Sara de la Rosa

  • UAS / UAM Business Development Manager. Strategic partnerships.
  • Switzerland
  • May 09, 2020
Full time Operations Program and Project Management Sales and Marketing Other

Personal Summary

Industry Expert 
● Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Urban & inter-urban Air Mobility
● Health Supply Chain Management, Last Mile Delivery
● Speaker, panelist, moderator

Business Development Professional
● Strategic analysis, program coordination and planning
● Consultative sales initiatives 
● Public-Private Partnerships, Strategic relations 

International Executive 
● Europe, Americas, Africa, Asia

Languages: Spanish (native), German (native), English (fluent), French (intermediate)

Work Experience

Special Advisor Last mile deliveries
Jun 2018 - Aug 2018 The Global Fund

UAS Coordinator & Special Advisor, Supply Chain Grant Management Division, Geneva, Switzerland.

As special advisor to the Global Fund, I evaluated and provided guidance on multi-lateral relations and investment programs in Central Africa and Asia-Pacific.

Private sector engagement lead
Jan 2019 - Jan 2019 Crown Agents Ltd

The World Bank Group, Tanzania and Crown Agents Ltd, Sierra Leone

 Private-sector Engagement consultancies for supporting cargo UAS initiatives.

Program Lead, UAS
Jan 2017 - Jan 2018 UNICEF, Office of Innovation, Venture Fund

UAS Program Lead, New York, USA. I served as the primary focal point for all matters related to UAS for UNICEF, supporting and guiding in-country in Central and East Africa, Latin America, and the Pacific regions, as well as venture fund startup seed investments in developing markets.

Co-Founder & Project Manager
Jan 2013 - Jan 2017 EYE Remote Solutions

Co-Founder & Project Manager for civilian and government security applications using
Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAs).

I provided strategic business consulting services and sales Geneva, Switzerland of aerial, land, and maritime remote sensing technologies

Business Development & Sales Manager
Jan 2015 - Jan 2016 C-ASTRAL Aerospace

Business Development & Sales Manager, Ajdovscina, Slovenia.

As interim executive for one of EYE Remote's clients, I managed fixed-wing UAV product sales and customer feedback, B2B relations with resellers and suppliers, tender management, events support, web/marketing materials, and translation services.

Product Manager & Solutions Architect
Jan 2013 - Jan 2013 Adaptive System

Product Manager & Solutions Architect, Oslo, Norway.

Image Communications in Global Networks situational awareness SaaS solution used by blue forces, disaster response units, and government organizations integrated on UAS and mobile platforms.

Postdoctoral Researcher
Jan 2011 - Jan 2012 Nansen Environmental & Remote Sensing Center

Post-Doc Researcher, Norway. Safety assessments along South-East Greenland using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery.

UAS Specialist and Coordinator
Sep 2018 - Aug 2019 UNICEF Supply Division

UAS Specialist and Coordinator, UNICEF, Supply Division, Copenhagen, Denmark.

As special advisor to the Interagency Supply Chain Group (ISG) of 8 Government agencies and donor foundations, I built a coordination framework around the ISG's public health supply chain systems strengthening investments. I also developed a roadmap for private sector engagement and guided joint funding mechanism strategies across 15 countries in Africa and Asia-Pacific (12+ Mil.USD/yr).

Project Manager, Customer Success Switzerland
Oct 2019 - Oct 2020 AirMap

Based in Santa Monica, California, USA, AirMap is the world’s leading airspace intelligence software platform powering the transition towards a digitalized air traffic management future to manage special flight operations. I manage our product deliveries and customer accounts with Swiss authorities.


PhD - Sea-ice and Polar Geophysics
Jan 2008 - Jan 2011 University of Bergen
Assistant Researcher
Jan 2005 - Jan 2007 University of Hamburg Institute
Master of Oceanography and Satellite Remote Sensing - Oceanography and Satellite Remote Sensing
Jan 2001 - Jan 2005 University of Southampton
Health & Humanitarian Logistics Management
May 2019 - Jun 2019 Georgia Institute of Technology,


I have spent the past seven years in the unmanned aircraft industry, but my long-term passion has always been democratizing the access to airspace and improving efficiency in mobility of people and goods.

I am a self-starter with strong diplomatic, communication and management skills, high emotional intelligence and proven experience managing large and complex multi-lateral projects that drive policy-making. I have built a solid network globally across the aerospace and defense industries, blue forces, supply chain logistics and health sectors as well as international development organisations.

I have spent time working in the fast-paced high-growth environment of an international venture-backed startup, and I seek to continue the journey of airspace intelligence and connected aircraft towards making personal air mobility a reality.