Geraldine Naja

Acting Director for Commercialisation, Industry and Procurement, European Space Agency (ESA)

Geraldine is currently acting Director for Commercialisation, Industry and Procurement
at the European Space Agency (ESA). She joined ESA in 1987 as a payload operations
engineer on the International Space Station programme. She has then moved to various
strategic, programmatic and managerial functions across the Agency.
Her current responsibilities include the elaboration and implementation of ESA’s
industrial and procurement policies, and the setting-up and management of the new
Commercialisation Department at ESA, identifying and incubating new space start-ups
and businesses with a competitive potential, and fostering the environment to enable these
businesses to commercialise their products, including training, access to finance and
provision of IOD/IOV opportunities.
Geraldine is a graduate engineer with a specialisation in rocket propulsion, and also holds
a master in political studies and international relations. She has taught fluid mechanics and
continues to have teaching assignments about space policy in many universities and
institutes.