AFRICA SPACE : We Work In Space (26 – 27 June, 2020 @ 4PM WAT)
The Africa Space Careers webinar is an initiative founded by the collaboration of four African Space oriented organizations namely: LearnSpace Foundation, Humbite, Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and Space Stem Educational Initiative for Africa(SSEIA).
LearnSpace Foundation is a non-governmental and non-profit organization registered under the Corporate Affairs Commission Of Nigeria with interest in Space science and Astronomy Education across Africa for the benefit of the community and desired growth of Africa, established in November 2019 after the Team representing Africa at the Manfred Lachs Competition returned from the competition in Washington D.C. Members of the Team came together and agreed to form a Foundation committed to training future leaders all around Nigeria and Africa to become global players in the space industry and to make a positive impact in the society.
Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) is a global non-governmental, non-profit (US 501©3) organisation and network which aims to represent university students and young space professionals ages 18-35 to the United Nations, space agencies, industry, and academia. Headquartered in Vienna, Austria, the SGAC network of members, volunteers and alumni has grown to more than 15 000 members representing more than 150 countries.
The Webinar is centered around educating Africans on the benefits of space technology to the African continent and encouraging them to consider careers in the Space sector, and elite experts in powerful fields empowering the African system would be present at the Webinar.
Mr Meshack Kinuya who is a space system specialist, working with the African Union Commission to establish the Pan-African Space Agency, and a leader in the African Leadership Congress on Space Science and Technologies for Sustainable Development-Youth Forum, also leading the capacity building in space applications with Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) & Africa, which is a pan-African Programme in Earth Observation. He is also actively engaged with international community.
Mr Mohammed Salibu who works on the operations for NASA’s future vehicles (Orion and Commercial Crew) and the International Space Station (ISS) and also a Flight controller (Operation’s engineer) in the Mission Control Center (MCC) responsible for the assessment and monitoring of a space vehicle’s aerodynamic performance and operation.
Ms. Anne Agi is a solicitor and an advocate.She is a trustee/Co-founder, LearnSpace Foundation an NGO for promoting space education and awareness. She is a space and space Law enthusiast, a blogger, writer of articles on space Law, presenter at lectures on space Law. She has represented Nigeria at conferences and was a delegate at the 2019 International Astronautical Congress (IAC)where she coached and led the African Team of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Competition to emerge as Best Oralist and runners-up of the Competition, she is an active member of the African space community, delivered a paper at the 2019 African Space Leaders Conference on ‘The role of Women and Youths in shaping Africa’s space agenda” also a member of the Women in Aerospace Community, and a member of the Nigerian Bar Association.
Eldrige de Melo is a Space Project Manager currently studying at ISAE-SUPAERO Aerospace Project Management. He is certified by the Russian Space Agency as a Senior Specialist to the Ground Control. He is also the NPoC of SGAC for Angola, he believes in fighting for diversity and inclusion in the space sector, program education and outreach.
Marco Romero started his career in Aeronautical Engineering and Glider piloting at the Angolan Air-force, after finishing his Degree at the Portuguese Air Force Academy. After that expanded his career into the Angolan Space Program as a Ballistic and Navigation Satellite Support Specialist accumulating more than 5 years of experience in the aerospace sector and now is making the Step up as Space System Engineer at ISAE Supaero, an Actual National Point of Contact of Space Generation Advisory Council in Angola, member of the Mars Society, Moon Village Association, International Astronomical Union preparing the first Analogue Mission Site in Angola (Namibe). Ambassador of the OpenCosmos Academy for the Design of Space Missions. Member of PMI, INCOSE and the Open Space Makers Federation Developed several initiatives to Support outreach and capacity building on space domain in Angola, he is Really Inspired by Human Space Exploration and STEAM Education (because they catalyze Innovation and development) he had the opportunity to create several hackathons, conferences, Studies, Projects and other activities in Angola and joined similar activities in other countries.
Salvation Peter is a Data scientist, a python expert, a space and tech advocate. She is passionate about educating young people especially girls in these fields. She has worked with notable brands and as well spearheaded the founding of the Space STEM Educational Initiative for Africs (SSEIA).
