Sarafina El-Badry Nance is an astrophysicist, analogue astronaut, author, and science communicator. Sarafina is wrapping up her PhD in astrophysics in the United States of America as a National Research Foundation (NSF) graduate fellow at UC Berkeley on supernovae and computational cosmology and recently completed a Mars astronaut simulation at the Hawai’i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS). She is a frequent on-air science expert (Discovery Channel, Seeker, NPR, BBC), and her debut children’s book, Little Leonardo’s Fascinating World of Astronomy, reflects her mission to bring the magic of the cosmos to the world. Sarafina is a Forbes 30 Under 30 awardee in Science, one of Forbes’ 30 Inspirational Women, a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2022 model, and an Arab American 40 Under 40 recipient.
During her visit, Sarafina will be hosting after-dinner stargazing sessions, along with talks about astronomy throughout the day. Sarafina will be at Soneva Fushi in the Maldives from July 25 to August 5, 2022.