25. October 2019

Pas­cale Ehren­fre­und takes of­fice as Pres­i­dent of the IAF

Prof. Ehrenfreund auf dem IAC 2019
Pas­cale Ehren­fre­und at IAC 2019
Image 1/3, Credit: Pascale Ehrenfreund at IAC 2019

Pascale Ehrenfreund at IAC 2019

On 25 Oc­to­ber, the last day of the 70th IAC, the Chair of DLR, Pas­cale Ehren­fre­und took of­fice as IAF pres­i­dent.
IAC flag handover
IAC flag han­dover
Image 2/3, Credit: IAC flag handover

IAC flag handover

The flag of the IAC was hand­ed over to the Dubai del­e­ga­tion at the clos­ing of the 70th Congress of the In­ter­na­tion­al As­tro­nau­ti­cal Fed­er­a­tion (IAF), which was held in Wash­ing­ton D.C. The next IAC will be host­ed there in 2020.

Pascale Ehrenfreund
Pas­cale Ehren­fre­und
Image 3/3, Credit: ©DLR

Pascale Ehrenfreund

Pas­cale Ehren­fre­und has been Chair of the DLR Ex­ec­u­tive Board since Au­gust 2015. On 25 Oc­to­ber 2019, she be­came the first wom­an to take of­fice as Pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tion­al As­tro­nau­ti­cal Fed­er­a­tion.

Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) Executive Board, has taken office as President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) at the 70th congress. Professor Ehrenfreund is the first woman to hold this position since the IAF was founded in 1951. In a constantly evolving environment, with new participants and companies, a growing number of emerging space nations and the increasing commercialisation of space, the IAF is committed to supporting the use of space in the interests of all nations through its diverse events and activities around the world.

"I am looking forward to my term of office, as it will give me the opportunity to help shape the future of global space activities," says Ehrenfreund. "In the year marking 50 years since the first Moon landing, we are facing particularly important decisions about the paths that we should take over the coming decades. It is also important that we make even greater use of the possibilities afforded by spaceflight to jointly address the global challenges we are facing."

With the introduction of the IAF Global Advocacy Agenda 2019 – 2022, Professor Ehrenfreund and the IAF will focus on three key themes – supporting global space governance, promoting the global space economy, and advancing global space interests.

Professor Ehrenfreund's predecessor in this post was her French colleague Jean-Yves Le Gall. "During his tenure, Jean-Yves Le Gall carried out excellent work over a period of more than four years and greatly enhanced the reputation and international profile of the IAF," says Ehrenfreund.

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