Author and Columnist
How the Developing World Has Opened a New Frontier of Innovation
Anand Giridharadas is a writer who lives in Cambridge, Washington and Bombay. His first book, India Calling, is a story about his return to the India that his parents left. The book will be published by Times Books in early 2011.
He writes a column called “Currents” for The New York Times and its global edition, the International Herald Tribune, that explores fresh ideas, global culture, and the social meaning of technology. He recently completed a four-and-a-half-year tour as a foreign correspondent in India for The Times and the Herald Tribune as their first Bombay presence in the modern era.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio to parents from Bombay, Giridharadas studied the history of political thought at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford. At age 17 he interned for The New York Times where he wrote articles about money and politics. He also worked in Bombay as a consultant for McKinsey & Company on projects advising the local government on urban development, a pharmaceutical company on organizational redesign and leadership development, and Indian and Chinese businesses on their internationalization strategies.
Giridharadas participates as an analyst on television and radio in the United States and internationally, including on CNN and CBC Radio. He has lectured at Harvard and Brown Universities, the University of Michigan, the International Development Research Centre, Google and the Young Presidents Organization and has been a panelist and moderator at conferences organized by the Herald Tribune and the Asia Society, among others. He is presently a doctoral candidate at Harvard.