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Aarti Holla-Maini: Indian-Origin Satellite Industry Expert Aarti Appointed as Director of UNOOSA

Aarti Holla-Maini

Aarti Holla-Maini: Indian-origin satellite industry expert Aarti was on Tuesday appointed as the Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) in Vienna by the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Aarti will succeed Simonetta Di Pippo of Italy.

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Antonio Guterres, the secretary-general of the United Nations, has chosen Aarti Holla-Maini, an established satellite industry professional of Indian descent, to lead the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) in Vienna. Following the tenure of Italian citizen Simonetta Di Pippo, she was appointed. UNOOSA’s main goal is to encourage international cooperation in the safe exploration and use of space, as well as the efficient use of space research and technology to achieve long-term economic and social advancement.

Extensive Experience in the Space Sector

Aarti Holla-Maini enters her new post with more than 25 years of professional experience in the space industry, including administrative and advocacy responsibilities. Prior to her appointment as the Director of UNOOSA, Aarti Holla-Maini served as the Executive Vice-President of Sustainability, Policy & Impact at NorthStar Earth & Space. Prior to that, Holla-Maini held the impressive post of Secretary-General for an impressive 18 years at the Global Satellite Operators Association.

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Contributions to the Space Industry

Aarti Holla-Maini has made important contributions to the space sector during her career. She was a member of the Advisory Group for the Space Sustainability Rating run by the École Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) Space Centre as well as the Global Future Council on Space for the World Economic Forum. She has served as a Senior Space Policy Advisor to Forum Europe and a member of the Advisory Board of the Satellite Industry Association of India.

Impressive Educational Background

The educational background of Aarti Holla-Maini adds to her professional accomplishments. She has a master’s degree in business management from HEC Paris, France, and a bachelor’s degree in law with a German law focus from Kings College London, United Kingdom. She also graduated from the International Space University, speaks Punjabi, English, French, and German with ease, and has a basic understanding of Dutch.

Leading UNOOSA Toward a Brighter Future

Aarti Holla-Maini, the newly appointed Director of UNOOSA, is ready to lead the organization towards a future of enhanced international cooperation in space operations. Aarti Holla-Maini’s extensive experience, skills, and passion for utilizing space science and technology equip her well to foster sustainable economic and social progress through the peaceful exploration and utilization of space.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams: 

  • UNOOSA Founded: 13 December 1958;
  • UNOOSA Headquarters: Vienna, Austria;
  • UNOOSA Parent organization: United Nations Secretariat.

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