K. Yatish Rajawat


K. Yatish Rajawat is CEO of Center for Civil Society is an entrepreneurial leader who has started newspapers and digital media companies he has also headed editorial functions.

He is an award-winning journalist who writes on policy, economics and technology. He is the former Editor in Chief of DNA newspaper.

With more than 2 decades of rich experience he is known for creating and leading newsrooms and digital startups. His views are sought for policy making, political and corporate leaders from Bengaluru, Mumbai to Delhi.

Earlier to his stint at DNA he was the Chief Strategy Officer for LocalCircles, and part of the founding team. LocalCircles is the largest digital citizen engagement platform in India. He was responsible for building communities, partnerships and alliances for the platform. He helped with strategic revenue tie ups and partnership with media and broadcast platforms. He raised successive round of funding for the platform. He is responsible for building the LocalCircles brand through media partnerships. Prior to that Mr. Rajawat was the Group Managing Editor of Dainik Bhaskar in 2009, the largest newspaper group in India where he launched the first Hindi business newspaper- Business Bhaskar. He also led the editorial function for the Dainik Bhaskar group multiple newsrooms in three Indian languages spread across 65 major cities in the North.

He was the first Technology Editor of India’s largest business newspaper Economic Times in 1999 and was awarded the Best Journalist of the Year Award in 2002. He has also worked in Hindu Business Line and Businessworld magazine in leadership roles.

He is interested in ideas that can help change things for the better. Recognized and trusted for his views by leaders across spectrum of the society, he is a regular policy pundit on TV. He is a guide and adviser at Future Institute one of the largest Indian Think Tank on urbanization He is also a fellow at the Institute of Competitiveness, India, the Indian knot in the global network of the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School.