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Our Team

Experienced professionals around one goal

 
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Patrick Goergen

Founder & CEO

Patrick has a legal background. After law studies (Maîtrise 1994, Master in European law litigation, 2000, at University Robert Schuman Strasbourg), he worked as a lawyer at Luxembourg bar Association (1995-2014).


He has an extensive experience in export control compliance projects. Since 2013, he has successfully advised Luxembourg based actors and companies, including multinationals and space companies, in the drafting and implementation of Internal Compliance Programs (ICPs) which allow those companies to apply for global licenses. He is active in license applications and management for those companies, acts as an external export control compliance officer for several companies and is implementing trainings and audits in this field. He has created and is managing the LinkedIn group “Export Control Compliance Officers in the EU”, with an ever-growing number of members, now reaching more than 700 members (open on invitation only). He is regularly posting articles, news and legal updates in this group.

He speaks English, French, German and Luxembourgish. 

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Mélanie Dia

Project Manager

Mélanie Dia, a French citizen, arrived recently in Luxembourg. She holds a Master’s degree in law from Paris Descartes University. She studied in France (Besançon, Strasbourg, Aix-en-Provence) and in Austria (UniWien). She worked previously as a civil servant for French local authorities (2007-2014) before moving to Dubai.

In the United Arab Emirates, she advised French exporters in their business development strategy to the Middle East, first as Trade advisor and then as Head of Department for Business France, the French Trade Commission (2015-2020). She speaks French, English, German and is currently learning Luxembourgish.


She started on 11 October 2021 as a Project Manager for RespectUs. She will share with the startup her 15 years’ experience working in highly diverse environments. She will work closely with the Business Analyst team and the developers. 


Mélanie is a happy mum of two young kids and enjoys spending family time in the beautiful forests of Luxemburg. Nature-lover, she appreciates biking and hiking trails. She will bring her energy and strong sense of organization to contribute to address the challenges RespectUs will be facing. 

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Lisa Kucher

Lead Business Analyst

Lisa has a Master degree in International and Transnational Law (University of Helsinki, 2019) and a Masters in Space and Telecommunications Law (University Paris XI, 2020). She followed Space Studies Program 19 at International Space University (2019).


She speaks English, French, German, Russian and Ukrainian.


Lisa joined RespectUs in October 2020.

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Cenan AL-EKABI

Business Analyst

Cenan l-Ekabi is from Canada, and he has over a decade of experience working in the space sector. After obtaining Political Science and Law degrees in North America, he continued his studies in the Netherlands and throughout his professional roles in Europe. He holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science (McMaster University, 2005), a bachelor law degree (JD, Cooley Law School, 2009), an advanced studies legal masters degree in European and International Business Law (adv. LL.M., Leiden University, 2010), and an advanced studies legal masters degree in Air and Space Law (adv. LL.M., Leiden University, 2011).


After his studies, Cenan joined the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) as a Research Fellow, producing many books and reports on developments in the space sector. During this time, he also studied at the International Space University (ISU) summer program. He then joined the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) as a Projects Manager, producing several large conferences in the space sector. Cenan then joined the Open Lunar Foundation (OLF) as a Research Fellow, working with stakeholders in the space community to advance the development of policy concepts and dialogs in this domain.


Cenan has a passion for challenging projects, and strives to help the community wherever he can make an impact. He lives in the Netherlands with his family; he enjoys activities like home science experiments with his daughter; and he likes to explore and to discover new flavours and recipes along the way.

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Pierre Rasmusen

Business Analyst

Pierre Rasmusen holds a Bachelor degree in Aviation Management (IUBH University of Applied Sciences, 2015) and a Master's degree in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management (University of Southern Denmark, 2018).

He speaks English, French, German and Luxembourgish.


He worked with Cargolux and Lycée Technique du Centre. Pierre has joined RespectUs as a Business Analyst in September 2021.

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Daniel Biedermann

Strategic Advisor

Daniel is a Space veteran. After engineer studies at Swissair aircraft engineering school (1985) and an executive training in Satellite Design basis (ISAE-SUPAERO, 1994), he earned a MBA at University of Stirling (1996).


He worked with Arianespace (1991-1999), Société Européenne des Satellites (SES) in Luxembourg (2000-2019) where he was responsible for SES strategic planning, M&A activities, strategic market intelligence and business innovation. He is an independent business consultant since August 2019.


He joined RespectUs as a strategic advisor in September 2020.

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Quincy Kwende

Developer

Quincy Kwende is part of the team since 15 November 2021. 

He holds a Bachelor degree in Physics and Computer Science and a Masters degree in Information Technology, and he has 11 years of experience as a Full Stack Developer.


Quincy is very much interested in learning and using new technologies. He is a great thinker and has a thing for electronics and machine learning. Loves to spend time with family (wife and daughter), travelling and visiting places.  He speaks English and French.

We are hiring

Join Us

Business Analyst

Our Business Analysts are serving as liaisons between clients, developers, and management in the development of our SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) business. They create, develop, and maintain internal processes necessary for the platform development, monitor customer needs and ensure these needs are met in the final product.



This mission includes:


  • Evaluating, in the frame of our SaaS platform for export control compliance, business processes, anticipating requirements, uncovering areas for improvement, and developing and implementing solutions

  • Performing impact analysis and creating user stories/use cases

  • Contributing to and maintaining the platform database

  • Working in collaboration with Developer team to hand off product specifications and review the completed developed items.

  • Working in tandem with Project Management to manage project scope, and work closely with team leads to plan, size and manage sprints

  • Updating, implementing, and maintaining internal business documentation

  • Educating future users about platform capabilities, available data, what it means, and how to access it.

  • Regularly checking and updating sanction lists and related legal texts

  • Contributing to professional services for clients in the field of export control (trainings, compliance, preparation of export control licenses.)

  • Providing leadership, training, coaching and guidance to junior staff



Preferred skills and experience:


  • At least a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Management, Law, Information Technology, or a similar field

  • Experience working with senior decision makers, strong communication / interpersonal skills, and a proven analytical background

  • Strong understanding of regulatory and reporting requirements as well as experience in forecasting, budgeting and financial analysis combined with understanding of key performance indicators

  • Exceptional analytical and conceptual thinking skills, good documentation skills, experience in creating detailed reports and giving presentations

  • Start-up spirit, great motivation and teamwork skills

  • Excellent command of English. French and/or German are considered as an advantage. 

  • Interest in space industry



Employment conditions:


  • This position is based in Luxembourg, however partly remote working solutions can be discussed

  • Contract type: permanent 

  • Estimated salary: €40k/year (bonus possible)

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Free-lance Country Expert - Germany

Mission: Freelance. Provide expert advice with regard to German law on export control. Monitor continuously development of German law, case-law and practice on export control. Cooperate with RespectUs.

Qualification: Very deep understanding of and expertise in EU and German regulations on export control compliance.

Skills: Excellent verbal and written communication. Ability to transform legal provisions into an easily understandable web content.

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Free-lance Country Expert - France

Mission: Freelance. Provide expert advice with regard to French law on export control. Monitor continuously development of French law, case-law and practice on export control. Cooperate with RespectUs.

Qualification: Very deep understanding of and expertise in EU and French regulations on export control compliance.

Skills: Excellent verbal and written communication. Ability to transform legal provisions into an easily understandable web content.

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