Juan de Dalmau
Former CTAE director
Juan is a staff member of the European Space Agency (ESA) since 1985, and was seconded to CTAE to serve as the centre’s founding director from 2005 until September 2010.
Juan's current job is Head of the Communication Office at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in The Netherlands, ESA's main technical establishment. He also serves as general delegate of the Community of Ariane Cities (CVA), a non-profit association of cities and industries involved in space transportation.
Juan started in 1983 as exports sales engineer. He has since cumulated working experience in Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Israel, Uruguay and the USA. He entered the space sector in 1985 and has worked for ESA, the French Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) and ISU in personnel management, project and programme management, finance, strategy, international relations and communication. Juan has cumulated ten years of residence at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, where he was the first non-French Range Operations Director(DDO), in charge of Ariane-4 launch campaigns. In Kourou, he also worked as ground facilities engineer for the construction and qualification of the Ariane-5 manufacturing, integration and launch facilities.
Juan graduated in mechanical engineering in 1981 at the Technical University of Catalonia, Spain, and followed with master courses in business administration at the Philadelphia College of Textile and Science, USA. He is also an alumnus of the International Space University (ISU) 1989 Summer Session.
Following his graduation from the ISU Summer Session (SSP) in 1989 in Strasbourg, thanks to generous support from ESA and CNES, Juan became a visiting lecturer and, in 1991, he initiated the involvement of the Barcelona Universities, who eventually became the host of the 1994 Summer Session as well as an Affiliate Campus to ISU. He has served as director of the ISU Summer Session Program from 2002 to 2005, on secondment from ESA. Juan is a member of the ISU Faculty and an elected member of the Academic Council.
Juan is a national from both Germany and Spain, has a private pilot license, and speaks seven languages. He and his wife enjoy a family of three children.