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Anousheh Ansari

Privately Funded Astronaut and CEO of Prodea Systems

My Dream of Stars


Oct. 3, 2017 @ 7:30 p.m.

Texas Hall

Executive Sponsor: Oncor

A successful serial entrepreneur and active proponent of world-changing technologies and social entrepreneurship, Anousheh Ansari is co-founder, chairwoman, and chief executive officer of Prodea Systems. At Prodea, she is responsible for setting corporate strategy, creating a culture of innovation, and driving the company’s core vision of global access to technology. With the launch of Prodea in 2016, Ansari also blasted off for an eight-day expedition aboard the International Space Station, capturing headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer. She is also the first Iranian and the first Muslim woman to visit space.

Ansari is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and serves on the boards of The Museum of Mathematics and Peace First, as well as several other nonprofit organizations focused on STEM education and youth empowerment. She is regularly featured by prominent media outlets, such as Forbes, CNN, Fortune, and The New York Times.