The winner of Saab’s Female Engineer of the Year 2014 is a visionary with high-flying plans. She is passionate about technology and its potential, and she proves in her business activities that Swedish technology and innovation are leading the way. The winner clearly demonstrates that you can achieve your goals and fulfil your dreams if you just have the courage to pursue them. She is therefore an excellent role model for young women in the engineering profession.

Karin Nilsdotter


Female Leadership

Job Title

CEO & Future Astronaut



United Kingdom




A thought leader and advocate, she has become an influential voice for the commercial space industry. In the next 15 years, the market for commercial space-travel is predicted to double from $300 to $600 billion dollars.

She believes that the cosmos are the next big frontier in business. And while microgravity research, lunar real estate, and space tourism may still sound like sci-fi, Nilsdotter argues that the gravity currently grounding the space economy is about to dissolve.

There are vast opportunities for growth, astropreneurs are capitalising on the exponential technological advances and are building an ecosystem of products and services that are set to transform businesses and communities worldwide.

Speaking Topics

  • Space economy
    Why does investing in space matter?
  • Space Tourism
  • Female leadership in space
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Women and Girls in STEM

Expert Profile

Karin is an entrepreneur and international advisor to the tech and space industry. WIRED identified Karin as a global game-changer and she has been awarded Tech Woman of the Year in Sweden and is recognized on the inaugural Singapore 100 Women in Tech List.
The CEO of Spaceport Sweden, an initiative to establish Europe’s gateway for space travel, is passionate about advancing humanity in space and using technology to empower communities on Earth. She co-founded “Hack Space for the Planet” together with the Embassy of Sweden in Singapore and SGInnovate, applying space technology and data to solve the UN SDGs.
Karin serves on the boards of the AI company Unibap, GEN Space and as an advisor to the Coring Company and Warp Institute. She was the first international board member of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation in the USA and is a selected global executive with the Airbus STAR Program.
She is an expert and mentor of the global UN Space4Women program and has founded Women in Space, Sweden, TEDxKiruna and was voted to feature as a role model on the Swedish National Football Team Shirt for the World Cup. She has an Executive MBA and is also an alumnus of Singularity University.