Sabrina Alam, WIA-E Luxembourg
After my bachelor’s in Theoretical Physics, I decided to step foot into the ‘world of space’ by doing my masters at the International Space University. During my time at ISU I went to NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre to work on an Astrophysics project and later went to the ESA at the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) to focus on the moon initiative. I have been heavily involved in designing STEM programmes for young people in schools in London whilst being an active member of various space committees. My travels have given me the opportunity to work with various people from around the world and I believe strongly in the need to promote and encourage diversity in all forms within the sector. I am a strong advocate for gender diversity and women empowerment and WIA-E feels like the perfect place for me to combine my passion and ethics into one.
What I am working on:
I am currently working at SES as an Associate Programme Member doing a two-year rotational programme in various departments in different international locations. My first rotation was focused on the programme management of an upcoming satellite and establishing relationships with numerous clients and partners. The subject of the second rotation was on the software development and interface designing of a global market model. At present, I am working within the Corporate Finance department for my third rotation with a focus on business investment cases and company valuations. In addition, I am the PMO for the SES General Diversity and Inclusion group which enables members from all backgrounds to find solutions to making the workplace and the recruitment process inclusive and diverse.
Outside of SES I am an active member of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) where I am the Alumni Lead and have been part of the organising team for the Space Generation Congress for the last 2 years. Alongside this, I mentor a number of young people across the UK both academically and in their career. This involves encouraging and providing them with an insight into the STEM sector and the value of diversity within the industry, which aligns well with the work we do with WIA-E.
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