Rohini Rau

Dr Rohini Rau is India’s former top woman sailor. Her best World ISAF Ranking was 94 and 5th in Asia. She created history by winning India’s first international gold medal by a women’s youth team at the Asian Sailing Championship in 2004. She has participated in 8 World Championships, winning 6 international medals and 32 National Medals including 8 Consecutive National titles in the Laser Radial. She campaigned for the 2012 Olympic Games.

She completed her medical degree (MBBS) at Chengalpet Govt Medical College and her MSc Internal Medicine (University of Edinburgh). She works as a Senior Resident Doctor at Kauvery Hospital, Chennai, India.She is the Outgoing Curator of the Chennai Hub Global Shapers Community ( an initiative of the World Economic Forum ) and a 2009 TED Fellow.

She has worked as a health researcher with the National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project 2016. She was in Angola for 3 weeks for a Health survey assessment. She serves as part of the Global Shapers Alumni Advisory Council since 2018.

Rohini is India’s first Medical Clown and trainer. She has worked with The Little Theatre’s Hospital Clowns Troupe since 2015.

In 2018 she was a Facilitator for 4 International Design Thinking projects in Ethiopia, Nepal, Singapore and Kenya. She is an International motivational speaker (TED, TEDx,WEF, TiECON, Yi conferences). She has acted on stage since the age of 5 and been part of numerous musical theatre productions since then. She is a trustee of The Little Theatre – a 28 year old not-for-profit Children’s theatre organisation and has been involved in most of their productions. She is a lyricist and has been part of International productions operating the light and sound. She has learnt Bharatnatyam, Jazz Ballet, Tap and Salsa dancing. She plays the piano and the violin. Has acted in numerous stage shows and an Italian feature film ‘Gills’ age 12. She has sung playback for a Tamil film ‘Three Roses’.

After 7 years, Rohini made a comeback into competitive sailing – forming an All Women’s sailing team to represent India at the J/80 World Championship in Bilbao, Spain 12 – 20 July 2019. Team YATRA placed 4th in the Women’s Category.