I’m Dhruti Shah. I’m all about understanding and making connections.

Cartoon version of Dhruti

I am part of several professional networks and have been selected for several fellowships and professional development opportunities in a variety of fields.

I am on the advisory board of the Museum of Colour - the first museum of its kind - it's an online museum focused on the lives of artists of colour in British history.

I was appointed the first Honorary Fellow (Practitioner) at the Centre for Journalism at the University of Kent.

I am one of the first cohort to have passed the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Professional Certification in assessing the global standards for Nature-based Solutions.

As well as being a Trustee and on the Board for the John Schofield Trust, which seeks to make newsrooms more inclusive, my own experience of the mentoring scheme it offers means I am also a fellow of the Trust.

I am a member of the Clore Leadership network for leaders in the arts and cultural sector.

I am an Ochberg Fellow at the Dart Centre for Trauma and Journalism, a project of Columbia University in New York.

More information: Ochberg Trauma Journalism Fellowship

I also have studied at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand after being selected for a Rotary International Peace fellowship.

More information: Rotary International Peace Fellowship

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Other highlights

  • 2022


    Nominated and reached longlist of 40 over Forty 

  • 2022


    Oshwal Connect New Year Honour in recognition of work in the media

  • 2021


    Elevate Scholarship, News Leadership, International News Media Association / Google News Initiative

  • 2021


    Business Book Awards 2021, Short Business Book – Bear Markets and Beyond

  • 2021


    Media Category, Asian Women of Achievement Awards

  • 2021


    40 Digital Women to Watch 2021; Digital Women for Good; Role Model of the Year

  • 2018

    Highly Commended

    Carers UK Creative Writing Competition, Short story submission

  • 2016


    Rising Star in Media & Journalism Award, presented by WeAreTheCity

  • 2015


    Drum Online Media Award for best use of crowdsourcing/citizen journalism, awarded to BBC News UGC team

  • 2015


    Drum Online Media Award for best use of crowdsourcing/citizen journalism, awarded for work on Freedom 2014 project

  • 2015

    Hall of Fame

    Inducted in to Our Heritage TV’s UK Black & Asian Hall of Fame, for significant impact from 1900-2018

  • 2014


    Asian Women of Achievement Awards, media category

  • 2013


    Awarded by RIAC for best analytical article on international relations category

  • 2012

    Highly Commended

    Online Media Award for best use of crowdsourcing/citizen journalism, awarded for the BBC UGC Hub coverage of Syria protests

  • 2010


    Journaliga Zero Emissions Life international environmental journalism award

  • 2007


    Print Journalist of the Year Award from the EDF Energy London and South of England Media Awards

Dhruti with a picture of a lion on her shirt

Dhruti was engaging and entertaining when she spoke to my team in our weekly "Inspirational People" session. Her perspectives were fascinating on newsroom life, the challenges of being a journalist and how she co-authored a best-selling book, and she offered insightful responses to questions about all of these matters, along with subjects such as diversity and the challenges of working remotely.

Kevin Young, Head of Audience, The Economist

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