Dr Peter Martinez has led a successful eight-year multilateral space diplomacy effort in the UN to produce international guidelines for safe and sustainable outer space activities, participated in several multilateral dialogues in space security and space sustainability and served as the Head of South Africa’s Space Council, the entity in charge of space policy and regulating space activities.
In addition, he served in the executive arm of the South African Astronomical Observatory and the National Research Foundation, went on to become the President of the South African Institute of Physics, and then led the Southern African Astronomical Association.
Furthermore, Dr Martinez was a professor of Space Studies at the University of Cape Town and was the Division Head of Space Science & Technology, South African Astronomical Observatory from 2005 to 2012.
Dr Martinez got his bachelor degrees in Materials Engineering and in Physics and Applied Mathematics, he is a master of Astronomy and a doctor of Astrophysics.
With over 190 publications, Dr Martinez is a recipient of several professional honours and awards.
Dr Martinez is currently the Executive Director of Secure World Foundation.