Call for Nomination: African Space Industry Top 10 Under-30 – Class Of 2021

African Space Industry 10 Under 30 - Class 2020

Africa’s premier space-focused consulting and media firm, Space in Africa (SiA), invites nominations from the public for the 2021 class of the prestigious African Space Industry Top 10 Under-30 award.

Launched in 2019 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon mission, the industry award recognizes outstanding young Africans breaking the limits of the Sky and stamping Africa’s footprint in space.

The 2021 exclusive list will feature engineers, scientists, business developers, researchers, policy advocates, and academicians from Africa who have contributed in their little way to not only developing their nation’s space industry but also expanding knowledge in Africa’s evolving space sector.

The 2020 class featured a list of outstanding young professionals with diverse contributions to the continent’s space sector; selected by five distinguished Judges drawn from five African countries. The honorees include Bevania Martins (Angola), Ernest Matey (Ghana), Iliass Tanouti (Morocco), Imane El. Khantouti (Morocco), Johan Du Plooy (South Africa), Kai Broughton (South Africa), Lidya Elias (Ethiopia), Marco Romero (Angola), Nelly Ebruka (Nigeria), and Rosca de Waal (South Africa).

This year, Space in Africa has opened up the call for nomination to the public, making the selection stiff and the vetting process even more rigorous. After a meticulous vetting process, Space in Africa will share a shortlist with a five-judge panel for final selection.

If you think you deserve to be one of this year’s honorees or know any young engineer, scientist, researcher, business developer, policy advocate, academician, – or any great person – with an outstanding track record in the African space industry.

The nomination is now closed.



A candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a citizen of an African country
  • Must be aged 30 or younger by 31 December 2021
  • Must be actively engaged in a professional capacity in the African space industry. (Preferably, working or studying in Africa. Africans participating in technology transfer programs and short-term studies abroad with demonstrated ties to an institution in Africa are welcome to apply.)
  • Previous awardees are not eligible.


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