Anand Giridharadas


WRITER and Editor-At-Large, TIME

New York City, USA

Anand insists that changing the world takes more than giving back – it takes giving something up.

Anand is a writer and the author of The True American (2014) and India Calling (2011). In his most recent book, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World (2018), he indicts philanthropic plutocrats and corporate changemakers who want to “give back but never ever to take less.” He breaks down the “MarketWorld” of “win-win” and “making a difference,” arguing that social inequality cannot be resolved by those who are responsible for it in the first place.

Anand is an editor-at-large for TIME and was a foreign correspondent and columnist for The New York Times from 2005 to 2016. He has also written for The Atlantic, The New Republic, and The New Yorker. He is an on-air political analyst for MSNBC, a visiting scholar at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, and a former McKinsey analyst. He has appeared regularly on TV and the radio in the US and globally, and has given talks on the main stage of TED as well as at Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Yale, Princeton, the University of Michigan, the Aspen Ideas Festival, the New York Public Library, the Sydney Opera House, the United Nations, South by Southwest, the Asia Society, PopTech, the Royal Society of Arts, and Google.

Anand’s writing has been honored by the Society of Publishers in Asia, the Poynter Fellowship at Yale, the Henry Crown Fellowship of the Aspen Institute, the 800-CEO-READ Business Book of the Year Award, Harvard University’s Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award for Humanism in Culture, and the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Award.