Hans Bracquené

President, SME4Space

As an independent counsel Hans Bracquené is assisting different companies and research institutes participating in aerospace projects.

He has in this capacity negotiated and drafted several agreements between different participants in aerospace projects. IPR issues are thereby his special expertise.

As part of these services are regulatory issues for satellite communication (e.g. ITU, national licensing policies, standardisation) and the negotiation with ESA representatives.
From May 1988 till September 1991 and again from May 2006 until December 2007 he was the counsel of the Belgian Minister responsible for space policy and in this capacity he has:
– Prepared the annual budgets and reports on space policy for the Belgian government and the parliament.

– Participated in different negotiations with the representatives of ESA

– Participated in the elaboration of bilateral space cooperation programs with the Russian space authorities
During this period Hans Bracquené has initiated and implemented with the Belgian delegation at ESA a renewed space policy aimed at

– a greater Belgian participation in critical space programs

– a greater participation of SME’s in the space programs

– a greater effort for the scientific space programs

During the preparation of this policy regular meetings with representatives of the Belgian and European space industry were held and there were regular contacts at different levels with the representatives of ESA.

– Hans Bracquené was a member of the ESA expert group drafting the new version of the ESA General Clauses and Conditions.

– Hans Bracquené is a member of the ESA Procurement Review Board

– Hans Bracquené is the CEO of the grouping of the Flemish Space Companies (called « VRI ») since 1995.

– Hans Bracquené is restructuring SME4SPACE, the grouping of SMEs in the European Space industry at the request of ESA’s SME Policy office and is the President of SME4SPACE since June 2011.

– Hans Bracquené is lecturing at the KUL (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) on the private law aspects of the exploitation of outer space