SGAC Regions


Regional Coordinator
Beza Tesfaye

Oniosun Temidayo Isaiah
Feb 2017-Feb 2019

Beza Tesfaye
Jun 2014-Jun 2018

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According to Euroconsult, Africa has an emerging space market of US$400billion and its contribution to the global space market cannot be overemphasized. The sojourn started in February 1999 when South Africa’s first satellite, Sunsat-1, was launched built by Stellenbosch University, South Africa – this was Africa’s first step which will eventually lead to a giant leap for the continent. In November 2002, Algeria joined the game by launching her first satellite, Alsat-1 built by UK Based Surrey Space Technology Limited (SSTL) and Algerian Centre National des Techniques Spatiales (CNTS). In September the following year, Nigeria, being the leading economy and the most populous country in the region launched her first Satellite; NigeriaSat-1 built by UK Based Surrey Space Technology Limited (SSTL); four years later, In April 2007, MisrSat-1 was launched by Egypt built by Egypt's National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences together with the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau in Ukraine.

Eighteen years after the first sojourn to space, the industry has accelerated with hundreds of millions ($) invested into it. The space industry contributes to the objectives of the continent for smart, sustainable, and inclusive growth. It drives scientific progress and boosts growth and employment in other areas such as telecommunications, navigation, and Earth observation. These systems and services guarantee independence and security, while also helping to address major societal challenges including climate change, scare resources, health, and an ageing population. Having the largest market in the industry (based on investment) are Nigeria, South Africa, Algeria, Angola and Egypt. Other key players include Morocco, Kenya, Tunisia and Gabon. 

SGAC activities in the region dated back to 2002. Since then, several SGAC activities have been organized in the region. This include Yuri’s night, world space week, asteroid day, asteroid search campaign, GIS day, NASA International Space Apps challenge, Global Space Balloon Challenge, YouthMappers Maphathons, and space education and outreach. We have activities spanning through at least 15 African countries with over 20 National Point of Contact (NPoCs). We invite individuals passionate about making Africa the next frontier in the global Space industry to join the team.

Please see our SGAC Team Page for the full list of National Points of Contact for the region.

Current/Recent Activities in Region

    • The first African Space Generation Workshop (AF-SGW); a two-day regional workshop for students and young professionals in the African region will be held on 17-18 November 2017 in Akure City, Nigeria in conjunction with the Centre for Space Research and Applications, Federal University of Technology, Akure.  The theme and key objective of the AF-SGW is: To Ignite the Birth of the Next Generation of African Space Science Leaders. Kindly visit the workshop page for detailed information and for sponsorship. 

    • Funding has always been a major determinant of Space technology and lack of funding has been a major problem in the African industry which is driving more attention to Small Satellites development (Nanosatellites) and Countries like South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya have invested in this.
    • On 21 November 2013, South Africa made history by becoming the first African country to launch its own CubeSat (TshepisoSAT) into space. Another South Africa cubeSAT (ZA-AeroSat) was launched in April, 2017.
    • The University of Nairobi in Kenya is also working on a CubeSAt project called IKUNS-PF (for monitoring of agriculture and coastal areas) which has got accepted into the UNOOSA KiboCube program.
    • The BIRDS Project (The Joint Global Multi-Nation Birds Satellite project. acronym as “Birds project.” is a cross-border interdisciplinary satellite project supported by Japan (participating countries are; Ghana, Mongolia, Nigeria and Bangladesh)) involving the Federal University of Technology, Akure Ondo State Nigeria and All Nations University College, Koforidua, Eastern Region, Ghana has also yielded two CubeSAT for both Ghana and Nigeria launched in June, 2017.

    As much as the Space Industries in other part of the world focus on exploring other planets, most importantly trying to make Mars like Earth, the space industry in Africa is focused on not making Earth more like Mars – this is evident in the goals and objectives of their space missions. Most of the investments in the region focuses on Earth observations, using space technology to tackle problems like Security, Telemedicine, Climate Change, Agriculture, Disaster Monitoring, communications etc. for example, one of Africa’s key player in the industry, Nigeria Communication Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) – is leading the way in providing better internet access to every part of the continent including the most rural part.


