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Space Entrepreneur takes the stage at Extreme Environments

16 May 2018

One of the world’s top Space Entrepreneurs is speaking at a key Techweek’18 event in Christchurch next Thursday.

Rafael Kargren is a key-note speaker at Extreme Environments – from the Antarctic to Space and will draw upon his wide experience as a seasoned entrepreneur, telecom and space executive.

In his current role as the Director of Operations at the Centre for Space Science Technology, Rafael is involved in establishment of Regional Research Institute start-up, as a central repository for spatial data, serving various industries throughout New Zealand.

Founding his first successful business when he was 19 years old, Rafael later sold it to a telecommunications giant. Over his thirty-year career, he has led a multibillion telecom corporation, started, lead and serves as board member for several successful space start-ups and was involved in creating space strategies in several counties.

He will be joining a host of world leaders, individual speakers, panel discussions and breakout sessions for the Extreme Environments event, including space lawyer Maria Pozza, Chief Executive of Antarctica New Zealand Peter Beggs; and Mark Rocket, an investor in Rocket Lab and who established the first Space start-up in New Zealand.

The day will culminate in the Grand Final of the inaugural NZ Space Challenge, where regional finalists pitch their Antarctic navigation innovations to a panel of national and international judges with $40k going to the winning designer.

The event is being held on Thursday 24 May, from 9.30am until 6.30pm, at Addington Event Centre, 75 Jack Hinton Drive, Addington.

The event will highlight ways to use Space tech to provide innovative solutions to today’s current navigational and scientific challenges in Antarctica. It will appeal to those from the science, research, technology, innovation and education eco-systems and anybody with an interest in the Antarctic and Space and saving the world.

Rafael has founded his first successful business when he was only 19 years old and successfully sold it to telecommunications giant. Over thirty years of his career, he has led multibillion telecom corporation, developed new businesses in challenging places around the world, created several successful space startups and shaped space strategies in several countries.

He has been co-chairman of International Telecommunication Union and is an active member of NASA's Space Operations Executive Committee and Asia Pacific Regional Satellite Forum, winner of several European Space Agency innovation awards and Scandinavian Leader of the year in 2012.

Rafael has founded his first successful business when he was only 19 years old and successfully sold it to telecommunications giant. Over thirty years of his career, he has led multibillion telecom corporation, developed new businesses in challenging places around the world, created several successful space startups and shaped space strategies in several countries.

He has been co-chairman of International Telecommunication Union and is an active member of NASA's Space Operations Executive Committee and Asia Pacific Regional Satellite Forum, winner of several European Space Agency innovation awards and Scandinavian Leader of the year in 2012.

Rafael has founded his first successful business when he was only 19 years old and successfully sold it to telecommunications giant. Over thirty years of his career, he has led multibillion telecom corporation, developed new businesses in challenging places around the world, created several successful space startups and shaped space strategies in several countries.

He has been co-chairman of International Telecommunication Union and is an active member of NASA's Space Operations Executive Committee and Asia Pacific Regional Satellite Forum, winner of several European Space Agency innovation awards and Scandinavian Leader of the year in 2012.

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