Susmita is an international celebrity and is invited to space, economic, policy, security, technology, and design forums worldwide. Over the past two decades, Susmita has been invited as a Celebrity Speaker, Thought Leader, Innovator, Interdisciplinary Expert, Space Entrepreneur, Renaissance Woman – for events across the Planet. Selected list of Global Engagements: United Nations, Rockefeller Foundation, Stanford University, MIT, Columbia University, École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle, Tuck Global Leadership Program, The Economist, TIME, Airbus, Tata, Boston Consulting Group, World Resources Institute, Yunus Social Business, Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts, Antarctic Biennale, Industrial Light and Magic, Paris Air Show, Halifax Security Forum, St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, World Economic Forum

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2019 Keynote: ‘Design for Living Off-the-Planet’, NASSCOM Design & Engineering Summit, Bangalore

2019 Keynote: ‘Umbilical to the Stars’, Women in School Leadership Program Australia India Institute, New Delhi

2019 Invited Speaker: NewSpace Space Jam, We Work, Bangalore

2019 Invited Speaker: Rotary Club of Madras 90th Anniversary, Chennai

2019 Invited Speaker: Leonardo Space Art Science & Culture Workshop, Malina House, Paris

2019 Invited Expert: Airbus STAR Program Discovery Workshop Future of Defense and Space, Bangalore

2019 Celebrity Speaker: Boston Consulting Group (BCG) Women’s Summit, New Delhi

2019Invited Speaker: Tuck Business School Global Leadership Program, India Module, Chennai

2018 Guest of Honor, Make in Odisha Conclave, Bhubaneswar, India

2018Member of the 5-Member Grand Jury, Bengaluru Debut Edition: Titan Design Impact Awards: Co-sponsored by Tata Trusts

2018Panelist: Agenda 2022: Managing Metropolitan Bengaluru Unlock Bengaluru, World Resources Institute (WRI) India

2018Panelist: Science and Technology for Social Business Yunus Social Business Summit, Infosys Campus, Bengaluru

2018 Invited Participant + Panelist + Speaker 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) CityXChange, Rockefeller Campus, Bellagio, Italy

2018Invited Speaker: Addressed-interacted with CXO-level executives from Rolls Royce, Colgate, Cigna, John Deere, and Corning participating in the Tuck Business School Executive Education Program

2017Chief Guest, Young Astronomer Talent Search Competition (YATS), Tata Steel, Bhubaneswar, India

2017World Economic Forum India Summit, New Delhi, Panelist on 2 Panels – Water-Secure India and

2017Invited Talk: Mars Shot: How India is reshaping the global space landscape US-Asia Technology Management Center, Stanford University, Palo Alto

2017The Economist Event: Spotlight Interview: The Hemispherical Blind Spot A New Space Age: The business case to dream, Seattle Museum of Flight, Seattle

2017Presentation: Earth2Orbit and Climate City Paris Air Show, Le Bourget, France

2017Antarctica Anonymous, 3 Talks @ my Antarctic Expedition: Alliance Francaise and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore + MAD Salon, Mumbai

2017Talks and Discussions, Antarctic Biennale Vision Club (ABVC), Onboard Expedition Vessel Akademik Sergey Vavilov, Antarctic Expedition

2016 Annual Summit of Global Future Councils for Shaping the Future, World Economic Forum (WEF), Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

2016 Invited Talk: Cross-border entrepreneurship Dent: Space, Innovation Hangar, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

2016 Roundtable discussion: A Whirlwind of Innovation in SpaceToulouse Space Show, Toulouse, France

2016 Talk & Panel Discussion: Small Satellites and their Applications Start-Up Village 2016, Skolkovo Foundation, Moscow, Russia

2016 Panel: Increasing private sector articipation: What NewSpace can make in India? 2nd ORF Kalpana Chawla Space Policy Dialogue, New Delhi

2015 Panel Discussion: Astropreneurship Hosted by MIT SEDS + MIT Sloan Astropreneurship and Space Industry Club, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA

2015 Policy Discussion: Ou est Charlie? The challenges of European integration Halifax International Security Forum, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

2015 TEDx Bangalore Talk: Space, the final frontier for a tech entrepreneur

2015 Invited Talk: Manifesto for PSLV privatisation Space Law Roundtable: “Commercialisation and Privatisation of Outer Space: Issues for National Space Legislation”, National Law School, Bangalore

