Anousheh Ansari

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Ashoka Globalizer

Solving Humanity's Challenges Through Technology

Anousheh Ansari

Anousheh shares her opinions on global political challenges and how the youth can use technology to solve larger civil problems, highlight issues and take revolutionary strides.

04:57 | 2012

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About Anousheh Ansari

Current XPRIZE Foundation CEO, Anousheh Ansari captured headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer. Anousheh earned a place in history as the fourth private explorer to visit space and the first astronaut of Iranian descent.

Anousheh is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder and chairman of Prodea Systems, a company that will unleash the power of the Internet to all consumers and dramatically alter and simplify consumer’s digital living experience. Prior to founding Prodea Systems, Anousheh served as co-founder, CEO and chairman of Telecom Technologies, Inc. The company successfully merged with Sonus Networks, Inc., in 2000.

To help drive commercialization of the space industry, Anousheh and her family provided title sponsorship for the Ansari X Prize, a $10 million cash award for the first non-governmental organization to launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks.

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Tags: XPRIZE, Prodea Systems, Telecom Technologies, Inc., Anousheh's Space Blog,