Dr. Chiara Manfletti

Chiara Manfletti is the CEO at Neuraspace and the Professor of Space Propulsion and Mobility at the Technical University of Munich. At the early stage of her career, she worked for the German Aerospace Center, DLR, as a research engineer in the field of liquid rocket propulsion and later joined the European Space Agency (ESA) where she was the Head of Policy and Programmes Coordination department Programme and Advisor to the Director General at the agency’s headquarters in Paris.

Chiara was nominated as the first President of the then-founded Portuguese national space agency, Portugal Space, and within one-and-half years set up the space agency from scratch as a modern space agency and established a new space implementation strategy for Portugal working with partners within and outside of the country.

She is bestowed with the title of the “Mother of the Space Safety and Security Programmatic Pillar of ESA” and the “Creator of EuRoC”. Chiara has a Doctorate (Dr. -Ing) degree in Engineering from RWTH Aachen University, Germany, a Master’s Degree in Space Studies (MSS) from International Space University (ISU), Strasbourg, France and holds a Master of Engineering (MEng) in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine, London, UK. She also holds a master’s in history from the UK Open University (2013).

Chiara Manfletti has dual Italian and German nationality and loves hiking high mountains, photography, beekeeping, ornithology and constructing IoT devices.

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