Secure World Foundation is pleased to announce the inaugural Summit for Space Sustainability, which will be held in Washington, DC, on June 25-26, 2019.

The Summit for Space Sustainability will be a high-level multi-day event focused on developing solutions for space sustainability. It will encompass a cross-section of space sustainability issue areas, including space debris, space situational awareness, space law and policy, space governance, national and international space security, and the use of space for human and environmental security on Earth. The Summit will explore current trends, highlight complementarities, and promote next steps in these specific areas. With the aim of stimulating fresh ideas and dialogues, the Summit will combine thought-provoking and diverse perspectives, including international viewpoints not often heard in the United States, with innovative programming to encourage thinking, participation, and solution-building.

keynote speakers

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Kevin o’connell | june 25th, 2019

Director, Office of Space Commerce at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Mr. O’Connell leads an office with responsibility as a space industry advocate within the Executive Branch of the U.S. government.  Mr. O’Connell brings over 35 years of experience in the U.S. government, in research organizations, and as an entrepreneur and business leader to this position. 


matt desch | June 26, 2019

Chief Executive Officer, Iridium Communications Inc.

Mr. Desch has more than 35 years of experience in telecommunications management, and more than 25 years in the global wireless industry. With Mr. Desch at the helm, Iridium has more than tripled in subscribers, surpassing 1 million in early 2018, and more than quadrupled its operational earnings, while moving into important new services like global space-based aircraft tracking with its joint-venture, Aireon.