Walda W. Roseman
Ms. Roseman has had a distinguished career as an executive, strategist, advocate, ICT expert, and entrepreneur, primarily in the international information and communications technology and entertainment sectors. She has also devoted much of her energies to promoting social and economic development worldwide through technology and public policy. She was honored by the UN agency for ICT, the International Telecommunication Union, with its Gold Medal for advancing the roles of women in ICT and empowering young people to embrace technology and creativity as tools for positive economic change.
Ms. Roseman is CEO of CompassRose International, an international advisory firm that she established in 1993 and led until she joined the Internet Society in 2011. At the Internet Society she served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Strategic Communication Officer. Ms. Roseman founded the first international communications office of the Federal Communications Commission. She held executive positions with Intelsat, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; National Public Radio; and the former White House Office ofTelecommunications Policy.
Ms. Roseman is active on the boards of a number of professional, non-profit and academic organizations, including serving as Chair of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation.
Dr. Joseph S. Bravman
Vice Chair & Awards Chair
Dr. Bravman is currently engaged in a number of satellite and communications projects both as an entrepreneur and an advisor. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Maryland Angels Council, an early stage investment fund, as well as a number of boards, including NDIA, Syntonics LLC, and the Cornell University Engineering Alumni Association.
Dr. Bravman was formerly Senior Vice President of Orbital Sciences Corporation, where he was responsible for Corporate Development, after serving as Chief Engineer and in a number of group general management positions. Prior to Orbital’s acquisition of Fairchild in 1994, he was Executive Vice President of Fairchild Space and Defense Corporation and President of Fairchild’s electronics systems
Timothy J. Logue
Timothy J. Logue is the Senior Director for Marketing and Sales for Thales Alenia Space North America in its Washington, D.C. area office, having joined the group in 2009. Mr. Logue has been involved in the satellite industry for more than 30 years, starting with the original Communications Satellite Corporation. He then worked as a staff consultant on many satellite and telecommunications projects while with two different law firms, Reid & Priest and Coudert Brothers. He joined Orbital Sciences Corporation in sales and marketing in 2005.
He is active in professional organizations and has served in a number of leadership positions, including as President of the Society of Satellite Professionals International’s Mid-Atlantic Division (2000-2002), Treasurer of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation (ongoing), and co-chair and then chair of the Advisory Council of the Pacific Telecommunications Council (2009-present).
He holds a Masters Degree in International Communications from American University’s School of International Service; and a bachelor’s degree from Duquesne University in journalism.
Of Counsel & Secretary
Ben Stone is a corporate attorney at the law firm Mintz Levin in Boston, MA, where he helps entrepreneurs, investors, and companies generate profits and positive social impact around the world. Ben started his career at a manuscript editor at The Astrophysical Journal, sparking a passion for space and science fiction. Ben subsequently served as a litigator at an international law firm in NYC; helped start and served as CEO of Indego Africa, an award-winning lifestyle brand and social enterprise connecting thousands of female artisan entrepreneurs in Rwanda and Ghana with global markets and business education; led a task force at American Express supporting entrepreneurs in the Unites States; and served as managing director and general counsel of an international impact investing firm that finances businesses concentrating on clean energy, sustainable agriculture, and financial inclusion in more than 35 countries.
Ben has published more than a dozen articles, participated in more than 50 media interviews, and delivered more than 100 speeches on topics like entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership, law, finance, technology, marketing, sustainability, public relations, design, careers, and international affairs. From 2012 to 2017, Ben was a Term Member on the Council on Foreign Relations. Ben received his J.D. from New York University School of Law and his B.A. from Washington University in Saint Louis. He also completed the Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
Assistant Secretary & Treasurer
Born in Hong Kong in 1949 and educated in Bangkok, England and Scotland, Alistair Scott joined Hawker Siddeley Aviation at Hatfield as an Undergraduate Apprentice in 1967. Gaining an Aeronautical Engineering degree from Bristol University, he worked in Design and Sales Engineering on the Trident, HS125, Airbus and HS146 aircraft, operating mainly in Europe and Africa. In 1978 he joined British Aerospace in Stevenage as Marketing Manager, Defence Systems, Middle East and North Africa, and, after a spell as PA to the Deputy Chief Executive of British Aerospace, he moved over to BAE Space Systems in 1984 as Marketing Manager, Communications Satellites, spending much of his time in the Middle East and Australasia.
