Dr. Adigun Ade ABIODUN’s professional experiences includes his services as a hydraulic engineer with the US Army Corps of Engineers, in Seattle; as a system engineer at the Boeing Company, in Seattle; Snr. Lecturer at the University of Ife, (since renamed Obafemi Awolowo University), and as United Nations Expert on Space Applications from 1981 November to 1999 September, when he retired from the services of the United Nations. Thereafter, he was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as a Member of the College of Commissioners of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission on Iraq (UNMOVIC), (2000-2007). He also served concurrently as the Senior Special Assistant (to the President of Nigeria) on Space Science and Technology (March 2000 – May 2003). He was elected and served as the Chairman of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of outer Space – COPUOS (June 2004 – June 2006). He is the Founder of the African Space Foundation (ASF). He also co-founded the African Association of Remote Sensing of Environment (AARSE), the African Leadership Conference on Space Science and Technology (ALC and the African Space Leadership Institute (ASLI). He also served as a member of the African Union Space Working Group. He serves as Director of ASLI.
Adv. Lulu Makapela is an experienced Contracts and Project Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the Scientific and Industrial Research industry, implementation of international and Africa programmes and mentoring of young Lawyers. Her expertise includes incisive legal/contract drafting, negotiation, business strategy and compliance management. She has attended various training in leadership management and space law from University of Pretoria, Fort Hare University, Arizona State University and the International Space University. She is Co-founder/Director of the African Space Leadership Institute (ASLI).
Dr Valanathan (Val) Misname is Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the Saudi Space Commission. Prior to this, he was the CEO of the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) for five years, ending in February 2022. He was also a member of the South African Council for Space Affairs (SACSA). Much earlier, Dr Munsami worked in South Africa’s secretariat for the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and managed the implementation of a suite of bilateral and multilateral science and technology agreements. He was involved in the development of South Africa’s National Space Strategy, National Space Policy, Multi-Wavelength Astronomy Strategy and the SKA Readiness Strategy for Africa. He chaired the African Union Space Working Group (AUSWG), which was tasked with the development of the African Space Policy and the African Space Strategy; facilitated the development of an Implementation Plan for the African Union Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA); and conceptualized the model for the Pan African Space Science University of the African Union. He is inducted as an academician of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and sits on the Advisory Boards of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and ZASpace Inc. (the Space Industry Forum of South Africa). He is currently the Chancellor of the International Space University (ISU), Strasbourg, France and is Co-founder/Director of the African Space Leadership Institute (ASLI).
Etim Offiong is Co-founder of ASLI. He oversees the operations of the Institute and coordinates the training programmes organised by the Institute. He is also the host of ‘Policy Talks,’ a conversation series with African and global space leaders, where they discuss local and international space-related issues and how they impact on Africa. Etim participated in the drafting of the African Space Policy and Strategy which was adopted by African Heads of States in 2016, and led to the establishment of the African Space Agency (AfSA) in 2018. Etim holds a BSc in Electronic and Engineering from the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Nigeria; Masters in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and Related Applications from Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy; Masters in International Science and Technology Policy (with a concentration on International Space Policy) from George Washington University (GWU), Washington DC, USA; and a Certificate in Space Studies from the International Space University (ISU), Strasbourg, France.