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Anousheh ANSARI

Space flight participant, USA

DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: Born September 12, 1966 in Teheran, Iran.

EDUCATION: In 1989 she graduated from George Mason University and received a bachelor of science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
In 1991 she graduated from George Washington and received a master of science degree in Electrical Engineering.

HOBBY: space activities, listen to likes to music, hiking, basketball.

Mrs. Ansari has been a successful business woman for more than 18 years. She is Co-founder and President of Telecom Technologies Inc. (TTI). In 1993 she became Chief Executive Director of the Company and Co-chairman of the Board. Mrs. Ansari increased the company staff members up to 250 with 100% sequential growth of incomes year over year maintaining the profitability since inception. TTI is a big supplier of the Softwitch program communicator for Internet networks and also the Carrier-Grade system which is a reliable operating system with high availability. In January 2000 Telecom Technologies Inc. merged with Sonus Networks Inc (NASDAQ; SONS) – a provider of IP-based voice infrastructure products. Before the TTI company foundation Mrs. Ansari rendered consultative services to big telecommunication companies on issues related to the Frame Relay technology (the above-mentioned technology provides the most rapid data transmission in Internet network). Besides, Anousheh Ansari thoroughly studied of the ATM Switch product, system which provides the data, voice and video image transmission in Internet.
In 1999 the Ernst and Young company presented her the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the field of telecom technologies in the South-West Region. In 2000 the Working Woman magazine granted Mrs. Ansari the National Entrepreneurial Excellence Award.
Mrs. Ansari is currently carries out investment in the development of ways for radical change of social entrepreneurs; is a member of the X Prize Foundation’s Vision Circle group and its Board of Trustees; she is the main sponsor for the Ansari X Prize, a bonus (money) of 10 M doll. for the first non-governmental organization which will be able to launch a reusable manned spacecraft in to space. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Make-a-Wish foundation of North Texas and Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center. Mrs. Ansari also co-operates with a number of non-commercial organizations including the PARSA public organization and Ashoka Foundation in order to support social entrepreneurs throughout the world. Anousheh Ansari has different technical certificates and also 2 patents for her work in the field of automatic operating and wireless systems and services. She is currently working toward a master of science degree in astronomy from Swinburne University. Since February 2006 she began training at Yu.A. Gafarin Cosmonaut Training Center as a backup of VC-11 space flight participant.

August 2006
Based on data of Yu.A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center.







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