Karin Nilsdotter Keynote Speaker

  • Astropreneur (space entrepreneur) and Future Astronaut
  • Founder and CEO, Spaceport Sweden (2011-present), and Co-Founder of "Hack Space for the Planet"
  • Named by Saab as "Technology Woman of the Year" (2014) and a "global game changer" (WIRED)

Karin Nilsdotter's Biography

Karin Nilsdotter is an astropreneur, tech and space advisor and keynote speaker on technology, science, space travel, entrepreneurship, among other topics.

Karin is passionate about advancing humanity and empowering communities on Earth through technology and space travel.  She is CEO and Future Astronaut at Spaceport Sweden, a pioneering initiative to establish commercial human spaceflight in Europe as a new industry for tourism, research, education and cross-industry innovation.   She is Co-Founder of “Hack Space for the Planet”, with the Embassy of Sweden in Singapore and SGInnovate, which applies space data and technology to address and solve the UN’s SDGs.  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.

Karin has been recognised for her innovative work, she was awarded Tech Woman of the Year in Sweden, WIRED named her a ‘global game changer’ and a leading women in Newspace globally, and she is recognized in the inaugural Singapore 100 Women in Tech List.

She is an experienced leader and international strategic advisor to the tech and space industry, including to the Coring Company and Warp Institute.  Karin serves on the advisory board of Unibap (AI company) and GEN Space. She is a selected global executive with Airbus STAR Program, and strategic and technical advisor to the ESA-Space Incubator in Sweden.   She was the first international board member of the USA’s Commercial Spaceflight Federation, and previously served on the board for VIMANA Global Inc, enabling blockchain airspace and developing an air taxi, VTOL vehicle. She is a former 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 has spoken at the United Nations Expert Meeting on Space for Women and is a mentor of the global UN Space4Women program, 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 and is an alumnus of Singularity University.

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Videos of Karin Nilsdotter

TEDtalk: "The sky is not the limit - why investing in space still matters" (2014)
Possibilities For Start-ups in Space Tourism (2014)
Possibilities For Start-ups in Space Tourism (2014)
Building a New Space Industry (2014)
Building a New Space Industry (2014)

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