Bio

I am a Co-founder at satsearch.co, with a mission to consolidate the global space supply chain, fostering increased collaboration, state-of-the-art development, and transparency within the market. Satsearch is building the “data layer” for the space industry, ensuring that we can collectively achieve our daring goals in outer space over the coming decade.

I also serve as a Partner to the SpacePark Kerala, a Government of Kerala initiative to develop a space-economic hub in India. I founded my first company Dhruva Space in 2012, a NewSpace company based out of Bengaluru, India with a vision to lead the privatisation of the spacecraft industry in India. Dhruva Space participated in over a dozen stratospheric balloon campaigns with Indian Institute of Astrophysics and attempted to develop a micro-satellite class bus with a primary focus on Assembly, Integration and Testing (AIT) and Operation of satellites.

I finished my doctoral studies through a DAAD PhD scholarship at Lehrstuhl Supply Chain Management, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, driving research based on business management with a focus on business ecosystems.

I did an Erasmus Mundus SpaceMaster (graduate course) with a scholarship from EGIDE (French Embassy Scholarship 2011) at the end of which I got a Master in Space Technology, Sweden and a Master in Space Techniques and Instrumentation, France. I have previously worked on research projects with the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, DLR Institute of Space Systems, Germany.

With an interest in learning more in the realm of space policy, I got a Master in Space & Telecom Laws from the Center for Air & Space Law of NALSAR Law University, Hyderabad.

With my background in space technology, space policy and experiences in the entrepreneurial landscape of India, I spend most of my time on the integration of commercial and NewSpace possibilities into the Indian space ecosystem.

I am also the Curator of NewSpace India, a community and an online publication dedicated to crafting a NewSpace community India and presenting in-depth analyses of issues around the Indian space programme to the outside world. I run the NewSpace India podcast, India’s only space-focussed podcast.

I was selected as an Emerging Space Leader 2017 by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and am elected as a Member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL),  co-founded the Small Satellite Project Group at the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC). was a founding member of Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) India chapter and helped organise SpaceUp Unconferences.