André Kuipers - ESA Astronaut, European Space Agency (ESA)
André Kuipers is the first Dutchman with two Space missions to his name. André Kuipers spent a grand total of 204 days in Space: 11 days during his first flight, ESA's DELTA Mission in 2004 and 193 days during ESA's PromISSe mission in 2011/2012. On board of the International Space Station (ISS), as flight engineer, he performed many diverse tasks including scientific experiments, coupling of spaceships and vital maintenance and repair work.
Since his return to Earth in 2012, André has inspired large groups of people, young and old with enthralling talks about his exploits in Space, promoting Dutch and European Space activities.
As Ambassador of the Netherlands World Wildlife Fund, André is committed to increasing awareness and understanding of the nature conservation work of the WNF and urges people to be careful about the way we treat our magnificent yet fragile planet.
André Kuipers is also Ambassador of Teckniekpact - a Technology pact that was created by the Dutch government with the industry and the educational sector to stimulate young people to study science and technology subjects. André is passionate about inspiring and motivating the youth as he believes they are the key to a sustainable future.
An André Kuipers Foundation has been established to support charities contributing to the sustainability of our planet, developing science and technology and providing for a successful future for our youth.