Guest Lectures

Naveen Jain

Founder Of Moon Express and World Innovation Institute

A man who knows no limits, Naveen Jain solves the world's biggest challenges through innovation. He is the founder of Moon Express, World Innovation Institute, Viome and many more. He has won many prestigious awards including 'Top 20 Serial Entrepreneur'.

  • 20th March 2021
  • 8 :15 PM

Ramanan Ramanathan

Mission Director Of Atal Innovation Mission

He is the Additional Secretary at NITI Aayog. He is the Senior Vice President at TCS, and Managing Director and CEO of CMC Limited. He is an eminent alumnus of Harvard Business School and IIT Bombay. He has received renowned awards from all across the globe such as 'CEO of the year'.

  • 13th March 2021
  • 4 :15 PM

Abhilash Reddy

Talent Acquisition Specialist at Pravaig Dynamics

He has a demonstrative history of working in the automotive and IT industry. Pravaig is an India-based EV startup. It is the first attempt by an Indian firm to build a luxury EV. In EV, more than 90 percent of components are indigenous and others are imported from foreign countries. It is breaking a lot of barriers with incredible specifications and an eye on the future, even on subjects like data security.

  • 13th March 2021
  • 6 :15 PM

Jason Pomeroy

Founding Principal, Pomeroy Studio & Pomeroy Academy

He is an award-winning architect, academic, author and TV presenter. He gained bachelor and master degrees from the Canterbury School of Architecture and the University of Cambridge; and his PhD from the University of Westminster. He is the founder of sustainable design and research firms Pomeroy Studio and Pomeroy Academy. Pomeroy has authored Cities of Opportunities: Connecting Culture and Innovation, Pod Off-Grid: Explorations into Low Energy Waterborne Communities, The Skycourt and Skygarden: Greening the Urban Habitat and Idea House: Future Tropical Living Today and hosts the TV series'Smart Cities, City Time Traveller, City Redesign and Futuropolis.

  • 17th March 2021
  • 1 :15 PM

Avelo Roy

Managing Director at Kolkata Ventures

He started his entrepreneurial journey at the age of 19 years & has built 8 Businesses in the US & India with multi-million dollars worth of products and services. Currently, he is the MD of Kolkata Ventures and Director at ECC Engineering Pvt. Ltd. He is also an Investor, TV host and, TEDx Speaker. He has already delivered 500+ speaking engagements in the US & India, including the White House Panel for Entrepreneurship Education, Startup America, Invest India at Rashtrapati Bhavan, and more.

  • 15th March 2021
  • 6 :15 PM

Matthew Greenhouse

Project Scientist at James Webb space Telescope

He is an Astrophysicist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He is currently working as a Project Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope which is being launched in October 2021 & Principal Investigator of Micro-Shutter technology development. He has also served on several NASA and European Space Agency(ESA) mission teams.

  • 12th March 2021
  • 6 :15 PM

Roger Hunter

Program Manager, NASA Small Spacecraft Technology

He has over 40 years of experience in the department of defense, commercial, and government space mission. He was Site Manager at Boeing company. He has served as Program Manager for several important US national missions, including Global Positioning System, XSS- 10, the NASA Kepler Mission, and many more.

  • 18th March 2021
  • 9 :45 AM


David Meltzer

CEO of Sports1Marketing

A renowned speaker whose combination of inspiration and pragmatism has led to world recognition. Featured on magazine such as Forbes, TedX and ESPN, he is 3 times international best selling author. He is acknowledged among top 100 business coaches of the world. Along with being a great motivator, his life's aim is to inspire the lives of 1 billion people.

Saurabh Jain

Vice President- Paytm

A chartered accountant by profession, Saurabh Jain has a keen interest in technology and is heading the 'Paytm - Build for India' program. He is also the founder at Fun2Do labs having the motto of "Making education OPEN and FUN". He has penned 'Mobile Phone Programming' - which is India's first book on mobile app technology.

Sanjaya Baru

Political commentator and Policy analyst

Sanjaya Baru was the media advisor and chief spokesperson of former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. He has also served as associate editor at TOI and Economic Times alongside being the chief editor at Business Standard. He has administered as the Director for Geoeconomics and strategy at IISS.

Cmde. Mukesh Bhargava

Vice President and Member of Board, L&T Defense

An Electrical Engineer from IIT Roorkee, Mukesh Bhargava had put in 31 years of distinguished and unmatched military service dedicated to the country. He has led partnerships with ISRO and VSSC for supplying Mission Critical Systems for PSLV, GSLV, Chandrayaan and Mangalyaan which have created International benchmarks in the field of space technology. Along with serving the country, he has also inspired the youth with his diverse field of interest and critical decision making.

Raghava Rao

CFO of Amazon India

Got some entrepreneurship quest? FootPrintsX9 gives you an opportunity to listen to Raghava Rao, the CFO of Amazon India, an alumnus of IIT-Mumbai and IIM-Calcutta who will share his experiences that shaped his career path over 20 years in international organizations like Hindustan Unilever, Kimberley-clark lever and many more.

Dr. David H. Grinspoon

Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute

The mysteries of evolution of universe and existence of extraterrestrial life are always engrossing! So fasten your seatbelts to explore the illimitable universe with the renowned astrobiologist Dr. David H. Grinspoon.

Peter C. Schultz

Co-inventor of the fiber optics

Get ready to cognize the journey and future of the revolutionary invention of fibre optics with its co inventor Peter C. Schultz.

David Blatter

It’s not too often that you run with a true passion for magic. FootPrintsX9 presents David Blatter- A person for real and for fun. He is a comedy magician and an illusionist whose miraculous performances mind-boggle the entire world.

Vineet Mehta

Senior Manager, R&D, Tesla Motors

He is the senior manager of research and development department of Tesla Motors, San Francisco. He has graduated from Stanford University, California. He is the founder of "219 Design LLC" as well as the designer of top leading models of Tesla like Roadster 2, Tesla Semi, Model S, Model X, Model 3 and many more. He has worked with the US Government on renewable energy resources and also has various patents filed under his name for fuel efficient products.

Don Vaughn

Neuroscientist, Science Communicator

He is an American Neuroscientist, DJ, model, data analyst and science communicater. His TEDx talk on neuroplasticity, entitled "Neurohacking: Rewiring your Brain" received over a million views on YouTube. His album "The Don Vaughn experiment" is a popular hit on YouTube. He has made an application which catches neuro signals from babies and converts it to speech. His research has been featured in worldwide popular magazines like The Time, Cosmopolitan etc. Presently he is a teaching faculty at Santa Clara University.

Dr. Casey Handmer

Levitation Engineer, Hyperloop One

He is a levitation engineer at Hyperloop One, Los Angeles. He did his PhD from Caltech University. He has worked with NASA in the field of artificial intelligence and has also written a book called "Mars Exploration Technology". He was one of the top writers of Quora from 2014 to 2017 and one of his answers has been published in Forbes magazine. He is also a pilot and a musician.

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

Filmmaker, Screenwriter, Director

An Indian filmmaker and screenwriter, well known for writing and directing Rang de Basanti, Bhaag milkha Bhaag, Delhi 6 and many more. He also owns a film production company named as "ROMP Pictutes". He received great credit for his movie "Rang de Basanti", winning the "Best Director Award", "BAFTA award" nomination for the best foreign language movie and it was also recommended for Oscar Award 2006-2007. His movie "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag" also turned out to be a commercial and critical success. His documentary "Bollywood: the greatest love story ever told" was featured in Cannes Film Festival 2012

Subramanian Swamy

Economist, Politician

Subramanian Swamy is an Indian politician and economist who serves as a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament.He was the President of the Janata Party. Swamy has served as a member of the Planning Commission of India and was a Cabinet Minister in the Chandra Shekhar government.

Dr.-Ing Ulrich Bez

Non-Executive Chairman, Aston Martin

Dr.-Ing Ulrich Bez is the non-executive chairman of Aston Martin and former CEO of Aston Martin. Dr. Bez published a book "Making Aston Martin", which describes his background as well as his work at Aston Martin.

Mark Edward

Skeptic-Psychic Entertainer

He is a skeptic-psychic entertainer who specializes in mind reading and telepathy. He has also secured Emmy award nomination in 2002.

H. Sidhesha

Project and Technology Director, LCA, ADA, Defense

He is the Project Director and Technology director at LCA(Light combat Aircraft ) , Aeronautical Development Agency, Ministry of Defense, Government of India. He is the man behind the development of Tejas.

Chris Korn


Globally renowned, Chris Korn has captivated audiences in over 20 foreign countries - from Japan to South Africa - and in over 100 cities in the United States, showcasing his extensive repertoire of ecstatic illusion. Since starring in his own series, MONDO MAGIC, on A&E, MONDO MAGIC SINGAPORE, & MAGIC ASIA on AXN (the #1 TV show throughout Asia and Singapore).

Dr. Henry Throop

Senior Research Scientist (PSI), New Horizon Mission NASA

Dr. Henry Throop was responsible for the oversight and management of two of the NASA's major scientific research programs, one of which is New Horizons Mission. Throop’s work has been featured in Science, Nature, Time, The Washington Post and on the History Channel and National Geographic TV. Throop had been working on NASA’s New Horizons mission since 2003, in preparation for its arrival at Pluto in July, 2015, which has been successfully achieved.

Roel Vertegaal

Inventor of Samsung Smart Pause Technologies

Roel Vertegaal is an interaction designer and scientist working in the area of Human-Computer Interaction. He is best known for his pioneering work on flexible and paper computers, with systems such as PaperWindows (2004), PaperPhone (2010) and PaperTab (2012). He is also known for inventing ubiquitous eye input, such as Samsung's Smart Pause technologies, and BitDrones, one of the first programmable matter user interfaces.

Meetul Patel

General Manager of Microsoft India

He is the General Manager at Microsoft, India, with extensive opportunity identification, strategy definition, strategy implementation, and business management experience gained through 20 years of cross-sector and cross-functional management consulting experience and business leadership roles.

Harry Kroto


Sir Harold Walter Kroto, FRS, known as Harry Kroto, was an English chemist. He shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Robert Curl and Richard Smalley for their discovery of fullerenes. He is the recipient of many other honors and awards.

Marshall Strabala

Architect of Burj Khalifa and Shanghai Towers

Mr. Strabala has designed more than 50 world-renowned developments in North America, Asia and Europe, including three of the world’s 10 tallest buildings namely Burj Khalifa, Shanghai Tower and Zifeng Tower. His projects include the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong, the 5 Canada Square building at London’s Canary Wharf, and the Houston Ballet.

Satyajit Bhatkal

Director of the Show ‘SATYAMEV JAYATE’

The renowned director of the television show ‘ Satyamev Jayate”, which has completed 3 seasons and 25 episodes so far, also the co-writer and director of Zokkomon produced by Walt Disney released in 2011, is also a member of Indian lawyer association and wrote and directed “Bombay Lawyers” which was a critically acclaimed series dealing with important issues.

Jeff Lieberman

Host of Time Warp Show on Discovery Channel

Jeff Lieberman is the host of the show Time Warp on Discovery Channel. Lieberman, originally from Florida, holds two B.S. degrees, in Mathematics and Physics, and two M.S. degrees, in Mechanical Engineering.