Charles Mwangi is the Ag. Director, Space Sector & Technology Development who is overseeing Earth Observation (EO), Research, Education and Outreach programs at the Kenya Space Agency (KSA). He represents Kenya as an alternate member of the Programme Board of the Group on Earth Observation (GEO). Mr. Mwangi was part of the team that developed Kenya’s first space object, 1st Kenyan University NanoSatellite – Precursor Flight (1KUNS-PF), which was launched to space with support from UNOOSA and JAXA from the International Space Station KiboCUBE module.
Mr. Mwangi is currently leading a number of Earth Observation and Research projects at KSA including the Research Grant program. He serves in the advisory panel for Africa EO Challenge (focusing on start-ups) and EO Farm (initiative of NASA Harvest). He has previously served in the advisory panels of Stockholm 50 scientific report (main & youth report). He previously served as Coordinating Lead Author to the Sixth Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6) report on Data and Knowledge chapters and was the co-chair of UNEP’s GEO-6 for Youth, a derivative product of UN Environment’s Sixth Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6) assessment report for the youth.
He holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering (Control Engineering) from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture, an International Master degree on Space Mission Design and Management from Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. He has also undertaken a Postgraduate course in GIS and Remote Sensing from ITC, University of Twente in Netherlands amongst other diverse training on project management, satellite engineering and remote sensing.
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