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Science at the US-Africa Leaders Summit, Washington, DC, 12-15 December 2022

ISC and partners will organise a series of side events focussing on the contribution of science to the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit and its outcomes taking place in Washington on 12-15 December 2022. The US-Africa Summit is intended to demonstrate the United States enduring commitment to Africa and underscore the importance of U.S.-Africa relations and increased cooperation on shared global priorities. White House Announcement

                       The programme is in development, so please monitor it for updates

The Summit will build on shared values to better foster new economic engagement; reinforce the U.S.-Africa commitment to democracy and human rights; mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and future pandemics; work collaboratively to strengthen regional and global health; promote food security; advance peace and security; respond to the climate crisis, and amplify diaspora ties.

ISC will organise a series of events designed to highlight the role and contribution of science to the US-Africa relationship under the heading of Science at the US-Africa Leaders Summit 2022. ISC organised a similar series of meetings during the last US-African Leaders Summit, which took place in 2014. The objectives of the meetings will be to highlight the importance of science in Africa, to foster greater collaboration between African nations and the US, and to increase investment in science for Global Health, Digital Transition, Space, Biological Diversity, Education and Skills, among other areas and to support an enabling policy and regulatory environment for science collaboration to flourish between Africa and the US.
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Wednesday, December 14 • 2:00pm - 4:45pm
(14056) US-Africa Partnerships in Space

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Africa is enormous, with over 1.4 billion people spread over an area of 30,370,000 km2. By 2050 the population will exceed 2 billion, from many diverse cultures and with over 2,000 languages. The continent is confronting problems meeting basic human needs: clean water, ready supplies of food, equality in provision of health care and educational resources, and more. These challenges can partly be addressed using space technologies to enable tele-health, tele-education, environmental management, and data for immediate changes and future planning.  

Hosted by the Alliance for Collaboration in Exploration of Space (ACES Worldwide), this session will address satellite technologies, current and future, serving Africa in the context of joint US/African cooperation. In the spirit of the US-Africa Leaders’ Summit, the speakers are experts in using satellites for real-time disaster relief, telemedicine, tele-education, and provision of low-cost broadband services throughout Africa. Each speaker will address what is working now, what space technologies are still needed, and plans to meet those requirements on an urgent basis.

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Scott Madry

Research Associate Professor, University of North Carolina
Corresponding member of the International Academy of Astronautics, professor emeritus of the International Space University, research associate professor of archaeology, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.I am an anthropologist and archaeologist by education; a remote... Read More →

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Meshack Kinyua Ndiritu

Space Applications Training Officer, Africa Union Commission
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Olayinka Fagbemiro

Founder/Chief Scientific Officer, Astronomers Without Borders (AWB)/Nigerian Space Agency
Olayinka Fagbemiro is a Space Scientist with a 15-year experience working with the Nigerian Space Agency. Her career at the Space Agency has spanned over a period of 15 years where she has been directly involved with Policy, Research and Planning, Data Management, project management... Read More →
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Temidayo Orioson

Managing Director, Space in Africa
Temidayo is the Founder and Managing Director of Space in Africa, the leading analytics and consulting company shaping the future of the African space and satellite industry. With over seven years of experience in the industry, Temidayo advises governments and commercial space players... Read More →
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Kris Lehnhardt

Associate Professor, Baylor College of Medicine
Emergency Medicine, Extreme Environmental Medicine, Aerospace Medicine, Space Exploration
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Ruth Pritchard-Kelly

Senior Advisor for Regulatory & Space Policy, OneWeb
Ruth Pritchard-Kelly is an expert on satellite regulatory policy with over 30 years of experience. She is currently the Senior Advisor for Regulatory & Space Policy at OneWeb where she advises a global team of legal & technical policy analysts.  Pritchard-Kelly has also worked at... Read More →
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Michael Potter

Co-Founder, Geeks without Frontiers
DR. MICHAEL POTTERMichael is a Co-founder and Executive Director of Geeks and is a business and social entrepreneur. He co-founded NASDAQ quoted pan-European ‘Esprit Telecom’ which was sold to GTS. He is an active business and social investor and was a strategic investor and board member of Global... Read More →
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Vid Beldavs

Chairman and Session Convener, Riga Photonics Centre
Vidvuds (Vid) Beldavs Chairman of the Board of Riga Photonics Centre advancing light sciences and technologies for Latvia; futurist. Board member of ACES Worldwide. Convenor of the following SSUNGA77 sessions:Recovery of Ukraine’s science and innovation capacity after the fossil... Read More →
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Peter Martinez

Executive Director, Secure World Foundation
Dr. Peter Martinez is the Executive Director of the Secure World Foundation. He has extensive experience in multilateral space diplomacy, space policy formulation and space regulation. He also has extensive experience in capacity building in space science and technology and in workforce... Read More →
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Kim E Degnan

Executive Director & Session Convener, Alliance for Collaboration in the Exploration of Space
International Satellite Regulatory expert. MS-Public Policy. Orbit-Spectrum Engineering Specialist.  MSc-Engineering. Experienced Executive in Commercial Satellite Business: Lockheed Martin Space Systems; Raytheon Technologies, Intelsat, NTIA.Focus: Global Cooperation to Advance... Read More →

Wednesday December 14, 2022 2:00pm - 4:45pm EST