A sector that can be supported by innovative, knowledgable and socially conscious thinkers in legal/dispute and conflict resolution, risk, insurance, investment and business support services

Space Advisory

Foundational research and investigation is needed to determine the market needs and market appetite for an interdisciplinary legal space advisory clinic and lab that supports new and emerging uses of space, and provides conflict and dispute resolution amongst other space advisory services.

Project People

Dr. Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty Space Advisory Project Lead

Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty is an Assistant Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society with a courtesy appointment at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University (ASU). At ASU, she is focused on the topic of Space and Society and is building the foundations of a Space Governance Lab. She is currently on the board of and was previously Executive Director of the World Space Week Association. Other positions include a stint as a post doctoral fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Waterloo, Canada where she was involved in a diplomatic 1.5 dialogue between India and Canada, and contributed to multilateral process addressing the environment, climate and emerging technologies. 

She was also a space industry consultant for the leading space analyst firm in Montreal, Canada, a teaching associate and chair of the space policy, law and economics department at the International Space University both in the MSc. program in France and in the Summer program in Ireland, an associate at the Nigerian law firm Kayode Sofola and Associates and a trainee legal and international cooperation officer at the Nigerian Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA).  In 2017, Timiebi was the recipient of a Space Leaders Award by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and her PhD received the George and Ann Robinson Award for advanced research capabilities at McGill University, Canada. 

Timiebi is focused on determining “space benefit” and if there is benefit to space engagement, considering how to facilitate increased engagement in space activities and how developing and emerging countries and marginalized groups are impacted by emerging technologies. She is committed to the democratization of space, beginning with the Ladies do Launch podcast and platform, as well as supporting initiatives in Africa.

 

Dane Whittaker Program Assistant

Dane came to Arizona State University to pursue a M.S. in Sustainability with a research focus on governance and adaptation. His research explores how community organized groups contribute to the management of natural resources. Before ASU, Dane worked in the tech industry, including 5 years at Facebook where he led product development at the nexus of product, policy, and operations. Dane enjoys building teams and programs from the ground up. He has led global initiatives with teams on five continents. When he's not dreaming about governance, Dane enjoys yoga, potlucks, his cat Louis, and hiking. He also speaks French and Spanish.

Oluwanifemi Awe Project Assistant: Legal Initiatives

Nifemi is a Lawyer licensed to practice law in Nigeria. She is currently the In-House Counsel at the Lagos Court of Arbitration, International Centre for Arbitration and ADR; Lagos, Nigeria. Nifemi is a passionate researcher with a focus on the ADR/Air & Space industry. Her research explores alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, aviation safety and safety in the use/exploration of the Outer Space. She is a member of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and various ADR institutions. She runs an NGO, birthed out of her passion for youth development and proper parental guidance. Nifemi enjoys singing, traveling and painting at her leisure time.
 

Matt Contursi Project Assistant: Inside Africa

Matt is currently pursuing a Masters in Science and Technology Policy with a research focus on access, governance, and communication. He hopes to pursue research in potential conflicts in Space and genetic technologies and how communities and organizations can communicate about complexity for dispute resolution. Before entering his masters, he studied Biotechnology while researching vaccine assembly in tobacco plants and double majored in English, Rhetorics and Literacies. Academic interests aside, he is determined to create the perfect cheesecake recipe to share with the world and become the best baker that never was. 

Eliot Kemper Project Assistant: Dialogues

Eliot moved from Florida to pursue a M.S. in Science and Technology Policy at Arizona State University, and is passionate about improving the landscape of long-term futures for humanity. His background is in Biological Sciences, and he has worked with research institutions, state organizations, non-profits, startups, and consulting firms. He has helped in the creation of an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court, he has co-authored a paper in the journal Landscape Ecology, and he is trained in finding, interpreting, communicating, and if needed, simplifying information on anything from congressional records to the moral dilemmas of cutting edge technologies. Eliot has the morbid hobby of keeping up to date with the news, and he enjoys writing poetry, playing piano, and going on long road trips with his romantic partner.
 

Mariam Naseem Project Assistant: Business Initiatives

Mariam has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto. She is a space exploration enthusiast with a global and multi-disciplinary background including a stint as a field engineer on an oil rig in Russia and as a business development manager for a Quantum Computing startup. Mariam enjoys utilizing her skills to bridge the gap between emerging technologies and business needs, creating value through project management, market analysis and business development activities. In her free time, Mariam volunteers at various non-profit organizations including World Space Week Association, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, Space Generation Advisory Council and the Canadian Space Society. She is a PADI certified Open Water Diver and also practices Kung Fu as an active member of the Hong Luck Kung Fu Club.