The SFG grand finale culminated on the highest of notes when the 5 month long journey for the fellows came to an end and a new phase began, revealing the top 12 winners for the fellowship program.
We are honored to announce the distinguished winners whose outstanding projects were truly glorious
A seasoned political and business journalist, Pugalia has vast experience working in digital, television and print. Prior to Quint, Pugalia was editor-in-chief of CNBC Awaaz. He has been a leader of several of the private, independent channels as India's media industry was developing 24-news channels beginning in the 1990s.
On his appointment, Adani Group released a statement: "We look forward to leveraging Sanjay's wide-ranging experience in media, communications and branding across the Adani Group's diverse range of businesses and in our Nation Building initiatives."
Virendra Gupta (popularly known as Viru) is the Founder of VerSe Innovation, India’s biggest local language technology platform. A high-spirited entrepreneur and business leader, Viru started VerSe Innovation in 2007 with an aim to bridge the digital divide and meet the unmet content needs of Indian audience by offering information services over SMS and USSD (unstructured supplementary service data). As an entrepreneur, he received his first investment by OnMobile pumped in a seed capital of USD 1 million, and he grabbed the next investment of USD 14 million in 2009 which further fueled his passion. So much so, that in 2011, Virendra bought Newshunt, now known as Dailyhunt which was delivering local language news content on mobile and moved from B2B to B2C business.
A brand management graduate of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, Anant was awarded a Dean’s scholarship for his Master’s in print journalism from the Annenberg School for Journalism, USC.
In a news environment flooded by either advocacy or clickbait, Anant has steered the expansion of the Express’s digital business in tune with the group’s enduring values of fairness, accuracy and courage. These were burnished by his grandfather Ramnath Goenka when he launched the group 85 years ago and are today the hallmark of the group’s investigative and explanatory journalism.
Pankaj Mishra is a career journalist with over two decades of experience. He co-founded FactorDaily in 2016 to make sense of technology's impact on society with the depth it deserves. Pankaj is now rebuilding FactorDaily into a nonprofit media lab that goes beyond day-to-day stories for a needle-moving impact on society.
Over the years, Pankaj has led news teams, groomed young reporters and helped create new editorial products across different newsrooms, both print and multimedia. He has scooped some of the biggest newsbreaks, reported investigative stories and written long-form stories at The Economic Times, Mint, TechCrunch, and Network18.
Anupama Chopra is a film critic, National Award-winning book author and journalist. She is the chairperson of the Film Critics Guild and Director of the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival. She has covered cinema since 1993 in multiple mediums – print, television and digital. She has worked with India Today, NDTV 2/7, Star World and is currently the founder and editor in chief of the digital platform Film Companion, which offers a curated look at cinema and entertainment.
Neelesh Misra is one of India's leading changemakers who has constantly introduced new and socially impactful ideas that have positively impacted millions of people. He has broken new ground with new and innovative ideas. Mr. Misra occupies a unique space among communications professionals and his work has had a diverse impact in India. His work straddles many worlds.
Shaili Chopra is the founder of India’s largest platform for women and girls, SheThePeople.TV, which has over one billion in digital reach. She is a gamechanger shaping new initiatives vital for women to claim their rightful space and be present on decision making tables.
With learnings from SheThePeople, Shaili is building a new platform called Gytree that simplifies and prioritises women’s health.
Shaili is a Draper Hills Fellow from Stanford and a fellow of the Global Aspen Institute. She is a recipient of India's biggest journalism award, the Ram Nath Goenka Award for Journalism along with the News Television Award for the best reporter.