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Amey Polekar

Amey Polekar is a veteran television producer and reporter from Mumbai with a 14-year career in print and television journalism across origanizations like Al Jazeera and ETV Marathi. Polekar covered several major stories such as the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai, the 2006 train bombings and the most recent attacks on heavily populated landmarks in South Mumbai on July 13 2011.

In addition to his coverage of national security, Polekar has produced special reports on health issues like organ donation, clinical drug trials and HIV/AIDS in Maharashtra. He is a graduate of Mumbai University and Ruia College.

Amita Malhotra

Social Networking Associate Knowledge Director, Blogworks

Amita leads Knowledge & Learning at Blogworks. Till recently, Amita led the Corporate Practice where she worked on programmes for clients such as Mahindra and GE Capital. She has also worked closely with the editorial team at IndiaSocial, a knowledge focused community around social media, initiated by Blogworks. Amita has worked on a series of thought leadership initiatives, including the Blogworks India Social Media Survey, IndiaSocial Case Challenge and IndiaSocial Summit. She has contributed her writing in some leading publications, such as IIM Ahmedabad’s Vikalpa and IAMAI’s Thinking Aloud. At 9.9 SoC she teaches social networking and helps students understand different types of social channel behaviour. She instructs students to participate through assignments which involve understanding different analytics of the online world.

Ankur Warikoo

Digital Media Business, Blogs, Online Advertising

Ankur Warikoo is an avid blogger, social media addict and a successful serial entrepreneur in the Internet space. Ankur is currently consultant to Groupon India and also entrepreneur-in-residence at Rocket Internet GmbH. Ankur was a co-Founder of Accentium Web, which owns and operates several websites in the Indian Consumer Space, namely (India’s largest matrimonial service for remarriages), (India’s 2nd largest Car Portal), (India’s #1 Education Website) amongst others. Ankur is a graduate from the Class of 2006 at ISB, Hyderabad where he completed his MBA. Post ISB, Ankur joined A.T. Kearney in their consulting practice in India. Ankur is an MS in Physics from Michigan State University and a BS from Hindu College, Delhi University.

Ben Arnoldy

Online Journalism

Ben Arnoldy covers India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan as the South Asia bureau chief for The Christian Science Monitor. Ben started his professional journalism career in 1999 as a news producer for the Monitor’s website, In 2002, he won Best Feature from the Online News Association and the Columbia School of Journalism for an interactive project on the future of American railways. He became the first online reporter to be embedded with the US military during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Ben has also served as the Monitor’s Asia editor and Northern California bureau chief.

Christina MacGillivray

Digital Videography

Christina is a multimedia journalist and ICT4D professional. She is currently a President William J. Clinton Fellow at the American India Foundation in Delhi. Her work has appeared on PBS' Worldfocus, The Huffington Post, CNN, The Atlantic online, on the US State Department website and in other outlets. Christina has reported on diverse issues including Kenya's political instability, Kazakhstan's nuclear security facilities and China's treatment of its Uyghur Muslim population. Prior to moving to India, Christina managed multimedia production for the Stanley
Foundation, a US-based foreign policy think tank. During her tenure there, she helped coordinate overseas journalism training programs with the Reuters Foundation and Johns Hopkins International Reporting Project. She has reported from India, China, Kenya, Kazakhstan and the European Union.

Dr. Eric D. Saranovitz

Media critique, Writing Centre

Eric has taught media and communication, as well as expository writing, as an Instructor at New York University and as an Assistant Professor at Denison University. Eric’s research interests and teaching have been focused on developments in media technologies, national and international media industries, globalization, national identity, public service broadcasting, and documentary production. He was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Fellowship for his dissertation
research. Eric earned his PhD. in Media Studies from the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University and his MA in Communication and Journalism from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.

Inga Butefisch

Writing Center Consultant, Public Relations, Media Training Workshops

An experienced newspaper editor, Inga was for seven years the head of media relations at Australia’s seventh-biggest public agency, the Western Australian Department of Education and Training. Her role included managing the many high-profile critical incidents that arose in the State’s schools, as well as devising and running large-group, interactive media training sessions for agency executives, district superintendents and school headmasters. Inga has also served as press secretary to the West Australian Cabinet, representing the
Minister for Industrial Relations and the Minister for Prisons.

She has worked for two years in India for local public relations agencies.

