The 4th Asia-Pacific Space Generation Workshop (AP-SGW 2017)


 Confirmed Speakers at AP-SGW 2017

Keynote Speaker: Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, Former Chairman, Space Commission/Secretary, Advisor, Department of Space/ISRO 

Dr. Radhakrishnan graduated in Electrical Engineering from Kerala University (1970), completed his PGDM from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (1976) and obtained Doctorate for his thesis titled “Some Strategies for Indian Earth Observation System” from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (2000). Starting his career as an Avionics Engineer in Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, he held several decisive positions in ISRO in the domains of space launch systems, space applications and space programme management. He had commendably held the post of Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), the lead center for launch vehicle technology in ISRO and Director, National Remote Sensing Agency. In his brief stint (2000-2005) in the Ministry of Earth Sciences, he had also been the Founder Director of Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) and the first Project Director of Indian National Tsunami Warning System. 
He led the Indian Space Programme as the Chairman of ISRO for five glorious years 2009 -2014 with focussed thrust towards space applications and path-breaking missions for the benefits of the nation; and most importantly ensuring synergy of 16,000 strong ISRO Team with Indian Industry, Academia, User community and several National R&D Laboratories.
Dr. Radhakrishnan has also held several important positions at the international level including Vice Chairman of Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (2001-05), Founder Chairman of Indian Ocean Global Ocean Observing System (2001-06) and Chairman of the Working Group of the Whole UN-COPUOS STSC (2008-2009). He is a Fellow of Indian National Academy of Science (FNASc), Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering (FNAE); Honorary Life Fellow of The Institution of Engineers, India; Honorary Fellow of The Institution of Electrical and Telecommunication Engineers, India; and Member of International Academy of Astronautics. (Source: ISRO)


Dr. Werner Balogh, Chief, a.i., Space Applications Section, Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division, UN ESCAP

Dr. Werner Balogh is Chief, a.i., of the Space Applications Section (SAS) of the Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division (IDD) in the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). In his previous role as a Programme Officer with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) in Vienna, Austria, he serviced meetings of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) and coordinated and organized numerous capacity building activities in the field of space science, technology and applications under the United Nations Programme on Space Applications. He first joined the United Nations in 1997 as an Associate Expert on Space Applications and contributed to the planning and organization of the Third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III), including its Space Generation Forum (SGF), in 1999. Prior to returning to the United Nations in 2006, Dr. Balogh worked in the field of human space flight, space transportation and space science for the Austrian Space Agency and in the field of operational space applications for the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT). He holds Dipl.-Ing. and Dr. degrees in technical physics from the Vienna University of Technology, an MSc degree in space studies from the International Space University and an MA degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. 

Mr. Rakesh Sasibhushan, Chairman and Managing Director of ANTRIX Corporation, Department of Space/ISRO

Mr. Rakesh launched his career at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), working in the manufacturing area. During his 26 years with the company he keenly honed his technical skills to ensure he kept up with the enormous advances in the technology required for the aerospace industry. He was elevated to general manager and asked to head ISRO's composite activities in 2011. 4 years later, he took over ISRO’s Propulsion Complex at Mahendragiri as its director. In June last year, Mr. Rakesh was given the additional responsibility of heading Antrix, a role confirmed by the government in December 2016. He concedes he has come on-board while India’s space program is at a crossroad and believes that Antrix has a huge role to play in its transformation and the direction it has to take for the country in order to fully exploit its potential for development. Under his leadership, Antrix acts as a bridge between ISRO and the industry for accessing the technology that has made India 1 of the 6 leading space-faring nations. (Source: The CEO Magazine)

Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopala, Senior Fellow and Head, Nuclear & Space Policy Initiative

Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan (Raji) is a Senior Fellow and Head of the Nuclear & Space Policy Initiative at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), New Delhi. She joined ORF after serving as an Assistant Director at the National Security Council Secretariat for almost five years(2003-2007). Prior to joining the NSCS, she was Research Officer at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. She is the author of five books including, Nuclear Security in India (2015), Clashing Titans: Military Strategy and Insecurity Among Asian Great Powers (2012), The Dragon's Fire: Chinese Military Strategy and Its Implications for Asia (2009). She has also co-authored and edited five other books, including Space India 2.0: Commerce, Policy, Security and Governance Perspectives (2017), Locating India within the Global Non-Proliferation Architecture: Prospects, Challenges and Opportunities (2016) and Awaiting Launch: Perspectives on The Draft ICoC for Outer Space Activities (2014). Her research articles have appeared in edited volumes, and in peer reviewed journals such as India Review, Strategic Studies Quarterly, Air and Space Power Journal, International Journal of Nuclear Law, Strategic Analysis and CLAWS Journal. She has also been invited to speak at international fora including the UN COPUOS (Vienna), Conference on Disarmament (Geneva), UNIDIR (Geneva), ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and the European Union. She has also lectured at Indian military and policy institutions such as the Defence Service and Staff College (Wellington), National Defence College (New Delhi), Army War College (Mhow), and the Foreign Service Institute (New Delhi). 


