In addition to her role at the IISC, Dr. Stelmakh-Drescher is the Global Partnership Manager for the World Space Week Association. She has an extensive background in space matters, having worked in the space sector for over 14 years, including seven years of governmental and parliamentarian engagement. Prior to her present role, she worked with McGill Institute of Air and Space Law, George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute, the Parliament of Ukraine, German Aerospace Center, Ukrainian Space Agency, and European Space Agency. She has become a noted as a lawyer with strong business background and fluency in 5 languages, working around the globe, combining public service with academic work and legal practice.
She is an alumna of the Paris-11 Institute of Space and Telecommunication Law and International Space University . Dr. Stelmakh-Drescher also holds a Doctorate in International Law specializing in Space Security, two LLM degrees and two Master degrees in Business. Professionally, she is a member of many high profile groups, including: the International Institute of Space Law, Women in Aerospace, Global Diplomacy Lab, and the Expert Network of Council on Future Space Technologies of the World Economic Forum.
In 2013, she was honored with the IAF Emerging Space Leaders recognition award, and in 2015, 2016 and 2017 she was a judge of the regional rounds of the Manfred Lachs Moot Court Competition. She currently heads the Election Committee of the International Institute of Space Law.
Dr. Stelmakh-Drescher is a frequent speaker at many international space fora (US, Europe, Middle East and Asia-Pacific) and publishes extensively on space related topics.
A lifetime space enthusiast, Richard followed the industry from afar while working in the airline industry. He fostered many contacts in the US space program through participation in fundraisers for the Foundation for International Space Education, which continued until he took his own place in the industry. He joined the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL, USA, in January 2017, where he currently holds the position of crew trainer.