Dr Jane Olwoch
The Managing Director for the SANSA Earth Observation programme, Dr Jane Olwoch will be taking her leave of the Agency at the end of January 2017. She has been leading the programme since its establishment in 2011 and made a valuable contribution to the development and appreciation of Earth observation during her tenure.
She has ensured the delivery of extensive services to both private and public sector and contributed her leadership in many international forums on behalf of SANSA.
Dr Olwoch leaves SANSA to pursue further growth opportunities and we are grateful to her for her contribution to the field of Earth Observation and wish her a bright future in her new endeavour.
Dr Val Munsami
Dr Valanathan Munsami has been appointed as a successor to Dr Sandile Malinga, as the new CEO for the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) effective from 3 January 2017.
Dr Malinga left the Agency in August 2016 following five years as inaugural CEO and Board member, Mr Potlaki Maine was appointed as interim CEO to manage the agency during the appointment process of a permanent CEO. The Agency appreciates the efforts of both Dr Malinga and Mr Maine for their valuable leadership of this young organisation.
Dr Munsami takes the helm following an impactful past in shaping South Africa's space science landscape. He has held a number of positions within the Department of Science and Technology, with the latest position held being the Chief Science and Technology Representative of the Department of Science and Technology since February 2016.
Responding to the increased user demand of Essential Climate Variables (ECVs) and other important biophysical parameters from the recently launched Sentinel-2 satellite, SANSA has intensified its processing of Sentinel-2 data to meet these user demands. SANSA is confident that this work will contribute to the Global Climate Observing System's ECVs that are required to monitor current and historical environmental and climate linked phenomena.
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