LinkedIn Top Voices 2018: From Ravi Shankar Prasad to Debjani Ghosh, 25 Indians lead conversations


LinkedIn’s released its “Top Voices” list for 2018, bringing together startup founders, CEOs, a minister and even an IPS officer from India.

Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Law and Justice and Electronics and IT, along with 24 others, made up LinkedIn’s list of prominent Indian personalities and standout voices for 2018.

Since taking office in July 2016, Prasad has made many changes in the e-governance space, created a cybersecurity framework, and even an open government data platform. He was also recently recognised by the UK-based organisation Apolitical in its list of the “World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government 2018”.

Others in the LinkedIn’s list include Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi, CrowdWisdom360 founder Subhash Chandra, Siana Capital’s Siddharth Pai and HR Head at BigBasket Hari T.N.

Here are the 25 that made this year’s #LinkedInTopVoices in India.

Swati Agarwal

As General Manager of Social Venture Partners, Swati is focussed on forging partnerships with NGOs and social enterprises to address various social issues. Mental health, especially, has been a frequent topic of conversation for this changemaker.

Tamal Bandyopadhyay

An out and out news junkie, Tamal is the Consulting Editor at Business Standard, and his prime goal is to simplify complex banking and finance related topics and break it down for his readers in the simplest of terms.

Kiran Bedi

A popular face in Indian administrative circles, the Lt Governor of Puducherry makes special efforts to offer a peek into governance through LinkedIn. Her most recent contribution includes a video showing a young girl sitting in Kiran’s own chair to get an early taste of leadership.

Kiran Bedi, Lt Governor of Puducherry

Sairee Chahal

The Sheroes founder is all about the power of the Internet. In order to bridge the gender divide, Sairee blogs about women entrepreneurs and professionals.

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Subhash Chandra

Subhash is the founder of CrowdWisdom360 and is known to crowdsource information and insight for ends like making election predictions. In his own words, his “entire recent career” is built around LinkedIn.

Annesha Dutta

Self-proclaimed “Queen of nerds”, consultant and corporate trainer for communications and branding, Annesha Dutta boasts expertise in public speaking. Student-centric content is her sweet spot.

Debjani Ghosh

There is more than one reason to celebrate Debjani’s contributions. Not only is she the first woman chief of NASSCOM, but also often engages her readers in conversations related to the IT sector. In her popular post about the Jobs Landscape, she wrote about the emerging “133 million new jobs.”

Raja Jamalamadaka

A leadership coach, advisor to startups and a TEDx speaker, Raja is known for his lucid storytelling which he utilises while talking about leadership case studies. Interestingly, his favourite read is Behave, a book about Stanford researcher Robert Sapolsky and his theories on nature and nurture.

Pooja Kapur

The Ambassador of India to Bulgaria and Macedonia uses her time in the office to offer frequent glimpses into the life of a diplomat. She also has a unique perspective on developments in the EU.

Vartika Kashyap 

The Marketing Manager of ProofHub is an avid writer and frequently pens on workplaces and how to make them better. Among her most-read posts is the one about the four morning habits that add to her productivity.

Ester Martinez

Having turned New Delhi into her home, this Spanish professional currently serves as the CEO and Editor-in-Chief at People Matters. Her writings emphasise gender parity, workplace environment and the changing role of HR.

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Hansi Mehrotra

The founder of The Money Hans puts together videos simplifying financial concepts and her favourite is the “investing is simple” video, a visual lesson for women from the #BeMoneyConfident series.

Purnima Menon

Not only is Purnima the CMO of Microland, but also a trained Kathakali dancer. Her pieces mostly combine the themes of fitness and leadership with a healthy dose of self-deprecating humour.

Procyon Mukherjee

The Chief Procurement Officer at LafargeHolcim posts on business, trade, finance, macroeconomics and behavioural economics.

Siddharth Pai 

Founder and General Partner of Siana Capital, Siddharth delves in the topics of technology and economics. One of his recent articles was about the readiness of AI programmes to think like a limbic brain.

Siddharth Pai, Founder General Partner, Siana Capital

Jayashree Patnaik

The Chief Strategy Officer of CFA Technologies has one goal – to improve the success rate of startups in India.

Ravi Shankar Prasad 

The Minister for Law and Justice and Electronics and IT of India talk about government initiatives, e-governance, and cybersecurity. The former lawyer is a carrom enthusiast.

Pooja Sareen 

As Editor-in-Chief and Co-founder of Inc 42, Pooja has written on the growth of startups, business and rising technologies in India.

Lima Sehgal 

She is a senior HR advisor and job market specialist who takes a special interest in helping people navigate through the maze of job hunting.

Kunal Shah 

An advisor to the board at Bennett Coleman and Co Ltd, Kunal’s posts typically revolve around work culture, gender parity, and startup advice.

Ritesh Kumar Singh

The Founder and Chief Economist at Indonomics Consulting shares insight on India’s macroeconomic environment.

Tapan Singhel

The Managing Director and CEO of Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Co strongly believes in the concept of “Street MBA” – lessons in management from everyday life.

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Amit Somani 

The Managing Partner at Prime Venture Partners has written several posts on entrepreneurship and funding for startups. A notable post was on the challenges and opportunities for Silicon Valley.

Hari T.N. 

Head HR at BigBasket, Hari T.N. relies on daily experiences to pen engaging reads on the diverse topics of data privacy and workplace romance.

Ankur Warikoo 

Ankur Warikoo is the Cofounder and CEO of and covers a wide range of topics in his posts, the crowd-puller is #WarikooWednesday, a video series sparking lively discussions.

Ankur Warikoo, Co-founder and CEO,

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