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World Space Week 2020
"Satellite Internet & Cybersecurity"

08 Oct 2020
Online webinar, Online

Join the IoD ERP/Digital group for a webinar session celebrating World Space Week 2020.

Satellite Internet Access is Internet Access provided through communication satellites. Modern consumer grade satellite Internet service is typically provided to individual users through geostationary satellites that can offer relatively high data speeds, with newer satellites using Ku band to achieve downstream data speeds up to 506 Mbit/s. In addition, new satellite internet constellations are being developed in low-earth orbit to enable low-latency internet access from space.

World Space Week is a UN declared celebration of space held annually, every October 4 to 10. It is the largest space event on Earth, with over 8,000 events reported in 2019 and held in 96 countries. These events are organized by thousands of organizations, including space agencies, aerospace companies, astronomy clubs and museums. In 2020, World Space Week is dedicated to satellites and their broad benefits under the theme “Satellites improve life.”

"The General Assembly declares 4 to 10 October World Space Week to celebrate each year at the international level the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition”. 

UN General Assembly resolution, 6 December 1999.


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Date & time: 08 Oct 2020 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Online webinar, Online
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David Stringer-Lamarre

David is the Chair of the Institute of Directors London Region. He is the Managing Director of Fortis Consulting London which helps organisations meet their objectives via ‘business matching’ and knowledge input. He is a member of the London Business Board, chaired by Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London.

He frequently engages with members of the Central Government, Local Government, embassies and international trade organisations, and business leaders to discuss how to ‘drive up business performance’. He is a frequent participant at conferences contributing to a wide range of subjects, including innovation, entrepreneurship, diversity & inclusion and the need for effective communication between international business cultures.

Joel Singh

Joel is Chair & Founder of the Institute of Directors’ ERP/Digital Group (London), including being the champion of the IoD’s network of C-Suite technology professionals.

The group has established strategic partnerships with Digital Transformation Expo and London Tech Week. Recently, he lead the first Space Technology event at London Tech Week 2020, focused on Space Entrepreneurship.  His company, IEA Global SAP Consultants, is part of the UK Global Entrepreneur Programme.

Sam Adlen 

Sam is Chief Strategy Officer for the Satellite Applications Catapult.

Sam is responsible for developing a strategy that best supports UK space sector growth, working with the world class academic base and supporting development of the next generation of high growth business.     

Following a PhD in remote sensing, working on a NASA Mars mission, Sam joined the VEGA Group as a consultant focusing on satellite applications. From there he held senior space sector strategy roles in Finmeccanica, started and successfully exited a start-up in the logistics sector and was Lead Technologist for Space at Innovate UK (the UK’s Innovation Agency).  

Sam holds an MPhys and PhD from Oxford University and an MBA focussed on Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Imperial College London.

Simon Honey

Simon is a highly experienced cyber security and data privacy subject matter expert, Chairman of Fidelis Consultancy, cyber security examiner for the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI), and the cyber security companies advisor on the ERP/Digital panel to the Institute of Directors.

He is a chartered engineer (CEng), Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, advisor to the UK and US governments on cyber security, data privacy and intelligent buildings, a Certified Management Consultant (CMC), and a certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCI).  He also holds the title of European Engineer (Eur Ing) and professional engineer with the Fédération Européenne d'Associations Nationales d'Ingénieurs. He is the author of numerous papers and patents on data privacy, data transfer, incident prevention and reporting. 

Prior to his current posting, he was also a Board advisor and Group DPO at Pay.UK the UK retail payments authority, CISO at JHC Systems, CISO at Risk First (now part of Moody Analytics), CISO and Deputy CIO at MUFG Securities, Head of Global IT Network Infrastructure at Barclays de Zoete Wedd (now Barclays Capital) and Chairman of Global Markets for the Global Risk CEP (part of FIRST) in North Carolina, USA).
George Nicola

George is Solution Architect, Satellite Applications Catapult. 
George is a chartered engineer with 20 years’ experience in the aviation domain spanning avionics systems engineering design, implementation and certification on multiple platforms for both civilian and government customers as well as specialist knowledge in satellite communications systems for in-flight connectivity in the cockpit and cabin. George has held leadership positions in engineering and commercial/product management roles within the aviation and SATCOM domains and has proven the ability to work with partners and customers, understand operational requirements, derive technical solutions to those requirements and then implement as required to meet the need.




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