Claudio Maccone is a SETI astronomer, space scientist and mathematician. In 2002 he was awarded the “Giordano Bruno Award” by the SETI League, “for his efforts to establish a radio observatory on the far side of the Moon.” In 2010 he was appointed Technical Director of Scientific Space exploration of the International Academy of Astronautics. Since 2012, he has chaired the SETI Permanent Committee of the International Academy of Astronautics. He obtained his PhD at the Department of Mathematics of King’s College London in 1980. He then joined the Space Systems Group of Aeritalia in Turin as a technical expert for the design of artificial satellites, and got involved in the design of space missions. In 2000 he was elected as Co-Vice Chair of the SETI Committee of the IAA. He has published over 70 scientific and technical papers. In 2010, Maccone was appointed Technical Director of Scientific Space Missions for the International Academy of Astronautics. In 2012, he became a founding member of the Advisory Council of the Institute for Interstellar Studies.