Milee Ashwarya

Editorial Director, Random House India

Who Am I

Milee Ashwarya is the Editor in Chief for Commercial and Business books, and the Backlist Publisher at Penguin Random House India. In more than a decade-long career in publishing, she has been responsible for establishing and spearheading the local publishing list first at Random House India and now at Penguin Random House India, discovering new trends and exploring new genres. Her focus has been on championing the best Indian voices while publishing a range of bestsellers across segments. Her authors include Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Piyush Pandey, Hussain S. Zaidi, Yuvraj Singh, R. Gopalakrishnan, Karan Johar, Ravi Subramaniam, Twinkle Khanna, Navi Radjou, Shilpa Shetty, Novoneel Chakraborty, Amjad Ali Khan, Suhel Seth, Shradha Sharma, Emraan Hashmi, Sonali Bendre, Radhakrishnan Pillai and Payal Gidwani Tiwari to name a few.


A TEDx speaker, Milee is passionate about issues related to working women, parenting and the environment. She was recently awarded the Women Achievers’ Samman 2017 for publishing by the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) and the Distinguished Alumni Award 2017 for Excellence in Publishing by Hindu College, Delhi University.The editorial director of Random House India, Milee Ashwarya was appointed to the post in 2014 and looks after Ebury India, Shobhaa De Books, Portfolio, Random Business, Penguin Ananda and Metro Reads subsidiaries.


An alumnus of Hindu College, Delhi University, she completed her graduation in English literature and subsequently started work in 2008 with Rupa & Co. Currently, she oversees books and publishing on lifestyle and business. She has been a voracious reader for as long as she can remember. Focusing on discovering the best Indian talent and promoting debut writers, she published a range of bestsellers across different segments. Her authors include Amjad Ali Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Payal Gidwani Tiwari, L K Advani, Piyush Pandey, Hussain S. Zaidi, Karan Johar, Ravi Subramaniam, Twinkle Khanna, Navi Radjou, Shilpa Shetty, Suhel Seth, Emraan Hashmi, Sonali Bendre and Radhakrishnan Pillai to name a few.

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About Speaking Minds

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.


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Our History

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.


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