My Career

Pranay Gupte is a veteran international journalist, editor, author, and media consultant. His new book, “Global Emirates: An Anthology of Tolerance and Enterprise,” is being published by Motivate in Dubai, and Rupa & Co. in India. Mr. Gupte co-edited the book with Fatema Hadroom Aleghfeli of Ras Al Khaimah, the United Arab Emirates.

Mr. Gupte writes for The National, Khaleej Times, Gulf News, Portfolio, Institutional Investor, and other major international publications such as YaleGlobal - the online magazine of the Yale University Center for the Study of Globalization - and PostGlobal, the Web site of The Washington Post.

His experience extends to virtually every part of the world, but most especially in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, India, Europe, and the United States. Mr. Gupte has obtained exclusive interviews with top world leaders in politics, business, arts, culture, media, science, and other fields.

In addition to his journalism and books, Mr. Gupte writes exclusive reports on the Middle East, India-US relations, geopolitics and investment for the American and international business communities. He also co-authors books with major world figures and CEO's, the most recent of which, "Power and Influence: The Rules Have Changed," by Robert L. Dilenschneider, was published by McGraw-Hill internationally.

Mr. Gupte also assembles anthologies, one of which, "20," was published recently to mark the 20th anniversary of the Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates. He is among the contributors to a new book just published by Ursinus College in the United States, "The Sands of Thought: Essays on The World of Ideas."

Mr. Gupte's daily column "Lunch at The Four Seasons," was a popular feature of The New York Sun over a two-year period. It profiled leaders in business, finance, industry, banking, investment, law, education, health, politics, diplomacy, media, the arts, entertainment, academe, government, and other fields. Mr. Gupte continues writing opinion articles on the Middle East, India, trade and business, and multilateral diplomacy for various newspapers.

An economics and political-science graduate of Brandeis University in the United States, he also attended the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Mr. Gupte was a staff reporter and a foreign correspondent at The New York Times for 15 years, covering Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He was subsequently a global-affairs columnist at Newsweek International for 18 years, and a contributing editor at Forbes and Asian Finance magazines.

He also founded and edited The Earth Times, a newspaper focusing on economic development and environmental security, and published the paper from 1991 to 2003.

He has been Business Editor of The New York Sun, Business Editor of The Daily Star in Beirut, and Global-Affairs Columnist at The Straits Times, Singapore. He has produced 50 documentaries for public television, and has appeared frequently as a guest commentator on economic and global affairs on CNN, PBS, NBC, ABC, BBC, Fox News, PressTV, WCBS, and various radio stations, including National Public Radio.

Mr. Gupte also founded and led a publishing company, Earth Times Books. He has designed and run Web sites for publications such as The Earth Times, Present Tense Magazine, and for the Festival of Thinkers.

Mr. Gupte has served as a media consultant for several institutions and commissions, including the United Nations, the World Bank, and the Brundtland Commission on Environment and Sustainable Development. He was the prime force behind the establishment of a private foundation in support of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. He has moderated and appeared in panels at the World Economic Forum's Davos and regional meetings, Columbia University, the Asia Society, and other institutions. Mr. Gupte has written for many widely known magazines, including The Atlantic, Forbes, People, Reader's Digest, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, and the Harvard International Review.

He is the author of eleven books and anthologies, some of them relating to the Middle East, and is at work on a major work on the contemporary Middle East.

One of Mr. Gupte's earlier books, "Mother India: A Political Biography of Indira Gandhi," was the basis of a major television documentary on Lifetime Network, and received front-page reviews in the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. “Mother India” will be re-issued in an expanded and updated edition in September 2009 by Penguin.

Another book, "The Crowded Earth: People and the Politics of Population," was the source material for a 13-part TV series on public television, "Profiles in Progress."

Mr. Gupte is an elected life member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York; and a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House, London), and The Asia Society (New York). He is also a member of Gulf2000, the by-invitation-only specialist community of diplomats, scholars and writers established by Columbia University.

