Endorsements for Warp Space

We are proud to have such prominent people giving their support to Beyond Atlas and the Warp Space Program.

Ashkan Fardost
Keynote speaker, investor, PhD, former music artist and producer.

Keynote speaker.
Former music artist and producer.
PhD degree in organic chemistry.
Hyper Island Collaborator.
Runs investment firm Oddball Ventures.

Karin Nilsdotter
CEO Spaceport Sweden, future astronaut

An astropreneur, advisor, advocate for children’s rights and future astronaut.

Karin has extensive experience in the commercial space industry internationally. She has been recognized by WIRED as a game changer in the world, as a leading woman in newspace globally and awarded Tech Woman of the Year in Sweden.

Karin is CEO and partner of Spaceport Sweden and serves on the board of GEN Space and as member of the UN expert group Space for Women and of Space Angels, leading source of capital for space startups.

She is an advisor to VIMANA, a blockchain and drone company, the Space Frontier Foundation in the USA, National Space Innovation Hub in Australia and further serves on the board of Plan International, for girl’s rights and the Swedish Space Industry Association, Rymdforum. Previously Karin served as the first international board member of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, has founded TEDxKiruna and achieved an Executive MBA.

Richard Maltsbarger
CEO. Former COO, President International Lowe's Home Improvement

Former Chief Operating Officer at Lowe’s with 1740 stores, 280 000 employees and $70 billion in sales. Richard Maltsbarger has served in several leading roles during his 14 years at Lowe’s. Before becoming COO has was President, International and Chief Development Officer. Now CEO of $1,2 billion retail company, Pet Retail Brands.

Across the past 20+ years, he has been a part of many successful companies including Lowe’s Companies (hardware), IBM (technology consulting), Monsanto (agricultural seed and technologies), Farmland Industries (farmer’s agricultural cooperative) and the University of Missouri. But even before that he was a wedding DJ, a pizza delivery guy, a waiter, a freelance software developer, a mid-1990’s webmaster, a cattle farmer and a dumptruck driver.

Alongside his career, he enjoys being a father of two great kids, a husband for over 18 years, a part-time soybean farmer, a paddleboarder and runner, an avid bibliophile and devoted Missouri Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs and Tottenham Hotspurs fan! He enjoys continuing to be part of the University of Missouri through volunteer and advisory capacities and his past experiences volunteering with the XPRIZE Foundation and enactus. He sees it as a great model to remember “each of us have the same 168 hours in a week, what can we do with them all?”

Tom Skalak
Senior Advisor to Clara Wu
Founding Executive Director Paul Allen Frontiers Group

Tom Skalak joined the Clara Wu and Joe Tsai Foundation in 2018 as Senior Advisor to Clara Wu. Joe Tsai is a co-founder of Alibaba. The Foundation makes philanthropic investments in science, economic mobility, and the arts, with a vision to produce transformative impact on societal well-being and sustainability. Biomedical sciences and translational research are major directions.

Tom is Vice President for Research Emeritus of the University of Virginia and was previously the founding Executive Director of The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group in Seattle. In these roles, Tom led creative synthesis of research and innovation programs spanning biosciences, environmental sustainability, physical sciences, engineering, arts, design, and humanities.

Tom’s original research included cardiovascular biomechanics, angiogenesis, computational modeling, and regenerative medicine. He is a past President of both the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). He was the founder of the UVA-Coulter Foundation Translational Research Partnership, a successful early stage investment fund.

Tom is Chair of the External Advisory Council of the MIT Science and Technology Center on engineering multicellular systems and a Council Member of the Government, University, Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR) of the U.S. National Academies. Tom was educated as a bioengineer at The Johns Hopkins University (B.E.S. 1979) and the University of California, San Diego (Ph.D. 1984), was a Resident Artist at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in 2018, and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

Endorsements for Beyond Atlas

The people supporting Beyond Atlas is truly an all star team.

Christer Fuglesang
Two trips to the International Space Station.
Professor of Space Travel, KTH.

Professor in Spaceflight at KTH, and part time advisor to Saab. M.Sc. Engineering Physics at KTH. Ph.d in particle physics.

Astronaut that did two space flights with the space shuttle Discovery to ISS where he did five space walks. Former head of ESA science division regarding ISS and zero gravity at ESTEC.

Sven Grahn
Space nestor.
Worked with seven Swedish satellite projects.

Swedish Space Nestor
Worked with seven Swedish satellite projects while at Swedish Space Corporation 1975-2006. Retired as VP Engineering.
Now project manager for KTH’s MIST student Cubesat project.
M.Sc Engineering Physics, KTH.