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

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