“I have always thought it morally unacceptable to kill stories, not to run stories, that people have risked their lives to get.” ~ Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s Chief International Correspondent

Summary: Christiane Amanpour is considered one of the leading news correspondents of the recent decades. Throughout her career as a news anchor and a journalist, she has won multiple awards including the DuPont Award as well as countless Emmys, Peabodys and an Edward R. Murrow Award. She has become one of the most influential journalists on an international basis, currently holding a position as CNN’s chief international correspondent. Alongside her coverage of major international events (especially within Europe and the Middle East), Amanpour has interviewed some of the world’s top leaders, including Tony Blair, Jacques Chirac, Hosni Mubarak and Mohammed Khatami. Her fearless outlook on honest and open journalism has challenged the industry to date.

Nationality: British-Iranian

Industry: Journalism

Q: On achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), you have said you sought full support from outside agencies and the corporate world. on ndtv.com

A: I thank United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) which had deputed its senior adviser in India Mr Babu Lal Jain to visit Soda and extend all support in the opening of the first bank in the village. That made all the difference.

In three years I will transform my village. I don’t want money. I want people and organizations to adopt projects in my village as often projects fail owing to lack of a local connect and that is what I am here to provide by bridging that gap.