Stefan Latussek was born in Hamm/Westphalia in 1962. He studied law at the universities of Trier and Cologne. Following his clerkship under the auspices of Cologne High Regional Court (Oberlandesgericht Köln) and his bar exam, Latussek was advisor and deputy head of division at the Federal German Office for Compulsory Civilian Service (Bundesamt für den Zivildienst) in Cologne from 1993 on. In 1994 he switched to the German Space Agency (Deutsche Agentur für Raumfahrtangelegenheiten DARA), Bonn. There he first served as an academic assistant of staff, managing the various bodies and committees; Latussek then moved on to become head of the agency’s legal department in 1996. In course of the DARA amalgamation, the Federal German Government appointed him chief executive responsible for managing the liquidation process, leading to Latussek´s continued employment at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt DLR) – a shareholder of the EA’s – since 1997. For two years, starting in 1999, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung BMBF) entrusted him with ministerial science governance. Currently, Latussek heads the DLR staff department “Internal Auditing and Joint Venture Management” (Revision und Unternehmensbeteiligungen), which combines the risk-oriented auditing and consulting functions of an internal audit department with the steering functions of joint ventures management. Latussek, who was admitted to the bar in 1994, holds various supervisory and executive positions at DLR and Federal German subsidiaries. A few intermissions aside, he has served on the executive committee of the EA since 2007. Latussek was appointed managing director of the EA by its shareholders’ board effective 28 June 2017.