Plenary 5 : Heads of Emerging Agencies

Wednesday 23 October 2019, 08:30 – 09:30
Location: The Walter E. Washington Convention Center – Grand Ballroom B

Emerging countries have awakened to the realisation and appreciation of the impact that space science and technology can make in addressing its socio-economic challenges. However, the benefits of these services have accrued to these countries indirectly, as a consumer of services and products provided by multi-national companies and inter-governmental agencies. While some of these products and services have traditionally helped to serve the social and economic needs of the emerging countries, the level of self-reliance and self-sufficiency has been gradually increasing. Thus, the technology maturity levels and ambitions of emerging countries have been growing to the point of finding global relevance, which is demonstrated by the increasing number of international collaboration initiatives between developed nations and emerging countries.

In this respect, emerging countries present a significant growth potential, especially given their nascent technology readiness levels compared to other developed and space enabled regions of the world.

Moderator

Pontsho MARUPING

Chair of the Scientific and Technical Committee, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)

South Africa

Speakers

Mohammed Nasser AL AHBABI

Former Director General, UAE Space Agency

United Arab Emirates

Valanathan MUNSAMI

CEO, South African National Space Agency (SANSA)

South Africa

Carlos Augusto TEIXERA DE MOURA

President, Brazilian Space Agency (AEB)

Brazil

Zolana RUI JOAO

General Manager, National Space Program Management Office (GGPEN)

Angola

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