Azim Premji: The Man Beyond the Billions
Sundeep Khanna and Varun Sood with Pankaj Mishra
Pankaj Mishra, the co-founder of FactorDaily, is an award-winning journalist who has been tracking India’s technology and startup scene since the dotcom bust of 2000, and the shakeout that followed. Over the years, Pankaj has scooped some of the biggest newsbreaks, written long-form stories, and has led teams across different newsrooms including The Economic Times, Mint, TechCrunch, and Network18. Pankaj loves travelling, mostly on trains. He co-founded FactorDaily in 2016 to make sense of technology’s impact on our 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 the society.
Sundeep Khanna was a journalist for over 25 years with leading Indian publications like Business Today and Financial Express before retiring as Executive Editor of Mint in 2019. He now writes weekly columns for MoneyControl casting a critical look at corporate developments (https://www.moneycontrol.com/author/sundeep-khanna-10221/). He is also the co-author of the recently released Azim Premji: The Man Beyond the Billions, a critical unauthorized biography of one of the world’s great philanthropists. In 2016 he co-authored a book of essays to mark 25 years of the era of liberalization in India. Titled “The Liberalization Story” sought to explain various dimensions of this seminal event. Beyond writing he likes watching European football, listening to jazz music and reminiscing about his days in Calcutta.
Varun Sood is a Bengaluru-based technology journalist. He started his career with Business Standard and in the past fourteen years has worked with a number of publications, including Financial Times and The Economic Times. In his last role, he was a National Editor in charge of breaking stories at Mint. His first book, Azim Premji: The Man Beyond the Billions, an unauthorised biography of one of the world’s great philanthropists, was released by HarperCollins in October 2020.
* Some speakers in this session are participating virtually via Zoom.