2nd Brazil-South Africa Space Industry Virtual Summit 2022

Join us for the
2nd Brazil-South Africa
Space Industry
Virtual Summit

25th - 26th May 2022

Demystifying Space for Business Across the South Atlantic

How It Started

In late 2020, the Brazilian Space Agency and the South African National Space Agency started a new era of partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding.

Building on the opportunities resulted by this approximation, ZASpace.inc, the Embassy of Brazil in Pretoria and the Brazilian Aerospace Cluster decided to bring together representatives of the industry to jointly explore the many possibilities that this partnership unravels.

After a successful 2021 Space Industry Virtual Summit, we are thrilled to bring to you the 2nd edition of fostering business across the South Atlantic.


This guest speakers of this exceptional event have been carefully chosen to drive collaboration between South Africa and Brazil.

  • Bruno Santos


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    Telecommunications Engineer with international extension in Business Management, MBA in Project Management and Master in Space Systems Engineering and Management. Commercial experience in strategic planning, new markets development and prospecting, identifying business opportunities and building customers long-term relationships.

  • César Celeste Ghizoni

    Executive Director of Equatorial Sistemas - Akaer Group

    Electrical Engineer by Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. Board Member of AEB (Brazilian Space Agency). Master of Sciences in Electronics and Telecommunications by Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE). PhD Electrical Engineering at Cornell University – Ithaca. He is also Board Member of Parque Tecnológico São José dos Campos, SP.

  • Dr. Eduardo Bezerra

    Researcher and Professor of Computer Engineering - UFSC

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    Dr. Eduardo Bezerra is a Researcher and Professor of Computer Engineering at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) (Brazil), in the Department of Electrical Engineering since 2010, where he coordinates the University’s SpaceLab. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of Sussex (Space Science Centre), England, UK, in 2002. His research interests are in the areas of embedded systems, computer architecture, reconfigurable systems (FPGAs), space applications, software & hardware testing, fault tolerance and microprocessor applications.

    SpaceLab brings together several research groups from UFSC that conduct research and develop activities in space systems in general, aiming to make space more accessible not only to the scientific community but also to the industry. Featured missions include FloripaSat-1, GOLDS-UFSC, GOMX-5 and the Catarina Constellation.

  • Dr. Daniel Pirola

    International Business Analyst - Apex Brazil

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    Graduated in production engineering from the Federal University of São Carlos and specialist in International Trade from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation, Mr. Pirola has more than 10 years of experience in supply-chain and internationalization.

    International Business Analyst at Apex Brazil (Brazilian Export and Investment Promotion Agency)

  • Daniela Simonini T. Villas Bôas

    Business Analyst - Brazilian Aerospace Cluster

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    Electrical Engineer by Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - UFMG and Business Administration Specialist by Fundação Getúlio Vargas - FGV. Responsible for the management of Brazilian Aerospace Cluster’s activities with the aim to promote connexions, businesses, innovation and competitiveness to more than 100 associate companies. Over 14 years of a diversified experience at Embraer’s commercial departments as Contracts Engineer/Market Analyst/Institutional Relations. Almost two years working as Coordinator in the Department of Civil Airport Infrastructure at Civil Aviation Bureau, Brazilian Ministry of Defense.

  • Daniel Resemini

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer - Delta V Engenharia

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    Daniel is a Petroleum Engineer from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, he holds a Masters’ Degree of Space Engineering and Technology, with focus on Combustion and Propulsion, at INPE – Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais.

    DeltaV is a startup spin-off from the Combustion and Propulsion Laboratory of INPE. The company develops propulsion systems and for satellite launch vehicles for space applications.

  • Élcio de Oliveira

    Business Director - Innospace do Brazil

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    Élcio de Oliveira is currently the Business Director at INNOSPACE do Brasil, a South Korean Satellite Launcher Company, a member of the Space Materials and Structures Committee of the IAF (International Astronautical Federation) and works as a researcher in the areas of flight dynamics of space vehicles, inertial sensors, navigation & control, and dynamic modeling of flexible vehicles. He has experience in the areas of Subsea and Aerospace Engineering, with emphasis on satellites and launch vehicles, working mainly on the following topics: Optimization of launch vehicle trajectories, flight analysis, inertial navigation, antennas, electromagnetism, sonar, underwater acoustics, signal processing, radio navigation, and control.

  • Jeferson Cheriegate

    General Director - PqTec

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    Materials Engineer by Rio de Janeiro Federal University, and Business Administrator by Kensington College of Business. Executive MBA by Dom Cabral Foundation.

    Over 20 years of professional experience developed in consumer goods industries, services, and government, in different actuation focus and sized companies, such as Unilever and Valetec.

