Parmesh Shahani is an author, culture curator and the founder of the award-winning Godrej India Culture Lab.
Parmesh is a passionate advocate for LGBTQ inclusion in corporate India and has guided many of the country’s leading companies on their inclusion journeys. His first book Gay Bombay: Globalization, Love and (Be)Longing in Contemporary India (Sage Publications) was released in 2008 and re-released in June 2020 as an updated edition. His second book Queeristan: LGBTQ Inclusion in the Indian Workplace (Westland Business) was released in August 2020.
Parmesh holds an MS in Comparative Media Studies from MIT. He is a TED Senior Fellow, a Yale World Fellow, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. He is a member of the FICCI taskforce on diversity and inclusion and a board member of KHOJ International Artists’ Association.
Australian Paralympic Gold Medallist; Lawyer; Founder & CEO of “Grit & Gold”- a Director of Swimming Australia; A Member of the World Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal and International Cricket Council Code of Conduct Commission
Journalist, Author and Public Relations Executive; Former Communications Director at Aston Martin F1 team and McLaren Racing
The World’s First Adventure Psychologist; 3rd British Female to Ski Full Distance to the South Pole on The Messner Route; A Round-the-world Yachtswoman; Has Walked Across Three Countries and Cycled Across 12
Senior Lecturer at MIT, a Thousand Talents Program Professor at Tsinghua University and Co-founder of the Presencing Institute