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Aparna Ramalingam

aparna_ramalingam.jpgA senior business journalist having over 15 years in the print media, Aparna Ramalingam’s last assignment was as Assistant Editor, The Times of India.  She covered the BFSI (banking, finance, non- banking and micro finance) space for eight years, from 2008 to 2016.

Aparna has worked in New Delhi during the early part of her career. From 2000 to 2007, she worked in various capacities in leading publications including Business Today (of the India Today Group), The Financial Express (part of the Indian Express Group) and The Times of India.

Starting her career as a correspondent-cum-sub editor, Aparna moved up to become Assistant Editor at The Times of India in Chennai. Aparna is currently doing commissioned and free lance articles for publications that include Sunday Herald (of Deccan Herald, Bangalore). She is also writing a book on the life and times of a famous surgeon in Chennai. Aparna is also engaged with strategic communication work for AIM for Seva, an NGO, which runs the Free Student Hostels (FSHs) initiative. These FSHs are located near a school and provide after school and academic support and materials, tuitions, music, yoga and sports education to children free of cost.

Parul

parul.jpgA journalist based out of Delhi, Parul has been working since 2004. She reports on politics, society, conflict, and developmental issues. She is keenly interested in exploring issues related to democracy, governance and justice. She finds it especially compelling to explore these themes in tribal areas of the country, where upholding these values is extremely challenging.

She has worked with media houses like the Hindustan Times in the past, before starting to write independently. She has worked extensively in south Odisha's tribal belt, which she has been visiting for the past few years.

Her work has appeared nationally in People's Archive of Rural IndiaThe CaravanFountainInk, TehelkaFinancial WorldMedia Voice etc., and internationally in the Narratively, The Diplomat (video stories) and The Media Project.

She was in Kashmir for six months in 2016, during the entire period of the uprising and violence after the killing of militant leader Burhan Wani. Based on her experiences as a woman living under curfew in Kashmir, she wrote a four part series for BBC Hindi.

She is currently working on her first book, biography of late actor Tom Alter.

Prachi Raturi Misra

prachi_raturi_misra.jpgA Delhi University Journalism (Hons.) Graduate and alumnus of Wynberg Allen School, Mussoorie., Prachi Raturi Misra has been in journalism for 20 years. She has written for media houses like Hindustan Times, The Times of India, The Financial Express, Mail Today, Femina, Vogue, Outlook Traveller, Asia Spa etc. She currently writes as the correspondent for The Times of India from Mussoorie.

She has also authored three books. Her first book was a coffee table book for the Rajendra Prasad Sarvodaya Vidyalaya in the Presidential Estate, which was released by the President. Her second book I did it! Exceptional stories of people who made it large was published by the Times Group Books (Bennett Coleman and Co). Also, in the offing is its second volume, slated for a release shortly.

Commissioned by ICIMOD, Prachi is one of the 12 women journalists from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal to research on a book on adaptation practices along major rivers due to climate change, which is scheduled for release later this year.

Smita Ramanathan

smita_ramanathan.jpgAn independent broadcaster and development consultant with more than 20 years of experience in the development sector, Smita Ramanathan has worked at the grass roots with NGOs, government organisations and research institutions. Her areas of interest include gender, health and livelihoods. She is well versed in qualitative research and participatory training methodologies. As a trainer she has worked with members of Self Help Groups and other Community Based Organisations, staff of government departments, banks and NGOs. She has conducted field research in the areas of livelihoods, reproductive health, education and compiled reports. As a broadcaster she has produced audio programmes on women’s issues for community radio.  Besides, she has also edited works of fiction and poetry.

She has Masters in English Literature from Delhi University and in Sociology from Annamalai University, and a diploma in Human Rights Law from the National School of India University, Bangalore.

Sulekha Nair

sulekha_nair.jpgA working journalist for the past 20 years, Sulekha Nair has worked in both newspapers and magazines. For a short while she also worked for radio.

Her interest lies in business features, which she has been pursuing since the beginning of her career. She  feels there is more to news than just breaking news or the brick and mortar side of businesses and entrepreneurs, founders or visionaries. These are the interesting facets that she is keen on and she has made concerted efforts to show what makes people take the decisions or pursue the paths they have or want to.

From the beginning of her career, she has taken an interest in developmental issues – be it mass marriages of tribals, income generation of the illiterate or teaching new skills to the poor. Or, even the pursuit of a few individuals to keep traditions and heritages alive in arts and artisans. She has also written extensively on corporate social responsibility.

 
Jury

» K G Suresh, Director General, Indian Institute of Mass Communications
» Sachidananda Murthy, Resident Editor, The Week & Malayalam Manorama
» Nivedita Mookerji, Resident Editor, Business Standard
» Pervin Varma, Former CEO, Child Rights & You (CRY)
» Gulan Kripalani, Development Communications Expert & Film-maker
» Tarun Cherukuri, CEO, Indus Action
» Rajiv Tikoo, Director, OneWorld Foundation India

 
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