2020 Rich Jaroslovsky Founder Award winner

Raju Narisetti

Raju Narisetti’s current role as Publisher of McKinsey Publishing at McKinsey & Company is the latest in a 32-year global career in media and publishing, during which he has created, reimagined and managed major media organizations in North America, Europe and Asia, as well as being on the frontlines of digital transformation challenges and new ventures in publishing. Raju worked as a journalist at The Wall Street Journal where, over 14 years, he went from a Summer Reporting Intern to be the Editor of WSJ Europe, and Managing Editor, Digital, of the global WSJ, and part of a team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News for 9/11 coverage. At the Washington Post, Raju was the Managing Editor who helped kick-start the newspaper’s print/digital transformation. In both iconic news organizations, Raju was the youngest–and the first person of color–on the masthead.

Raju is also the founder of Mint (, India’s second-largest business news publication.

After his 25-year stint as a journalist, as a media business executive, he was Senior Vice President of Strategy for News Corp, and later CEO of the Gizmodo Media Group, which encompassed a group of digital journalism sites that included Gizmodo, Jezebel, Lifehacker, and The Root. Immediately prior to joining McKinsey in 2020, he was a journalism educator, leading the Knight Bagehot Fellowships in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University as a Professor of Professional Practice at the School of Journalism, and where he started the annual WERT Prize honoring excellence in global business journalism by a woman journalist.

Raju is an active alumni member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader cohort (Class of 2007) where he is also on the board of Friends of the Forum Foundations USA Inc., which provides oversight for funding support for YGL and Global Shapers initiatives, He is also a Board Trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation, which manages the global Wikipedia, and a member of National Advisory Committee of the Democracy Fund.

He lives in New York City but is often found @Raju

Announcement Video and Acceptance Speech