    Yuri’s night 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya 


Asia Pacific

Regional Coordinators
Asia Pacific
Suresh Bhattarai
Suresh Bhattarai
Apr 2013 - Sep 2017
Zihua Zhu
Sep 2015 - Jan 2018
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The rapidly developing space sector in Asia-Pacific now becomes a force that can no longer be neglected. With China’s Lunar Exploration, Japan’s Multi-GNSS Development, India’s Mars Exploration Initiative, and the rising of emerging space developing countries, Asia-Pacific is now at a stage of fusing different channels to boost space advancement. Combined with both evolving governments’ efforts and emerging commercial initiatives, Asia-Pacific not only reflects enormous potentials for space exploration and development but also summons a promising reserve of talents in preparation for the upcoming fierce global competition. 

Aligned with the reservation of the talent pool for Asia-Pacific dedicated to promoting and supporting young people in this region to engage in space-related activities through various outreach approaches. One of SGAC’s flagship events, the Space Generation Congress has been held in Asia-Pacific for four times since the 21st century and this year Adelaide, Australia will host its 16th edition. With the inspiration of SGC, Asia-Pacific initiated SGAC’s global regional workshop serious in 2014 with the 1st AP-SGW held as the official side event of the 21st APRSAF. AP-SGW will enter its 4th year in 2017, to be held in Bangalore; it also stimulates our country-specific events including SpaceUp Australia, China, Roundtable Talk in Japan and Student Satellite Workshop in South Korea, etc.

Given the majority of countries are developing countries with limited space capacity, small satellite constellation for developing countries will become a major focus in the next few years to allow people from developing countries can also widely benefited from space technology and applications. In terms of those countries with competitive space capacity, space station construction, interplanetary exploration as well asteroid mining are items on the agenda to be crossed.    

Please see our SGAC Team Page for the full list of National Points of Contact for the region!


Recent/Current Activities in Region

  • AP-SGW: The Asia-Pacific Space Generation Workshop (AP-SGW) is the first regional workshop of the Space Generation Advisory Council held in conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF). Participants are top university students and young professionals with a passion for space who are selected among applicants from Asia-Pacific through our Space Generation regional network. With AP-SGW, SGAC aims to highlight the insight for the future and launch the perspective of the next generation on the topic of promoting Asia-Pacific regional collaboration in the space sector in the next 10-20 years.

    SpaceUp (Australia, China, India, New Zealand): SpaceUp is an unconference, also known as a user-generated conference or a BarCamp. There are no spectators at SpaceUp, only participants. All attendees are expected to give a demo, present a talk, or participate in a panel or roundtable. Since the inception of this global series in 2010, SpaceUp has taken place in three countries in Asia-Pacific including India (2012-2013), Australia (2014-2016), New Zealand (2014) and China (2017). SGAC members have been actively engaged in organizing and participating such event since it was brought to this region.

    SGAC Japan Roundtable Talk:The SGAC Roundtable Talk in Japan is an event with more than 10 years’ history coordinated by Japanese NPoCs. Such talk is to give an introduction of SGAC to Japanese young people and update Alumini in Japan with SGAC progress.

  APSCO Observer Status Campaign

External Activities of Interest to Region

The Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF)APRSAF was established in 1993 to enhance space activities in the Asia-Pacific region. Space agencies, governmental bodies, international organizations, private companies, universities, and research institutes from over 40 countries and regions take part in APRSAF, the largest space-related conference in the Asia-Pacific region. 

Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organization(APSCO) International SymposiumsThe symposiums aim at encouraging the experts and specialists from APSCO Member States and Asia-Pacific Region for exchanging information and sharing experiences as to space sector development in their home countries including different satellite technology development and their applications, as well as to views on potential cooperative projects and proposals by participants. 

Asia-Pacific Space Leaders ForumThe United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region. It organises regularly Asia-Pacific Space Leaders Forum. 

Asian-Pacific Regional IAU Meeting (APRIM)APRIMs are authorized by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) with the aim to promote scientific activity and collaboration in the Asian-Pacific region. For more info: 

Global Space Technology Convention (GSTC)GSTC is Asia’s Premier Space & Technology Event. Presented by the Singapore Space & Technology Association (SSTA) and held in Singapore on the first quarter every year, GSTC is the ideal platform to meet new business partners, discover the latest in space technologies, and uncover opportunities within the rapidly developing space industry in Asia. 


