Debanjan Chakrabarti is Director British Council East and Northeast India. He has over 18 years of experience in leading education, development and cultural collaboration programmes in India and internationally for British Council. In his present role he leads on all of British Council’s businesses and cultural relations work in East and Northeast India, covering 13 states and Bhutan. This includes partnerships with schools and higher education institutions, English language training and teaching direct and through partnerships with state governments, in the areas of arts and creative economy; with young people and sports through Premier Skills; and through examinations services and library and information services.
In his earlier role, Debanjan was the country lead for English Language Policy Research and Publications of the British Council in India. He is one of the trustees of the International Language and Development Conference and sits on one of the education advisory board the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
A triple gold medallist in English literature from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, Debanjan is a Felix Scholar and obtained his PhD in literature and media studies from the University of Reading, UK. He has been a journalist and taught English literature and films at Visva Bharati University in Shantiniketan and at University of Reading. Debanjan is a keen sportsman, an avid reader, and a cinephile. He occasionally writes for national and international publications on education, books, sports and films.