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Satellite Industry Association Applauds Appointment of Aarti Holla-Maini as Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

Washington, D.C., June 27, 2023 – The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) today applauded Aarti Holla-Maini on being appointed the new Director of the United Nations (U.N.) Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).  UNOOSA works to promote international cooperation in the peaceful use and exploration of space, and in the utilization of space science and technology for sustainable economic and social development.

Ms. Holla-Maini brings to UNOOSA over 25 years of professional expertise in the space sector including in managerial and advocacy functions.  Most recently, she held the role of Executive Vice-President Sustainability, Policy & Impact at NorthStar Earth & Space. She also spent over 18 years as Secretary-General of the Global Satellite Operators Association (GSOA).

“On behalf of SIA and its members, I would like to congratulate Aarti Holla-Maini on her appointment as the new leader of UNOOSA,” said Tom Stroup, president of the Satellite Industry Association. “As the former Secretary-General of GSOA, she was a strong and longtime advocate of the global satellite industry and she worked tirelessly to provide a platform for collaboration between the diverse commercial companies within the Association. SIA looks forward to working with her and UNOOSA as the commercial satellite industry continues to grow at an unprecedented pace both here in the U.S. and around the world.”

About The Satellite Industry Association

SIA is a U.S.-based trade association providing representation of the leading satellite operators, service providers, manufacturers, launch services providers, and ground equipment suppliers. For more than two decades, SIA has advocated on behalf of the U.S. satellite industry on policy, regulatory, and legislative issues affecting the satellite business. For more information, visit

SIA Executive Members include: Amazon; The Boeing Company; DIRECTV; EchoStar Corporation; HawkEye 360; Intelsat S.A.; Iridium Communications Inc.; Kratos Defense & Security Solutions; Ligado Networks; Lockheed Martin Corporation; Northrop Grumman; OneWeb; Planet Labs PBC; SES Americom, Inc.; Spire Global Inc.; and Viasat Inc.  SIA Associate Members include: ABS US Corp.; The Aerospace Corporation; Artel, LLC; AST Space Mobile; Astranis Space Technologies Corp.; Aurora Insight; Comtech; Eutelsat America Corp.; ExoAnalytic Solutions; Inmarsat, Inc.; Kymeta Corporation; Leonardo; Lynk; Omnispace; OneWeb Technologies; Ovzon; Panasonic Avionics Corporation; Skyloom; Telesat Canada; ULA and XTAR, LLC. SIA Affiliate Members include: Digital Locations, Inc.; DLA Piper; EVONA; Genus Group; Hogan Lovells; Integrasys LLC; Keysight Technologies, Inc.; Media Broadcast Satellite; Orange Business; Orbital Research; Peraton; Plexus Corp; SD Government; Sheppard Mullin and Wiley