The International Academy of Space Law (IASL) has announced that Dr Valanathan Munsami, Chief Executive Officer of the South African National Space Agency (SANSA), has joined the Academy’s International Board of Trustees (Pantheon).
The Academy’s International Board of Trustees is a dedicated governing body comprised of distinguished members from various aspects. These include diplomacy, business, science, education, philanthropy and the arts. Trustees believe in the power of international understanding to promote peace across the world. Thus, they shape policies supporting the long-term goals and mission of IASL by providing oversight and guidance.
Meanwhile, IASL is a unique platform responsible for promoting international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space. They perform this responsibility through capacity-building, education and consulting in space policy, strategy and law.
Dr Munsami holds a PhD in Physics, a Master of Business Leadership and a Space Studies Program Diploma. He also possesses a Certificate in International Air, Space, and Telecommunications Law. Furthermore, he worked in South Africa’s Secretariat for the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, managed the implementation of a suite of bilateral and multilateral science and technology agreements, was involved in the development of South Africa’s National Space Strategy and National Space Policy, and oversaw the establishment of the South African National Space Agency (SANSA).