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LinkedIn declares India’s 15 most influential voices

The second annual list celebrates 15 top contributors across industries, who have shaped rich, professional conversations on the platform and inspired others to join

LinkedIn has announced India’s 15 most influential voices on the platform with its second annual ‘Top Voices’ List. These 15 Top Voices of India have triggered global debates, shaped opinions and inspired other members to join the conversation by creating quality, timely and engaging content.

Every week, LinkedIn’s diverse network of professionals and students contribute articles to the platform that spark rich conversations, and help make it a sought-after place for all topical professional discussions. These 15 Top Voices from diverse industries share thought leadership, analysis, insights, key observations, and trend forecasts on a variety of subjects from economic policy, startup hacks, human resources, leadership and strategy, to work culture and productivity. This year, the Top 5 most popular topics among India’s Top Voices are India, Startups, Big Data, Cloud Computing and Finance; the environment is also a hot topic among Top Voices in India.

The engagement numbers on some of the articles authored by the Top Voices are an indication of the influence and reach they exert on the platform. For example, technology editor article



has got over 1118,000 views and more than 42,000 social signals, including likes, comments and shares.

The article

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has garnered more than 25,000 likes and over 7,000 shares.

India’s Top Voices on average got nearly 98,000 new follows this year, and its content received 54 times more likes and four times more comments than other contributors. Overall, 79 per cent of the Indian Top Voices published at least once a month, higher than the global average of 71 per cent.

In India, the Top Voices belong to the following top three industries:

  1. Education Management
  2. IT & Services
  3. Financial Services

Meet India’s Top Voices of 2017


“Would this make the world a better place?” That’s the first question that Muqbil Ahmar — a tech journalist and self-proclaimed environmentalist — asks himself before drafting an article. And that reflects in his choice of topics: human resources, climate change and social impact, to name a few.


An aspiring entrepreneur-turned venture capitalist, Shalini Prakash believes “great things happen when technology and entrepreneurship intersect.” After spending considerable time with accelerators such as INKTalk, she is now the India head of 500 startups.


This journalist-turned-startup-strategist is fascinated by the confluence of policy, economics and technology.


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In Delhi, Rajawat’s well-researched articles struck a chord with many.


Kashyap, a marketing manager with a tilt towards everything digital, terms success “orchestrated harmony between productivity, team building and work culture.” And that’s why most of her articles are inspired by office situations and work-related events.


Kar watches Indian telecom like a hawk. He prefers to conduct original research on the implications of radio spectrum and licensing regulations on stakeholders. When he’s not poring over policy documents, Kar writes about productivity improvement techniques.


This educator and corporate trainer writes on a number of topics that “converge towards a couple of main themes: India (Education and Politics), and Leadership & Management (Public/Private).”


Hari TN calls a spade a spade. The IIMC alumni, who currently heads HR at BigBasket, prefers to write about scaling of startups — “a combination of both people issues as well as strategic issues that if not handled well can cause the wheels to come off as a startup scales,” he says.


As the founder of a venture focused on online marketing services for small businesses, this entrepreneur provides her insights on a range of topics, including


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Her work is always accompanied by a simple infographic “to put the message across quickly,” she says.


This product management expert-turned-entrepreneur writes on a range of topics, from company culture and social issues to artificial intelligence. Her articles, be it on

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or the

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have resonated with readers, with some terming her pieces “articulate” and “eloquent”.

A banking wizard with a penchant for everything finance, Tamal Bandyopadhyay’s articles provide deep insights into macroeconomic realities — from economic policy to currency volatility and banks’ bad assets. Bandyopadhyay weaves in the human angle by articulating how shifts in the finance world affect you.


A fund manager, Roy’s interest lies at the intersection of current affairs, leadership and strategy. He minces no words in dissecting matters of governance and public policy. Based on years of experience, he analyses hot topics in the corporate world and has written articles on the

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This financial advisor and entrepreneur writes with an aim of equipping people with “high-quality information to help them save, invest, insure and borrow better.” Not just tips — you will often spot examples from his personal experience in the articles.


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Shah gets his writing ideas from classroom discussions and conversations with friends. “I write when I feel enlightened,” he says.


Having spent several years in strategic leadership roles, Mukherjee writes mostly on “macroeconomics and topics that are contemporary and relevant for economies struggling to perform,” he tells LinkedIn.

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This entrepreneur-cum-educator, who dropped out of Ph.D (English Lit) because she thought “literary academic research was out of touch with social reality,” not only writes but also posts videos on

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Along with India, the US, UK, France, and Germany have also announced country-specific lists of Top Voices today. Some of the globally recognised LinkedIn Influencers that have made it to these lists include Canadian PM


President of France https://www.linkedin.com/in/emmanuelmacron/

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President and Founder of Eurasia Group https://www.linkedin.com/in/ianbremmer/" \h

German business tycoon https://www.linkedin.com/in/dieterzetsche/" \h

Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz https://www.linkedin.com/in/mohamedelerian/" \h

The Top 5 Global Hashtags among Top Voices are #BigIdeas2017, #Brexit, #ThankYourMentor, #2030NOW, and #BehindTheScenes.

To put together this list, LinkedIn used a combination of data and editorial signals designed to capture the voices making a mark in their industries, region and country. This includes engagement (likes, comments and shares across each member’s articles, posts and videos); growth of followers tied to publishing activity; and number of times the writer had been featured in editorial channels, a signal of high-quality content. The list reflects publishing activity over a 12-month period, from November 2016 to November 2017.

As with all LinkedIn Lists, LinkedIn and Microsoft employees have been excluded from consideration.


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