Mr. Murthi is an expert in space law and policy. At international level, he serves International Institute of Space Law as one of its Vice Presidents. He is currently adjunct faculty at National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore, India and also an adjunct professor at Jain University. In 2011 he held a position in the Office of Adviser to India's Prime Minister as Senior Expert on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations in India.
He has rich experience in space commercialisation and space policy analysis and played key roles in India's Space programme for over three decades. He represented India as a delegate to United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.
He served as Managing Director of Antrix Corporation, and also as Scientific Secretary of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). He extensively contributed to technology transfer and space industry development programmes in ISRO and also served as a counsellor at Embassy of India in Paris, promoting cooperation between space agencies/ industry from Europe and India's space establishments. He recently contributed to a published study on National GI policy. He was a member of Interim Core Group set up by Planning Commission of India for evolving National GIS system and is Fellow of Institution of Engineers, India.
He holds a degree in Mechanical engineering with PG qualification from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Mr. Murthi has wide experience in promoting international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space. He was elected as Vice President of International Astronautical Federation during 1998-2002, responsible for relations with international organizations. He had served as a Trustee of International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). He has been the recipient of Social Sciences Award of International Academy of Astronautics in 2003, the Astronautical Society of India award in Space Systems Management in 2004, the ISRO Merit award in 2007 for Commercialisation and the Lifetime achievement award from the International Institute of Space Law in 2007.
He has more than forty publications in national and international journals and is co-editor of the book 'Perspectives in Communications' published by World Scientific Publishing Company, Singapore.
“In the quest for an outpost in outer space for long term human habitation, Mars is as highly challenging a destination for humanity as it is an exciting destiny unfolding new dimensions of progress in living environments. The inherent spirit of adventure and the instincts for long term survival will irresistibly beckon the human species to explore the habitability of Mars. The steps towards that goal will not only be a driver of numerous innovations but also a source for many technological and socio cultural spin offs on the planet earth itself.”