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Wednesday, June 16 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Space Applications for Dynamic Cooperation Across Sectors

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Space technology, data and services tackle some of the most pressing challenges, such as fighting climate change, helping to stimulate technological innovation, and providing socio-economic benefits to citizens. Its potential in supporting the European Commission Green Deal and digital transformation is undoubted. The importance of fostering innovation in space applications and services across countries and continents is widely acknowledged as well.

The EU’s relationship with Africa has been recognised as a key priority for the European Commission. The field of Space and space applications represent an enormous potential for cooperation between Europe and Africa. In particular, space research and all related activities have outstanding capacity to enable new skills development and human capital development in Africa: laying the foundation for an innovation driven economy to support economic well-being on the continent. In the past, the focus on R&D has been on the development of space assets. In the meantime, the EU Space programme has not only been established, but both the Copernicus Sentinel and the Galileo constellations deliver continuous data and services, that have started changing the way we live on this planet. Therefore a co-designed strategy and research agendas for the creation of innovative space applications in close collaboration between Europe and Africa will be necessary. The commencement of Horizon Europe and the NDICI programme is an unique opportunity to advance the EU's cooperation with Africa and its’ agenda 2030.

This session gathers prominent speakers from Africa and Europe, sharing their take on how space applications can foster a dynamic cooperation between both continents across different sectors. At the European side, the establishment of the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), expected to link space to user needs, could be seen as a logical step towards increasing engagement with Africa in this field. The already strong policy dialogue in many space-related fields shall be continued and further developed, ensuring further alignment. The international research cooperation between Europe's and Africa's needs a strategic approach to space so that the combined efforts and assets can reach the common goals. In that respect, research cooperation shall advance the idea of synergies between Horizon Europe and NDICI. The NDICI programme has enormous potential to deliver key policy objectives in Africa and with Africa. Space must be part of this narrative and we need to work together to identify specific measures and initiatives.
The next EU-Africa Summit will take place during the French Council Presidency early in 2022. This triannual meeting is a unique opportunity to set new agendas and space to be part of this dialogue.
In the course of this session, we will look for the answers of these and many other related questions:
  • How can Europe and Africa collaborate to advance the SDGs together?
  • What measures should be taken to ensure that research and development is increasingly part of the shared by both continents space agenda?

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Roya Ayazi

Secretary General, NEREUS aisbl
Since 2009 Roya heads as Secretary General of the NEREUS-network (Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies) its Brussels/Belgium based secretariat and is the main interface of the association at European level. Within the advocacy activities of the network she followed... Read More →
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Corrado perna

Senior Policy Officer, INAF
Corrado Perna is a Senior Policy Officer from the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics. He played a leading role in promoting the Italy’s founding involvement in the establishment of the XXI century global large scale research Astrophysics facilities such as SKA, CTA and... Read More →
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Domingos Barbosa

DR, Instituto de Telecomunicações
Domingos Barbosa, PhD in Astrophysics & Space Techniques (U. Paris VII), Marie Curie Fellow (1998-2000) :Senior Researcher at Radioastronomy Group, Basic Sciences & Enabling Technologies, Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT), Portugal. Coordinates the ENGAGE SKA Research Infrastructure... Read More →
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Thorsten Rudolph

AZO Space, German
Managing the European Innovation Networks for Satellite Navigation & Earth Observation & Space Exploration with 30 European regions, 200 Stakeholder & 42 Business Incubators; Managing Europe's most successful space incubator with 170 Start-up's since 2002!
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Daniela Dobreva-Nielsen

Head of Business Development, AZO - Space of Innovation, Germany
Daniela Dobreva-Nielsen is a Head of Business Development with over 25 years of extensive experience in global sales with a proven track record of revenue and market-share growth in media and technology corporations. She has a strong background in account management, business development... Read More →
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Gasiza Deborah Grace

Satellite communication specialist, Rwanda Space Agency
Deborah is a satellite communication specialist at Rwanda Space Agency. She gives her support and contribution of knowledge on all satellite network-related projects. She is currently working on the establishment of a teleport in Rwanda which will be used by middle east Africa. Deborah... Read More →
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Ayman Ahmed

Team leader Space Imaging Department, Egyptian Space Agency
Ayman is working in the Egyptian space program for 19 years and holds a Master of Business Administration -ESLSCA, France, and Ph.D. in Communications Engineering, 2013; He has Postdoctoral research in small satellite testing -Japan. 2016.Ayman is a Principal investigator for several... Read More →
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Thomas Esch

Project Manager, Team Leader, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Dr. Thomas Esch is team leader and project manager at the German Aerospace Center (DLR). He received the Diploma degree in Applied Physical Geography from the University of Trier, Germany, in 2003, and the Ph.D. degree in Remote Sensing from the University of Wuerzburg, Germany, in... Read More →
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Val Munsami

Chief Executive Officer, SANSA South African National Space Agency
Dr Munsami holds a PhD in Physics, a Masters of Business Leadership, a Space Studies Program Diploma, and a Certificate in International Air, Space and Telecommunications Law. He worked in South Africa’s Secretariat for the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, managed... Read More →
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Nabin Raj Gaihre

Co-founder, Village Data Analytics (VIDA)
Nabin Raj Gaihre is a co-founder of Village Data Analytics (VIDA). VIDA uses remote sensing data and machine learning-based algorithms to support data-driven decision-making in rural parts of the world. Nabin leads VIDA's application in several sub-Saharan African countries to identify villages for rural electrification using decentralized and... Read More →

Brian Quinn

Chief Strategy Officer, Ubotica Technologies
Brian  is Chief Strategy  Officer  at  Ubotica  Technologies,  a  company thatis  exploiting  the  value  AI  at  the  Edge,  most particularlyin Space.In late 2020, Ubotica achieved a world’s first is executing AI hardware accelerationin Spacewith a Earth Observation... Read More →
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Rafael E. Marquez

Aerospace & Defence Systems Director, AERTEC
MSc in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Seville, Master in Integrated Project Management specialized in equipment, consulting and services by the Pontifical University of Comillas, I have enhanced my skills following the Management Improvement Program (PPD) at... Read More →

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