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Anousheh Ansari

Astronaut/ CEO Prodea & XPrize

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Anousheh Ansari is CEO of XPRIZE, the world’s leader in designing and

operating incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges. She captured international headlines by embarking upon an eleven-day space

expedition, becoming the first woman private space explorer, first astronaut

of Iranian descent, first Muslim woman in space, and fourth private explorer

to visit space. Her memoir, My Dream of Stars, aims to share her life story as

inspiration for young women around the world.


Athena is the Olympian goddess of wisdom and war and the adored patroness of the city of Athens the capital of Greece. Majestic and stern, Athena surpassed everybody in both of her main domains. In fact, even Ares the God of War feared her; and all Greek heroes asked her for help and advice.

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