Group Strategy & Innovation at Zee Entertainment
Sidharth Balakrishna holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta and an Economics degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), Delhi University. He has over 14 years of experience in the media & entertainment, artificial intelligence, energy, infrastructure and education sectors.
He is currently an Executive (whole time) Board Director and heads Strategy & Innovation with the Essel (Zee) Group, India’s largest media entity, and is leading several strategic initiatives in digital transformation, Artificial Intelligence etc. In the past, he has led strategy and headed many large projects including in the fields of oil & gas, renewable energy, education, water etc. Mr Sidharth Balakrishna has also been a Strategy Consultant with Accenture and KPMG. Some of the projects that he has led have been awarded nationally and internationally. He is a mentor with MIT, Boston, USA as well as MassChallenge Boston & Tel Aviv to startups.
Mr Balakrishna has also considerable academic experience; and has written five books published by Pearson, the world’s largest publishing house, and Tata McGraw Hill. He is a Visiting Faculty at a number of management institutes in India including the IIMs.He has presented at a number of international fora in the past including at London, Amsterdam, Muscat, Dubai, Myanmar, Mozambique, Kuwait, New Delhi, Goa, Mumbai etc.
He is a columnist with the Economic Times, India’s largest English business daily and other reputed publications; and has been interviewed often by the media, including featuring on the cover of the ‘Corporate Citizen’ magazine in 2018.