Harriet Brettle is a Planetary Sciences graduate student at the California Institute of Technology. She holds a bachelors degree in mathematics from the University of Warwick and a postgraduate certificate in astrophysics from Queen Mary, University of London. Harriet is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Harriet is the Strategic Partnerships Team Coordinator of the Space Generation Advisory Council, supporting its mission to represent students and young professionals to the United Nations, space agencies, industry, and academia. Harriet became London Outreach Coordinator for the Planetary Society in 2016 and worked to strengthen the organization’s presence in the UK.
Harriet is passionate about public engagement having written articles for the Planetary Society, Astrobites, and the Amateur Astronomy Association of New York. She ran a workshop on ‘Life in the Universe as part of the Institute of Physics ‘Physics at Work’ school day, organised SpaceUp London and has appeared on the Interplanetary Podcast. Harriet has also volunteered at events such as NYC Earth Day, public star gazing, and European Astrofest.
She has a keen interest in the interactions between different fields relevant to space exploration; this was encouraged further through a Global Grant Scholarship to attend the Space Generation Fusion forum and 33rd Space Symposium.
Harriet is a qualified financial risk manager, having worked for J.P. Morgan, the Bank of England and the Federal Reserve, Bank of New York. She is keen to apply this experience to understanding and advancing the future space economy.