International and interagency engagement expert with 7+ years of experience in coordinating strategic partnerships and space policy.
Language skills include fluent in English and Chinese (Cantonese), advanced in Chinese (Mandarin) and Japanese, and beginner in French and Korean.
RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE
Overlook Systems Technologies, Inc., Washington, DC Jan 2013 – Present
Systems Analyst II
Work closely with NASA, State Department and the Department of Commerce to cultivate new opportunities, coordinate interagency government consensus and strategically network with aerospace organizations, emerging space industry markets, and launch new global government relations initiatives.
Dept. of State (Space and Advanced Technology Office) - NASA Detail
• Facilitate policy discussions to update U.S. satellite registration processes between Dept. of Defense and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Federal Communications Commission (FCC), NASA, and Dept. of State.
• Coordinate the first U.S. Space Framework agreement in Asia Pacific region (S. Korea) and lead Vietnam space cooperation discussions, in particular the U.S. interagency satellite export control dialogue.
• Forge partnerships between U.S. space and satellite industries and the Asia Pacific region to discuss corporate social responsibilities at international fora.
• Participate in interagency negotiations, such as the International Search and Rescue Program Agreement and use of the European Galileo Public Regulated Service.
NASA Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Office (Contractor)
• Coordinate global and domestic Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) policy issues, including the bi-annual Federal level National Space-Based PNT Advisory Board meeting and annual United Nations (UN) International Committee on GNSS (ICG).
• Facilitate 13 agency positions as Secretariat for the Interagency Operations Advisory Group, which discusses strategic space communications interoperability and standards.
• Demonstrate language and cross-cultural knowledge to facilitate government to government meetings on complex cooperation topics, such as NASA-JAXA optical communications.
• Provide SpaceOps Committee succession planning solution, by establishing a student and young professional (SYP) program, doubling conference participation between 2014 and 2016.
Dept. of Commerce (National Coordination Office on GPS) - NASA Liaison
• Identify multiple stakeholder views to update communication outreach plan on navigation for congressional staff and public use.
• Collect, integrate and disseminate strategic interagency activities and GPS legislation back to NASA SCaN
ASRC Research and Technology Solutions (ARTS), Washington, DC
International Technology Policy Specialist Jan 2011 – Jan 2013
Worked closely with NASA clients to facilitate international and interagency meetings and support the business management office on program budget analysis.
• Coordinated international government to government relations on PNT policies, bi-lateral and multi-lateral space communication standard organizations, and outreach engagement, such as presenting at the 22nd Economic Forum (Krynica, Poland).
o Award: 2013 Space Communications and Navigation Program Recognition Award
o “GNSS Interference: The Debate Rages On.” GeoSpatial World. August 2011. p36-38.
• Oversaw NASA’s Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) working group on satellite spectrum management and regulations, earning acknowledgement from Associate Administrator Gerstenmaier.
Secure World Foundation, Washington, DC/ Daejeon, Korea
Independent Consultant June – Sept 2010
Researched South Korean aerospace industry and space policies, working closely with senior academic and government space policy experts to share recommendations on expanding cooperation with U.S. government.
• Investigated U.S. space policy regional influences “U.S. –South Korea Space cooperation” (2010), leading to guest lectures at the Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) and Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).
o “Influence in Space Policies and Cooperation in the Asia Pacific Space.” (2010), presented at International Astronautical Congress 2010 (Published: IAC-10.E3.1A.8).
SpaceWorks Commercial, Washington, DC
Intern Jan – May 2010
• Mapped the small satellites market to analyze the current and future demand of nanosatellite launchers.
o Matsuda, S., K. Yagi, J. Yokote, A.C. Charania, T. Fuji, and H. Kanayam, 2010 “Development of an Affordable and Dedicated Nano-Launcher.” AIAA-RS8-2010-5006. 8th Responsive Space Conference, AIAA, Acknowledgments.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Washington, DC
Intern Sept – Dec 2009
• Managed technical and legal licensing specifications and grant modifications of U.S. commercial satellites data collection to provide efficiency to International Bureau Satellite Division research.
Space Generation Advisory Council in Support of the UN Programme on Space Applications (SGAC)
Chair Apr 2015 – Apr 2017
Strategic Partnerships Team Apr 2014 – Apr 2015
Event Team (Space Generation Congress & Fusion Forum) Jan 2012 – Apr 2017
Youth for GNSS Project Group Co-Founder and Lead Mar 2008 – Apr 2015
Award: Recipient of the IAF Young Space Leaders Recognition Programme 2017
• Oversaw 10,000+ member students & young professionals’ space network, 50 partners & sponsors, 9 space agencies, 1 paid staff, and volunteers across the globe.
• Facilitate discussions between the Executive Office (20 appointed members) and Council (12 elected members from 6 regions) to reach consensus on emerging space topics and organizational strategy
• Created new market opportunities with current and potential high level partners from space agencies, space & satellite industry, think tanks, and academia.
• Organized 8 conferences/forums, dinners, and 4 workshops ranging between 35 – 300 participants over the span of 6 years, including space industry executives to heads of government space agencies.
• Negotiated 8 key-partnerships over 12 month period, including ministerial level supported young professional events (Young-International Space Exploration Forum).
• Presented at public events and meetings to senior level government officials and foreign space agencies, including the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS), UN ICG, and the U.S. Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Advisory Board.
The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, Washington DC, USA
M.A. International Science and Technology Policy, Concentration: Space Policy
American University School of International Service, Washington DC, USA
B.A. in International Studies
Beijing (Peking) University, Beijing, China
Université Catholique de Louvain/American University, Brussels, Belgium
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