Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux & Richard Garriott de Cayeux

Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux is the Managing Partner of Global Space Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on building and growing a portfolio of breakthrough space ventures  to unleash the potential of space for all. In addition to being an early investor in the commercial space sector, she has played a key role in the growth of the industry as co-founder of space technology company Escape Dynamics which successfully completed in 2015 a multi-year R&D program that significantly advanced beamed energy propulsion for space launch and was recognized by Fast Company in 2016 as the #3 Most Innovative Space Company behind SpaceX and Blue Origin. She began her career in the Investment Banking division of Goldman Sachs and held senior investment roles at TPG-Axon and Renaissance Technologies before founding her investment firm. Laetitia earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and has received numerous industry accolades and honors including being named a “Rising Star” by Institutional Investor in 2010 and a “Top 15 Most Influential Entrepreneur” by Vanity Fair France in 2016. She serves on the board of the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath), as a Truman National Security Fellow, and as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club of New-York. She is also an advisor to Space for Humanity.

Richard Garriott de Cayeux is the founder and CEO of gaming company Portalarium, where he is building “Shroud of the Avatar”, the successor to his previous works. He is best known as a founding father of the video game industry, as an astronaut, and for his pivotal role in the birth of the commercial spaceflight industry. He is the originator of the massively-multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) genre, coined the term “avatar”, has built 2 leading gaming companies (Origin Systems sold to Electronic and Destination Games sold to NCsoft), and his pioneering Ultima series of games has sold tens of millions of copies worldwide. He also cofounded the X-Prize and Space Adventures, the only company to date to have arranged space flights for private citizens, and in 2008, he became the first 2nd generation American astronaut when he completed a 12 day mission to the International Space Station. Richard serves on the boards of The Explorers Club and The Challenger Center for Science Education. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Queen Mary University of London, has been inducted into the computer gaming hall of fame and has received the industry lifetime achievement award.