MARCUS J. RANUM Security Expert
Marcus J. Ranum is a world-renowned expert on security system design and implementation. Ranum is a pioneer in security technology who was one of the early innovators in firewall, VPN, and intrusion detection systems. He has been involved in every level of operations of a security product business, from developer, to founder and CEO of NFR. He holds numerous industry awards.
SASHA BAILLIE CEO - Luxinnovation
Sasha Baillie heads Luxinnovation, the Luxembourg national agency for economic development, innovation and promotion. As a former Luxembourg diplomat, she was previously seconded to the Ministry of Economy as deputy chief of staff and diplomatic adviser to the Minister. She managed the reform of Luxembourg’s economic promotion structures which led to the creation of the Luxembourg Trade and Investment Board. She chaired the country’s Trade and Investment Steering Committee. She currently chairs Luxembourg’s nation branding committee. As an aide to the Deputy Prime Minister with ministerial portfolios that include both economy and defense, Sasha was in charge of the project to create a joint venture between the Luxembourg Government and the global satellite operator SES to acquire, launch and operate a government and defense satellite. She serves as Chair of the Board of this company, LuxGovSat S.A. She joined the Foreign Ministry in 1997 and has served on foreign diplomatic postings in Moscow as deputy head of mission of the Luxembourg Embassy and in Brussels as deputy head of mission of the Luxembourg Representation to the EU Political and Security committee. Native English and Luxembourgish, also fluent in French and German and speaks Russian, Spanish and Italian.
MARIO GROTZ Director General - MECO
Mario Grotz started his career at the Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Craft, where he acted as advisor to SME’s in areas concerning business creation and business management. In 2001, he joined the Ministry of the Economy where his focus was on the evaluation of R&D projects implemented by the private sector. From 2009-2012 he was appointed Head of the Directorate for Infrastructures and Technology. Since 2012, he is the Director General for Research, Intellectual Property and New Technologies, responsible for the development of the technology-based sectors in Luxembourg: cleantech, biotech, ICT and space. He also represents the State of Luxembourg in different boards of private companies. In 2012, he became Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company Creos Luxembourg. In 2018, Mario Grotz became President of Luxinnovation, the national innovation agency, which offers a wide portfolio of services to companies and public research organisations. Mario Grotz has been a key advocate of the country’s space industry and commercial space activities. In context of the SpaceResources.lu initiative, he has played a crucial role in the setup of the regulatory, legal and financing frameworks that have positioned Luxembourg at the forefront of space resources utilisation. Most recently, in September 2018, the Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA) officially launched operations with the goal of promoting the further economic development of the Grand Duchy’s space industry by attracting businesses, developing human resources, providing innovative financial solutions and supporting educational and research infrastructure.
STEVE COLLAR President and CEO - SES
Mr. Steve Collar was appointed CEO of SES in April 2018. He had been the CEO of SES Networks since May 2017. Prior to SES Networks, Mr. Collar was CEO of O3b Networks and guided the company through the successful build and launch of its constellation of state-of-the-art satellites. In 2015, O3b Networks became the fastest growing satellite operator in history. In 2016, O3b was fully acquired by SES and now forms an integral part of SES Networks. Mr. Collar is a satellite industry veteran, having previously worked in a variety of commercial, business development and technical roles at SES WORLD SKIES, New Skies Satellites, Astrium and Matra Marconi Space (now Airbus). Mr. Collar is a British national.
RALPH THIELE Security Expert
Ralph Thiele, retired Colonel, held in his 40-year military career in the German Armed Forces key national and international positions. He commanded troops up to the battalion level; developed concepts and capability requirements in the Ministry of Defence; drafted speeches and policy papers for Federal Presidents, Ministers of Defence, Major NATO Commanders and Service Chiefs; drove educational innovation at the German Armed Forces Command and Staff College and at the NATO Defense College; shaped the Bundeswehr's path towards network enabled. In his honorary and business functions he advices on Defence Innovation and Cyber issues in times of digital transformation. He has been frequently consulting, publishing and lecturing in Europe, America and Asia. Current positions: President of EuroDefense (Germany). Chairman, Political-Military Society (Berlin). Managing Director, StratByrd Consulting. Advisory Board, German Employers Association. Advisory Board, The European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats, Helsinki.