Mr. Gupte's personal Web site is He can be contacted by e-mail at His U.S. phone number is: (1) 347-409-0010. His mobile number in the Middle East is: (971) 55-692-9782.


_ Director of Special Media Projects, Brand Dubai, December 2007 to present.
_ Contributor, YaleGlobal, January 2008 to present.
_ Contributor, PostGlobal, January 2008 to present.
_ Contributor, Institutional Investor, January 2008 to present.
_ Contributor, Portfolio.Com, June 2007 to present.
_ Contributor, Forbes, Forbes/Asia and Forbes.Com, May 1984 to July 2007.
_ Business Columnist, and writer of daily column, "Lunch at The Four Seasons," The New York Sun, January 2005 to July 2006.
_ Global-Affairs Columnist and Senior Writer, The Straits Times, Singapore, April 2004 to November 2004.
_ Editorial Director, The Daily Star / International Herald Tribune, Beirut, Lebanon, January 2004 to March 2004.
_ Business Editor, The Daily Star / International Herald Tribune, Beirut, Lebanon, September to December 2003.
_ Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, Present Tense Magazine on the Web (, January 2003 to August 2003.
_ Asia Correspondent: Bloomberg News, June-July 2003.
_ Editor-in-Chief and Publisher: Present Tense Magazine, May 2003. (Present Tense was a one-issue pilot in print.)
_ Editor-in-Chief and Publisher: The Earth Times, New York, 1991 to 2002.
_ Editorial Adviser: The Calendar & Chronicle, monthly newsletter of the Council on Foreign Relations, 1999 to 2001; helped redesign publication.
_ President and Founder, Earth Times Books, 1999 to 2002.
_ Columnist: Newsweek International, 1986 to 2004.
_ Contributing Editor: Forbes, 1984 to 2000.
_ Contributing Columnist: New York Daily News, 1997 to 2000.
_ Mentor: Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, 1996 to present.
_ Founder and Director: International Commentary Service, a not-for-profit media and educational company for television documentaries, 1988 to 1993.
_ Senior Information Adviser to the Secretary-General of the 1992 Earth Summit: 1991-1992.
_ New York Editor: Asian Finance, 1987 to 1991.
_ Information Adviser to the World Commission on Environment and Development: 1985 to 1986.
_ Foreign Correspondent, Africa: The New York Times, 1979 to 1982.
_ Metropolitan Reporter: The New York Times, 1978 to 1979.
_ United Nations Correspondent: The New York Times, 1977.
_ Long Island Correspondent: The New York Times, 1973 to 1977.
_ Assistant to the Executive Editor, A. M. Rosenthal: The New York Times, 1970 to 1973.
_ Summer Clerkships: The New York Times, 1968 and 1969.


_ Co-Editor and Contributor, Global Emirates: An Anthology of Tolerance and Enterprise, published by Motivate in Dubai, and Rupa & Co. in India, April 2009.
_ Mother India: A Political Biography of Indira Gandhi. To be re-issued in an updated edition by Penguin in September 2009
_ Currently completing a book on the Middle East, to be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
_ Contributor, “The Sands of Thoughts,” Published by Ursinus College Press, October 2007.
_ Editor and Contributor, “20: An Anthology Marking the 20th Anniversary of the Higher Colleges of Technology, United Arab Emirates,” August 2007.
_ Assisted with “Power and Influence: The Rules have Changed,” By Robert L. Dilenschneider, published by McGraw-Hill in 2007.
_ Co-author of a book on India, to be published in 2008.
_ All of Us: Births and A Better Life: Population, Development and Environment in a Globalized World. Selections from the Pages of The Earth Times. New York: Earth Times Books, 1999.
_ Mother India: A Political Biography of Indira Gandhi. New York and London: Charles Scribner's Sons Inc., 1992. Major reviews in US and international publications, including front-page reviews in the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times; first-serial rights to Vanity Fair magazine.
_ The Silent Crisis: Despair, Development and Hope in a World Without Borders. New Delhi and London: Vikas Publishing House, 1990.
_ India: The Challenge of Change. London: Mandarin-Methuen, 1989.
_ Vengeance: India After the Assassination of Indira Gandhi. New York and London: W.W. Norton & Company, 1985; first-serial rights to The New York Times Magazine.
_ The Crowded Earth: People and the Politics of Population. New York and London: W. W. Norton & Company, 1984; first-serial rights to The New York Times Magazine.


