- General John Dailey Director of the National Air & Space Museum
- G.Wayne Clough Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution
- Christine Albanel Executive Director in charge of events, cultural and institutional partnerships and solidarity, France Telecom/Orange
- Francois Delattre Ambassador of France to the United States
- Kerri-Ann Jones Assistant Secretary of State, Department of States
- Patricia Cooper President, Satellite Industry Association
- Renata David Director of Legal Affairs, ITSO
- Michael Geselowitz Senior Director, IEEE History Center
- Thierry Guillemin Senior Vice President & Chief Technical Officer at Intelsat
- Bart Palmer Chief Technology Officer, GlobeCast Americas
- David Richards Interim Director, Margaret Chase Smith Library, The University of Maine
- James Schwoch Professor of Communication Studies, Northwestern University
- Robert J. Tate Consul of the United States for Western France
Patricia Cooper - President, Satellite Industry Association
Patricia Cooper joined the Satellite Industry Association as its President in November 2007 with more than 17 years in the satellite industry and in government.
As President, Ms. Cooper is SIA´s lead representative for government services, regulatory, legislative, homeland security, export control and trade issues of critical importance to the Association´s members. She also takes over the day-to-day management and operations of SIA, including member communications, staff leadership and organization of SIA sponsored events.
Patricia joined SIA following a five-year tenure in the Federal Communications Commission where she managed the FCC´s bilateral relationships with regulatory agencies across the world, served as lead author of the FCC´s inaugural competition report to Congress on communications satellite industry and was Senior Satellite Competition Advisor in the International Bureau. Before joining the FCC, Patricia directed the international regulatory strategy of CoreExpress, a start-up intelligent data delivery company. From 1994 to 2000, she was Senior Director for Regulatory Policy at PanAmSat Corporation during its transformation from a single-satellite communications company to a global satellite system. There, Patricia directed the company´s international market access, and coordinated policy and trade outreach on six continents. From 1989 to 1994, Patricia counseled U.S. satellite companies on international business opportunities for the U.S. Commerce Department´s International Trade Administration and monitored telecom liberalization in the Americas. She began her communications career with Motorola´s U.S. Federal Government Affairs office in Wiesbaden, Germany.
Patricia holds a Master´s Degree in International Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) and graduated summa cum laude from Kansas State University with a Bachelor´s Degrees in Political Science and German.
SIA is a U.S.-based trade association providing worldwide representation of the leading satellite operators, service providers, manufacturers, launch services providers, and ground equipment suppliers. The Association is the unified voice of the U.S. satellite industry on policy, regulatory, and legislative issues affecting the satellite manufacturing, launch and services business.
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