Ruvimbo SAMANGA

Ruvimbo Samanga is an attorney, legal scholar, and policy analyst with a master’s degree in International Trade and Investment Law. Originally from and currently based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second-largest city, Ruvimbo works as a consultant for the recently established Zimbabwe National & Geospatial Space Agency - ZINGSA and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa - UNECA. She has been awarded prominently for her leadership in the emerging African space economy. She is a Mandela-Rhodes Scholar, a Ban Ki-Moon Global Citizen Scholar, and a Robert Bosh Fellowship holder for the European Forum Alpbach. She has been recognised as an African Emerging Space Leader by the Space Generation Advisory Council, a Top 10 Under 30 in the African space industry by Space in Africa, and a Top Talent Under 25 in the World by the German Magazine GenZEO. A Research Fellow at the Open Lunar Foundation, she also co-hosts the podcast and blog newmoon. She volunteers at IAF’S Space Traffic Management Committee and Subcommittee of New Technical Regulations, The Space Court Foundations legal methodology team, and the Tod’Aers Sustainable Space Studies Research Organisation. Ruvimbo was part of the first African team and winner of the 2018 International Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Competition, which dealt with planetary defense issues and liability for damages caused in outer space. She was also instrumental in launching the first space education E-curriculum in Zimbabwe, Astro Zimba, and now currently manages her time between her research and her early-stage geospatial start up AgriSpace.

Events

International Astronautical Congress 2021

25-29 October 2021

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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