Catherine Kavvada

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Director of Space Development & Innovation


European Commission

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Catherine Kavvada was born in Greece in 1969. A trained lawyer with a degree in Law from the Univeristy of Athens, she is specialised in Air and Space Law with a Masters degree from the Univerity of Aix Marseille III. Ms Kavvada joined the EC, in 1997 and worked in the Research Framework Programmes. As from 2000 her main service at the Commisssion related to space, in particular the European flagship Satellite Navigation Programmes Galileo and EGNOS (Head of Unit until 2019 at DG GROW). Her mandate continued in the realm of development and applications in the space sector as Head of Unit in the newly created DG DEFIS in January 2020, until her appointment as Director at the same DG as from 1 December 2020. The career path of Ms Kavvada comprises various areas and stages of policy formulation, legislative and budgetary decision-making, delivery of large-scale space programmes including their security governance, international relations and communication. Currently the mandate of Ms Kavvada at the Directorate ‘Innovation and Outreach’ comprises new space initiatives with prevalent resilience and security features, space data management policy with reinforced European credentials, mainstreaming of the European New Space as a vector for society and economy, space research, synergies between space and defence industry, and international relations and communication for the whole of DG DEFIS.
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World Satellite Business Week

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