Petr Bareš is the co-founder and president of the Czech Space Alliance and managing director of Iguassu Software Systems. He emigrated from Czechoslovakia to the UK in 1968 where he graduated from the University of London. He has been working in the space field since 1975 when he became the first Czech born employee of the European Space Agency. Petr returned to Prague in 1997 and led a management-buy-out of Science Systems CZ in 1999, now Iguassu Software Systems, a key supplier of GNSS and SSA software to ESA. Petr has broad international experience covering Europe, Latin America and south-east Asia and was one of only two private members of the Czech ministerial team drafting the National Space Plan. The plan was approved by the government and led to very significant changes in Czech space governance.

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