European Space Agency
Ioanna Thoma works as a Legal Officer at the Legal Services Department of the European Space Agency since 2010. In this capacity she has tackled a wide range of legal questions arising in the telecommunications, navigation, earth observation and launchers’ programmes of the Agency. She has negotiated international agreements with the EU, EUMETSAT, NASA and other national and international organisations; she has set up several Public Private Partnerships with private Operators and the space industry.
Before joining ESA she specialised in the fields of private international law, international arbitration and competition law and worked for international law firms in Paris, London and Brussels. Ioanna has also taught Private International Law, EU law and International Trade Law at Christ Church (Oxford), Brunel West London and the Law Faculty of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
She holds a law degree and a master’s degree from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, an LL.M from Harvard Law School, an MSt from the University of Oxford and a doctorate degree from the University of Hamburg.