Global Space Business Leaders to Converge on Dubai for Inaugural World Space Risk Forum


  • Forum to be held in association with the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)
  • Over 280 delegates will exchange ideas on understanding and mitigating risk in order to heighten investor activity
  • Middle East set to play increasing role in space insurance, satellite manufacturing, operations, research and development

The World Space Risk Forum, a bi-annual conference that brings together professionals in the space business, will be held, in association with the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), in Dubai from 1 to 3 March 2010.  Over 280 delegates, 85% of whom are from overseas, will come together at the forum to exchange ideas on space risk management and insurance.


Delegates attending the event will include CEOs and CFOs of satellite manufacturers, satellite operators and launch service providers, in addition to all the major global insurance brokers and underwriter companies. Over the course of the three day forum, they will discuss key topics such as Technical Developments in the Space Industry; Impact of the Global Economy on the Space Industry; Legal and Regulatory Environment within the Space Industry; and the outlook for the sector over the next three decades. A panel of industry experts will debate each session topic giving the audience an opportunity to gain insights on new developments in the space industry and their economic consequences.

The event will feature a number of key note addresses from the likes of Will Whitehorn, President of Virgin Galactic; Jean-Yves Le Gall, CEO of Arianespace; David Williams, Chief Executive of Avanti Communications; Padraig McCarthy, CFO of SES Astra; and Faraj Elamari, CEO of  Rascom. Dr. Ramin Khadem, Chairman of Odyssey Moon, will deliver the opening key note speech on the future of the space industry.

Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar, CEO of the DIFC Authority said: “DIFC’s support for the World Space Risk Forum is part of our efforts to encourage the development of niche sectors within the insurance industry like space risk management. DIFC has created an internationally-benchmarked regulatory framework and business-enabling infrastructure to support the development of the insurance market within the region. Several global insurance firms have already based themselves in DIFC to tap the vast opportunities available in the Middle East. The region’s highly untapped market, rising awareness levels and the growth of insurable assets are driving the expansion of its insurance market. With the recent growth of the space industry in the region, space risk management is another niche sector that offers high potential for growth. The World Space Risk Forum in Dubai offers an invaluable opportunity to discuss new strategies and solutions for managing risk in the rapidly evolving space industry.”

Jeff Cassidy, of Global Aerospace and Chairman of the World Space Risk Forum 2010 Working Committee commented: “The World Space Risk Forum’s inaugural event in Dubai is a significant milestone in fulfilling His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s long term commitment of establishing aerospace, high technologies and telecommunication as key strategic industries for the emirate’s future economic success.

“The opportunity that the space industry, currently worth over $150 billion per year globally, can offer Dubai and the UAE, is significant. Already locally based companies such as Elseco, Thuraya, Yahsat and Dubaisat are making significant strides to accessing this potential. With the world’s leading space business experts congregating here for the forum, both the UAE and the Middle East have an opportunity to enhance their role in the global space industry.”

As part of the World Space Risk Forum activities, DIFC will be hosting an official reception on Monday, 1st March 2010. Further information on the World Space Risk Forum, including registration details and a full programme agenda can be viewed at www.wsrf2010.com.

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