Ms. Candace Johnson is a global infrastructure, network and innovation entrepreneur and investor. She is Founder/Co-Founder of SES (Société Européenne des Satellites), Loral-Teleport Europe, Europe Online, and Oceania Women’s Network Satellite (OWNSAT), a founding investor in the Kacific Satellite System based in Singapore. Ms. Johnson is also Founding President of the VATM, the Association of Private Telecom Operators in Germany and Founding President of the Global Telecom Women’s Network (GTWN). In recent years, she has helped bring about the introduction of The Raspberry Pi with corresponding coding and programming courses called Youth2Youth, Mamas2Mamas and Coder/Maker in the Middle East and Africa. In 2012, she and a group of engaged women created the GBRW (Global Board Ready Women) initiative. She is President Emeritus of EBAN (European Business Angels Network) after having completed a four-year presidency, during which she was honored to help found ABAN (African Business Angels Network) and Rising Tide Europe, among other initiatives.
Ms. Johnson is also a member of the Executive Board of the ICC, International Chamber of Commerce, and Vice President of Institute Europe, the European Institute of Artificial Intelligence.
She has been decorated by the Luxembourg Government with the Commander of the Order of Merit and the Officer of the Oak Leaf Crown, as well as by the German Government with the Officer of the Federal Order of Merit. Numerous prestigious organizations have honored Ms. Johnson with Lifetime Achievement Awards, including the World Communication Awards, Women in Aerospace, and The International Alliance of Women.
Ms. Johnson has an honorary doctorate from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Masters with honors from the Sorbonne and Stanford, and an undergraduate degree from Vassar College.