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Parvez Kumar

Senior Associate

Dr. Parvez Kumar joined Athena Global as a senior associate in 2002. Parvez brings over 30 years of experience in the aeronautics and space field in industrial, academic and public sectors. His industrial experience includes the design and testing of numerous air and rotor craft, working in senior positions in Canada and Europe with de Havilland Aircraft, Servotec Ltd., Hawker Siddeley Aviation, Aerospatiale and Canadair.

In the public sector he has worked with the UK's Civil Aviation Authority, the Canadian Department of Transport, Industry Canada, the Canadian National Research Council (NRC) and the Canadian Space Agency on issues ranging from flight safety to airborne surveillance and space science and technology. He established and served as the first program manager of the Canadian Space Station User Development Program; the first Canadian Astronaut Training Officer; the first Director of the European Space Agency's Harsh Environments Initiative.

Parvez' other pioneering efforts include the use of NRC's aircraft for microgravity research; initiating and teaching the first Advanced Space Studies course at Carleton University, at Memorial University and the University of Victoria; leading commercialization of space technologies as Director of Space Systems and Applications with Canada's C-CORE. Parvez was the first Executive Director of the Canadian University-Industry Council on Advanced Ceramics, and is a Fellow of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute. He was also an Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Carleton University.

Parvez holds a Ph.D. from Southampton University, UK, and obtained his Bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering from Imperial College, London.

Parvez has a reputation for tackling challenging, out-of-the-box ideas and pursuing them relentlessly. He brings to the Athena Global team a deserved reputation as an outstanding critical thinker.

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