The Board of Trustees is elected by the Governing Membership of the International Space University. The Board of Trustees determines ISU’s overall objectives and oversees the University’s affairs.
Dr. Christian Sallaberger, Chairman
ASI – Italian Space Agency (Gabriella Arrigo), CSA – Canadian Space Agency, CASC – China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (Xiangming Fang), CNES – Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (Alexia Lacaze), DLR – German Aerospace Center (Dirk Beckmann), ESA – European Space Agency (Hugo Maree), Heinlein Prize Trust (Buckner Hightower), Isle of man Government (Martyn Perkins), Israel Space Agency (Ofer Lapid), JAXA – Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Norimitsu Kamimori), NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Tom Cremins), Alumni Representative (Soyeon Yi).
Airbus Defence and Space (Silvio Sandrone), Boeing, Canadensys Aerospace (Christian Sallaberger), Lockheed Martin (Joe Landon), Manx Precision Optics Ltd. (Helmut Kessler), Odyssey Space Research (Brian Rishikof), SES (Violetta Kuvaeva), The Aerospace Corporation (Angie Bukley).
Michael Davis, Art Dula, Ramin Khadem, Siamak Khorram, Robert Richards (Founder), Pete Worden.
The Board of Advisors is chaired by the Chancellor and is composed of individuals who have achieved a high level of recognition worldwide in the space sector. It is the duty and responsibility of the Board of Advisors to advise and consult with the Board of Trustees, officers and administration, and faculty on such matters as they may seek such guidance and counsel.
Dr. Valanathan Munsami, Chancellor and Chair of the Board of Advisors
Mr. George W. S. Abbey, Rice University
Dr. Mohamed Al Ahbabi, UAE Space Agency
Prof. Oleg Alifanov, Moscow Aviation Institute
Prof. Ali Al-Mashat, Director, Arabsat (ret.)
Mr. Marcio N. Barbosa, UNESCO (ret.)
Dr. Roger Bonnet, International Space Science Institute
Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, ISU Co-Founder, X-Prize
Prof. Dr. Hansjörg Dittus, University of Bremen
Mr. Jay Honeycutt, Lockheed Martin (ret.)
Mr. Yasuo Ishii, JAXA
Dr. Nandasiri Jasentuliyana, United Nations (ret.)
Mr. Jean-Yves LeGall, CNES
Prof. Johannes Ortner
Mr. Michael Potter, Paradigm Ventures
Mr. Christopher Stott, ManSat
Mr. Eric Tilenius, Tilenius Ventures
Ms. Barbara Wood
The Chancellor is an honorary representative with an ambassadorship role to promote the University and to provide guidance, advice and to participate in academic programs.
Following the steps of Arthur C. Clarke, Jean-Jacques Dordain, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, and Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund, Dr. Valanathan Munsami has been appointed ISU Chancellor.
Dr. Munsami is a space physicist and holds a PhD in Physics, and a Masters Degree in Business Leadership. He is an alumni of the ISU, where he completed a Space Program Diploma (SSP2009). His passion lies in the drafting of various frameworks and roadmaps that help establish emerging space projects and institutions. He helped develop South Africa’s National Space Strategy and Policy and oversaw the establishment of the South African National Space Agency (SANSA). In 2012, he became the Chief Specialist for Astronomy and African Space Science, where he led the drafting of South Africa’s Multi-Wavelength Astronomy Strategy and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Readiness Strategy for Africa. He also chaired the African Union Space Working Group that developed the African Space Policy and the African Space Strategy. As of January 2017, he was appointed the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SANSA, a post he held until the end of February 2022. He is the co-founder of the African Space Policy Institute (ASPI).
The ISU Academic Council is responsible for ensuring the academic quality of the teaching and research activities of ISU. The Council has created a set of policies and standards for the faculty within the overall guidelines established by the Board of Trustees and in cooperation with the President of the University.
Volker Damann (Germany), Chair of the Academic Council, ESA (retired), Germany
Lucy Stojak (Canada), Vice Chair of the Academic Council, HEC Montreal, Canada
Carol Carnett JD (USA), Legal Aid Bureau Inc., USA
Dan Glover (USA), Independent Consultant, USA
Maria Antonietta Perino (Italy), Thales Alenia Space, Italy
Geoff Steeves (Canada), University of Victoria, Canada
Su-Yin Tan (Canada), University of Waterloo, Canada
Virginia Wotring (USA), International Space University, France
Olga Zhdanovich (Russia), MODIS, The Netherlands MODIS, Netherlands
The Committee on Academic Appointment, Review & Evaluation (CARE) makes recommendations on all issues regarding appointment, performance, evaluation, and advancement of Resident Faculty members and title assignment at recruitment. It also makes recommendations on the appointment or dismissal, performance, evaluation, and titles of ISU Faculty.
Angie Bukley, The Aerospace Corporation, USA (Chair)
Giovanni Fazio, Harvard University, USA (Vice-Chair)
Bill Cowley, Univ. of South Australia (ret.), Australia
Jim Dator, Univ. of Hawaii, USA
Dennis Irwin, Ohio University (emeritus), USA
Joan Johnson-Freese, Naval War College, USA
John Logsdon, George Washington Univ. (ret.), USA
Maria Perino, Thales Alenia Space, Italy
Soyeon Yi, Astronaut, South Korea.
Kazuya Yoshida, Tohoku University, Japan