Daniel Abednigo Matsapola
Dan Matsapola is the Space Scientist with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Physics from the University of the North (1999), a Post-Graduate Diploma in Electrical Engineering from Stellenbosch University (2000), a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Management from Regenesys Business School (2016) and +19 years work experience in the global space industry. He brings a wealth of knowledge on satellites and their use for human benefit.
Dan started his space career tracking Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) satellites at the DENEL Overberg Test Range for the Department of Communicationsí Institute for Satellite and Software Applications (ISSA) in April 2001 until June 2008 when he joined the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) where he worked with the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) to promote the use of Earth Observation in support of sustainable development in Africa.
He has been involved in space awareness and education since July 2008 at the CSIR where his passion for education and entrepreneurship clearly started to surface. He studied entrepreneurship and investing since 2004 as part of his post-school education and has completed the Hannes Dreyer Wealth Creation Mentorship Program in September 2010 after 5 years of dedicated study where he learned powerful entrepreneurial and investing strategies from Dr Hannes Dreyer.
Dan was the Impact Projects Officer at the CSIR Satellite Applications Centre (SAC) in Hartebeeshoek where he worked with users of satellite imagery in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) from January 2010 until CSIR SAC migrated into the newly established South African National Space Agency (SANSA) on the 01st April 2011.
He served at SANSA in various capacities until December 2019 when he was appointed as the Science Engagement Manager at SANSA Earth Observation division to drive the Science Engagement and Human Capital Development programmes in Africa.