Syed Nazakat, India, is an award-winning journalist, media entrepreneur, founder and editor-in-chief of DataLEADS.
DataLEADS is a Delhi-based media firm which conducts data analysis, visualization, Pan-Asia boot camps and India’s first, award-winning, data-driven website dedicated to healthcare reporting. He also leads Centre for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit organization he founded to promote the cause of watchdog journalism in India. He has more than 17 years of experience across broadcast, print and online journalism, and has reported from over 35 countries. He has uncovered some of the biggest stories in India, winning international recognition and many awards.
Over the past decade, he has revealed stories about secret torture chambers in India, the country’s rendition program in Nepal, suicides in the Indian military, arms smuggling in Bangladesh, misuse of anti-terrorism laws, corruption in arms procurement, poor condition of Indian prisons, women trafficking from Afghanistan and war in South Sudan. He was the first Indian journalist to report from an Al-Qaeda rehabilitation camp in Saudi Arabia and in 2013 he secured unprecedented access to the military detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to report about prison abuse cases.