Per Wimmer, Astronaut, Adventurer, Motivational Speaker, First Danish citizen in Space with NASA, Per Wimmer is expected to be one of the first Danish citizens to enter space ? a place where less than 500 people have ever been. Whilst currently involved in space-related activities, corporate presentations about the project and preparations for his space launch in 2006, Per Wimmer is also working in investment banking and equities. Per Wimmer?s background is finance. From 1998 to 2002, he worked for Goldman, Sachs & Co. leaving the company as Executive Director for Institutional Sales of European Equity Products advising on investments to Scandinavian-based financial institutions. The location has been London after an initial period on Wall Street in New York.

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Per Wimmer is expected to be one of the first Danish citizens to enter space - a place where less than 500 people have ever been. Whilst currently involved in space-related activities, corporate presentations about the project and preparations for his space launch in 2006, Per Wimmer is also working in investment banking and equities.

Per Wimmer's background is finance. From 1998 to 2002, he worked for Goldman, Sachs & Co. leaving the company as Executive Director for Institutional Sales of European Equity Products advising on investments to Scandinavian-based financial institutions. The location has been London after an initial period on Wall Street in New York.

"The Ultimate Adventure: Going to Space and Making Dreams Reality:"

"We all have our ideas, visions and dreams which we would like to see happen. Unfortunately for many, these remain thoughts and do not become realities. How does one proceed from "the great idea" to concretely executing on a large project. -

Part of the answer is to follow your heart and be focused. This presentation explores how Per Wimmer made his long standing dream about space and desire for adventure become a reality. The presentation addresses elements of global teamwork, leadership, technology, a pioneering spirit and, above all, a good story about an entrepreneurial adventurer.

The presentation will include video footage from space training, including weightless flights, centrifuge training and flying Russian MIG-25 fighter jets. Having visited close to fifty countries on Earth, incl. some of the most remote places on Earth (visited the Amazone Indians; walked the live vulcanos of Hawaii; trekked the Inka trail to Macchu Pichu; visited the Easter Islands, been riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle coast-to-coast and back in the USA; hangliding over the beaches of Rio de Janero - the ultimate adventure remains: Going to space. Join the ride and let Per take you to unchartered new heights......."

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In 1998, he graduated from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, as an MPA graduate with concentrations in business, finance and international relations whilst receiving the Don K. Price Award for academic excellence, community contributions and potential leadership. During his two years at Harvard, he became the co-founder and first president of the Harvard Scandianvian Societe, promoting Scandinavian culture and facilitating networking between alumni and prospective and current students.

He served as student member of the Harvard MPA Admissions Committee; participated in 'Project Outreach' - an HBS volunteer project to assist the elderly and disavantaged in the Boston area and was a winning team member in the 1998 Annual Graduate School Debate Competition, organized by the Leadership and Ethics Forum, moderated by Senator Alan Simpson. Before graduating, he was selected as the only non-US citizen for the Presidential Management Intern Program destined to work for the Bill Clinton administration.

During 1996-97, Per Wimmer was an Associate Management Consultant at McKinsey & Co. with a particular focus in the media sector.

Until the end of the Jacques Delors administration in early 1995, Per wimmer was working in the cabinet of the Vice-President of the European Union, Mr. Henning Christophersen, in a junior capacity. The VP responsibilities included the Monetary Union and the EU budget.

Prior to Brussels, Per Wimmer graduated with distinction and top six of his class at the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium, earning him the M.A. degree in European political science whilst he co-produced the Yearbook and delivered the student speech at graduation. He also published a book, in French, on the future of Europe ('Vers une Europe a la carte: Analyse des derogations apres Maastricht, PIE, 1995).

Per Wimmer also interned at the United Nations in Geneva in 1994.

The initial educational background was Law. Graduating with distinction from the LL.M. program at the University of London (1991-92) and receiving the B.A. and M.A. degrees in Law from the University of Copenhagen (1988-91, 1992-93) whilst serving as student member of the Governing Board of the Law Faculty and, in 1993, Per Wimmer was awarded the Academic Silver Medal, presented by HM Queen Margaret II of Denmark, for an outstanding legal and political analysis of the protection of fundamental rights in the European Union.'

Prior to university, Per Wimmer passed the French Baccalaureat with philosophy and French litterature concentrations in one year in the context of a 48% failure rate among the native French-speaking peer group (1988). The year before, he graduated top three of his mathematics-physics section and was awarded a financial prize at graduation at Slagelse Gymnasium.

During many inspirational lectures by Mr. Jan Malmmose Nielsen, his physics teacher, the interest for space crystallized. Although strong, the interest for space remained academic until 2000 when space tourism became a realistic possibility at which point Per Wimmer got involved. He bought the ticket from Plenge & Co an is now anticipated to be one of the first Danish Citizens ever to enter space (space being defined as an altitude of min. 50 miles outside the surface of the Earth).

Fluent languages spoken include French, English and Danish with some knowledge of Spanish and German. Article published in German: 'Kein Typisch Amerikanischer Prasident,' Europaische Zeitung, Feb. 16, 1994, following Per Wimmer's attendance at Bill Clinton's first speech on European ground as American president.

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