I used to want to be an astronaut but later discovered I could stay on Earth and explore space farther than is physically possible. Leveraging on the internet, access to diverse software tools and open data, these resources are already enabling new opportunities in the global space sector. My educational background is in Physics ( Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Ghana) and Software Entrepreneurship (Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology, Ghana). I actively participate in technology related events, be it astronomy workshops, development-themed hackathons or software startups. Away from these activities, I love to read, learn Japanese, improve on my guitar, have good conversations, keep fit and though I love food my cooking skills are 'work in progress'. The space generation I believe is a global one full of people from different cultures and backgrounds, united by a common desire to advance humanity together, beyond what we know.
Laura currently works as Aerospace Engineering Researcher at FOTEC, in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. She concluded her Ph.D. in Space Sciences, Technologies and Measurements at the Center of Studies and Activities for Space of the University of Padova (Italy) in 2018. Her research topic focused on the dynamics and control of flexible structures for space applications. She pursued her Master's and Bachelor’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering in 2014 and 2011 at the same University. She also completed the interdisciplinary Space Studies Program of the International Space University in 2015 at the Ohio University in Athens, Ohio (USA) and worked as Academic Assistant during the SSP 2018 in Delft, Netherlands. As an SGAC member, Laura has been the National Point of Contact for Italy since November 2015. She has also been part of different projects of the Space Safety and Sustainability and Space Exploration project groups. Laura enjoys organising space-related events and loves travelling.
MA in International Politics and Economic Relations. I conducted multiple researches at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), working on the European astropreneurial environment and on Spacepower-related studies. My background also includes a BBA in Economics and Commerce and a semester focused on Entrepreneurial and Cultural studies at the Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences.
Student in Management of Industrial and Environmental Risks, I have a Bachelor in Risk Management and Environment, I am Cameroonian and resident in Cameroon aged 25 years. I challenge myself to be the best in my field to contribute effectively to the protection of people, property, environment and space of Africa in general and Cameroon in particular; towards achieving the SDGs and the Sendai Strategic Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. Mastering space technologies for disaster management fascinates me and can be an innovative solution for the structural issues of my country. I describe myself as someone determined, always looking for innovative projects, hardworking and endowed with a sense of leadership developed. In addition, I am respectful, polite, endowed with a good capacity of adaptation and assimilation and especially of a very good aptitude to work in team.
Zareen Cheema is a highly motivated mechanical engineer working with Schlumberger, USA, with a cross functional team aimed towards investigation of engineering failures. She has had a wide array of experience in aviation, transportation, wind power, space and defense industries bringing an array of knowledge from her Arctic and Antarctic expeditions. She has been a space enthusiast since a young age receiving accolades at the NASA International Space Settlement Design Contest in 2012 & 2013. A graduate from UC Berkeley, she has worked as a Graduate researcher at the Berkeley Emergent Space Tensegrities Lab & NASA Ames Research Centre to implement impact response models for spherical tensegrity robots. She has travelled to six continents and is always up for exploration!