( Founder, First Check )

Syed Nazakat is an award-winning Indian journalist, media entrepreneur, founder of DataLEADS, a digital media company which runs First Check. He works at the intersection of media, open data, technology and governance. He leads DataLEADS in New Delhi, as well as oversees its outreach across Asia with different partners, including with Google. He has worked in senior positions at different media organisations and his work has earn him global recognition and awards. He is passionate about open data, public health and the intersection of technology and media, and is a frequent speaker on these issues across conferences and media outlets globally. He is science graduate with Master’s degree in Journalism from the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.