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Susmita Mohanty

speaker location icon Bangalore, India

Co-founder and CEO of Earth2Orbit, India's first private space start-up

Voted one of BBC's most influential women worldwide

One of the Financial Times' '25 Indians to watch'

Susmita Mohanty is a spaceship designer and entrepreneur. A protégé of the late science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, she seamlessly straddles the worlds of art, architecture, design, technology and business.

Susmita Mohanty is the only entrepreneur in the world who has founded space companies on three different continents. She is the co-founder and CEO of EARTH2ORBIT, India’s first private space start-up. She has also co-founded and led two other companies, MOONFRONT, San Francisco [2001-2007] and LIQUIFER, Vienna [2004-ongoing].

Before her entrepreneurial exploits, Susmita worked for the International Space Station programme at Boeing in California and on Shuttle-Mir missions at NASA Johnson in Houston. Educated in India, France, and Sweden, Susmita Mohanty holds multiple degrees including a PhD.

In 2019, Susmita was selected as one of BBC’s 100 Women laureates inspiring and influencing a female-led future. In 2017, she was featured on the cover of Fortune Magazine. In 2012, she was voted into Financial Times’ list of “25 Indians to Watch”. In 2016, she was nominated to the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Future Council for Space Technologies. In 2005, Susmita was honoured on Capitol Hill in Washington DC with the International Achievement Award for promoting international cooperation through space ventures.

Susmita has also been a political appointee where she headed a program covering 67000 schools and 7.2 million children in Odisha, eastern India.

Susmita Mohanty has been widely featured in the press worldwide. Over the past two decades, she has been invited as a Keynote Speaker, Thought Leader, Innovator, Interdisciplinary Expert, Space Entrepreneur, Renaissance Woman – to events across the Planet.

Susmita is an ardent traveller and explorer. She is probably the only person in the world to have visited the Arctic and Antarctica, on invitation. She hopes that someday, she can take long sorties on the Moon.

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