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2nd Brazil-South Africa
Space Industry
Virtual Summit

25th - 26th May 2022

Demystifying Space for Business Across the South Atlantic

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How It Started

In late 2020, the Brazilian Space Agency and the South African National Space Agency established a milestone for their bilateral partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding.

Building on the opportunities resulted by this approximation, ZASPACE, Embassy of Brazil in Pretoria, the Brazilian Aerospace Cluster managed by Parque Tecnológico São José dos Campos, and the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) decided to bring together representatives of the industry to jointly explore the many possibilities that this partnership unravels.

After a successful 2021 Brazil-South Africa Space Industry Virtual Summit, we are thrilled to bring to you the 2nd edition of this event that aims at fostering business across the South Atlantic.


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

The premium programme includes:
Andiswa Mlisa, Interim CEO of SANSA
Mr. Carlos Moura, President of AEB;
Mr. Felipe Gastão Bandeira de Mello, Chargé d'Affaires of the Embassy of Brazil in Pretoria
Mr. Jeferson Cheriegate , CEO, Parque Tecnológico São José dos Campos


Vew Brazilian Speakers
  • Bruno Santos


    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

    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.

  • Daniel Pirola

    International Business Analyst - Apex Brazil

    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

    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

    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

    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

    CEO- PqTec

    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

    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

    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.

  • Ana Arroio

    Coordinator:International Cooperation-Embrapii–Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Inovação Industrial

    Ana Arroio is Coordinator for International Cooperation at EMBRAPII, the Brazilian Enterprise for Industry and Innovation Research. Previously, she was manager of Innovation and Development at the Federation of Industries of Rio de Janeiro – FIRJAN. She holds a doctorate in Science and Technology Policy from the University of Sussex and carried out her post-doctoral studies at Oxford and Princeton Universities, as a Global Leaders Fellow, where she worked on research related to innovation, international cooperation and governance. Research results were presented at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, discussed with the World Bank’s ST&I Program Coordinator and with the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research, Innovation and Science. She is a Senior Research associate at the Economics Institute of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

South African

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  • Davis Cook


    Davis is the CEO at RIIS. He focuses on helping organisations and industries transform their innovation culture, behaviour and capabilities, and enabling them to remain relevant in a rapidly modernising and uncertain future. He has a diverse range of industry experience across the areas of strategy development, innovation, and risk management. He has also held high level and management positions in a range of organisations including KPMG, ERM, and the Gauteng Provincial Government. Further to his role at ZASPACE, Davis is also an Non-Executive Director at Anza Capital (an early stage African-focused VC fund), and the SA Innovation Summit. He holds several undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in science, business and social studies.

  • David du Toit

    Business Advisor - Dragonfly Aerospace

    I am currently working as a Business Advisor to Dragonfly Aerospace. My previous role was group CEO of Space Commercial Services and also served as Chairman of the board for one of the group companies. My aerospace experience was gained through over 15 years in the industry and I held the position as Chief System Engineer for the first aerospace company in South Africa. This included a full launch and EO satellite system.

    I have worked in Europe for over 13 years in the telecommunications industry and held the position of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technical Officer. I have also been involved in building a few new companies across Europe and South Africa. I served on numerous company boards.

    After completing a Higher Diploma in Telecommunications at the Cape Technicon for Higher Education, I graduated from Stellenbosch University with a B Eng (Electronics).

    Favourite quote:
    “Always be positive about anything you take on in life”

  • Mr. James Barrington-Brown

    NewSpace Systems Founder & CEO

    Mr. James Barrington-Brown is the Founder of the multinational spacecraft subsystems and component manufacturer, NewSpace Systems. An Electronics Engineering Graduate, James has more than thirty years of experience in the commercial satellite industry. Adept in the areas of leadership and business development, James boasts an impressive and proven track record of supporting demanding international space programmes, securing and leveraging investment, scaling space businesses, incubating start-ups and mentoring entrepreneurs.

  • Lee Annamalai

    CTO - Geo Intelligence Corp

    Lee Annamalai was a founding board member of the South African National Space Agency and established and grew the Spatial Information and Earth Observation R&D and the IoT and Data Analytics teams at the CSIR’s Meraka Institute from 2011 to 2018. Presently he is an appointed member of the South African Space Council. Lee is a professional and entrepreneurial Innovation and Technology manager, with a deep passion in local skills and technology development. He has over the years proven that South African developed spatial information solutions are able to be competitive globally and will drive innovation, product development and Analytics service’s for GEOINT.

  • Mike-Alec Kearney


    Mike-Alec Kearney is an energetic business executive with a strong technical background through M.Sc degrees in both electrical and mechanical engineering respectively. After studying he co-founded an aerospace company called CubeSpace Satellite Systems, which is now one of the largest satellite attitude determination and control system suppliers globally. Mike is a people focussed person, who cares deeply for those around him. He aspires to make a positive difference in people’s lives through directly uplifting and empowering them, and further to make a more global impact through the responsible advancement of the space industry.

  • Mothibi Ramusi

    Director - Transformation and Empowerment ZASPACE

    Mothibi was responsible, amongst others, for the advancement of the National Space Programme through the Satellite Applications Centre (a division of the CSIR), where he was positioned as a Centre Manger. The outcome of his contribution led to the establishment of the recently launched SA National Space Agency (SANSA).