Julian West

Journalism Reporting

Julian is a distinguished British journalist and author based in New Delhi. As former South & Central Asia correspondent for the UK Sunday Telegraph she has reported widely in the SAARC region, Afghanistan and Iran. Her first novel, Serpent in Paradise, was published in the UK & Commonwealth in 2007. She now corresponds for The Spectator while working on her next book.

Kashif Siddiqui

Broadcast Technical

Kashif Siddiqui is associated with TV Today Network and works as a senior video journalist. He is also a features show producer for Aaj Tak. With more than 12 years of experience, Kashif believes in bringing theory out of the book and combining that with practical world. He believes in using all the tools of production, from conceptualizing the story for TV to bringing it to life in the online world. Kashif emphasizes that a student now has to think beyond news. The main aim is to prepare them as independent filmmakers or make them active through video blogging. They need to think creatively and make better stories. As we train students through different projects in Delhi, the capital of media, they are more directly exposed to how the news and reporting work.

Mahima Kaul

Development Communication & Technology

Mahima Kaul is a writer/journalist and has worked with different formats - print, video and online. She has written for The Indian Express, Sunday Guardian, PBS World Focus and also worked on video programming for Al Jazeera and PBS. She was the India producer for PBS's special coverage on the Mumbai Terror Attacks, which was nominated for an Emmy Award. She has a blog that has been picked up by (among others) OpenDemocracy, Global Voices, Huffington Post and Ground Report.

She is deeply involved in ICT4D -- Information and Communication Technologies for Development -- sector. She has worked with Video Volunteers, a community media organization, and helped launch India's first community TV channel, India Unheard. She is a consultant with the Digital Empowerment Foundation where she manages the Digital Knowledge Center, the first information portal in India on best practices in ICT4D.

Mahima has a BA in History and Political Science from McGill University, Canada
and a MA in Community Policy from the University of Westminster, UK. Mahima has also established The Open Communication Foundation as a multidisciplinary platform devoted to ICT4D.

Mala Bhargava

Editing, Online Journalism, Digital Media

Psychologist-turned-media professional, Mala is perhaps best known for her popular personal technology column, “That’s IT” in Businessworld magazine. She has been an Editorial Director at Mindworks Global Media Services, a pioneer in the outsourcing of editorial services. She was also the founding editor of the country’s first home computing magazine, Computer@Home. Mala has extensive experience in training editorial teams. At Mindworks, she has formulated and implemented perhaps the most in-depth copydesk training programme in the country.

Margot Bigg

Features Writing, Travel Writing

Margot had her first story published at the age of 15 and never turned back. She began her career as a university writing tutor before becoming and editor and later, a features writer focusing on music, travel and fine arts. Her work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Outlook Traveler, Lonely Planet, The Oregonian and The Caravan. She also served as the Deputy Editor of Time Out Jaipur in 2008-09. Margot is currently authoring a guidebook waiting to be published at the end of the year. She holds an MA in European Politics from the University of Bath (UK) and Sciences Po Paris (France).

Ranabir Majumdar

Sports Journalism, Online Journalism, Digital Media

Ranabir has specialized in sports journalism, business reporting, and identity politics, working with top news media organizations including NDTV, ESPN STAR Sports and Network 18. He was a research assistant for curricula development for IIM, Kolkata and FTII, Pune and taught at IIMC. Ranabir's work has been published by the Routledge Sport in Global Society journal and has co-authored the T20 Handbook. Ranabir holds a post-graduate diploma in journalism from the Asian College of Journalism and was a gold
medalist in Media Management from the School of Communication.

Richa Pant

Broadcast Journalism

Richa has been working as a broadcast journalist for fifteen years. She started her career with NDTV in India before moving on to work with the BBC World Service in London. She has also freelanced for SBS TV(Australia), Deutche Welle, and a few Indian television channels. Richa  has wide experience of reporting and producing current affairs programmes including business and entertainment. She has extensive field reporting experience – including reporting from a war zone. Richa did her documentary direction course at Summerdocs, National Film and Television School (UK). She was awarded the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association- Chevening Fellowship to do her Masters in International Journalism from the University of Westminster (UK) and is a LEAD (Leadership in Environment and Development) fellow.

Saurabh Parmar

Saurabh is a brand strategist specializing in Digital Media. He has previously led the Delhi operations for Ogilvy Digital & before that Drizzlin Media. He has also worked with Quasar Media & IBM apart from teaching digital marketing in IIMC(AD&PR 2010-11) .

