Chairman, National Space Society Board of Directors
Kirby Ikin is the Managing Director of Asia Pacific Aerospace Consultants (APAC), located in Sydney, Australia. He has worked in the space industry since 1987.Prior to his role with APAC Kirby worked directly in the space insurance, risk management, and commercial space fields. For ten years he worked as a space insurance underwriter at GIO in Australia and in 1998 was appointed Managing Director of the newly created GIO Space. GIO Space was one of the largest space insurance underwriters in the world with annual premium income of over A$175m (approximately US$110m at the time). After GIO Kirby then worked as the Director of Commercial Operations at the Asia-Pacific Space Centre (APSC). At APSC he was responsible for all aspects of its planned commercial operations with a special emphasis on risk management for the venture, which aimed to introduce the Russian Aurora launch vehicle to the commercial launch market. He also had responsibility for the preparation of the Information Memorandum to support a planned raising of $300m in funding. Kirby has a long and varied involvement within the Australian Space Industry and has held executive positions with various space interest groups. Currently he is the Chairman of the Board of the U.S. based, worldwide National Space Society (NSS), having succeeded Apollo XI astronaut Buzz Aldrin in this position. Kirby’s professional career has seen him working in the areas of corporate advisory services, insurance and risk management, and commercial launch services. As an accounting professional in the late 1980’s he instigated the formation of Ernst & Young’s Space Industry Services Group in Australia. His work in this area included evaluation of opportunities to commercialise space research and provision of strategic advice to large United States aerospace corporations. He served as a member of the Australian Government’s ‘International Space Advisory Group’, which advised the Prime Minister’s office on space policy and industry development through 2004. He also serves on the Board of Advisors of several commercial space concerns and Board of Trustees for the Argos Foundation (USA). He has previously served on the Board of Directors of several space companies. Through the National Space Society of Australia, Kirby instigated the establishment of the ‘Australian Space Industry Chamber of Commerce’ (ASICC), which meets regularly to discuss business, legal and commercial space related issues. He continues to serve as its Chairman as he has done since its foundation in 1992. In his capacity with the National Space Society Kirby has been Chairman of the Australian Space Development Conference series since its inception in 1990. In 2000 Kirby was selected as a member of the World Technology Network and acts as a judge for the Space category of the World Technology Awards. In 1990 he was appointed to the NSW State Government Task Force on Aerospace, Space, and Defence Industry Development. Kirby’s professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Law degree and Bachelor of Commerce degree (in accounting and financial management) from the University of New South Wales. In 1999 he was the recipient of the Australian Space Pioneer Award.