The Zone Above: The Indo-Pacific Era in Space

The Zone Above: The Indo-Pacific Era in Space

the zone above: the indo-pacific era in space​ - 8 october 2018, optus stadium

As the investment centre of gravity related to space shifts towards leading economies in the Indo-Pacific, we must think together about shared opportunities, challenges and risks around the 'Zone Above'.

Date/ Time: Monday, 8 October 2018, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Location: Optus Stadium, 333 Victoria Park Drive, Burswood, WA 6100
Registration: Tickets are available from April 2018.
Ashleigh Gillon -

Ashleigh Gillon

Anchor, LIVE Now, Sky News

Ashleigh Gillon is anchor of LIVE Now on Sky News, which broadcasts live out of the Perth Bureau. Ashleigh spent five years working in the Canberra Press Gallery as political reporter, regularly anchoring the Agenda political programs. In 2016 she was part of the team recognised with a TV Week Logie Award and Walkley Award for excellence in journalism for coverage of the Federal election.

Professor Peter Klinken AC FTSE -

Professor Peter Klinken AC FTSE

Chief Scientist of WA

Professor Klinken is a leading Western Australian medical research scientist, highly regarded for his work in advancing the understanding of genes involved in leukaemia, cancer and anaemia. His many research achievements include the discovery of a gene that suppresses the growth of tumours. After obtaining his PhD from The University of Western Australia, he undertook research at the US National Institutes of Health in Washington and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne. Read more

David Ball -

David Ball

CEO, Space Environment Research Centre

David is the CEO of the Space Environment Research Centre in Canberra, Australia. David has 25 years of experience in the communications and defence sectors with a significant portion of his career spent specialising in satellite communications. David has held senior positions with several satellite operators, including Intelsat and PanAmSat, with roles encompassing sales team management, systems engineering and space systems development.

Professor Peter J. Quinn FTSE FASA -

Professor Peter J. Quinn FTSE FASA

Executive Director, International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)

In August 2006, Peter became Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Western Australia and was appointed Inaugural Director of the new International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) in 2009. Peter is Deputy Chair of the Australian and New Zealand SKA Coordination Committee, he has published over 300 research articles and became WA Scientist of the Year in 2012. He was made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 2013. Read more

Brett Biddington AM -

Brett Biddington AM

Director, Institute for Regional Security and Space Environment Research Centre

Brett Biddington is the director of the Institute for Regional Security, a Canberra-based ‘think tank’, and also of the Space Environment Research Centre. (SERC).  He led the team that delivered the International Astronautical Congress, in Adelaide in 2017. Previously he was a member of Cisco Systems’ global space team and before that an officer in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) specialising in intelligence, security and capability development.   His responsibilities in the latter role included sponsorship of space projects and the Jindalee Over-the-horizon Radar Network (JORN) project.

Dr Kazuto Suzuki -

Dr Kazuto Suzuki

Vice Dean and Professor, International Politics, Hokkaido University

Kazuto Suzuki is Vice Dean and Professor of International Politics at Public Policy School of Hokkaido University, Japan. He served as an expert in the Panel of Experts for Iranian Sanction Committee under the United Nations Security Council from 2013 to July 2015.  He has contributed to the drafting the Basic Space Law of Japan, and serves as a member of Sub-committees of industrial policy and space security policy of National Space Policy Commission.  His recent work includes Space and International Politics (2011, in Japanese, awarded Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities), Policy Logics and Institutions of European Space Collaboration (2003) and many others.

Professor L. Gordon Flake  -

Professor L. Gordon Flake

CEO, Perth USAsia Centre

Professor L. Gordon Flake is the founding CEO of the Perth USAsia Centre, a position he assumed in January of 2014. He was previously Executive Director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, a Senior Fellow and Associate Director of the Program on Conflict Resolution at The Atlantic Council of the United States and prior to that Director for Research and Academic Affairs at the Korea Economic Institute of America. Read more

Nobu Okada -

Nobu Okada

Founder and CEO, Astroscale Pte Ltd.

Nobu Okada founded Astroscale Pte Ltd. in 2013 due to a desire to address the growing threat of space debris. He used his personal funds and hired a team in Singapore, Tokyo, and UK while raising capital. The mission of team “Space Sweepers” is to secure space flight safety by incubating space debris removal technologies. Mr. Okada serves as a member of The Future of Space Technologies Council, World Economic Forum and International Astronautical Federation. Prior to founding ASTROSCALE, he was an IT entrepreneur and executive.

Professor Matthew Bailes -

Professor Matthew Bailes

Director, OzGrav

Professor Matthew Bailes is the Director of OzGrav, the ARC Centre of Excellence for gravitational wave discovery and an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow. He explores the Universe at its most extreme, from relativistic stars such as neutron stars and black holes that require the use of Einstein's general theory of relativity to be understood, to the mysterious Fast Radio Bursts, enigmatic flashes of radio waves from the distant universe with an unknown origin. His team builds supercomputers to process data from the world's largest radio telescopes and to search for gravitational waves - a new window on the Universe.

Professor David Antoine -

Professor David Antoine

Head, Remote Sensing and Satellite Research Group, Curtin University

Professor David Antoine heads the Remote Sensing and Satellite Research Group at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. He is also a senior research scientist at the Marine Optics and Remote Sensing group of the Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche in France. His research interests include marine optics, bio-optics, radiative transfer and their application to satellite ocean colour remote sensing, including atmospheric corrections and modelling of oceanic primary production from satellite ocean colour. Among many community services, Antoine has served as chair (2007-2009) of the ocean group of the French space agency (CNES) scientific committee, and as chair (2010-2014) of the International Ocean-Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG). He has also been a member of the European Space Agency’ Earth Science Advisory Committee, and is a current member of the steering committee of Earth Observation Australia (EOA).

Dr Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan -

Dr Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan

Senior Fellow and Head, Nuclear and Space Policy, Observer Research Foundation

Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan is Senior Fellow and Head of the Nuclear and Space Policy Initiative at Observer Research Foundation. She is also a senior Asia defence writer for The Diplomat. Dr. Rajagopalan joined ORF after a five-year stint at the National Security Council Secretariat (2003-2007), where she was an Assistant Director. Prior to joining the NSCS, she was Research Officer at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. She was also a Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute of International Politics, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan in 2012.

Professor Simon Driver -

Professor Simon Driver

Astronomer, International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, The University of Western Australia

Professor Simon Driver is an Astronomer based at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research at the University of Western Australia. He leads an international team of over 100 scientists studying the evolution of mass, energy, and structure in the Universe. He is a regular user of space telescopes including the Hubble Space Telescope, and is currently working with both NASA and ESA to help develop ground-station support for deep space missions from Western Australia.

Enrico Palermo -

Enrico Palermo

President, The Spaceship Company, Virgin Galactic
Enrico joined Virgin Galactic in 2006 and as TSC’s first employee led TSC’s establishment from a business plan concept to a thriving spaceship manufacturing operation today with over 450 employees spread over a large campus in Mojave, California – the first dedicated engineering, manufacturing and flight test enterprise in Virgin Group.
Enrico has a Bachelor of Engineering in mechanical engineering and Bachelor of Science in physics and applied mathematics from the University of Western Australia. Upon receipt of a scholarship from the European Space Agency, Enrico studied at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France completing the university’s intensive Space Studies Program. Enrico brings operations leadership, engineering, technology transfer, intellectual property, financial analysis and business planning experience from a variety of industries internationally. Enrico moved his family from Perth, Australia to London, England, and then to Mojave, in pursuit of his lifelong dream of making human spaceflight more accessible to all.