All in all gathering cross functional experience in strategy, BD, technology & product development along with a strong passion for the digital medium.

He describes himself as someone “obsessed about consumer behaviour with a strong interest in social media & figuring out the how the the introduction of technology & the close connections it builds is changing brand & consumer interaction in this new age.”

Savyasaachi Jain

Broadcast Journalism , Documentary Production

Saachi, currently pursuing PhD in media studies from the University of Westminster, is a media trainer and practitioner with experience in broadcast and print journalism. He has produced hundreds of hours of current affairs and documentary programming for radio and television, and more than 50 international radio/TV documentary co-productions. Saachi was an international trainer with Thomson Foundation, a UK-based media development organization. An alumnus of the prestigious IIT, Kanpur, he was awarded the Commonwealth Vision Award 2002 by the Royal Commonwealth Society, London.


Marketing Management, Digital Media Communication

Shailaja Neelakantan has been reporting from India since 2002, and she is the South Asia Correspondent for the Washington DC-based The Chronicle of Higher Education. She has previously worked in New York for Forbes and Bloomberg News and in Hong Kong for Dow Jones Newswires. Her articles have also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Asian Wall Street Journal, The Independent, Scientific American, Uranium Intelligence Weekly, Salon, Red Herring, Business 2.0 and Far Eastern Economic Review. Neelakantan has written about a variety of subjects including politics, business, health,education, gender, society, culture and books, among others. She has degrees in politics and journalism from the University of Delhi’s Lady Shri Ram College and Columbia University, respectively. Before her Columbia degree she was a reporter in Delhi for the Indian Express for two years and The Statesman, for a year.

Shailaja Neelkantan

Shailaja Neelakantan has been reporting from India since 2002, and she is the South Asia Correspondent for the Washington DC-based The Chronicle of Higher Education. She has previously worked in New York for Forbes and Bloomberg News and in Hong Kong for Dow Jones Newswires. Her articles have also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Asian Wall Street Journal, The Independent, Scientific American, Uranium Intelligence Weekly, Salon, Red Herring, Business 2.0 and Far Eastern Economic Review. Neelakantan has written about a variety of subjects including politics, business, health,education, gender, society, culture and books, among others. She has degrees in politics and journalism from the University of Delhi’s Lady Shri Ram College and Columbia University, respectively. Before her Columbia degree she was a reporter in Delhi for the Indian Express for two years and The Statesman, for a year.

Sherish Shaban Tankha

Sehrish Shaban Tankha is a journalist, documentary filmmaker and media consultant. She has been part of the multimedia journalism revolution since 2005 when she started her career at Washington Post Newsweek Interactive. She has reported and produced content for, PBS NewsHour and and other international news outlets.

Most recently she was producing video as part of the launch team for an award wining multimedia business news site at Thomson Reuters in New York.

Sehrish also provides media and leadership training globally through clients such as the Global Press Institute and World Pulse.
She has a B.A. in Foreign Affairs and Women’s Studies from the University of Virginia and a digital media production diploma from the New York Film Academy.

Shuchi Yadav

Broadcast News & TV Production

Shuchi has more than 14 years of experience in the media industry. She has earlier worked with CNN-IBN as a senior correspondent for Foreign Affairs, and as an executive producer at Sahara Samay. Her areas of interest are political reporting and international relations. Shuchi believes that the most important part of a journalism school is to learn to think creatively and to always think out of the box. When students learn those tools, they begin to understand the different facets of reporting. That is what Shuchi brings into focus through her teaching.

Simrat Gulati

Consumer Behaviour, Digital Media Communication

Simrat Gulati has more than 22 years of experience in the field of marketing and academia. At 9.9 SoC she teaches consumer behavior for Digital Media Communication. Her focus is how to use different strategies and marketing tools, and to understand the foundation of potential marketing domains. According to Simrat, a student should be innovative and should have clear goals. She has been associated with SACAC since 2004 and also teaches advertising and public relations.

Sonya Fatah

Reporting Skills

Sonya Fatah covers religion and Indo-Pak affairs for GlobalPost from New Delhi. Since 2005, Fatah has been covering Indo-Pak stories for Canada’s two most widely read national dailies, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. Fatah has worked as a reporter in South Africa for a national newspaper, Business Day, and in Pakistan for the English daily, The News.

