Beamed Energy Propulsion Pioneer
Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux is a French-born American entrepreneur and the co-founder of space technology company Escape Dynamics which was featured on the cover of Aviation Week magazine, in Scientific American magazine as a “World Changing Idea” that could enable microwave-powered spaceplanes and aircraft-like operations to orbit, and as one of the top 10 Most innovative Space Companies of 2015 by Fast Company. She and her husband are also among the largest shareholders in Space Adventures which offers spaceflights to Low Earth Orbit and has flown 7 private astronauts to the International Space Station to date. Ms. Garriott started her career in the Investment Banking division of Goldman Sachs and held senior investment roles at TPG-Axon and Renaissance Technologies before founding her own investment firm. She is a Truman National Security Fellow, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Economic Club of New York. She also serves as a board member of the National Museum of Mathematics, as a National Advisory Council member for the Hillary for America National Finance Committee, and is a cofounder of "Entrepreneurs for Hillary”. An alumna from Harvard Business School and ESSEC, France, Ms. Garriott became in 2011 the youngest person to have completed neutral buoyancy training - a requirement for ISS astronauts preparing for EVA missions – which she completed in Star City, Russia.