Dr. Zolana Rui Joao

General Manager

Angolan Space Program Management Office

Dr. Zolana João serves as the first General Manager of Angola’s national space office, where he drives engineering and research challenges on communication and earth observation satellite launches with partner agencies and governments worldwide. He was instrumental in designing the current Angolan Space Strategy. 
 In addition to launching ANGOSAT-2 into orbit to provide broadband communication services in Africa and to minimize the digital divide on the continent, he has also leveraged Earth-observing satellites to detect oil spills in the ocean and to predict agricultural crop yields, thus using space to support progress toward the SDGs. He holds a Doctoral engineering degree from George Washington University, USA, specializing in managing large-scale and complex projects.

Aerospace 2050

15 November 2023 | 14:45 - 15:25 | Panel: Fostering innovation in space

Highlighting new projects and programs that international agencies are promoting in partnership with private companies and government agencies. Assessing the impact of current collaboration programs and the lessons learned for future initiatives. 

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