Ria Tobaccowala is an award winning Indian-American Filmmaker from Chicago. Ria is a MFA film student at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Her short film, LIFE AFTER was selected for several prestigious film festivals including Cleveland International, Florida Film Festival and Sarasota. The film also won best short fiction film at the Chicago South Asian Film Festival. Her newest short film, FREEDOM SHADOW is in post-production. She is also developing an original TV show about women in tech.

Before graduate school, Ria began her career at Google. With a passion for storytelling and technology, she led the development of social web experiences and innovations using Google products with content partners, such as The New York Times, ESPN, Fox, NBC, The Food Network and Sony. Ria produced the 2015 YouTube interview with President Obama. She received her BA in Economics from Harvard University and MBA from NYU Stern School of Business.

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