Auskar Surbakti

Auskar Surbakti is an award-winning journalist and anchor with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). He is a reporter and presenter for the nightly international news and current affairs program, The World, which is broadcast nationally on ABC News 24 and overseas on the ABC’s international service, Australia Plus. Before joining the ABC, Auskar worked for the SBS network where he was a foreign correspondent, reporting across Asia and Europe.

His reports have also appeared on CNN. Auskar is also a consultant with the World Bank, hosting discussions on development issues in the Asia-Pacific region.

Rana Ayyub

Based between Mumbai and Delhi, Rana Ayyub, 31, is a celebratedand political affairs journalist from India . A post graduate in Social Communications Media, she has been credited with some of the best investigative stories, be it from the naxal hotbeds in India , the LTTE turf in Sri Lanka , terror-related stories from Pakistan or human rights essays from Bangladesh. She was until recently working with Tehelka, one of India’s most popular and credible news magazines as Senior Editor, News and Investigations.

Having worked with some of the most prominent media organizations in India and produced award-winning documentaries, she has to her credit revelational exposés on right-wing fundamentalism in India as well as reports on terrorism and conflict-related events in the country.

Her exposé on the faces behind right-wing terror in Maharashtra or on the criminal-political nexus in the encounters in Gujarat have been path breaking and have won her many accolades. Rana’s work was duly recognized by a media organization in India which named her as one amongst the 50 Muslims post independence who have made significant contribution to the society.

It was her body of courageous and inspiring work that got her the prestigious Sanskriti Award for Excellence in Journalism 2011.

An avid reader of biographies and political history and an ardent follower of Urdu poetry and literature, she has travelled across India and the subcontinent to chase news and grasp elements of history. She is at present a columnist with reputed national and international publications while working on her book on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Mosiqi Acharya

Mosiqi Acharya is a Journalist with over 11 years’ experience in Broadcast Industry. Having worked as a television journalist with top Indian news channels – CNN IBN, NewsX and Headlines Today, Mosiqi has covered the rise of Narendra Modi from being a Chief Minister of Gujarat to the Prime Minister of India, investigated and covered terror attacks in Mumbai and Ahmedabad, covered state and general elections, interviewed numerous politicians and personalities.

Mosiqi moved to Australia in 2014 and wrote several political pieces for University of Melbourne’s Election Watch website as a Contributing Editor. In May 2014, she joined SBS Radio’s Hindi program as a Producer and has been published in The Age too. Her most remarkable and proud achievement was writing a White Paper on Australia India Bilateral Trade Relations commissioned by Australia India Institute and Australia India Business Council. This White Paper was presented to Australian Prime Minister Hon. Tony Abbott just days before his historic visit to New Delhi in September 2014. When she is not reporting, Mosiqi likes to write, read, debate and contemplate. Australia-India relations excite and intrigue her and she hopes to discover more, report more and work more towards bringing both the countries closer.

Hindol Sengupta

Hindol Sengupta is Editor-at-Large for Fortune India. He is the author of five books. The latest, Recasting India: How Entrepreneurship is Revolutionizing the World’s Largest Democracy (Palgrave Macmillan) has been praised by American economists Vijay Govindarajan and Arvind Panagariya, and Infosys founder N R Narayana Murthy. His earlier book, The Liberals (Harper Collins) won praise from economist and British Labour Party peer Lord Meghnad Desai as the definitive autobiography of India’s two-decade long process of opening its markets, popularly known as liberalisation. He has been a political interview show host for Bloomberg TV India, and worked as a reporter and anchor for CNBC TV-18 and CNN-IBN. He is the founder of the Whypoll Trust whose work in launching the first gender mapping of India’s capital, New Delhi, and launching the first women safety mobile app in India has been reported around the world.

