Suril Desai

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Suril Desai is a lawyer, with the renowned Nishith Desai Associates (one of India's top 10 law firms) a documentary film maker as well a Bitcoin / Cryptocurrency and Blockchain enthusiast. He holds a Bachelors of Science in International Management from Menlo College California and spent 6 years in Silicon Valley before coming back to India and pursuing a degree in Law from Government Law College, Mumbai. Armed with specialisation in Criminology, he thereafter completed a diploma course in Advanced Legal Studies in Counter-Terrorism at Asser Institute in The Hague, Netherlands.

Suril is a big believer of disruption and decentralisation and is also an avid supporter of Hacktivism.
He has taken lessons in Investigative Journalism from Julian Assange and was also invited in 2013 to speak on Big Data at the German-Russian Young Leaders Forum in St. Petersburg. In 2016 he spoke at UNYCC (United Nations Young Changemakers Conclave) in Mumbai.

Besides being a thoroughbred lawyer, Suril has philanthropic leanings and is also passionate about  documentary film making and painting. After the tragedies of the 2611 terrorist attacks in Mumbai he was amongst the first to help the Jewish Chabad (Nariman House) in their rebuilding and restoration activities. Currently he’s in the midst of completing his second documentary feature The Mumbai Jews.
He also has a made a documentary, Iron Khan, about a reformed militant commander of JKLF (Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front).

Suril has also co-produced the documentary "Beyond The Border-Afghanistan", which he funded with bitcoins. The documentary was screened at the Venice Film Festival and is about the winter sports culture there.
Suril has also worked closely with Noble Laureate, Prof. Muhammad Yunus and on several occasions travelled with him to Europe as well as Bangladesh.
In 2019 he had two art exhibitions in Madrid, Spain and Rome, Italy. He is also passionate about memes and electronic music.

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