Ahmed Shokry Abdelhamid Baraka is a clinical pharmacist, SGAC Regional Communications Manager for the Middle East, and the Leader of AMSRO regional chapter at Alexandria University, Egypt.
Chidinma Joy Iroka, Chief Engineer in the Engineering and Space System Division (ESS) of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) which is the Nigerian Space Agency. She was one of the two ladies (only lady) in the Radio Frequency (RF) team of the Nigerian engineers and scientists that were trained in Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, United Kingdom during which she participated in the designing, building and testing of Nigerian satellites (NigSat-2 and NigSat-X) launched in 2011. She’s also a Space Leader, the African Space Leadership Congress (ASLC) Women and the Technical Adviser of the Space STEM Educational Initiative for Africa (SSEIA), the Co-founder and the Secretary General of the Women in Aerospace Nigeria (WIAN) which periodically visits secondary schools across Nigeria to stir girls’ interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) among its many duties. It is worth mentioning that she has been representing WIAN for the past seven (7) years to draw the agency’s yearly programme. She is Analytical, Solution-oriented Engineer, Researcher, STEM educator and Space Ambassador with experience in planning and managing projects.
Ms. Fadahunsi-banjo Motolani, Chief Legal Officer, National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), holds L.LM degrees in Air and Space Law, (Leiden University, Netherlands), and Space, Cyber and Telecommunications law (University of Nebraska). Ms. Fadahunsi-banjo Motolani has represented Nigeria at Conferences, workshops and was a Nigerian Delegate at the 2009 session of the UNCOPUOS- Legal Subcommittee. She is a Member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), Women in Aerospace Nigeria, and the Nigerian Bar Association, a resource person with the Nigerian Institute of Space Science and Technology and Women in Aerospace Nigeria. In 2012, she interned with the International Space Transport Association, working with the legal department on the Pros and Cons: Liberalization of space activities in Europe.
Ms. Nomfuneko Majaja, started her career as a government official, proceeded into the academia and came back to government. She has a bachelor’s degree in Economics & Industrial Psychology, an Honours from UNISA and a Masters Degree from Williams College in Massachusetts USA. She has her expertise in Economic policy development and Implementation, Industrial Strategies Development and implementation in advanced manufacturing, aerospace and electro-technical. She has been in the space legislation and policy domain for the past 12 years. She served as Vice Chairperson during true past 2 and current term of the South African Council for Space Affairs (SACSA) which is a space regulatory body under the Minster of Trade and Industry. She led the process of the development of the National Space Policy by South Africa. She was as well instrumental in the hosting of the 1st IAC in 2011 in the African continent. She has recently led the development of the space industry framework by the Department of Trade & Investment (DTI) Which is expected to open vast opportunities for the development and support of the space industry.
Rania Toukebri has been National Point of Contact of Tunisia for SGAC. Regional coordinator of Africa in Space Generation Advisory Council in support of the United Nations for space program. System and Verification engineer on space systems with an experience of over 5 years. She is a Software & Hardware engineer for space applications; worked on Integration and verification of payloads where she got used to satellites internal and external interfaces. She holds a master in embedded systems from Université de Picardie Jules Verne. She worked on the design of an onboard computer of a Bombardier project “surfer”. Then she took a certificate in Cryptography from Stanford university, continuing studies. She is also a space policy expert and is also working on the development of the space market in Africa with other African space experts. She had an engineering diploma from the National Institute of Applied sciences and technologies in Tunis, Tunisia. She studied electronics and instrumentation. She is familiar with SW Development with different languages, as well as ARM and FPGA design and verification and has worked mainly on data interfaces, mass memories and on board Computers. She’s a delegate at the Committee of Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, participated to the Scientific and technical committees and gave recommendations with SGAC team She has also been in several workshops related to space innovation and research and she has been a speaker and moderated panels in Space Generation Congress, Global Conference for emerging countries. She is also working on the development of the space market in Africa with other African space experts.
And that would be all the Speakers for the Webinar! Do not miss it, surely be there…
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