Our Founders

SRIJAN PAL SINGH
CEO, KALAM CENTRE

Srijan Pal Singh is an author, public speaker and social entrepreneur. Currently, Srijan Pal Singh is CEO and Co-Founder of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Centre. He was awarded the Gold Medal for the best All-rounder Student of the 2009 batch at IIM Ahmedabad. Srijan was appointed as Officer on Special Duty at the Office of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam where he worked as a close aide to the former president on various consulting works. Some of the projects include Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas (PURA),  What Can I Give Mission, Research and Public Awareness Project on Koodanakulum Nuclear Plant.

PROF. CHARLES COCKELL
DIRECTOR, UKCA

Prof. Charles Seaton Cockell is a British astrobiologist who is the current professor of Astrobiology in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh and Director of the UK Centre for Astrobiology. His scientific interests have focused on astrobiology, geomicrobiology and life in extreme environments including studies on volcanic and impact crater environments. He has also contributed to plans for the human exploration of Mars. He led the design study Project Boreas, which planned and designed a research station for the Martian North Pole. He was the first Chair of the Astrobiology Society of Britain.


Our Advisors

Javier Martín-Torres

Javier Martín-Torres currently works at the Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering (SRT), Luleå University of Technology. He does research in Atmospheric Science, Geophysics, and Astrobiology, and in particular in Earth, Mars, and exoplanet atmospheres. He has experience in space mission development through the whole chain: first idea- design- development-modelling-operations. He is the author of the line-by-line radiative transfer code FUTBOLIN. He is currently PI of the HABIT instrument that will be part of ExoMars 2020, and is co-I of of the current and future missions to Mars Curiosity rover, ACS/Trace Gas Orbiter, and ISEM/ExoMars rover. He is Advisor of ESA and NASA Planetary Protection Offices, and has served in ESA Review Panels.

Anushree Srivastava

Anushree is from Lucknow, India. She is currently working at NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, MD, USA, as a Research Scholar, where her work focuses on the search for organics on Mars. Anushree completed an MSc (Hons) in Biotechnology at the University of Essex, UK, with an emphasis on Astrobiology. She has served the Mars Society’s Mars 160 Twin Desert-Arctic Analog Mission as a Crew Biologist in Utah Desert (USA) and High Arctic (Canada). She has been part of Spaceward Bound expeditions in India in a high altitude cold desert and in the UK in a kilometer deep salt mine.


Meet the Team