Derek O’Brien was born in Kolkata. He began his career as a journalist for Sportsworld magazine but soon shifted to advertising. After working for a number of very successful years as Creative Head of Ogilvy, Derek decided to focus all his energy and talent in his passion—quizzing.
Today, Derek is Asia’s best-known quizmaster and the CEO of Derek O’Brien & Associates. He is the host of the longest-running game show on Indian television, the Cadbury Bournvita Quiz Contest, for which he was voted the Best Anchor of a Game Show at the Indian Television Academy Awards for three years in a row. Always innovating, Derek is also credited with having conducted the first quiz on Twitter in 2010.
Derek has written over fifty bestselling reference, quiz and textbooks. In 2011, he was voted to the Rajya Sabha as a member of Parliament (MP) and is the Leader of the Trinamool Congress in the Rajya Sabha.
Keep in touch with Derek on Twitter, where his handle is @quizderek.