Mr Butkovic as a keynote speaker at the MK2025 Summit, will present the missions and visions of the European Space Agency. Mr Butkovic is currently the Head of Near Earth Services Section at the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) and has been working at the European Space Agency (ESA) since 2000.
The ESA has been in the news most recently with the comet-chasing Rosetta mission coming to an end. The Rosetta spacecraft has been in space for 12 years and launched two years after Mr Butkovic began working for the ESA.
Mr Butkovic is an expert on the telecommunications, networks and computers for satellite ground segments. A satellite ground segment is the equipment and facilities (ground stations) needed to control satellites and other ‘near earth’ spacecraft from earth. The European Space Agency operates a network of ground stations for tracking, telemetry and controlling spacecraft.
Mr Butkovic is also an expert in project management, engineering and people management. He is also an IRCA certified ISO27001 Lead Auditor.
Prior to his work for ECOC and ESA, Mr Butkovic worked for major players in the telecommunications market and has extensive international experience.
Mr Butkovic has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Telecommunications and Informatics, and a Master of Science Degree in Telecommunications and Informatics from the University of Zagreb. He also has a MBA Degree from the FOM, Frankfurt.