Anousheh Ansari

Published on October 19, 2017

Co-founder and Chairman, Prodea Systems, Inc. | Iran

Anousheh Ansari

Anousheh Ansari is co-founder and Chairman of Prodea Systems, Inc. Her previous business accomplishments include serving as co-founder and CEO of Telecom Technologies, Inc.

On September 18, 2006, she became the first female Muslim in space, the first Iranian-born person in space, and the first female space tourist.

Along with her brother-in-law, Amir Ansari, she made a multi-million dollar contribution to the XPRIZE foundation on May 5, 2004, the 43rd anniversary of Alan Shepard's sub-orbital spaceflight. The XPRIZE was officially renamed the Ansari XPRIZE in honor of their donation. She is also a co-founder of PARSA Community Foundation.

Born in 1966 in Mashhad, Iran, Ansari witnessed the Iranian revolution in 1979. She immigrated to the United States in 1984 as a teenager who did not speak English. She has a BS degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering from George Mason University and an MS in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University.


Watch Anousheh Ansari's keynote speech on “Six Key Insights Driving the Future of Quality of Life”.

Read the article on the Panel Discussion focused on Workers in Atypical Environments: “Keeping Workers Connected When the Office is Outer Space” to which she participated.

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