Soumik Dutta

Soumik Dutta is a freelance journalist based in Gangtok, a hill station in the Indian Himalayas. Dutta’s writing on politics, business, crime and sports has appeared in Asian Age, the Financial Express and The Assam Tribune newspapers, as well as The Himal Southasian (Kathmandu) and Media Voice (Chennai) magazines. His extensive coverage of the social and environmental effects of hydropower development on tribal communities won wide acclaim in his region. He is an honors graduate of the Scottish Church College of Calcutta University.

Andrew Marshall

Andrew Marshall is a freelance journalist based in Asia. He writes mainly about Asian politics, human rights, political risk, and media ethics. From 2010 to June 2011, he had served as Reuters deputy editor for emerging and frontier Asia. He has reported for Reuters from Jakarta, served as deputy bureau chief in Bangkok, bureau chief in Baghdad, and managing editor for the Middle East, where he was Reuters’s chief correspondent for political risk. He has reported from more than three dozen countries, covering conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, the Palestinian Territories and East Timor, and political upheaval in Israel, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand and Burma. He regularly gives presentations to corporate executives and finance industry analysts on political risk, dealing with risk as a manager, and on predicting future political and social trends in Asia. He received his degree from the University of Cambridge.

Kishore Nepal

Kishore Nepal is the chief editor of Shukrabar, a weekly tabloid of the Nepal Republic Media Pvt. Ltd., which contains stories of an investigative and cultural nature. His areas of interest include investigative reporting and rural based journalism. In Nepal, he started a weekly newspaper and encouraged young journalists to work in investigative journalism. In 2001, suffering under Maoist insurgency and people crying for peace, he conceived, anchored and broadcast a weekly TV program, Mat-Abhimat (Opinions and Thoughts), based on local rural realities. He has written for the Nepali Times, a popular English weekly, and has worked for Reuters from Kathmandu for three years from 1987 to 1990. He has received awards from the Press Council of Nepal, the Federation of Nepali Journalists, and the Nepal Government. He received an M.A. in rural development from Tribhuvan University and studied communications in the East-West Center of Hawaii University as a Jefferson Fellow.

Saritha Rai

Saritha Rai has spent her journalistic career tracking diverse subjects such as globalization, the technology industry and social change. For six years, she was the India-based business reporter for The New York Times, writing about the economy, outsourcing, liberalization and change. She has written for the International Herald Tribune, served as the technology correspondent for Time magazine’s Asia edition, and was the editor of the online edition of the Economic Times, India’s No. 1 business newspaper. She has worked with India Today, the country’s most widely-read newsmagazine, and The Telegraph, one of India’s largest newspapers. She is also a contributor to the online Global Post. Her work has appeared in magazines such as Forbes, Worth, and Ode. She was a Knight Fellow at Stanford University where she focused on business, the Internet, and emerging technologies. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Bangalore University.