People's Republic of China

Lei Chen

2011 Host

Chen Lei is an influential Chinese journalist. She is the leading presenter of China’s International Channel Shanghai (ICS). She serves as the News Anchor of Prime News and the presenter of Talk to Lei, a 30-minute talk show in which Lei interviews well-known Chinese and international guests. Chen Lei is also the presenter of My Dream, a bilingual charity program co-created by ICS and Shanghai Red Cross.

Lei began her career as an anchor and journalist for On the TownHell! Shanghai, Entertainment Now On the Road for STVAround China for CCTV, and Shanghai Bund. She has also been the bilingual presenter for many international events and live shows including the Shanghai International Arts Festival, Shanghai International Film Festival, Shanghai International Tourism Festival, APEC, L’OREAL-LYRCA Media in Style Awards Ceremony and Shanghai Creative Industry Week. Chen Leihas conducted many exclusive interviews with her most notable to date including Giorgio Armani, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Placido Domingo, ABBA, Claudia Schiffer, Victoria Beckham, Vivenne Westwood, Zhang Yimou, Peter Buffett and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

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India

Tannishtha Chatterjee

2011 Host

Tannishtha Chatterjee is often referred to as the ‘Princess of Parallel Cinema’ for her work in Indian cinema while also being known as one of the most international of Indian actresses.

For her performance in the British film Brick Lane (2007) she was nominated for Best Actress in the British Independent Film Awards alongside fellow nominees Dame Judi Dench and Anne Hathaway. Chatterjee’s first film Swaraj won a National Film Award in India. She went on to star in the Indian French co-production, Let the Wind Blow, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and won the Best Film Award at the Durban International Film Festival.

Her other notable roles include German director Florian Gallenberger’s Shadows of Time, which received international acclaim at film festivals including Toronto and Berlin, and Bengali film Bibar for which she won Best Actress at the 2006 Osian Film Festival and the 2007 BFJA awards. She won the Best Actress Award at the Miaac New York Film Festival for her film Bombay Summer. Chatterjee filmed Kumar’s film, Bhopal: Prayer for Rain opposite Martin Sheen, and starred in Road, Movie with Abhay Deol for which she was nominated for a Stardust Award for Best Actress. A trained Hindustani classical vocalist, she has performed for film soundtracks and at the Royal Opera House in London with well known British composer Jocelyn Pook. She is currently starring in Joe Wright’s latest production, Anna Karenina and in Jal, which is directed by Girish Malik.

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