Jay Mazoomdaar

June 20, 2018

Born in Kolkata, Jay moved to Delhi in 1996 and over the years, honed his investigative reportage such that it impacted a number of policy decisions. Currently with The Indian Express, he is part of the global investigations team looking into the Panama and Paradise Papers. In 2005, he exposed the local extinction of tigers in Sariska during his first stint with The Indian Express. Jay has worked with the Amrita Bazar Patrika (Kolkata) and The Sunday Observer (New Delhi).  He has been awarded with the Prem Bhatia award, the Commonwealth Press Union prize, and the ACJ Award for investigative journalism.

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Seema Singh

June 11, 2018

Seema is the co-founder and editor of The Ken, a subscription-driven digital publication. She has over two decades of experience in journalism. Before starting The Ken, Seema wrote Myth Breaker: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and the Story of Indian Biotech, published by HarperCollins in May 2016. Prior to that, she was a senior editor and bureau chief for Bangalore with Forbes India, before which she wrote for Mint. Seema is a Knight Science Journalism Fellow from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a MacArthur Foundation Research Grantee.  

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Dinesh C Sharma

July 19, 2018

Dinesh is an award-winning journalist and author with over 30 years of experience in reporting on science, environment and health for national and international media, including the medical journal, The Lancet. Currently, he is the Managing Editor of India Science Wire (ISW). His latest book The Outsourcer: The Story of India’s IT Revolution (MIT Press, 2015) won him the Computer History Museum Book Prize for 2016. His book on public policies relating to health  – Know Your Heart – The Hidden Links Between Your Body and the Politics of the State – was widely acclaimed.

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Vivek Kaul

June 11, 2018

Mumbai-based Vivek was born and brought up in Ranchi. After a chequered journey in academics across disciplines, he landed up in journalism and found his true calling. He has worked at senior positions with the DNA and The Economic Times. He has also written four books. India’s Big Government—The Intrusive State and How It Is Hurting Us, his fourth book, was published in January 2017. He is also the author of the Easy Money trilogy, a series of three books on the history of money and banking, and how that caused the financial crisis of 2008. His writing has also appeared in The Times of India, The Hindu, The Hindu Business Line, Business World, Business Today, India Today, Mid-Day, Business Standard, Forbes India, and on websites such as Firstpost, Huffington Post, The Quint, Business-Standard, Scroll, Newslaundry and the BBC.

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Dr. Vinod K. Paul

July 27, 2018

Vinod is a full-time Member at NITI Aayog (National Institute of Transforming India). He has been a member of the faculty at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, for over three decades and Head of Department of Paediatrics for several years. Apart from being an eminent neonatologist, Vinod has contributed to India’s national programmes on reproductive and child health, and on nutrition. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the global Every Newborn Action Plan. Vinod holds positions in multiple international fora on child health, has been a co-chair of the Board of the Global Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and a member of the UN Millennium Project Task Force on Child and Maternal Health. A well-known published researcher, he is a recipient of the prestigious Dr B.R. Ambedkar Centenary Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research by ICMR and the Public Health Champions Award by WHO.

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Praveen Gopal Krishnan

June 20, 2018

Praveen, Head of Products at The Ken, has seven years of experience in product management focusing on front-end products on the web and mobile. In his last assignment, he was the Director of Product at InMobi, the world’s largest independent mobile advertising network where he conceptualised and launched the Marketing Partners platform and their analytics suite. A long time ago, Praveen used to be a journalist writing for The Economic Times in Chennai, Scroll.in and Mint. Praveen holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

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Shiv Aroor

June 11, 2018

Shiv is an editor and anchor with India Today Television, with over a decade’s experience covering the Indian military. He has reported from conflict zones that include Kashmir, India’s North-east, Sri Lanka and Libya. For the latter, he won two awards for war reporting. Shiv also runs the popular award-winning military news and analysis site Livefist, on which he frequently tells the stories of India’s military heroes.

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Raghu Rai

June 11, 2018

Raghu, one of India’s veteran and most renowned photographers and photojournalists, was a protégé of Henri Cartier-Bresson, who appointed Rai, then a young photojournalist, to Magnum Photos in 1977. Rai became a photographer in 1965 and a year later joined the staff of The Statesman. In 1976, he left the paper and became a freelance photographer. From 1982 until 1992, Rai was the director of photography for India Today. He has served on the jury for World Press Photo and is known for his books, Raghu Rai’s India: Reflections in Colour and Reflections in Black and White.

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Raju Narisetti

June 11, 2018

A media executive with a track record in creating, rethinking and managing major media organizations in North America, Europe and Asia, Raju was most recently the CEO of Gizmodo Media Group, at Univision Communications Inc, a portfolio of digital journalism sites that included some of the web’s most beloved and authentic brands. Raju has been Senior Vice-President of Strategy at News Corp. His previous roles have included Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network, where he was responsible for WSJ’s digital/mobile content strategy and execution; Managing Editor of The Washington Post, where he led the integration of its digital and print businesses; Editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe; and Founder of Mint, the second-largest business newspaper/website in India.  

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Vrinda Grover

July 26, 2018

Vrinda is a lawyer, researcher, human rights and women’s rights activist based in New Delhi. As a lawyer she has appeared in landmark human rights cases and represented women and child survivors of domestic and sexual violence, victims and survivors of communal massacre, extrajudicial killings and custodial torture, sexual minorities, trade unions and political activists. She has contributed to the drafting of several milestone laws in the country including the 2013 Criminal Law Amendment to the law against sexual assault; the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012; the Prevention of Torture Bill, 2010; a law for protection from Communal and Targeted Violence.  A member of many government committees in India and a prominent commentator in the media, she is presently a Research Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi. She is a member of the UN Women India Civil Society Advisory Group, and was also named among one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2013.

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