Yashwant Deshmukh is a keen follower of media and education sectors as a first-generation entrepreneur. He has worked on various assignments and start-ups in many transitional states and societies across Asia, America, Europe and Africa.
He is trained in Evaluation of Peace Process and conflict resolution from INCORE (Institute of Conflict Research) in University of Ulster-Northern Ireland (UK), as International observer from EHRO (Election & Human Rights Observation) in University of Bergen (Norway) and continues to be trained as CERA (Certified elections and registrations administrator) from The Election Center at University of Auburn (USA).
He is founder–director of C-Voter, leading expert agency with about 25 years of experience in Public Opinion Research & Election Management. The Center for Voting Opinion & Trends in Election Research (C-Voter) was started in 1993 as initiative to act as an interface between the people and the polity. Over two decades now, it has established itself as one of the leading research groups of Public Opinion apart from Socio-Economic-Political & Developmental studies.
He is the President elect of WAPOR Asia. And Principal Investigator for ISSP, WVS, WWBi etc. As a seasoned journalist, he has anchored/produced more than 1200 hours of news and current affairs programs. His expert comments on Indian and South Asian social trends are regularly sought after by major international news groups including BBC, Voice of America, Reuters and AFP.
Yashwant Deshmukh is an accomplished speaker, mentor, coach and trainer for media and communications students. He has taken workshops in International as well as Indian universities.
He has been a journalist with reputed media outlets like The Economic Times, The Times of India, Business Today and Business World for more than three decades. Author of the book Rahul vs Modi: 2014-2024: The Battle For India’s Soul published before the Lok Saha elections of 2014, Sutanu takes a keen interest on tracking the close links and interface between politics and economics. As an amateur academician, he dabbles with numbers to try and pick up trends that could e of significance. As Managing Editor of Planman Media that published a weekly newsmagazine in 13 languages (The Sunday Indian) and two business magazines, he has had the good fortune to lead a diverse, pan Indian team of professionals for a decade.
His hopes include reading, cooking and humour.
Based in India, Manu has worked in senior roles in stakeholder research across India, South Africa and Indian Ocean Region Islands. He has held analytical and advisory roles at The World Bank in Washington DC and at Standard and Poor’s in London. Manu consults regularly with political leaders, legislators and senior executives and appears regularly as a contributor on national news programs. Manu studied economics at Panjab University and at the University of Cambridge. He also holds an MPA from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore