Mitali Mukherjee

Mitali Mukherjee is one of the most well known faces in the world of business journalism in India. With over 15 years’ experience in the television industry, she has handled a wide range of issues — from politics to global and local economics.

She has also worked on issues of socio-economic importance with organisations like The World Bank .

In Television, she has worked with the TV18 Network, The TV Today group, Doordarshan (India’s National Broadcaster) & BBC World.

As former News & Markets Editor at CNBC TV18, Mitali curated & anchored a gamut of issues including equity markets, global economic trends and investor education. She has also reported and anchored on key environmental and social issues such as the power crisis in India and the agri sector .

A gold medallist in Television Journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Delhi and a gold medallist in Political Science (Honours) from Delhi University, Mitali brings a unique perspective to her interaction with expert panels and viewers alike.

In the field of education, Mitali holds a postgraduate qualification in teaching children with learning disabilities and works on assessing and remediating children with dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia. She has also created learning tools specifically for children where English is not the primary language.

With a strong people-connect, Mitali brings a deep understanding of India’s socio-economic strengths and weaknesses and a passion for the twin fields of journalism and education.

Shilpa Dhamija

Shilpa Dhamija is the founder of LuxuryVolt, one of southeast Asia’s most influential luxury lifestyle editorial startups. LuxuryVolt also maintains presence in popular offline mediums like The Telegraph, The Hindu Business Line and Hello! Magazine, with luxury trend reports and expert opinion articles.

Shilpa completed a long stint with NDTV, India’s most respected English news channel, before venturing on the LuxuryVolt journey. She is also a gadget and consumer technology reviewer, who produced and directed a tech show, which during her stint became the highest rated ‘tech show’ in the history of Indian Television.

Shilpa’s work as a TV journalist started with CNBC TV 18 and CNN-IBN, the former Indian partner of CNN, where she covered politics, business, crime beats. She has also worked with the Times of India newspaper, prior to her job at this network.

As an AIYD 2017 delegate, she hopes to encourage the growth of young entrepreneurs and initiatives to promote tourism & culture between India and Australia.

Kushan Mitra

Kushan Mitra is the Managing Editor of The Pioneer. His career in journalism started a decade and a half ago, when as a Masters student he started working in The Hindustan Times as an intern covering the booming Indian business sector. As the India story started to take off in various sectors such as telecom, automotive and aviation, he carried on writing and reporting stories from across the country and quit his studies because seeing the India story unfold in front of him was fascinating. He moved on to Business Today, India’s leading business magazine, as a features writer and wrote stories on virtually every sector of the Indian economy as well as Indian polity. He rose through the ranks in nine years, ending up as a Senior Associate Editor.

Kushan then moved to The Pioneer, India’s second-oldest English daily, to write on various sectors, look after digital initiatives and at extending the brand. In addition to writing stories on Indian business, he is a long-time motorhead and a motoring journalist, although he prefers the term ‘motor noter’ and has been reviewing life on four wheels for his publications and others over the years.

Mong Linh Do

Linh Do is a social change advocate and has been working on environmental issues since 2006. She has a background in community organising, campaigning, journalism and strategy development. Linh has worked with a wide array of individuals, from high school students to UNEP and the Reuters Foundation. Linh co-founded OurSay, a technology service, and is currently the editor-in-chief at The Verb, an environmental newswire service telling the stories that matter. It specialises in covering the UN processes through localising and humanising climate change stories.

Linh obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and Environmental Studies) from the University of Melbourne. She has completed a fellowship at the Centre for Sustainability Leadership and further professional studies at the Harvard Kennedy School.

In 2013, Linh was named a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, Australian Geographic Young Conservationist of the Year and one of Junior Chamber International Outstanding Young Persons of the World. She is signed with BookedOut Agency and Claxton Speakers. Linh is based in Melbourne with extensive overseas experience.

Rishabh Gulati

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.

Harsh Sanghavi

Youngest MLA (Gujarat), Youth BJP National Gen Sec MLA Gujarat Assembly,Gen Secretary Youth BJP National.He is interested in youth empowerment skill development, tribal development and youth policies.

Shalailah Medhora

Shalailah is a cross-platform journalist with experience in online, television and radio. Before joining the young and vibrant team at Guardian Australia in October 2014, she worked as a TV reporter and producer for SBS. Since 2011, Shalailah has been based in the capital, Canberra, mainly covering federal politics. But she enjoys covering stories of relevance to ethnically-diverse communities, as well as the important and often overlooked stories on domestic violence.

She was Australia’s representative for the World Press Institute fellowship in the United States in 2014, and worked with journalists in Bangladesh in 2015 as part of a democracy-building workshop run by the International Republican Institute.

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.

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.