● Led teams applying machine learning, statistical analysis and visualization techniques to issuesincluding pollution, urban planning and criminal justice. ● Advised government...more officials on their use of technology. ● Led lectures and discussions on computing, math/physics and smart, concise writing. ● Managed IT infrastructure (and security), including AWS and GSuite.
● Created a quick and simple product with which those living or traveling abroad could receiveSMS-based two-factor authentication messages to their email address. ● Developed...more tight advertising strategies on Twitter, Facebook and Google. ● Wrote PHP/MySQL code to interact with Twilio and Stripe APIs. Hosted on AWS.
● Revealed results of a national Venezuelan election were fabricated; secrets about the country’s opaque military; that the country’s Chief Justice was arrested on suspicion...more of murder; and high-level, multi-billion dollar corruption at Venezuela’s state oil company. ● Produced text, photos and TV. ● Worked in Iraq, Afghanistan, Washington, New York and across Latin America. ● Wrote code to automate story-writing, data-gathering, social media and admin.
● Created the go-to data hub on one of the world’s most opaque countries, used by 15,000 people including politicians and investors. ● Wrote iOS, Android and web apps,...more as well as an API, providing live and historic economic and social data, customizable/interactive graphs, calculators, election results, asylum data and a flight-tracker on Venezuela’s meltdown. ● Did everything from back- and front-end programming to logo- and user-interface-design—as well as marketing.
Working in Latin America and the Middle East
2010 - 2015 (over 4 years)
● Produced text, photos, video, and radio in Venezuela, as well as Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, Guyana, Jordan, Lebanon, Peru, and Mexico. ● Covered the cancer,...more election and death of Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez, the messy transition to Nicolás Maduro’s rule and the crisis that followed. ● Investigated diamond smuggling from illegal jungle mines in the Amazon, Glencore’s involvement with Colombian paramilitaries, and the killing of wildcat gold miners linked to a multinational there.
Girish is a published physicist, has twenty years of programming experience and his foreign reporting has been published by every major English-language news outlet—from Reuters to the New Yorker—across video, photography, audio and text.
Girish taught himself to code at eleven, writing software and building database-driven websites from scratch. A popular music website he created in his early teens was listed by MTV as one of the web’s top twenty sources.
In science, his interests lie broadly on the theoretical end of the spectrum—spacetime, quantum mechanics and particles—though his Master’s project was a simulation of the heart to investigate atrial fibrillation.
As a reporter—freelance and Senior Correspondent at Reuters—Girish stood up to governments including that of Venezuela, demonstrating high-level corruption and exaggeration of electoral results.
He went beyond traditional media by bringing math and code to journalism, writing software, for example, to give live and historic data on Venezuela’s dire economy. He turned this into a global platform and has set up multiple companies.