Regional Opportunities

IAF Emerging Space Leadership Program(ESL)

IAF Young Space Leaders (YSL) Recognition Programme

International Astronomical Union Travel Grant

Australian Youth Space Leadership Award


Past Regional Events

  2nd AP-SGW: Bali, 2015

  3rd AP-SGW: Phillipines, 2016



Regional Coordinators
João Lousada
Jun 2017 - Jun 2019 
Matteo Emanuelli
Jun 2014-Jun 2018
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The European region is an important centre of SGAC’s activities which are often policy driven and connected to the main space agencies in Europe. SGAC participates in many conferences, UN committees, workshops, space policy reviews and publications in the region.

The European region counts almost 50 National Points of contacts (NPoCs) representing 31 countries. SGAC Europe aims to continue fostering a continuous pro-active representation in all the countries.

SGAC Europe annually organizes the European Space Generation Workshop (E-SGW), a two-days regional workshop for university students and young professionals with a passion for space where are discussed topics mainly related to the region. The 2nd E-SGW took place in Paris at ESA headquarters on March 24-25, 2017.

Please see our SGAC Team Page for the full list of National Points of Contact for the region!


Current/Recent Activities in Region

The European region supports SGAC trend focused on developing recommendations and input concerning the future of the organization and it is interested in building a solid network within members rising their visibility at every level: in the organisation at local and at global levels.

SGAC Europe has big potential and offers many local scholarships (e.g. Young ESA, DLR, ASI, etc.). Check the list of SGAC scholarships for more comprehensive list of scholarships.

E-SGW 2016, Budapest  



E-SGW 2017, Paris 

NPoCs in SGC Booth at IAC 16, Guadalajara, Mexico


Middle East

Regional Coordinators
Middle East
Behnoosh Meskoop Hamed Gamal
Behnoosh Meskoob
Apr 2013 - Jan 2018
Leila Ghasemzadeh 
Feb 2017 - Feb 2019
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Space sector activities are growing throughout the Middle East. With the help of SGAC, space events such as World Space Week activities and Yuri’s Nights, have continued with wide participation of university students and young professionals in the space sector.  Success of the “first Youth Space Forum” in conjunction with Global Space Congress has paved the way for further regional and international cooperation within the regional plans. Being a part of space development in the region is a continued goal for SGAC.

Please see our SGAC Team Page for the full list of National Points of Contact for the region!


Current/Recent Activities in Region

  • • The first Youth Space Forum in conjunction with the Global Space Congress, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • • First SpaceUp[Turkey] and SpaceUp[Israel]
  • • Space Generation local events in Iran, Israel, Kuwait, Egypt and Turkey
  • • Yuri’s night, International Asteroid’s Day, World Space Week and SGAC Find an Asteroid Search Campaign
  • • SGAC Introduction sessions at international and regional events and introduction articles in regional magazines, newspapers
  • • IAC papers about space outreach activities in the region, with NPoCs cooperation


Scholarships and Sponsorships

  • • All Space Agencies of the Middle East countries: To specify sponsorship for 1 student/country to attend SGC/IAC 2017
  • • SG[Kuwait]: Participant teams will write a proposal to establish national space agency- winner team will be granted for SGC participation
  • • Ilan Roman (Israel): The annual conference of the Israeli Chapter of the SGAC, as part of the Ilan Ramon Intl. conference, part of the MoU signed by SGAC and The Fischer Institute in 2016
  • • Engineers Without Borders- Kuwait chapter: Facilitation in financial management of SG[Kuwait]
  • • Kuwait Foundation of the Advancement of Science (KFAS) cooperation for future SGAC related activities such as SG[Kuwait] in Kuwait
  • • The University of Cyprus (science department): Potential to attract guest speakers to events supported or organised by the SGAC and its members. Venues at the university could be provided, as   well as financial support on several of the costs of organising a talk or conference.
  • SGAC hosted their first Youth Space Forum in conjunction with the Global Space Congress in the Middle East


    AP SGW manager Shashank Khurana, SGAC Executive Director Minoo Rathnasabathy, Middle East regional coordinator Behnoosh Meskoob

North, Central America & the Caribbean

Regional Coordinators
North, Central America & the Caribbean
Juan Esteban Gramajo Gonzálezr
Juan Esteban Gramajo González
Jul 2016-Jul 2018
KavyaKamal Manyapu
Dec 2016-Dec 2018
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The North, Central America and the Caribbean (NCAC) region has exciting on-going projects and endeavors to express the opinions of the next generation of leaders in the space sector for a sustainable future of space exploration. The NCAC region comprises of several countries with diverse backgrounds and stances in the space industry, and SGAC is providing a platform to enhance collaboration among these countries for space exploration efforts. The region has many universities offering degrees in aerospace or related fields and opportunities for careers in the space sector.

