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Space and Innovation as seen by WIA

Luisella Giulicchi
Luisella Giulicchi graduated with honors in Electronics Engineering from the University of Florence in Italy and has a second Masters degree in Space System Engineering from the University of Delft, in the Netherlands.

After spending three years as Research Fellow at CERN (European Laboratory for Particle Physics) in Geneva, she joined ESA (European Space Agency) where she has been working since twenty years. At ESA, in the earlier phases of her career, she contributed to Research and Development activities related to the Attitude and Orbit Control technologies and the use of GPS for aerospace applications. For the last fifteen years, she has held several technical and programmatic management positions in spacecraft project development, from feasibility study to implementation phase, for both for the ESA Science Programme and the ESA Earth Observation Programme: i.e. Bepi Colombo, Lisa Pathfinder, Sentinel-1, Sentinel-6/ Jason-CS.

Luisella has authored many scientific and technical papers and has been associate editor for several publications and scientific journals. In addition, throughout her career Luisella has actively participated in several professional organizations: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), International Federation of Automatic Controls (IFAC), American Astronautical Society (AAS); Council of European Aerospace Societies (CEAS).

She is Associate Fellow of the AIAA, she is currently also serving in the AIAA Board of Trustees.

She is currently System Manager in Sentinel-6.
Claire-Anne Reix
Engineer graduated from Ecole des Mines of Alès, France, Claire-Anne REIX started her career as manager of satellite facilities at Aerospatiale. Responsible for manufacturing, integration, tests and quality activities, telecommunications, space exploration/observation satellites, successively at Alcatel Space and Thales Alenia Space. In 2005, Claire-Anne Reix has been named GMES/Copernicus Corporate Director. In 2018, she has been appointed as Copernicus data and services exploitation Director at Thales Alenia Space. In parallel, she took over the Chairmanship of SAFE, the French cluster in charge of security, safety, environment, as well as aerospace. Claire-Anne Reix has also been nominated as auditor of INHESJ (National Institute for advanced security and justice studies), a public institution under the Prime Minister’s supervision. Since 2014, Claire-Anne Reix is city councilor of Cannes, in charge of subdelegations such as risk management, tourism, international development, congresses and events. The same year, she’s been named Chairwoman of the board of the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes.