We are a team of five Jordanian women dedicated to creating new opportunities for Jordanians, while also contributing to sustainable development for a better life on Earth.
Founder and Executive Director
Sahba El-Shawa is a Jordanian-Canadian young space professional originally from Palestine. She holds a BASc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia (2017) and an MSc in Space Studies from the International Space University (2020), with a background in Mechatronics from the German Jordanian University. During her studies, she worked on several space projects including a CubeSat and a suborbital rocket, and she led the first two projects for a collaboration between the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and a robotics lab at UBC. Before being able to start her career in the space industry, Sahba worked as a verification engineer at Intel in Canada for 2 years. She recently completed a 6 month traineeship at the European Space Agency's Clean Space initiative, and currently lives in the Netherlands working as a System AIT Engineer at Innovative Solutions in Space.
Stakeholder Engagement Officer
Merna Alzurikat is a young Architect and designer. She's currently working for Engicon, a leading Jordanian Engineering Consultant company.
Community Engagement Officer
Ghayda Al-Sona is an Architect, an Urban Planner and a Researcher. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from German Jordanian University in Architectural Sciences in 2015. She worked for two years as a Junior Architect at "Engicon" a global engineering consulting firm based in Amman, Jordan, with offices across the Middle East and in the United States. Later, she continued her Higher Education studies in Palermo, Italy where she obtained her Masters’ degree in Urban, Environmental and Territorial Planning from the University of Palermo in 2020. Currently, Ghayda is a freelance Researcher, a Communication Officer and a Community engagement officer with multiple initiatives as one of the core team members, one of which is JSRI.
Jude Alsaadi holds a bachelor’s degree in International Accounting from the German Jordanian University, and has held internship positions in various capacities at DHL, PwC, and EY.
Business Development Officer
Zaina Abu Sha'ar
Zaina Abu Sha'ar holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology. Zaina has done an internship at NASA Ames research Center and was a member in the Mechanical and Structural Subsystem at MASAR, the initiative responsible for designing and building Jordan's first CubeSat. Zaina has worked at a business incubator for six years.