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Sam Forbes

Sam Forbes

Director of The Australian Space, Automation, AI and Robotics Control complex (SpAARC)

Meta-04: Space Mining and Infrastructure, Monday 16 November 1300-1400

From deep sea to space, Samuel Forbes has spent 15 years overcoming the challenges of operating in remote and harsh environments. Sam is leading the advancement and roll out of a Fugro’s Remote Operations diversification and Space Technology strategy in Australia. In his most recent role, Samuel is the director of The Australian Space, Automation, AI and Robotics Control complex (SpAARC), a Fugro development co-funded by the Australian Space Agency – an inter-agency project that is powering the future of Australian and international space exploration and remote operations.

As a non-Executive Director of Australian Remote Operations for Space and Earth (AROSE), Samuel’s networks and experience extends across multiple sectors both nationally and internationally. His experience in corporate development and strategy includes; technology driven organisational transformation, digital projects and product innovation, and a deep engagement among startup communities for strategic partnership and investment opportunities.

Prior to this role, Samuel was the General Manager of Fugro’s APAC Remote Systems Technology division. In this role, Samuel was responsible for the financial performance, strategic direction and product development of the Australian branch of the international corporation. An accomplished engineering and technology executive, Samuel brings an entrepreneurial approach to his roles. Judge, speaker and representative across the globe at numerous industry, startup and technology events, Samuel’s passion for growth through technology is equaled by his passion for people. He seeks to drive positive cultures with diverse, high performing and motivated teams enabled for success.


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