    He has elaborated and implemented different strategies and business plans; he has managed high performance teams; headed startups; he has actively participated on M&As; and conducted companies’ integration processes.

  • Lara Virginia Damim

    Director of International Affairs - Vilage Patents and Trademarks

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    Lara has been working in the field for 22 years, structuring and monitoring the registration of patents and trademarks of our Brazilian clients abroad and of our foreign clients at INPI-Brazil. She is also a speaker at universities, commercial-business associations, and other governmental and private sector entities, disseminating and clarifying issues about the importance of protecting intellectual property. Lara is a specialist in Intellectual Property, Patents and Arbitration and Mediation Procedures by WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization.

  • Luisa Rocha

    Commercial Advisor - Zenit Aerospace

    Luísa joined Zenit shortly after joining UnB, at the beginning of 2021. After going through all the stages of the recruiting process, she went to the Commercial department of the company. Currently, she is a commercial advisor and manager of one of the company's segments, responsible for innovation and service improvement.

  • Mariana Gomes

    Head of the International Business - PqTec São José dos Campos

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    Bachelor in International Relations, MBA in International Business administration and currently attending a Master Degree in Technological Innovation. Past working experiences include seven years at the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) in charge of internationalization of technology-based companies. Currently working as Head of the International Business Office at São José dos Campos Technology Park.

What to Expect

The 2nd Brazil-South Africa Space Industry Virtual Summit aims to bring the space industries of both countries together, to foster business partnerships and cooperation. Collaboration, internationalisation and developing partnerships between the South African and Brazil’s space industries are the main goal for this year’s event.

Demystifying Space for Businesses Across the South Atlantic will bring opportunities for prosperity and growth for all involved. The 2nd Space Industry Virtual Summit will host a variety of impactful and engaging panel discussions on day 1, followed by one-on-one B2B networking opportunities on day 2.

  • 25 May 2022

    Day 1 / Wednesday

    The first day will kick-off the event with an opening ceremony and keynote addresses, followed by company profiling. Continuing with panel discussions on Key considerations in obtaining funding, Protecting Intellectual Property in Partnerships and more insightful particulars…

  • 26 May 2022

    Day 2 / Thursday

    The second day is designed to nurture B2B networking. Attendees will break-off into one-on-one collaborations that have been pre-selected by yourself, to foster strong relations across the South Atlantic.

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Company Profile

To further conceptualise business in both Brazil and South Africa, the Summit will include company profiles from the downstream and upstream sectors.


The 2nd Space Industry Virtual Summit will take place over two days. The first day will set the tone for the Summit; i ntroducing key stakeholders, exploring business in both Brazil and South Africa, as well as demystifying space for business across the South Atlantic.

The second day will consist of a variety of one-on-one B2B networking tables and sessions, to further explore and drive South Atlantic business for South African and Brazilian businesses and space experts alike.

MC Welcome
Kamal Ramsingh
Chairman, ZASPACE
The Embassy of Brazil
Mr. Felipe Gastão Bandeira de Mello
Chargé d'Affaires of the Embassy of Brazil in Pretoria
Parque Tecnologico
Jeferson Cheriegate
General Director
Space Agency President Brazil
Mr Carlos Moura
Andiswa Milsa
Interim CEO
César Ghizoni
Executive Director of Equatorial Sistemas
Mike-Alec Kearney
Bruno Santos
International Sales Executive
Lee Annamalai
PANEL: Key considerations in obtaining funding and scaling
Davis Cook
Envir Fraser
CSO, Convergence Partners
Deven Govender
CEO, Lion Pride Investments
Daniel Pirola
International Business Analyst, APEX
PANEL: Protecting Intellectual Property
Daniela Villas Boas
Business Analyst at Brazilian Aerospace & Defense Cluster, PqTec
Lara Damin
Director of International Affairs, Vilage Patents and Trademarks
Anita Nel
Chief Director: Innovation and Commercialisation, University of Stellenbosch
PANEL: Sectors with the greatest opportunity for partnerships & collaboration
Luisa Rocha
Commercial Advisor, Delta V Engenharia
Elcio Oliveira
Chief Business Officer, Innospace do Brasil
Mothibi Ramusi
Director, ZASPACE
David du Toit
Business Advisor, Dragonfly Aerospace
PANEL: Enabling start-up ecosystems
Val Munsami
Space Strategy, Business Consultant
Daniel Resemini
COO, Delta V Engenharia
James Barrington Brown
CEO, Newspace Systems
Dr. Eduardo Bezerra
Coordinator, SpaceLab
Kamal Ramsingh

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