Presentation of Results of the 26th Workshop on Space Technology for Socio-Economic Benefits: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure for Development (3Is4D)

Monday 1 October 2018, 15:50 – 16:20

Location: Bremen Conference Center – DLR Hall


The role of industry in the access to space is increasing,  and strengthening the cooperation with the space industry is a way to increase the opportunities for developing countries to access space technologies and services. The workshop is expected to discuss and provide inputs on potential areas for partnerships considering the needs of developing countries, least developed countries and landlocked developing countries. The workshop shall also propose actions to progress in the definition of pilot projects that could foster partnership.

Organized by:
United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)


Simonetta Di Pippo


United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA),


Full Bio

UNOOSA Director, Ms. Simonetta Di Pippo, leads the Office’s strategies, policies and activities, ensuring that they are implemented in accordance with the mandates of the General Assembly, the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), and the established policies of the United Nations. She supervises the United Nations Programme on Space Applications and UN-SPIDER.

Ms. Di Pippo advises the Secretary-General of the United Nations and Director-General of UNOV and provides expertise on matters relating to the peaceful uses of outer space, and the use of space science and technology for sustainable development and disaster risk reduction. Ms. Di Pippo also discharges the Secretary-General’s obligations under international space law, including overseeing the United Nations Register of Objects Launched into Outer Space. She serves as Secretary of COPUOS and manages the arrangements and coordination of UN-Space.

Alongside her team in the Office of the Director, Ms. Di Pippo co-ordinates and oversees reports on budgetary and programme performance matters as well as public information and outreach activities to promote the benefits of outer space for humanity.


Shirish Ravan

Senior Programme Officer,

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA),


Full Bio

Dr. Shirish Ravan is Senior Programme Officer at the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, based in Vienna, Austria. In addition his responsibilities for the Programme on Space Applications, he coordinates the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) globally. The UN-SPIDER has offices in Vienna, Bonn (Germany) and Beijing (China) and is supported by a network of 21 regional support offices. He has extensively worked with the countries in Asia, the Pacific and Africa to offer technical advisory services, institutional strengthening and outreach programmes.

Prior to this assignment, he has worked in UN-SPIDER Beijing Office and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in Afghanistan.  He brings in a vast experience in use of earth observation and geospatial technologies in the diverse areas of thematic applications. He holds Bachelor degree in Horticulture, Master in Environmental Sciences and Doctorate in Forest Ecology. He has over 40 scientific publications to his credit.


Pontsho Maruping


Science and Technical Subcommittee, UNCOPUOS,


Full Bio

Ms Maruping’s career spans both private and public sector at executive level as well as a working knowledge of various sectors. She currently heads up commercialization at Square Kilometer Array (SKA) where she is responsible for driving the transfer of technologies developed for the MeerKAT project into different applications. In addition to this, Ms Maruping is the chairperson of the Council for Space Affairs (SACSA) which is responsible for regulating space activities in South Africa. She chairs the Science and Technology Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on Peaceful uses of Outer Space for 2018-2019.

Prior to joining SKA, she was an executive at the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) responsible for Innovation Funding and Pre-commercialization Support. Her other previous roles include as the CEO of the Mine Health and safety Council and a Chief Director for space science and technology at the department of Science and Technology (DST). While at the DST, she spearheaded the establishment of the South African National Space Agency.

Her educational qualifications include an Executive Masters in Business Administration (IMD, Switzerland), Masters in Space Systems Engineering (TUDelft, Netherlands), Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Management of Technology (University of Pretoria), Bachelor of Science (Eng.) in Mineral Processing (University of Witwatersrand).


Cenan Al-Ekabi

Projects Manager,

International Astronautical Federation (IAF),


Full Bio

Mr. Cenan Al-Ekabi recently joined the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Secretariat as a Projects Manager. Prior to joining the IAF, Cenan worked as a Research Fellow at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in Vienna, Austria since 2011, after completing two advanced studies LL.M. degrees in Air & Space Law and in European & International Business Law from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and participating in the ISU Space Studies Program in 2016.

He is a specialist in current and historical evolutions in the civil, military, industry and commercial space domains, and has conducted macroeconomic and microeconomic assessments for ESPI’s stakeholders in the European space sector. At ESPI, he was responsible for the management and production of ESPI’s Yearbook on Space Policy book series and its Space Policies, Issues and Trends report series, including their related databases and other projects addressing the stakes for European commercial spacecraft industry competitiveness, challenges for Europe to maintain autonomous access to space, and measuring the future benefits of space exploration.


Joachim Post

International Relations,

German Aerospace Center (DLR),


Full Bio

Dr. Joachim Post is manager of the relations to United Nations System entities and International Development Cooperation cluster at the International Relations Department of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e. V.; From 2014 to 2017 he has been a seconded national expert at the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and its United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UNSPIDER) Programme at the Bonn office, Germany. There he was responsible for Earth Observation and Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change and worked in the areas of technical advisory support to developing countries, capacity development and knowledge management. He holds a diploma in environmental sciences from University of Trier (Germany, 2002) and a Ph. D. in natural sciences (Geoecology) from University of Potsdam (Germany, 2006) obtained while working for the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). He studied also at Utrecht University (Netherlands) and University of Aberdeen (UK). From 2006 to 2014 he has been a research scientist at the Earth Observation Center of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and was responsible for risk assessment research and early warning systems. There he worked on developing and implementing tsunami risk assessment and knowledge for early warning in Indonesia (GITEWS project), as a principal investigator in several projects dealing with applied risk analysis research, e.g. CLIMB ( in Europe, Flood Risk map study Singapore, SASSCAL ( and WASCAL ( projects in Africa on climate change and sustainable land management, Multi-Risk Information System in Chile project and at the DLR Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information ZKI ( as rapid mapping coordinator. Internationally he strongly cooperates with Tohoku University (Japan) and the National University of Singapore. He is an expert in environmental and natural hazards risk and vulnerability assessments, early warning, climate impact research, earth observation and simulation modelling. His main interest lies in the Science, Technology and Innovation interface to policy and international development cooperation.