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AU-EU Summit 17-18 February 2022: A Science Agenda

The AERAP Africa-Europe Science Collaboration Platform will organise side events at the AU-EU Summit on 14-18 February 2022. The purpose of the meeting will be to promote awareness of the contribution of collaborative research and development as a critical aspect of EU-Africa relations and collaborations, in particular in addressing global challenges together.

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Friday, February 18 • 14:00 - 14:45
(REF 181400) A Space Port for Africa

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African nations have an opportunity to come to the international table with power and equity in the New Space Economy. Sub-Saharan Eastern Africa, in particular Kenya, has a competitive advantage to become a center in the cross-continent geographic region, and lead the African Continent into the New Space Economy. How can this be done? There are 3 key actions: leverage the success and leadership of the past, build capacity in Africa to enable space for Africa by Africans, and align African governments, international banks, and New Space companies in supporting infrastructure development in Africa. The centerpiece of this initiative must be an African Spaceport, or as we call it: Spaceport Kenya. This ambitious, perhaps audacious, goal can serve to bring together public, private, and non-profit organizations to unlock the tangible benefits of developing space infrastructure in Africa. Spaceport Kenya will not only serve as a launch site for space companies from all six continents, but will also serve to fire the engine of economic development within the space economy for all of Africa. The spaceport will provide jobs at all levels for Africans and create demand for skilled, professional, and expert teams which will in turn drive educational development and capacity building in Africa. It will also serve to drastically reduce "brain drain," by providing not only economic opportunity but also prestige to skilled Africans. Furthermore, the economic and cultural benefits extend to industries in the supply chain of space and also which are consequences of the space economy. These benefits will be realized by many nations and enable opportunities for others creating a key part of the future of sustainable prosperity in Africa.

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Zaheer Ali

Zaheer Ali is a respected Agilist, manager, and technologist. He is the Strategy Lead for Hewlett Packard Enterprise's High Performance Compute business, a Managing Partner at New Space Finance, a Venture Partner at the Mines Fund and a Professor of Practice at Thunderbird School... Read More →
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Sylvia Makario

Co-Founder and Head of Business, Hepta Analytics
Sylvia’s experience is in geospatial engineering & space technology. She holds a B.Sc. Geospatial Engineering & Space Technology from the University of Nairobi, and an MSc. Information Technology from Carnegie Mellon University. She has worked for and with various other organizations... Read More →

Friday February 18, 2022 14:00 - 14:45 CET