Who we are

We are a team of three with diverse backgrounds and experiences ranging from journalism to digital marketing to climate policy.  But at the heart of it all, we are storytellers.

We have started this podcast platform for issues that we believe should matter to every single one of us. We believe in the impact of individual actions and in the power of being an informed citizenry. With this mission in mind, we came together to start Suno India, a podcast platform.  

The podcasts on Suno India are well researched yet personal. They are aimed at informing as well as challenging you but won’t tell you what to think.

At a time and age when video remains the king, we chose podcast as a medium because we believe in the inherent value of debate and discussion minus the distractions of how the person looks, what he/she is wearing and so on.  We also believe taking a step back, listening to a person speak (without reacting) helps in learning and unlearning our opinions and biases.

For contributors: If you want to start your own podcast on our platform please contact us at hello@sunoindia.in

For organisations: If you would like to partner with Suno India on a topic that you believe should be discussed extensively, write to us on hello@sunoindia.in

Our Team

Padma Priya
Editorial Lead
Padma Priya, an alumnus of Asian College of Journalism, is an independent journalist and communication professional with over 10 years of experience working in media, digital media & development sector. Her most recent position was as the Deputy Country Director for Nobel Peace Prize winning medical humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) where she lead their advocacy and communication efforts in public health. In the past she has also worked with The Hindu, covered Telangana struggle for FirstPost and was also part of the research team for a documentary on surrogacy in India for HBO Vice. She is the host of Dear Pari, a first of its kind narrative series on adoption in India which will be launched on Suno India, an online podcast platform exclusively for socially relevant topics.
Rakesh Kamal
Podcast Producer
Rakesh Kamal is currently a consultant with Climate Reality, a climate communication non-profit founded by Nobel Laureate Al Gore. An environmentalist, he has over 8 years experience working in sustainability and climate change domain in various non-profits in US and India. Rakesh Kamal also writes regularly in leading mainstream media on clean energy among other topics and believes strongly in an individual action's impact on society as a whole. He is the co-host of Dear Pari and is also producing another podcast series on environmental issues in India for Suno India.
Tarun Nirwan
Digital Lead
Tarun Nirwan is an information technology and Digital Marketing expert with over seven years experience working across different industries from corporate to non-profit and is the digital and technical lead for Suno India. He is currently consulting for a leading think-tank Centre for Policy Research as their digital manager. Prior to this, he worked as Digital Manager for Nobel Peace Prize winning medical humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) where he created the Digital Cell to support the organisation's outreach and fundraising activities in India and South Asia.
Kunika Balhotra
Communication Officer
Kunika Balhotra, an alumnus of Janki Devi Memorial College, is an enthusiast with 2.5 years of experience in the areas of research, development, and public relations. Having formerly worked with the National Productivity Council as an intern, she is now working with Innodata as a senior associate. She holds a Masters in Economics from Amity University. An optimist, she believes in keeping herself abreast of the changing status quo and making her contribution towards changing that.

Advisors

Abhay Adhikari
Advisor
Abhay Adhikari (PhD) is the founder of Digital Identities. He has run Storytelling Labs in 12 countries with participants that range from museum professionals from the Ájette museum in the Article Circle to multinational executives from Coca-Cola and BMW. He has also developed innovation programmes for Google, Nesta and Lloyds Banking Group. Abhay leads the Urban Sustainable Lab, which was named as one of UK’s 50 New Radical Projects by the Observer newspaper. He has written on digital culture for the Guardian and regularly speaks at events such as Shift Happens, Battle of Ideas and FutureEverything. Abhay has a research background in Biofeedback Gaming. In 2009, after completing his PhD he ran mindfulness workshops in Japan.
Ben Holt
Advisor
Ben specialises in causing trouble and helping organisations adapt to a changing world. He is currently Co-founder of a disruptive innovation business set up by Cancer Research UK, Britain’s largest charity, to unlock radical new ways to address social issues. He is a technology and communications expert, previously leading CRUK’s award-winning Technology Innovation Team. He spent many years in the humanitarian sector, working around the world with Medecins Sans Frontiers/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) leading on digital transformation and disruption, and as a logistician with the Red Cross. He has also worked as a journalist and, while chasing a story in West Africa, founded a start-up social enterprise with Malian artists to give kids in poor communities’ access to art, music and education. He is currently on a Board of Advisors for the Mali Development Group.

Episode 6 – Don’t Hide it