ISDC 2015 Toronto

Jeffrey Manber

Space Innovation Business Summit Speaker: Jeffrey Manber

Managing Director, NanoRacks (

Jeffrey has three decades of experience in bringing innovative space projects to the marketplace, both in manned and unmanned space exploration and utilization.Jeffrey’s experience includes working as an adviser to the chairman of PanAmSat, the first privately owned international satellite venture, as the company raised its first outside rounds of financing.He also served as COO of AstroVision, which developed and patented the first real-time moving images of the Earth. For most of the 1990’s Jeff worked to bring together the American and Russian space programs.In the early 1990’s he carried over the first contract between NASA and the then Soviet organization RSC Energia. Later, he represented the Russian space organizations as the basic contracts to realize the International Space Station came about.As CEO of MirCorp, which leased the Russian space station Mir, Jeff is the only businessman to have ever marketed an orbiting space station and conducted a commercial manned mission to space (MirCorp-1.) While leading MirCorp, Manber signed historic space-based media and entertainment deals with space tourist Dennis Tito, Survivor television producer Mark Burnett and movie producer James Cameron.

He also co-developed the first fund dedicated to commercial space on Wall Street (Shearson Lehman) and has served as an adviser to numerous companies and governments. The author of two books, his second (Selling Peace) chronicles his time working with the Russian space program.