Christopher Boshuizen

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“Chris has certainly demonstrated a significant “innovation quotient” as evidenced by the unique work he performed while at Ames Research Center, and recently by the creation and success of the start-up Planet-Labs” - Bruce Yost, NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate - NASA Ames Research Center.

Chris is an Operating Partner at Data Collective VC, a boutique investment firm specialising in deep tech and data-driven science and engineering companies. In 2014 Chris was won an Advance award in the manufacturing category, and also the overall Global Australian of the Year award winner. He has subsequently become a member of the Advance Board of Directors. 

Chris was the co-founder of Planet Labs, a company providing unprecedented daily, global mapping of our changing planet from space. As the company’s CTO for five years he took the company from the drawing board to having launched more satellites into space than any other group in history, completely transforming the space industry along the way. Fundamental to Chris’s approach is a dedicated investment in people, especially youth and recent graduates, to create a powerful, connected global workforce capable of achieving anything.

Chris was previously a Space Mission Architect at NASA Ames Research Center.  After working on a number of traditional spacecraft programs at NASA, Chris co-created Phonesat, a spacecraft built solely out of a regular smart phone. The cost was so low, and the concept so simple, that space exploration is now within grasp of the everyday person, and many other groups around the world are pursuing their own low-cost space programs as a consequence.

Whilst also at NASA, he established Singularity University, a school for studying the consequences of accelerating technological development. Initially fulfilling the role of Interim Director, Chris helped raise over $2.5 million to establish the university, assembling the faculty and serving as co-chair for the University’s Department of Space and Sciences.

Chris received his Ph.D. in Physics and BSc. with honours from the University of Sydney. He is also an avid musician and released his first commercial album, VHS, in September 2018. 

Meet Chris Boshuizen, the 2014 Advance Global Australian Advanced Manufacturing Award Winner and Overall Winner and check out Chris on the panel "Australia –Are We Innovating or Stagnating?" at the 2016 Advance Global Australian Summit.