On the formation of Astrium in May 2000, he was appointed Director of Communications and is now Adviser (UK) PR & Communications, EADS Astrium where many of the world’s largest communications and TV satellites are designed and built alongside spacecraft destined for Mars, Venus and Mercury. Alistair is a Vice-President of the British Interplanetary Society and a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society His hobbies include military vehicles, vintage cars, sailing and cartooning and he was also a Major in the Territorial Army. He is married with two grown up children.
Dr. Martin Collins
Dr. Collins is a curator at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C. He is editor of the academic journal History and Technology and managing editor of the book series Artefacts: Studies in the History of Science and Technology, published by the Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press. He is an often consulted authority on oral history and archives and is the author/editor of several books focusing on the history of science, technology, and society in the 20th century.
Charles G. Schott
Mr. Schott serves as Managing Director of Charles Schott and Associates, a strategic management consultancy and as Senior Advisor at the Center for Financial Stability (CFS), an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit NYC-based public policy think tank focused on financial markets.
Mr. Schott served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury for Trade and Investment Policy (2003-2007); Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chief of Staff (1989-91); Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Deputy Administrator of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) (1986-89); and Senior Advisor to Invest in America (2007-9), the Commerce Department’s newly created investment promotion agency (now Select USA).
Mr. Schott also previously served as Head of Strategic Sales and Marketing for Seattle-based Intellectual Ventures (IV) (2009-10). Mr. Schott founded Paradigm Partners, LLC, a strategic advisory firm based in New Canaan, CT (1997-2003). He also served as a founding executive of Hearst New Media & Technology (1993-97), where he was responsible for the creation and operation of Hearst New Media Ventures. He was a management consultant in McKinsey & Company’s London office (1992-93) and a corporate attorney with Dewey Ballantine (1979-81).
Mr. Schott received his Masters of Business Administration and Bachelors degree in History from Stanford University. He also has a J. D. Degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
Valerie D’Costa is an advocate, leader and innovator with 25+ years of experience launching and scaling international initiatives and programs in developing countries. Her subject matter expertise is in ICTs and using technology as a tool for development. She has brought public and private donors together in several innovative technology partnerships for the
Valerie is the immediate past Executive Director of the World Bank’s infoDev Program, which supports technology entrepreneurs, startups and enterprises across the developing world. Under her leadership, infoDev’s funding base grew to $150M from $2M over 8 years, the largestin its 20-year history. infoDev programs have reached over 100,000 startups and entrepreneurs in the developing world. Valerie also led a World Bank Women’s Economic Empowerment Program to support female entrepreneurs and women-led businesses in the developing world.
Before joining the World Bank, Valerie led the Singapore Government’s international ICT policy, regulatory, trade and diplomatic ties. She chaired numerous international negotiations, including the creation of the Internet Governance Forum at the World Summit on the Information Society in 2005, and the privatization of the international satellite organization, Intelsat. She chaired the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Telecommunications Working Group from 1999-
Valerie is personally committed to causes of youth mentorship and employment, race relations, and fostering equitable and inclusive societies. She mentors 5th Grade students at the non-profit Higher Achievement, volunteers at Miriam’s Kitchen and Little Friends for Peace, and is a member of the Washington D.C. Interfaith Network (WIN) and Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP). Valerie holds law degrees from the National University of Singapore and University College of London.
