Anousheh Ansari Joins Fortune Most Powerful Women: Next Gen

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Prodea CEO to Participate in Main Stage Interview at Conference

Anousheh Ansari

WHAT: Prodea Systems’ CEO and Co-founder Anousheh Ansari will participate in the upcoming Fortune Most Powerful Women: Next Gen conference, where she will be interviewed on her experience as the first female private space explorer as well as the knowledge gained in founding multiple technology companies on the event’s main stage. The inaugural event gathers preeminent rising women in business—along with select leaders in government, philanthropy, education, sports and the arts—for a wide-range of conversations meant to inspire and deliver practical advice to enhance one’s business and career.

WHO: Anousheh Ansari co-founded Prodea Systems in 2006. That same year, Anousheh blasted off into space for an eight-day expedition aboard the International Space Station and captured headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer. She also earned a place in history as the first astronaut of Iranian descent, the first Muslim woman, and the fourth private explorer to visit space. As a successful serial entrepreneur and active proponent of world-changing technologies and social entrepreneurship, she along with her family provided the title sponsorship for the Ansari X PRIZE, a $10 million cash award for the first non-governmental organization to launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks. Prior to Prodea, the Ansari family founded Telecom Technologies (TTI) and developed one of the telecommunications industry’s first softswitch platforms that helped enable the global adoption of Voice over IP (VoIP). TTI was acquired by Sonus Networks in 2000 for approximately $1.2 billion, one of the largest acquisitions in the telecommunications market at that time. The acquisition helped fund Prodea and the Ansari XPRIZE.

On stage, Anousheh will be interviewed by Michal Lev-Ram, Fortune senior writer and co-chair of Fortune Most Powerful Women: Next Gen.

WHEN: Anousheh’s interview will take place during day two of the conference on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 9:50 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. PT. The entire Fortune Most Powerful Women: Next Gen conference will take place from Tuesday, December 2 to Wednesday, December 3, 2014.

WHERE: Fortune Most Powerful Women: Next Gen will be held at the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco.

For more information about Prodea Systems, please visit or follow us on Twitter @Prodea_Systems. Anousheh Ansari can also be followed on Twitter @AnoushehAnsari.

Media or analysts interested in one-on-one meetings with Anousheh Ansari at Fortune Most Powerful Women: Next Gen should contact Marta Weissenborn at MartaWeissenborn(at)mcgrathpower(dot)com.

About Prodea Systems
Prodea is the first company that delivered on the promise of the connected home while finally making a seamless connected life possible for everyone. The Prodea Residential Operating System (ROS®) is a unified platform of the Internet of Things that enables diverse Service Providers worldwide to rapidly and cost-effectively deliver autonomous, agnostic and easy to use connectivity and services between people, data and devices. Headquartered in Richardson, Texas, Prodea maintains additional offices in New York; Los Angeles; Mumbai; London; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Johannesburg. For more information about Prodea Systems, please visit:

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