Manjeet Kripalani

Executive Director, Gateway House

AllenSolly_210x140_0Manjeet Kripalani is the co-founder of Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations, and acts as the executive director of the institution. Prior to the founding of Gateway House, Kripalani was India Bureau chief of Businessweek magazine from 1996 to 2009. During her extensive career in journalism (Businessweek, Worth and Forbes magazines, New York), she has won several awards, including the Gerald Loeb Award, the George Polk Award, Overseas Press Club and Daniel Pearl Awards.       Kripalani was the 2006-07 Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, New York, which inspired her to found Gateway House. Her political career spans being the deputy press secretary to Steve Forbes during his first run in 1995-96 as Republican candidate for U.S. President in New Jersey, to being press secretary for the Lok Sabha campaign for independent candidate Meera Sanyal in 2008 and 2014 in Mumbai. Kripalani holds two bachelor’s degrees from Bombay University (Bachelor of Law, Bachelor of Arts in English and History) and a master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, New York. She sits on the executive board of Gateway House and is a member of the Rotary Club of Bombay. Click here to download high-res image

Business, geopolitics, media

Last modified: September 18, 2017

Recent projects

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7 June 2016 Gateway House

Geopolitics meets business in Mumbai

On 13-14 June, Gateway House, along with the Ministry of External Affairs, will host The Gateway of India Dialogue, a seminal foreign policy conference in Mumbai. Manjeet Kripalani, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Gateway House, discusses the Dialogue, and its relevance to Mumbai and India.
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2 June 2016 Gateway House

The sanctioned, sleeping beauties awake

The crippling effect of American sanctions are thorough; designed to strangle economies and bring entire nations to a halt. However, they unknowingly pull people together, imparting a deep sense of patriotism and often sparking innovation which can quickly surpass any other world power. With sanctions being lifted on nations like Myanmar, Iran and, hopefully, Cuba, the question remains whether they will retain their uniqueness or fall into line with the rest?
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5 May 2016 Gateway House

Winds of change in India’s states

The five on-going state elections in India hint at a shift away from old established players who have failed to recognise the dreams of the youth. This is part of a global trend, from the Arab upheavals, to Hong Kong's Umbrella protests, to Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in the U.S. Courtesy:
14 December 2015 Gateway House

India’s Iran opportunity

Iran has emerged on to the world stage after 36 years of isolation. India must double up its diplomacy and commercial engagement with Iran, and move boldly beyond the curtain of ‘civilisational’ ties. Time to put that natural advantage to good commercial use through a vigorous private sector engagement with Tehran.
Indian shastra Courtesy: Aleph Book Company
23 July 2015 Gateway House

The shastri’s “Shastra”

In the last of a trilogy of books, Shashi Tharoor's volume of 100 articles poses numerous question and critiques of the one-year old Modi government, while also offering "Shastra" on a range of topics. However, in many cases his criticism are unfair and easily applicable to the previous Congress government

Sushma Swaraj Courtesy: MEA Flickr
18 June 2015 Live Mint

Sushma Swaraj’s scorecard

If Prime Minister Modi is India's Sachin Tendulkar, External Affairs Minister is Rahul Dravid. In the past year Swaraj has quietly supporting Prime Minister Modi and ratcheted up a number of achievements, from evacuating thousands of Indians from conflict zones to leading India's engagement in the middle east.
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21 May 2015 Gateway House

Modi: India’s salesman-in-chief

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign travels combine domestic and foreign policy to achieve India’s twin goals of national security and investment inflow. The leader-as-salesman is not new, and India is just catching up with the global norm
Modi in Hannover Courtesy: MEA/Flickr
13 April 2015 Gateway House

Modi in Hannover: Industry 4.0

Germany is a crucial partner for India, especially for the Make in India programme. The needs and strengths of both countries are complementary: in India, German companies are among the largest employers, and Germany is the second largest destination for Indian investment in Europe. India needs to develop and enhance the skill of its population, and develop an advanced manufacturing base. For this, a new level of collaboration is required.
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9 February 2015 Gateway House

Public messaging for a new Delhi

It’s time to change India’s bad habits. A historic opportunity to alter social behavior was lost in 2012 after the Delhi rape case. What better place to make amends and reignite youthful energies than the new, citizen-centric AAP in Delhi 2015?