Nikhil Pahwa


Nikhil Pahwa is an entrepreneur, journalist and activist. He is the Founder and Editor of MediaNama, a leading publication chronicling the evolution of digital policy in India.

Nikhil has given talks at Harvard, Oxford, Columbia, Stanford, IIM Ahmedabad, IIT Kanpur, TISS Mumbai, among several other prestigious universities. He gave a TED Talk in 2016, and spoke at the EU’s Cyber Direct forum in 2019. He conducted two TED Discovery sessions on “How to build a movement” at the TED Summit 2019.

Nikhil’s columns have appeared in Foreign Policy, Rest of the World, Quartz, Wired (UK), the Times of India, Bloomberg Quint, The Indian Express, The Quint,, The Wire, Hindustan Times, the Hindu, The Economic Times, Mint, TED Ideas blog, among several other publications, and he regularly appears on national and international TV channels on issues related to the governance of the Internet, including CNBC-TV18, ET Now, CNN-IBN, NDTV, Mirror Now, as well as CNN BBC, Channel News Asia and Al Jazeera English. He has also appeared on podcasts like The Seen and the Unseen, Reddit’s Upvoted, Planet Money, Asia Inside Out, Outliers, The Filter Koffee, Around Startups, The Nullcon Podcast and Use Case; also on Radio, including NPR, Voice of America, Radio Mirchi and BIG FM.

Nikhil has been on the jury for Forbes India’s 30 under 30 award, Outlook Magazines OSM awards, Mozilla’s Equal Rating Challenge 2016 and several editions of the Mbillionth Awards for mobile innovation in South Asia.

Nikhil authored a chapter on digital issues in the book "How Liberal is India". Nikhil's work has been featured in several research papers, and he has been featured in books on the Indian Internet, including India Connected by Ravi Agrawal and India Social by Ankit Lal.

Nikhil will be advising Saka and our portfolio companies and helping with deal sourcing, deal review, network access and more.