The Future of Space Speakers



Name: Carl Harris

Title: Chief Operating Officer

Company: Spire

Carl Harris is Chief Operating Officer of Spire Global, Inc, a leading player in nano-satellites. Spire is building a sensing network comprised of the world's fastest speed-to-space, most frequently refreshed, nano-satellite constellation. Spire is supporting clients in global tracking, RF-sensing and weather sectors. Spire has 107 employees across offices in San Francisco CA, Boulder CO, Singapore and Glasgow, UK. Carl holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School, where he won the Ford Scholarship for the highest performance in the class, the Thomas & Edna Wolfe Scholarship for academic excellence and graduated as a Siebel Scholar. He also holds a masters degree in Experimental & Theoretical Physics, with a minor in Biochemistry from St. John's College, Cambridge.


Name: Jaime Ramirez

Title: Director of Govt. Programs

Company:  Accion Systems

Jaime Ramirez is the Director of Government Programs at Accion, where he manages the company’s work on behalf of customers at NASA and other government space agencies. During his graduate work and post-doctoral tenure at the Space Systems Lab at MIT and during his career leading the smart subsystems group at Aurora Flight Sciences' Research and Development Center, Jaime was involved with and managed multiple small and nanosat technology programs and led a DoD-sponsored program that implements electrospray propulsion for cluster flight. Jamie holds a PhD in Astronautics and Aeronautics from MIT.


Name: Ariane Cornell

Title: Strategy and Business Development

Company:  Blue Origin, LLC

Ariane Cornell works on the Strategy and Business Development team for Blue Origin, LLC, a developer of vehicles and technologies to enable human space transportation. At Blue Origin, she is the head of astronaut strategy and sales, but she also supports the engine and orbital launch portfolios. 

Ariane was formerly based in Vienna, Austria as the Executive Director of the Space Generation Advisory Council in Support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications (SGAC). She headed SGAC’s delegations to international conferences and the United Nations, as well as ran the organization’s operations, business development, strategy, and policy output. 

Previously, Ariane worked in international management consulting, first with Accenture based in San Francisco and then with Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, DC.

Ariane earned an MBA from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in science, technology, and society, with a focus in management science and engineering, from Stanford University