A graduate from Columbia University, Sonya has a thorough knowledge of global journalism and that’s what she brings to 9.9 SoC. Sonya is teaching reporting skills and concentrates more on investigative reporting. According to her, students should be aware of the evolution of writing and should focus on comprehensive reporting. They should be aware of different elements of how a good piece should be written, and that’s what she imparts to her students. .

Subhojit Paul


He's been behind the lens, as a professional, for over eight years now. His work has been published in a number of domestic and international publications-- namely National Geographic (SA), Impact, RSJ, Society, THE MAN, Andpersand and Savvy, among others. Even though he was ranked as one of the top ten travel photographers in India by Nat Geo in 2007, fashion, photojournalism and fine art photography have remained his top focus areas. All of these revolve around the creative-storytelling form of photography. As a freelancer, his clientele has included publishers, advertising agencies, corporates,
fashion designers, industries and hotels. He has also been conducting photography workshops over the past two years. He now operates as the Chief Photographer in the 9.9 Media group.

Sugita Katyal


Sugita Katyal has been an editor for more than 20 years. She began as a sub-editor at India Today and then moved on to BusinessWorld before working with Reuters in India, Indonesia and Singapore. She cut her teeth editing some of the biggest stories in the country such as the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya and Rajiv Gandhi's assassination. She then moved from general news to business journalism, editing everything from
corporate about the economy. In her last job at Reuters, she was first a bureau editor in New Delhi, then a bureau editor in Jakarta and, more recently, a sub-editor with the regional desk in Singapore.

Apart from handling general news copy from Afghanistan to Australia, Sugita also did some stints with the lifestyle service, handled features, wrote global markets reports and edited economic copy from the region. In earlier avatars as a bureau editor, she handled a range of copy from treasury, commodities and energy to general news in both India and Indonesia. In addition to her day job filing copy, she also wrote on a host of subjects from politics and people to the environment, health, life and education. Her stories -- whether on Rahul Gandhi's political debut or 20 years of the Bhopal tragedy or football mania in Bhutan or a polygamist preacher in Bandung or the literary festival in Bali – got wide play in international media.

Vaibhav Gangan

Online writing

Vaibhav focuses on online writing and content marketing. Gangan heads The Global Indian magazine, New Zealand's first exclusively-online magazine for expat Indians; the magazine's work was acknowledged with a citation from the Human Rights Commission of New Zealand for a 'positive contribution to race relations in New Zealand'. He has lived and worked in New Zealand and India, and has visited many countries in the Asia Pacific and North American regions. Gangan has worked for Reuters and has written for the Economic Times, the world’s largest-selling financial newspaper. His book: “Big Marketing on a Small Budget” was published in 2011.
Vaibhav believes that writing should go beyond journalism. It should range from corporate content writing to blogging. And, he feels that developing content for social media remains one of the prime focuses for the future.

Vinay Jha

Vinay switched from print to digital media when he joined the Dainik Bhaskar Group as Editor, where he helped launch the English news website  Vinay has conceptualized and launched new digital and print media products for nearly 20 years. He has anchored news packages and special reports. Vinay has trained reporters and editors how to stay ahead of the competition by delivering the best user experience.

Prior to serving as the Editor of Daily Bhaskar, Vinay revamped the Delhi city coverage of the Hindustan Times (as Metro Editor) and overhauled Express Newsline (as City Editor, Indian Express, Delhi). He also launched HT Live, a series of weekly sub-local publications from HT.
Vinay began his career with The Statesman (Reporter, State Correspondent, Chief Reporter, Special Representative). During this time, he covered the Kargil Conflict, the Surat Plague, the aftermath of the Babri Masjid demolition and key government ministries.

Yuki Azaad

M.Phil (2008), M.A (2006) (pursuing PhD)

Ms. Yuki Azaad is Assistant Professor of Communication & Extension in University of Delhi. She is also an independent filmmaker and has extensive production experience. She has directed numerous development based documentaries and TV serials for Doordarshan. She has also directed and acted in numerous stage/street plays and TV serials on socially relevant issues. She has also Co-authored two books ‘ICT4D- Information Communication Technology for Development’ and ‘Communication Technology for

She has presented several research papers in National & International conferences. Her publications include a book chapter titled ‘M- Governance for
Development’. Presently she is Co-investigator of research project funded by University Grants Commission.

Her research interests’ center on Entertainment-Education Communication Strategies; Persuasion for Social Change; and ICT4D . She has Membership of Press Club of India.

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