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We look forward to welcoming you for the first in our series of pre-Expo programmes, taking place on 5 - 6 October, 2020. In Association With the UAE Space Agency, Expo 2020 Dubai offers a preview of the diverse exhibition, programme and conversations that will be brought to life during Space Week in October 2021.

Space travel and exploration has captured imaginations for generations, and on the back of the exponential rate that technological advancement is progressing, the dream of space tourism is closer to being a reality than ever. At the same time, outer space remains one of the few realms within human existence that is truly a shared resource,and peacefully and equitably managing this requires concerted international cooperation of all space-faring nations. During this virtual week, we welcome space industry specialists from around the world as we address the Expo enquiry: How can we safely and productively explore new frontiers? We will hear from astronauts and astronomers, programme leaders and decision makers. We will learn more about the creative ways in which individuals, organisations and nations are showcasing unique contributions to our understanding and exploration of space.

Speakers

H.E. Reem Al Hashimy
H.E. Reem Al Hashimy
Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai and Minister of State for International Cooperation
H.E. Sarah bint Yousef Al Amiri
H.E. Sarah bint Yousef Al Amiri
Minister of State for Advanced Technology and Chairwoman of UAE Space Agency, United Arab Emirates
Dr. Orsolya Ferencz
Dr. Orsolya Ferencz
Ministerial Commissioner for Space Research, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary
Mr. Zdravko Počivalšek
Mr. Zdravko Počivalšek
Minister for Economic Development and Technology, Slovenia
Ms. Ajda Cuderman
Ms. Ajda Cuderman
State Secretary at the Ministry for Economic Development and Technology, Slovenia
Riccardo Fraccaro
Riccardo Fraccaro
Undersecretary of Italian State to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers with responsibility for the aerospace sector
Ms. Tanja Permozer
Ms. Tanja Permozer
Head of the Delegation of the Republic of Slovenia at the European Space Agency, Slovenia
Omran Sharaf
Omran Sharaf
Project Director, Emirates Mars Mission (Hope Probe), Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, UAE
Simonetta di Pippo
Simonetta di Pippo
Astrophysicist and Director for United Nations Outer Space Affairs
Lord Martin Rees
Lord Martin Rees
Astronomer Royal, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, UK
Dušan Olaj
Dušan Olaj
Founder & CEO, DUOL, Slovenia
Mag. Matjaž Ivačič
Mag. Matjaž Ivačič
Managing Director, GeoCodis, Slovenia
Grega Milčinski
Grega Milčinski
CEO Sinergise, Slovenia
Dr. Tomaž Rotovnik
Dr. Tomaž Rotovnik
CEO SkyLabs, Slovenia
Tomaž Rodič
Tomaž Rodič
Director, SPACE-SI, Slovenia
Matej Balažic
Matej Balažic
CEO BALMAR, Slovenia
Andreja Smole
Andreja Smole
Director of Space Segment, Cosylab, Slovenia
Dr. Jure Knez
Dr. Jure Knez
Co-founder and Technical Director, Dewesoft, Slovenia
James L. Green
James L. Green
Chief Scientist, NASA, United States of America
Ryan Zeigler
Ryan Zeigler
Planetary Scientist; Lunar Sample Curator NASA, United States of America
Brian C. Odom
Brian C. Odom
NASA Chief Historian (Acting), NASA HQ History Program Office, United States of America
Wayne R. Monteith
Wayne R. Monteith
Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, United States of America
Kevin M. O'Connell
Kevin M. O'Connell
Director of the Office of Space Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce, United States of America
Mattias Hansson
Mattias Hansson
Programme and Communications Manager of the Swedish Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai
Christer Fuglesang
Christer Fuglesang
Professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, fmr. ESA Astronaut, Sweden
Anna Rathsman
Anna Rathsman
Director-General, Swedish National Space Agency; Chair, ESA Council
Cecilia Hertz
Cecilia Hertz
CEO Umbilical Design; Programme Manager, Swedish Space Week
Dr. Haithem Altwaijry
Dr. Haithem Altwaijry
Advisor and Aerospace Engineer at the Saudi Space Commission
Marcel Frajt
Marcel Frajt
Vice Chairman, Slovak Organisation for Space Activities (SOSA)
Marc Serres
Marc Serres
CEO, Luxembourg Space Agency
Dr. Khaled Al Hashmi
Dr. Khaled Al Hashmi
Director of the National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC), UAE University
Amel Al Ameri
Amel Al Ameri
Software Engineer at the National Space Science and Technology Centre (NSSTC), UAE University
David Santos Gil
David Santos Gil
Software Engineer at the National Space Science and Technology Centre (NSSTC), UAE University
Heyam Alblooshi
Heyam Alblooshi
MAIT and Quality Engineer, UAE Space Agency
Shamma Al Eissaee
Shamma Al Eissaee
Computer Engineer at the National Space Science and Technology Centre (NSSTC), UAE University
Arnout Asjes
Arnout Asjes
Chief Technology Officer, Land Life Company
Paolo Glisenti
Paolo Glisenti
Commissioner General, Italy, EXPO 2020 Dubai
Maria Cristina De Sanctis
Maria Cristina De Sanctis
Principal Investigator of the Ma_MISS instrument on board of ExoMars mission; Researcher, Institute of Space Astrophysics and Planetology of Rome-based INAF, Italy
Giuseppe Sala
Giuseppe Sala
Head of the Department of Aerospace Science and Technology Department at Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Lorenzo Ghettini
Lorenzo Ghettini
Aerospace Engineering student at the Politecnico Milano and member of Peer Mentoring program for the cultural and educational activities of the Italy Pavilion at Expo Dubai
Ammar Salim Al-Rawahi
Ammar Salim Al-Rawahi
Chairman of Oman Astronomical Society, Fmr. Director of Astronomical Affairs, Ministry of Endowments & Religious Affairs, Oman
Anthony Murfett
Anthony Murfett
Deputy Head, Australian Space Agency
Manuel Salchli
Manuel Salchli
Commissioner General of the Swiss Pavilion
Dante Larini
Dante Larini
Content Project Manager, Switzerland
Emmanuelle David
Emmanuelle David
Executive Manager, EPFL Space Centre (eSpace), Switzerland
Numfuneko Majaja
Numfuneko Majaja
Chief Director, Department of Trade, Industry & Competition, South Africa
Ricardo Conde
Ricardo Conde
President of the Portuguese Space Agency - Portugal Space
Sergey Krikalev
Sergey Krikalev
Executive Director of the State Space Corporation ROSCOSMOS, Russia
Dennis Osadebe
Dennis Osadebe
Nigerian Mixed Media Artist
Rohan Roberts
Rohan Roberts
Moderator|Head of Future Learning, GEMS Education
Professor Chris Welch
Professor Chris Welch
Professor of Space Engineering, International Space University, France
Dr Steve Nerem
Dr Steve Nerem
Associate Professor, the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research (CCAR), University of Colorado Boulder
Noora Alsaeed
Noora Alsaeed
PhD candidate, Department of Astrophysics and Planetary Science, University of Colorado Boulder
Ahlam Al Qasem
Ahlam Al Qasem
PhD candidate, Astrophysics, Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London
Ilias Fernini
Ilias Fernini
Vice Director General for Research & Scientific Projects, Sharjah Academy for Astronomy, Space Sciences & Technology
Fatema al Hajri
Fatema al Hajri
Vice President of Products & Solutions Engineering, Yahsat
Fahad Al Mheiri
Fahad Al Mheiri
Executive Director, Space Sector, UAE Space Agency
Dr. Hala Al Jassar
Dr. Hala Al Jassar
Space and Climate Physics Research Group, Kuwait University
Dr. Michaelyn Thomas
Dr. Michaelyn Thomas
Head of Affordability, Virgin Orbit
Fatima Al Shamsi
Fatima Al Shamsi
Acting Head of Space Regulations and Policy, UAE Space Agency
Ersilia Vaudo
Ersilia Vaudo
Chief Diversity Officer, European Space Agency

