N. Ram, Chairman of Kasturi & Sons Limited, Publisher of The Hindu and Group Newspapers, and former Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu and Group Newspapers, is a political journalist. He has written on a range of socio-political subjects and specialized in investigative journalism. Along with Susan Ram, he is the biographer of the Indian writer, R.K. Narayan. Ram was elected president of the Contemporary India Section of the 72nd session of the Indian History Congress (2011). Honours include the Padma Bhushan (for journalism), 1990; Sri Lanka Ratna (2005); the Asian Investigative Journalist of the Year Award from the Press Foundation of Asia (1990); the B.D. Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism (1989); and a Columbia J-School Alumni Award (2003). He is a founding Trustee of the Media Development Foundation, which administers the Asian College of Journalism, India’s and South Asia’s premier post-graduate journalism school. He is a co-chairperson of WMS and a presidium member of the BRICS media summit.
He will be speaking during Session 1.