This Space Café BeNeLux will feature Rudy Stranen, Advisor at the Department of Media, Connectivity and Digital Policy (“SMC”), a department of the Ministry of State in Luxembourg, in conversation with Dr. Heike Poignand, Founder of C43B – Consulting for Business Building, and a friend of SpaceWatch.Global.
Europe’s Quantum Communication Infrastructure: Science Fiction in the making?
Space Café BeNeLux is back with a new exciting episode taking place on Thursday 27 July 2023 at 4 pm CEST.
During our Space Café BeNeLux Rudy and Heike will talk about EuroQCI, the European Quantum Communication Infrastructure in general and its Space Segment in particular. They will have a look at its relevance for safety and security, discuss Luxembourg’s Role in the Programme and demystify the idea, that only quantum physicists can participate.
Rudy Stranen is Advisor at the Department of Media, Connectivity and Digital Policy (“SMC”), a department of the Ministry of State in Luxembourg. He is in charge of space activities including the licensing of satellite operators for the spectrum part. Moreover, he is in charge of the Quantum Communications Infrastructure (QCI) project in Luxembourg, an initiative of the European Commission launched in 2019. Before joining the Ministry of State, Rudy worked for 10 years for the Luxembourg Supervisory Authority for the Financial Sector (CSSF), for 10 years in the investment funds industry and for 5 years in the fields of audit, accounting & tax.Rudy graduated from the Université Robert Schuman in Strasbourg (France) in 1993 with a Master’s Degree in Economics and Management.
Dr. Heike Poignand graduated from the RWTH Aachen and holds an engineering degree in mechanical engineering and a PhD in Laser technology from the Fraunhofer ILT in Aachen, Germany. She brings expertise from 25 years of experience in Sales and Business Development with global market leaders in high-tech domains developing future secure services in the domain of satellite communication and Space Resources Utilization, needing a sound technical understanding to succeed. She has been growing into the Space Business with Luxemburg since its ESA membership in 2006. Heike served as Member in various institutional boards and recently as founding member and VP of the EURO2MOON association. As “mother of QUARTZ” Heike set up one of the first big European satellite QKD-projects with SES and its partners throughout Europe, the corner stone of a European Quantum Communication Infrastructure. During her time with ispace Europe she acquired specific knowledge regarding customers’ need around Space Resources Utilisation and cis-lunar economy and was subject matter expert for lunar comms. In May 2022 Heike founded her own company C43B – Consulting for Business Building blocks to offer her expertise in those domains bridging Business and Technology. She is successfully working with several companies, start-ups and institutions, is start-up coach and an EIC expert, evaluating EIC Accelerator proposals, offering equity investment and grant funding to innovative deep-tech SMEs/Start-ups.
The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions in dialogue with Rudy Stranen.
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This Space Café BeNeLux will be conducted in English.
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