Agenda

DAY 1 | MONDAY OCTOBER 5, 2020

SESSION

Space Show at Al Wasl
9:00 | 16:00 (All timings in GMT+4)
A sneak preview of a bespoke visual experience that will transport you from the heart of our
Expo site, to the outskirts of the universe
Keynote Remarks
9:02 | 16:02
HE Reem Al Hashimy
Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai and UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation
Keynote Remarks
9:07 | 16:07
HE Sarah Al Amiri
UAE Minister of State for Advanced Technology, Chairwoman of the UAE Space Agency and
science lead for the Emirates Mars Mission
Space Week: How do we safely and productively explore new frontiers?
9:10 | 16:10
An overview of events taking place in Expo’s Space Week

Shahbano Tirmizi
Deputy Head, Expo Specialist Programme, Director General Office
Imagination, Art & the Future of Exploration
9:20 | 16:20
A video presentation by Nigerian mixed media artist Denis Osadebe
Space Walk: International Participant Content and Programme on Space
9:25 | 16:25
A showcase of Expo's 'Space Walk', our bespoke space-themed visitor journey available
during event time

Hind Al Boom
Manager, Content Design and Development, Director General Office
Open Q&A Session
9:35 | 16:35
Q&A session for invited guests to enquire about Expo's event time plans for Space week
Nadia Varjee
Chief of Staff to Her
Excellency Reem Al
Hashimy
Shahbano Tirmizi
Deputy Head, Expo
Specialist Programme,
Director General Office
Khalid Sharaf
Director Expo Business
Programme, Director
General Office
Abby Swetz
Senior Manager, Partners,
Director General Office
Hind Al Owais
Vice President, Participant
Manager
Yousuf Caires
Senior Vice President,
Expo Live
Dr. Federica Busa
Senior Vice President,
Visitor Experience and
World Majlis
Expo School Programme: Inside the Mobility Journey
10:35 | 17:35
Short session exploring the educational journey on Mobility that school children will embark on
as they enter the site

Huda Ramadan
Assistant Manager, School Relationship Manager, Expo School Programme
Mascots Interlude
11:05 | 18:05
A trailer for a space-themed episode of a new animated series, featuring the Expo 2020 Dubai Mascots
Expo School Programme: Open Q&A Session
11:07 | 18:07

Huda Ramadan
Assistant Manager, School Relationship Management,
Expo School Programme
Sarah Rafiullah
Manager, School Operations,
Expo School Programme
Maryam Al Safran
Manager, Performances, Events and Government
Relations, Expo School Programme
Kavisha Pancholi
Senior Associate, Ticketing & Digital Platforms,
Expo School Programme
World Majlis: Giant Leaps for Humankind
18:35
A World Majlis dedicated to the future of space exploration and how it can shape our 'Spaceship Earth"
Rohan Roberts (Moderator)
Head of Future Learning,
GEMS Education, UAE
Omar Sharaf
Project Director, Emirates
Mars Mission (Hope Probe),
Mohammed Bin Rashid
Space Center, UAE
Lord Martin Rees
Astronomer Royal, Institute
of Astronomy, University of
Cambridge, UK
Professor Chris Welch
Professor, Space
Engineering, International
Space University, France
Dr. Steve Nerem
Associate Director,
Colorado Center for
Astrodynamics Research
(CCAR), University of
Colorado Boulder, USA
Noora Alsaeed
PhD candidate, Department
of Astrophysics and
Planetary Science,
University of Colorado
Boulder
Ahlam Al Qasem
PhD candidate,
Astrophysics, Mullard
Space Science Laboratory,
University College London
Cecilia Hertz
Founder and CEO, Umbilical
Design, Sweden
Overview of Mission Human Flight: Human drive knows no limits
11:35 | 20:05
Ahmed Al Shehhi
A professional at Skydive Dubai, the UAE's first Jetman

