Ajai Shukla

June 11, 2018

Ajai is a journalist and commentator who specialises in strategic affairs. He writes primarily for Business Standard, and also for international newspapers including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. He hosts a defence affairs blog, Broadsword, which attracts 3,000-6,000 readers daily. Earlier, as a war correspondent for NDTV, he reported from conflict zones like Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Jammu & Kashmir and the Northeast. Ajai served in the Indian Army for 22 years, retiring as a colonel after commanding a tank regiment. Ajai graduated from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and did his post-graduation from King’s College, London.

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Neha Dixit

June 11, 2018

Neha is an independent journalist based in New Delhi, India. She covers politics, gender and social Justice in South Asia. She has worked with multiple mediums and reported for Al Jazeera, Smithsonian, Caravan, Outlook and others. She is a contributor to the UNESCO Casebook of Investigative Journalism 2011, Zubaan Anthology on Sexual Violence in South Asia and First Hand: Graphic Non-Fiction in India. Neha has won multiple awards including the Chameli Devi Jain Award for Outstanding Journalist 2016, Kurt Schork Award in International Journalism 2014, and the Lorenzo Natali Prize for Journalism from the European Commission 2011, among others.

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Rukmini S

June 11, 2018

Rukmini S is one of India’s few data journalists and was the first Data Editor of an Indian publication while at The Hindu. She was most recently Editor – Data and Innovation at HuffPost India. Rukmini writes mainly on gender, crime, law, caste, inequality and is passionate about engaging storytelling. She studied in Mumbai and London, worked in Delhi and now lives and works in Chennai.  

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Rakesh Reddy Dubbudu

June 11, 2018

Rakesh is a well-known transparency and open data campaigner and also the founder of FACTLY, one of the better-known portals in ‘public information/data journalism’. He has been working on Right to Information (RTI)-related issues for the last 13 years and is associated with the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI) & Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). Rakesh played a significant role in the launch of the ‘Open Data Policy’ by the Government of Telangana, the newest state in India. He is also visiting faculty at various administrative training institutes of the state and central governments. Rakesh has numerous awards and national and international fellowships to his credit.

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Tanveer Ahmed Mir

July 18, 2018

Tanveer is a New Delhi-based criminal lawyer and founder partner of the law firm Lex Alliance and a well-known defence counsel.  He is the lead defence counsel for Dr. Rajesh Talwar & Dr. Nupur Talwar in the 2008 Aarushi Talwar murder having conducted the trial as well as led the defence of the Talwars at Allahabad High Court leading to their exoneration. Tanveer also represented the principal accused in the famous Citibank Scam being one of the largest private bank scams ever in independent India; and the CWG Scam. He is defence advisor in the Augusta Westland Chopper Scam as well in the Coal Scam cases.

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Ashutosh Chaturvedi

June 21, 2018

Ashutosh is a senior journalist and Editor-in-Chief of Prabhat Khabar. Prabhat Khabar was established in 1984 and now is one of India’s leading media groups, primarily active in Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal. Ashutosh has over 30 years of experience in journalism and was earlier associated with media groups like Amar Ujala as Executive Editor, BBC World Service in London and Delhi, Dainik Jagran, Sunday Observer, and India Today.

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Nikhil Pahwa

June 11, 2018

Nikhil is the Founder and Editor of MediaNama, a leading publication chronicling the growth of India’s digital ecosystem. He is a TED Fellow, and co-founded Savetheinternet.in to campaign for Net Neutrality in India, which was the largest grassroots campaign in the history of India, with over a million people participating. He is also the co-founder of the Internet Freedom Foundation, which focuses on advocacy for an open Internet in India. At present, Nikhil is a part of initiatives to fix Aadhaar, the world’s largest biometric identity database, covering over 1.19 billion Indians, in a manner that protects privacy. He was named one of India Today’s ‘Indians of Tomorrow under 35’ in 2012.

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Malini Subramaniam

June 11, 2018

Malini is an independent journalist covering news from Bastar. After a brief training in journalism she worked in the development sector for over twenty years to return to journalism in 2015. She has primarily covered news for Scroll.in to reflect the extent of human rights violation taking place in an ‘undeclared conflict’ zone like Bastar. She also focusses on the difficulties of working as regional stringers/reporters, especially in remote districts and towns. She is a recipient of the 2016 International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists, New York and the 2017 Oxfam-Novib/PEN International Freedom of Speech and Expression Award.

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Sunetra Choudhury

June 11, 2018

Sunetra started her career at The Indian Express where she headed the city team. Three years later, she moved to NDTV, where she is currently Political Editor. Her first book Braking News (Hachette) was based on her experience of covering the 2009 election campaign across the country by bus. Her latest book Behind Bars: Prison Tales of India’s Most Famous (2017, Roli) was the result of extensive interviews with high profile jail inmates and has been translated into Hindi and Marathi with a Telegu edition in the works. She is a Jefferson Fellow (2018) and the recipient of this year’s Mary Morgan Hewett Award that recognizes women journalists in Asia, the Pacific and the United States.

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Manish Tewari

July 17, 2018

Manish is a practising lawyer in the Supreme Court of India.   He has been a Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) and a Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting in the Government of India.  He was also a Member/Special Invitee to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, Parliamentary Affairs and on Investments.  Currently, he is the National Spokesperson of the Indian National Congress and Secretary of its Foreign Affairs Department. He was a Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committees of External Affairs, Law & Justice and Defence and a Distinguished Senior Fellow of Atlantic Council, Washington DC, USA.

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