Meet the Team

Alissa J. Haddaji

Founder/ President/ Director

Sally O’Keeffe

Head Graphic and Web Designer

Erin Olivieri

Communications, Outreach, and Fundraising Officer

Alissa J. Haddaji

Founder/ President/ Director

Prof. Alissa J. Haddaji is the founder, president and director of The Space Consortium at Harvard & MIT, and of Space Week at Harvard. She is a faculty researcher at Harvard University, where she created and teaches Harvard and Harvard Law School’s first Space Law, Policy and Ethics curriculum. She also launched and teaches Boston College Law School’s and Paris-Saclay University’s  Space Law, Policy and Ethics courses. Prof. Haddaji specializes in International Space Threat Management (Planetary Protection/Planetary Defense). In 2014, she joined the International Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) as their Planetary Protection Project Officer, before becoming in 2017, the lead coordinator of the United Nations’ SMPAG Legal Working Group on Planetary Defense. In parallel to her Consortium, teaching and SMPAG work, she currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the International Astronautical Federation’s Near Earth Object & Planetary Defense committee and as a United Nations Space4Women mentor. Previously to her Planetary Defense work, Prof. Haddaji was a senior researcher in space economics at Harvard Business School, a research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School and a visiting scholar at the GWU Space Policy Institute. She holds a PhD in Science and Technology Studies, and Master’s Degrees in Planetary Science (spe. oceanography), History/International Relations, Political Science, Law and Socio-Anthropology, from Brown University, La Sorbonne University and Bordeaux 1 University.

Sally O’Keeffe

Head Graphic and Web Designer

Sally O’Keeffe is a Canadian artist and recent graduate of Harvard College. She graduated magna cum laude in English & Art, Film, and Visual Studies. On a visit to the Kennedy Space Center as a child, Sally met an astronaut who told her she could go on a mission to Mars when she grew up. This inspired her dream of becoming an astronaut and pursuing an education in math and science— that dream changed in high school when she realized how much she loved art and writing. She has since studied the mediums of drawing, photography, painting, sculpture, and 16 mm film. During her time at Harvard, Sally began exploring graphic and UX design and worked on prototypes for iPhone apps. Outside of the Space Consortium, Sally works as an artist and freelance graphic designer. 

Erin Olivieri

Communications, Outreach, and Fundraising Officer

Erin joins the Space Consortium as the Communications, Outreach, and Fundraising Officer with over a decade of event planning experience, which she is excited to bring to the space industry! She graduated from Harvard College in 2020 where she studied Government and Astrophysics as a first-generation college student. Erin now works in Constituent Services at the Massachusetts State Senate and TAs for Dr. Haddaji’s Space Law, Policy, and Ethics course at the Harvard Summer School. Her particular areas of interest are space debris mitigation and the international relations implications of space mining. Outside of the Consortium, Erin enjoys watching hockey, baking, and reading 1980s crime dramas.

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