NewSpace Summit

4 October, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Level 14 International Towers Exchange Place
Tower Three, 300 Barangaroo Avenue
Sydney NSW 2000
United Nations Association of Australia, NSW Division
NewSpace Summit @ Lendlease

With the formation of the Australian Space Agency, a message was sent to the world: Australia has finally taken a step into the final frontier. Today, we widely seek support for this initiative.

The United Nations Association of Australia takes great pleasure in announcing our NewSpace summit, collaborating momentum and excellence from all regions of business and academia.

Through the summit, we aim to inspire, educate and empower those interested in helping Australia make this giant leap.

The future of a growing space economy has great potential for furthering the sustainable development of your agencies; the NewSpace summit will showcase opportunities for those involved in law, science, engineering and business.

Australia is now in prime position to lead an expansion into space. The United Nations Association of Australia looks forward to assisting in this ambitious and rewarding endeavour.


Doors Open: 8:30am – 9:00am

Opening Addresses: 9:00am – 9:30am

  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, James Larsen, Chief Legal Officer – 10mins
  • Australian Space Agency, Karl Rodrigues, Executive Director, International and National Engagement – 10mins
  • National Space Society, Kirby Ikin, Chairman of the Board | Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific Aerospace Consultants – 10mins

Space Law & Policy: 9:30am – 10:35am

  • Steven Freeland, Professor of International Law, Western Sydney University – 10mins
  • Bird & Bird, Thomas Jones, Partner, Co-Head of the firm’s Global Satellite and Space Activities Group – 10mins
  • Azimuth Advisory, Donna Lawler, Principal – 10mins
  • Allens Linklaters, Connie Ye, Associate – 10mins
  • Herbert Smith Freehills, Peter Dunne, Partner – 10mins
  • Q&A – 15mins

Space Science: 10:35am – 11:40am

  • Dr Gordon Cable AM, Chair, Space Life Sciences Committee, Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine | Director and Co-founder, Human Aerospace – 10mins
  • CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science, Dr Sarah Pearce, Deputy Chief – 10mins
  • Gilmour Space Technologies, Adam Gilmour, CEO & Founder – 10mins
  • Arup, Jason Carr, Australasia Hydrogeology and Digital Water Lead – 10mins
  • Boeing, Darin Lovett, Senior Manager – Systems Analysis Lab (SAL), Phantom Works International – 10mins
  • Q&A – 15mins

Lunch Break: 11:40am – 12:40pm

Space Business and Commercialisation : 12:40pm – 1:45pm

  • Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), Daniel O’Toole, Senior Adviser, Space Industry – 10mins
  • Deloitte, Dr. Geraldine Baca TrivenoConsultant, Technology, Strategy & Innovation – 10mins
  • Main Sequence Ventures – The CSIRO Innovation Fund, Martin Duursma, Partner – 10mins
  • KPMG, Ben Sakker-Kelly, Associate Director, Space Industry Advisory – 10mins
  • PwC, Imelda Alexopoulos, Partner, Future Industries Leader – 10mins
  • Q&A – 15mins

Space Engineering: 1:45pm – 2:40pm

  • Royal Aeronautical Society Australian Division, AVM Mark Skidmore AM, President of the Division – 10mins
  • Nova Systems, Sean Tuttle, Senior Systems Engineer, Space Capability Co-ordinator – 10mins
  • Airbus Defence & Space, Thomas Pfister, Head of Sales Space and Services Australia, New Zealand and Pacific – 10mins
  • Northrop Grumman, Amanda MacKinnell, Australian Industry Capability Manager – Aerospace – 10mins
  • Q&A – 15mins

Closing Addresses: 2:40pm – 2:55pm

  • Niklas Hedman (Mr.) Chief Committee, Policy and Legal Affairs Section, Office for Outer Space Affairs United Nations – 15mins

NewSpace Fund Pitches: 2:55pm – 3:20pm

  • Macquarie University Orbital, Keira Chrystal, Satellite Project Team Lead – 5mins
  • USYD Rocketry, Andre Bauer, Executive Director – 5mins
  • BLUEsat UNSW, Olivia Yem, Satellite Project Team Lead – 5mins


Established in 1946, the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) is the official non-profit, non-government, membership-based, organization working on behalf of the United Nations core body to promote its overall aims and ideals.


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