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Karman Project Enters Fourth Year of Cooperation with University of Oxford's Space Initiative

5 July 2024By Hannah Ashford

By Hannah Ashford

The Karman Project Enters Fourth Year of Cooperation with The University of Oxford's Space Initiative.

For the fourth consecutive year, The Karman Project is proud to partner with the University of Oxford’s Space Initiative to co-facilitate the 'Smart Space' MBA course. From Monday, 22 July to Friday, 26 July 2024, ten distinguished members of our Karman Community will join students from the Saïd Business School’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme for an intensive week of discussion and collaboration. This immersive experience will explore the current and future realities of space commerce and governance, with a focus on understanding how these developments can contribute to the betterment of humanity.

The Karman Project's selected delegates include Fellows from the current and previous Karman Fellowship program, together with Karman Pioneers (top shortlisted candidates). The participants represent ten nationalities and come from the agency, commercial and academia sectors, and will be actively engaged in lectures, panel discussions and other forums throughout the week. 

The week’s highlights will include the prestigious Oxford Space Gala, where invited guests from across the global space ecosystem will come together for an evening of exchange. In addition, the Delegation will join the Oxford Space Networking event to forge connections with the United Kingdom’s burgeoning space ecosystem. Beyond the formal discussions, the Karman Delegation will enjoy a variety of enriching social activities, such as the classic Oxford punting experience and a guided tour of the city’s iconic attractions. 

The Karman Project is immensely grateful to our partners at the University of Oxford for their continued collaboration and trust in our community. This enduring partnership fosters valuable exchange and innovation among key stakeholders shaping the future of space, ensuring that academia and industry proactively come together in the shared spirit of sustainable advancement.

About The Karman Project

‍The Karman Project strengthens trust, fosters independent dialogue and encourages cooperation between global leaders in business, technology, politics, science and the arts who want to positively impact space. The Karman Project is a nonprofit and independent foundation headquartered in Germany.

Annexure: The Karman Project’s 2024 Oxford Delegation

1. Michal Brichta, Co-founder at the Slovak Space Office (Slovakia)

2. Agnieszka Lukaszczyk, Senior Director of European Affairs at Planet Labs (Poland/USA)

3. Olayinka Fagbemiro, Chief Scientific Officer at the Nigerian Space Agency (Nigeria)

4. Melania Guerra, Consultant in Climate & Ocean Science Diplomacy (Costa Rica)

5. Fani Kallianou de Jong, Principal Manager at European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (Greece)

6. Raffaele Mauro, Co-founder and General Partner at PrimoSpace Ventures (Italy)

7. Mary Murphy, Director of Mission Management at Voyager Space Exploration Systems (USA)

8. Mahhad Nayyer, Program Manager at the Space Sustainability Center, National Aerospace Science & Technology Park (Pakistan)

9. Dr. Shawna Pandya, Physician and Scientist-Astronaut Candidate at the International Institute for Astronautical Sciences (Canada)

10. Kevin Ramirez, Space/Earth Observation Manager at Climate-KIC (Colombia)


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