The European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) is an independent think-tank specialised in space-related affairs. Founded in 2003, ESPI is a not-for-profit organization based in Vienna, World capital of space diplomacy. The mission of the Institute is to provide decision-makers with an informed view on mid- to long-term issues relevant to Europe’s space activities. To this end, ESPI relies on a multinational team with interdisciplinary expertise to monitor major developments and trends in the global space sector and to conduct independent research and analysis on outstanding issues for European space policy. The Institute is supervised by a General Assembly of member organizations and supported by an Advisory Council of independent high-level experts.
ESPI – European Space Policy Institute
A-1030 Vienna, Austria
(Entrance: Zaunergasse 1)
Phone: +43 1 718 11 18 -0
Fax: +43 1 718 11 18 -99
Point of contact
Sebastien Moranta, Coordinator of Studies
+43 (0) 1 718 11 18 35
|Since June 1, 2016 Jean-Jacques Tortora serves as the Director of ESPI. From 2007 to mid-2016 he was the Secretary General of ASD-Eurospace, which is the trade association of the European Space Industry. From 2004 to mid-2007, he was head of the French Space Agency (CNES) office in North America and the Attaché for Space and Aeronautics at the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C. Previously he was Deputy Director for Strategy and Programs, responsible for the Industrial Strategy of CNES, the French Space Agency. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Tortora was adviser to the French Ministry of Research for Industrial Policy Funds management. From 1996 to 1998, he was appointed by Arianespace in Evry, France. From 1990 to 1996, Mr. Tortora was based in Kourou, French Guiana, as Head of Arianespace Operations Quality Department. Mr. Tortora started his career in 1984 at the French military procurement agency, DGA, as a naval weapons integration and test engineer, expert in signal processing and warships acoustic discretion.||
|Sebastien Moranta is Coordinator of Studies at ESPI. Prior to supervising the research activities of the Institute, he was a Senior Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory where he managed space-related studies for the European Commission, ESA, GSA and other space sector stakeholders. Former analyst at Eurospace, the association of the European space industry, he has worked on a variety of space-related topics including strategy and policy, programme management, R&D&I, standardisation, security, business and economics across different space domains. Mr. Moranta has an aerospace engineer degree from the Institut Polytechnique des Sciences Avancées (IPSA) in Paris.
|Tomas Hrozensky is a Resident Fellow at ESPI focusing primarily on space sustainability, space security and space diplomacy. He holds MA and PhD in international relations from the Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. Previously he was a visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Space Policy Institute of the George Washington University, a researcher for the Space Security Index 2017 and a member of Slovak delegation to the UN COPUOS. Tomas volunteered for several years in the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and in his home country, Slovakia, he is currently chairing the Slovak Space Policy Association NGO, which also serves as a national PoC for Slovakia in the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL).||
|Sara Hadley is a Resident Fellow at ESPI. She holds a Master of Science degree in Global Crime, Justice and Security from the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Her work at ESPI spans a variety of topics including industrial policy for space and Japanese space policy, as well as work as the Fellow at ESPI in charge of supporting the Presidency of the European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC). Prior to her work at ESPI, she completed an internship at the German Federal Foreign Office in the division for nuclear disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation.||
|Jules Varma||Jules Varma is a Resident Fellow at ESPI. Prior to joining the Institute, he worked at the United Nations Environment Programme in the economy division. He holds a M.S. in Space Risk and Disaster Reduction from University College London (UCL). He also holds an M.E. in Climate Change Science from the University of Melbourne and a B.A. in Political-Sciences from McGill University.||