— Advisory Council —

Sharif Rangnekar

Delhi, India | @gottaservesome

An award-winning communications consultant and former journalist, Sharif Rangnekar uses every possible platform—talks, writing and music—to advocate change and garner support for the LGBTQ community. He is author of Straight to Normal: My Life as a Gay Man (2019), and Realizing Brand India: The Changing Face of Contemporary India (2005). As a journalist, Sharif was correspondant for The Economic Times and The Pioneer, before leading Integral PR as its CEO and chairman. Named to the Global Power List by PR Week in 2015, he was recognised as PR Professional of The Year in 2013 by the India PR & Corporate Communications Association. Sharif provides counsel in the area of workplace diversity and inclusion specific to the LGBTQ community, and is associated with Open For Business, a platform that promotes such policies. He curates Embrace: Music Justice Arts, a platform that blends art with social justice, and is frontman of the band Friends of Linger, which released India’s first song dedicated to the gay community, “Head Held High.”