Attend IAC’s Plenary Programme on Strategic Direction of Emerging Space Nations


During the upcoming 74th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2023) in Baku, Azerbaijan, scheduled for October 2-6, 2023, a plenary programme titled “Strategic Direction of Emerging Space Nations” will explore significant inquiries to illuminate the status and priorities of emerging space nations. These inquiries include: 

  • The reasons behind the decision of selected countries to engage in space activities and the factors driving their governments’ support for these initiatives. 
  • What motivates emerging nations to explore opportunities in space increasingly?

During the programme, speakers will also elaborate on the global significance of their respective national space programmes. Moreover, the goal is to understand whether a standardised strategic approach exists among emerging space nations or if unique strategies and motivations characterise their efforts.

Speakers List 

  1. Mr Humbalani Mudau, CEO, South African National Space Agency (SANSA)
  2. Dr Zolana Rui Joao; General Manager, National Space Programme Management Office (GGPEN)
  3. Natavan Hasanova, Strategy and Business Development Director, Azercosmos Space Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan
  4. Grzegorz Wrochna; President, Polish Space Agency (POLSA)
  5. Michal Brichta; Head, Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) – Slovak Space Office
  6. Asanda Sangoni, Acting Managing Director, Earth Observations, South African National Space Agency (SANSA)

Important Information

  • Date: Wednesday, 4 October 2023
  • Time: 13:45 – 14:45 AZT (GMT+4)
  • Location: Heydar Aliyev Center (HAC) Auditorium

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