Sharif Rangnekar

Sharif Rangnekar is a communications consultant and former journalist with over 25 years of experience. He uses every possible platform—talks, writing and music—to advocate change and garner support for the LGBTQ community. He is the frontman of Friends of Linger, a band that is credited with India’s first dedication to the gay community—Head Held High. He curates the platform Embrace: Music Justice Arts, which blends art with social justice. He held positions at The Economic Times and The Pioneer, before leading Integral PR as its CEO and later as its chairman. He was named PR Professional of The Year (2013) by IPRCCA and was in the Global Power List of PR Week (2015). Sharif provides counsel in the area of diversity and inclusion in the workplace specific to the LGBTQ community. He is also associated with Open For Business, a platform that promotes such policies.