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International Women’s Day 2021

Upcoming Events Featuring Naaut Founder Anushka Sharma

It is just under a year on from Naaut’s own inaugural Celebration of Women in Space for International Women’s Day. What a year it has been considering the global Pandemic of Covid-19. I have learned so much since last year: the challenge of being creative by pivoting, staying positive, productive, and seen with all the responsibilities I have taken on balancing work and life.

I have got through it with the support of amazing communities, networks and my dear friends and family. I have got to know and build relationships with some fantastic people pre-pandemic, over the past year and now hopefully the on the other side of lockdown.

As an active member of many womxn led communities and networks for under-served people, they have been a wonderful often invisible support structure that I have been able to lean in on as well as provide reciprocal guidance. I truly hope that you have been safe and well, and my hope is that you haven’t been too hard on yourself. Empathy and kindness are core to going forward in these uncharted times.

It has been a busy q1 for me in 2021 and I am really excited to share below details of the upcoming events to celebrate International Women’s Day 2021.

Throwback to Naaut’s IWD2020 event Celebrating Women in Space, London March 11th 2020 Credit Anushka Sharma
Naaut IWD 2020 Credit Anushka Sharma

A Year On

Reflecting back to this time last year, I was working hard to promote, share and galvanize the space ecosystem to share the details of my first big gathering for Naaut. It was at a time where London was turning into a ghost town, a formal lockdown hadn’t yet been announced yet the city was stilling. The usual hustle and bustle seemed to just peter out as larger organisations and companies began to advise softly to their staffers to work from home.

Luckily for us, we hosted a fantastic event that brought space professionals, students, entrepreneurs and early-stage career professionals keen to understand more about working in the space sector. There were fantastic talks and networking with views across the River Thames as the event was held in Westminster, SW1.

If you missed out on our event last year the FairSpace Hub shared a fab write up, check it out here: space hub

International Women’s Day 2021

Cupcakes to celebrate — credit Anushka Sharma

This year Naaut is proud to support two events for International Women’s Day 2021. Founder, Anushka Sharma will be a panelist at each event catering to different audiences representing the diaspora across space, technology and aerospace communities. Check out the details below, both events are free of charge. We hope you join us and help to spread the word.

A Celebration of Women In Space: How to transition from student to industry professional

Monday 8th March 19:00–20:30 GMT

This panel introduces students and early professionals to the experiences of women working within the space industry. The event features four women panelists from diverse backgrounds within the industry.

This event will be hosted by Chaneil James, a student of Astrophysics, Particle Physics and Cosmology at the University of Barcelona and founder of, as well as a Space Journalist for world physics and a subject matter expert for NASA Space apps. Chaneil will be in conversation with:

  • Anushka Sharma — founder of Naaut and co-founder London Space Network
  • Harriet Brettle — the head of business analysis at Astroscale
  • Christina MacLeod — mechanical engineering student at the University of Edinburgh and founder and Chair of the Edinburgh Women in Space Conference

The panel will discuss how to network within the space sector and experiences of being women in the academic and professional space industries.

This event has been organised by the Centre for Outer Space Studies, part of the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies

The event is free, sign up now

ATI Boeing Accelerator celebrates IWD 2021: Women in Tech

Tuesday 9th March 12:00–13:00 GMT

ATI Boeing Accelerator celebrates IWD 2021! Join the team in conversation with Veera Johnson, Carmen Alfonso Rico and Anushka Sharma.

This year the theme for International Women’s Day is #ChooseToChallenge. How can we challenge and call out gender bias and inequality in the tech industry and build an innovation ecosystem that works for all?

Join the ATI Boeing Accelerator to celebrate IWD 2021 and hear from an incredible panel on their journey as founders, investors, and advocates in the technology sector.

Register via Eventbrite and submit your questions beforehand.

About the speakers

Veera Johnson, Co-founder and Director of Circulor, ATI Boeing Accelerator portfolio company

Veera is the Co-Founder and Director of Circulor, a technology business that is enabling businesses to track and manage the provenance of raw materials in supply chains. Veera has held a number of senior and executive positions in the worlds of finance, TMT and management consulting. She was the founder and CEO of Procserve, a specialist eCommerce solutions provider that was successfully sold to Basware in 2015. Won the prestigious Asian Businesswoman of the Year award in 2009 and has been profiled by the Financial Times and the Times as an IT role model.

Carmen Alfonso Rico, Partner at Blossom Capital

Carmen is a Partner at Blossom Capital, where she and the team lead the Series As ($5/15m) of the courageous and support European founders to win globally. Before that she was at Samaipata VC, where she led the U.K. office, and Felix Capital, where she invested in digital lifestyle startups. She is also a co-founder and General Partner of the London outpost of “community-driven” VC, The Fund.

Anushka Sharma, Founder of Naaut

Nush founded Naaut to provide a 360 approach to innovation strategy to space agencies, startups, academia, AI accelerators, primes, and deep tech companies. As well as Naaut, Nush co-founded the London Space Network (LSN) in Jan 2019, the London Space Network organises monthly networking events across London to build and strengthen the UK space community.

Recognised as one of the Top 100 most influential BAME tech leaders in the UK — Financial Times. Active in the tech ecosystem across the UK, Europe, and the USA, Nush has championed diversity across the global space and tech ecosystem. She was appointed POC tech community ambassador for Google for Startup at Campus London.

About the ATI Boeing Accelerator

The ATI Boeing Accelerator is a 3 month-long programme intended to support innovation and the growth of startups in the UK’s aerospace ecosystem.

We’re looking for world-class startups who are creating sustainability-enabling technologies with the potential to bolster the growth and competitiveness of the UK aerospace industry. The programme is open to companies globally.

For more information, please visit:

Happy International Women’s Day 2021



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