Appointment of the ESA Industrial Ombudsmen

27 June 2012

The role of the ESA Industrial Ombudsman is carried out by the Industrial Ombudsman and his Back-up, with the latter only performing that role on a case-by-case basis when the Ombudsman is unable to perform his duties.

Please always contact first the Industrial Ombudsman.

Jack Bosma, appointed ESA Industrial Ombudsman on 1st January 2013.

Jack Bosma has been an ESA staff member from 1975 to 2012. He is a physicist and engineer by training. He has covered a number of senior positions in ESA programmes and at ESA corporate level.  He completed his active career in the role of ESA Inspector General, responsible for all ESA reviews, chairing major tender evaluations and having performed numerous independent investigations into ESA programmes.

Berthold Schaefer, appointed as back-up of the ESA Industrial Ombudsman on 1st December 2013.

Berthold Schaefer is an engineer and industrial engineer by training. He started his career in 1972 at the German Aerospace Research Center (DLR). During his professional activities at DLR he has been involved in several international projects and became 1994 head of the Procurement Division. Since 2009 Berthold Schaefer acts as an independent consultant in public procurement subjects, coaching and interim management.

They can be contacted at the following addresses:

Jack Bosma, Industrial Ombudsman for ESA

Waterbospark 126

2231 JZ Rijnsburg

The Netherlands

Tel:  +31 714081804

Mobile : +31652598140



Berthold Schaefer, Back-up of the Industrial Ombudsman for ESA

Im Schlangenhoefchen 9A

51427 Berg. Gladbach


Tel: +49 2204 60 359

Mobile: +49 172 255 1781


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