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NSW | Aerospace, Defence & Aviation: Australia's Space Program

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Alliance Francaise

257 Clarence St

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The French-Australian Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to invite you to its first Aerospace, Defence and Aviation industry event of the year dedicated to the future of Australia's Space Program on Tuesday 28 May.

With the space industry worth US$345 billion each year - but only 0.8% contributed by the Australian space sector - and new entrants in advanced technology disrupting the space industry, there are significant opportunities to build the sector in Australia. To capitalise on this growth opportunity, the Australian Space Agency, created in July 2018, aims to work with local businesses to help them win a greater share of the global space market, but what's the plan?

To answer this question, we will have the privilege to welcome Karl Rodrigues, Executive Director, International and National Engagement at Australian Space Agency.

Following his keynote address, Karl will be joined for a panel discussion by Duncan Blake, Advisory Council Member at Space Industry Association of Australia and Special Counsel – Space Law at International Aerospace Law and Policy Group (IALPG); Thomas Pfister, Regional Sales Director for Space and New Business at Airbus Australasia; and Ben Starkey, Co-founfer of Ozius, a startup specialised in space data imagery. This will be a great opportunity to discuss the future opportunities but also the challenges the industry is facing.


OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Karl Rodrigues | Executive Director, International & National Engagement at Australian Space Agency

Karl is the Executive Director for International and National Engagement for the Australian Space Agency responsible for developing relationships with International Space Agencies as well as engaging with Australian industry, start-ups, domestic agencies, research institutions and all state and territory governments to help grow the Australian space sector.

Prior to ASA, Karl was Deputy Director for CSIRO Energy responsible for the Business Unit strategy, science investment and operations. He delivered science impact, leadership and direction to the Business Unit including the creation of the Hydrogen Future Science Platform to create a new energy security and export opportunity for Australia.

Overall, Karl has over 25 years of experience in innovation, venture investment, research, development and commercialisation of technology. Read full bio here.

OUR PANELISTS

Duncan Blake | Advisory Council Member at Space Industry Association of Australia and Special Counsel – Space Law at IALPG

Duncan Blake transferred from the permanent Air Force to the Reserves in January 2017, after 22 years as a Legal Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force. He served as the Deputy Director of Operations and International Law for the Australian Department of Defence, providing operations and international law advice and support at the highest levels within Defence and across government. More recently, Duncan was legal advisor to the Defence Space Coordinating Office and he chaired inter-departmental and international working groups in respect of strategic space law.

Duncan is currently Special Counsel, Space Law at International Aerospace Law and Policy Group. He manages a collaboration between IALPG and Adelaide Law School to develop a website to help Australian entrepreneurs navigate the legal and regulatory frameworks applicable to their space activities in Australia and abroad – known as the ANGELS Project (Australian Navigational Guide Explaining Laws for Space). Read full bio here.

Thomas Pfister | Regional Sales Director for Space and New Business at Airbus Australasia

Thomas held various positions in the Space and Defence part of Airbus since his joined the company. Originally in charge of business development for Earth Observation services and related infrastructures, he then developed the business in Telecommunications satellites for private and institutional customers in Asia Pacific. In 2016 he has been appointed Head of Airbus Defence and Space for Thailand, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia where he concluded major Space program and Military Aircraft contracts.

Since November 2018, Thomas joined the Australasia team to focus on development of Space and New Businesses in the whole region.


Ben Starkey | Director & Business Manager at Ozius

Ben Starkey and his wife Alisa, co-founded Ozius in 2014. Ozius is an environmental analytics company that fuses Artificial Intelligence, Earth Observation and environmental science to provide environmental monitoring solutions to clients in the Government, Mining and Energy sectors.

Since inception in 2014, Ozius has analysed over one and a half million square kilometres of the Earth’s surface on three continents. In 2017 Ozius was awarded third place in the Global Earth Observation Challenge held by Airbus in Toulouse; and in 2018, Ozius was identified as one of Westpac’s Top 200 businesses of tomorrow. Read full bio here.

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