Endorsements for Warp Space

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

Gregg Maryniak
Co-Founder of the XPRIZE Foundation. Co-Chairman of the Space Track at Singularity University.

Gregg Maryniak is the Co-Founder and Secretary of the XPRIZE Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors. He was the Foundation’s original Executive Director through 2005.

He is Co-Chairman of the Energy and Space Tracks at Singularity University.

He previously served as Vice President of the St. Louis Science Center, Director of the McDonnell Planetarium, Senior Scientist of the Futron Corporation and CEO of the Space Studies Institute of Princeton.

He has served on many boards including the International Space University, the SUNSAT Energy Council, the Chicago Society for Space Studies, the Director’s Council of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation where he is currently Vice Chairman.

An Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics he has lectured throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia on spaceflight and energy. He received Russia’s Tsiolkovsky Medal for his work on space resources and the Space Frontier Foundation’s Vision to Reality award for creating the Lunar Prospector Team which ultimately found water at the moon’s poles.

Birgitta Ohlsson
Former Minister of European Affairs and Member of Parliament. Young Global Leader at World Economic Forum.

Member of Warp Institute Advisory Board. Former Minister of European Affairs, Democracy and Consumer Rights, Member of Parliament and Young Global Leader at World Economic Forum and bestselling author. In 2017 she was awarded a National Order of the Legion of Honour (Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur). It’s the highest French order of merit for military and civil merits. Now an expert member of Oxfam’s Independent Commission on Sexual Misconduct, Accountability and Culture Change.

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 and future astronaut. Member of Warp Institute Advisory Board.

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 new space 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 Pet Retail Brands, Global Citizen and Human Optimist.

Member of Warp Institute Advisory Board. 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.

Tom Skalak
Former Vice President for Research Emeritus of the University of Virginia. Former Founding Executive Director Paul Allen's Frontiers Group.

Member of Warp Institute Advisory Board. Tom Skalak joined the Clara Wu and Joe Tsai Foundation in 2018 as Senior Advisor to Clara Wu. He was previously the founding Executive Director of The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group in Seattle. Tom is Vice President for Research Emeritus of the University of Virginia.

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.

Endorsements for Beyond Atlas

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

Olle Norberg
Vice Rector for Space at Luleå University of Technology. Former Director-General of the Swedish National Space Agency.

Vice Rector for Space at Luleå University of Technology. Director-General of the Swedish National Space Agency between 2009 and 2018. Ph.D. degree from the Umeå University in Sweden is space plasma physics, having worked on several national, ESA, and international space projects at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics. Between 2001 and 2009 he was Head of Esrange Space Center, a center for satellite operations as well as sounding rocket and stratospheric balloon launchings.

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.