Dr. Kam Ghaffarian is a visionary entrepreneur whose mission is to advance the state of humanity and human knowledge has led him to create companies transforming the space and energy sectors. He believes the ultimate journey for humankind is to go to the stars.
He has co-founded and serves as Executive Chairman of several companies driven to push the limits of humanity’s capability and knowledge. In 2009, focused on finding a carbon-free solution to our world’s energy problems, he created X-energy, revolutionizing advanced nuclear energy to provide clean, safe, secure, and affordable power. In 2013 he co-founded Intuitive Machines, the premier provider of space services and technologies, which is sending the first commercial spacecraft to the surface of the Moon in 2023. Axiom Space was co-founded in 2016 to advance the commercial utilization of space and to build the first-ever private commercial space station. Axiom’s first module is in production and will launch and connect to the International Space Station in 2025. In 2021 he co-founded Quantum Space, which is building the Space Superhighway to the Moon and beyond.
Kam co-founded his first business, Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies (SGT), in 1994, growing it to become the second-largest engineering service provider to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) with annual revenues of over half a billion dollars.
Before SGT, Kam held numerous technical and management positions at Lockheed Martin, Ford Aerospace, and Loral. He has several degrees, including undergraduate degrees in computer science and electronics engineering, an M.Sc. in information management, and a Ph.D. in Technology. Kam is an active philanthropist focusing on education, STEM initiatives, scientific research, and the pursuit of interstellar travel.
Today, Kam, is leveraging his 35+ years of experience in innovation and building world-class teams to build groundbreaking deep-tech companies that are expanding the commercial space economy and creating clean energy solutions. He is at the forefront of several next-generation technologies positively impacting the world.
Kam manages his portfolio companies and new ventures through his innovation and investment firm, IBX (Imagine, Believe, Execute).
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