Ricardo CondePresident, Portuguese Space Agency
“Education is a fundamental tool to ensure that Portugal and Europe have the human resources necessary to enable sustainable growth and secure the future of the space sector. Initiatives like the European Space Business Programme are crucial to ensure that academia, industry and business speak the same language and contribute to an innovation ecosystem, which will provide a fundamental contribution to the digital sovereignty of Europe.”
Ricardo Conde, 55 years old, is the father of two beautiful girls. He holds a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from IST – Technical University of Lisbon and a postgraduate degree in Space Technologies. He began his professional career in 1991, having been linked to the Aeronautics and Space sector since 1993 with the participation in several National and International programs, in particular in Space and Ground segments. He was recently responsible for Ground Segment Business Development at Edisoft, SA (Thales Group). In 2019 Ricardo joined the Portuguese Space Agency, Portugal Space as a member of the board. About one year later, Ricardo Conde was appointed President of the Portuguese Space Agency.