XPRIZE Names New CEO
Anousheh Ansari has been named CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation -- an organization which makes multimillion-dollar awards to industry-changing technology that they say creates a better, safer, more sustainable world. Ansari previously served as the CEO of Prodea Systems, a leading technology firm she co-founded in 2006. The George Mason University double graduate made headlines around the world by becoming the first female private space explorer, first astronaut of Iranian descent, and first Muslim woman in space -- which she wrote about in her memoir, My Dream of Stars. Ansari serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council and is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. She also co-founded The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, which has a goal of investing $1 billion in women-founded companies by 2020, and serves on the boards of Jabil and Peace First. “As I take on the helm at XPRIZE, I feel the same exhilaration as I did the day I was sitting in my capsule atop of my Russian Soyuz rocket – waiting impatiently to be launched into the infinity of the universe that I had dreamed about as a child, and in nervous anticipation of the enormous possibilities in front of me,” said Ansari. “I have been a spokesperson, a board member, an advocate, a sponsor, and one of XPRIZE’s biggest fans, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with such a passionate group of individuals dedicated to changing the world for the better.” More here.