Shrenik Rao is a Fellow at University of Oxford’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. He is the founder of two digital media companies – Dolsun Media and 7MB (7 Media Broadcasting Pvt Ltd).
He wrote and presented Journey Through Time with Shrenik Rao for History Channel. Other critically acclaimed factual films written, directed and produced by him are The Monsoon Oracle (2014), 7 Notes to Infinity (2013), TreeCycle (2012), Mugabe’s Zimbabwe (2011) and Denied – This Bit of Truth (2007).
His work has been dubbed into multiple languages and broadcast in fifty-four countries on multiple media networks including History Channel, TVI, 24DOK, Sydney Morning Herald, KTN, Gaiam TV and NDTV. In 2008, he created and led a pan indian environmental initiative called TreeCycle in association with United Nations Environment Programme.
He was invited to speak at academic institutions such as Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Chicago, London School of Economics, SOAS – University of London, University of Westminster, Indian School of Business, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Hyderabad Central University. He has also been invited to speak at companies such as Microsoft and industry organisations such as FICCI Frames.
Prior to founding 7MB and Dolsun Media, he taught a Master’s programme at Napier University, Edinburgh, UK and worked as the Vice-President of a television network in India.
Shrenik interviewed several heads of states including the 21st Prime Minister of Pakistan, Deputy Prime Minister and Vice-Presidents of Zimbabwe, Governor of Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, Minister of External Affairs, Minister of Human Resource Development and Minister of State for Environment and Forests, (Government of India). In 2014 he was a jury member for the Best Animated Film at FICCI Frames.
An alumnus of London School of Economics and University of Hyderabad, he was awarded the University Gold Medal and University Merit Scholarship for academic excellence. In 2008, he was awarded the Karmaveer Puraskaar, a high civilian honour for his commitment to environmental and social justice.
A keen cyclist, Shrenik Rao cycled for 4500 kilo-meters from Kanyakumari, the southern-most tip of India to Kashmir, India’s northern most state. In 2009, he cycled up to an elevation of 18380 feet to the highest motorable road in the world – Khardung La.
He lives and works between Oxford (UK) and Hyderabad, India.