SGAC Announces the Winner of the 2021 ESA-SGAC Diversity Scholarship

SGAC in cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA) are pleased to announce Gourav Namta as the winner of the 2021 ESA – SGAC Diversity Scholarship. Through this scholarship, SGAC has partnered with ESA to support the attendance of a student or young professional to the 19th Space Generation Congress (October 21 – 23 2021) and the 72nd International Astronautical Congress (October 25 – 29 2021)  in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The winner was selected based on the quality of an essay and a short video on the topic of diversity in the space sector. 

Congratulations to Gourav!


Gourav is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Space Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin. He is also a Systems Engineering intern at Valispace where he works on systems modelling and product management, to ensure that space companies can better collaborate in hardware development and work concurrently.

His principal points of expertise and interest include mission analysis and design, systems engineering, and human spaceflight. Gourav has been involved with multiple projects in the space industry in the past. He held the position of SGAC Jobs Board Manager from 2018-2020. Being very vocal on NewSpace and Space Entrepreneurship, his articles with Satsearch and Astropreneurs has gained major traction within the space sector. For his active contribution, he was awarded the Asia-Pacific Space Leader Award in the year 2019.

Apart from Mars colonization, space tourism, and asteroid mining, he firmly believes that space also has the potential to improve the quality of life here on Earth. After graduation, he hopes to contribute to this vision of the NewSpace industry so that the benefits of space technology can be utilized to tackle the challenges on this planet.


“Absolutely delighted! I can vouch that SGAC has had a substantial impact on my career trajectory. It’s staggering how this organization has been able to positively shape the space sector for last 20 years and still continues to do so. Thank you to SGAC and ESA. Can’t wait to be there in person finally.”