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Meet the Jury Members for Round One


Print Category


Ms. Pooja Prasanna

Editorial Head (Reporting) The News Minute

Pooja Prasanna has been a broadcast and digital journalist for over 12 years. She is the Editorial Head (Reporting) at The News Minute and has worked with media organizations including Times Now, Deccan Herald and Republic Media. During her career, she has covered politics, crime, investigation, as well as other breaking news across the south as well as from 12 other states in India.


Mr. Vijai Kao

Head of Communications & Partnerships Change.org in India

Vijai Kao is currently the Head of Communications and Partnerships, Change.org. A communications and campaign professional who has been in the field for over 15 years, Vijai specializes in external communications, campaign development, crisis management and reputation management. He is a former journalist with robust media industry knowledge and a deep understanding of the development sector.


Mr. Nikhil Subramaniam

Senior Editor Inc42 Media

Nikhil has acquired over 15 years of experience in writing, content strategy, team management and process building in print, digital and app publishing. He has worked extensively in Lifestyle, Consumer Technology, Fitness and Sports sectors. Additionally his track record in digital content strategy, journalistic writing, brand and marketing communication has been proven and acknowledged time and again.


Ms. Pinky Pradhan

Communication and Media Specialist UNFP

In a career spanning 17 years, Pinky has worked with development organizations such as Plan India, International Fund for Agricultural Development, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, World Wildlife Fund, Population Action International and the ICCO Cooperation. She has worked on a plethora of issues and programmes across genders, sustainable livelihoods, health, education, environment, access to justice and dignity. She is a passionate advocate for a gender-equal world.


Broadcast Category


Ms. Vibha Kaul Bhat

Associate Vice President (News Production and Programming) ABP Network

Vibha Kaul Bhat has been a broadcast journalist for over 25 years and is currently working with the ABP network as Associate Vice President - News Production and Programming . She has been with the network from the time Starnews took shape to become a credible network. Prior to this, she has spent 7 years in Zee Network as the Entertainment Head. She has reported and produced various shows on Entertainment- Saas Bahu aur Saazish, Sansani, Namaste Bharat to name a few. She is also involved in building a presence for these shows on the digital platform.


Ms. Pragya Vats

Head of Campaigns Save the Children International

Pragya is a firm believer of people's power for social good. As a campaigner she is passionately committed towards furthering the agenda of ‘child rights and gender equality’. She strongly upholds equality and inclusion of agency, choice and voice. In 2013, she was listed among top 50 women in India to follow on Twitter.

In 2022 she featured amongst the 17 Women Changemakers for SDGs curated by Twitter India and Sayfty.


Mr. Pranay Upadhyaya

Diplomatic Affairs Editor ABP Network

Pranay Upadhyaya is a Broadcast Journalist working with India's leading media house, ABP Network, as a Diplomatic Affairs Editor. International Relations and Defence related issues are the primary focus of his reports, besides subjects of national politics. 

During his journalistic career of over 22 years, Pranay has worked with print, radio, television and digital news media. He has travelled extensively to over 30 countries reporting on various subjects ranging from international politics, military conflicts to science as well as climate change.

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