Maya Mirchandani

Senior Fellow

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Maya Mirchandani is a Senior Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. She currently heads the ‘Countering Violent Extremism’ project (CVE) that looks for ways to build counter narratives to prevent extremism through dialogue and community intervention; and analyze hate speech and the impact of counter messaging on line.

Maya is a broadcast journalist with over two decades of reporting with NDTV. She has received a BA in history and post graduate diplomas in mass communications and world politics — subjects which have influenced her award-winning reportage on world affairs, human rights and conflict within and outside India.

She has reported extensively from Kashmir. Maya has survived two suicide bomb blasts — in Sri Lanka and the civil war in Sierra Leone. She reported live New York on 9/11 and its immediate aftermath. Maya has received the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism twice, and the Exchange for Media Award for ‘Best International Affairs Reporting’ for her coverage of post-war reconstruction in Sri Lanka.

Current Position(s)

  • Consulting Editor, India Matters, NDTV
  • Adjunct Faculty, School of Journalism, Jindal University

Past Position(s)

  • Senior Editor of Foreign Affairs and Senior Anchor, NDTV
  • New York Bureau Chief, NDTV
  • Reporter, Asian News International (ANI), New Delhi


  • Diploma in world politics, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Certificate in Social Communications Media, Sofia Polytechnic, Mumbai
  • BA in history, Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi

Language Fluency

  • English
  • Hindi
  • Italian (working knowledge)