Dr Tomasz HUSAK Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska
Mr Tomasz Husak, graduate of Warsaw School of Economics holds two PhD degrees - Political Science, Université Paris-Est, and Economics, Warsaw School of Economics where he is a lecturer. He started his career in the Polish Diplomatic Service in 2003 and from the outset was assigned to European affairs. In 2014 he was awarded with a Silver Cross of Merit in recognition for his service to the State. He worked as an Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2005 – 2006. In 2007 Mr Husak was posted to the Permanent Representation of Poland to the European Union where he served as Counselor (Antici) in 2008 - 2012. In 2011 he chaired the Antici Group during the first Polish Presidency in the Council of the EU. He pursed his career as Deputy Director of the Department of the Committee for European Affairs in 2012 - 2013 and became Deputy Permanent Representative of Poland to the European Union in January 2014. On 1 November 2014 Mr Husak joined the European Commission as the Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska (Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs). One of his main areas of interests in the cabinet is space policy and defence industry. He was in particular involved in giving political guidance when shaping the first European Space Strategy in 2016. He supported very actively all decisions that allowed a successful deployment, in time and on budget, of the two constellations Galileo and Copernicus. He is very much involved in the discussion about the disruptive innovation in space and how to build the right ecosystem for space start-ups in Europe. He is in politically charge of the creation of the European Defence Fund and therefore one of the leading persons in the Commission on the future of the European Defence Industry taking into account the interlinkages between space, security and defence.
Patrick Biewer is the Chief Executive Officer of GovSat since 2015, a new satellite operator created out of the Public-Private Venture between the Luxembourg Government and SES. He is in charge of all the business activities as well as building customer relationships with International institutions (EU Commission, NATO, UN). Prior to this position, Patrick has held a number of executive positions within SES since he joined in 1993, including Managing Director of SES Broadband Services. He is a Luxembourg national and was educated in France and in the UK. He holds a Master Degree in Telecommunications and an MBA from the Open University.
GEOFFROY BEAUDOT, Ir Major, LUX Space Policy - DoD Luxembourg
Major Geoffroy Beaudot joined the Department of Defence of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in May 2016 in order to develop the Space programmes, including SatCom and Earth Observation systems. He currently represents the Department of Defence in different SPACE initiatives at the EDA, ESA, EU Commission and NATO SatCom capability team meetings. He started his career in 2003 as Head of a Network Supervision team and in 2007 he started managing the service in charge of the satellite communication hub for the Belgian MoD. After three years in this function, he became SatCom Program Manager for the Belgian Defence. In 2012, he decided to join the 4th Group Communications and Information Systems as Officer of Operations & Training. In 2015, he came back to the Military world as Head of the Cell C³ Platforms Integration. Major Beaudot attended the Royal Military Academy in Brussels, Belgium and graduated with a Master of Engineering, Telecommunications.
STEVE MILLS Global VP Sales - Newtec
Joining Newtec as Global VP Sales in November 2017, Steve manages the whole sales cycle from first contact to business win, with expertise in end-to-end communications platforms across a wide spectrum of business models, including B2B, B2C and bespoke developments for Government and Defense. Prior to his role at Newtec, Steve served as Head of Sales, Secure Communications, at Airbus Defence and Space and previous to that as Senior Director Business Development in the Global Government team at Inmarsat. Before entering the commercial world, Steve had a 16-year military career during which he specialized in beyond line of sight communications, operations and information security. During this time, he held various posts including sea going operations, NATO appointments in the UK and Italy and embedded strategic and tactical support roles within UK’s central command, where he focused on satellite and mission critical communications.
Ms Lecrenier is the Head of the Unit in charge of "Space Policy and Research" in the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW). Joining the 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, Health Products) and International Trade. Ms Lecrenier studied law at the University of Liège (Belgium) and has a post-graduate degree in European Law from the College d'Europe in Bruges (Belgium). She is a Maître de Conférence at the University of Liège in the field of EU Institutions and Cooperation with Developing Countries.
KOEN WILLEMS Head International Gov Satcom - Newtec
Koen Willems (@WillemsKoen) currently holds the position of Head International Government Satcom at Newtec, a market leader in satellite communication technologies. As well as developing the Government & Defense market and assisting to large projects, he shares his expertise in ISR, Airborne, MWR, SIGINT/COMINT, border security, humanitarian and (civil) government satellite networks with Newtec engineering teams in order to develop application-fit technology. In his previous role as Product Marketing Director at Newtec he was responsible for the launches of many of Newtec’s newest products and technologies including professional IP modems, the all new MDM6000 modem series, FlexACM®, Cross-Layer-Optimization, Bandwidth Cancellation and S2 Extension technologies. Willems has more than 15 years’ experience working in the technology industry. His career began in 1998 at speech technology company Lernout & Hauspie, where he held a project management position. Following this he moved to electronics giant Toshiba where he was Product Marketing Manager for the Benelux and later the European market. Koen has a Master's degree in English & Scandinavian Languages (University Ghent, Belgium, 1997) and a Master's degree in Marketing Management (Vlekho Business School in Brussels, 1998). He holds a Six Sigma Black Belt for product development and process improvement.