Please see our SGAC Team Page for the full list of National Points of Contact for the region. If your country isn’t represented please contact either of the regional coordinators and we’ll help you get involved.  


Current/Recent Activities in Region

  • SGAC members in the region participate in workshops and conferences as well as educational outreach to pass on their enthusiasm for space to even younger generations. These events showcase the benefits and the peaceful uses of Outer Space. Events are conducted at local, national, regional and global levels. Some specific events conducted within the NCAC region include:
    • • Yuri’s night
      • Space Up conferences
      • World Space Week
      • SGFF
      • SGx
      • Several other local events -Check out country pages within the region for more information

The Space Generation Fusion Forum is one of the SGAC flagship events conducted within the NCAC region in conjunction to the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. This year NCAC region is also preparing to host the Central American Space Generation Workshop. Stay tuned to obtain updates on regional activities!


15th Space Generation Congress was held in Mexico  Space Generation Fusion Forum 2017 at Colorado Springs


South America

Regional Coordinators
South America
Avid Gonzalez Natalia Vargas
Avid Roman-Gonzalez
June 2016-June 2018
Natalia Vargas
Jun 2017-Jun 2019
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The South American region prides itself on a strong network that looks to grow and develop space awareness.  The region has done well both in organizing events and in reaching out to local governments and space industry players to express the perspectives of university students and young professionals.  SGAC looks forward to participating in the region’s space sector growth. 

Current/Recent Activities in Region

  • Seminars and talks about SGAC and its activities are given often by National Point of Contacts and volunteers at several Academic Institutions and space events in the region.
  • Yuri’s Night is celebrated in several places of the region.
  • SGAC South American members participate in regional and international aerospace events and competitions. 
  • A South American Team comprised by two National Point of Contacts participates in the SGAC Find an Asteroid Program.
  • South American RC was featured by the media on the work done at SGAC.
  • South American Regional Space Generation Workshop 2015
  • The South America Space Generation Workshop (SA-SGW) will be a two-day workshop, 4th and 5th of May, for university students and young professionals in the South American region. SA-SGW will take place in conjunction with the 8th Argentine Congress of Space Technology (8th CATE) in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 6 - 8th May 2015.

For more information on our activities join our facebook group!


South American Competition List 

Competition List available to international graduate/undegraduate/high-school students/

You would need a conversant-level of English to compete. SGAC members are willing and able to provide support if needed.

  • Type: Design, construction, and flying of model-rocket payload
  • Age group: Electrical/Aerospace/Computer engineering university students
  • Sponsors: AIAA, NASA
  • Pedro (Ecuador's NOPC) participated in 2010 games!
  • Website: 
  • Battle-of-rockets
    • Type: Model-Rocket design and payload
    • Age group: College/University students
    • Sponsors: AIAA
  • SAE – Aero design
    • Design, construct and fly an aircraft given design constraints
    • AgeGroup: University or graduate students in Aerospace
    • Sponsors: SAE
  • Design-build-fly AIAA
    • Design-build-and-fly aircraft
    • Sponsors: AIAA
  • RASC-AL competition
    • Develop mission architectures to employ innovative solutions
    • Age Group: University teams, 2 categories: undergraduate &graduate
    • Sponsors: NASA & NIA

    There are also a large number of design-only competitions. See AIAA and NASAOf special mention to high-school students around the world is the NASA Space Settlement Contest!


    South American Scholarships List

    • Scholarship to attend IAC, SGC & UN/IAF Workshop
    • Age Group: Students and young professionals
    • Sponsors: IAF
  • Erasmus Mundus
    • Open to people from all over the world to pursue graduate studies
    • Available in all subjects imaginable: 
    • Space Related: Astrophysics, Software Engineering, Nuclear Fusion, Geospatial Technologies, Computational Mechanics, Space Science and Technology!Age Group: University teams, 2 categories: undergraduate & graduate
  • Fulbright Program
    • Provides funding for students, scholars, teachers, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.
    • Sponsor: United States Department of State


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