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To commemorate Women’s History Month as well as Diversity Month, the Diversity and Gender Equality Project Group from the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) has come up with a series of webinars to showcase women of SGAC. For each webinar, 2 women from each one of the SGAC regions will speak about their background and professional experience, including their role within SGAC.

Join us during your lunch or coffee break and enjoy a nice 45 minutes of discussion with the panelists. You will be able to engage with them in the chat and ask your questions. 

This episode will feature women from the Middle East region.

Use #AskDGE to ask all your questions before, during and after the Panel on social media.



Sahba El-Shawa

Sahba El-Shawa is a Jordanian-Canadian space engineer originally from Palestine. She is the founder of the Jordan Space Research Initiative and holds several roles in the SGAC, including NPoC for Jordan, as well as co-lead of the Ethics & Human Rights project group and the Space for Climate Action policy working group. She is also a national lead in the Participation of Emerging Space Countries program of the Moon Village Association. Sahba holds a BASc in Mechanical Engineering, an MSc in Space Studies, and is currently pursuing her PhD in Sustainable Development and Climate Change. During her studies, she collaborated with the German Aerospace Centre on robotics research and completed an internship at the European Space Agency’s Clean Space initiative which focused on the environmental impacts of space activities, both on Earth and in space. Sahba is a vocal advocate for decoupling defense and space. She is committed to creating opportunities for underrepresented communities and helping guide the industry towards a more equitable, ethical, and sustainable future.

Hoda Awny El-Megharbel

Hoda Awny El-Megharbel is an Engineer in the Satellite Communication and Navigation Department in the Egyptian Space Agency. She graduated from Kyushu Institute of Technology / Laboratory of Lean Satellite Enterprises and In-Orbit Experiments (LaSEINE) with a Master’s Degree as part of the United Nations/Japan Long-term Fellowship Programme Post-graduate study on Nano-Satellite Technologies (PNST) in 2020. She has a bachelor’s in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Misr International University, Egypt. She is currently Space Generation Advisory Council National Point of Contact in Egypt, Middle East Region and Moon Village Association National Coordinator, Egypt, North Africa.


Patricia Mounayer

Patricia Mounayer is a lawyer admitted to the Beirut Bar, currently living in Paris. She is the founder of the network Oumi Women which promotes solidarity between women

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