Shrenik Rao is a Fellow at University of Oxford’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, and the founder of 7MB and Dolsun Media.He revived and relaunched the 231-year-old news brand Madras Courier digitally on October 12, 2016.

He has been invited to speak at Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Chicago, London School of Economics, SOAS – University of London, University of Westminster, Indian School of Business, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Hyderabad Central University.He has interviewed several heads of states, and made documentaries that were broadcast in 54 countries. His most recent project was for History Channel.


Varun is the features correspondent and sub-editor for Madras Courier. He studied Visual Communication at St.Joseph’s College, Bangalore and later studied filmmaking at Manipal Institute of Communication. A year later, he pursued his Masters in Contemporary India at the University of Oxford.

His research interests are in technology, defence, international relations.