Richard Donovan and Raphael Roettgen are the founding members of the Space Athletics Federation ®. We welcome an expanding list of associate specialists, athletes, and members.


Richard Donovan is the founder of some of Earth’s most extreme races and has completed 40+ trips as organiser & group leader to the North Pole and Antarctica.

He is the first person in history to run marathons at both the North and South Poles, set a world record for completing marathons on all 7 continents in 4 days 22 hours 3 minutes, and has run across the continents of North America (twice), South America and Europe.

A former director of the global governing body for ultramarathon running, Richard has been race director at several World and Commonwealth Championships.

He holds a primary degree in Economics and Classical Civilization, two postgraduate degrees in Economics and a Doctorate l.c. in Project Management.

Raphael Roettgen is founder and managing partner of E2MC Ventures, a fund that invests in space companies globally.

He is a recognized thought leader on Space and lectures on space entrepreneurship and finance at several universities, including the Swiss Institute of Technology and the International Space University. Raphael has also published an acclaimed introductory book on space business and hosts the popular Space Business Podcast.

With previous senior roles in investment management firms and banks, Raphael is an advisor on space to both institutional investors and governments.

He holds degrees in Finance from the Wharton School, Artificial Intelligence from PUC-Rio and Space Studies from the International Space University.