UCL Alumni


UCL India Community Event 2022

09 February 2022, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm

Nikhil Kumar

Join us for insights into the leadership journey of trailblazing journalist and UCL alumnus Nikhil Kumar and more

This event is free.

Event Information

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UCL staff | UCL students | UCL alumni






Alumni Relations Team

Join us on 9 February from 7pm IST for our exciting virtual event hosted by the UCL Delhi Alumni Group.

We'll start off by hearing from the strategic expert behind CNN in India and experienced news reporter, UCL alumnus Nikhil Kumar.

Having filled senior correspondent, editor and strategy roles at The Independent, TIME and CNN, Nikhil is now taking on a new challenge in the US by joining a media start-up committed to bringing the full picture to big news stories.

Nikhil will share fascinating stories from his varied career in news coverage as well as his insights into the future of media and what it means for us.

Stay on to revisit iconic places on campus, test out your London trivia, and relive your favourite student memories in our short quiz before we break out into small speed-networking groups for our ever-popular Chai Connect series.

We look forward to seeing you there!
UCL Delhi Alumni Group

About the Speaker

Nikhil Kumar

UCL BA Philosophy 2005

Nikhil Kumar is the Deputy Global Editor at Grid​, a recently launched global news and analysis outlet based in Washington D.C. Previously, he was CNN's bureau chief and principal correspondent in South Asia, based out of New Delhi, a role in which he both oversaw the network's coverage out of the region and reported on air on major stories.​

In 2020, his team's coverage of the 2019 Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka was recognised with a nomination in the Outstanding Breaking News Coverage category at the News and Documentary Emmy awards.

Before coming to CNN, he was TIME magazine's bureau chief in South Asia, and earlier, a senior editor based at the magazine's headquarters in New York, helping oversee TIME's international coverage. He wrote several cover stories for TIME, reporting from around the world on issues as varied as the war in Afghanistan to the earthquake in Nepal.

​He has also worked as an editor and foreign correspondent for London's Independent, The Independent on Sunday and The Evening Standard, for whom he covered the 2012 US Presidential elections, among other stories.