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April 13-16, 2015 · Colorado Springs, Colorado USA

Dr. Mohammad Nasser Al Ahbabi

Dr. Mohammad Nasser Al Ahbabi
Director General
United Arab Emirates Space Agency

Dr. Mohamed Nasser Al Ahbabi was appointed Director General of the UAE Space Agency after having the responsibility of designing and creating the agency.  He leads a team of 50 who manage the UAE's space sector.  Ahbabi is responsible for realizing the agency’s goals of growing the space sector.  He has contributed and led numerous strategic projects in the ICT domain for the benefit of the UAE government. Ahbabi led a UAE Armed Forces Think Tank Project within the Centre of Excellence, where his role involved advising Military and Government at strategic levels on emerging concepts and technologies in the areas of Smart Defense, Cyber Warfare and Space developments. He was the head of YAHSAT MilSatCom and other Space Projects and has an active role in ITU-R, UN Space working groups and ICT professional associations. Ahbabi obtained his first bachelor's degree in the United States, then his master's of science degree and Ph.D. in the United Kingdom.

Participating Events

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
9:00 a.m. to
10:15 a.m.:
Panel: Space Agency Leaders
Symposium Program
Location: International Center: Main Stage

Elliot H. Pulham

Chief Executive Officer
Space Foundation

Dr. Mohammad Nasser Al Ahbabi

Director General
United Arab Emirates Space Agency

Professor Roberto Battiston

Italian Space Agency (ASI)

Dr. Gwang-Rae CHO

Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI)

Jean-Jacques Dordain

Director General
European Space Agency (ESA)

Sylvain Laporte

Canadian Space Agency

Dr. Francisco Javier Mendieta Jiménez

General Director
Mexican Space Agency (AEM)

Ger Nieuwpoort, Ph.D.

Netherlands Space Office

David Parker, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer
United Kingdom Space Agency

Dr. Marius-Ioan Piso

President and Chief Executive Officer
Romanian Space Agency (ROSA)

Johann-Dietrich Wörner

Chairman of the Executive Board
German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Yuichi Yamaura

Vice President, Strategy, International Relations and Industrial Collaboration
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Additional Panelists TBA

Additional Panelists
To Be Announced
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
10:45 a.m. to
12:00 p.m.:
Country in Focus: Space in the UAE
Symposium Program
Concurrent Session
Location: International Center North - Main Stage

Talal Al Kaissi

Chief of Staff - Trade and Commercial Office & Advisor to the Commercial Counselor
Embassy of the United Arab Emirates

Dr. Mohammad Nasser Al Ahbabi

Director General
United Arab Emirates Space Agency

Salem Humaid Al Marri

Assistant Director General for Scientific & Technical Affairs
Emirates Institution for Advanced Science & Technology (EIAST)

Samer Halawi

Chief Executive Officer


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