2017 World Fellow Raheel Khursheed will present a talk as part of the “World Fellows Unplugged” lecture series.
Raheel Khursheed works at the intersection of news, politics, governance, online organizing and disaster response. Currently, Khursheed heads News Partnerships for Twitter in India and South East Asia. At Twitter, Khursheed has lead the conception, development and roll-out of civic tech products—Twitter Seva, Twitter Samvad, SmartFeed—that democratize information, help governments do their jobs with accountability and transparency, and enable meaningful citizen engagement at scale. Khursheed’s innovative product and partnerships work—from Twitter SMS alerts to live data on national television— has dramatically altered how elections and politics are narrated in India. He previously served as director of communications for India at Change.org, 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. A cross-platform journalist and storyteller, Khursheed has worked in, written, produced, field produced and broken stories for outlets such as Vice, PBS, ProPublica, BBC-PRI and a host of publications across the world. For Mercy Corps International, Khursheed executed a highly successful Participatory Planning Youth Leadership Project in Kashmir, where more than 700 Kashmiri youth received leadership and negotiating training. Khursheed then extended the training to key stakeholders, including law enforcement agents and political and business leaders in Kashmir. Khursheed is passionate about the intersection of technology and social change and speaks frequently at conferences and media outlets globally. Khursheed is a 2017 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard & a member of the 2017 class of Asia 21, the Asia-Pacific’s foremost network of young leaders.