Influencers play an important role in today’s world, whether it comes to branding or promoting any specific product or service. From high-end smartphones to a new model SUV, there’s a digital influencer for almost every product. And increasingly, more and more companies are opting for influencer marketing as they can impact the buying behavior of customers.
And in this digital age, the tremendous rise of social media in recent years has empowered people to directly interact with brands and influencers.
Each social media has its own dedicated fan base, and different influencers choose different platforms. LinkedIn has been around for quite a while, and it is one of the most reliable platforms to connect with leaders and other personalities. And there isn’t any shortage of influencers on any platform. Here we have compiled a list of 15 most influential personalities on LinkedIn from India:
1. Muqbil Ahmar, Green Ubuntu
He boasts 15 years of editorial experience in media that includes some high profile names like NDTV 24×7, India Today, and PTI. Muqbil was also among LinkedIn’s ‘Top Voices India’ in 2017.
2. K Yatish Rajawat, CCS
Yatish Rajawat is the CEO of the Centre for Civil Society, which is a Delhi based non-profit think tank. He is an entrepreneurial leader with 20 years of experience in creating, editing, and leading newsrooms and digital startups. He has worked with some leading newspapers, including Economic Times, Dainik Bhaskar, and DNA. He also served as a Chief Strategy Officer at LocalCircles – India’s largest digital citizen engagement platform.
Yatish Rajawat has also won the best journalist of the year award in 2002. Moreover, he is also a regular policy pundit on TV.
3. Amit Somani, Prime Venture Partners
Hailing from Bangalore, Amit Somani is the Managing Partner of Prime Venture Partners. It is an early-stage venture fund that focuses on the start-ups that are in need of capital and mentoring to revolutionize them into the ‘next big thing.’
Amit was Chief Product Officer at MakeMyTrip, which became IPO in 2010, and before that, he was Head of Product at Google India, where one of his products was awarded Google founder’s award.
4. Sandeep Kochhar, BlewMinds
Sandeep is an Electronics and Communication engineer with 18+ years of experience in corporate consulting.
Moreover, he has got more than 30 years of experience in poetry, creative writing, and storytelling. He has also worked in top companies like HT Media, IBM, and HCL Technologies, where he held roles related to project management, Business Transformation, and Organization Restructuring.
5. Shruti Chaturvedi, Chaaipani
Shruti Chaturvedi is the founder and editor of Chaaipani. It is an online media platform to discover, share, and act on inspiring stories of people around us.
She is an engineering drop-out but holds a degree in psychology and a diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication. She is also a recipient of the Karamveer Global Fellowship and Build India Award and has spoken at TEDx events.
Dr. Ajit Patil is a polished academician, management professional, author, and a celebrated professor of Marketing and Retailing. He holds 28 years of experience in the industry and has been teaching Marketing and Retailing subjects to MBA students in India and other countries for 18 years. Not only this, but he is also a visiting faculty at many business schools across India.
As a management consultant, he provides strategic, planning, and selling advice to SMEs and retailers.
His case studies have received national and international awards, and he was among the ‘Top Voice in LinkedIn – 2017’.
7. Himanshu Rai
Director of IIM Indore, Himanshu Rai is an educationist and philosopher. His expertise lies in human resource management, where he focuses on negotiation, mediation, strategic HRM, and leadership. He teaches a variety of courses to PG and Doctoral students. Also, he has consulted some of the most prominent organizations like the World Bank, Planning Commission of India, Mahindra & Mahindra, and more.
Himanshu is quite passionate about trekking and mountaineering, and his other interests include reading, collecting books, and music.
8. Tamal Bandyopadhyay, Business Standard
Tamal Bandyopadhyay is a veteran and one of the most respected business journalists of India. He is regarded for his weekly column ‘Banker’s Trust’ on banking and finance that appears in Business Standard.
He has been providing insights into the financial sector for over two decades. Previously, he has also served as an adviser to Bandhan Bank Ltd and has worked with India’s most-read business dailies – Business Standard, Financial Express, Mint, and The Economic Times.
Along with this, authored five books – all non-fiction bestsellers – and has also been awarded as Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism – 2017.
9. Nirmit Shah, Wipro
Nirmit Shah is a Marketing Technologist and a digital storyteller. He currently works as a Digital Consultant for Wipro’s Health Business Unit. His previous work experience consists of Communication Strategist, Advertising, and Brand Positioning Campaigner for Zee TV, SonyLiv, and Skoda accounts.
Besides, Nirmit has his own venture called ‘The Evening Project’ to help develop students and young professionals. He has been recognized as a ‘must-follow writer’ and named as the youngest LinkedIn Top Voice by LinkedIn India.
10. Annesha Dutta, MoneyTap
LinkedIn Top Voice 2017 and 2018 awardee Annesha Dutta is a Marketing Communications Manager at MoneyTap. She is one of the top 15 content creators on LinkedIn India and also a TEDx speaker. Her proficiency lies in public speaking, career advice, and LinkedIn branding. Some of the world’s most renowned companies like Nokia, Puma India, Microsoft, Tally, Amazon India are among her corporate clientele.
Apart from this, Annesha is a distinguished Toastmaster, and she also runs her YouTube channel ‘AskAnnie.’
11. Ankur Warikoo, nearbuy.com
Ankur Warikoo is an entrepreneur, public speaker, mentor, and angel investor. He Co-founded nearbuy.com, India’s largest commerce platform for everything local. Formerly, he also worked as a Venture Partner at Rocket Internet and served as a Board Member of the Indian School of Business.
Additionally, Ankur is very keenly interested in photography and has a digital library of more than 32k photos taken over a decade. His other hobbies include music, DJing, and singing.
12. Rahul Subramanian, Stand-up Artist
An engineer with a management degree, Rahul Subramanian is a brand-manager-turned-stand-up-comedian. He served as Corporate Branding and Digital Marketing Manager at Mahindra Rise for over three years. He’s been into comedy since 2014 and has won competitions Virgin Pants and Canvas Laugh Club.
Rahul’s other hobbies consist of observing everyday things, waiting, and getting stuck in traffic; that eventually helps him write better jokes.
13. Anamika Sirohi, Amway
With over 15 years of experience in brand and business building, Anamika Sirohi is currently the Vice President of Marketing at Amway India Enterprises. She has worked as Product Manager and Brand Manager for national and multinational brands like Dabur and Nestle.
Anamika is an engineer who turned into a marketer and a businesswoman. Her blogs about business and marketing are published on Forbes.
14. Smriti Handa, Reckitt Benckiser
After completing her PGDM in Human Resources and Marketing, Smiriti Handa started her career with Airtel, where she spent ten years at various HR roles. She relocated to Amsterdam, Netherlands, after being appointed as HR Director for Global functions at RB.
Smriti boasts 16 years of experience in the human resource department and has previously worked with Philips and Coca-Cola. Other than that, she also actively writes about leadership, diversity and inclusion, and various other skills.
15. Shalini Prakash, 500Startups
From an aspiring entrepreneur to VC, Shalini Prakash has come a long way. Her LinkedIn bio states that she is currently associated with five different organizations. She is a Venture Partner of 500Startups, where she represents a foreign fund and manages their India portfolio.
Shalini is quite ardent about technology and entrepreneurship. She has also been a part of INKtalks, where she led several youth initiatives to encourage the exchange of ideas that promotes intellectualism and creativity.