Nicola Sasanelli AM

Senior Advisor, South Australian Space Industry Centre
Director, Communications & Outreach, SmartSat CRC

Nicola Sasanelli joined SmartSat CRC in July 2019 as Director: Communications & Outreach and Defence SA in April 2016 as Director of the Space Industry and R&D Collaborations project.

In September 2017 the South Australian Space Industry Centre was created, with Nicola as Director. His focus is to support space industry growth and increase international R&D collaborations in South Australia’s space sector. In September 2019 Nicola became a Senior Advisor at SASIC.

In 2018 Nicola was appointed Adjunct Professor at the University of South Australia - Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment and he was appointed on the board of the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA).

Nicola graduated from the University of Bari, Italy in 1987 with a degree in Electronic Engineering. He went on to work as a researcher in microelectronics high-reliability components at Tecnopolis S&T Park, Bari before being appointed as Scientific Attaché at the Embassy of Italy in Canberra from 2001 to 2008.

In 2009, Nicola joined the South Australian Government as a Special Envoy for higher education research and technology transfer to Europe with the Department of Premier and Cabinet and later joined the Department of State Development as Director for International R&D Collaborations.

From 2003 to 2013 he was appointed as Adjunct Professor of Science and Technology at the University of Canberra, Australia, and in 2007 he became an Honorary Member of the Order of Australia.