Motivational Personality of the Week – Abimbola Alale

PROFILE OF ABIMBOLA ALALE

Abimbola H. Alale is the current Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communication Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT), Abuja, Nigeria.

She holds a postgraduate degree in Space Studies and an MBA degree from the International Space University, Strasbourg, France. A current Ph.D. student of Peace, Security &Strategic Studies at the Institute of Governance & Development Studies, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nigeria. Other Certificates were obtained at the Massachuttes Institute of Technology, USA and the Management School London.

For over seventeen years, she has pursued an active career in the Space Sector, a career that began at the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) where, as the Assistant Project Manager she was part of the team that championed the manufacture and launch of the first sub-Saharan African communication satellite, NigComSat-1 in May 2007.

Abimbola Alale actively worked on some national priority projects such as the NigComSat-1, NigComSat-1R projects and the establishment of a National Direct-to-Home Digital Transmission Centre. She is presently driving the full commercialization of NIGCOMSAT Ltd.

She has also been able to manage relationship with the public sector, consultants, satellite operators and other stakeholders within the industry and the media to create awareness, acceptance, and endorsement of NIGCOMSAT vision and strategy for the space and telecommunications industry.

Known for her strategic market savvy, she formulated a commercialization strategy and execution plan that leverage on existing infrastructure with the objective of increasing revenue and decreasing capital expenditure. i.e. adopting the Public-Private Partnership model in the NIGCOMSAT Direct-To-Home project.

Today, Abimbola Alale stands tall amongst satellite professionals not only in Nigeria but the world as the visible woman at the head of a communication satellite business around the globe. She is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) federation. Also a member of the International Space University Forum. She is recently admitted as a board member of Space Generation Advisory Council.

 

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