Robert Boroffice

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Nigeria’s ambitious space program has attracted criticism and created controversy since its inception. Robert Boroffice, director-general of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) for Nigeria, has had to address a wide range of issues, including claims that money is better spent addressing poverty. But he believes technology can lift Nigeria out of poverty by acting as a catalyst for socioeconomic transformation. A former biology teacher, Robert has spoken at United Nations events, and he enabled a 17-year-old girl to become the first African in space. Under his guidance, Nigeria has become only the second country in sub-Saharan Africa to launch its own satellites, which are essential in providing observation and communications for the remote villages of several African regions. Robert is fully invested in his new line of work. “I’m very passionate about space technology,” he says. “I see what it has done in India, and I want to do the same in Nigeria.”
  • Speaker PopTech 2007