UT Arlington Maverick Speakers Series: Anousheh Ansari

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Anousheh Ansari
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As 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. For Prodea, she is responsible for setting the corporate strategy, creating a culture of innovation, and driving the core vision of the simplified use of and global access to technology for all. As she launched Prodea in 2016, Ansari also blasted off for an eight-day expedition aboard the International Space Station and captured headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer. She is also the first astronaut of Iranian descent, the first Muslim woman, and the fourth private explorer to visit space.

Ansari is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and serves on the board of The Museum of Mathematics and Peace First, as well as several other non-profit 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.

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Texas Hall at UT Arlington
701 W. Nedderman Dr.
Arlington, TX 76019


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