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
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. 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
Mr. Joerg Kreisel, JKIC
Mr. Jean-Yves LeGall, CNES
Dr. Claire Nelson, Institute of Caribbean Studies
Prof. Johannes Ortner
Mr. Michael Potter, Paradigm Ventures
Mr. Allon Raiz, Raizcorp
Dr. Minoo Rathnasabapathy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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
Jacob Cohen (USA), NASA Ames Research Center, USA
Daniel Garcia Yarnoz (Spain), SatCen, Spain
Natalia Larrea Brito (Spain), Euroconsult, 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
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)
Prof Otto Koudelka, T. U. Graz
Prof Reinhold Bertrand, ESA
Prof Tanja Masson-Zwaan, Leiden University