Keynote Speaker – Yasushi Horikawa


JAXA Technical Counselor
Fmr. Chairman of United Nations COPUOS


Dr. Horikawa, as a technical counselor of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), provides advices to international relations and application satellite development and utilization programs of JAXA. He was also the Chair of the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Use of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) for the period 2012- 2013. He is professor at Tokai University since 2010, and President of Japan Society of Cost Estimate and Analysis since 2011. During his carrier, he has assumed various executive and leadership positions and has vast experience in the field of spacecraft design. From 2005 to 2009, he served as Executive Director of JAXA responsible for the development of application satellites such as Earth observations, communications, broadcasting and global positioning satellites as well as the operation and utilization of these satellites. He contributed to the development of the International Space Station as Japanese Program Manager and to the successful implementation of Japanese meteorological satellite programs and Earth observation programs. His international experience include stationing at Hughes Aircraft Company in Los Angeles for two years from 1975 to 1977.

A graduate of the University of Tokyo, he received the PhD from the University of Tokyo on Electronics Engineering. He is member of IEICE, JAAS, AIAA, IAA, JRS, JSCEA and SCEA. He is also Special Assistant to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and a Special Advisor of UN General Assembly Mission of Japan. He is a Fellow of IEICE. He received the NASA Public Service Medal in 2002.