Talal M. Al Kaissi Advisor – Strategic Projects UAE Space Agency Talal Al Kaissi joined the UAE Space Agency in September 2018 as an Advisor to the Director General on Strategic Projects. Among several duties one of his core focus functions is supporting the activation of the UAE Space Agency Investment Promotion Plan, and the development of a holistic national Space Economy with an emphasis on attracting space startups and investments to the UAE. Prior to his role at the Agency, Talal served at the UAE Embassy in Washington DC for 9 years as a Sr. Advisor for Commercial Affairs at the UAE Trade & Commercial Office and also led US / UAE Space Affairs. The role entailed bilateral trade policy and commercial issues to advance the UAE’s interests in the US and attract FDI into the UAE. On the Space Affairs front, Talal worked closely with the UAE Space Agency to out together a Framework Agreement with NASA and build ties with US Government stakeholders, Academia, and Industry. Talal also worked in the Energy business at KBR where he led Business Development efforts for the GCC region in the downstream petrochemical segment and was based between Houston, TX, Dubai - UAE, and Khobar - Saudi Arabia. Talal graduated from California State University in Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science in International Business in 2006. He also holds a Finance Certification from Georgetown University in Washington DC, and a Certificate from the International Space University.