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Thursday, September 28 • 15:00 - 17:00
NewSpace: Africa's Commercial Space Sector Opportunity

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The global space sector has seen a massive resurgence over the past five years, that has repositioned the industry and galvanized global interest.  From renewed thrust from public sector players like NASA, to private sector innovation from Space X and Blue Orbit, the increasing scientific and economic benefits to participating countries are undeniable.  Newspace – the commercialization and inclusion of private sector actors in space endeavors – is largely responsible for this.

Thus, there has never been a better time for Africa’s space ambitions, and for Nigeria’s participation, STEM advancement, and entrepreneurial inclusion. The advent of lower-barriers-to-entry, due to technologies such as the CubeSat, and global bottom-up innovation programs, are spurring greater access to tools, expertise and funding mechanisms, required for success.

This illustrious panel includes space authorities and thought-leaders, leading the charge towards Nigeria’s future space activities. The talk will discuss the potential opportunities and where the sector must concentrate efforts and resources to best maximize gains. It will share ingredients required for success, as well as what success should look like. Key focus areas include:

  • The national role of space in STEM education and innovation
  • The commercial applications and possibilities for Nigerian satellite technology
  • The role of women in the Nigerian Space innovation
  • The potential for Lagos as a space launch-capable site, in the future

avatar for Femi Arosanyin

Femi Arosanyin

COO, IHS Tower
A Seasoned Telecommunications & IT Executive with over fifteen years of experience in business development and general management. | | Alumnus of the International Space University ( ISU Summer & MSS programs), also an Alumnus of INSEAD & London Business School (LBS) Executive... Read More →
avatar for Funmilayo Erinfolami

Funmilayo Erinfolami

POC, Space Generation Advisory Council & International Space University Alumni
Funmilayo has a postgraduate diploma in Basic Space and Atmospheric Science, and Space Studies at the International Space University, Montreal Canada. | Currently serving as the National Point of Contact, Nigeria, for the UN’s Space Generation Advisory Council, an international organization on space for young professionals, she is building global networks and leading awareness of... Read More →
avatar for Oluseye Soyode- Johnson

Oluseye Soyode- Johnson

Oluseye is keen on assembling local and global innovation stakeholders around high-impact STEM initiatives that accelerate local application of cutting-edge technology in Africa, while ensuring visible, viable outcomes. He successfully launched NASA Space Apps Challenge in Nigeria, which has become an annual 4-day multi-city initiative that leverages community-led innovation to explore and develop locally applicable technology solutions for space and earth-use. The program has run for four years consecutively, and has become a year-long platform to foster Nigerian space innovation, as well as develop strong gender and youth project inclusion. With Space Apps Nigeria, Oluseye is focused on inspiring a new generation to solve local, in ways that can intrinsically scale global. | | As Innovation and Business Development Expert, at the Ericsson Innovation Hub, Oluseye is driving bold, innovative products that accelerate the potential of some of the largest TMT players across Africa; while utilizing the... Read More →

Thursday September 28, 2017 15:00 - 17:00
Oriental Hotel 3 Lekki - Epe Express Way, Eti-Osa, Lagos