Bhupendra Jasani has an MSc in nuclear physics and a PhD in nuclear physics and nuclear medicine. Between 1958 and 1972, he worked for the British Medical Research Council and then joined the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in Sweden in February 1972 before joining, in October 1987, the Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies, London, as a Rockwell International Fellow. His main interests are nuclear non-proliferation and militarisation of outer space. In 1984 he conceptualised the Western European Union Satellite Centre, the concept that was realised in 1991 when the Centre was established near Madrid, Spain where he worked for a year training the image interpreters. The Centre is now known as the European Union Satellite Centre supporting the European Union and is an Agency of the Council of the European Union and one of the key institutions for European Union’s Security and Defence policy.
In 1990, he joined the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, University of London where he developed the use of commercial remote sensing satellites for applications to monitor multilateral arms control treaties (nuclear, chemical and conventional weapons), confidence building measures and peacekeeping operations by, for example, the United Nations.
Between 1996 and 2000, he had written several reports for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on behalf of the UK and German Governments on the use of commercial observation satellites to enhance the Agency’s safeguards procedures. As a result of these the IAEA established a Satellite Imagery Analysis Laboratory and it has been using satellite data for its tasks. In 2003 the European Commission (EC) established a study called the Global Monitoring for Security and Stability (GMOSS) in which he coordinated treaty monitoring and early warning of conflicts and natural disasters projects using commercial remote sensing satellites. This is now successfully completed. He was a part of an EC funded project, HAWKEYE, which dealt with the development of an air- and space-based hyper-spectral sensor. This project is now completed. Recently he was appointed to the Advisory Board of the EC project, LIMES, under the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme. He is also participating in the GEMES services for Management of Operations, Situation Awareness and Intelligence for regional Crisis (G-MOSAIC) project, an EC funded project under the F7 programme.
He is a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Agenda Council on Space Security since 2011.
Until recently he was a chairman for the Commission VIII.5 on Policies, Treaties and Data Access of the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.
He lectures each year at the International Space University, Strasbourg, France on the space assets for verification and also the dual nature of these capabilities.
He is a member of the Adjunct Faculty, Faculty of the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India.
He received the Gold Asian Achievers Award for 2011 in the Professional of the Year Category from the Asian Business Publications (ABPL), Asian Voice (English) and Gujarat Samachar (Gujarati), the premier newsweeklies for British Asians in the UK.
He is on the editorial board of the Space Policy, a journal that specifically deals with all aspects of outer space activities.
Apart from 25 scientific publications, he has published some 200 papers on nuclear and space arms control issues. He has written edited and co-edited 20 books and monographs on these subjects.
His outside interest are Indian classical music and spirituality.