copernicus Policy Coordinator, European Space Agency (ESA)

Patrick Heuline

Mobile Communications Networks Head of Marketing, Thales Communications and Security

Patrick Heuline joined THALES in 2000 after spending 3 years in Alcatel Space, where he was in charge of the Milsatcom Products and Bid Department. During this period and the previous one in Thomson-Csf, Mr. Heuline has been working with European industrial partners for the definition of various approaches of the post 2000 Milsatcom capabilities in Europe, such as TRI-MILSATCOM, GEFSATCOM and SYRACUSE 3. I...n THALES Communications, Mr. Heuline has managed the strategy and marketing regarding Milsatcom Ground segments for 5 years and has successfully given right directions to the product policy. This has contributed to position THALES as a leader in secured Satcom Ground Segment with up-to-date technologies in military modems, On-The-Move land, naval and airborne solutions.
After 5 years spent between France and the UK as Marketing Director of THALES e.Security, a THALES company specialized in Information Security, Mr Heuline currently manages Strategy and Marketing of Mobile Communications Networks activity of THALES Secure Communications & Information Systems Global Business Unit (SIX GBU).
Mr. Heuline was educated at Paris XI University and post-graduated in signal processing.
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Mr. Rivasseau has spent much of his career working on disarmament, security, and multilateral affairs. Following an early tour at the French Embassy in Colombia (1986-1989), he served as the head of the NATO desk in the Strategic Affairs and Disarmament department at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In 1993, Mr. Rivasseau became the head of political affairs at the Ministry’s United Nations Directorate. Two years later, he moved to Geneva to serve as the Deputy Permanent Representa...tive at the French Mission to the Conference on Disarmament. During his time in Switzerland, he took part in negotiations over the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and the Ottawa Convention banning land mines.

In 1998, Mr. Rivasseau was appointed the Deputy Spokesperson and Assistant Secretary for Information and Communication at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; he was promoted to Spokesperson two years later.

In 2003, Mr. Rivasseau returned to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva as the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of France, where he chaired the Geneva Forum. In 2006, he was elected president of the Third Review Conference on the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons for a year, which restricts the use of inhumane armaments such as mines, lasers, and incendiary weapons.

Mr. Rivasseau holds degrees from the “Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux” and University of Bordeaux III, as well as a Ph.D. in law from the University of Bordeaux I. He studied at the “École Nationale d’Administration” in Paris, France (1979-1981) and served as an administrative court counsellor in Poitiers and Bordeaux (1981-1986).

Mr. Rivasseau has been honoured with the Chevalier of the French Order of the Legion of Honour, the Officer of the French Order of Merit, and the Chevalier of the German Order of Merit (2nd degree).
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Previous moderators

Gordon Black

Space and Security Business Development Manager, QinetiQ

Carlo Simon

Owner of H0.Engineering

Carlo Simon, Lieutenant-Colonel retired, is the owner of H0.Engineering. He has a degree in electrical engineering from the former “Institut Supérieur de Technologie”, the ancestor of the Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication (FSTC) of the University of Luxembourg and is “Licencié en sciences sociales et militaires” by the Royal Military Academy of BRUSSELS.  
Further military training included combat service support, the Logistics Executive Deve...lopment Course and the Command and General Staff College, all with the US Army.
From 1998 to 2011, LtCol SIMON was head of the Government Communication Center (CCG), part of the Office of the Prime Minister. CCG is in charge of all secured official communications of the Luxembourg Government. In this function he served as the national representative with the NATO COMMAND CONTROL and COMMUNICATION BOARD (NC3B) and with the GALILEO SUPERVISORY COMMITTEE of the EUROPEAN UNION.
As chairman of the “Comité National des Télécommunications” (CONATEL), he was involved in crises management planning, and participated as end user in the EU U2010 research project and in the PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS FORUM (PSCE) initiated by the EU Commission.
Carlo SIMON was a research fellow at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust of the University of Luxembourg, with the mission of defining and building a research program in Public Safety Communications and Network Security.
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Previous Key Note Speaker

Professor Mariana Mazzucato

RM Phillips Professor in the Economics of Innovation, SPRU, University of Sussex and author of The Entrepreneurial State

Chairman of the Conference

Gerard Donelan

Vice President
Defence & Security
Gerard Donelan spent 14 years in the British military followed by 11 years
in a number of positions for NATO, based in Norfolk, Virginia in the
United States on the International Staff of the Supreme Allied Commander. These positions encompassed both NATO SATCOM and CRYPTO. Gerard was involved in both land and maritime communications and he received several commendations for the work he undertook for NATO during this time.

Gerard has more than 30 years’ e...xperience in the fields of telecommunications and satellite communications, specializing on government use of commercial services. Gerard continues to use his knowledge, experience and contacts within NATO and European Governments and he is involved on NATO and EU working groups for satellite communications.

Gerard attended the Army Apprentices College and received his satellite training at the NATO Communications and Information’s Systems School in Latina, Italy. Upon joining NATO he attended the NATO SATCOM Depot Training at the Western Development Laboratories of Ford Aerospace.
He was a founder member of the innovative London Satellite Exchange and was the Director of European Sales for New Skies Satellites. Gerard has been with SES since 2003.

Gerard is also a regular speaker, presenter and invited chairman at military conferences and shows and has chaired the Global Milsatcom Conference in London for the last 12 years. He is an invited speaker to United Nations, NATO and European Defence Staff Colleges on military space matters.
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Inter Taxi - (+352) 40 52 52
Car parking
Please kindly be aware that car parking is limited and it is located outside SES Betzdorf Campus. For the evening reception we suggest Parking Knuedler / Monterey.
Shuttles will be available to and from the event venue.

Where to find us


Head Office
Château de Betzdorf
L-6815 Betzdorf



Entrance for visitors:

41, rue Notre-Dame,
L-2240 Luxembourg
7, boulevard F.Rossevelt,
L-2450 Luxembourg

Getting there:

By bus:
any bus line to city center
By vélo'h:
Station 12 Casino / rue Notre-Dame
By car:
Parkings Knuedler and Monterey

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Please book directly with the hotel of your preference. You can find below respective contacts.

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