SGAC SpaceGen Entrepreneurs Forum

Thursday 4 October 2018, 14:55 – 15:55

Location: Bremen Conference Center – CCB Hansesaal


The SpaceGen Entrepreneurs Forum is an event organised by the Space Generation Advisory Council as part of the Global Networking Forum during IAC. It is designed to connect entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs with start-up veterans and Venture Capitalists, Investors, Business Angels and Business Incubators. SGAC’s SpaceGen Entrepreneurs Forum will be held at CCB Hansesaal at Messe Bremen on Thursday, 4 October 2018 at 14:55, followed by a networking cocktail at 16:15 in the Foyer.  This event is set to attract proactive and high-calibre entrepreneurs that are passionate about commercial space (both upstream and downstream) and are looking to meet with mentors/VCs/Investors.

Organized by:
Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC)


Manny Shar

Head of Analytics,

Bryce Space and Technology,

United Kingdom



Full Bio

Manny is an expert in the UK commercial space sector, previously working as an analyst at UK’s largest satellite company, Inmarsat, as well as for leading investment banks including Goldman Sachs and Barclays. With experience working across industries from early stage investment to commercial model development, Manny managed analysis for a multi-billion-dollar portfolio of assets. He has supported cross-functional strategic business development activities and work in international consulting for complex business environments including Fortune 500, FTSE-100, and mid-size firms in the U.S. and Europe. Manny is actively involved with the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and advises numerous space start-ups, providing strategic business and technical insight.

Manny now leads consulting engagements for government and commercial clients at Bryce Space and Technology.



Adnan Al Rais

Director, Remote Sensing Department,

Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC),

United Arab Emirates


Full Bio

As a director of the Remote Sensing Department in Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), Adnan and his team are responsible for all downstream activities of MBRSC space missions. This includes the Ground Networks Operations and maintenance, Satellite Operations, Satellite data processing, Applications and value-added products development, Interfacing with the end users; locally and internationally, as well as commercializing MBRSC products and services. Currently, he is working on the preparation of the ground segment to support MBRSC upcoming missions: KhalifaSat and Emirates Mars Mission – Hope. Adnan was part of the team that built the first ground station at the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science & Technology (EIAST) in 2007 and also worked with the team building the ground segment of the DubaiSat satellite series, introducing commercial ground support services and antenna hosting services at EIAST’s Ground Station in Dubai.

In addition, Adnan is managing the Mars 2117 strategy, working on setting up the strategy to build a full settlement on Mars and send human to Mars by 2117. Adnan has published and presented a number of papers in the areas of remote sensing and satellite image applications. He holds a Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering from Khalifa University, Sharjah.



Chris Boshuizen

Operating Partner,

Data Collective VC,

United States



Full Bio

Chris is an Operating Partner at Data Collective VC, a boutique investment firm specialising in deep tech and data-driven science and engineering companies. In 2014 Chris was won an Advance award in the manufacturing category, and also the overall Global Australian of the Year award winner. He has subsequently become a member of the Advance Board of Directors.

Chris was the co-founder of Planet Labs, a company providing unprecedented daily, global mapping of our changing planet from space. As the company’s CTO for five years he took the company from the drawing board to having launched more satellites into space than any other group in history, completely transforming the space industry along the way. Fundamental to Chris’s approach is a dedicated investment in people, especially youth and recent graduates, to create a powerful, connected global workforce capable of achieving anything.

Chris was previously a Space Mission Architect at NASA Ames Research Center.  After working on a number of traditional spacecraft programs at NASA, Chris co-created Phonesat, a spacecraft built solely out of a regular smart phone. The cost was so low, and the concept so simple, that space exploration is now within grasp of the everyday person, and many other groups around the world are pursuing their own low-cost space programs as a consequence.

Whilst also at NASA, he established Singularity University, a school for studying the consequences of accelerating technological development. Initially fulfilling the role of Interim Director, Chris helped raise over $2.5 million to establish the university, assembling the faculty and serving as co-chair for the University’s Department of Space and Sciences. He was also previously the Executive Director of the Space Generation Advisory Council, and co-led the organizing committee for 5 Space Generation Congresses.

Chris received his Ph.D. in Physics and BSc. with honours from the University of Sydney. He is also an avid musician and released his first commercial album, VHS, in September 2018.



Robert Boehme

Founder and CEO,




Full Bio

Robert Boehme is founder and CEO of PTScientists. He took his childhood passion for science fiction to the next level when, together with six friends, he founded the “Part-Time Scientists” and entered the Google Lunar XPRIZE. Over the past decade he has grown the team from a small group of passionate volunteers, to a full-fledged new-space company, employing over 50 people.

Robert wants to increase access to space and enable non-traditional players to take part in lunar exploration. His vision for the future involves developing reusable infrastructures on the Moon that could be used as a blueprint for enabling deeper exploration of the solar system.

Before taking the leap from “part-time scientist” to full time CEO, Robert spent his time as an IT Security specialist working with the German government. He’s probably the only person (foreign agencies aside!) to successfully to hack all eight generations of the so-called “Merkel Phone”, the secure phone that German politicians use – but thankfully he was just testing for security flaws.