I am an operations manager experienced at establishing new departments in growing aerospace companies. My professional experience encompasses space mission design, spacecraft procurement, and spacecraft operations, covering the whole life-cycle management of space missions. I worked across Europe and earned my Master in Business Administration at CUHK, one of the leading Asian business schools. Multilingual and well‑travelled, I thrive in multicultural environments, where I can best exploit my communication skills, open‑mindedness, and friendly attitude .
27/10/2014 - Present Time: Flight Dynamics Manager
Avanti Communications (Goonhilly Earth Station, TR12 6LQ Helston, Cornwall, UK)
As team leader in the Spacecraft Operations department, I have successfully initiated in-house Flight Dynamics operations at Avanti, creating a new competence within the company.
- Design and implementation of the Flight Dynamics concept of operations
- Support to spacecraft and ground segment software procurement, closely interacting with manufacturers
- Assessment and mitigation of risks associated with critical operational activities
- Contract management of operational services
- Line management of the Flight Dynamics team
01/03/2014 - 30/06/2014:
Harvey Nash (15/F Henley Building, 5 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong)
Design of a mainland China market entry strategy (Business Practicum within the framework of the CUHK MBA course)
01/11/2008 - 30/06/2013: Flight Dynamics Engineer
ESA - European Space Agency (ESOC - European Space Operations Center, Robert Bosch Strasse 5, 64293 Darmstadt Germany)
As a senior consultant, I was responsible for the Flight Dynamics operations of the Venus Express probe.
- Routine and non-routine operations, including recovery of spacecraft anomalies
- Design of the drag experiments campaigns to measure the atmospheric density of planet Venus
- Definition of the Flight Dynamics software architecture
- Work in a team of nine, tightly interacting with all FD sections and constantly facing the client
- Mentoring and supervision of up to six junior team members
01/11/2008 - 30/06/2013: Deimos Space on-site Manager at ESOC
Deimos Space (ESOC - European Space Operations Center, Robert Bosch Strasse 5, Darmstadt Germany 64293 )
As DEIMOS Space site manager, I provided on-site management of the consultancy contracts.
01/08/2006 - 31/10/2008: Project Engineer / Project Technical Manager
Deimos Space (Ronda de Poniente 19, Tres Cantos, Madrid Spain 28760 )
I designed satellite orbits to meet the operational requirements and minimize the operational costs.
- Understanding and assessment of client requirements
- Development, optimization and testing of ad-hoc mission analysis software for Earth-observation missions
- Work in teams of up to five, periodically facing the client.
01/11/2005 - 30/07/2006: Avionics Engineer
Alenia (Via P. Foresio 1, Venegono Superiore Italy 21040 )
I supported the launch of the Integrated Training Systems division, by developing the Embedded Tactical Simulation (ETS) function, and coordinating its integration into the avionic suite of the M-346 trainer aircraft.
- Research and assessment of the requirement of potential customers
- Technical and functional review of software and hardware products of candidate providers
- Work in a team of six, collaborating with different sections of the company, and often interacting with potential providers and clients
01/07/2013 - 30/07/2014: CUHK Business School, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
MBA - Master in Business Administration
Strategic Management, Strategic Marketing, Management of Technology, Management Consulting, Business Negotiation
01/10/1997 - 19/04/2005: Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy
Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering
Mathematics, Physics, Aerodynamics, Structure Mechanics, Aerospace Structure Design, Orbital Mechanics
01/10/2001 - 30/09/2002: Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
Master of Science in Astronautics and Space Engineering
Aerospace Propulsion, Space Systems Analysis and Design
Italian (mother tongue), English (fluent), Spanish (fluent), German (fair)
I am a naturally open-minded, outgoing, and sociable person. I actively pursue opportunities to work in inter‑cultural environments, which I find both challenging and enriching. My exposure to both European and Asian cultures sharpened my ability to listen, identify miscommunications, and defuse conflicts within my team, channeling its energy towards a common goal. I promote a culture of integrity, transparency, and collaboration by practicing leadership by example. I empower my team members to thrive by providing constructive feedback, guidance, and training .
I am a methodical, clear-thinking manager, endowed with formal studies in business administration and entrepreneurship. At Avanti, where I successfully set up the Flight Dynamics operations, I gained experience at developing in-house a brand new technological function. I designed Avanti FD concept of operations, and supported the procurement of the necessary hardware and software. I drafted Avanti FD procedures, built up a team from scratch, and provided the relevant training. I continuously pursue process improvements by following an Agile approach, and actively manage operational and financial risks. Thanks to my effort, Avanti has now flawlessly operated its satellite fleet for more than a year, and is preparing its expansion.
Throughout my career in the space sector, I worked both on feasibility studies for Earth Observation missions (Earth Explorers, Sentinels), and on routine operations for flying satellites. These two complementary working experiences helped me achieve a deep understanding of the Product Life-Cycle Management of a space mission. My role at ESA sharpened my ability to solve problems and articulated my capacity to deliver optimum results under extreme constraints of time. I am endowed with sharp analytical skills, natural attention to details, and a capacity to efficiently design complex technical systems (from software architecture to concept of operations).
* Operating Systems: Windows; LINUX; SUN/Solaris; iOS; Android
* Authoring: MS Office; Open Office, Adobe Acrobat; LaTeX; GNUPLOT; Frame Maker
Sports and Hobbies: Cycling, Running, Climbing, Travelling, Movies, Literature, Role-play gaming
2013 - CUHK Entrance Scholarship for Outstanding New Students Admitted in 2013
2011 - ESA Award for Teamwork Excellence
2005 - PEGASUS Award for European Cooperation
SIMCA - Italian Society of Celestial Mechanics and Astrodynamics: Ordinary member
IAA - International Academy of Astronautics: Reviewer for the Acta Astronautica journal
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