Dr Abimbola Alale has a PhD in Security & Strategic Studies from Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nigeria. She also holds a Master’s degree in Space Studies and an MBA from the International Space University, Strasbourg, France. Other certificates were obtained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, the Management School, London, and Lagos Business School, Nigeria. Dr Abimbola is a Fellow of the African Scientific Institute (FASI), a Certified Forensic Investigation Professional (CFIP), a Member of the International Academy of Forensics (MIAF), a Fellow of Chartered Public Diplomacy and Management (FCPDM), a Fellow of Corporate Administration Institute (FCAI), and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Forensics and Certified Fraud Examiners of Nigeria (FCCrFA).
She was a two-term council member of the Global Future Council on Space from 2020-2022. She is an active member and one of the significant contributors to ESOA (European Middle East Africa Satellite Operators Association). Dr Alale is one of the conveners of Women in Aerospace in Nigeria. She successfully hosted the 2020 ACTINSPACE Hackathon event in Nigeria while she was the MD/CEO of NIGCOMSAT. She frequently speaks at events organised by the UNOOSA-United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs/UNIDIR-United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research.
As a woman passionate about the space sector, she has pursued an active career in the space sector for over two decades. Dr Alale has served in various capacities at the National Space Research Development Agency and Nigerian Communications Satellite as an Assistant Project Director and Executive Director of Marketing, respectively. She was part of the team that championed the manufacture and launch of the first sub-Saharan Africa communication satellite (NigComSat-1) in 2007 and the NigComSat-1R in 2011 and actively worked on other national priority projects such as establishing a national direct-to-home digital transmission centre. She is a prominent satellite professional in the global space and satellite scene.