Carissa Christensen is an internationally known expert on the space industry and technology forecasting. She led the creation of widely used data tools now considered global metrics for the commercial space and satellite sectors. She is a frequent speaker and author on space and satellite trends, serves as a strategic adviser to government and commercial clients, and has been an expert witness who has testified before Congress on market dynamics. Christensen is a managing partner of The Tauri Group, an analytic consulting firm that she cofounded in 2001. She also is an active investor in technology-focused startups and advises several companies she has helped seed. She serves on the board of QxBranch, an early stage quantum-computing firm. Christensen holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, where she specialized in science and technology policy. She also completed the General Course in Government at the London School of Economics and was a Douglass Scholar at Rutgers University. She is an associate fellow of The American Aeronautics and Astronautics Association.