A. Sivathanu Pillai

Honorary Distinguished Professor, ISRO

Lt. Gen. B. S. Nagal

Former Commander, Strategic Forces Command

Francois Rivasseau

Special Envoy for Space, Head of Security Policy and Space Division, European External Action Service

G. Madhavan Nair

Former Chairman, ISRO

G. Satheesh Reddy

Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister, India

George Sibley

Minister Counselor for Economic, Environment, Science and Technology Affairs, US Embassy in India

Guilhem Ravier

Head, Protection of Civilian Population Unit, ICRC, Geneva

Laura Grego

Laura Grego

Senior Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists

Laura Grego

Laxmesh B.H.

Head, Precision Manufacturing Facility, L&T

Mazlan Othman

Project Director, Mega Science 3.0, Academy of Sciences, Malaysia.

Nishant Kumar

Director, Military Affairs, Disarmament & International Security Affairs (D&ISA) Division, MEA

Lt. Gen. P. M. Bali

Director General of Perspective Planning, Indian Army

R. Ashok

Former Member, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India

Rakesh Sood

Former Special Envoy of the Prime Minister for Disarmament and Non-proliferation Issues

Salem Humaid Al Marri

Assistant Director General, Scientific & Technology Affairs, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, United Arab Emirates.

Sathya Narayanaswamy

Country Manager (India), ViaSat

Sergio Marchisio

Full Professor of International Law, University La Sapienza of Rome

Sridhar Ramasubban

Sales Lead, Team Indus

V.K. Saraswat

Member, National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog)

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ORF Kalpana Chawla Annual Space Policy Dialogue

Today, nations are dependent on outer space assets for a wide array of functions in both civilian and military domains. The number of players (state and non-state) utilising outer space for these purposes is set to increase dramatically making it congested, potentially leading to conflicts and accidents. Issues such as space debris, arms race in space, radio frequency interference are also likely to become impediments for the long-term sustainability of outer space. These factors underline the need to strengthen existing arms control measures while establishing norms for responsible behaviour in outer space. Therefore, it is imperative to create global platforms for exchanging views on these issues and make workable recommendations.


Day wise schedule of the conference

Day 1

16 February 2017
The Dome, Vivanta by Taj — Ambassador
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Day 2

17 February 2017
Tamarind Hall,

India Habitat Centre, Entry Gate 1

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Day 3

18 February 2017
Tamarind Hall,

India Habitat Centre, Entry Gate 1

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Videos 2017

#ORFKC2017 | Inaugural Address by Dr. G. Madhavan Nair and Sunjoy Joshi

#ORFKC2017 | Remarks by Jeremy England

#ORFKC2017 | A New Frontier: Boosting India’s Military Presence in Outer Space

#ORF KC2017 | Derivatives from Space–Scoping the Downstream Applications

#ORFKC2017 | Space Sustainability and Global Governance

#ORFKC2017 | Space Finance

#ORFKC2017 | Satellite Internet for Digital India

#ORFKC2017 | Valedictory Session

2nd ORF Kalpana Chawla Annual Space Policy Dialogue - 2016

Moments from 2016


ORF began its journey in 1990 at the juncture of ideation tempered by pragmatism. During the period of India’s transition to a new engagement with the international economic order, several challenges emerged, evoking a need for an independent forum that could critically examine the problems facing the country and help develop coherent policy responses. ORF was thus formed, and brought together, for the first time, leading Indian economists and policymakers to present the agenda for India’s economic reforms.



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