On September 18, 2006, Anousheh Ansari captured headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer. Ms. Ansari earned a place in history as the fourth private explorer to visit space and the first astronaut of Iranian descent. An entrepreneur, Anousheh Ms. Ansari is the co-founder and chairwoman of Prodea System, a company that unleashes the power of the internet to all consumers and dramatically alters and simplifies consumers' digital living experience. Prior to founding Prodea, Ms. Ansari served as co-founder, CEO and chairwoman of Telecom Technologies, Inc. The company successfully merged with Sonus Networks, Inc., in 2000. Ms. Ansari immigrated to the United States as a teenager who did not speak English. She earned a bachelor's degree in electronics and computer engineering from George Mason University, followed by a master's degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University. She has an honorary doctorate from the International Space University. Anousheh is a member of the X Prize Foundation's Vision Circle, as well as its Board of Trustees. She is a life member of the Association of Space Explorers and serves on the advisory board of the Teacher in Space project.