International Space Development Conference

Anousheh Ansari

Featured Speaker: Anousheh Ansari

Anousheh AnsariCEO and Co-Founder of Prodea Systems, First Female Private Space Explorer

Anousheh Ansari co-founded Prodea Systems in 2006. That same year, Anousheh blasted off into space for an eight-day expedition aboard the International Space Station and captured headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer. She also earned a place in history as the first astronaut of Iranian descent, the first Muslim woman, and the fourth private explorer to visit space. As a successful serial entrepreneur and active proponent of world-changing technologies and social entrepreneurship, she along with her family provided the title sponsorship for the Ansari X PRIZE, a $10 million cash award for the first non-governmental organization to launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks.