Aki Mandhar

Aki Mandhar

Chief operating officer

Telegraph Media Group

Contact me
  • 07957 824220
  • akimandhar
  • 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5DT, United Kingdom
Work email

akimandhar@gmail.com

Bye-bye the decade with no name. What are you relieved to draw a line under?

Drawing a line to mark the beginning of our change in attitudes to mental health. Making it OK to not be OK, or at least recognising that you’re not alone in feeling this way.

What’s your biggest hope for the decade ahead?

More of the above.

And what’s top of your professional to-do list for the 2020s?

Spending time with people I don’t usually work with day to day, seeing things from their point of view. A small fix of an issue in one place can unlock a huge opportunity somewhere else in the business.

You have to job swap with someone in our industry for one month. Who would it be with and why?

Emily Maitlis. So I'd have the skinny on what couldn't be broadcast.

Who is your best friend in the industry and why?

I don't do BFFs.

What do you think the Friday feeling is?

Have I got News for You. (Also Crunchie.)

Who or what would you put into room 101 and why?

Queueing. Because, queuing.

If you could uninvent one piece of technology, what would you choose and why?

Two blue ticks. We all know when you have disabled them – that’s worse.

In the spirit of embracing failure… What has been your biggest screw-up?

Hasn't happened yet.

What do you do to stay match fit?

Running. Shouting at politicians (on TV). Not at the same time.

What would be your darts walk-on music and why?

You’re the Best by Joe Esposito from The Karate Kid. Everyone should feel like they’re the best now and again, plus it’s not always a bad thing to be underestimated.

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