Mr. Showkat Nabi Rather joined ICBA in November 2016 as Journalism and Media Outreach Specialist. His responsibilities include media relations, writing news updates, feature stories, project briefs, success stories, video scripts and other corporate and project content.
Prior to this role, he worked as Senior Media and Communications Officer for the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics – ICRISAT (a member of the CGIAR); and as Assistant Media Advisor for the US Department of State posted at the US Consulate General in Hyderabad, India. He also worked as a journalist in India.
He holds a master's degree in Electronic Media (Broadcast Media) from Bangalore University and a bachelor’s degree with Mass Communication and Video Production from the University of Kashmir.
He also holds certificates in Leadership and Communication from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA; and American Studies/Advanced Writing from the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, Foreign Service Institute (FSI), US State Department, USA.
He has authored many articles and blogs particularly focused on agricultural development and produced several documentaries.