Leehandi De Witt has been working in the space sector for nearly a decade; first, as a business development consultant to the African SCS Aerospace Group, and currently as Head of Sales and Marketing for the multinational satellite component and subsystem manufacturer, NewSpace Systems. Headquartered in South Africa, with branches in Europe, Oceania, and North America, NewSpace supports most commercial spacecraft manufacturers, including several blue-chip companies and constellations of 500 satellites.
In addition, Leehandi is also an ad-hoc Policy Advisor to several international organisations and is involved in advocacy related to women in STEM. She is an Inspiring50 winner and a former SGAC National Point of Contact for South Africa, which focused on raising awareness about Space among the African youth. As a business professional, Leehandi is passionate about facilitating the use of space-based assets and applications for the continent’s benefit and contributing towards Africa’s evolution as a globally recognised and trusted supplier in the space value chain.