Kam Ghaffarian

Kam Ghaffarian

Kam Ghaffarian is a visionary entrepreneur and engineer whose mission to advance the state of humanity, and human knowledge has led him to create companies transforming the space and energy sectors. He is the CEO of IBX, the co-founder and Executive Chairman of X-energy, Intuitive Machines, and Axiom Space, and supports several other innovative companies and charities.

Kam started his entrepreneurial career in 1994 by co-founding Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (SGT), a government services company focusing on IT, engineering, science applications, and mission operations. SGT became NASA's second-largest engineering services contractor, generating annual revenues of over half a billion dollars. It was eventually acquired by KBR. Kam previously held numerous technical and management positions at Lockheed Martin, Ford Aerospace, and Loral, among others.

Throughout his 35-plus year career, Kam has created multiple successful companies and has extensive experience working at the intersection of government contracting and technological innovation. His companies have worked with NASA, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Energy, among others, on some of their most sensitive and technically advanced projects.

Today, Kam is leveraging his experience in innovation and building world-class teams for groundbreaking deep-tech companies to expand the commercial space economy and create clean energy solutions. Kam is at the forefront of several next-generation technologies making a positive impact on the world, including: 

     ● X-energy, an advanced nuclear reactor and fuel design company, providing a carbon-free          solution to our world's energy problems.
     ● Intuitive Machines, the premier provider of space services and technologies, which will send the          first American spacecraft to the surface of the Moon in 50 years.
     ● Axiom Space, advancing the commercial utilization of space and building and operating the first          commercial space station.
     ● IBX, an innovation and investment firm. 

Kam also supports philanthropic initiatives in four continents with a focus on education and scientific research. He is the founder of two organizations:

     ● Limitless Space Institute, focused on scientific research, engaging students, and enabling future          interstellar human space exploration.
     ● Emerging Light Foundation supports and educates 700 children in a school in Kinshasa,          Democratic Republic of Congo.

Kam is an American citizen born in Iran. He first came to the United States at the age of 18 to pursue higher education. Kam remained in the United States to continue his studies and follow career opportunities. Since then, he has lived the American Dream and has worked hard to help others around the globe. He is a proud father and grandfather.