On Sunday evening teams will have the opportunity to present their business concepts to a panel of judges. These are experts in business, marketing, finance and law, together with each of the three focus sectors.

Dr Timo Stuffler

Director of Business Development, OHB

Dr Timo Stuffler started his career in 1993 at Kayser-Threde with a PhD in physics, working as system engineer and project manager. He then changed to lead the Business Development at Kayser-Threde, a company that grew from 170 to nearly 400 employees between 2000 and 2014. After the merger of Kayser-Threde and OHB System AG in September 2014, he took the position of Director of Business Development at OHB; a company group with now over 2,000 employees. He is familiar with all space relevant programmes, technologies and aspects and has always a creative view for new business fields and start-up companies.

Prof. Olivier de Weck

Senior Vice President for Technology Planning and Roadmapping, Airbus / Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT

Prof. de Weck’s main field of research is the Engineering of Complex Industrial Systems. He focuses on how technology-enabled systems such as aircraft, spacecraft, consumer products and critical infrastructures are designed, manufactured and operated and how they evolve over time. These methods have impacted decision-making for complex systems in space exploration (NASA, JPL), aviation (Airbus), terrestrial exploration (BP) as well as sophisticated electro-mechanical products (e.g. Xerox, Pratt & Whitney, DARPA). He has co-authored three books and over 300 peer-reviewed papers to date, and has received 10 best paper awards since 2004. His book “Engineering Systems: Meeting Human Needs in a Complex Technological World” was the bestseller at the MIT Press in 2012 and has been translated to Japanese. He is a Fellow of INCOSE and an Associate Fellow of AIAA.

Ivo Straßenburg

Head of Innovation & New Business Models, P3 Group

Mr Ivo Straßenburg is a management consultant and vocal point for digital transformation in the aviation industry at P3 group, (international management consulting and innovative engineering solutions) – enabling established aviation players to step into a connected world.

Dr Frank Zimmermann

Managing Director, cesah GmbH Centrum für Satellitennavigation Hessen/ESA BIC Darmstadt

Dr Frank Zimmermann is Managing Director of cesah, the Centre for Satellite Navigation Hessen. Operating the ESA BIC Darmstadt for more than 10 years, cesah supports start-ups in the technical development, realisation and marketing of new products and services in the domain of space applications. As Head of Product Policy Management for New Markets, Frank is in parallel responsible for the product development at Telespazio VEGA Deutschland GmbH, a commercial shareholder of cesah. Frank has a background in aerospace engineering with more than 20 years of work experience and is a lecturer at University of Stuttgart.

Thomas Ballatré

Project Manager ESA BIC Bavaria, AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen

Thomas obtained two Master’s degrees, in aerospace engineering and in Management. He started his career working for two space agencies. After having co-founded a space startup, he joined AZO and the ESA BIC Bavaria team as project manager. During his career he gained working experience in feasibility and mission analysis of innovative and futuristic space missions as well as in cost engineering of complex space missions.

Dr Franziska Zeitler

Head of Department of Innovation & New Markets, DLR Space Administration

After her studies in economics Dr Franziska Zeitler worked for scientific foundations as expert for political research and consulting. In the following eight years as leading business consultant, she gained methodical knowledge in Innovation and Knowledge Management. Since 2005 she supported in the Technology Marketing Department at DLR the market launch of scientific technologies (Road2Market) with processes, methods and tools. As Head of Department of Innovation & New Markets at the DLR Space Administration, Dr Zeitler recognises future trends and innovative potentials. She promotes transfer and synergy of space technologies with the INNOspace initiative.

Andreas Kriechbaumer

Innovation & New Markets, DLR Space Administration

With more than eight years of work and experience in the field of space, Andreas Kriechbaumer has an advanced knowledge on design and construction of space equipment and the medical and biomechanical aspects of human spaceflight. He studied technical engineering with a focus on space technologies and has since then delved ever deeper into the matter. Currently, he is a technical officer at the Innovation & New Markets Department at DLR and organising the INNOspace weekend with great enthusiasm.

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