NOBU OKADA / FOUNDER & CEO
Nobu Okada founded ASTROSCALE PTE. LTD. in Singapore in 2013 due to a strong desire to address the growing threat of space debris. He used his personal funds as seed money and hired a team in Singapore and Tokyo while raising capital for the business. The office now expands to UK in 2017. The team calls themselves, “Space Sweepers” and their mission is to secure space flight safety by incubating space debris removal technologies.
Mr. Okada serves as a member of the Subcommittee on Space Civil Use and Space Industry at the Cabinet Office for the Government of Japan, and is also a member of The Future of Space Technologies Council, World Economic Forum, and International Astronautical Federation.
Prior to ASTROSCALE, Mr. Okada was a Japanese IT entrepreneur and strategy consultant, and had managed IT companies in Japan, China, India and Singapore. He led one company to a successful IPO. Before joining the IT industry, he worked for McKinsey & Company and the Japanese Government in the Ministry of Finance. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Genetics from the University of Tokyo in 1995 and an MBA from the Krannert School of Business, Purdue University in 2001.
CHRIS BLACKERBY / Group COO
Chris Blackerby will become the Chief Operating Officer for ASTROSCALE PTE. LTD.
as of August 2017.
Chris served as the NASA Attaché for Asia, the senior space policy official in the U.S.
Embassy Tokyo, from 2012-2017. In that capacity he identified multiple opportunities for
cooperation in the region; served as strategic space advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to
Japan and senior U.S. Government officials; acted as an official intermediary between
NASA and its partners in Asia in negotiating agreements and resolving disputes; and
participated in numerous outreach events highlighting NASA activities.
Chris began working for NASA as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2003. While at
NASA he was a leader in forging international cooperative partnerships around the world
in the fields of Earth science, space science and human space exploration. From 2005-
2007 Chris was the Executive Director of the NASA Advisory Council, which provided
advice to senior NASA officials on future policies and plans.
Chris received a B.A. in History and Education from the University of Richmond (Va.) in
1995 and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Rhode Island in 2002.
In 2009 Chris earned an MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown