Featured Speakers & Guests

IARC | Centre for United Nations Events & Conference on Earth & Space (UNITES 2016) is a twin-theme event and conference and hence our speakers will bring to you the best of both worlds!

The conferences and events will be graced by distinguished speakers (virtual and in-person) who will reflect upon topics relevant to world space week, astrobiology, UN sustainable development goals and climate change.

Below, is an evolving list of distinguished speakers from the best of institutes, across the world.

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Chandra Wickramasinghe

Scientist, ISPA(Japan), Cambridge University


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Jayant Narlikar

Emeritus Professor, IUCAA, Pune, India

Wikipedia | IUCAA

Prof. Narlikar is a proponent of steady state cosmology and had lead investigations of panspermia hypothesis. In 2004, he was bestowed with Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian honour, for his research work. Apart from his scientific research, Narlikar has been well known as a communicator of science through his books, articles, and radio & television programs. For these efforts, he was honoured in 1996 by UNESCO with the Kalinga Prize.

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Henry Throop

Senior Scientist


Dr. Henry Throop’s research interests focus on the outer solar system and beyond. He has been involved with a diverse set of topics ranging from planetary ring formation including the rings of Saturn and Jupiter, planet and star formation, astrobiology and the origins of life, and searching for (and co-discovering) Pluto’s smallest moon, Styx, in 2012. His studies include evolutionary modeling of planet formation, with verification from telescopic observations.

priyamvada-tanejaPriyamvada Taneja

Development and Recognition Manager, IB, India


Priyamvada Taneja is currently the Development and Recognition Manager for India. Her work involves managing relationships with potential and existing IB schools, universities and governments and representing the interests of the IB in India. She works very closely with universities on recognition of the IB programmes for IB students in India.

Dr. B N PatilDr. B. N. Patil

Direcctor, Environment Department, Govt. of Maharashtra

Nodal Officer for Climate Change

dr-v-n-magareDr. V. N. Magare

Advisor to NAAC





icun-people-chitreDr. S. M. Chitre

Emeritus Professor, CBS, University of Mumbai

Wikipedia | CBS, University of Mumbai

Shashikumar Madhusudan Chitre is an Indian mathematician and astrophysicist, known for his research in Astronomy and Astrophysics. The Government of India honored him, in 2012, with Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award, for his services to the sciences.

shri-shiv-prasad-khened-220x220 Shri. Shiv Prasad Khened

Director, Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai

Nehru Science Centre



Dr. Purohit Profile PhotoMaheshkumar Purohit

Head, N. P. Charitable Trust, Mumbai

Dr. Maheshkumar P. Purohit is one of Mumbai’ famous surgeon’ and humanitarian. He is the head of N. P. Charitable Trust. He has received several awards & accolades for his humanitarian work; in particular for undertaking a massive rescue & relief operation during the devastating earthquake that shook India on the morning of 26th January 2001.



Shri. Subhash Dalvi Profile PhotoSubhash Dalvi

OSD (SWIM) & Chief Nodal Officer (Swachh Mumbai Prabodhan Abhiyan), BMC

Shri. Subhash Dalvi is a true Climate Action champion – an engineer with MCGM – he is the man behind effectively driving some of the most effective sustainable development campaigns in the history of Mumbai.