Stephen Attenborough is at the forefront of space tourism. He is the Commercial Director for Virgin Galactic, a company wholly owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group which is on track to become the world’s first passenger carrying commercial spaceline.
He also is responsible for workstreams that are investigating the non tourism applications for the new space vehicles, particularly science research. During 2009 and 2010 he was a part of the deal team which secured Virgin Galactic’s first external equity partnership with a sale of 32% of the company to Abu Dhabi’s AABAR Investments PJSC for $280m, valuing Virgin Galactic at around $900m. Stephen joined Virgin Galactic in 2004, having escaped a career in investment management in the City of London and he now leads a team in London that covers sales, marketing, customer care, PR and communications for the space tourism business which has attracted over 380 future astronauts and more than $50m in deposits.
Stephen explains to audiences the impact new technologies have on businesses and focuses on how to drive business innovation and growth through the right combination of innovative people and technology. Stephen also entertains his audiences with the enthralling Virgin Galactic Story.