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Laxmi Parthasarathy

Director, Global Media Partnerships, Ashoka

Director, Global Media Partnerships, Ashoka

Laxmi Parthasarathy is the Director of Global Media Partnerships for Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, She is also a Media Development Professional and Vice Chair of the board of Crossroads International, a Canadian international development organization.

Laxmi is also the author of “The Bottom-Up Media Revolution: How Social Entrepreneurs Are Building Trust Between Communities and the Media,” a report published by the University of Michigan.

Prior to Ashoka, Laxmi worked in Swaziland as the communications leader for the country’s only gender-based violence prevention NGO, where she developed and executed a national media campaign and co-produced a national radio program.

In 2007, Laxmi founded MY ROOTS, a Toronto based newspaper distributed in North East Scarborough. She has worked on media and development projects in Canada, Swaziland, India, Rwanda, Mexico, Spain, and the UK. Laxmi has delivered lectures on Social Entrepreneurship, Media Development and the Future of Journalism at Harvard University, Skoll World Forum, and Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum.

Laxmi received a BA from Carleton University and an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science where she assessed the effectiveness of rural community radio for development in Southern India.  In 2008 she was awarded Top 20 Under 20 in Canada and currently lives in Washington, D.C.

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