Carissa Christensen. Carissa Christensen is an internationally recognized expert on the space industry and commercial space, R&D processes, and technology forecasting.
She is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bryce Space and Technology, an analytics and engineering firm based in Alexandria, Va., that serves as a trusted advisor to government and space industry decision-makers, as well as investors. Bryce develops and maintains definitive data sets on the global space economy, including the commercial launch and satellite industries. Christensen previously co-founded firms including defense contractor The Tauri Group, acquired by LMI, and quantum computing software company QxBranch, acquired by Rigetti Computing. She is an active investor who serves on several early stage boards.
Christensen currently sits on the National Research Council Space Technology Industry- Government-University Roundtable, which advises NASA; the World Economic Forum Global Future Council; and the Senior Advisory Council of the Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy. She is a Senior Advisor to the annual US Air Force space-focused Schriever Wargame.
Christensen has testified before Congress on space markets, speaks at industry symposia and events such as the White House Frontiers Conference and the Harvard Business School Dialogue, and frequently guest lectures at universities internationally. She publishes extensively and has appeared in commercial space documentaries by The Financial Times and Bloomberg.
Christensen is a graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School, where she specialized in science and technology policy. She attended the London School of Economics and was a Douglass Scholar at Rutgers University. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.