Jessie Ndaba

Chief Executive Officer
Astrofica Technologies

I was raised in Soweto, South Africa, my interests in joining the space sector started when I was in high school. I went on and graduated as an Electrical Engineer at the University of Witwatersrand. I have worked at CBI before taking up a position as a lecturer at Central Johannesburg College before joining the Space Internship Programme sponsored by the South African Department of Science and Technology and SunSpace. As a result of the internship programme, I earned a permanent position at SunSpace as a Satellite Design Engineer. I was also involved with the SunSpace outreach programme, in collaboration with DST/SAASTA whereby we worked with school kids from the lower level to varsity level. In particular, the outreach programme exposes the students to space science and technology and informs them of the many benefits of humankind from space.

In 2010, I was awarded a Young Space Leadership Award from the Space Generation Congress.

In 2011, I represented South Africa at the International Space University, where I got a chance to further my studies in Space Engineering Systems. During this course I was introduced to Space Law, Space Medicine and Space Management. In 2013, we, together with other young professionals in the industry around the African continent formed the ALC-YF (African Space leadership Congress Youth Forum), and I head the Space Engineering Working Group.

In 2013, I joined Space Commercial Services as an AIT Engineer/ Space Solutions Manager. I am the member of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and the African Space Leadership Youth Forum.

In 2017, I co-founded Astrofica Technologies (PTY)LTD, with an aim to make change in Africa using Space Science and Technology

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