Simonetta Di Pippo is Director of UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), a position which sees her lead the Office’s strategic, policy and programmatic activites and advising the UN Secretary-General on space related matters. Prior to joining UNOOSA, she served as Director of Human Spaceflight at ESA, and previously also Director of the Observation of the Universe at the Italian National Space Agency, ASI.
She is an Academician of IAA and member of its Board of Trustees. She is member of WEF Global Future Council on space technology since 2016. She co-founded Women in Aerospace Europe in 2009. In 2017, she became a UN International Gender Champion.
She holds a Master’s Degree in Astrophysics and Space Physics from University “La Sapienza”, and Honoris Causa Degree in Environmental Studies, and an Honoris Causa Degree of Doctor in International Affairs. In 2008, IAU named asteroid 21887 “Dipippo” in honour of her contribution to space activities.