Top 100 Aerospace and Aviation Professionals to Follow On LinkedIn 2021: 72. Ruvimbo Samanga

Ruvimbo Samanga

Ruvimbo Samanga

Space Law & Policy Analyst | Research Fellow at Open Lunar Foundation | Ban Ki-Moon Global Citizen Scholar | Top 10 Under 30 African Space Industry | Top Talents Under 25 in the World

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What I use Linkedin for:

Networking and personal/career development.

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Who am I:

I consider myself a life-long learner. I don’t think there can ever be a point when we can claim to know it all. For that reason, I shy away from calling myself an expert at anything. But what I am exceedingly sure of is my ability to continuously bring my best self to any space.

What I do:

I am an attorney, legal scholar, and policy analyst with a master’s degree in International Trade and Investment Law. I am originally from and currently based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second-largest city, and I work as a freelance consultant.

I have been awarded prominently for her leadership in the emerging African space economy. I am a Mandela-Rhodes Scholar, a Ban Ki-Moon Global Citizen Scholar, and a Robert Bosh Fellowship holder for the European Forum Alpbach. I have also been recognized as an African Emerging Space Leader by the Space Generation Advisory Council, a Top 10 Under 30 in the African space industry by Space in Africa, and a Top Talent Under 25 in the World by the German Magazine GenZEO.

I am also a Research Fellow at the Open Lunar Foundation, and co-host the podcast and blog newmoon, on sustainable and inclusive lunar exploration. I volunteer at the International Astronautical Federation’s Space Traffic Management Committee and Subcommittee of New Technical Regulations, The Space Court Foundation’s legal methodology team, and the Tod’Aers Sustainable Space Studies Research Organisation.

I was part of the first African team and winner of the 2018 International Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Competition, which dealt with planetary defense issues and liability for damages caused in outer space. I was also instrumental in launching the first space education E-curriculum in Zimbabwe, Astro Zimba, and now currently manage my time between my research and my early stage geospatial start up AgriSpace. I am passionate about exploring the linkages between technology, human rights and sustainable development.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I thrive on my dynamism, I am what they call an agile lawyer, educator, leader, friend. You can count on me to bring thought-provoking ideas, solutions and conversation, ALWAYS. I am certainly passionate and knowledgeable about my continent, Africa, but the whole endeavour to outer space requires our undivided efforts to be truly sustainable, meaningful and globally impactful, so I adopt a worldview.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I follow individuals who inspire me to be. I am always looking to learn something new, so active, thought-provoking content is a must on my feed. I naturally gravitate to out-of-the-box thinkers and go-getters such as Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty, Malak T Loeb, and Moriba K. Jah. I am also drawn to young pioneers and beacons of sustainable change such as Nelly-Helen Ebruka, Giuliana Rotola, Chris Van Eijk and Britt Adkins.

My favourite or most successful post:

My favourite post is when I had opportunity to share the realisation of a childhood dream. Since I was 10 years old I have always wanted to work for the UN, at 25 this dream was finally realised.

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