Magali Vaissiere is the Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications at ESA since 2008, where she is responsible for the ARTES programme of ESA; an R&D programme in satellite telecommunications and applications. Since 2013 Magali is also Head of the European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications (ECSAT), ESA’s UK Centre, located in Harwell, Oxfordshire. Before joining ESA, Magali worked for industry, notably with EADS-Astrium Satellite for 15 years, and prior to that for nine years with Thomson-CSF Radars. After studying as an engineer at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Telecommunications de Paris (Telecom Paris Tech) Magali obtained a Master of Science from Stanford University. She also possesses an Executive MBA from the Centre de Perfectionnement aux Affaires à Paris.
BGen ROBERT MAZZOLIN Chief Cyber Security Strategist - RHEA Group
BGen (Ret’d) Mazzolin currently serves as the Chief Cyber Security Strategist for the RHEA Group, a space system engineering and security organization delivering security solutions to large enterprises, governments and institutions in Canada and Europe. He recently retired from the Canadian Armed Forces after serving as the Vice Director of Strategic Plans and Policy at United States Cyber Command at the National Security Agency in Fort Meade, Maryland. Notable appointments include the Director General Information Management Operations responsible for all CAF and DND strategic network, signals intelligence, electronic warfare and cyber operations, Commander of the Canadian Forces Information Operations Group, Director Land Command Systems Program Management, Commanding Officer Canadian Forces Station Leitrim and Canadian Forces Signals Intelligence Operations Centre. He served in a variety of other Command and Staff roles and was one of the Canadian Forces leading experts in Communications and Information systems, Signals Intelligence, Network Operations and Electronic Warfare. He holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, Master of Science (Electronics and Guided Weapon Systems), Master of Arts in Security and Defence Management and Policy, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Management. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario, Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, an Officer of the Order of Military Merit. Included among other awards, are the United States Legion of Merit, United States Meritorious Service Medal and Italian Army Chief of General Staff Commendation for professionalism and courage for actions in Somalia.
HENRI DE FOUCAULD Strategy Director - Telespazio France
At the beginning of the year 2016, Henri de Foucauld was appointed Head of Strategy and Defence of Telespazio France. After a 28-year career with the French Navy, during which he served at sea and in naval high command, he will now be offering his expert insights to help the company develop its business in security and defence markets. Henri de Foucauld served on many naval vessels, from patrol boats to aircraft carriers, before specializing in weapons procurement. He was posted to the French defence procurement agency DGA and then to Armed Forces High Command, where he worked on weapons programmes for Space - Operational Information Systems (ESIO) before taking charge in 2010 of naval telecommunications as head of the Information and Communication Systems office. His various postings, notably as head of operations in the Pacific, gave him first-hand experience of the operational advantages procured by satellite telecommunications and maritime surveillance services. Henri de Foucauld is a graduate of France’s Ecole Navale naval academy, ENSTA engineering school and IHEDN defence institute.
Dr. MARC SERRES CEO - Luxembourg Space Agency
Marc Serres is CEO of the Luxembourg Space Agency. He heads the Luxembourg Delegation at the ESA and represents Luxembourg in its Council. He is also the vice-chairman of the ESA Council until June 2019. He has been Director of Space Affairs at the Ministry of the Economy of Luxembourg since January 2014. Before joining the Ministry, Marc Serres managed Luxembourg’s relations with ESA at the Ministry of Higher Education and Research as an industrial policy officer for 8 years. Prior to becoming a civil servant, he spent 5 years in the satellite communications antenna manufacturing industry within the company HITEC Luxembourg, first as a Project Engineer and finally as Chief Engineer for satcom products development. Marc Serres holds a PhD in optoelectronics and a Masters in electrical engineering with specialty in microwave frequencies, both from the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium.
ANGELO LOVATO Senior Manager - Belgian Defence
Angelo is Senior Manager for the Belgian Defence in Brussels since 2012. He is responsible for the technical study, purchase, maintenance plan and vision of all the Ops Deployable Communication and Information Systems (CIS) like SatCom, Tac Radios, G/A/G Radios, GPS, ECM. He also represents the Belgian MoD at the ASTRID (Critical Communications) executive board. Prior to this he held a number of different positions at the Belgian Air Force, the latest being ATPL(A) Teacher at the Royal Military Academy (RMA). He was also responsible for the BAF Radios & Radars as well as Fl CIS Comd and COMSEC/INFOSEC Officer. Angelo has a number of qualifications from the NATO CIS School and took the “Formation Continuée d’Officier Supérieur (FCOS)” at the Royal military Academy.
