Simonetta Di Pippo joined the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs in March 23 2014.
After having graduated with a Masters degree in Astrophysics and Space Physics from the University "La Sapienza" in Rome, Italy in 1984, Ms. Di Pippo joined the Italian Space Agency (ASI) in 1986. Her responsibilities ranged from Earth Observation to Automation & Robotics, Science and Human Spaceflight and in 2002 she took up duty as Director of the ASI's Observation of the Universe.
From 2008 to 2011, Ms. Di Pippo served as Director of Human Spaceflight at the European Space Agency (ESA), before returning to ASI to lead the European Space Policy Observatory at ASI-Brussels until March 2014.
Ms. Di Pippo co-founded, in June 2009, Women in Aerospace Europe (WIA-E) and has acted as President since then. WIA-E, with a legal base in the Netherlands, aims to expand the representation and leadership of women in the aerospace sector. Since April 2013 she has been a member of the Global Board Ready Women (GBRW), the list of potential top managers created by European Business Schools in the framework of the Women on Board initiative. Appointed Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) in July 2013, she has been chairing since July 2012, on behalf of the Academy, the study "Public/Private Human Access to Space" which aims to analyze the potential market development for commercial human spaceflight on a global scale.
Ms. Di Pippo is author of a blog on LaStampa.it, "SpazioGreen", devoted to promoting information about the use of satellites and space activities to improve the quality of life on Earth. She is also member of the editorial board of the NewSpace Journal.
In May 2013 she received an Honoris Causa Degree in Environmental Studies from the St. John University in Vinovo (TO).
She has been invited to teach at various Universities, including the George Washington University in Washington D.C. and the LUISS-Business School in Rome. From Nov. 1st, 2013 she is Visiting Scholar at CalPoly, CA.
Ms. Di Pippo was knighted by the President of the Italian Republic in 2006 and, in 2008, the International Astronomical Union assigned the name "dipippo" to asteroid 21887, in recognition of her effort in space exploration.