Team Overview

The inauguration of the Gateway Earth Development Group, Oxford, UK, November 2015

Executive Board

02 GEDG Chairman and Policy Lead
Matjaz Vidmar is a postgraduate researcher in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Matjaz is a Physicist by training, specializing in Astronomical Instrumentation, but primarily researches innovation and business incubation in the Astronomy and Space sector, such as in satellites and ground-based telescopes. His other interests span History, Philosophy and Sociology of Astronomy and Innovation, and he is currently researching the practices of naming celestial objects, and biographies of Scottish Astrophysicists. He is also a science communicator at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh Visitor Centre, where he is speaking to a variety of audiences about Astronomy and the emerging technologies. However, he is happiest when he has time to just look up in the night sky and marvel at the beauty of the Universe. Find out more about Matjaz.


03 Business Development Lead
Andrew Luers is a member of the “Gateway Earth” development group and serves as the groups business development lead while also exploring relevant technical aspects of power, propulsion and in-space manufacturing. Andrew currently leads a software and data start up and is completing a PhD in Atomic and Laser Physics from the University of Oxford. Previously Andrew was a Principal with the Boston Consulting Group where his focus was energy and sustainability. Andrew holds masters degrees from MIT in Aerospace Engineering and in Technology Policy and a bachelor’s degree in Physics and Economics from TCU.

Andrew is a member of AIAA and serves on the emerging technologies in Space committee and volunteers his time with the Oxford Physics outreach program encouraging local students’ interest and involvement in the sciences. Andrew’s primary interests are in bringing technology and business models together to address the challenges of sustainable energy production here on earth and to further the exploration of space beyond.


04 Technical Lead
Katy Voisey is an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham. She is a materials scientist with experience working with a wide variety of materials including metallic glasses, superalloys, carbon fibre composites and thermal barrier coatings. Her main areas of research are laser materials processing, coatings and corrosion. She is the space lead at the University of Nottingham’s Institute for Aerospace Technologies, where she is working to increase the university’s engagement with the challenges of the growing UK space industry. Katy is particularly interested in in-space manufacturing and in-space re-use and recycling of resources.


DSC_1637Communications Lead
Arun S Venkataraman
 is a Robotics engineer and Innovation Management professional with multidisciplinary international research and patent consulting experience. He works with technology companies and academic institutions in managing their innovation through R&D consulting, building and managing patent portfolios, providing training on intellectual property and strategizing best innovation practices. 


06 Honorary Chairman
Derek Webber, a former satellite and launch vehicle systems engineer, Head of Procurement at a satellite services organization, and Managing Director of a satellite broadband provider, has citations in “Who’s Who in Science and Engineering” and “Who’s Who in the World”, and has made contributions to the creation of the space tourism industry and commercial space exploration initiatives for nearly two decades.


Research Team

Programme Director for On-orbit Operations
Jeremy (Jez) Turner
is a Teaching Associate at The University of Nottingham. He spent over 15 years in the motor industry while completing an Astronomy and Planetary Sciences Degree at night. He has taught Physics, Astronomy and Engineering in a spaceflight and space context for over 14 years. Jez has also worked on Mars Society projects, worked with IOP, The National Space Centre, NASA and ESA people/resources to deliver content to students. His research interests include the potential for reusing, repurposing and recycling space debris as well as studies into human led on-orbit servicing/construction of satellites and architecture for humans exploring the Solar System.


Programme Director for Market Analysis
Maureen Cohen
is an MPhys student in Mathematical Physics at Heriot-Watt University. She plans to do a PhD in Astrophysics after finishing her MPhys in 2020. Her interests lie in planetary science, especially terrestrial worlds and exoplanet detection, imaging and image processing, and space access solutions. Prior to studying physics, Maureen worked for over a decade as a freelance legal and technical translator and editor. She has previous degrees in Classics from the University of California, Berkeley and in Mediterranean Archaeology from the University of Edinburgh, as well as professional qualifications in paralegal studies and translation. At GEDG, she is leading on Market Analysis research within Policy/Business Development group on our comprehensive commercial strategy.

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