In March 2014,the Secretary-General appointed Ms. Simonetta Di Pippo (Italy) as Director of the Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV).
Ms. Di Pippo has an extensive and distinguished career with the Italian Space Agency, and prior to her appointment as Director, headed the European Space Policy Observatory in Brussels. Previously she worked for several years in various roles for the European Space Agency, including as Chair of the ESA Programme Board of Human Spaceflight, Microgravity and Exploration in Paris. In May 2008, she was appointed Director of the European Space Agency's Human Space Flight Directorate. The various fields covered in her 27 years of space-related activities include earth observation, advanced studies, space automation and robotics, space science, human exploration, debris and asteroids threat, space safety, commercial human spaceflight, Italian and European astronauts coordination, and the management of the biggest in-orbit masterpiece, the International Space Station.
Ms. Di Pippo recently filmed a brief interview with the UN Information Service in Vienna. The interview asked for her views on what inspires her about space, her first days at the Office and her vision for the coming weeks. She also gave an insight into her very own asteroid "21887 DiPippo".