Priyali Sur is a multimedia and broadcast journalist and international development professional. In both spheres her work focuses on the inclusion of marginalized communities. She has reported extensively on social justice and gender issues in South Asia and Africa, covered the refugee crisis from Europe and the Middle East, and promoted inclusive economic development in Central Asia and Africa as a social development consultant for the World Bank Group.
Priyali started her career as a television journalist at the Bennett and Coleman news channel, Times Now in Mumbai in 2005. Two years later she joined India’s leading English news channel CNN IBN in Delhi, where she worked for eight years reporting on social justice and human rights issues and specialized in long format investigative reporting. She produced, anchored and helped start the channel’s first youth-oriented news show focused on current affairs and the aspirations of young people in India. While at CNN IBN, Priyali won three national awards for her reporting. She also anchored the channel’s morning news show, Breakfast with India, which reached a daily audience of 45 million people. In 2015, she began working with the World Bank Group to ensure its financial and technical support for middle- and low-income countries benefited and respected the rights of their poorest and most excluded citizens. She is an expert in the Bank’s new Environmental and Social Framework.
Priyali is also a contributing writer for the US Women Media Center’s Gloria Steinem project – Women Under Siege Project and her work has been published in Foreign Policy, The Diplomat, The Huffington Post, PBS Newshour, New Security Beat [Woodrow Wilson Center], Deutsche Welle’s – Women Talk Online blog, World Economic Forum blog and World Bank blog.
In 2018, Priyali founded The Azadi Project, a non-profit organization that provides digital skills training and internships to refugee women at camps and shelters.
Priyali holds an B. Sc. from St. Xavier’s College in Kolkata, a Masters in Broadcast Journalism from COMMITS Bangalore, and a Masters in International Public Policy at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC. In 2014, she was selected as a Fulbright Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at the Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland. During her fellowship, she focused on gender rights and policy and also studied conflict resolution and peace negotiations. In 2017, the Atlantic Council selected her as one of its Millennium Fellows.