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Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Maruška Strah

Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Maruska Strah
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Maruška Strah is passionate about space and space law ever since she read her first chapter on international space law. Her interest only deepened during her work at the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, where she gained significant insight in the work of both, public and private sector involved with the space industry. Her main areas of interest are global health and security in connection to space. Her enthusiasm and passion for space will lead her to bringing space closer to people, especially youth.

Maruška gained practical experience working for the Permanent Mission to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe of the Republic of Slovenia and the European Union Affairs and International Cooperation Service at the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Slovenia. As a procurator of a medical institute, she has obtained unique experience combining practical approach to health in terms of both, user and provider, and combined them both with the experience she gained during her work with international organizations. In 2014, she founded a company Family Clinic d.o.o., determined to facilitate health services, focused on preventive measures and support of lifestyle changes. She is a trained Peer Mediator and has experience in the field of conflict management. She is an experienced journalist and wrote for the Vienna Review as the Politics Editor during her studies.

She earned bachelor’s degree in international relations and media communications from Webster University Vienna, where she also earned the title Master of Arts in International Relations. Her final work was titled “Comparison of Luxembourg, United States of America and People’s Republic of China Space Law Changes.”

Awards and Recognition
For her efforts in astronomy outreach and service to her community, Abigail Bollenbach was recognized in 2018 with the Astronomical League’s Horkheimer/Smith Youth Service Award for outstanding participation in her club and astronomy outreach.
On April 23rd 2019, Abigail was selected as one of 24 young students world-wide to be recognized as part of The Mars Generation’s second class of 24 Under 24 Leaders and Innovators in STEAM and Space Award winners. The group is comprised of young people from around the world who are breaking barriers in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) fields and bringing the sciences to the public through multidisciplinary interests.
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