    Mothibi served as Technical Advisor to the Minister of Communications from July 2009 to December 2010. Served as a member of the Advisory committee on Health Technology for the Minister of Health, an ICT Panel Policy member of the Minister of Communications, and also the Chairperson of the GSM Africa Regional Interest Group (RIG) – _Regulatory and Policy. He is now employed at the National Lotteries Commission as the Chief Information Officer (CIO).

  • Thabang Mpye

    TIA Head ICT

    IAn Electrical Engineering Degree graduate from the University of Cape Town , having majored in Data Networks and RF Systems. Has over 20 years’ experience in RF access systems planning and optimisation covering; 3GPP protocols (GSM, GPRS, UMTS and LTE), VHF two-way radios, VSAT (TDM and SCPC) satellite and RADAR. He has further developed into a business development oriented project manager in both the domains of cellular communications and broader ICTs. He was part of the Cell C’s network rollout team circa 2002 and also rendered RF optimisation services to various cellular network operators around the African continent and the Middle East between 2005 and 2010. Around 2009, the candidate was instrumental the team that pursued the launch of a new ‘sub-business’ unit within ATIO Corporation, which lead to profitable and scalable business stream. He also headed a sizeable network operations team with Vodacom, responsible for network quality for an area covering approximately 4 million subscribers. He further lead projects in the public sector (state agencies) delivering complex telecommunications prototypes, network designs and project acquisition strategies. Currently Thabang holds position of Head:ICT with the Technology Innovation Agency, managing an ICT innovation portfolio exceeding R50 million/p.a. (Average funding R6 million per project), covering innovations in the domain of 4IR (IoT and Cloud), AI and Advanced Computing and Satellite.

  • Dr Valanathan Munsami

    Space Strategy/Business Expert

    Dr Munsami has chaired the African Union Space Working Group, which was tasked with the development of the African Space Policy and the African Space Strategy that was approved by the African Union Heads of State in January 2016. As of January 2017, he was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SANSA until 2021. He is currently a member of the South African Council for Space Affairs (SACSA) and was the Vice President of the International Astronautic Federation (IAF). He is inducted as an academician of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and sits on the Advisory Boards of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and the UAE’s International Space Congress. He also Chairs the Committee of Heads of Organisations of Research and Technology (COHORT), which comprises of 21 science and technology institutions in South Africa.

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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, internationalization and developing partnerships between the South African and Brazilian space industries are the main goals of this year’s event.

Demystifying Space for Businesses Across the South Atlantic will bring incredible opportunities for all involved. The 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 and scaling, 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 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 four company profiles, two from each country.

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The 2nd Brazil-South Africa Space Industry Virtual Summit will take place over two days.

The first day will set the tone for the Summit introducing 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 to further explore and drive South Atlantic business for South African and Brazilian companies and space experts alike.

Time BRT
14:00 - 14:05
09:00 - 09:05
MC Welcome
Kamal Ramsingh
Chairman, ZASPACE
14:05 - 14:10
09:05 - 09:10
The Embassy of Brazil
Mr. Felipe Gastão Bandeira de Mello
The Embassy of Brazil in Pretoria
14:10 - 14:15
09:10 - 09:15
Parque Tecnologico
Jeferson Cheriegate
14:15 - 14:20
09:15 - 09:20
Thabang Mpye
Head:Information & Communication Technology
Time BRT
14:20 - 14:30
09:20 - 09:30
Brazilian Space Agency
Mr Carlos Moura
14:30 - 14:40
09:30 - 09:40
Andiswa Mlisa
Interim CEO
Time BRT
14:40 -14:48
09:40 -09:48
César Ghizoni
Executive Director of Equatorial Sistemas
14:48 -14:56
09:48 -09:56
Mike-Alec Kearney
14:56 - 15:04
09:56 - 10:04
Bruno Santos
International Sales Executive
15:04 - 15:12
10:04 - 10:12
Lee Annamalai
PANEL: Key considerations in obtaining funding and scaling
Time BRT
15:12 - 15:32
10:12 - 10:32
Davis Cook
Envir Fraser
CSO, Convergence Partners
Deven Govender
CEO, Lion Pride Investments
Daniel Pirola
International Business Analyst, APEX
Ana Arroio’s
Coordinator for International Cooperation, EMBRAPII
PANEL: Protecting Intellectual Property
Time BRT
15:42 - 16:02
10:42 - 11:02
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
Senisha Moonsamy
Head: Innovation Skills Development & GCIP, TIA
PANEL: Sectors with the greatest opportunity for partnerships & collaboration
Time BRT
16:02 - 16:22
11:02 - 11:22
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
Time BRT
61:22 - 16:42
11:22 - 11:42
Val Munsami
Space Strategy, Business Consultant
Daniel Resemini
COO, Delta V Engenharia
James Barrington Brown
CEO, Newspace Systems
Dr. Eduardo Bezerra
Coordinator, SpaceLab
Time BRT
16:55 - 17:00
11:55 - 12:00
Kamal Ramsingh
Time BRT
09:00 - 12:00
14:00 - 17:00
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