|| William GERSTENMAIER
Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, NASA Headquarters
THE FUTURE OF SPACE EXPLORATION
William H. Gerstenmaier is the associate administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. In this position, Gerstenmaier provides strategic direction for all aspects of NASA’s human exploration of space and cross-agency space support functions of space communications and space launch vehicles.?He provides programmatic direction for the operation and utilization of the International Space Station, development of the Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft. He also provides strategic guidance and direction for the commercial crew and cargo programs that will provide logistics and crew transportation to the space station, and to NASA’s journey to Mars.
Gerstenmaier is the recipient of numerous awards; for his technical contributions and leadership?in national and international human space ight programs, Gerstenmaier was elected into the 2018 class of the National Academy of Engineering.
|| H. E. Dr. Ahmad bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul AL FALASI
Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills (United Arab Emirates), chairman of UAE Space Agency
EMIRATES VISION AND PLAN TO MARS
His Excellency Dr. Ahmad bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi was appointed as Minister of State for Higher Education in February 2016, to supervise the development of higher education and scienti c research in the UAE. In October 2017, His Excellency’s portfolio was expanded to include Advanced Skills to equip the UAE youth with the necessary skills for the future.
Al Falasi is currently the Chairman of the Federal Authority for Human Resources, and the Chairman UAE Space Agency since June 2017.
His Excellency represents the space sector in the National Science, Technology and Innovation Committee.
Prior, His Excellency held the position of Chief Executive Of cer at Masdar, Executive Director?of Strategy and Tourism Sector Development at Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, and Vice President of Industry Unit of Mubadala Development Company.
His Excellency Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi had also worked with management consulting rm McKinsey & Company.
His Excellency has a Ph.D. from Sir John Monash University, a Master’s from the University?of Melbourne, Australia, and a Bachelor in Telecommunications Engineering from KUSTAR, UAE.