2023 Mentor: Susan Murabana Owen

Susan Murabana Owen 

CEO & Co-Founder of The Traveling Telescope

Region: Africa

Field:  Astronomy 

Profile: Susan Murabana is the co-founder and the CEO of The Travelling Telescope, a social enterprise dedicated to promoting astronomy in Africa. Her team takes their large portable telescopes and mobile planetarium to schools and public spaces, engaging students in Astronomy. The Travelling Telescope also partners with lodges educating and entertaining tourists about the beautiful Kenyan night skies. Her company recently built a fixed planetarium “The Nairobi Planetarium” with bamboo. Her company is the youth partner of Airbus Foundation. The Travelling Telescope won the Europlanet award for science engagement 2020.


Susan serves on the board of World Space Week. She is the president of the African Planetarium Association and serves on the board of the International Planetarium Association. She is also the national coordinator at Universe Awareness. She has been featured on CNN African voices, BBC and other local and international media houses.