• Poland Mars Analogue Simulation 2017
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    Find out how you can get involved with and support SGAC’s first Mars Analogue Mission! Visit the PMAS 2017 Page!

  • 16th Space Generation Congress
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    The SGC 2017 will be held in Adelaide, Australia this year!

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The Space Generation Advisory Council is a global non-governmental, non-profit (US 501(c)3) organisation and network which aims to represent university students and young space professionals to the United Nations, space agencies, industry, and academia.



30 May 2017

SGAC is proud to announce the following appointments in our global team:


Henry Ibitolu (Nigeria)

Ibitolu Henry has been fascinated by the stars and everything about Space, while growing up in Nigeria. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, and completed an internship at the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Abuja, Nigeria.

Recently, he founded ASTIOTech Enterprise, a rising tech-based social enterprise that leverage on 3D-Printing technology and local-materials to manufacture affordable Telescopes to inspire young people with the beauty of the cosmos. As a Fellow of the Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative of the U.S. Consulate General, Lagos, he is working with a team to use these 3D-Printed Telescopes to help excite students in underserved communities to dare to dream Big.

Henry has been active within the SGAC network since 2013, firstly with the YGNSS project group and in 2016 was selected as an Analogue Astronaut for the 2017 Poland Mars Analogue Simulation (PMAS). Likewise, he was a recipient of the 2016 SGAC Leadership Award. He hopes to use his future involvement in the space industry to inspire the younger generation and advocate for quality STEAM education in Africa.


John Conafay (USA)

John Conafay is a graduate of the design school at Arizona State University and veteran of the United States Air Force. John started his space career with the NewSpace Initiative and CubeSat laboratory in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at ASU, and eventually worked for the Director of the school. He then went on to work as Business Operations Intern at Spire Global in San Francisco, CA where he worked to make operations more efficient and fostered his love for CubeSats. While working and pursuing his degree full-time, Conafay was Treasurer and then Executive Director of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, USA. While in these roles he, with his phenomenal team, streamlined operations, finance, and accounting systems, invested the national endowment, spearheaded the first national rebrand in over 35 years, and raised over $500,000 for the organization. John is currently an analyst with Bryce Space and Technology, formerly working on performance and budget analysis for NASA Headquarters before being asked to join the Bryce business development team. John is passionate about the economic development of low-income countries through the utilization of space, learning about the economic impacts of space weather, and is a huge comic nerd.


Lucie Cordier (France)

Lucie Cordier is currently working for Airbus Defence and Space UK as a lawyer under an international Corporate Volunteer program (V.I.E.). She joined the UK Students for The Exploration and Development of Space (UKSEDS) and SGAC in 2016. During this year she organised the 2nd European Space Generation Workshop as a Program Team member in collaboration with the European Space Agency. In 2015, Lucie passed the French Bar Exam and since then she has been utilising her knowledge and skills in assisting the committee "Aerospace and Defence" within the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Études de Défense Nationale) as an active member. She graduated with honours both from the universities Pantheon Paris II with a Master Degree in European Business Law and Paris Saclay with a Master degree in Space and Telecommunication Law. A few years before Lucie attended the ECSL Summer Course in Vienna and performed an internship at SNECMA where she has her first experience with export controls. After several work experiences in this field (in law firms, in ADIT the French Corporate Intelligence Firm and in Thales), it is now her area of expertise.

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