Speaker Spotlight: Christopher Stott
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On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our speakers, Christopher Stott.
Christopher Stott is the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of ManSat, the world’s leading orbital filing company, and originator of the SpaceIsle marketing and branding concept for the Isle of Man. He has served as the Isle of Man Government’s Honorary Representative to the Space Community since 2003. He is the current President and in coming Chair of the Society of Satellite Professionals International, the space and satellite industry’s largest professional association.
Chris brings over two decades of experience in space markets working with the Boeing Company in the Delta launch vehicle program, and Lockheed Martin in Space Operations. Prior to this, Chris worked Life Education Centers, a UN NGO, and prior to this in US and British politics at a senior level Washington DC, and Westminster.
Chris has a passion for space based STEM education and he serves on the Boards of a number of Not For Profits specifically focused in this area including the Kalpana Chawla and Ilan Ramon scholarships fund for Indian and Israeli students to attend the International Space University, where he also serves on faculty and as the former Co-Chair of the School of Management and Business, the Challenger Centers, the Conrad Foundation, and the United Space School. Chris was also a founding director of the International Institute of Space Commerce and serves on the Institute’s Board today. Chris also serves with the AMAR US Foundation.
In 2013 Chris was appointed to the Advisory Boards of both the Pacific Telecommunications Council and the National Electronics Museum.
Chris is also a published author with the Royal Astronomical Society, the Adam Smith Institute, and the International Institute of Space Commerce, where his work focuses on the economics, ethics, and regulation of space.
Educated at Millfield School in Somerset, England, Chris attended the University of Kent, Canterbury where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors in American Studies, Politics and Government. While at Canterbury, Chris also studied at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the Scripps Institute of Oceanography where he received a Diploma for his studies in International Relations and Maritime Policy. Chris holds his Masters Degree in Space Sciences from the International Space University, having graduated from the first class of ISU's Masters program in Strasbourg in 1996.
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