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The IASL International Board of Trustees (Pantheon) is made up of a group of illustrious and notable persons who operate collectively and through their committees that take on everything from reviewing academic programs to raising funds for the institution. Trustees and their Board uphold their fiduciary responsibility by working with the President and top administrators to approve major policies, make long-range plans, and oversee the budget. Pantheon must also work to preserve and protect the institution’s reputation by helping define, support, and protect its mission. A major responsibility of Pantheon is to work with the President: selecting, critiquing, supporting, and when necessary, replacing him. Pantheon must also evaluate its own performance on a regular basis and seek replacements for its members who leave. Finally, Pantheon members have monetary responsibilities to their Academy to help in the securing of funds both by donating what they can and by encouraging others to do the same.

IASL Trustees elaborate fundraising tactics, including online searches for and communication with potential donors. The acceptance of gifts with possible strings attached, bequests, estate planning, and deferred gifts must be well understood by Trustees. They also have to deal with the new globalization of higher education. Once able to concentrate on the institution within its walls, Pantheon now has to grapple with competing institutions, both for- and not-for-profit. Higher education has become increasingly market-driven. Pantheon must know the competition, be able to assess marketing trends and strategies, and assist in generating new ideas to sell their Academy to the outside world.

Ms. Karina Barsegova
Trustee

Karina Barsegova is Executive Secretary of the Ethics Committee of the City Clinical Hospital No. 1 named after N. I. Pirogov, the only niece and heiress of Georgiy Barsegov, an internationally renowned diplomat who passed away on January 5, 2019.

Georgiy Barsegov Georgiy Barsegov was born on December 19, 1962, in Moscow. He began his career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1985 after graduating from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, where he studied at the Faculty of International Law. He has gone from a referent to a department head. He worked in the secretariat of the Interdepartmental Commission on International Legal Issues in Space Exploration, the Department / Directorate for the Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy and Outer Space, the Directorate / Department for International Scientific and Technical Cooperation, the Department for Security and Disarmament, the Department for new challenges and threats, the Department of Non-Proliferation and Arms Control. For 30 years, he had dealt with the formation and implementation of the Russian state policy, the development of international cooperation in near-Earth space, as well as the development of approaches to solving a variety of issues in the regulation of space activities. Georgiy Barsegov had devoted all his strength and knowledge to promote the peaceful exploration and use of outer space. He had rightfully earned respect not only of colleagues in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other Russian departments and organizations but also foreign partners and even the most ardent opponents.

Georgiy Barsegov belongs to a small cohort of Russian experts who are profoundly familiar with the international legal aspects of space activities. A unique specialist with extensive experience in multilateral space diplomacy, he was awarded the medal of the Order 'For Merit to the Fatherland Order', Degree II (1996), and the Badge For International Cooperation in the Field of Cosmonautics (2004).

He had an outstanding personality with the highest professionalism, unlimited devotion to the assigned work, unparalleled responsibility, and an informal approach in upholding the interests of the motherland. He untimely left us on the rise of his life, a real professional, an experienced diplomat-negotiator, and, at the same time, a great mentor. He had always willingly been sharing his skills and knowledge, a kind, a sympathetic, and a sensitive man of wide-open soul, who enjoyed sincere love in the team, among friends and just acquaintances.

Truly enough, the birth of the International Academy of Space Law should always be associated with the name and eventually became possible thanks to the legacy of Georgiy Barsegov.

Mr. Kenneth Hodgkins
Trustee

Kenneth Hodgkins, President of International Space Enterprise Consultants, is a globally recognized strategic thought-leader on international space policy and law and the application of the Outer Space Treaties to new commercial ventures. Throughout his 40 years in government service, Mr. Hodgkins has been a driving force for multilateral and bilateral initiatives focused on improving transparency, predictability, interoperability, resiliency, and the safe and responsible use of space. Mr. Hodgkins brings a unique perspective to international space endeavors having dealt with every aspect of the use of outer space at the diplomatic and agency levels for economic growth, national security, scientific discovery, foreign policy, and improving the quality of life for the global community. 

Mr. Hodgkins has managed a vast array of civil, commercial, and national security challenges as the overall scope and nature of the space enterprise rapidly evolved. Mr. Hodgkins worked in the National Environmental Satellite and Data Service’s International Relations Office (1980-1986) and the Department of State's Office for Space and Advanced Technology, where he was Director from 2007-2020. During his tenure in State, he was the United States Representative to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer. He was a key figure in the development of U.S. national space policies and directives and diplomatic initiatives to sustain the use of the International Space Station and move human activity from low Earth orbit to the Moon through the Gateway and Artemis programs. Mr. Hodgkins conceived and established the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG), the first International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF), the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), and the first Space Enterprise Summit (SES). Mr. Hodgkins was the lead negotiator on international guidelines on Remote Sensing of the Earth, the Use of Nuclear Power Sources in Space, Mitigation of Orbital Debris and the Long - Term Sustainability of the Space Environment. 

