S. K. Shivakumar, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre
John Elbon, Vice President & General Manager, Space Exploration, The Boeing Company
Pallava Bagla, Science Editor, NDTV
Rahul Narayan, Founder, Team Indus
Moderator: Karma Paljor, Editor, Business & Special Features, CNN IBN
Pallava Bagla is a globally acclaimed award winning Indian science communicator and photojournalist. Currently, he is working as Science Editor for India's highly respected private television channel, NDTV.
John Elbon is vice president and general manager, Space Exploration, a division of Boeing Defense, Space & Security at The Boeing Company. He is responsible for the strategic direction of Boeing's civil space programs, and support of NASA programs such as the International Space Station (ISS), Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program, and the Space Launch System. He assumed his present position on August 29, 2011.
Rahul is a serial entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience of creating businesses & taking them to the next level. Recently though, the space enthusiast in him has taken over and he is now responsible for keeping the Team Indus flock together, working out the big moving pieces for the next Moonshot.
Karma Paljor has been a journalist for over 11 years. Having started with The Times of India in Mumbai, he moved to CNBC TV18 in 2001. Apart from covering national and political stories for the channel, Paljor also anchored the breakfast show on CNBC TV18. He bagged the Chevening scholarship for Broadcast journalism in 2004. A keen aviation watcher, he loves flying his model aircraft when not reporting about trouble in the skies. Paljor also did a half-hour programme on the problems plaguing the aviation sector in India in 2006, following which the civil aviation ministry suggested several changes including, an overhaul of infrastructure at Air Traffic Controls across India. Paljor, who has anchored every possible show on CNN-IBN, is an avid aeromodeller when time permits.
S. K. Shivakumar
Dr. S. K. Shivakumar is an Indian scientist who was part of the team that developed the telemetry system for Chandrayaan-I, India's first lunar exploration mission. A native of Mysore in the state of Karnataka, he was responsible for designing the deep space communications equipment. Shivakumar was involved in the development of the 32-meter dish antenna that can communicate with satellites millions of miles away. Currently, he is the director of ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore, India.