Harper's Bazaar March 2016 - Page 140

AT WORK Bazaar SHRYA SI TA NDON By Rebecca Suhrawardi 140 IMAGE COURTESY NEAL KHURANA; HAIR AND MAKEUP: CYNTHIA SALGADO ANCHOR AND REPORTER, CCTV AMERICA Shraysi Tandon walks through the Times “I’m very proud to be Indian. It’s Square studios of the NASDAQ as poised something that I try to always make clear A journalist unafraid to ask the tough and as articulate as she is in her role as anchor whenever I meet someone,” Tandon says. questions, and who has impressed and reporter for CCTV America. Under “I often get confused for being many races the likes of Arianna Huffington and the studio lights, it’s easy to admire the Delhi and many nationalities, and everything but native’s smooth, fair skin, sparkling brown Indian. I very, sort of, vehemently make it the World Bank president eyes, and warm smile. “The audience needs clear that I am.” Though she left the country to see your eyebrows and your eyes for with her family for Jakarta, Indonesia when reassurance,” she says. “They’ll never she was six, and then moved to Australia at connect with you if they don’t see your eyes and your eyebrows.” age 18 for college, India remains home. “My parents made it clear that this The 29-year-old has mastered the art of connection, not only with her was home, these are our roots,” she says. And they brought the family to audience, but also with the high-profile people she interviews—Israeli Delhi every year growing up for a month’s stay each time, which led to a president Shimon Peres, fashion designer Tory Burch, and Virgin Group longstanding bond with the nation. founder, Sir Richard Branson, among others. President Peres took such a In her work, Tandon tackles tough subjects, but her passion is to support liking to her that after their interview he invited her to Shabbat dinner hosted and highlight women and education. Most notably, she is the founder by prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Shraysi asks challenging questions of the Women Who Work segment on CCTV America, which celebrates on the pressing issues of the day, and she knows how to get her often wellits first anniversary this month. In this segment, Tandon interviews scripted subjects to go off script a little bit,” says World Bank president Jim women at the pinnacle of entrepreneurship—the likes of Vera Wang. Yong Kim about Tandon’s talents. “She asked me once, ‘why would the “What she’s doing isn’t just inspirational, it’s leading by example so that private sector focus on fighting poverty when it conjured up images of people more in the media will bring these important issues to the forefront,” on welfare?’ Good question. And the best answer is: We need the private says founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, Arianna sector because it creates jobs, and people stuck in poverty just need an equal Huffington. “Shraysi’s commitment to bringing more women’s voices opportunity. She pushed, and that led to a sharper answer.” into the conversation and putting a spotlight on their triumphs and CCTV is China’s largest news network and reaches one billion people challenges is admirable and essential.” in over 100 countries worldwide—a coveted platform in one of the most Leading by example is something thatTandon envisions herself doing well important emerging economies. The network is so large that their coverage