_ Life Member, Council on Foreign Relations, New York, since 1999.
_ Member, Royal Institute of International Affairs, London, since 2004.
_ Member, American Society of Magazine Editors, since 2001.
_ Member, Magazine Publishers Association, since 2001.
_ Member, Board of Directors, American Forum for Global Education, 1998 to present.
_ Member, Royal Overseas League, London, since 2000.
_ Member, Advisory Board. Indian Institute of Journalism, since 2001.
_ Member, United Nations Correspondents Association, since 1988.
_ Member, Overseas Press Club, New York, since 1994.
_ Member, Singapore Press Club, since 2004.
_ Member, Society of Environmental Journalists, since 1994.
_ Member, South Asian Journalists Association, New York, since 1994.
_ Member, American Asian Journalists Association, since 2003.
_ Member, Authors League and Authors Guild of America, since 1985.
_ Member, American Society of Journalists and Authors, since 1985.
_ Member, American P.E.N., since 1985.
_ Member, Sigma Delta Chi (Professional Journalists Organization) since 1984.
_ Member, the Newspaper Guild of New York, 1968 to 1984.

Journalism Highlights

_ Reported for The New York Times, Newsweek International, Forbes, Portfolio, and The Earth Times from more than 125 countries.
_ Co-Founded and sustained Earthtimes Magazine, a glossy public-interest monthly focusing on individuals and institutions who generate positive change through their entrepreneurial and leadership skills.
_ Created and sustained The Earth Times, a leading independent international newspaper on the environment and sustainable human development. The newspaper, founded in 1991, was published every two weeks in print, and had a daily edition on the Internet. The Earth Times was a not-for-profit newspaper, funded through ads, subscriptions and foundation support.
_ Published and edited daily print and Web editions of The Earth Times at major international conferences on the environment and economic and social development in Barbados, Beijing, Bonn, Cairo, Copenhagen, Geneva, The Hague, Istanbul, Qatar, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Vienna, and Washington, D.C.
_ Obtained exclusive interviews for Newsweek International, Forbes, the New York Times, The Straits Times, and The Earth Times with world leaders and CEO’s, including: King Hassan II of Morocco; King Hussein of Jordan; His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; His Highness Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan; Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan; His Highness Prince Karim, the Aga Khan; Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan; Presidents Suharto of Indonesia; Jose Napoleon Duarte of El Salvador; Daniel Saavedra Ortega of Nicaragua; Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe; Frederick Chiluba and Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia; Junius Richard Jayewardene of Sri Lanka; Hafez al-Assad of Syria; Gafaar al Nimiery of the Sudan; Hilla Limann and Jerry Rawlings of Ghana; Shehu Shagari of Nigeria; William R. Tolbert Jr. of Liberia; Mohammed Siad Barre of Somalia; Mohammed Ould Haidalla of Mauritania; Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi of India; Gro Harlem Brundtland of Norway; Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam of Mauritius; Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore; and Mohamad Mahathir of Malaysia; Barber Conable, President of the World Bank; Sir Shridath S. Ramphal, former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth; Dr. Supachai Panitchpakadi, Director-General of the World Trade Organization; Peter G. Peterson, Chairman of the Council on Foreign Affairs; former King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia, and others.
_ Reported extensively for The New York Times from Africa and the Middle East, covering the hostage crisis in Iran, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Iraq Iran war; coups in Ghana, Liberia and Uganda; and Arab and Islamic summits in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Southern Yemen, and Kuwait.
_ Investigative reporting for Forbes from Sweden, Switzerland and India concerning the Bofors arms scandal.
_ Investigative reporting from Britain and the Middle East for Forbes concerning the sale of Harrods. Reporting was subsequently borne out in a British Government report on the subject. Was cited in Vanity Fair magazine article for original reporting.

Television Production

_ Creator and executive producer of the following nationally--and internationally- broadcast documentaries (including PBS and The Discovery Channel):
_ 1989: Profiles in Progress Pilot; India's Man of Steel; Indonesia's Doctor of Happiness; Singapore: Beyond Tomorrow; and Women of Design.
_ 1990: Belize: A Search in the Sun; A Brotherhood of Words; Casablanca Drive; Malaysia: A Delicate Balance; Marketing Mystique; Mastering Money; A Matter of People; Nepal: On Top of the World; Our Children: Keeping the Promise; The Philosopher Prince; and School Story.
_ 1991: Choices for the New Century; Common Destinies: People and the Politics of Progress; Development Challenges; Jordan's Children: In the Eye of the Storm; Maurice Strong: A Man for All Reasons; Shifting Sands: The Middle East After the Gulf War; Snakes and Software: India at the Crossroads of Change (host: Bernard Kalb); Storyteller in the Bazaar; Working Women; World Banking; World Ordering: George Bush and the New World Order.
_ 1992-1993: Producer and creator of The Great Global Bazaar, a 60-minute documentary for PBS (host: Allan Dodds Frank of CNN).

Personal Television and Radio Appearances

_ Frequent appearances on CNN, Fox News and PBS as guest commentator on international, social, developmental and environmental issues.
_ Host of Live Wire, a television discussion broadcast by WNET/Channel 13, the PBS station in New York City, on the occasion of the national showcasing of Peter Brook's Mahabharata, in March 1991. Also hosted another 30-minute show on Live Wire in May 1991, following the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, former prime minister of India.
_ Guest appearances on: ABC's Nightline with Ted Koppel, ABC's Good Morning America, CBS's Nightwatch, PBS's MacNeil/Lehrer Hour, CNN's Newsmaker Saturday, NBC's Nightly News
_ Guest appearances on National Public Radio's All Things Considered.
_ Guest essays broadcast on Focus on Africa, program of BBC Radio in London.
_ Guest appearances as commentator on CNN, National Public Radio, the BBC, WCBS-TV, WMCA, WOR-TV, WNBC, and WNET, New York; and Panorama in Washington.
_ Interviewed by Leonard Lopate on New York & Co., Bob Grant and other radio hosts of talk shows.
_ Interviewed on "Insight," CNN International, on wildlife conservation, human rights, developing countries, and on climate change.
_ Interviewed on "Diplomatic License," CNN, on United Nations reforms.
_ Interviewed on BBC World Service during Mother Teresa state funeral.
_ Appearances on Fox Television on India-related developments.

General Writing

_ Opinion columns in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Daily News, and other newspapers in the US and around the world.
_ Feature articles and book reviews published in various magazines, including: The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, The Washington Post Book World, Harvard International Review, Reader's Digest, People Magazine, Editor & Publisher, Brandeis Review, WorldPaper, Portfolio, Illustrated Weekly of India, The Cricketer (London), Imprint, Sunday, United Nations Development Forum, The New York Times Book Review, The Sunday Observer, and Panam Clipper Magazine.

New Media

_ Created and designed Web site for the Festival of Thinkers, United Arab Emirates, 2007 (
_ Created and co-designed Web site for Present Tense Magazine (
_ Created and co-designed award-winning Web site for The Earth Times's daily online edition on the Internet (

