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The Space Industry Association of Australia is the peak national organisation that promotes the growth of the Australian space industry. It speaks with authority and credibility on behalf of its members on policy and commercial issues connected with the Australian space industry.

The SIAA takes a leading role in advising government on behalf of the space industry. It also provides a forum to promote networking and collaboration among members. Through meetings and events held in various Australian locations, the SIAA engages with members to devise and communicate policies to support the development of the Australian space industry. The SIAA actively promotes and facilitates commercial, industrial and research opportunities for members nationally and internationally.

The SIAA also harnesses the skills and expertise of its membership to address issues of common concern to corporations, businesses and individuals involved in, or seeking to become involved in, the benefits of the space sector in Australia and internationally.

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IAC2017

The Local Organising Committee

Since May 2015 the Local Organising Committee (LOC) has been working to ensure that IAC2017 is an outstanding event and a memorable experience for all delegates and those who accompany them to Australia. 
Mr Michael Davis

Mr Michael Davis

Michael is Chair of the Space Industry Association of Australia and ex officio Chair of the LOC. He has been involved with plans to bring the IAC to Adelaide since the beginning.  He practised law in Adelaide for 41 years. He is a graduate of the International Space University and former Co-Director of the ISU Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program held annually in Adelaide.

Mr David Ball

Mr David Ball

David has an extensive background in the satellite communications, broadcasting and telecommunications sectors with broad experience in sales leadership, business development, engineering, operational management, product development and marketing.  He was the Chief Technology Officer for NewSat and has also held senior positions at INTELSAT and PanAmSat.

Mr Brett Biddington AM

Mr Brett Biddington AM

(Chief Executive for IAC2017 in Adelaide).  Brett served in the Air Force officer before joining the space team of Cisco Systems.  In 2009 he established his own consulting company.  Brett is a former Chair of the SIAA and has been associated with efforts to bring the IAC to Adelaide since 2011.

Ms Jennifer Doyle

Jennifer represents the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science on the LOC.  This Department has policy responsibility for civil and commercial space matters in Australia and administers the Space Activities Act which is the domestic law that regulates space activity in Australia.

Dr Alice Gorman

Dr Alice Gorman

Alice is a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at Flinders University in Adelaide.  Her research focuses on the archaeology and heritage of space exploration, including orbital debris, planetary landing sites, off-earth mining, terrestrial launch and tracking sites, and interactions with Indigenous people.

Mr Jeff Kasparian

Mr Jeff Kasparian

With a background in satellite technology, Jeff is highly experienced in forming and managing partnerships between universities, other research organisations, industry and governments.  He spent more than 20 years performing these roles at the University of South Australia, including at the acclaimed Institute for Telecommunications Research.  He now consults in this area.

Dr Naomi Mathers

Dr Naomi Mathers

(Australian Co-Chair of the International Programming Committee for IAC2017).  Naomi is the Industry Liaison Engineer at the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC) at Mt Stromlo Observatory in Canberra.  Naomi has much experience with the IAF, especially its educational and outreach activities.

Mr Peter Nikoloff

Mr Peter Nikoloff

Peter is the co-founder and a director of Nova Systems, a high-tech. company based in Adelaide.  Nova has expertise in satellite communications and provides numerous services to Defence at the Woomera Test Range.

Ms Anne-Marie Quinn

Ms Anne-Marie Quinn

(ex-officio)  Anne-Marie is the Managing Director of All Occasions Group (AOG), the Adelaide-based company that has been engaged as the Professional Conference Organiser for IAC2017. AOG has considerable experience in handling large conferences and also has a subsidiary company that is a travel agency.

Mr Nicola Sasanelli AM

Mr Nicola Sasanelli AM

Nicola is the representative of the Government of South Australia on the LOC.  He is an expert in facilitating international partnerships and collaboration between universities, other research organisations and governments.  He served as the Science Counsellor in the Italian Embassy in Canberra before moving to Adelaide.

Mr Chris Schacht

Mr Chris Schacht

Chris was a Senator for South Australia in the Australian Parliament from 1987 – 2002.  He served as a Minister and in 1993-4 was responsible for civil and commercial space matters.  He remains active in business and politics, especially in South Australia.

Ms Mary Snitch

Ms Mary Snitch

Mary is the representative of the Lockheed Martin Corporation on the LOC.  Mary is based in Bethesda, Maryland and is responsible for managing many of Lockheed’s relationships with universities and with international organisations.

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities

There are numerous opportunities for sponsors and exhibitors to support and participate in IAC2017.

For further information, please contact Brett Biddington AM, Chief Executive Local Organising Committee IAC2017.
+61 401 890 368
 
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