Priyamvatha Panchapagesan

Priyamvatha is a journalist with more than eight years of experience. She is presently working as special correspondent in the Tamil Nadu bureau of TV Today network comprising of Headlines Today and Aaj Tak news channels.

She has done many ground reports and investigative stories. Priyamvatha also has a vast experience in political , human rights, investigative and social welfare reporting. She has done reporting during challenging circumstances. Recently, Priyamvatha did an undercover operation to find out the truth about the war crimes in Sri Lanka. Risking her life, Priyamvatha traveled to war affected regions of Sri Lanka. The documentary `I witnessed genocide in Lanka’s Killing fields’ aired on the 9 August 2011 and captured the world’s attention. Priyamvatha became the first journalist in the world to report about the war crime in Sri Lanka in an unbiased manner. This documentary won her the coveted News Television Award and two Exchange for News Broadcasting award this year for best investigative report and best international reporting respectively.

In the last one year, Priyamvatha has done few major stories and covered the assembly elections. From interviewing major leaders to bringing out specials on current topics of interest, Priyamvatha’s field of coverage is extensive. Priyamvatha has a keen interest to learn more and is passionate about journalism. Priyamvatha is interested in reading books, music, painting, writing , movies and fitness.

Manu Sundaram

Manuraj (Manu) Sundaram is Founder-Director, Vaagai Advisory – a firm that works in the fields of Governance and Policy Advocacy. Prior to this, Manu has worked with Members of Parliament from the State of Tamil Nadu as a Policy Advisor and Parliamentary Assistant. Manu has been Fellow of the World Legislative Program organised by the US State Department in Washington DC in 2010 and participant of the European Union Visitor Program in Brussels in 2013.

Manu has a Master of Philosophy in Physics from the Australian National University. During his university years in Australia, he volunteered with Refugee Resource Centre in Canberra and spent time learning about the Indigenous culture and history at the Aboriginal community of Doomadgee in Queensland. He is currently studying for Graduate Law at the University of Delhi.

Kashish Gupta

Kashish is a Senior Correspondent and Anchor with NDTV, a leading 24-hr news channel in India. She hosts The Social Network, a first of its kind and still the only show on TV which seamlessly brings the growing slice of social media onto a mainstream platform. A daily show, it catches the days buzz on social media and allows users/viewers to express, debate, question and make themselves heard. Kashish has reported extensively on IT & Social Media, Aviation, Education, Health. She also covered the National elections from Uttar Pradesh in 2009 and the State elections in 2012.

Aneesh Bhasin

Aneesh is a multi-award winning professional photographer with over 6 years of extensive experience in lifestyle, fashion and travel photography. He shoots everything from food to people all over the world. These include Johhnie Walker, Dom Pérignon, BBC Good Food, Vanity Fair, Lonely Planet, GQ, CN Traveller, Silver Kris, Times of India & Hindustan Times.

His professional assignments and personal interest in travel as well as wine led him to understand and experience firsthand the vast world of wine consumption around the world and the up coming industry in India. Having met with various wine makers and enthusiasts in the country his keen understanding of the potential for the Indian wine industry and it’s need to engage with it’s consumers in a hard liquor dominated market made him realise the potential for a platform such as the Indian Wine List.

Stephanie March

Stephanie March is the India Correspondent for ABC’s Australia Network. She is based in Delhi. During her time in Delhi she has covered a variety of issues including politics, social affairs, and sports.

She has covered events including the Delhi gang rape, the Bihar school meals tragedy, the IPL match-fixing scandal and drug trafficking and use in Punjab. Since joining the ABC in 2007, she has reported from Australia, India, East Timor and Bangladesh. Stephanie began her media career in print journalist working for newspapers in the Australian state of Victoria before moving to the Solomon Islands to work as an advisor to a community radio network. She then moved to East Timor where she worked for the ABC and other media outlets. During that time she covered significant events including the shooting of the country’s president and subsequent period of emergency rule.

Nigel Freitas

Nigel Freitas is a reporter and presenter for the Sky News Business channel. Nigel has worked in both Melbourne and Sydney covering business and general news stories. He anchors the weekly program. “Technology Behind Business” focusing on the latest trends shaping the industry. He’s interviewed some of the biggest names in technology globally, covered the rollout of the NBN locally and regularly attends industry forums both in Australia and overseas. Nigel started his career as a management consultant working across the banking, manufacturing and infrastructure sectors.

He holds a Bachelor of Business & Technology, has qualifications in journalism and is currently completing an MBA. When he’s not on-air, Nigel is usually watching cricket, eating Goan food or playing with the latest gadgets.

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.

Saritha Thomas

Saritha Thomas is part commercial and part public broadcaster; part creative, marketing, networking and fundraising manager; part community trainer; part researcher and tutor; part radio comedy presenter; part community radio activist cum actionist and a social entrepreneur. Saritha completed her post-graduation in Social Communications and Media at Sophia’s Polytechnic, Mumbai, India. She began her broadcast career with RadioCity, at the turn of the Millennium and launched the first 24-hour commercial radio station in the country. She then moved to the UAE and the Arabian Radio Network. Two years later, she joined the BBC World Service Radio and Radio 4, London – a childhood dream came true.

In 2009 she went back to school, to the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), London to attempt to give another passion wings. She began People’s P.ow.e.r (Participatory Ownership Empowerment Radio) Collective during her fellowship. The organisational mission of P.ow.e.r is to set up community radio stations with the goal of not only empowering rural, isolated and marginalised communities and giving them a ‘voice’ but also creating a sustainable and powerful, participatory grassroots mechanism to share relevant information, tackle local common issues (e.g. maternal health, sanitation, education, the environment and livelihoods) and celebrate local language, culture and heritage.

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.

Latika Bourke

Latika was born in Bettiah in the impoverished Indian state of Bihar and adopted eight months later by Australian parents. She was raised in New South Wales Central West and became a journalist at the age of 20, presenting her own talkback radio show in Bathurst and is now a Political reporter in the Canberra Press Gallery. She returned to India for the first time last year and plans to write a book about her experiences.