7:30 PM on Friday 01 March 2019

to greet new Bureau Chiefs from China, Japan and Germany, and to bid farewell to an Indian at the British High Commission.

at 7.30pm on Friday, March 1, 2019

at FCC Auditorium
AB-19 Mathura Road, Opposite Pragati Maidan Gate # 7, New Delhi-110001

You are cordially invited.

S Venkat Narayan

Mr Hu Bofeng: Associate-senior correspondent of the People's Daily, which is the biggest media group of China,known as the Global Times in India. He is also the columnist journalist of Economic Daily, which is the most important financial media of China. He is currently the an Associate-Senior Fellow of Pangoal Institution, the emerging private think tank of China. Before posted in India, he was in France for four years.

Mr Sho Komine: South Asia Bureau Chief, The Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan. "I have been associated with The Yomiuri Shimbun from last 10 years. He started his career at Kanazawa branch, Ishikawa prefecture north of Japan. After completing five years, he was assigned to the International Department and city news Department at Tokyo head office. During his tenure so far he covered politics, social news and international relations for the newspaper. Currently he is working as South Asia Bureau Chief looking after India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Maldives.

Ms Sibylle Licht: Born in 1962 in Leipzig in the former German Democratic Republic. University degree in German language, literature and sports science. First steps in journalism as a reporter for a local newspaper. Later on, a radio reporter for the federal non-governmental German broadcasting system ARD. Soon after a TV reporter and head of current news for ARD in Leipzig.

Since 1st of January 2019, working as Chief of Bureau for the First German Television ARD for South Asia on behalf of Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk in Leipzig.

First German Television ARD has more than 20,000 employees, and is the biggest public service Radio and Television broadcaster in the Federal Republic of Germany. It is a non-governmental organization under public control of the 15 Federal States.

Her role as Chief of Bureau/Correspondent is to cover news, current affairs, human-interest stories and features on social, economical, cultural and environmental themes in the subcontinent.

Ms Kitty Tawakley: She has been the longest serving Press team head at British High Commission Delhi, where she helped support effective delivery and management of the India Communications Network.

She has had extensive experience of dealing with Indian and international media. Work has included strategic media planning/media management/reporting/ firefighting; crisis handling/ contingency planning; media training&development; internal communications and public affairs at large. A mentoring role sometimes extended to colleagues from neighbouring countries such as Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and London too.

In her role as spokesperson for day-to-day enquiries from the media, she dealt with a variety of issues and situations. These at times also covered those related to other UK government organisations such as DFID, British Council, Visit Britain and others. An earlier Times of India stint provided solid grounding to help understand the media's expectations and motivations.

Kitty launched the first ever BHC website in 1998, being one of the earliest missions in Delhi to do so. From the early days of publishing four regular hard copy magazines, the team now maintains four and more digital channels.

She has had experience of media management for countless VIP/ Royal/ ministerial visits besides several challenging and exciting events. A BHC "Bravery in the face of Journalism" award came her way as appreciation for work during the 2013 longest ever India Visit of the Wales' !

She is a Green evangelist, a design enthusiast and a purani Dilliwalli.

She had the opportunity of working with seven British High Commissioners and 10 Heads of department.