As Director General of the SKAO, Professor Philip Diamond provides overall leadership for the international coordinating body for the SKA telescope. Philip has 30 years’ experience in the field of radio astronomy and a long standing involvement in the SKA project.
Head of Human Resources
Director of Corporate Strategy
Simon joined the SKA Organisation in January 2014. He is responsible for all aspects of policy development in the project, ranging from how the future legal structure and organisation the project will work, to how it will be funded and the broader non-science case for countries investing in the project.
Chief Finance Officer
Deputy Director-General and Programme Director
Director of Operations
Head of Administration
I oversee the administrative and legal activities of SKA Organisation in support of the operational activities of the Company. I ensure secretariat support is provided to the SKA Board of Directors, its Executive Committee and Members as required.
Susan’s role is to ensure that the functions of product identification, change management, status accounting and audits are implememented and managed throughout the project. Susan has more that 20 years experience in implementing configuration, content management and document management systems.
SKA Senior System Scientist
Head of Policy Development
Dr. Qiming Wang works closely with StratCom and the Board members to develop key policies including an Observatory Agreement, a long-term governance structure, a plan for procurement of SKA construction and operation, funding mechanisms and access of observation, etc.
Domain Specialist (Signal Processing)
Project Manager (SKA Infrastructure)
Martin is a civil engineer and project manager. His job is to work with the separate Infrastructure consortia in both South Africa and Australia tasked with the design of SKA1 infrastructure; roads, buildings, site monitoring equipment, power, water and sanitation.
Director of Communications, Outreach and Education
William is in charge of all aspects of communications, outreach and education at the SKA and coordinates comms activities around the world. William has been working in science communication for more than 10 years, first as a science journalist and then at ESO, ALMA and the SKA since November 2012.
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Deputy Director of Operations
Antonio came from the University of Hertfordshire where he was a lecturer and reader in Astrophysics. Previously he was the Associate Director of the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, in Hawaii. His scientific interests are in star formation. He is also a keen photographer.
Post-doctoral Fellow– Radio Astronomy Simulations
Head of Health, Safety, Security and Environmental (HSSE)
John joined the SKA after a long career, as a civil & structural engineer, working on a variety of multi-disciplinary projects. As our Head of Health, Safety, Security and Environmental, he brings a collaborative and practical approach to his roles enabling the strong safety culture that is embedded in all we do.
Jeff is a member of the science team. Originally from Canada, he has worked at observatories on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, the Very Large Array in New Mexico, and ALMA in Chile. He is the scientific liaison for the LFAA, SDP and TM work consortia, as well as the continuum, cosmology and EoR science working groups.
In House Legal Counsel
Theunis’ main function will be to provide International Law advice on the to-be-created international intergovernmental organisation and associated privileges and immunities, but he will also be very much involved with contractual arrangements and the day-to-day operations of the company.
Group Financial Accountant
RFI & EMC Engineer
Head of Project Management Group
Andrea’s job is to develop & implement project management procedures including planning, reporting & risk management. She joined SKA in June 2014 following 20 years working as a project & programme manager on multi-national projects in the telecoms industry & a brief stint as a secondary school physics teacher.
SKA Mid Telescope Director
SKA Low Telescope Director
Head of Procurement Services
Adriaan’s job is to manage and coordinate all power consumption, distribution and supply within the SKA project. This includes working with all consortia to minimize power consumption and to ensure the supply of reliable, low cost and green power to the individual components and the sites.
ERP System Manager
HR Resourcing and Capability Manager
Risk and Insurance Specialist
Finance Transformation Consultant
Site Construction Director Mid
Head of Construction Planning - Low
Head of Computing and Software
Assistant In House Legal Counsel
HR Project Manager (Policy, Reward and Engagement)
Head of Business Development and Change
Senior External Relations Policy Officer
Product Assurance Manager
Internal Communications Specialist
Junior Systems Engineer
Stakeholder Engagement Officer
Engineering Management Systems Engineer
SKA Operations Scientist/SAFe® Product Manager
Media Relations Manager
Computer and Software Administration Support
Secretariat Administration Support
Project Risk, Change & Issue Analyst
Controls Software Engineer
SKAO Regional Centre Architect
IT Service Manager
SKA System Scientist
IT Support Analyst
Operations Data Scientist
Assistant Power Engineer
Lead Software Architect
Head of Data Operations Group
Dr. Tyler Bourke comes to the SKA via the CfA in Boston and originally from Australia. He is the PS allocated to the Cradle of Life and Transient SWGs, and the Infrastructure Africa, SaDT, AIV, and MFAA Work Package Consortia. Tyler’s scientific interests lie in the area of Galactic star formation and he has been hooked on astronomy since 3rd grade
Solution Train Engineer
Interim Head of Science Operations
Observation Management and Controls Software Architect
Senior System Engineer
Marco is a member of the SKA System Engineering team contributing mainly to the Central Signal Processor Work Package.
