Director, Private Sector Programs
Secure World Foundation
Ian Christensen is Director of Private Sector Programs at Secure World Foundation (SWF), a non-profit organization promoting the secure, sustainable and peaceful uses of outer space contributing to global stability and benefits on Earth. He is responsible for leading SWF’s engagement activities with the commercial space industry, where his activities focus on policy and governance topics in support of the development of private sector space capabilities: including topics such as space debris mitigation, norms of behavior for responsible space operations, and space resources policy. In this role Mr. Christensen co-leads an ongoing dialogue project exploring US and Chinese perspectives on space commercialization. He is also a member of the Secretariat for the Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations (CONFERS), an industry group developing best practices and standards for commercial satellite servicing. Prior to joining SWF, Mr. Christensen worked at leading space-sector consulting firms Futron Corporation and Avascent. Mr. Christensen holds a Master of Arts (M.A.) in International Science and Technology Policy, focusing on space policy from the George Washington University Elliott School for International Affairs, as well as Bachelor's degrees in political science and biochemistry from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.