Monita Rajpal is the founder of the news and lifestyle blog The Citrine Room. A combination of original and curated articles, Rajpal draws on her 20 years experience as a journalist to write about issues that shape us as people. In The Citrine Room's #Repost section, Rajpal highlights pieces from around the world that expand our way of thinking. Rajpal's strengths as an interviewer and writer are evident in her articles which have been published in Thrive Global and Medium. Her skills have also been appreciated globally during her time at CNN International where in her 14 years with the network she had been based in Atlanta, London, and Hong Kong.


Described as a “true talent” by Grammy Award winning artist and producer Pharell Williams and “brilliant” by Tom Ford, Rajpal has interviewed numerous celebrities and newsmakers, including Zaha Hadid, the photographer David Bailey, Philippe Starck, the artist Marc Quinn, and world leaders such as Mikhael Gorbachev, Benjamin Netanyahu, the late Benazir Bhutto, Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan, as well as Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto. She also specialized in the business of the luxury industry, hosting a series of programs where she interviewed the CEOs of LVMH, Kering, Cartier, Chopard, Tag Heuer, Salvatore Ferragamo, Boucheron, amongst others. 


Monita hosted her own talk show ‘Talk Asia with Monita Rajpal’ where she interviewed the biggest names in politics, fashion, art, architecture, sport, music, film, design, and more such as Stella McCartney, Roger Federer, Manchester City Captain Vincent Kompany, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Michael Kors, mining magnate Andrew Forrest, boxing legend George Foreman, the acclaimed architects Cecil Balmond and Thomas Heatherwick, to name just a few.
Monita has reported from and hosted shows around the world including the Academy Awards in Hollywood, Great Wall of China, Kazakhstan, Havana, London’s Westminster Abbey, Kuala Lumpur, Rajasthan India, St. Petersburg Russia, Berlin, Paris, and Milan.


Rajpal has worked with MTV hosting their World Aids Day special called Staying Alive. She has moderated discussions at the Family Planning Summit hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Sustainable Fashion Summit in Copenhagen, and the Eurasia Media Forum in Kazakhstan.

Monita began her reporting and anchoring career at CityTV in Toronto, Canada.


She lives in Wiltshire, England with her husband and son.

LIFESTYLE PROGRAMMING

TALK ASIA WITH MONITA RAJPAL

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ART OF LIFE

LUXURY LIFE

THE FASHION SEASON

DESIGN 360

GLOBAL CHALLENGES

                                                                 

9/11                                                            WAR IN IRAQ                            

WAR IN AFGHANISTAN                          2004 TSUNAMI                         

 MUMBAI ATTACKS                                      LONDON OLYMPICS

DEATH OF YASSER ARAFAT                      LIVE EARTH                              

DEATH OF POPE JOHN PAUL II               ARAB SPRING                           

LONDON BOMBINGS 7/7                             ROYAL WEDDING (U.K.)      

US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS                DEATH OF NELSON MANDELA

UK GENERAL ELECTIONS                          FLIGHT MH370 & MH17      

SADDAM HUSSEIN TRIAL                          OSCAR PISTORIOUS TRIAL

CHILEAN MINERS RESCUE                       LONDON OLYMPICS

                                                 





"We get inspired by things we see or hear, things we encounter & experience. But then there are moments when those things run out, when you have nothing & you're tapped out. That is the best place you could ever be because now the only thing you have is intuition."
As told to me by award winning producer & musician,Pharrell Williams


FOUNDER, THE CITRINE ROOM

2018-PRESENT

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS ​(SO FAR...)

Monita Rajpal ©2019

ANCHOR, CITYPULSE AT 6pm & 11pm WEEKEND EDITION

              REPORTER FOR CITYPULSE AT 6pm & 11pm

​​​​MONITA RAJPAL

GLOBAL EVENTS COVERAGE

ANCHOR AT CNN INTERNATIONAL 

2001-2014

REPORTER/ANCHOR AT CITYTV & CP24

TORONTO

1998-2001


NEWS PROGRAMMING

CNN NEWSCENTER LIVE FROM HONG KONG

WORLD ONE LIVE FROM LONDON

CNN TODAY LIVE FROM LONDON

CONNECT THE WORLD LIVE FROM LONDON

WORLD NEWS LIVE FROM ATLANTA

AMERICAN EDITION LIVE FROM ATLANTA

CELEBRITY INTERVIEWS

CATE BLANCHETT                NATALIE PORTMAN          ROGER FEDERER

HILARY SWANK                     BILLY CORGAN                   JEREMY LIN

STELLA McCARTNEY           TOM FORD                            VINCENT KOMPANY

DONATELLA VERSACE        JULIO IGLESIAS                 VIN DIESEL

​SIR SALMAN RUSHDIE        LADY GAGA                          BAZ LUHRMANN

SIR BOB GELDOF                   GEORGE FOREMAN          STEVEN TYLER

SIR PHILIP GREEN                PHARRELL WILLIAMS      ZAHA HADID

MICHAEL KORS                      MARIO TESTINO                 I.M. PEI       





NEWSMAKING INTERVIEWS

MIKHAEL GORBACHEV      

AL GORE     

BENAZIR BHUTTO  

SHIMON PERES

PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN OF NIGERIA

VINCENTE FOX (FMR PRESIDENT OF MEXICO)

PRESIDENT ENRIQUE PENA NIETO OF MEXICO



  SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS​

            MODERATOR, FAMILY PLANNING SUMMIT, LONDON (BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION, UK DEPT FOR  INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, UNFPA)

   MODERATOR, COPENHAGEN FASHION SUMMIT ON SUSTAINABILITY

   MODERATOR, ASIA HOTEL & TOURISM  INVESTMENT CONFERENCE, SRI LANKA

   M​ODERATOR, EURASIA MEDIA FORUM, KAZAKHSTAN

         MODERATOR, PATA (PACIFIC ASIA TRAVEL ASSOCIATION), THAILAND​