Founder, NY Space Alliance
Sidney N. Nakahodo is a leading authority in space entrepreneurship, and co-founder and CEO of the New York Space Alliance, a platform that empowers space entrepreneurs through mentorship, advising, investment, and community support. In parallel to his commercial space and entrepreneurial activities, he has been active in the academic setting as a visiting scholar and member of the Columbia University faculty. He is a former fellow of Singularity University, a think-tank and accelerator based at the NASA Ames Research Park, in Silicon Valley. Previously he served as a member of the World Bank staff in Washington DC, working with private sector development and carbon finance initiatives, consulted for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and was a senior researcher in a major think-tank in Brazil, where he was born and raised. He started his career as an engineer in the advanced materials division of a multinational corporation. Sidney holds an MIA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and a B. Eng. in Materials Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil). He is also a graduate of Singularity University’s Global Solutions Program, which he attended on a Google-sponsored scholarship, and the Kiel Institute’s Advanced Studies Program in International Economic Policy (Germany). Sidney speaks Portuguese and Spanish, is conversant in French and Italian, and can embarrass himself in German.