Simonetta Di Pippo
Director, SEE Lab (Space Economy Evolution Laboratory), Professor of practice of space economy
Simonetta Di Pippo is Professor of Practice of Space Economy at SDA Bocconi School of Management and Director of Space Economy Evolution Lab (SEE Lab). She is an italian astrophysicist and before joining SDA Bocconi she served as Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs(UNOOSA).
She holds a Master’s Degree in Astrophysics and Space Physics from University "La Sapienza", an Honoris Causa Degree in Environmental Studies, and an Honoris Causa Degree of Doctor in International Affairs.
Prior to joining UNOOSA, she served as Director of Human Spaceflight at ESA, Director of the Observation of the Universe at the Italian Space Agency and led the European Space Policy Observatory at ASI-Brussels.
She is an Academician of IAA and co-chair of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on space. In her career, Simonetta Di Pippo has been active in bridging the gender gap in STEM and the space sector. In 2009, she co-founded Women in Aerospace Europe and in 2017, she became a UN International Gender Champion.
In 2008, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) named asteroid 21887 "dipippo" in honour of her contribution to space activities and in 2006, she was knighted by the President of the Italian Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi as Cavaliere Ufficiale al Merito and in 2022 by Presidente Sergio Mattarella as Commendatore. Austrian President Van der Bellen, in 2022, awarded her with the Grand Decoration in Gold. She has been the first woman to be honored with the Hubert Curien award.
06 December 2022 | 13:00 | POLICIES TO DRIVE SPACE TECH INNOVATION
- Rapid innovations in space tech need a proactive and responsive policy environment
- How are governing bodies preparing for the space innovations of tomorrow?
- What are the most successful approaches to driving innovation and development?
- Which technologies will be revolutionary for our utilization of space?