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Gilbert Kirkham

NASA Europe Representative

Gib Kirkham serves as the NASA Attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France, representing NASA in Europe.  Before arriving in Paris in August 2010, Mr. Kirkham served in the Senior Executive Service as the Director of the Exploration Systems and Aeronautics Research Division in NASA’s Office of International and Interagency Relations, a division responsible for NASA’s cooperative relationship with its European counterpart organizations.  Mr. Kirkham joined NASA Headquarters in 1992, as a Presidential Management Intern.  From 1992-1995, he served as the lead NASA negotiator on a number of key programmatic, contractual and policy activities between NASA and its Japanese and Russian partners.  Later, as the Executive Secretary to the Stafford Task Force of the NASA Advisory Council from 1995-1997, Mr. Kirkham organized and led initiatives on a broad range of Executive level and inter-agency international, civil and national security issues involving NASA’s collaboration in human spaceflight with Russia.  From 1997-2002, Mr. Kirkham served as the NASA Attaché to the US Embassy in Tokyo, Japan.

Mr. Kirkham was born in Cleveland, Ohio.  He received a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Wooster in 1985 majoring in History and minoring in Religious Studies and a Masters degree in Japanese Studies and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in 1992.  In 2004, Mr. Kirkham received a Masters of Business Administration from the International Executive MBA Program of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.


Mr. Kirkham lives in Paris, France with his wife, Seiko Tsutsumi, and four children.