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Philip Diamond


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.

Fiona Davenport

Head of Human Resources

Simon Berry

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.

Robert Braun

Science Director

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Caroline Whiteley

Chief Finance Officer

Joe McMullin

Deputy Director-General and Programme Director

Lewis Ball

Director of Operations

Colin Greenwood

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 Nel

Configuration Manager

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.

Robert Laing

SKA Senior System Scientist

Qiming Wang

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.

Bassem Alachkar

Domain Specialist (Signal Processing)

Martin Austin

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.

William Garnier

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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Antonio Chrysostomou

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.

Joe Heys

Facilities Manager

Philippa Hartley

Post-doctoral Fellow– Radio Astronomy Simulations

John Kerr

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.

Federico Di Vruno

Spectrum Manager

Jeff Wagg

Project Scientist

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.

Theunis Kotze

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.

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Urvashi Rana

Group Financial Accountant

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Braam Otto

RFI & EMC Engineer

Andrea Casson

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.

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Magnus Lindsay

SKA Mid Telescope Director

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Sarah Pearce

SKA Low Telescope Director

Ian Hastings

Head of Procurement Services

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Adriaan Schutte

Power Engineer

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.

Deborah Bruce

ERP System Manager

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Jo Metcalf

HR Resourcing and Capability Manager

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Andreea Doiciu

Risk and Insurance Specialist

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Vicky Parkinson

Finance Transformation Consultant

Tracy Cheetham

Site Construction Director Mid

Antony Schinckel

Head of Construction Planning - Low

Meng Zhang

Finance Manager

Luca Stringhetti

Project Engineer

Nick Rees

Head of Computing and Software

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Shelley Decker

Assistant In House Legal Counsel

Deborah Bann

HR Project Manager (Policy, Reward and Engagement)

Theresa Devaney

Head of Business Development and Change

Thijs Geurts

Senior External Relations Policy Officer

Anna Bonaldi

Project Scientist

Job Obiebi

Product Assurance Manager

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Pilar De Alvaro

Internal Communications Specialist

Rob Anthony

Junior Systems Engineer

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Pran Govender

Stakeholder Engagement Officer

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Takuya Akahori

Project Research

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Brendon Taljaard

Engineering Management Systems Engineer

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Adam Avison

SKA Operations Scientist/SAFe® Product Manager

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Anim van Wyk

Media Relations Manager

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Rhian Beer

Computer and Software Administration Support

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Natalia Wolf

Secretariat Administration Support

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Eunseong Lee

PhD Student

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Gill Ward

HR Resourcing and Capability Manager

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James Welsh

HR Administrator

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Susan Kaur Parmar

HR Administrator

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Grace Schmidt

Project Risk, Change & Issue Analyst

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Pete Shephard

Project Manager

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Thomas Juerges

Controls Software Engineer

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Jesus Salgado

SKAO Regional Centre Architect

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Jacky Banner

IT Service Manager

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Wian Swart

IT Intern

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Shin’ichiro Asayama

SKA System Scientist

Jacqueline Banner

IT Support Analyst

Julian Barker

Facilities Support

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Rob Barnsley

Operations Data Scientist

Kevin Barriere

Assistant Power Engineer

Marco Bartolini

Lead Software Architect

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David Bastien

STFC Placement

Rosie Bolton

Head of Data Operations Group

Tyler Bourke

Project Scientist

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

Ray Brederode

Solution Train Engineer

Shari Breen

Interim Head of Science Operations

Alan Bridger

Observation Management and Controls Software Architect

Marco Caiazzo

Senior System Engineer

Marco is a member of the SKA System Engineering team contributing mainly to the Central Signal Processor Work Package.

Cassandra Cavallaro

Online Community & Content Officer

Songlin Chen

Domain Specialist: Mid telescope

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Alex Clarke

Operations Data Scientist

James Collinson

Operations Data Scientist

Andrea Cremonini

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 Curran


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!

Miles Deegan

Computing Infrastructure Lead

Peter Dewdney

Deputy Architect

Joe Diamond

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.

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Laura Olmos Diaz

Contracts Specialist

Ailsa Dibben

Finance Assistant

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Peter Dix

Senior Contracts Specialist

Hui Deng

Calibration and Image Processing Specialists

Daniela Franchini


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.

Jill Hammond

Project Manager (SKA Networks & Computing)

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Piers Harding

Software Quality Engineer

Mark Harman

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.

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Codruta Harsan

HR Advisor

Daniel Hayden

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.

Peter Hekman

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.

Aniket Hendre

Domain Specialist (Time & Frequency)

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Andy Holt

IT Operations Specialist (Linux)

Mathieu Isidro

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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Graham Jackson

Technical Writer

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Du Bruyn Jonker

Project Manager Mid Infrastructure

Rohini Joshi

Operations Data Scientist

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Burak Kara

Project Cost Analyst

Betty Kioko

Legal Advisor for Transition and Change

Maria Grazia Labate

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.

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Sarah Lamb

Events Management Lead

Ben Lewis

Senior Project Manager (SKA-Mid)

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Peter Lewis

Network Architect

Qiqi Liu

Project Controls Manager

Samantha Lloyd

Network & IT Security Specialist

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Katy McCaig

Project Risk, Change, and Issue Analyst

Maurizio Miccolis

Project Manager (SKA Software)

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Elizabeth Mitchell

Strategy Support Officer

Kesseven Mooneyan

IT Support Analyst

Benjamin Mort

SKA Operations Scientist/SAFe® Product Manager

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Treasure Nkawu

EMC Engineer

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Aristeidis Noutsos

SKA Operations Scientist/SAFe® Product Manager

Alice Pellegrini

RF Antenna Domain Specialist and Team Lead

Sarah-Jane Pritchard

Deputy Transition Coordinator

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Harry Qiu

Post-Doctoral Position in Fast Radio Burst Science

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Andrew Reader

IT Network & Security Engineer

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Jayashree Roy

Digital Signal Processing Engineer

Nadja Sababa

HR Administrator

Juande Santander-Vela

Head of Software Product Management

Richard Schofield

Head of Information Technology

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Maciej Serylak

Deputy System Scientist

Heather Smith

Executive Assistant to the Director-General

David Solan

Project Manager: Low Infrastructure and Field Node

Tim Stevenson

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

Jacque Stoddart

Project Manager: SKA-low Digitisation

Gerhard Swart

MID Telescope Engineer

Corrie Taljaard

Head of Engineering Performance

André van Es

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.

Andreas van Zyl

RAM & Logistics Engineer

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Sonja Vrcic

Control Systems Architect

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Chang Xia

Junior Project Manager (SKA-Mid)

Mark Waterson

Domain Specialist (AA & PAF)

Feng Weng

Calibration and Image Processing Specialists

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Claire Wheelhouse

HR Administrator

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Natasha Williams

ERP Analyst

Peter Wortmann

Science Data Processing Software Architect

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Ugur Yilmaz

DevOps Engineer