ESA’s Director General is assisted by 10 Directors, each of whom is responsible for one of ESA’s programmes or for administering part of the Agency.
Josef Aschbacher - ESA Director General
Josef Aschbacher became the ESA Director General on 1 March 2021.
Franco Ongaro - Director of TEC
Franco Ongaro is the Director of Technology, Engineering and Quality (D/TEC), and Head of ESTEC in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.
David Parker - Director of HRE
David Parker is the Director of Human and Robotic Exploration (D/HRE).
Eric Morel de Westgaver - Director of ELI
Eric Morel de Westgaver is the Director of European, Legal and International Matters (D/ELI), and Head of ESA HQ, Paris, France.
Daniel Neuenschwander - Director of STS
Daniel Neuenschwander is the Director of Space Transportation (D/STS).
Toni Tolker-Nielsen - Director of EOP (acting)
Toni Tolker-Nielsen is acting Director of Earth Observation (D/EOP) and Head of ESRIN, Frascati, Italy.
Paul Verhoef - Director of NAV
Paul Verhoef is the Director of Navigation (D/NAV).
Günther Hasinger - Director of SCI
Prof. Günther Hasinger is the Director of Science (D/SCI), and Head of ESAC, near Madrid, Spain.
Elodie Viau - Director of TIA
Elodie Viau is the Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications (D/TIA), and Head of ECSAT, Harwell, UK.
Jean Max Puech - Director of HIF
Jean Max Puech is the Director of Internal Services (D/HIF).
Rolf Densing - Director of OPS
Rolf Densing is the Director of Operations (D/OPS), and Head of ESOC, in Darmstadt, Germany.