Space Pavilion Conference Agenda

08:00 - 09:00Registration

10:00 - 10:10Opening Comments, Conference Moderator

Rashid Al Zaabi, Senior Strategic Planner, UAE Space Agency

10:10 - 10:20Opening Keynote Presentation

H.E Dr Ahmad Belhoul, Minister of State for Higher Education & Advanced Skills, Chairman of the UAE Space Agency

10:20 - 11:10Panel Discussion - Global Mars Exploration

  • Preparing for Mars and space exploration
  • What will it take to put Man on Mars?
  • What will the Emirate Mars Mission mean for global space development?

Speakers     Dr. Mohamed Al Junaibi, Executive Director, UAE Space Agency
                      Omran Sharaf, Project Manager, Emirates Mars Mission, MBRSC
                      Peter McGrath, Director, Business Development, Space Exploration Division, Boeing
                      Sylvie Espinasse, Head of Coordination Office of the Directorate of Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration, ESA-ESTEC

11:10 - 11:30Networking break

11:30 - 11:50Presentation - Yahsat connecting everyone, everywhere.

Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, CEO, Yahsat

11:50 - 12:40Panel Discussion - Developing education systems and inspiring a new generation

  • The National Space Program
  • Local skill development
  • National programs and institutions
  • Developing a local workforce through collaboration and partnerships

Speakers:     Sheikha Al Maskari, Chief Innovation Officer, UAE Space Agency
                       Saif Almheiri, Assistant Professor, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology
                       Col. Al Worden, USAF-Ret., Command Module Pilot, Apollo 15
                       Carlos Niederstrasser, Master Systems Engineer, Orbital ATK

                       Amal Amin, Nanosatellite Outreach Program Manager, MBRSC

12:40 - 13:00Presentation - Accelerated pace of space exploration drives opportunities for expanded global participation

John Elbon, Global Sales and Marketing Director for NASA Programs, Boeing

13:00 - 13:50Panel Discussion - Technology in Space: Concepts for evolution and looking forward

  • Imported technology vs partner collaboration
  • Space technology as a key economic sector
  • Space mining and exploration
  • Global trends in new technology

Speakers:    George Whitesides, CEO, Virgin Galactic
                       Peter McGrath, Director, Business Development, Space Exploration Division, Boeing
                       Ahmed Al Shamsi, Acting CEO Thuraya Telecommunications Company

 

13:50 - 14:00Closing comments - Conference Moderator

Rashid Al Zaabi, Senior Strategic Planner, UAE Space Agency

10:00 - 10:10Opening Comments - Conference Moderator

Rashid Al Zaabi, Senior Strategic Planner, UAE Space Agency

10:10 - 10:30Opening Keynote Presentation

H.E Dr Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency

10:30 - 11:20Panel Discussion - Regulations and legal frameworks for space activities

  • Legal and regulatory mechanisms under international aviation law
  • Relationship between air traffic management and future space traffic management
  • Licensing, supervision and liability issues

Speakers:    Ismaeil Al Blooshi, Assistant Director General for Aviation Safety Affairs, GCAA
                       Naser Al Rashedi, Director, Space Policy and Regulations, UAE Space Agency
                       Dorothy “Di” Reimold, Director, Strategic Operations for Commercial Space Transportation, FAA
                       Mohamed Rahma, Regional Director for the Middle East Region, ICAO

11:20 - 12:10Panel Discussion - Economies in space and investment in innovation

  • Financing space
  • Privatised space exploration
  • Developing commercial space and the opportunities to which this will lead

Speakers:     George Whitesides, CEO, Virgin Galactic
                        Badr Al-Olama, Head of Aerospace, Mubadala Investment Company
                        Joerg Kreisel, CEO, JKIC
                        Laurent Jaffard, Vice President, Head of Future Programmes Space Systems, Airbus Defence & Space
 

12:10 - 12:35Networking Break

12:35 - 13:05Guest Presentation - We have not been here before. We are going to Mars together.

Col. Al Worden, USAF-Ret., Command Module Pilot, Apollo 15

13:05 - 13:55Panel discussion- Satellites and communication: improving aero connectivity

  • Building a more cost-effective satellite broadband business
  • Satellite technology developments
  • Making satellite data more valuable
  • Satellites for trade and investment purposes

Speakers:      Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, CEO, Yahsat
                        Dominique Giannoni, CEO, Thales Inflyt
                        Pradman Kaul, CEO, Hughes Network Systems
                        Osman Sultan, CEO, Du

13:55 - 14:00Closing Comments - Conference Moderator

Rashid Al Zaabi, Senior Strategic Planner, UAE Space Agency

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