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Washington Space Business Roundtable (WSBR) Luncheon and Silent Auction

By SpaceRef Editor
March 2, 2020
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Deadline to register is Wednesday, March 4th!  

WSBR Annual Flagship Luncheon & Silent Auction

Chris Davenport of the Washington Post to Interview

CEO of Arianespace SAS, Stéphane Israël

Join the Washington Space Business Roundtable (WSBR) on March 10, 2020 for our Annual Flagship Luncheon and Silent Auction featuring keynote speaker, Stéphane Israël, Chief Executive Officer of Arianespace SAS, the world’s reference launch services company. He also is Executive Vice President of ArianeGroup, in charge of Civil Programs – which gives him industrial responsibility for the Ariane 5 and Ariane 6 programs. In addition, he is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Starsem, the Euro-Russian company in charge of the commercial operation of the Soyuz launcher at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

Mr. Israël has high-level professional experience in both public economics and the aerospace industry. He holds degrees from the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA). He was named a judge in the French Court of Auditors in 2001, where he participated primarily in missions concerning French space policy and the Ariane launch system. He joined Airbus Group in 2007, first as advisor to the CEO, then in various operational management positions in the group’s space division. From May 2012 to April 2013, he was chief of staff in the cabinet of the French Minister for Productive Recovery, Ministry of Industry, Digital Economy, SMEs and Innovation.

Mr. Israël was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Arianespace in April 2013. With the evolution of Arianespace’s governance in April 2017, he became Arianespace SAS CEO and a member of the Executive Committee of its ArianeGroup parent company. He is President of the Board of Directors of CNAM (Conservatoire national des arts et métiers), member of the Board of Directors of Carrefour (Chairman of the audit committee) and Ecole normale supérieure.


The annual WSBR Flagship Luncheon and Silent Auction, held in conjunction with the SATELLITE conference, supports the Washington Space Business Roundtable’s Education Fund. The auction includes items such as electronics, sports tickets, gift certificates, experiences, and rocket models. All proceeds from the auction and luncheon go directly into the WSBR Education Fund, which is used to support STEM and Space education programs in the Washington metropolitan area. If you have items you’d like to donate, please email dual Auction Chairs: Seamus Kane and Courtney Stadd.

For registration and additional details, please visit

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