Shoma Chaudhury is founder and director of Lucid Lines, an intellectual properties company, and an award-winning Indian journalist, editor, and curator. She has hosted more than 500 conversations on stage, interviewing the most cutting edge minds globally on politics, policy, economy, business, science, civil society, cinema, literature, sports and media.
She has recently started a new web show — ENQUIRY — on YouTube.
In 2011, Newsweek in the US picked her as one of 150 power women “who shake the world”. In 2018, she was invited to deliver the Gandhi Oration in Sydney, the first Indian to do so.
She has been awarded the prestigious Ernest Hemingway Award for Political Journalism, the Ramnath Goenka award and the Chameli Devi Award for Best Woman Journalist for — in the words of the citation — “going where angels fear to tread”.
Most recently, she co-founded and was director of Algebra – the Arts and Ideas Club, www.algebratheclub.com, a unique forum for critical conversation, constructed to spark new ideas and challenge perspectives. Over a period of two years, she hosted more than 100 live stage events, 4 times a month in 4 cities, and more than 200 topnotch speakers from every discipline that impacts human affairs.
Earlier, Shoma has been the managing editor and co-founder of Tehelka, an investigative and public interest newsmagazine, where she wrote and reported extensively on issues of justice, social equity, human rights, environment, the media, law, and the fight over resources. She built a reputation for in-depth ground reportage, incisive commentary, portraits and interviews across disciplines. Several of her stories, in defence of human rights workers and others falsely accused by the State, were instrumental in getting people out of jail.
She also founded and was the editor-in-chief of CatchNews, a digital newsplatform, where she built up a team of 70 journalists.
Shoma has also been co-founder and director of THiNK, a cutting-edge conference of ideas, where she hosted and interviewed people like Robert De Niro, Tom Friedman, Louise Leakey, George Schaller, Gary Kasparov, Aamir Khan, Shahrukh Khan, former chiefs of the CIA and Mossad and the Taliban together on the same platform, along with a galaxy of politicians, artists, corporate czars, scientists, inventors, entrepreneurs, farmers, dalits, tribals, and activists from India, Africa, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Afghanistan, China, Russia, Pakistan and Europe and America.
Apart from her career in print and digital journalism, Shoma is a virtuoso speaker, both on television and stage, and has been invited to address many forums both in India and abroad, including America, Britain, Edinburgh, Italy, France, Spain, Australia, Morocco, Singapore and Indonesia. She has also interviewed the most cutting edge minds globally on politics, policy, economy, business, science, civil society, cinema, literature, sports and media.
Shoma has also curated and hosted several large conferences at the Royal Society of Arts in London and Asia Society, as well as guest curated conferences for the YPO, EO, and the prestigious India Today group.
Tina Brown – Former editor of the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Daily Beast and Newsweek, and director of Women in the World Conference at Lincoln Centre – says of her: “Shoma Chaudhury is a powerful instrument of challenge and persuasion in India’s public life and the best convener of conversations in the world.
Pratap Bhanu Mehta — Political scientist, former Vice-Chancellor Ashoka University, and former director of Centre of Policy Research — says of her: “Shoma Chaudhury has a capacity to bring together people on opposite sides of the political divide in ways that is almost miraculous.”