(in alphabetical order)
Air Cmdre T Chand (retd.) is Senior Fellow at the Centre for Joint Warfare Studies, New Delhi.
Vice Admiral RN Ganesh (Retd.) has commanded a diesel submarine, a nuclear submarine and the aircraft carrier INS Vikrant. He has served as the Flag Officer Submarines, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, and Commander Andaman & Nicobar Islands. His other assignments were Director General, Indian Coast Guard, and Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command. His last appointment was as the Director General of the Indian nuclear submarine programme which he continued to head after retirement from active service till 2004. He has studied at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, the National Defence College, New Delhi, and the Adm. Makarov Pacific Fleet Higher Naval Academy, Vladivostok. His interests include Maritime security and strategic affairs, and maritime security developments. He is currently collaborating with ISSSP on the Chinese Anti-ship Ballistic Missile capability studies.
Prof Ghoshroy has been with the MIT Group on Science, Technology and Society since 2005. He is leading the Project on ‘Promoting Nuclear Stability in South Asia’. Prior to that he was Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He has also been a Senior Defense Analyst at the Government Accountability Office and served as Congressional Fellow under the AAAS program. he has also served as a staff member of the House International Relations Committee and the House Armed Services Committee where he worked on issues of non-proliferation, arms control, South Asian security, ballistic missile defense, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, nuclear weapons stockpile stewardship, laser weapons, chemical weapons demilitarization, and landmines. He was also responsible for monitoring and evaluating budget and policy matters related to Military Research and Development (RDT&E) using his expertise to carry out comprehensive evaluations of complex weapons systems that incorporate state-of-the-art technology. Prior to his transition to the policy world, Dr. Ghosroy worked more for more than 20 years as an engineer and an engineering-manager in developing high-power and high-energy laser, electron beam, and pulse power technologies for DOD, DOE, and NASA.
Prof S Gopal has been with the Govt. of India for more than three and a half decades during which he had wide experience in analysis of national and international security and strategic affairs. After retirement he was instrumental, along with some other colleagues, in starting a think tank – Institute of Contemporary Studies Bangalore. The Institute had started a quarterly called Contemporary Analyst in which S Gopal has been a regualar contributor. One of the important papers has been on CTBT entitled India and the CTBT.
He is a member of the Asia Centre Bangalore where he had presented a paper an assessment on Pakistan’s security Scenario. In a seminar on Naxalism organized by the Observer Research Foundation Chennai he presented a paper on “The Naxalite Movement – Impact of External Networking “. In a Seminar on Srilanka, recently organized by Indian Centre for outh Asian Studies and Centre for Asia Studies, a paper on Role of the Janata Vimukti Peramuna in Srilankan politics with particular reference to the Ethnic question was presented. S Gopal has also wide experience in technical and imagery intelligence analysis.
Dr. Bhupendra Jassani has been with the Department of War Studies, King’s College since 1990. He has been working on the use of commercial remote sensing satellites for applications to monitor multilateral arms control treaties, confidence building measures and peacekeeping operations. He has been involved with reports for the IAEA on behalf of UK and German Governments which led to the IAEA establishing a Satellite Imagery Analysis Laboratory. Between 1987 and 1990 he was Rockwell International Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies, London. Prior to that between 1972 and 1987 he was with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Stockholm. He was also associated with the British Medical Research Council between 1958-1972. Dr Jassani holds a PhD in Nuclear Physics and Nuclear Medicine. Prof Jasani has been involved informally with the activities of ISSSP for a number of years. He has lectured at NIAS on satellite imagery of nuclear installations and the key he has developed. He has freely shared his experience, data and sources for ISSSP’s use.
Dr. LV Krishnan is Adjunct Faculty, International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies. Dr. Krishnan retired as Director of Safety Research and Health Physics Programmes at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research at Kalpakkam in 1997. Dr. Krishnan joined the Department of Atomic Energy in 1958. He graduated from the DAE Training School in 1959 and joined the Health Physics Division at the Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC). Dr. Krishnan studied Reactor Technology at the Oak Ridge School in the US. He was associated with safety analysis of several nuclear installations including the reactors at Tarapur, Rajasthan, Trombay and Kalpakkam as well as Radiological Facilities at Trombay. He worked on ‘fast breeder reactor safety aspects’ for a year in France at the Cadarache Research Centre in 1969-70. Dr. Krishnan set up the Safety Research Laboratory at Kalpakkam and initiated computational and experimental work on fast reactor safety issues. He also established and tested an Emergency Preparedness Plan for Kalpakkam facilities. In 1996, he spent six months as Visiting Scientist at the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, USA assisting in the preparation of a thesis reviewing Indian civilian nuclear power programme.
