Sidharth Balakrishna

Profile: Sidharth Balakrishna holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta and an Economics degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), Delhi University. He has over 15 years of experience in the media & entertainment, artificial intelligence, energy, infrastructure and education sectors. He has been an Executive (whole time) Board Director and Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer at the Essel (Zee) Group , and is leading several strategic initiatives in digital transformation, Artificial Intelligence etc. In the past, he has led strategy and headed many large projects including in the fields of oil & gas, renewable energy, education, water etc. Mr Sidharth Balakrishna has also been a Strategy Consultant with Accenture and KPMG. Some of the projects that he has led have been awarded nationally and internationally. He is a mentor to startups with MIT, Boston, USA as well as MassChallenge Boston & Tel Aviv, Israel. Mr Balakrishna has also written five books published by Pearson, the world's largest publishing house, and Tata McGraw Hill. He is a Visiting Faculty at a number of management institutes in India and delivers full credit courses at IIM Indore on Artificial Intelligence and Strategy at FMS, Delhi University. He has presented at a number of international fora in the past including at London, Amsterdam, Muscat, Dubai, Myanmar, Mozambique, Kuwait, New Delhi, Goa, Mumbai etc. He has been a columnist with the Economic Times, the London School of Economics, and has written several other articles in the past. Sidharth has been interviewed by the media a number of times and was featured in 2018 on the Cover of the Corporate Citizen magazine, has a chapter on his achievements in the book 'Heroes Among Us' and was awarded by the Dept of Financial Studies, Delhi University besides other accolades.