2015 Invited Talk: Sriharikota to Mars, and back again Hosts: Embassy of India, Stockholm + Unlimited India coinciding with the 1st ever visit by an Indian President (Pranab Mukherjee)

2015 Invited Talk: Small Sats + Analytics: Actionable Intelligence from Space, Satellite Russia & CIS Conference, Moscow

2015 Panel Discussion: Building India through Enterprise, Bangalore, Jagriti Yatra

2015 Airbus India, Talk @ Designing for living in LEO (Low Earth Orbit)

2014 TIME Magazine Panel Discussion: The Future of Invention, Moderated by Hannah Beach, China Bureau Chief, TIME Magazine, 28 May, Studio Theater, The School of Arts, Singapore

2013 Tall Tales August Edition, Studio X + Ministry of New; Story: Tinker Tailor Rocket-maker Spy

2012 École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle - ENSCI, Artmap Workhsop, Paris Theme: Low Tech I High Tech – For a new mapping of assembly methods Talk: What has Outer Space got to do with Dharavi?

2012 Kochi Muziris Art Biennale, Kochi, Kerala, India Talk @ Biennale Opening: 16 sunsets and sunrises, a day

2012 Studio X, Open Arch Platform by Columbia University GSAPP Program, Mumbai Interactive Talk: Lunar Architecture: PS Hab Cool, Moon Desolate, Miner Lonely

2012 Bombay International School (BIS), Mumbai Living in Low Earth Orbit (LEO)

2011 The American Center, US Consulate, Mumbai Public Lecture to mark the retirement of the Shuttle fleet: THE FINAL TOUCHDOWN

2011 Rockefeller Foundation, Convention: FUTURE OF THE URBAN POOR, Mumbai - Invited as a Special Guest

2011 Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia Univ., New York Design Review: INTERPLANETARY SPACESHIP DESIGN

2011 Thomas Jefferson School, Virginia, USA Lecture in 1960s planetarium: FAREWELL, SPACE SHUTTLE

2011 MAXIMUM INDIA Festival, Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Washington DC Public Lecture: SPACESHIP UTOPIAS

2011 Columbia University Studio-X, Mumbai Review Panel: UNSOLICITED ARCHITECTURE

2011 Bombay HUB, Place where Mumbai’s social entrepreneurs converge, Mumbai Invited Talk: AROUND THE WORLD IN 90 MINUTES

2010 Architectural Institute in Prague (ARCHIP), Aliter-2 Invited Talk: SHACKLETON CRATER, HERE WE COME

2008/10 Bangalore Space Expo, Bangalore, India Invited Lecture 2008: FLY ME TO THE MOON


2006 Department of Architecture, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, USA


2004/5/6 STAR Design Studio, Architecture + Industrial Design Dept., Lund University Sweden Design Reviews, Graduate Level Design Studio conducted in collaboration with NASA

2005 361º Degrees, AEC World Expo & Conference, Mumbai, India Invited Lecture: MOON BASE ARCHITECTURE

2005 Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Kiruna, Swedish Arctic [67.84° N, 20.41° E] Guest Lecture: LIVING IN ZERO GRAVITY

2005 University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland Guest Lecture: DESIGNING FOR SPACE HABITABILITY

2005 ESTEC, European Space Agency, The Netherlands Invited Lecture: MOON MARS HABITAT DESIGN WORKSHOP

2004 Industrial Light & Magic, Skywalker Ranch, Marin, United States Invited Talk: LIFE IN ZERO-G

2004 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, San Francisco + Sacramento, USA Invited Talk: LUNAR BASE DESIGN – THE NEW GENRE

2000 THE MARS ADVENTURE: EXPLORATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY; Symposium-Workshop-Exhibition, Invited as an Expert by the Austrian Space Agency, TU-Vienna, Austrian Ministry of Science, Education and Culture

1999 UNISPACE-III, United Nations Office for Outer Space (OOSA) Affairs, Vienna, Austria Guest Speaker: LIVING IN ZERO GRAVITY

1998 School of Architecture, Center for Environmental Planning (CEPT), Ahmedabad, India Guest Lecture: DESIGNING FOR LIVING IN EARTH ORBIT

1998 Space Applications Center, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Ahmedabad, India Invited Talk: SHUTTLE-MIR MISSIONS