Session 4: Base Infrastructure Requirements

Thursday 25 April



Given the limited experience of emerging countries in space science and technology, the full scope of the infrastructure requirements is not always understood and appreciated. Also, the appropriate use of such infrastructure also goes hand in glove with the infrastructure itself. These considerations are important to ensure that national space programs are both efficient and effective. The Session focus will be on:

  1. Identifying the base infrastructure required for operationalising efficient and effective national space programs,
  2. Appreciating how to develop the appropriate skills and expertise required for the efficient operations of space infrastructure.


11:30 – 11:40 : KEYNOTE 4


Pilar Zamora

Executive Director,

Colombian Space Agency,


Full Bio

PhD in law with emphasis in financial law from Universidad Sergio Arboleda. Master in law thesis with honors, Specialist in financial and commercial law from Universidad Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, specialists in administrative law from Universidad de Salamanca –Spain, Master in international contracts with the China Government and lawyer from Universidad Sergio Arboleda.

Professor of Financial Institutions on Universidad Sergio Arboleda and Public recruitment, commercial law, on Universidad Manuela Beltrán.

Founder and head of Agencia Espacial de Colombia, a foundation of private initiative, has more of 15 years of experience in the public sector, holding managerial positions such as Deputy Manager of Structuring, Head of the Legal Office and Legal Counsel of the ANI; Structuring of the TACS for the FNA; IDB consultant for mobility and for the Institute of Development and Development of Caldas, INFICALDAS; Partner of investment banking Visión de Valores S.A.S and Veritas Consultores.


11:40 – 13:00 : PLENARY 4


Krystal Wilson

Director of Space Applications Programs,

Secure World Foundation,

United States

Full Bio

Krystal Wilson is the Director of Space Applications Programs at Secure World Foundation with over 11 years of international and domestic space, public policy, and management experience. Currently, she focuses on the Human and Environmental Security portfolio, which promotes improved governance and cooperation in the delivery and use of information derived from space systems.




Adnan Alrais

Senior Director of Remote Sensing,

Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC),

United Arab Emirates




Neevy van Laningham

Asia Pacific Space Policy Cooperation Senior Specialist,

U.S. Department of State,

United States

Full Bio

Neevy van Laningham covers a broad space portfolio of diplomatic efforts focused on bilateral and multilateral civil space policy cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. In this role, she headed the Bureau’s efforts to develop new bilateral space dialogues with the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka, as well as expanded cooperation in multilateral bodies such as the Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum.

In addition to spearheading new bilateral cooperation on the use of earth observation satellite data to address environmental and other issues in Southeast Asia, Neevy initiated and coordinated with Vietnamese counterparts on space-based maritime domain awareness programs to counter illegal fishing, the drugs trade, and other smuggling operations in the seas surrounding Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone. This latter effort has resulted in collaboration between the U.S. Pacific Command and Vietnamese counterparts which became one of the key outcomes of Secretary Kerry’s Safe Ocean Network initiative in 2016.

Neevy’s previous State Department postings included Beijing, China, Bangkok, Thailand, and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Prior to that time, she was the Peace Corps Overseas Training Officer and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa in the 1980s. She completed two years of post-graduate work in Cultural Anthropology and holds a B.A. degree in International Relations/ Political Science from Whittier College, USA.


Rei Kawashima

Secretary General,



Full Bio

Rei Kawashima has contributed to micro/nano/pico satellites for education and business applications through her leadership role in UNISEC – the University Space Engineering Consortium that she co-founded in 2002. In 2013, she was appointed as the Secretary-General of UNISEC-Global, an international NGO that she co-founded in 2013 and was accepted as a permanent observer of UNCOPUOS in 2017. She organizes training programs and technology competitions to facilitate university’s participation in space projects worldwide and especially in emerging countries.


Agnieszka Lukaszczyk

Senior Director, European Affairs,



Full Bio

Agnieszka Lukaszczyk is a Senior Director for European Affairs at Planet. A Polish/American national, has worked at the European Commission, Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Space Data for Societal Challenges and Growth Unit. She also worked at the Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry, Space Policy and Research Unit. Before she joined the Commission, Agnieszka was the Brussels Office Director for the Secure World Foundation. In addition, she is the former Chairperson and the former Executive Director of the Space Generation Advisory Council in Support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications. Agnieszka also worked at the European Space Policy Institute as a research fellow. Agnieszka serves as the Vice President – Europe for the World Space Week And Sits on the Board Of Directors for the Women in Aerospace-Europe. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Space Security at the Polish Defence Academy. She holds a Master’s degree from the Warsaw School of Economics in Management of Space in New Economies and a Master’s degree from the American University School of International Service in International Politics plus a Bachelor degree in Political Science from the University of Tennessee. She also studied at the Universite Catholique de Louvain in Brussels, Belgium; the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland and the World Trade Institute in Berne, Switzerland. She gained professional experience at the Political Section of the Polish Embassy in Washington DC, American Electronics Association in Brussels, European Department of the Polish Senate in Warsaw and the Warsaw Business Journal.


Andiswa Mlisa

Managing Director for Earth Observation,

South African National Space Agency (SANSA),

South Africa

Full Bio

Ms Andiswa Mlisa is the Managing Director of Earth Observation directorate at the South African National Space Agency (SANSA). Prior to joining SANSA, she was at the Group on Earth Observation (GEO) Secretariat, based in Geneva, Switzerland, responsible for the coordination of the AfriGEOSS initiatives and capacity building. A graduate of the Universities of Fort Hare and Stellenbosch in GIS and Remote Sensing, she spent her early career years developing geospatial solutions for water resource management and disaster risk reduction. She aims to use her over 17 years of experience and passion for developing partnerships in earth observations & space applications initiatives to mainstream use of Earth observations for service delivery.


Jean-Philippe Duval

Francophone Africa Advisory Leader and PwC Relationship Partner,

AfDB, PwC,







Adam Lewis

Australian Lead,

Digital Earth Africa ,