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Karin Nilsdotter

speaker location icon Stockholm/Kiruna, Sweden / London, UK

Astropreneur (space entrepreneur) and future astronaut

CEO, Spaceport Sweden (2011-present)

Named by Saab as "Technology Woman of the Year" (2014)

Karin Nilsdotter is the CEO, and partner, of Spaceport Sweden, which is a pioneering initiative to establish commercial human spaceflight as a new industry for tourism, research, education and cross industry innovation.

A thought leader and advocate, Karin has become an influential voice for the commercial space industry and has led the development of Destination: Space, a national strategy for human spaceflight and space tourism, a regulatory framework for suborbital human spaceflight, a space adventure portfolio, founded TEDxKiruna and Creative Space; an innovation do-tank.

As an experienced leader, strategic advisor and speaker, Karin has been recognised for her innovative work and awarded Tech Woman of the Year in Sweden, cited as as a ‘game changer’ by WIRED Magazine and as a leading women in Newspace globally.

Karin is a certified board professional and serves on the advisory board of VIMANA Global Inc, enabling blockchain airspace and developing an air taxi, VTOL vehicle. She also serves as strategic and technical advisor to the ESA-Space Incubator in Sweden and previously on the Board of Directors of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation in the US and as council member for Swedish Lapland Chamber of Commerce, Arctic Business Incubator and chairman of Swedish Lapland Visitors Board.

Engaged in industry and community development, Karin was recently invited to speak at the United Nations Expert Meeting on Space for Women, an effort to develop and launch a global project to attract and empower more women and diversity to ensure industry growth and competitiveness. She earned her Executive MBA from Henley Business School, commended for her achievements and is a Future Astronaut.



Our Comment

"Karin has established herself as an inspirational pioneer in a largely male-centric industry. Using her own story as an entrepreneur, she talks about the challenge of how to get women into more leadership roles in science and space research; the future of space exploration and the space industry; and what lessons space innovation can teach business leaders operating in more mainstream environments. Karin also discusses how "the sky is not the limit", and the opportunities that can be gained from daring to lead and to aim high (regardless of situation, job or industry). "

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