referred to as India's Christiane Amanpour, Barkha is a multi-award winning
journalist who has covered wars and political coups with equal panache. Hosts
the incredibly popular weekly TV show - 'We, The People'. A role model for the
young, her appeal cuts across all age groups. Barkha has pushed the limits of
intrepid news reporting far beyond the conventional.
Born to S P Dutt and Prabha Dutt, a pioneer among women journalists in India,
Barkha was educated at Modern School in New Delhi and went on to do her
Bachelors in Literature from St. Stephen's College. An alumnus of Jamia's Mass
Communication Research Center, she also has a Master's in Journalism from
Columbia University. She was also a winner of the 1997 Inlaks scholarship,
which sends six Indians abroad annually for graduate work.
She received wide critical acclaim during her frontline reporting of the Kargil
conflict in the summer of 1999. Her daily reports from the front kept the
nation enthralled, bringing some of the most momentous events right into our
living rooms. Since then the focus of her work has been conflict reporting,
covering areas ranging from Kashmir to Afghanistan to New York City.
When Speaking Minds was founded in 2007 in New Zealand, little did we envisage that this would grow into an international brand with offices in India and London in less than a decade. We set up the business to share what we had learnt, from the privileges we have had in our jobs – of access to knowledge.
Bringing India to the rest of the world was our driving force.
The dna of our business is genuinely about sharing knowledge with the
world, from thought leaders and experts who are notable achievers in
their field. Raga D'silva quit her highly successful corporate career in
New Zealand in 2007, to set up a dream business of connecting
knowledge, insights, motivation from exceptional talent with the
corporate world, globally.