Our Team is hard at work making the Mars One mission a reality.
M.Sc., Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer (The Netherlands)
Bas Lansdorp has never been one to let bold ventures intimidate him. A born entrepreneur, he sees potential and opportunity where others shy away. Gifted with an articulate vision and genuine enthusiasm, he moves people with his passion for science and the human mission to Mars.
M.Sc., Co-Founder & Chief Technical Officer (The Netherlands)
Arno Wielders received his Master of Science in Physics from the Free University of Amsterdam in 1997. He was soon hired by the Leiden Observatory, Leiden University, to work at Dutch Space in the Very Large Telescope Interferometer Delay Line project. In 2002 he received his TWAIO (two years, advanced graduate research) certificate and started as a research scientist at the Space Department of TNO TPD in Delft. At TNO TPD he was involved in the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) project launched by NASA. In 2005 he founded Space Horizon and investigated the concept of a suborbital spaceport on the Dutch island of Curacao.
M.D., Chief Medical Officer (USA)
Norbert Kraft, MD, received "The NASA Group Achievement Award 2013", it is one of the most prestigious awards a group can receive, and is presented to selected groups who have distinguished themselves by making outstanding contributions to the NASA mission. In 2010 Kraft received the 2010 Award for “Outstanding Accomplishments in the Psychological and Psychiatric Aspects of Aerospace Medicine”.
M.A., Director of Communications (The Netherlands)
Suzanne Flinkenflögel received her Master of Arts in Communications & Information Sciences from the Radboud University of Nijmegen (the Netherlands) in 2005. After gaining international experience in Málaga (Spain) and México D.F. (Mexico) she took up new challenges back in her country of birth, The Netherlands.
Mission Concept Artist (Canada)
Bryan Versteeg has worked for over 20 years in the graphics industry, specifically 15 years as a conceptual artist in the architectural and engineering fields.
For the past six years, Versteeg has worked as an independent artist and in 2011 founded Spacehabs.com in order to focus on the conceptual visualization for space exploration. Versteeg is responsible for all the beautiful animations and illustrations on the Mars One website.
Senior Marketing Strategist (USA)
KC Frank has been involved in marketing for 20 years, recently focused on healthcare and education innovation. The recipient of numerous industry awards, Frank brings the ability to connect a broad audience with the passion and inspiration behind the Mars One project.
B.ICT., Multimedia Designer (The Netherlands)
Onno Groen is a multimedia designer and developer with a focus on responsive web design, social media interaction and the development of user-friendly websites and interfaces.
M.Arch., M.Sc., Outpost and Capsule Project Manager (Denmark)
Kristian von Bengtson is a space architect and entrepreneur with a special focus on making bold projects becoming a reality. His approach has always been taking those daring steps from theory to real hardware through prototyping and testing believing that changing the world requires complete dedication but also a certain amount of public opposition.