Raheel Khursheed

Head of News Partnerships, India/South East Asia in India

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Currently, I head News Partnerships & Twitter Seva roll out for Twitter in India & South East Asia.

Previously, I led the News, Politics & Govt, Gov Tech & Disaster Response & Faith verticals at Twitter India.

I manage, track and expand Twitter's relationships with News publishers helping them achieve revenue, reach and innovation goals on Twitter.

I lead the development of civic tech products that, democratise info, help Govt's do their job with accountability & transparency - in emergencies and non-emergencies.

I have worked on the conception, development & roll out India-first products like Twitter Seva & Twitter Samvad and the Disaster Response Smart Feed.

Prior to working at Twitter, I served as the Director of Communications, India at Change.org. I was in charge of formulation and execution of communication strategy around India-based, India relevant global campaigns and the overall buildup of the Change.org brand in India, leading an effective strategy that successfully seeded petitioning as an organizing tool. He organized the ‘Stop Rape’ campaign that helped change the rape laws in India.

I have over six years of experience as a cross platform journalist & story teller, working in, writing for & producing for outlets like Vice, PBS, ProPublica, CNN News18, Times Now, BBC-PRI, The Atlantic Monthly and a host of publications across the world.

As a Development Practitioner, l worked with Mercy Corps International, executing a highly successful Participatory Planning Youth Leadership Project in Kashmir. In my long association with WISCOMP, I have conducted several media trainings for it's beneficiaries. I've also advised the UNDP on strategic communications.

I have trained participants in the use of technology & social media for affecting social change across the world, including at the July 2012 2nd Indo Pak Social Media Summit in Karachi and the US State Department Tech Camps in Mumbai & Riga in 2013 & 2015 respectively, the IFJ training for SAARC journalists in Sri Lanka & Nepal & at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.

The intersection of technology & social change excites me and I am a passionate spokesperson for the same across media outlets globally.

I am a 2017 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard & a 2017 Maurice R Greenberg World Fellow at Yale.

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