Anousheh Ansari is a prominent Iranian businesswoman who is chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Prodea Systems, a private US-based company which offers technological solutions for businesses. In 2004, along with other members of the Ansari family, she co-sponsored the “Ansari X Prize” which awarded $10 million to the first company that launched a reusable manned spacecraft. However, she garners most of her influence for being the first privately-funded woman, and the first Iranian, to explore space in 2006. She was lauded for leading a new era that financially advances scientific development while extending participation in space exploration to women and “space tourists”. She recently received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Utah Valley University.
Source of Influence: Business
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