Shishir Joshi in his Various Avatars

Shishir is a lawyer by education and a post graduate in journalism. He has been associated with several key media institutions in core journalistic and senior management roles including NDTV, Indian Express,, TV Today. His last assignment was with MiD-Day as its Group Editorial Director.

Shishir has close to 25 years of experience as a journalist across media platforms. His graduation is in Law, apart from a Post Graduation in Mass Communication. He has also been a Chevening Fellow in Broadcast Journalism from Cardiff University, UK.

Engage the Citizen

He is the founder trustee of Engage The Citizen, a citizen empowerment group which mentors citizen journalists through education. He has mentored over a thousand citizen journalists in seven states across India.

The Citizen Journalism program, under the title Citizens First, ranges from being a one day activity to a three day program, intense in its own way and customised to requirement.

Coach, Trainer & Counselor

Shishir is also a Coach, Trainer and Counselor by practice. Professionals from top management who’s who of Corporate India as well as leadership teams of multi-nationals are his key clients.

Some of the Key Training Partners are :


Nithya Sahay

Shishir has been part of the founding team of Nithya Sahay, a first- of- its- kind free walk-in counseling program for people across religions at St. Michael’s church in Mahim, Mumbai which sees a footfall of over 80,000 people every Wednesday from across India.

Muskaan – Sharing Smiles

logoIn another avatar, Shishir is also Chairman of Muskaan-Sharing Smiles, a not-forprofit institution engaged in providing day care and education to the under privileged, in a specific pocket of Mumbai.

To know more about Muskaan-Sharing Smiles,  click here

Mumbai First-

logoIn his last assignment Shishir was the CEO of Mumbai First, a unique not- forprofit model of Public Private Participation which aims at making Mumbai a better place to live, work and play, for its citizens.

Mumbai First is a private sector representation think tank which works closely with the public sector on collaborative areas aimed at making Mumbai a better place to live.

As its youngest CEO, Shishir’s role was to drive initiatives in the sectors of Healthcare, Infrastructure, Mobility, Governance, Environment, Education, Business,Entertainment and Security. In his role, Shishir closely engaged with citizens at the grassroots, domestic and global institutions on a regular and collaborative mode.

The initiatives at Mumbai First ranged from creating discussion platforms, providing solutions, identifying problem areas, to playing the role of a catalyst and initiating meaningful dialogue among best pratice players to ensure achievment of the end goal of urban growth.

Mumbai First has been instrumental in setting up the ambitious ‘War Room’ for the Government of Maharashtra to fast track growth projects which impact people. Mumbai First has also been acknowledged for its effort in setting up the Empowered Committee, the Citizens Action group and the Concept Plan, a unique 40 year approach document for the growth of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.

One of the most powerful initiatives during Shishir’s tenure was the Hamara Station Hamari Shaan Project. Shishir led close to 25,000 volunteers of Mumbai to beautify 36 Railway stations of Mumbai. Over a 100 Corporates, Non profits , the local Government, State and Central Government collaborated in this unique initiative, arguably one of the largest such public private people projects executed in such a short time.
TThis was a project to celebrate Daan Utsav, the festival of Giving, in partnership with the MAD Foundation.

In recent times and over the last few years, Shishir has played a critical role in formulating focused dialogue with EU member nations through a working group platform, exchange of expertise as well as education in the space of Environment, Healthcare, Waste Management, Mobility, Urban Development and planning as well as governance.