Friday 23 August 2019

Keren closer to becoming first Irishwoman in space

Keren Jackson
Keren Jackson

Alan O'Keeffe

Keren Jackson hopes to become the first Irishwoman in space after being short-listed for the trip of a lifetime.

Keren (22) is the chief executive of a social enterprise organisation named Bluefire which promotes inter-cultural relations in Dublin through street festivals and events.

She was named yesterday on a shortlist of three young leaders after a competition spanning 90 countries.

The winner will be announced at the One Young World summit of young leaders in Bangkok later this month.

The astronaut's flight will be on board the XCOR Aerospace's Lynx Spacecraft and takes place in 2018.

Kruger Cowne and partners One Young World (OYW) and Spaceship Earth Grants selected their three finalists in the influential Rising Star Programme.

The other two finalists are from Nigeria and the UK.


Among the judges making the final selection is Sir Bob Geldof and astronaut Ron Garan.

The three finalists have "leadership quality and a true passion to change the world," said Mark Cowne, CEO of Kruger Cowne.

The One Young World Summit annually welcomes thousands of young delegates from across the world to engage with the current leaders of today, absorbing knowledge and information from experienced public figures from the world of business, media, sport and entertainment.

Keren, a native of Celbridge, Co Kildare, said last night she was thrilled with the prospect of seeing the world from an entirely new perspective.

Her work helping to build intercultural relations in Dublin has made her keenly aware that humankind shares one planet and world.

She said she was determined to make the world a better place to live, as her background included suffering severe depression as a young teenager and later living in a homeless shelter in Dublin for more than a year.

Irish Independent

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