Frank Stratford was born during the closing days of the Apollo era in Australia, a nation without a space program. His interests and skills were focused on the subjects of space exploration since the age of 8 when the space shuttle first started operating. Frank started work at an early age and following 15 years running his own business in landscaping and horticulture, he went onto gain senior level management experience within the automotive parts industry with his own company Dynamic Fuel Solutions before moving into the IT sector as Financial Services Compliance Officer at United Electrical Engineering today. Parallel to this, he had been active within the non-profit sector leading teams of social workers and acting as a volunteer counselor and adviser. His intense interest in space and Mars lead him to leadership roles at 'Red Colony' and the 'Mars Society' where, in 2005, he founded 'MarsDrive' and has been working diligently at overcoming the issues that hold humanity back from a potential future in space. Along with organizing for such events as ISDC 2006 and 2007 or lecturing at Mars Society conferences, he has also contributed many thought-provoking articles on Mars and space exploration, some of which can be found in publications like “Australian Sky and Telescope”, “Metro UK”, “The Space Review” and “Red Colony.” On the subject of what we can do to get into space, Frank has stated, "The future of our expansion into space and onto Mars is really up to each of us as individuals. If there remains no generation to step up to make the decision to go, who will?" As CEO of MarsDrive, his vision is to see people everywhere enjoy the wonder of their own space adventures, including such programs as orbital space tourism, a Moon base and a crewed Mars mission and colony within the next two decades.