Dhruti Shah is an award-winning journalist, author and speaker. She has spent nearly 14 years at the BBC, has two global fellowships, and is well versed in the art of storytelling. In particular she specialises in financial literacy, resilience and diversity.
State-school and Oxford University educated, Druti Shah is a case study in social mobility. She focuses on topics of empowerment, identity and offering an unusual perspective on the world around us.
Her award winning debut book is a financial literacy guide called Bear Markets and Beyond: A Bestiary of Business Terms. It won Short Business Book of the Year at the Business Book Awards in 2021 where judges described it as ‘perfect’. Furthermore Sir David Attenborough has suggested he could learn from the “field guide”.
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Dhruti embarked on her journalism career in newspapers before moving to the BBC where she’s spent 14 years carving out an unusual path at one of the world's most trusted news organisations.
She’s worked as a long-term writer for the BBC News website, as a social news writer for the Washington DC bureau and has also worked for the world’s longest running current affairs programme Panorama. She’s also spent time at the Natural History Unit and as a digital and social producer and strategist leading World Service projects across multiple languages. It’s her experience working on the social news beat where she has created a reputation for her digital newsgathering skills, doing not just open-source intelligence work but also finding people with amazing stories to tell.
Druti Shah’s features have broken records
Her features, which span a whole range of fields, have broken audience records and led to global conversations and people’s lives being changed. She also made audiences and other organisations take note of the BBC News LinkedIn account, growing its followers four-fold while being solely responsible for it.
Furthermore, Dhruti was selected for an Ochberg Fellowship with the Dart Centre for Trauma and Journalism. She also remains an active member of the global network of mental health specialists, journalists, and those concerned about ethics in the field. Also chosen for a Rotary International Peace Fellow she has studied at Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University.
Dhruti has led speaking engagements, training workshops and has been a keynote at conferences and events around the world engaging with a variety of audiences. She’s spoken to children as young as five at primary schools about financial literacy, storytellers around the world at all levels of experience about tackling the social beat, and not forgetting the highly qualified neuroscientists interested in the world of verification and journalism.
Bear Markets and Beyond: A Bestiary of Business Terms
This award-winning book was created with illustrator Dominic Bailey. What’s more, it has been lauded by parents, businesspeople, primary schools, universities and environmentalists. It was featured in a number of leading newspapers and magazines. These include Fortune Magazine, Financial World magazine, Daily Mail, NPR Marketplace, BBC World Service, Creative Boom and Save the Student.
In addition, it is on university reading lists globally. It has also been selected by former UK Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen as one of his ‘Books to Make You Think’.
And in 2021, it was selected as one of the books of choice to mark South Asian Heritage Month’s spotlight on South Asian writers.
Dhruti Shah is a member of many networks and organisations
She is a member of the global Clore Cultural Leaders Network. It is also worth noting that her selection as a two-time finalist at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards means she is also a member of the Women of the Future network. She was also shortlisted for three categories at the Digital Women Awards in 2021 - Role Model, Women for Good and highlighted as one of the 40 Women to Watch.
As someone who knows what it’s like to often stand out as a minority in the areas she enjoys learning about, Dhruti, who is proud of her Gujarati background and Jain faith, is very passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion and helping people to improve industries with poor records when it comes to encouraging people to feel like they belong.
She is the youngest Trustee on the Board of the John Schofield Trust, a charity which seeks to make newsrooms inclusive.
A hugely talented speaker she is often asked to deliver motivational speeches for Women’s Day Events . Other events have seen her speak extensively about her experiences to help others feel they are not alone whatever industry they are in.
Speech titles – tiny précis i.e. a couple of sentences
What’s in a name? When Dhruti was almost called a Dorito at work, she was taken aback but it led her on a mission to help others with unusual names take ownership of something that is, quite frankly, rather key to their identity
The art of storytelling – Dhruti wanted to be a journalist since she was eight years old and now several decades later, and in an ever-evolving industry what is it that she’s learnt about what resonates?
‘They told me I’d never make it but I knew I would’ – How do you make your dreams a reality but maintain your authentic self? Especially when you are from an ethnically marginalised group.
Making your idea a successful book
Dhruti had an idea to create a simple book but how did she make it a best-selling, award-winning success without an agent and self-belief driving her on. Dhruti shares the platform with her co-creator Dominic Bailey.
Northwestern University in Qatar, BBC Academy; Dataminr; Mansfield College (Oxford University): Simply Comms, The Economist, News: Rewired, Rotary Club Hillingdon, Rotary Club Mayfair, Rotary Club Bangkok, Rotary Club Uxbridge, Thames Valley Rotary District, Reveal EU (Greece), Prix Italia (Turin, Italy), Global Education Oregon, John Schofield Trust, Hacks/Hackers LDN, King (the company behind Candy Crush), We Hate Pink, NUJ Chapel, Middlesex University, Oxford University Careers Service; BAM Media (Georgetown University), Woman X Impact (Bologna, Italy), University of West London, University of Kent
Do you want podcasts too? I’ve spoken on Radio 4 Word of Mouth as a guest, World Service Business Daily, NPR Marketplace, Media Tribe, Desi Reads, Do Not Adjust Your Focus, Need to Read, Us People
And earlier this year BBC Embrace Minding It asked me to be the presenter a special internal comms project on mental health and race. This was separate to the journalism work I do.
I have testimonials on my LinkedIn profile for now
“Dhruti's session was so interesting and inspiring, hearing about all the different projects she's done and the work she's doing to support EDI was brilliant!”
Simply Comms Event
Dhruti is an incredibly hard worker and a brilliant story-teller. She is very creative and has a track record of innovative work in journalism and exploring new ways of using digital platforms to reach new audiences.
Dhruti is truly an inspiring journalist and storyteller. During my time at the BBC I’ve come to know her on a professional and personal level and have continued to be amazed by her editorial and storytelling skills. She is very entrepreneurial and peruses her ideas with great passion and diligence. She is very easy to work with and brings infectious energy to any project she’s involved in.
BBC Digital Editor
Details of any books you’ve written
Award-winning author of three-time Amazon bestseller in its category Bear Markets and Beyond: A Bestiary of Business Terms.
This is a financial literacy book with a twist. Dhruti teamed up with illustrator Dominic Bailey to create a book like no other. Bear Markets and Beyond guides you through many of the animal terms that turn up in finance, economics and business and makes this often closed-off world rather fun. The book won Short Business Book of the Year at the Business Book Awards in 2021 and the judges described it as ‘perfect’. The book featured in the Mail, Fortune Magazine, Desi Reads, BBC World Service, BBC London and has been lauded by economists, educators, journalists, parents and environmentalists globally.
Dhruti’s creative writing has also featured in the Carer’s UK 2018 anthology Keeping Well, Keeping Connected after her short story Homeward Bound was highly commended in the charity’s creative writing competition.
Her words of advice have also featured in the Six Words book series.