Co-Founder and Chairwoman, Prodea Systems; Astronaut
Anousheh Ansari is co-founder and CEO of Prodea Systems. After joining an eight-day expedition aboard the International Space Station in 2006, she earned the distinctions of being the first female private space explorer, first astronaut of Iranian descent, and first Muslim woman to visit space. With her family, she sponsors the Ansari X Prize, a $10 million award for non-governmental space exploration. Ansari is a member of the Association of Space Explorers and is on the advisory board of the Teachers in Space project.