DAY 2 | TUESDAY OCTOBER 6, 2020

SESSION

Lightning Talks
9:02 | 16:02
7-minut talk by the Expo family on their approach to space at Expo
Luxembourg
9:02 | 16:02
Marc Serres
CEO, Luxembourg Space Agency
UAE University
9:12 | 16:12
Dr. Khaled Al Hashemi
Director, National Space Science and
Technology Center (NSSTC)
Amal Al Ameri
Software Engineer, National Space
Science and Technology Center
(NSSTC)
David Santos Gil
Software Engineer, National Space
Science and Technology Center
(NSSTC)
Heyam Alblooshi
MAIT and Quality Engineer, UAE Space Agency
Shamma Al Eissaee
Computer Engineer, National Space Science and
Technology Centre (NSSTC)
Expo Live Grantee: Land Life Company
9:22 | 16:22
Arnout Asjes
Chief Technology Officer, Land Life Company
Italy
9:32 | 16:32
Riccardo Fraccaro
Undersecretary of Italian State to
the Presidency of the Council of
Ministers with responsibility for the
aerospace sector
Paolo Glisenti
Commissioner General, Italy, Expo
2020 Dubai
Maria Cristina De Sanctis
Principal Investigator of the
Ma_MISS instrument on board
of ExoMars mission; Researcher,
Institute of Space Astrophysics and
Planetology of Rome-based INAF
Giuseppe Sala
Head of the Department of Aerospace
Science and Technology Department,
Politecnico di Milano
Lorenzo Ghettini
Aerospace Engineering student, Plotecnico
di Milano; member of Peer Mentoring
program, Cultural and Educational activities,
Italy Pavilion Expo 2020 Dubai
Oman
9:42 | 16:42
Ammar Salim Al-Rawahi
Chairman of Oman Astronomical Society, Director of Astro and Space Technologies at International Emerging
Technology Company (ETCO)
UAE Space Landscape: Panel Discussion
10:00 | 17:00
Fatema Al Blooshi (Moderator)
Senior Associate,
Expo 2020 Dubai, Shortlist for the
UAE Astronaut Programme
Omran Sharaf
Project Director, Emirates Mars
Mission (Hope Probe), Mohammed
Bin Rashid Space Centre, UAE
Ilias Fernini
Vice Director General for Research &
Scientific Projects, Sharjah Academy
for Astronomy, Space Sciences &
Technology
Fatema Al Hajri
Vice President, Products & Solutions Engineering, Yahsat
Fahad Al Mheiri
Executive Director, Space Sector, UAE Space Agency
Expo Family Update
11:00 | 18:00
30-minute presentations by the Expo family on their approach to space at Expo
Switzerland
11:00 | 18:00
Manuel Salchli
Commissioner General, Switzerland
Pavilion
Expo 2020 Dubai
Dante Larini
Content Project Manager,
Switzerland Pavilion Expo 2020
Dubai
Emmanuelle David
Executive Manager, EPFL Space
Centre (eSpace)
Russia
11:30 | 18:30
Sergey Krikalev
Executive Director of the State Space Corporation ROSCOSMOS
Lightning Talks
12:00 | 19:00
7-minute talks by the Expo family on their approach to space at Expo
Portugal
12:00 | 19:00
Commercialization of Space - Constellation for the Atlantic Project
Ricardo Conde
President, Portuguese Space Agency - Portugal Space
South Africa
12:10 | 19:10
Simulating Competitiveness, Exports and Trade in The Space Industry
Numfuneko Majaja
Chief Director, Department of Trade, Industry & Competition, South Africa
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
12:20 | 19:20
The Kingdom's journey in space, from 1976 to today
Dr. Haithem Altwaijry
Advisor and Aerospace Engineer at the Saudi Space Commission
Czech Republic
12:30 | 19:30
Marcel Frajt
Vice Chairman, Slovak Organisation for Space Activities (SOSA)
Sweden
12:40 | 19:40
The Future of Space Exploration: How can we safely and productively explore new frontiers?
Mattias Hansson (Moderator)
Programme and Communications Manager of the
Swedish Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai
Christer Fuglesang
Professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, fmr.
ESA Astronaut
Anna Rathsman
Director-General, Swedish National Space Agency;
Chair, EAS Council
Cecilia Hertz
Founder and CEO, Umbilical Design, Sweden
Australia
12:50 | 19:50
Anthony Murfett
Deputy Head, Australian Space Agency
Women in Space: Panel Discussion
13:10 | 20:10
Hind Al Owais (Moderator)
Vice President, Participant
Management, Expo 2020 Dubai
Dr. Orsolya Ferencz
Ministerial Commissioner for Space
Research, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
& Trade, Hungary
Dr. Hala Al Jassar
Space and Climate Physics
Research Group, Kuwait University
Fatima Al Shansi
Acting Head of Space
Regulations and Policy,
UAE Space Agency
Dr. Michaelyn Thomas
Head of Affordability,
Virgin Orbit
Ersilia Vaudo
Chief Diversity Officer,
European Space Agency
Remarks by Simonetta di Pippo
14:00 | 21:00
Astrophysicist and Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
Expo Family Update
14:05 | 21:05
30-minute presentation by the Expo family on their approach to space at Expo
United States
14:05 | 21:05
James L. Green
Chief Scientist, NASA
Ryan Zeigler
Planetary Scientist; Lunar Sample
Curator, NASA
Brian C. Odom
NASA Chief Historian (Acting), NASA
HQ History Program Office
Kevin M. O'Connell
Director of the Office of Space Commerce,
U.S. Department of Commerce
Wayne R. Monteith
Associate Administrator for Commercial Space
Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration
Slovenia
14:30 | 21:30
How investments in space support sustainable economic growth and create value for society
Mr. Zdravko Pocivalsek
Minister for Economic
Development and
Technology
Ms. Ajda Cuderman
State Secretary at the
Ministry for Economic
Development and
Technology
Ms. Tanja Permozer
Head of the Delegation of
the Republic of Slovenia to
the European Space Agency
Dusan Olaj
Founder & CEO, DUOL
Mag. Matjaz Ivacic
Managing Director,
GeoCodis
Grega Milcinski
CEO, Sinergise
Dr. Tomaz Rotovnik
CEO, SkyLabs
Tomaz Rodic
Director, SPACE-SI
Matej Balazic
CEO, BALMAR
Andreja Smole
Director of Space Segment, Cosylab
Dr. Jure Knez
Co-founder and Technical Director,
Dewesoft
Closing Remarks
15:05 | 22:05
HE Reem Al Hashimy
Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai and Minister of State for International Cooperation