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.
TALK ASIA WITH MONITA RAJPAL
ART OF LIFE
THE FASHION SEASON
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
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Monita Rajpal ©2019
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MODERATOR, COPENHAGEN FASHION SUMMIT ON SUSTAINABILITY
MODERATOR, ASIA HOTEL & TOURISM INVESTMENT CONFERENCE, SRI LANKA
MODERATOR, EURASIA MEDIA FORUM, KAZAKHSTAN
MODERATOR, PATA (PACIFIC ASIA TRAVEL ASSOCIATION), THAILAND