Meet the Team
Adrian Saez Garcia
Santander Asset Management
Dr. Matteo Laterza
Lead Propulsion Scientist and Vicepresident
Dr. Anja Nakarada Pecujlic
Space System Engineer
Dr. Amool Raina
Oxford Space System
Certified Executive and Personal Coach
Chiara Cocchiara is a female Aerospace Engineer. Forbes listed her as 30Under30 Leader in the category Industry. She received the IAF Young Space Leaders award in 2020, for her contribution to the IAF and the space sector.
She was also awarded the MIT Innovator Under35 and the ESNC Prizes for a new drone technology that she designed to help saving human lives.
She played the roles of Crew Commander (rotation) and Crew Engineer of a Mars Analogue mission with the Mars Society and experiments from NASA.
In 2019 she was also awarded the Atlantic Dialogue Emerging Leader and the German-Italian Young Leader titles.
She volunteers for the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) since 2015 and she currently covers the role of SpaceOps Manager. She is part of the SpaceOps Committee, where she leads the SpaceOps Students and Young Professionals (SYP) program.
She speaks five languages, has one Bachelor and three Master degrees in Aerospace Engineering, an MBA, and is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Palermo.
Dr. Anja Nakarada Pecujlic
Doctor in Space Law at the University of Cologne.
She is a Business creator in charge of the European region for the Japanese company Axelspace. Between 2017 and 2020 she was the Project Manager for the European Space Agency (ESA)/Cologne University joint project: “ESA Convention Commentary”. Her tasks encompass scientific research, organization of the project milestones and supervision of the whole writing and reviewing process. From 2014 to 2016, she was an External Consultant of the European Space Policy Institute, Vienna, Austria.
From 2009 until 2014 she studied at the Law Faculty at the University of Vienna, where she specialized in international law with the main focus on International Space Law. Subsequently, she continued to conduct space legal research and participated as a speaker in several international Conferences and published various articles in esteemed journals and chapters in books.
Furthermore, she is the CEO and co-founder of the “Serbian Case for Space Foundation” in Belgrade, Serbia. This Foundation was established in October 2017 with the aim to engage Serbia in the space domain.
Dr. Amool Raina
Dr. Amool Raina is currently working as a Programme Manager at Oxford Space Systems (OSS). His work profile at OSS consists of managing the satellite component manufacturing and assembly team. He has a work experience of over 11 years in the aerospace and renewable industry prior to joining OSS. Previously, Dr. Raina coordinated and led the aerospace programme at the Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) of RWTH Aachen University.
His doctoral thesis (highest distinction received) majoring in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Kansas presented solutions for improvement in turbomachinery design and manufacturing.
While working in the United States, he led inter-disciplinary product development teams for design and manufacturing projects.
He has also been involved in projects wherein he engineered and manufactured of aerospace parts in collaboration with NASA GRC, DLR and MTU Aeroengines. He has contributed and led engineering and product development teams for manufacturing reflector antennas for communication satellites, composite airframe parts and high temperature aircraft engine components. He serves as an expert reviewer for the European Union’s different funding programmes. Dr. Raina is a co-editor of two books and has published over 45 peer reviewed papers in various conferences and journals.
Alessandro is a graduate in Space Systems Engineering at Delft University of Technology, currently working as a Systems Engineer at Airbus UK. Expert in stress engineering and aspiring futurist, with more than ten years of work experience in aeronautical companies in several countries, he has led data analytics projects aimed at the optimization and tailoring of maintenance programs. Member of INCOSE for several years, he presented at ASEC2014 on decision making algorithms in the sport business. A Chartered Engineer from the Royal Aeronautical Society, he is passionate about refining his skills by finding new ways to improve team work with new paradigms based on professional fulfillment, nurturing of talents and democratization of niche technologies. LEGO builder and drone pilot, he enjoys volunteering work as STEM ambassador and practicing mindfulness.
Dr. Matteo Laterza is Lead Propulsion Scientist and Vicepresident at Aliena, a Singapore-based Space Electric Propulsion startup, where he coordinates R&D and engineering departments to bring ideas from first physics principles to Flight Readiness Reviews.
He holds a Master of Science in Space System Engineering at Pisa University and a Ph.D. in Aerospace engineering at Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. Before jumping into the startup world he was Senior Researcher at Technion's Aerospace Plasma Laboratory, where he specialized in propulsion systems aimed at the CubeSat market.
Magda Comas is a certified Executive and Personal Coach founder of @Belightglobal specialized in Women Leadership and Mindfulness, empowering companies, teams and individuals to reach their best version of themselves by maximizing their potential and living a more fulfilling life.
In Belight she guides them to feel more gratitude into their lives, to be resilient, to live more conscious and to be able to manage their emotions and self-limiting beliefs.
She has Public Affairs, Human Rights and International Affairs experience in top-tier entities at European and International level like Spanish Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Law Firms, Think Tanks and Private Sector companies. She is from Mallorca but during 10 years has lived in more than 7 cities (Madrid, Hamburg, Dublin, London, Calcuta, Washington, Brussels, New York…) always trying to find her mission in life.
Born in Palma de Mallorca, Magda is a Spanish women graduated in Law at University Complutense in Madrid and Uni Hamburg. She studied also Tourism at University of Balearic Islands finishing it in Dublin. After her studies and internships, she did a Postgraduate Program in Global Competitiveness Leadership in Georgetown University, Washington.
Magda is an active member in several Organizations like the Georgetown Business Alliance. And also member of Friends For Leadership since January 2019 when they met at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
An aerospace journalist from India, Ayushee is a space enthusiast who has been nominated for Aerospace Media Awards(Asia) and Global Aerospace Media Awards. She wishes to strengthen the awareness around the space industry and help young students transform their space fascination & passion into a profession. For this, she has joined iSpace as the national coordinator for India and is also starting with her own page SpaceSheets.
Alongside her journalism, she has been a part of the education & content industry in various capacities for about half a decade now. She has a travel bug implanted in her soul and loves meeting new people over deep conversations. Donning many hats, she is also an occasional spoken word poet and a Licensed Zumba Instructor.
Know more about her work here.