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A renowned journalist and Padma Bhushan awardee, Mr Rajat Sharma is best known for his popular show ‘Aap Ki Adalat’. A show that has become a forum for personalities to candidly share their experiences in life, innermost thoughts and views that people were unaware of. The show has continued to captivate viewers for a record 22 years, making it the longest-running show in India’s television history.
Before branching out into television, Mr Sharma made a mark with a distinguished 10-year tenure in the print media, where he was the Editor of important national publications. In 1995 he created history by launching India’s first private television news bulletin that was beamed across satellite footprints in Asia, Europe and North Africa. In 1997, he and his wife, Ms Ritu Dhawan set up their own production house - Independent News Service (INS), the parent company which owns India TV. And in April, 2004 India TV was finally launched as a 24hour Hindi news channel from a studio in Noida.
Within a span of just 4 years, India TV became the most-watched Hindi news channel and the channel’s flagship show Aaj Ki Baat has become the leader in prime time news bulletins. No other news channel has managed to even come close to the viewership ratings of Aaj Ki Baat.
The transition from a successful print Editor to an international television news personality, and then to an entrepreneur is unique in the Indian media.
Under Mr. Sharma’s leadership, India TV has created benchmarks in innovation, impact, ratings, time spent, and viewer-support. His editorial judgement works in perfect synergy with his entrepreneurial prowess. The channel’s popularity is no accident. It is the result of the efforts of a self-made man who kept both his feet firmly to the ground and a journalist for whom the viewer’s interest has been paramount.
Join us in hearing about his journey and more from the man himself.
Mr. Rahul Shivshankar, Editorial Director Times Network and Editor-in-Chief of Times Now, has been an acclaimed personality in the Media industry for more than 25 years. India Upfront, the primetime show anchored by Shivshankar bagged gold at the 13th ENBA Awards for the Best Primetime Show (English). It airs daily at 8 pm on the Times Now channel.
He has served as Editor-in-Chief at NewsX, Executive Editor at Headlines Today (TV Today Network) and as Senior Editor of Times Now, previously. He has also worked for the editorial of The Times of India.
He also anchors four other shows, including The Breaking News Show and Live Report, and the one-hour weekend show Confront, which invites two panellists to debate on social and political topics concerning state issues, elections and the economy, and more.
We invite students and professionals alike to grab this opportunity to interact with Mr. Rahul Shivshankar!
Mr. Raj Kamal Jha is the Editor of The Indian Express. He joined the newspaper in 1996 as Deputy Editor (Operations) and then was Executive Editor. He is a 1988 graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, where he studied Mechanical Engineering. He did his Master's in Journalism at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and in 1989-90, did reporting internships at the Los Angeles Times in Los Angeles and the Washington Post in Washington, D.C. He has been an Assistant Editor (News) at The Statesman in Kolkata and Senior Associate Editor at India Today magazine, New Delhi. He was a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, in the international journalism program where he taught a course on Reporting on India after 9/11. He was also a writing fellow at the Yaddo Residency in Saratoga Springs, New York.
He is the author of three novels that have been published in more than a dozen foreign languages: The Blue Bedspread (1999-2000), won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book (Eurasia region), and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; his second novel If You Are Afraid of Heights was shortlisted for the Crossword Book Award 2003. His third novel, Fireproof, was published in 2006.
Learn more of his multifaceted journey through the man himself by joining us in the Summit!
Devendra is the Founder & CEO of Dexter Capital Advisors, a boutique investment bank focused on providing the best in class services to growth stage companies as well as new age entrepreneurs in the early stage funding process.
He holds over 14 years of experience in Equity Research, Investment Banking, Private Equity & Corporate Finance, therefore bringing in a unique perspective to his clients as he has worked on both sides i.e. a private equity firm as an investment professional and with a mid-sized corporate in corporate finance.
Graduated from IIT Bombay, Devendra has cleared all three levels of CFA. He has successfully invested over INR 300 crores across different sectors and has taken transactions worth INR1800 crores to the closure stage.
Previously, Devendra led the process to raise private equity funding of INR100 crores, as the CFO of a leading education co, from a choice of marquee investor groups
Mahesh Vandi Chalil is Senior Vice President - Technology at BookMyShow, India’s leading entertainment destination, offering not just tickets for movies and beyond but also experiences both virtual and physical across theatricals, music concerts, live events and sports.
With over two decades of extensive global experience, Mahesh started his professional journey in 1996, after completing his B Tech (specialising in Electronics) from College of Engineering, Trivandrum. An alumnus of the prestigious Harvard University (Extension School), Mahesh joined BookMyShow in 2020 to helm technology at the firm and scale the company’s technological prowess and strategic approach to development and delivery. In his role at BookMyShow, he spearheads technological governance, advancements, solutions and recommendations for enterprise architecture within the platform to support the building of scalable products and services for a seamless user experience. Supported by an able bodied team, Mahesh has been instrumental in building the robust back-end technology for BookMyShow Stream, the company’s movie streaming service, and helping launch the product within record time in early 2021.
Before joining BookMyShow, Mahesh spent over 20 years in technology all over the world, with companies across the spectrum including Apple, Bank of America, Deloitte, Hotstar and most recently Near. His experience spans roles that included heading development centres, defining enterprise applications architecture, leading technology governance, consultative & technical solution crafting and proposals & solution contracts negotiations.
Mahesh is passionate about building scalable products that delight customers while keeping innovation as the top goal motivating his team to constantly aspire for these. Mahesh continues to invest his energies in creating and nurturing the next generation of technology leaders and entrepreneurs, both within the organization and outside of it.
A proud husband and father of 2 daughters, Mahesh believes in balance and takes to cricket during his leisure time – an activity that apart from being his true love also helps him stay focussed. Mahesh takes lessons from the pitch right to the office be it teamwork or leadership, even as he lives his craze for the sport, leaving no possible opportunity to play a quick game.