Current board

PositionTitle, NameNationalityTerm of Office
PresidentKai-Uwe SchroglGermany2022-2025
Vice-PresidentSetsuko AokiJapan2020-2023
Vice-PresidentLesley-Jane SmithGermany2022-2025
Executive SecretaryPJ BlountUnited States2020-2023
TreasurerDennis J. BurnettUnited States2020-2023
Board of Directors
Position Title, Name Nationality Term of Office
Director Jenni Tapio Finland 2021-2024
Director Frans G. von der Dunk Netherlands 2020-2023
Director Marco Ferrazzani Italy 2021-2024
Director Steven Freeland Australia 2021-2024
Director Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz United States 2021-2024
Director Mahulena Hofmann Czech Republic/ Germany 2020-2023
Director Ranjana Kaul India 2021-2024
Director Olavo de O. Bittencourt Neto Brazil 2021-2024
Director Martha Mejia-Kaiser Mexico/Germany 2022-2025
Director Peter Martinez South Africa 2022-2025
Director Scarlet Wagner-O’Donnell Germany 2022-2025
Director Masahiko Sato Japan 2021-2024
Director Helen Tung Singapore 2022-2025
Director Olga Stelmakh-Drescher Ukraine/Germany 2020-2023
Director Fabio Tronchetti Italy 2021-2024
Director Guoyu Wang China 2021-2024


Board members are elected for three-year terms and may be re-elected. Elections are run electronically and are managed by an Election Committee, appointed each year by the General Assembly.

Tasks and qualification criteria for the Board of Directors

The general tasks of all board members are to attend all meetings of the Board of Directors and General Assemblies and actively contribute to the realisation of the purposes and objectives of the Institute. Maintain the highest ethical standards and act in the best interest of the Institute.

PresidentHighest-ranking Officer of the Institute, chair all conferences and meetings of the Institute and perform all duties pertaining to the office.

Vice-Presidents: Actively assist the President and carry out duties assigned by the General Assembly, the Board of Directors or the President.

Executive Secretary: Keep the minutes of meetings, give notice of meetings and generally perform all duties the office may require.

Treasurer: Custodian of all funds of the Institute, manage the Institute’s accounts and disburse funds upon submission of appropriate bills or statements.

Member of the Board: Individual Member or designated representative of an Institutional Member, significant experience in the juridical or social science aspects of space activities, committed to the Purposes and Objectives of the Institute.