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Karman Project Announces 2024 Fellowship Global Space Leaders

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2024 Karman Leaders. Credit: The Karman Project

Ibadan, 17 May 2024. – The Karman Project has announced the 15 global space leaders it selected for the 2024 edition of the Karman Fellowship program. The 15 Fellows of 2024 represent 13 nationalities and five continents and join a growing network of influential Karman Alumni, coming from the startup, cultural, venture capital, research, space agency and industry sectors alike.

The Foundation selected the Fellows from over 350 candidates globally, 50 of whom were presented to the Karman Selection Board for the final decision. The 2024 Selection Board convened virtually on 20th April 2024 and comprised 21 highly
respected and accomplished professionals. For the fifth year in a row, Mr. Jean-Jacques Dordain, former Director General of the European Space Agency Board chaired the selection board.

The new  Karman Fellows will subsequently participate in a program that revolves around three key pillars – Leadership, Dialogue and Action. Furthermore, they will meet with global leaders, strengthen their relationships with one another and engage in strategic discussions regarding the future of space. The Fellows traverse global issues around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that space technologies can contribute to solving, together with challenges that exist within the space sector. The Fellows will also partake in various in-person activities throughout the year, including the annual invite-only Karman Gala Dinner and the Karman Fellowship Week.

Speaking on the selection, Hannah Ashford, Managing Director of The Karman Project, said, “This year’s program will have a strong focus upon peace-building efforts globally, acknowledging two things: firstly, the responsibility that the space
sector holds as it navigates issues of sustainability, safety and security, and secondly, the role that well-intentioned individuals can play in the face of significant global challenges.” The Managing Director also added, “Together, we forge a path towards a brighter, unified future.”

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