Candace Johnson is a global infrastructure, network and innovation expert and entrepreneur. She is currently Vice Chair of NorthStar Earth and Space, Chair of the Advisory Board of Seraphim Space, and Chair of the Board of OWNSAT (Oceania Women's Network Satellite), a large and first investor in Kacific Satellite. She is co-initiator of SES/ASTRA and SES Global, the world’s pre-eminent satellite group. She is also founding President of Europe Online Investments S.A. and founder of Loral Cyberstar-Teleport Europe. 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). She is currently a Member of the Board of SES-imagotag, a publicly quoted company in France serving the digital retail and IOT sectors.
Ms. Johnson is President Emeritus of EBAN, the European Business Angel Network. She has been a Member of the Supervisory Boards of Garage Canada, Iris Capital (Europe) and Inovent (Turkey) as well as founding Member and former President of the Sophia Business Angels, France as well as founding president of three multi-million Euro investment funds, Succès Europe, Croissance Europe and Innovation Europe.
Ms. Johnson is Member of the Board of Governors of EDHEC, France’s largest business school, the University of Haifa in Israel, and has been a member of the International Advisory Boards of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Sabanci University in Istanbul Turkey, and a Senior Enterprise Fellow for the University of Essex, and the International Advisory Board of KACST, Saudi Arabia.
Ms. Johnson has been decorated as Commander of the Luxembourg Order of Merit and Officer of the Couronne de la Chene as well as Officer of the Bundesverdienst Kreuz 1. Klasse (FRG). Ms. Johnson has also received “Lifetime Achievement Awards” from the World Communication Awards in 2002 , The International Alliance of Women in Washington D.C in 2012, and Women in Aerospace 2016. Johnson holds a Doctor Honoris Causa from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, a Masters Degrees with Honors from the Sorbonne and Stanford Universities, a Bachelors Degree from Vassar College and her high-school degree from Punahou, Honolulu, Hawaii.