Dr Zolana Joao, General Manager, National Space Programme Management Office (GGPEN)

Dr Zolana João is 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 minimise the digital divide on the continent, he has also leveraged Earth-observing satellites to detect ocean oil spills and predict agricultural crop yields.