Starting out as a reporter with the India Today Group, one of the oldest and largest publishing houses in India, Kalyani evolved into a feature editor over the two decades of her journalistic career. She quit the group in 2013 as Executive Editor to pursue more socially impactful work in the development sector. In her freelance life, she wrote numerous articles on urgent issues such as quality education, climate emergency, and malnutrition. Kalyani has edited several journals, both for global organizations such as GIZ as well as Indian humanitarian foundations like Tata Trusts, on topics ranging from empowering women in rural areas to large-scale milk fortification. In 2019, she started consulting for IMPAct4Nutrition, a joint program between UNICEF and Sight and Life, taking care of content and advocacy for 3 years, before transitioning to a full-time communications role with Sight and Life in 2022.
- Core functions: Communications strategy, editing, and writing.
- Core areas of interest: Keeping messaging impactful and relevant; making messaging relatable for a wide range of audiences; the complexities of delivering impact.
- Approach to work: Taking the most time-efficient route to deliver the most impactful result.
- Core qualifications: Psychology honors graduate with 20+ years of work experience as a writer and editor.
- Past organizations: As a consultant, Kalyani has worked with IMPAct4Nutrition, Centre Square Foundation, Tata Trusts, GIZ, and UNICEF India, among others.
- Past achievements: IMPAct4Nutrition won the AVPN Constellations award for social change in Health & Wellbeing category in July 2021 based on a pitch Kalyani prepared.
- Global footprint: Apart from India, Kalyani’s features have appeared in publications based out of England, Germany, Dubai (with circulation across the Middle East), Hong Kong, Singapore, and the rest of Southeast Asia.