Career: Initial management positions in construction and petrochemical industry. Joined the European Space Agency (ESA) in 1983 in a number of project control and management functions, among others in the HERMES project in Toulouse, France. Since 1980, involved in astronaut activities as Head of the Coordination Office of the European Astronaut Center in Cologne. Joined ISU in 2000 as professor in Space Business and Management. Nominated as dean of ISU in 2005 and as president since 2011. President-emeritus since 2018,
First director of IISC (International Institute of Space Commerce), an Isle of Man based think-tank, since 2009.
Publications: Author of articles on incentive contracting, project management and space commercialization. Author of the book Space Marketing (Kluwer, 2000). Recent research on space commercialization, space tourism and commercial spaceflights.
Consultancy assignments (recent): Space Policy (Luxemburg, Baltic States), Space Tourism (Singapore spaceport, Gallactic Suite, Virgin Galactic, IAA)
Education: Bachelor’s degrees in engineering and applied economics (Catholic University of Louvain), Master of Business Administration degree (Louvain, Cornell University), Ph.D. degree in Industrial Organization (TU Delft, the Netherlands).
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