Born in Belluno, on January 11 1963, Giorgio Saccoccia is the President of Italian Space Agency. He graduated from the University of Pisa (Italy) with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and from Webster University at Leiden (The Netherlands) with a Master in Business Administration. He has been Head of the Electric Propulsion Section of ESA between Mar 1997 – Jan 2003 and subsequently, until now, Head of the Propulsion and Aerothermodynamics Division of ESA. Over the same period he has been also Acting Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department of ESA (Jan 2016 – Nov 2016). Giorgio Saccoccia is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA (American Association for Aeronautics and Astronautics), Full Member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and Emeritus Member of French Aeronautics and Astronautics Association.