Ambassador Saurabh Kumar retired from the Indian Foreign Service as Ambassador of India to the International Atomic Energy Agency, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation & the UN Offices in Vienna (Outer Space Affairs, Drugs and Crime) and to Austria in October 2009. Prior to this, he served as Ambassador to Ireland (2003-2007) and Vietnam (2000-2003). He also held other senior appointments in the Cabinet Secretariat and Ministry of External Affairs.
His areas of specialisation during his tenure in the Government of India were nuclear, as well as disarmament and international security, issues. He was a member of the Indian delegation to the Third Special Session of the UN General Assembly on Disarmament in 1988 and to the UN Conference on the Relationship between Disarmament and Development in 1987.
Ambassador Saurabh Kumar speaks Chinese, having begun his diplomatic career in Hong Kong and Beijing in the mid-seventies (when Chinese politics was yet in the throes of the tumultuous upheavals of the Cultural Revolution, with Mao and Zhou arbiting the charged debates from their deathbeds, as it were) under late President K. R. Narayanan, who was then the Ambassador to China. Apart from continuing professional interest in China (and nuclear, space & other strategic security issues and multilateral international affairs in general), his current academic interests include development economics and international economic relations, the negotiation process, physics and psychology.
Vice Admiral Vijay Shankar retired in September 2009 after nearly 45 years of illustrious service in the Indian Navy. He is the former Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman & Nicobar Command and Commander-in-Chief of the Strategic Forces Command. He holds an MSc in Defence Studies and is a graduate of the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, USA. His afloat assignments include specialist tenures on board several fleet units between 1970 and 1983. He was a part of the commissioning crew of INS Ghorpad, commissioned in Poland, and of INS Rana commissioned in the erstwhile Soviet Union. He was also the Fleet Operations Officer, Western Fleet. He was the commanding officer of INS Panaji in 1973, INS Himgiri in 1987, INS Ganga in 1993 and the Indian Navy’s only aircraft carrier, INS Viraat in 1995. He took over command of the ‘Sword Arm’ of the Indian Navy as the Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet in January 2003. His operational experience is backed by active service during the Indo-Pak war of 1971, command of INS Himgiri during Operation Pawan and as Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command during Operation Vijay.
Dr. Siddhartha during 2007-09 served on invitation of the Secretary General of the United Nations as a member of the Experts Group in New York of the Committee on UN Security Council Resolution 1540. Upon returning, Siddhartha served in 2009-10 with the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India as Scientific Consultant (Advanced Technologies). An Emeritus Scientist in DRDO, he retired in 2004 after working directly with four Scientific Advisors to the Raksha Mantri over nearly twenty years. Dr. Siddhartha has been twice Consultant to the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, on export control and S&T issues in international security, and on the Indian WMD Act, 2005. Dr Siddhartha has also served with the United Nations Environment Programme in Geneva. He served for some time as Secretary of the Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister. Dr. Siddhartha holds a PhD from the Imperial College of Science & Technology, London, and a B.Tech in mechanical engineering from IIT, Madras. He has served with different arms of the nation’s S&T system including the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as well as the Department of Science and Technolgy (DST). Dr Siddhartha is a founder-member of the Institute of Social and Economic Change, Bangalore. He is a member of the Aeronautical Society of India, and of the United Service Institution of India, as also of several technology associations and bodies. He was Research Fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, UK. He has served on the Editorial Board of the journal Current Science of the Indian Academy of Sciences.
Mr P. Soma joined Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Trivandrum in July 1973 and worked as Scientist in Aerodynamics Division till 1977. He was responsible for building the first Supersonic Wind Tunnel at VSSC. From 1977 to 1986 he worked at Sriharikota Range as Senior Engineer and Deputy Head, Mission Operations Group. He worked extensively on the Tracking Data Evaluation, Orbit Determination, Error Analysis problems. He developed/operationalized Preliminary Orbit Determination (POD) Software for Launch Vehicle Missions. From 1986 onwards, he worked with ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network at Bangalore, as Group Director for Mission Operations & Health Analysis (MOHA) Group, until December 2007 and during this period he was responsible for evolving Spacecraft Operations for IRS/LEO Missions of ISRO. At the time of retirement, he was the Project Director (Ground Elements) Satellite Navigation Programme which included GAGAN and IRNSS Projects. His fields of specialization are: Aerodynamics, Orbital Mechanics, Navigation, Software, Spacecraft Mission Analysis/Operations and Project Management.