As AoT CEO, Prinal Naidoo is responsible for managing overall operations and driving company strategy. His passion for aerospace technology led him down his academic path which includes a BSc in Aeronautical Engineering, a Masters in Space Studies and a PhD in Engineering.
He started his career in the Experimental Aerodynamics group at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (South Africa), before moving to the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI) as a Project Manager focusing on aerospace SMME and technology development.
While working at AISI, he started to identify and encounter the pitfalls that many SMMEs and start-ups in high technology industries are faced with. From there on he advanced his career to the Head of the Project Management Office at Newspace Systems.
By combining the knowledge and skills learnt through his diverse work experiences, Prinal founded Aeronet of Things to be able to Enhance, Enable and Empower the local aerospace industry. Prinal still dreams of becoming an astronaut one day, but for now he enjoys engaging with and educating youth on the ‘awesomeness’ of the aerospace world.