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Shrenik
Rao
Founder/Managing Director, 7 Media Broadcasting Private Ltd
Country of Origin: 
India
Date of Fellowship: 
Hilary and Trinity terms, 2016
Research Paper Title: 
Innovative business models and intellectual property rights in the digital knowledge economy

Shrenik Rao is a fellow at Oxford University’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. He is a broadcaster and entrepreneur, founder of two digital media companies - Dolsun Media and 7 Media Broadcasting Pvt Ltd (7MB).

He wrote, presented and produced Journey through time with Shrenik Rao, for History Channel. Other critically acclaimed films written, produced and directed by him include Denied - This Bit of Truth, Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, 7 Notes to Infinity, TreeCycle and The Monsoon Oracle. They have been dubbed into multiple languages and broadcast in fifty-four countries on History Channel, TVI, 24DOK, Sydney Morning Herald, Gaiam TV, Sify and NDTV.

He interviewed heads of states including the 21st Prime Minister of Pakistan, UK’s Secretary of State for International Development, Vice-Presidents of Zimbabwe, Ministers of Human Resource Development, External Affairs, Environment and Forests (Government of India).

He has been invited to speak at Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Chicago, London School of Economics, SOAS, University of Westminster, JNU, Indian School of Business, FICCI Frames and Microsoft. Prior to founding 7MB, he taught a Master’s programme at Napier University (UK) and worked as the Vice-President of a television network in India.

Shrenik created a pan-indian environmental initiative with UNEP for which he was awarded Karmaveer Puraskaar, a high civilian honour for commitment to environmental justice. An alumnus of London School of Economics and University of Hyderabad, Shrenik was awarded President’s Gold Medal and University Merit Scholarship for academic excellence.

A keen cyclist, Shrenik cycled for 4500 kilo-meters from Kanyakumari, the southern-most tip of India to Kashmir, India’s northern most state. He also cycled upto Khardung-La, highest motor-able road in the world at an elevation of 18380 feet.

Research Paper Title: 
Innovative business models and intellectual property rights in the digital knowledge economy
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