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WSW Association Elects New Officers, Announces 2017 Results

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February 2, 2018 – World Space Week Association (WSWA) today released its 2017 report, announcing record growth of World Space Week (WSW) last year with an official 3,746 events in 80 nations.   UN-declared WSW is held October 4-10 annually.

Also announced today was the election of seven new WSWA officers:

  • Ben Baseley-Walker, Executive VP
  • Athiye Jawad, VP-Development
  • Catherine Doldirina, VP-Board Relations and Secretary
  • Alex Karl, VP-Partners and Programs
  • Tiffany Chow, VP-Project Management
  • Armengol Torres, VP-Education and Coordinators
  • Andrea Boyd, VP-Space Sector and Social Media

“We welcome these vibrant space leaders to help power growth of the World Space Week celebration and of World Space Week Association,” said Dennis Stone, WSWA President.

Saudi Arabia led the world with the nearly 1,000 events during WSW 2017, it was announced.  The Kingdom’s participation was led by its Ministry of Education, which used WSW to teach STEM in schools throughout the nation.  Pakistan was second with 474 events, and Ireland third with 313 events.

World Space Week 2017 was 37% larger than the previous year, the Association reported.

The Board of Directors, at its meeting today in Vienna chaired by Mexican Space Agency Director Francisco Javier Mendieta, also elected Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty to the Board and promoted Michel Laffaiteur and Ali Al-Mashat to the position of Senior Vice President.

2017 Top 10 List Events by Year 2012-2017

It was also announced that Executive Director Goran Nikolasevic will leave the Association.   “Goran was a very hard worker, highly dedicated to World Space Week, and we are sorry to see him go,” Stone said.

About World Space Week

The largest space event on Earth, UN-declared World Space Week is celebrated October 4-10 annually. It is an international celebration of the contribution of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition. World Space Week consists of a myriad of space-related events held by space agencies, aerospace companies, schools, planetaria, museums, and astronomy clubs in a common timeframe to achieve greater student and public impact through synchronization.

About World Space Week Association

World Space Week Association is an international non-government organization and was incorporated as an IRS-approved 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization in the United States in 1982.  It is led by an esteemed Board of Directors comprised of global space leaders and other dignitaries, an executive team that manages operations, and volunteers that support them. The mission of the Association is to strengthen the link between space and society through public education, participation, and dialogue on the future of space activities, using World Space Week as a focus.  The Association has permanent observer status on the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and is supported by voluntary contributions of sponsors including Lockheed Martin.


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