Advisory Board

rocket_launching_from_Kodiak_IslandAERLA’s Advisory Board helps guide this elite institution in order to create the most promising future leaders:

Mr Ivor Ichikowitz- Ivor is a South African businessman, founder and executive chairman of Paramount Group. He is a well-known entrepreneur and industrialist, advocating South Africa and the wider continent’s manufacturing capacity and regularly championing the importance of a developing engineering sector for the social and economic advancement of Africa.

Mr Barrington Irving-  Captain Barrington was the youngest person to pilot a plane around the world solo. He is also the first black person and first Jamaican to accomplish this feat. He is currently the founder and head of Experience Aviation based in Miami Florida. Barrington was awarded the 2012 Emerging Explorer award for his upcoming 2014 endeavor of transforming a jet into the world’s first flying classroom.

General James Jamerson- Jim, a retired US Air Force General, served as president of the Middle East and Africa for Lockheed Martin. He previously served as deputy commander in chief of U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany and was the commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and of the Allied Air Forces in Central Europe. Jim has commanded two Air Force fighter wings, a joint task force during Operation Desert Storm, and a combined task force for humanitarian operations in Turkey and Iraq. He is a command pilot, having flown more than five thousand hours, principally in attack and fighter aircraft.

Dr Liam Pedersen- Liam, born in Cape Town, has worked extensively with rovers and planetary scientists in the Atacama Desert, the Canadian arctic, and Antarctica. He previously served as robotics researcher at NASA Ames Research Center, building intelligent robot systems to look for life on Mars and thinking about the future of space exploration.

Today, Liam leads Nissan’s autonomous vehicle research program here in California, and as of January 2015, Nissan and NASA have agreed to work jointly on the autonomous cars.

Professor Winston Wole Soboyejo- A Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University and President of the African University of Science and Technology (AUST), Abuja Nigeria, Wole’s scholarly research on nano particles and other scientific areas is an example to be encouraged of such cutting-edge basic and applied research to attack African problems.

Mr Paul Potgieter Jr- Paul is currently the Head of the AHRLAC program at Aerosud, based in South Africa. This multi-role aviation platform has launched Africa’s aerospace industry into a new era with this being the first time in Africa’s history that the continent has independently designed and manufactured its own aircraft.

Professor Jo-Ansie van Wyk- Jo-Ansie is the Advocacy Chair and Member of the South African Council for Space Affairs. She has written extensively on space law and space developments in Africa. Jo-Ansie is also a Professor at the University of South Africa in the Department of Political Studies.

AERLA AFJROTC Point of Contact – Colonel Greg Winn- USAF Colonel (Ret), is the Deputy Director of the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) program under the Holm Center, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. As the Deputy Director, he oversees a citizenship and character development program located in 884 high schools around the world. Greg has over 2,200 flying hours in the B-52G and B-1B, service on both the Air and Joint Staff, and as a Squadron Commander.