Hindol is the co-founder of the first ever UN Millennium Campaign Lectures anywhere in the world in 2011, bringing together a never-before list of 11 speakers across two days including five Members of Parliament cutting across party lines and one Nobel laureate. Hindol was voted by the global ideas platform Ideamensch on their 2012 list of 33 Entrepreneurs Who Make This World A Better Place. He is the co-founder of the Indian Media Project (with Prof Andreas Mattsson of Lund University, Sweden) which will be launched in Fall 2015. Hindol is, at the moment, also researching a paper on the impact of liberalisation and technology on India’s Hindu nation.

Sara Whyte

Sarah Whyte is a Walkley Award-winning journalist who writes for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers. Sarah is currently the immigration reporter based in Parliament House, Canberra. In 2013, Sarah worked on a six-month investigation into the garment trade in Bangladesh and India, exposing horrendous working conditions in garment factories that produce millions of clothes for Australian companies. Sarah is passionate about human rights and community development, having worked as a journalist in Cambodia for the Phnom Penh Post in 2004. Her work was nominated for four awards in 2014, including the Amnesty International Human Rights Awards and the NSW Kennedy Awards for Excellence in Journalism.

In 2004, Sarah represented Australia in the International Young Leadership Conference in Prague.

Delnaaz Irani

Del Irani is currently a Presenter on Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News. She is the co-creator and Presenter/Producer of an issues-based talk show, called #TalkAboutIt. Del presents the program from various international locations including Melbourne, Sydney, Mumbai, Jakarta and interviews people across the globe from Delhi and Beijing to Tokyo and Myanmar. Due to popular demand, the show was extended into its fourth season and as of July 2014, has been commissioned on a long-term basis for ABC News’ national 24-hour news channel as well as their international service AustraliaPlus.

Del is a former BBC World News Presenter and Correspondent. She was the Presenter of India Business Report on BBC World News, which broadcasts weekly to more than 77 million viewers worldwide. She was also the Mumbai Correspondent for BBC World News and covered the trial of the lone surviving gunman in the 2008 Mumbai Terror attacks among other breaking news stories.
In 2014, Del was invited to moderate a few United Nations’ conferences on youth employment in Bangkok. In 2013, she was the only Australian journalist to win a Jefferson Fellowship and visited the East West Centre in Hawaii as well as Tokyo, Beijing and Yangon, along with 14 other journalists from Asia-pacific. Del has lived and worked in the Middle-East, Asia, Europe, Central America & Caribbean. She is an Australian citizen with Indian & Iranian heritage and speaks English, Hindi and Gujarati.

Smita Sharma

Smita Sharma is an award winning journalist with India’s leading 24/7 Hindi National News Channel IBN7, part of the largest media group of the family Network 18 . She frequently reports for sister concerns of IBN7 including CNN-IBN,CNBC, CNBC_Awaaz and IBN Lokmat. She also writes for Firstpost.com and blogs for ibnlive.com Smita specialised in Radio and Television Journalism from the premiere Indian Institute of Mass Communication in New Delhi in 2003, and has worked with ANI-Reuters and public broadcaster Doordarshan News earlier.

Currently as Associate Editor for Foreign Affairs with BN7, she handles Foreign Policy and Defence Issues . She has interviewed Heads of States and travelled to report on contemporary issues to countries including Pakistan, Syria, China, Maldives, Bangladesh, Australia and USA over the last decade.

Back home she reports on National Political Affairs and follows the situation in Jammu and Kashmir closely.

Her special report on the Kashmir conflict in 2010 recently won her the very prestigious Ramnath Goenka Awards for Excellence in Journalism in the category of Government and Politics Reporting.

She also recently won the Exchange4Media News Broadcasting Award (ENBA) in the category of Best International Coverage for her reports on the Shahbag Protests in Bangladesh.

From Uttarakhand Floods to Tsunami to the Sikkim Earthquake to Fire Tragedy at Hospital in Kolkata,Smita has covered tragedies and conflicts when such unfortunate situations arose.