Mr. Hodgkins is regularly contacted for conference speaking and by the space trade press on international space policy and law. He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Georgetown Law School, University of Nebraska Law School, the GWU Space Policy Institute, University of California Berkley Law School, the American University Law School, and the European Space Policy Institute. 

Mr. Hodgkins was a career member of the Senior Executive Service and was awarded by the University of Maine an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. He is the recipient of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ International Cooperation Award, the American Astronautical Society’s award for Advancement of International Cooperation, the International Academy of Astronautics award for Lasting Contributions to the Advancement of the Astronautical Sciences, and the Secretary of State's Career Achievement Award. He was also named by GPS World as a “GNSS Leader to Watch in 2009-2010.” Mr. Hodgkins is a member-elect of the International Academy of Astronautics and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL).

Prof. Wolfgang W. Kraft
Trustee

Professor Wolfgang W. Kraft Ph.D., MSc, BA is the founder of the WCLF- World Council for Law Firms & Justice e.V., a globally recognized non-profit organization standing for a national and international discussion of legal subjects which runs across traditional borders of professional interest groups or subject matter specialization. Its activities reveal perspectives beyond particular interests and daily business. The World Council for Law Firms and Justice has established a global structure with distinguished academic scholars and legal practitioners coming from almost all countries of the world. Their background reports and statements provide first-hand information on current topics and developments. The long-term aim of the WCLF’s activities is to simplify and harmonize existing legal systems, both continentally and globally. For that purpose, it establishes international working groups that concentrate on overarching questions and start initiatives according to their findings. Equally, the WCLF supports existing initiatives that are devoted to similar concerns. Furthermore, the Global Law Society, following the model of the world economic summit in Davos, is intended to develop into a well-established legal think-tank that brings together leading figures from all over the world.

Professor Wolfgang W. Kraft Ph.D., MSc, BA is a member of numerous international associations and associations, author and editor of various specialist books, lecturer, and freelance consultant, founder of GLS - Global Law Society, initiator of the International Court for Cyber Crime, precursor at Nobel prize for Law Sciences, Spiritus Rector at IEJA - International E-Justice Association, initiator of International -Tax - 2020,  listed expert of EU - Projects - FP7, amongst others. His specialties are Mediation, Innovation, Teaching, Modeling, Marketing, Creation, Business Angel, Communication, ThinkTank, Law. He holds a Ph. D. degree in Law from American Business School.

Dr. Artem Bondarenko
Founding President, Chairman and Trustee (ex officio)

The IASL President oversees the academy and acts as its chief executive officer, policymaker, and key advisor.

Dr. Artem V. Bondarenko was born on March 8, 1975, in Ufa City, USSR. He is a graduate of the Military University of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation and RUDN Institute of Space Technologies, where he respectively earned his Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science in Space Governance and Business Administration with postdoctoral studies for Corporate Law.

He received his commission as a liaison officer of the 76th Guards Air Assault Division at Camp Monteith in the Kosovo Force (KFOR), a NATO-Russia-led international peacekeeping force in Kosovo.

Upon completion of his mission, he earned the NATO Medal of Honor for his excellence of the liaisoning in joint peacekeeping operations and building camaraderie across the Multinational Brigade East AOR.

He continued his military service in Russia and abroad by promoting international military cooperation.

Col. Artem V. Bondarenko, a multilingual officer, was the chief ideologist, principal designer, and first commander of the Russian MOD Linguistic Center, an analog of the United States Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) at the Presidio of Monterey, California. He retired from the Public Service in 2017 after spending 23 years on active duty in the Armed Forces as a commissioned officer, the Federal Defense Contract Management Agency as Assistant Director for International Cooperation and Foreign Economic Activities, and the Federal Penitentiary Service as Chief Scientist.

Dr. Artem V. Bondarenko, a war veteran, has become an integral part of indispensable formation protecting human rights and democracy, the rule of law, and the sustainable development of humankind internationally.

The author of the 2E paradigm, he truly believes the Existential Entanglement of peoples and nations around the world is a must-think-about prerequisite of any act of diplomacy. Throughout his life, he has continually set the standards of excellence, especially in federal service and promotion of science and technology.

Dr. Bondarenko followed in his grandfather and grandmother’s footsteps, heroes of WWII, into the world of honor and dignity. A decorated colonel of the Armed Forces and Homeland Security Service, he transitioned from active duty to the academia and private sector to tackle homeland and international security issues.

His professional interests center on sustainable economic and human development based on the 2E paradigm he once authored when postulating the interdependability and existential entanglement of humankind.

Dr. Artem V. Bondarenko actively participates in UN COPUOS, IADC, ISO, and other international space fora. He participated in the First United Nations Conference on Space Policy and Law in Moscow, September 2018, under the UNOOSA auspices where he co-moderated the first section on space security issues.

Right after the conference, he came up with a proposal to establish a global center of excellence in space policy and law as an international non-profit, non-governmental organization providing unbiased expertise and promoting international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space by strengthening overall capacity in global space governance.

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