Nicolas Peter is since April 2017 Head of International Relations at the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), the German Aerospace Centre. Before that he was Head of the International Cooperation Department of DLR. Nicolas Peter and his team of 30 staff supports the DLR in general and especially the Executive Board in its relations to international partner organisations and agencies in all DLR fields (i.e. space, aeronautics, energy, transport, security, digitalisation). The department supports the space administration, DLR 40 research institutes, its project management agency in their projects with international partners for example by dedicated scholarship-programmes or by coordinating agreements.
The department prepares also space related statements for several ministries and supports the German industry in its export business by political means or by supplementing research cooperations. The department has office in Cologne, and overseas office in Paris, Tokyo and Washington D.C. and personnel in European think-thank and UN organisations in Bonn and Vienna.
Mr Peter has been working at the European Space Agency (ESA) in the Director General’s Cabinet and at the European Commission's Space Policy and Research Unit. Prior to joining ESA, he has been a Research Fellow at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), a Lockheed Martin Fellow at the George Washington University’s (GWU) Space Policy Institute and a Research Fellow at the X PRIZE Foundation.
He has also been Teaching Associate for the International Space University’s (ISU) Master programme and Team Project Co-chair for the Summer Session Programme. Mr Peter has 15+ years of international experience in S&T on 4 continents and 8 countries.
Mr Peter has published over 100 reports, book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals, and presented at international conferences related to space activities. He has also co-edited three books on space affairs and is a regular peer-reviewer for the Journals Space Policy and Acta Astronautica. He has been invited to be Chair and Rapporteur for sessions dealing with space policy issues at International Astronautical Congresses (IAC) held on four continents, giving him a good overview of international cooperation aspects. He is also an Honorary Board Member of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and a winner of the inaugural IAF Young Space Leader award.
Nicolas Peter holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from the Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg, France. He also has a first Master’s degree in Space Systems and a second one in Space Technology Applications, both from the Louis Pasteur University. He is also a graduate from the ISU’s Master in Space Studies programme and holds a Master of International Science and Technology Policy from the GWU’s Elliott School of International Affairs (Washington D.C, USA). He also attended Business Executive Education courses on policy evaluation, strategy development, strategic performance management and prospective at ESSEC (France) (2), HEC (France), Cranfield (UK) and the Manchester Business School (UK).