Dr. Sangkyun Kim, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan

Dr. Sangkyun Kim received his PhD in 2009 from the University of Tokyo in the field of Astronautics Engineering. His major was the development of small spacecraft, attitude control, and optimization of interface network. He developed a nano-class satellite name of PRISM(HITOMI, NORAD ID : 33493), and launched it in 2009. He joined Axelspace Corporation from 2009 to 2014, developed and launched a small spacecraft name of WNISAT-1(NORAD ID : 39423) as the project manager. He was in Satellite Research Center of KAIST, Korea from 2014 to 2016 as Post-doctor researcher. Currently, he is assistant professor in Kyushu Institute of Technology.
His major interest is small satellite development using a standard BUS system with international cooperation. He is involved in multiple small satellite projects, BIRDS, AV4, SPATIUM, and Micro dragon. Also, he has interest in the attitude control of small spacecraft, and has developed a small size star sensor for the accurate attitude determination.


Mr. Matthew Weiss, Managing Director, CNES Liason Office (India, Australia, South Africa)

A former officer in the French Navy, Mathieu J. Weiss holds Master Degrees in Politics and Defence Business Administration from Strasbourg and Paris Universities. Weiss entered the Strategic Research Centre of Ecole Polytechnique where he published several reports on European space policies before joining the Astronaut Directorate of French National Space Agency CNES in 1996. After 5 years industrial experience within the Euro-Russian Soyuz launch vehicle operator Starsem and at Arianespace, he integrated the French Diplomatic Service as the negotiator for space to the European Union.  From 2009, Weiss headed the Science and Technology Department at the French Embassy in Berlin. 
In 2013, Weiss was called up to establish and run a permanent representation in India for the French Space Agency. He set up the CNES Regional Liaison Office for India, Australia and South Africa, with diplomatic rank. Weiss was instrumental in negotiating the Indo-French Programme for Space Activities signed in 2015, Paris by the Hon’ PM of India and President of France.  He set up several joint satellite and space exploration projects between India and France and finalised the participation of France to the upcoming Indian Lunar mission by Team Indus. Mr. Weis also holds the National Defence Medal, the French Military Service Medal and a Citation for distinguished action from the Military Governor of New Caledonia. 

Dr. Srimathy Kesan, CEO Space Kidz India

An educational evangelist with a mission to disrupt the mundane culture in the Indian educational system, Dr. Kesan through her programs, has opened the doors to an untapped avenue called “Space Education”. Her ultimate goal is to produce World renowned Scientists through her Aero Space research University she dreams to build one day. She believes that young mind could be molded in several different ways and art plays a major role in synthesis. Space Kidz India team has built the a "World's Smallest and Lightest Satellite", fully 3D printed. It is a 3.8cm Cube Satellite (Femto Category) weighing 64gms (including the plastic cube provided by CiS). Being a Mission Director of Kalam Sat, Dr.Srimathy Kesan plays an inevitable role in designing the KALAM Sat. It is recognized in Asia Book of Records, URF Book of Records, India Book of Records and Recognition from Space Agencies, School, College, Universities and political parties all over the globe. 
Dr. Kesan is also an avid social activist, her education through social awareness theme educates the future generation of India on several social issues that plague the society. This is aimed at strengthening the building blocks of India. SKI produced a short film on "Breast Cancer", to propagate awareness among all walks of people, a music video produced by SKI on "Female Foeticide", was critically acclaimed.

Mr. Nirmal Suraj Gadde, Team Indus

Mr. Nirmal Gadde, from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, is a 26 year old graduate in Aerospace Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, who joined as intern with Axiom Research Labs in 2011. He has worked across sub-systems starting from Trajectory Design, Software design, Assembly Integration & Testing and is currently looking at Payload systems design and qualification for the TeamIndus' lunar Mission. He was instrumental in running the Lab2Moon program by TeamIndus Foundation for Excellence to encourage students under 25 years of age across the universe to imagine, design and develop a scientific experiment that could be flown onboard Team Indus lunar lander which shall help collect important science results for human sustainability on the Moon. He is leading the efforts on development of a Nano satellite to lunar orbit with a group of young graduates interns.
He was part of Kharagpur Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Group (KRAIG) and Micro Air Vehicle Engineering & Research @ IIT Kharagpur (MAVERIK). He helped curate the space fair named Moonshot Wheels run by TeamIndus Foundation for Excellence in association with Agastya Foundation which provides experiential learning of basic astronomy concepts to underprivileged students.


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