Hon. Diana Lady Dougan
Ambassador Dougan has served in senior communications technology, foreign policy and management positions for more than three decades, including appointments by three U.S. Presidents (Republican and Democrat) to Senate-confirmed positions. She is currently Chair of the Cyber Century Forum (501(c)3), Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and Co-chair of the Governing Board of the Center for Information Infrastructure and Economic Development (CIIED) under the auspices of the prestigious Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).
As the first statutory U.S. Coordinator and administratively as Assistant Secretary of State from 1982-88, Ambassador Dougan oversaw US telecom, IT and broadcast interests internationally on behalf of a dozen federal agencies. Since that time, she has continued to spearhead a diversity of multi-lateral, multi-industry initiatives and serves on a number of fiduciary and advisory boards.
Mrs. Edwards, who is Arthur C. Clarke’s niece, is the Company Secretary and administrator of Rocket Publishing, Ltd., the UK-based Clarke family business. She has worked for the Company for almost 16 years. She also works as a school librarian.
David J. Helfgott
Senior Executive with 20+ years of business leadership in Sales, Marketing, Strategy, Corporate Development and General Management across several technology sectors including Terrestrial Telecom, Internet and e-Commerce Services, Wireless and Satellite Communications, and ISR Technology for commercial and government markets
Tedson J. Meyers
Tedson J. Meyers was a Washington, D.C. telecommunications attorney with Peabody, Lambert & Meyers, now retired, well-known for his work in satellite and international telecommunications. The first attorney to be elected President of the International Council for Computer Communication, Mr. Meyers is also an Honorary Academician of the International Telecommunication Academy of Russia, an arm of the Russian Academy of Science. In addition to his leadership role in ACCF, Mr. Meyers chairs the American Bar Association effort to expand the services of the Law Library of Congress, and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
A holder of the U.S. Secretary of the Army’s Public Service Medal, he is also an Adjunct Professor of Communication at San Diego State University. Mr. Meyers served as Assistant to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission; Assistant to the Director of the Peace Corps; and as a member of the Washington, D.C. City Council, appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate. A former President of Washington, D.C.’s Cosmos Club, he also served as a Company Commander, First Marine Division, Korea, Mr. Meyers is a graduate of the Harvard Law School where he was Founding President of the Harvard Legislative Research Bureau. He now resides in Fairhope, Alabama.
Monica Morgan is founder of MoJoMo Communications, a small, business-to-business communications firm that specializes in developing campaigns and events supporting the branding, market development and customer relations of companies in the satellite industry. Previously, Morgan was the Vice President of Princeton-based SES AMERICOM/GE AMERICOM, the largest supplier of commercial satellite services in the U.S. serving the broadcast, government and enterprise markets. Prior to this assignment, Morgan worked with large enterprises in the development of private satellite networks and events. Her broadcast expertise comes from six years with the Public Broadcasting Service where she produced live, satellite-delivered events and led the group that developed and delivered daily programming to business and educational sites. Her early career was spent with three not-for-profit organizations based in the Washington, DC area: the Capital Children’s Museum, the American Film Institute, and the Friends of the National Zoo.
Dr. Michael R. Nelson
Michael R. Nelson works on Internet-related global public policy issues for CloudFlare, a startup that has improved the performance and security of more than 4 million Web sites worldwide. Prior to joining CloudFlare in 2015, he was a Principal Technology Policy Strategist in Microsoft’s Technology Policy Group and before that was a Senior Technology and Telecommunications Analyst at Bloomberg Government. In addition, since January, 2009, Dr. Nelson has been teaching courses and doing research on futures and forecasting as well as the evolution of the Internet at Georgetown University.
Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, Nelson worked for almost ten years at IBM. He started his career in Washington, DC, working for Senator Gore, then chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space. After five years on Capitol Hill, he moved to the White House and worked with Vice President Gore and the President’s science adviser on issues relating to telecommunications policy, cybersecurity, encryption, electronic commerce, and information policy. Dr. Nelson has a B.S. from Caltech and a Ph.D. from MIT.