Online Community & Content Officer
Domain Specialist: Mid telescope
MID System Engineer
As system engineer for the for the MID Telescope my role is to provide Engineering support to the design at system level. Reassure that all different parts of the telescope will work together as expected.
Anne has worked as a Receptionist since January 2013 and is responsible
for welcoming visitors, from across the globe, to the SKA Headquarters. Also
involved in arranging, and ensuring the smooth running of, meetings and events
as well as promoting the SKA project at every opportunity. What a fantastic job!
Computing Infrastructure Lead
Communications & Outreach Officer
Joseph’s job is to assist the Communications and Outreach team with specific, one-off projects, and with general day-to-day operations. He is particulary interested in graphic design tools and has been interested in astronomy since growing up next to the VLA.
Senior Contracts Specialist
Calibration and Image Processing Specialists
Daniela is responsible for offering a warm welcome and prompt support to all SKA visitors and staff. An essential role which she performs with great enthusiasm.
Project Manager (SKA Networks & Computing)
Software Quality Engineer
Project Manager (SKA-Mid Dish)
Mark co-ordinates all SKA dish activities at SKAO working with the Dish consortia tasked with developing SKA Dishes, Phased array feeds and Receivers which convert the Radio signals from the sky into digital data . This will be transported by the SADT consortia and delivered to the Central signal processor.
LOW System Engineer
Daniel’s role is to provide systems engineering support to the design of the SKA1-Low telescope. He is also the systems engineering point of contact with the LFAA design consortium. He comes from South Africa, where he first did an internship with SKA SA ten years ago.
MID AIV Lead Engineer
Currently seconded to the SKA Office from ESO, Peter is the AIV Engineering Project Manager. In is spare time he is designing and building a amateur radio station to experiment with microwave wave weak signal detection.
Domain Specialist (Time & Frequency)
IT Operations Specialist (Linux)
Deputy Communications & Outreach Manager
Mathieu’s job is to help grow political, financial and public support for the SKA project, using print material, media relations, online communication, outreach and education. He is particularly interested in social media tools and has been fascinated by astronomy and space since childhood.
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Project Manager Mid Infrastructure
Project Cost Analyst
Legal Advisor for Transition and Change
LOW Telescope Engineer
Dr. Maria Grazia Labate’s role is to form the primary link between the Aperture Array Element and the system technical efforts, overseeing and collaborating with the Aperture Array Design and Construction Consortium to ensure that the Element level system engineering products are coherent with the system level.
Events Management Lead
Senior Project Manager (SKA-Mid)
Project Controls Manager
Network & IT Security Specialist
Project Risk, Change, and Issue Analyst
Project Manager (SKA Software)
Strategy Support Officer
RF Antenna Domain Specialist and Team Lead
Deputy Transition Coordinator
Post-Doctoral Position in Fast Radio Burst Science
IT Network & Security Engineer
Digital Signal Processing Engineer
Head of Software Product Management
Head of Information Technology
Deputy System Scientist
Executive Assistant to the Director-General
Project Manager: Low Infrastructure and Field Node
Head of Mission Assurance
Tim’s job is to ensure that the various systems of the SKA fit together when the time comes, that the SKA is fit for purpose and that no unnecessary cost has been introduced by a lack of compatibility across the system. Tim has more than 30 years experience of developing physical sciences instrumentation, mostly for space based astronomy and planet
Project Manager: SKA-low Digitisation
MID Telescope Engineer
Head of Engineering Performance
Senior Project Manager (SKA-Low)
André is responsible for the delivery of the SaDT consortium providing networks and timing and frequency distribution and responsible for the MFAA, part of the AIP program. He has over 15 years experience as a project manager within Radio Astronomy at ASTRON and over 10 years experience in industry.
RAM & Logistics Engineer
Control Systems Architect
Junior Project Manager (SKA-Mid)
Domain Specialist (AA & PAF)
Science Data Processing Software Architect