Luc Audoore grew up in Zaire before starting a military career up on his return to Belgium. After a 26 year long career, upon ending his tour as the Commanding Officer of the Tactical Helicopter Wing’s Support Group, he left the Belgian Defence with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. Previously, he was Program Officer of the Belgian Joint Support Helicopter Program, leading to the acquisition of the NH90 helicopters for the Belgian Defence. Having been with CAE for the last 12 years, he initially was the local Detachment Commander of the EUFOR ISR detachment, operating out of Camp Eagle Base in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, then became responsible for all of CAE’s ISR contracts. He was Detachment Commander during 2 years of anti-piracy operations on the EU operation ATALANTA. Since January 2011 he is CAE AVIATION’s Deputy General Manager. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot License - ATPL(A) and is rated on 4 different types of ISR aircraft. He has 7.500+ flight hours, including some 2.200 operational ISR flight hours.
HOLGER LUESCHOW Programme Manager Satellite Communication - EDA
Holger Lueschow joined the European Defence Agency in summer 2016 as Programme Manager Satellite Communication and Project Officer Radio Spectrum. In this position he is responsible for the Agency’s SatCom related activities focusing on the development and evolution of the EDA GOVSATCOM Pooling and Sharing Demonstration project - for the latter, Holger has chaired the respective Ad-Hoc Working Group establishing the Project Arrangement and also keeps close links to the European Commission and to ESA. He is the Chairman of the Project Team Satellite Communication of the Agency. Engineer by education, Holger worked in several IT and Radio Spectrum related posts in the German Air Force and NATO. Before he joined the EDA he was six years in the German MoD, responsible for the SatComBw Stage 2 programme and as well for the Radio Spectrum Policy of the Bundeswehr.
Nicolas STASSIN National Expert - EEAS
Nicolas Stassin is a National Expert at the Space Task Force of the European External Action Service (EEAS). He supports the High Representative and the EEAS in their operational responsibilities related to responses to the threats to or through the European GNSS system (Galileo). As the Belgian Board member of the EU Satellite Centre, Nicolas Stassin provides an expert support in space security related issues, in particular EU space programmes to the Commission, Council services and other EU entities. From 2012 to 2018, he was in charge of the space capabilities development at the Belgian Defense Staff as a Belgian Project Officer for the French earth observation project CSO (Composante Spatiale Optique), for the EDA EU SatCom Market project and the GOVSATCOM Demo project and for the implementation of the Defence Geospatial Strategy. Nicolas Stassin is also the Belgian representative at the ESA Space Situational Awareness Program Board as well as at the EDA GOVSATCOM Project Team, at the EDA EU SATCOM Market Management Group, at the EDA Project Team on Earth Observation and the EDA expert group on Positioning, Navigation and Timing. Nicolas Stassin has a Master Degree in Aeronautical and Military Sciences from the Royal Military Academy.
Dr. Sergio CORONADO Deputy CIO - NATO Support and Procurement Agency
Prof. Dr. Sergio Coronado is an international recognized expert on Information Technology and Communications with more than 30 years of experience. His interests lie in IT strategy, cloud, cyber security, AI and education. Sergio is the Chief of the Information Systems Division and Deputy CIO at the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), where he is responsible for delivering all IT services required to run the Agency. He is also an Assistant-Professor (associé) at the University of Luxembourg where he teaches Advanced Project Management. Sergio received a PhD in Industrial Engineering and M.Sc in Software Engineering from the Polytechnic of Madrid, MA in Clinical Psychology and Education from the University of Leon and BSc in Electrical Engineering from the Simón Bolivar University.


GERARD DONELAN VP Defence & Security - SES Networks
Gerard 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 experience in the fields of telecommunications and satelli...te 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. 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.
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.
CHRISTINE LEURQUIN VP, Institutional Relations & Comms - SES
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, especially 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.
Pascal holds a master degree in “astrophysics” and, in parallel of having his first work experience as a software engineer, he graduated in “applied information technology”. In 2002 he joined the Luxembourg government, first at the “Task Force eLuxembourg” and afterwards at the Ministry of the Economy as advisor and project manager in the area of network and information security. From 2003 to 2014 he was a member of the management board of ENISA (the European Network and Information Security Agency). Today, Pascal is CEO of SECURITYMADEIN.LU, the structure behind the main information security initiatives of the Luxembourg government: CASES, CIRCL, BEE SECURE and the Cybersecurity Competence Center (C3), launched in 2017 as a european-wide unique facility to empower the Luxembourg economy in the field of cybersecurity. He is a member of the Luxembourg Cyber Security Board, lecturer in information security at the University of Luxembourg, president of the CLUSIL (an association representing the information security landscape of Luxembourg) and member of the FIC advisory board.