12 September 2016

SGAC is proud to announce the appointment of new Managers for the 6th Space Generation Fusion Forum and 1st Middle East-Space Generation Workshop (ME-SGW) as part of our global team of volunteers. Alexander Gibson (USA) has been appointed as our new Manager for the 6th Space Generation Fusion Forum. Abed Aldaas (Jordan), has been appointed as the 1st ME-SGW Manager.

About Alexander Gibson, 6th Space Generation Fusion Forum Manager

Alexander is a Space Operations Officer in the US Army National Guard, Project Engineer in the Oil & Gas Industry, and Regional Coordinator for SGAC. He graduated from Imperial College London in 2006 with a BEng in Materials Science and Engineering, for which he studied micrometeorite impacts on the Hubble Space Telescope. He has had a lifelong interest in space, attending Space School UK and being the first British alumni of the European Space Camp in Norway. He is currently studying for dual Master's degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Management at the University of Colorado, Boulder, specializing in Bioastronautics. He was a delegate and panelist at SGFF 2014, and has previously worked on the organizing team for SGFF 2015 and 2016.

Alex reacted to his appointment: "I am deeply honored to become the 2017 Manager. SGFF was where I began my connection to SGAC in 2014, and am thrilled at the opportunity to make it a vintage year for the event!"

About Abed Aldaas, 1st Middle East-Space Generation Workshop Manager

Abed Aldaas currently works as a Projects Assistant at the International Astronautical Federation (IAF). In this role, he is responsible for the day-to- day administration of the Federation, including the smooth organization of its yearly Congresses (IAC, SM, and Global Series Conferences) and running other events related to space activities. Since April 2016, he was also appointed as a National Point of Contact of Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) of Jordan. Prior to joining IAF, Abed worked as a Projects Assistant at Sovereign Global Solution with the aim of assisting some African nations in their participation in UN peace-keeping operations. He came to that position after completing his Master degree in Business Administration (MBA Programme) at ESSEC Business School in Paris, France. Before that, he Joined Starsem Company as an Assistant Director of Finance.

Here is Abed's reaction to this appointment:

“I want to express my gratitude to you as it is such a divine opportunity for me to be nominated to work on the 1st SGW in the Middle East region. I will prove myself to be an asset for SGAC and you will be proud of your selection against the post. I thank the executive council for the opportunity to make a valuable contribution to the continued success of SGAC. As a local events coordinator, I will play a key support role in both small and large-scale events of the SGAC country representatives in bringing their members together through events and will strive to support SGAC's development strategy and plans.”


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