Leonardo Gagliardi


Leonardo Gagliardi, born in Rome on September 25, 1953.
In 1979 he obtained a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.


CEO Safe Structures Company srl


CEO Smartly Srl

2016 - Current

consultant for Business Development for companies in the Defence, Railway, space and IoT industries.

1992 to 1994

Head of the Study Management Team of the Western European Union in Paris

at the French DGA, to develop a European constellation of military satellites “post Helios” for Earth observation.


Manager responsible of Business Development for space programs at:

Telespazio (1997-2002) for Earth observation Programs;

Dataspazio (2002-2003) for software developments for Terrestrial satellite stations;

Vitrociset (2003-2008) Program Manager for the construction of the launch site of the Vega carrier at the Guianese Space Centre;

Rheinmetall Italia (2008-2011) Director of space programs;

Telematic Solutions (2011-2014) Director of Space activities and responsible for launching the satellite Optsat 3000 for the Italian defence administration;

CGS-OHB (2014-2015) head of Business Development;

Consorzio Antares (2015-2016) Consortium director;

1994 to 1997

head of the Institutional and International Relations Office of ASI

1988 to 1993

Chief of Staff of the Director General ASI

1986 to 1989

Program Manager of the Uvcs/SOHO

Program of the ASI in collaboration with NASA.

1985 to 1994

member of the Italian Delegation

From 1985 to 1994 he was a member of the Italian Delegation at the European Space Agency (ESA) as a delegate for the Ariane programme Board (Ariane) and for the Industrial Policy Committee (ESA-Industrial Policy Committee).


Professional technical collaborator at the Italian Space Agency - ASI

After 3 years of research activity in the field of space propulsion, at the Department of Mechanics of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, in 1984, he was hired by the National Research Council/ National Space Plan, then Italian Space Agency (ASI), as a professional technical collaborator.