Manisha Pande is executive editor at Newslaundry , a Delhi-based news and media critique website. Manisha has been a journalist in India for over a decade and tracks the Indian media ecosystem. She has a hugely popular weekly news and satire show that looks at news coverage on mainstream TV news channels. She has won the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Award for Best Investigative Journalism in 2016.
Bindu Subramaniam is a singer/songwriter, author and music educator. She started the contemporary world music band SubraMania, with her brother Ambi, and their first release “Days in the Sun” had over a million views on Facebook. As a songwriter, she has won Honourable Mentions at the Billboard World Song Contest. She is also a recipient of a Global Indian Music Award and was named one of 12 Gen Next Achievers by Verve Magazine. Bindu heads of the Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts, and started the SaPa in Schools part of school curriculum. She has co-written the SaPa Baby series of books (with her father Dr. L. Subramaniam) to teach music to young children and teaches on the SaPa Show, a weekly television program. She is also closely involved with the philanthropic activities of the Subramaniam Foundation. Bindu has a master’s degree in law from London University, a master’s certificate in songwriting and music business from Berklee Music, a Montessori diploma, an MPhil, and is currently working on a PhD in Music Education.
Shaili Chopra is the founder of SheThePeople.TV, India’s no.1 digital media platform for women, dedicated to passionately championing and promoting their stories, to Empower, Engage and Elevate their efforts. It has reached over 15 million women through its online and offline network. She received the Vital Voices Fellowship for 2017. Entrepreneur India called her the Entrepreneur of the Year 2017. Beyond Diversity Foundation also felicitated her with the Woman of Influence Award 2017 for her work with SheThePeople. In March 2016 Shaili was announced one of India’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in Media, Marketing and Advertising by IMPACT Magazine. As a report she holds the most prestigious award in journalism, Ramnath Goenka Award.
Arijit is a former Editor of Sydney-based freemium Indian diaspora news publication, ‘The Indian Telegraph’. He also ran a start up Down Under in design and prints. Arijit became the name and face of his publication and brought an offline product into digital media, mainly by use of social media. He was also awarded the ‘Young Journalist Award’ in 2015 from the New South Wales Govt, Parliamentary Counsel’s Office.
In late 2014, Arijit answered the call of the motherland and landed a spot in the digital world of News World India (formerly Focus News).
In 2016, he was part of the founding team of Buffalo Soldiers Media & Strategists, where he brings in his experiences and skills as his start-up keeps growing, mainly focusing on creating the first medium for global football fans to connect and interact called ‘FootTheBall’ which made in the top 15 start ups by UberPitch India, 2016 and is in top 30 start ups by leAD Sports Accelarator (Berlin) 2017.
Global media entrepreneur, and sportscaster, Mallika Bajaj did not grow up knowing she would become a media professional. However, she was brought up to believe that whatever she did would make a difference. She is a celebrated name when it comes to inspiring women or empowering the youth through digital media. Mallika completed her BA in Media and Communications at the University of Melbourne and went on to successfully pursue a Masters in Media and Communications, from Goldsmiths, University of London, where she acquired knowledge, skills, and the confidence to establish her own company at 23. Her desire to empower women, and talented young professionals, using digital media as her tool, led her to conceive the idea of Little Yellow Beetle Media Pvt Ltd (LYB), which of functions on the dual focus of ‘Digitizing India’ and connecting India to the ‘Digital Globe’, one leap at a time, offering young professionals the opportunity to explore their creative best.
A digital native, she is responsible for launching India’s first 360-degree media solutions digital studio, and lending a similar structure to Doha, Qatar all under the age of 25. She was also the name behind launching the Video information segment to Hindustan Times, Live Mint (Murdoch Group) at the age of 17; in their New Delhi, India headquarter office. Mallika is the world’s youngest host for the BNP Davis Cup Tennis tournaments across Asia/Oceania. She starting hosting the events at 16 and went on to doing so up until 2014. Women Entrepreneur of the Year (2015), a National Youth Parliament Ambassador (2015), Global Scholar and Young Leader (2011) and headed for more.
Lately, she was last seen inspiring audiences at the IBC Amsterdam, and at the W.I.N, in Rome, and lends her time to empowering and helping students at prestigious universities in India.
Damian is Director of Foundation Relations at The Conversation, a platform for knowledge-based journalism sourced from the world’s universities, where he leads relationships with philanthropic foundations and works on global strategy. Joining The Conversation in 2011, he has played a key role in the organisation’s growth in Australia, UK, US, Africa, France, Canada and Indonesia.
Prior to joining The Conversation, Damian worked for the Victorian Government on programs to deliver services to the agriculture sector and rural communities. He also worked as a policy adviser to the Victorian Minister for Agriculture.
Damian’s first experience in India was as an AIESEC trainee in 2003, when he worked at an orphanage near Chennai. Since then he has maintained many connections with India.
Leading @TwitterIndia partnerships with News, Politics & Govt. verticals in India. Lead strategies that scale up Twitter’s reach and impact with news, government, political users of Twitter. Manage, track and expand Twitter’s relationships with journalists/editors and government officials or politicians; increase the active usage of Twitter significantly among them. Develop best practices and new story formats, and drive adoption by news, government, political users. Provide front-line technical support to news, government, political users of Twitter. Previously worked as the Director of Communications, India at Change.org, the world’s largest petition platform. Was in charge of formulation and execution of communication strategy around India-based, India relevant global campaigns on Change.org and the overall buildup of the Change.org brand in India.
I have also worked as a Strategic Communications Consultant advising brands like TATA and the UNDP. I have over six years of experience as a cross platform journalist & story teller, working in & writing for outlets like CNN-IBN, BBC-PRI, The Atlantic Monthly, ProPublica and a host of publications across the world. As a Development Practitioner, l have worked with Mercy Corps International, executing a highly successful Participatory Planning Youth Leadership Project in Kashmir that included Kashmir’s first ever Youth Leadership Summit – One Young Kashmir. In my long association with WISCOMP, I have conducted several trainings for it’s beneficiaries in Delhi and Srinagar.
I have trained participants in the use of technology & social media for affecting social change. I have spoken about the issue passionately across the subcontinent, including at the July 2012 2nd Indo Pak Social Media Summit in Karachi and at the Feb 2013 US State Department Mumbai Tech Camp. I am passionate about the intersection of technology & social change. I am a regular commentator on issues relevant to new media on National and International Media outlets like BBC, Time, NDTV, AFP & others.
Rishabh is the News Editor and a prime time Anchor at a national English language news channel in India, NewsX. His primary responsibilities range from helping to take editorial decisions, overseeing minute-by-minute news coverage and managing the newsroom and news flow especially during breaking news situations. A student of journalism from the University of Delhi and later International Relations from the University of Manchester, he specialises in the study of the political history, of not only his native country, but also the world.
Rishabh has also founded and manages forums and organisations targeted to build capacity, leadership qualities and skills development in key social policy areas. He was the founding President of Leaders for Tomorrow which is a youth organisation targeting skills development, he currently chairs Global Youth, a forum to encourage young people in India to partake in the formulation of strategic and foreign policy; as well as The Aethos Initiative which looks to promote youth participation in social policy. He’s also a stage actor and director and a published poet.