Natalia currently is a Principal Advisor at Euroconsult. She manages research activities and consulting missions for government and private organizations in the space sector. She focuses on the assessment of government programs, new technologies and the strategic analysis of industrial and commercial space markets with special focus on space exploration. She supports and advises established and developing space players, assessing new satellite programs, defining new space policies and conducting socio-economic studies. She has contributed to developing Euroconsult’s business practice on space exploration.
During the past years, Natalia has also been a speaker and moderator at different international conferences, and she has contributed to multiple publications on space-related topics. She is recipient of numerous merit awards, including the “Promise Award” and “20 under 35” of the Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI), and the “35 under 35 Space Industry Award” of the International Institute of Space Commerce (IISC).
Prior to joining Euroconsult, Natalia worked as a Systems Engineer at MDA Corporation where she specialized in the design of satellite communication payloads, supporting the Business Development Proposal team for a variety of international clients. In addition, she worked as Research Associate at NASA Ames as part of the NASA Academy program in the field of planetary exploration.
Natalia became the first Spanish female to participate in the NASA Academy program.
Moreover, she worked as trainee at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in the field of infrared astronomy within the Herschel Space Observatory team.
Natalia completed a Master’s in Aerospace Engineering from McGill University (Montreal, Canada) and a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Telecommunications Engineering from Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio (Madrid, Spain). She also holds a Diploma in Astronomy and Planetary Science from the Open University UK and is a graduate of the International Space University (ISU) SSP’14 program.
Natalia is also a firm supporter of space outreach and education, getting involved in her spare time in different activities to engage future generations into the space field. She has been invited as guest speaker and lecturer on multiple occasions by different organizations to talk about the space sector to students and the general public. Natalia was also the president of the NASA Academy Alumni Association (NAAA) from 2016-2017. She was also selected by the Mars Society as Commander for the International Emerging Space Leaders crew (Expedition 205) to the Mars Desert Research Station, a Mars analog mission in Utah, in February of 2019.
In addition, Natalia has been the Co-Chair for the Space Management and Business department at the International Space University’s Interactive Space Program (ISP’20) and Space Studies Program (SSP’19).