Lokman Kuzu

Job Title
Vice President Space Systems
Turkish Aerospace Industries
Lokman Kuzu received his B.Sc degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Middle East Technical University (METU) in 1997. Between 1997 and 1999, he worked as a chief engineer on large-scale projects in Türkiye and Uzbekistan. He went to New York for graduate study and obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Syracuse University in 2003 and 2006, respectively. While there, he worked for several RF/Microwave companies. He has also worked in France and Japan on satellite projects including TURKSAT 3A, 4A, and 4B geostationary satellites projects. He was appointed Director of the Space Technologies Research Institute of TUBITAK in 2014. Dr. Kuzu initiated many projects such as TURKSAT 6A Communication Satellite and IMECE Observation Satellite projects during his years at this institute. The IMECE satellite is now operating in its orbit, and the TURKSAT 6A satellite will be launched into orbit next year. He completed many infrastructures at the same institute. He attended APSCO meetings representing Türkiye between 2014 and 2019. He then left the institute at the end of 2019. He was appointed as Director General of TR Anten Elektronik A.Ş. and worked at this company for about 3.5 years. He was appointed to Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. as Executive Vice President responsible for space systems on October 2023. He has traveled to over 50 countries. He also taught at several universities in Turkiye as an Associate Professor. He is often a guest lecturer on astronomy and space technologies. He is now full professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at Karabuk University. His years of experience in academia, business, and government afforded him a unique perspective in space projects and operations. He is married to three children.


11:00 / 11:45
Grand Ballroom

Space Enablers

Growing Middle East Ecosystem

The development of a national space sector is a major objective of the space strategies formulated by Middle Eastern countries. This is a complex, long-term undertaking, involving multiple levers of action and players. This panel will bring together various players involved in these strategies to discuss their feedback and needs.