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Dr Hina Khan, Executive Director

Dr Hina Khan has recently taken up the first ever Executive Director role at Space Scotland, a not-for-profit company formed through an industry-led group seeking to develop the space sector in Scotland. 

As ED, Hina will pull together the sector, championing the unique end to end capability of space in Scotland, engaging directly with UK and Scottish Governments to enable growth of the sector and capture opportunities that can be overcome through effective use of the Scottish Space Ecosystem. 

Hina has an extensive background in the space sector, with a PhD in Space Science from the University of Leicester followed by a 10yr research career in space science data analytics from NASA, ESA and UCL. She transitioned to knowledge exchange and business development activity and successfully integrated non-space sectors with space and satellite applications, driving growth in areas of data science, analytics and technology of space applications. Following this, Hina moved into leadership roles, firstly as the Innovation Lead at the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications and then to Spire as the programme lead for a large portfolio of delivering world leading satellite technology development. 

Hina also lead on Spire UK stakeholder engagement activity, regular deputising for senior management at key events with Government and UK officials from the space sector.  Hina is a Board member for GNOSIS – Global Network on Sustainability In Space and was involved in the development workshops which lead to the first ever Space Sustainability Roadmap, in partnership with Space Scotland.