As an Anchor she hosts Prime Time bulletins on a daily basis as well as talk shows and debates ranging from sports, business, politics to entertainment. She has interviewed several celebrities and top politicians over the years.

Smita has been an Edward R Murrow Fellow to the US covering the Race to White House in 2008. She was also nominated for the John Doherty Fellowship to Australia in 2010, when she shot a special documentary on the Indians in the country and reasons behind series of attacks on them.

When not quite living out of a suitcase she loves her bean bags and her books. She loves reading, cooking and driving. She is a trained Kathak Dancer and loves music and films cutting across borders.

Rishi Suri

Rishi Suri is a Senior Editor covering international affairs at The Daily Milap, India’s oldest and largest circulated Urdu daily newspaper. Rishi belongs to the fourth generation of the family that owns and runs the Milap group. An internationally recognised journalist, he is known for his unapologetically strong opinions on global politics and diplomacy.   

Rishi is also one of the select few Indian diplomatic correspondents certified by the country’s Ministry of External Affairs. He has been a member of several international delegations, including the International Visitor Leadership Programme run by the State Department of the United States of America. He is also a Media Fellow of the Australia India Council and has been a Chevening Scholar since 2014.

Neha Khanna

Neha Khanna is a Journalist and News Anchor with New Delhi Television (NDTV 24×7), India’s oldest and most respected English news channel.

Neha majored in Political Science at Hindu College, Delhi University. She was the President of the Debating Society and the Literary Minister at the college. She pursued a postgraduate programme in Broadcast Journalism at the Indian Institute of Mass Communications in Delhi where she secured the second rank at the all India level. Subsequently, she was chosen for the prestigious Hansard Research Scholars Programme in Democracy and Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. While at LSE, Neha worked with the BBC’s Parliamentary Programmes Team at Westminster, and worked on some of the most popular shows of their flagship channel, including BBC Radio 4 and BBC Parliament.

Neha has been with NDTV since 2004, and has covered a wide array of stories on social, legal, political, gender and human rights issues. Her forte is legal reportage and she has reported on some of the most high profile court cases and landmark judgements in different parts of the country over the years. Neha is passionate about legal and political journalism. She closely tracks the workings of the judiciary and is a keen observer of national politics. She’s covered several elections and interviewed some of the biggest newsmakers in recent years, including Union Ministers, Chief Ministers, the Chief Justice of India and other judges of the apex court. Her areas of interest also include foreign affairs. Neha was recently presented with the Young Achiever’s Award by the Hindu College Alumni Society.

Neha is also an AIYD alumnus. She’s a movie buff, a music lover, driven by wanderlust and enjoys reading.

Suprita Das

Suprita is a Senior Sports Correspondent and Sports Anchor with New Delhi Television (NDTV), India’s oldest television news channel. NDTV has just completed 25 years in the broadcast business, and easily remains India’s most trusted television news network. Suprita’s tryst with Sports Journalism started with the 2006 FIFA World Cup, when she interned with NDTV. And there has been no looking back since then. As much as she enjoys watching cricket, it is not what enjoys covering as a journalist. Suprita almost single handedly covers non-cricket sports for NDTV, with tennis, hockey and boxing being her personal favourites. She covered the Commonwealth and Asian Games in 2010, and the London Olympics in 2012. She considers herself extremely fortunate to have been a part of history, having witnessed India win a record six medals in London. Alternate sports in India is here to stay, she believes. And while it’s unfair to compare cricket with anything else, the time for India’s non-cricket athletes to shine, will come. Her favourite Indian sportsperson though is a cricketer, Rahul Dravid, with Pullela Gopichand and MC Mary Kom, coming in a close second.

Suprita is a graduate in Mass Communications from Kolkata’s St Xavier’s College. She pursued her post-graduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism, from the Asian College of Journalism in Chennai, and ended as batch topper. She underwent a training programme with the BBC, during the course.