Stephen Sackur Presenter – HARDTalk
Presenter – HARDTalk
Stephen Sackur is presenter of HARDtalk, the current affairs interview on BBC World and the News Channel. His subjects have included the heads of NATO and OPEC, Shimon Peres, Gore Vidal and Richard Dawkins.
For HARDtalk he has also interviewed a number of the world’s great innovators, from James Dyson to Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia and the bioscientist Craig Ventor. Distilling his notes for a series of articles, Stephen identiﬁed the ﬁve qualities they all seemed to share: an indestructible will, passion (almost beyond reason), outrageous optimism, a super-sized ego and a ‘rebel yell.’
These interviews have also given him an insight into how organisations can best bring about innovation: “You need to ﬁnd ways to assess individuals on their merits, and give rewards for innovative thinking rather than play-it-safe mediocrity. You should encourage insiders to get outside and bring back fresh insights. And you shouldn’t confuse seniority with creativity.”
Away from set-piece interviews Stephen has served in Brussels, reporting on day-to-day stories from the major European institutions and across the continent. Before that he was Washington Correspondent, where his coverage and analysis of 9/11 won widespread acclaim.
Ten years earlier it was Stephen who broke the story of the mass killing on the Basra road out of Kuwait, marking the end of the Gulf War. He was then posted to Cairo and Jerusalem as Middle East Correspondent, where he reported on the emergence of the Palestinian Authority.
Abhinav Sinha Global Chief Operating Officer – OYO Hotels and Homes
Global Chief Operating Officer – OYO Hotels and Homes
Abhinav Sinha is the Global Chief Operating Officer at OYO Hotels and Homes, South Asia’s largest, one of China’s top three, and the world’s fastest growing chain of hotels, homes and living spaces. At OYO, he is responsible for delivering great customer experience, building the organization and planning and supervising OYO’s growth across India and global territories.
He joined OYO in August 2014 and has played an instrumental role in expanding OYO’s chain of hotels from just one city (Gurgaon) in September 2014 to now over 450,000 rooms and over 13,000 properties across ten markets - India, Indonesia, China, Nepal, Malaysia, The U.K.,The U.A.E., Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Philippines and Japan.
Abhinav started his career at ITC Limited, where he spent four years in roles spanning across operations, production planning, quality control, process excellence, and project management. He joined The Boston Consulting Group as a management consultant in their Dallas office in 2009 and has proven expertise in strategy, project management, analytics, and operations. Leading large projects and working closely with the top leadership of some of the most respected companies, he believes strategy, innovation, talent, and operational discipline are key to help scale a business. After working for four years and rising to the
position of a Principal, he moved on from BCG and returned to India to join Ritesh in building OYO.
Abhinav has completed his Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology,
Kharagpur and earned his MBA at Harvard Business School in General Management.