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Olga Zhdanovich

Associate, Russian Aerospace Sector

Olga Zhdanovich joined Athena Global in 2001 as an associate. She is a seasoned aerospace professional who has worked for a dozen years in the Russian aerospace sector, working in liaison with companies such as RSC Energia and Khrunichev Space Centre. She has also contributed to marketing studies in the aeronautical sector. She has worked for nearly a decade with the International Space University and continues to serve on its faculty.

Her principal area of expertise is remote sensing, but she has been involved in many other fields of space activity including space history and offers in particular a thorough understanding and up-to-date knowledge of the Russian aerospace sector. She recently wrote a chapter about the Russian remote sensing program in Commercial Satellite Imagery: a tactic in nuclear weapon deterrence (Jasani and Stein). Olga is also one the founding editors of the Russian Space News Magazine Novosti Kosmonavtiki. She holds an award from the European Space Agency.

Olga is an active member of national and international committees involved in aerospace, particularly with the IAF and ISU. She was the co-ordinator of the Forum on Space Activities in the 21st Century at UNISPACE III organised by IAF/ISU/Prospective 2100. She is member of the Russian Federation Delegation to UNCOPOUS.

Olga is an Engineer of Cartography (Moscow University of Geodesy and Cartography) and holds a Master's degree in Environmental Science and Policy from the Central European University/University of Manchester as well as a degree in Financial Management from the Moscow Aviation Institute. She is a graduate of the International Space University summer program and an alumna of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.

Olga's resourcefulness and in-depth knowledge of Eastern European aerospace programs, together with her extensive network of personal space contacts, make her a valuable asset to the Athena Global team.