Public Activities

_ Lectures on United States foreign policy, international economic issues, media, and Third World topics at the University of Chicago, City College of New York, Columbia University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Colorado School of Mines, the Institute of Asian Studies, Rutgers University, The New School, and New York University.
_ Moderator of panel on art and social development at the World Economic Forum's Annual Meetings at Davos, Switzerland.
_ Moderator of panels on public health and technology at the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting at Davos, Switzerland, January 1999.
_ Moderator of Education and Economic Growth Panel, World Economic Forum's India Economic Summit, New Delhi, Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 1998.
_ Designated Media Leader participant at World Economic Forum regional summits in China, Namibia, Austria, Washington, Singapore and India, 1998, and 1999.
_ Invited as Media Leader to the Forum's Annual Meetings in Davos, Switzerland, January 1998, 1999, 2000.
_ Established "Earth Times Dialogues on Sustainable Development," a regular series of workshops on media, environmental and developmental issues, June 1997 to present.
_ Mentor to students at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, 1996 to present.
_ Keynote speaker on "India and the Media," at the Indian Consulate, New York, August 1997.
_ Panelist at Foreign Policy Association Media Seminar, April 1997.
_ Guest lecturer in international affairs course given by Seymour Topping at Columbia University, April 1997
_ Panelist at Freedom Forum's Seminar on Women and the Media, Columbia University, March 1996.
_ Speaker on India and its Future, Brooklyn Public Library, February 1996.
_ Moderator of Foreign Policy Association Discussion on Environment and Sustainable Development, April 1995.
_ Speaker on Sustainable Development, International Affairs Seminar at Ramapo College, New Jersey, November 1995.
_ Chairman of Business Reporting categories for magazines and newspapers, Overseas Press Club Annual Awards, 1994.
_ Chairman of Environmental Reporting category for magazines and newspapers, Overseas Press Club Annual Awards, 1993.
_ Speaker at Columbia University's Graduate School of International Affairs, South Asia Department Lecture Series, 1993.
_ Moderator of Town Hall on Global Charter, sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association, New York, December 1992.
_ Senior Information Adviser for the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
_ Media Observer at the Amman Roundtable on Middle East Humanitarian Issues, convened to assess the impact of the Gulf Crisis. Amman (Jordan), January 1991.
_ Co-Chairman of an international seminar on media and development issues, hosted by The Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio Study and Conference Center, Lake Como, Italy, November-December 1988.
_ Moderator of seminar, "Looking Beyond Relief," sponsored by the Boston Forum on Global Understanding, John F. Kennedy Library, Boston, April 1987.
_ Media Adviser to the Secretary-General: World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987.
_ Panelist on seminar, "India: Toward Tomorrow," sponsored by The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, 1986.
_ Lectured on United States foreign policy, international economic issues, media, and Third World topics at the University of Chicago, City College of New York, Columbia University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Colorado School of Mines, the Institute of Asian Studies, Rutgers University, and New York University.


_ Brandeis University, A.B., 1970 (Economics and Political Science).
_ Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, 1970-1971.
_ Jai Hind College (Bombay), 1964-67.
_ St. Xavier's High School (Bombay), graduated 1964.

Awards and Fellowships

_ Best Magazine for Environmental and Population Reporting: Global Media Award for Earthtimes, Washington, DC, 2002.
_ Best Newspaper for Environmental and Population Reporting: Global Media Award for The Earth Times, New Delhi, 1999.
_ New Media: The Earth Times's Web site has won more than 60 awards between September 1996 and June 1999, including Site of the Day of the Microsoft Network (U.K.).
_ Best Newspaper Reporting: Global Media Award for The Earth Times, Thailand, 1996.
_ Best Newspaper Reporting: Global Media Award for The Earth Times, Egypt, 1994.
_ Best Magazine Columnist (for Newsweek International): Global Media Award, Turkey, 1991.
_ Best Magazine Columnist (for Newsweek International): Global Award of Population Institute, Washington, 1988.
_ Best Newspaper Columnist: Global Award of Population Institute, Mexico City, 1984.
_ Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Journalism: National Federation of Asian-Indian Organizations in America, 1986.
_ Publisher's Award: The New York Times, 1977.
_ Cabot Fellowship Grant: Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, 1970.
_ Wien International Scholarship: Brandeis University, 1967-70

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