What’s in a name: Pronounced ‘My-Three” or if you are a stickler for Sanskrit, ‘My-Thray-e”
Experience: Broadcaster for more than 15 years with CNBC, Bloomberg, The Financial Express, Euronews, Fortune MPWI
Locations Worked: United States, Europe, Asia, Australia
Expert in: Political Economics, Financial & Commodity Markets, International Corporate News, Television Anchoring, Creating, Writing & Producing AV Content , Writing & Creating Animations, Moderating & Public Speaking
Maithreyi Seetharaman is the Co-Chair of Fortune Most Powerful Women International. She is also the Anchor and Executive Editor of ‘Real Economy’ – the flagship economic show of the pan-European news network, Euronews which has completed 3 seasons with a total of 49 episodes.
Maithreyi has been a financial and economic broadcaster for more than 15 years. She has been an anchor, stocks editor and reporter for networks like Bloomberg Television and CNBC in the US, Europe & Asia. Her journey through the fourth estate has taken her across 4 continents; interviewing global political, business & thought leaders – Getting viewers the stories that matter, minus the jargon; all while connecting the East & West!
A 3rd generation journalist, she has successfully transcended borders. Beyond pure financial journalism, her global perspective has helped tie geo-political stories like the Arab Spring, U.S. Presidential Elections and worldwide disasters like Tsunamis, Tanker Spills & War to market movements, the Global Economic Crisis & Europe’s Debt Problems.
What’s The Latest:
An innovator and entrepreneur, Maithreyi left her life as a network anchor to seek new adventures in a fast changing digital driven media world in 2012. A year later, she set up an independent production company called Facultas Media Limited.
Under the umbrella of Facultas Media, she has taken on the role of Co-Chair of Fortune Most Powerful Women International (MPWI). In this capacity, she is responsible for the editorial content, speaker identification and placement and the overall strengthening of the MPW Community outside the United States. She was brought on board by the MPW team to help further internationalise Fortune magazine’s most successful franchise. In 2016, she achieved that goal in MPW’s London summit with successfully roping in as speakers, Helle Thorning Schmidt (Former PM of Denmark & CEO Save the Children), Lubna Olayan (Olayan Financing), Rona Fairhead (Chair, BBC Trust), Neelie Kroes (Former EU Commissioner), Emma Marcegaglia (Chair, Eni), Nawal Alhawsawi (Rosa Parks of Saudi Arabia) amongst others. She successfully also broadened the MPWI delegate list, thereby making the International flagship of Fortune MPW and it’s community – more global than ever before.
In addition to her role at Fortune MPWI, Maithreyi is also the creator, writer and executive editor and producer of what was in 2013 – the first Macro-Economic television show on international news. Called ‘Real Economy,’ the show airs fortnightly on Pan-European network Euronews in 14 languages. The simple, non-jargon nature of Real Economy helps every day people understand and manoeuvre the minefield of global business and economics. The aim? To take economics out of the purview of the elite and put it in the sphere of the very people it impacts. As the executive editor and anchor of the show, Maithreyi hosts Real Economy and interviews the main guest – the profile of whom ranges from Prime Ministers to Young Students. Along with conceptualising and scripting the show, she is also responsible for supervising the editing and animations. Maithreyi is also key in maintaining the on-going relationship and of negotiating editorial aspects of the contract with Real Economy’s sponsors at the European Commission. She is responsible for liaising with the EC (sponsors) through the season, on behalf of euronews. Maithreyi’s role as executive editor means she also plans and approves stories for reporters, works on the show’s featured animation and 3D graphics with the animators, art directs, organises the main guests while also coordinating the show’s teams between Paris and London. Real Economy has to date, produced and aired 3 seasons of a total 49 episodes. The show is currently on hiatus, with planning for season 4 underway. Details on Real Economy can be found on http://www.euronews.com/programs/realeconomy/
Global Media Professional:
Before her foray into media entrepreneurship, Maithreyi was an integral part of CNBC Europe’s Debt coverage. She co-hosted the network’s flagship show, ‘Squawk Box’ in London. A 3 host, 3 hour show, Squawk Box is a fast paced look at the global economy and markets with a constant flow of expert guests who keep the conversation on point. With interviews of political leaders, CEOs, market analysts and economists Maithreyi gave indepth political economic analysis alongside market reactions. She also hosted ‘Capital Connection,’ a show bridging the trading day between Asia & Europe. She, also at times anchored other CNBC shows like, ‘Worldwide Exchange’ & ‘European Closing Bell.’ Outside the studio, she reported from London’s Square Mile to Madrid for the NBC Universal family. A regular on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ she put global market and economic news into context for a general US audience and also inputted into CNBC U.S. programming, while also contributing regular columns in London’s CityAm newspaper & spots on LBC 97.3 – talk radio.
Maithreyi moved to CNBC Europe from Bloomberg Television in London, where she hosted ‘Global Connection’ a market preview show connecting Asia and Europe, while also performing the role of the network’s European stocks editor.
Before her stint in London, she was the network’s stocks editor in New York. The role put her at the centre of the Global Financial crisis as it broke. Covering the collapse of the mortgage market, banks like Bear Stearns & Lehman Brothers & the subsequent bailouts of firms considered ‘too big to fail.’ she put the news into context — of corporate earnings & also potential contagion in Europe & Asia, which shortly followed. Through what was viewed as a purely financial crisis at its outset, her focus remained on the human impact – on healthcare, housing & jobs. This, as she reported from the Bloomberg NYC studio, the NYSE & the Nasdaq.
Before moving to the U.S, Maithreyi was a prime time anchor & correspondent for CNBC TV18, in India. She was part of the team that defined CNBC and TV18’s role in the Indian news sphere and its expansion from a small team into the news behemoth it is today. She covered issues ranging from breaking economic & corporate news, to covering human interest stories like Mumbai’s 2003 terror attacks & the 2004 Tsunami. She also wrote, produced & hosted documentaries & entertainment shows for the network, while training TV18’s next generation of television reporters and producers as the organisation’s growth exploded.
She was also a reporter for the Indian national newspaper, The Financial Express (part of the Indian Express Newspapers). Responsible for breaking stories about corporate governance failures & financial scandals at the Tata Group, she also wrote more general interest columns for magazines like The Globalist & Elle India.
But, critically and in a career defining moment her first big break came days after September 11, 2001 as an intern for the Brisbane based ‘Courier Mail’. This was where she got her first by-line with a story on tracking the money trail of terror organisations from North America to Pakistan, thus pushing her into the world of financial journalism. She was at the same time, an intern at Australian news station, Channel 9 Gold Coast News.
Maithreyi’s career deviated shortly from journalism when she interned as a research fellow at the IIF in Washington D.C and also worked as a development consultant in Washington D.C. She was an integral part of USAID funded team working on the reconstruction of schools in Iraq.
Can’t get enough Education
Maithreyi has a Masters in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship, at Syracuse University in the United States. The focus of her education was Political Economics and she remains a member of Phi Beta Delta, the honor society for international students and scholars.
Maithreyi also holds a Masters in Journalism with a focus on Broadcast, from the School of Humanities at Bond University in Australia & a Bachelor in Commerce with a focus on Accounting, from Jai Hind College in India.