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Trina DasGupta Pillay

Trina DasGupta Pillay

CEO & Founder at Single Palm Tree Productions

New York, New York

Award-winning producer, writer, director and entrepreneur, Trina is the Founder & CEO of Single Palm Tree Productions (SPT), a media company changing culture for positive social impact. SPT’s partners have included The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the Apollo Theater, STX Entertainment, Teen Vogue, Girls Who Code, Vimeo Originals, and Comedy Central International, among many others, and her accolades include a Cannes Lion, National Association of Broadcasters Innovation prize and Webby for Online Film & Video.

An interdisciplinary creative, Trina’s career has spanned the television, non-profit, political, and mobile industries. In television, she has worked across the Viacom brands, in particular MTV Networks, bringing in $31 million in new revenue with her branded entertainment productions for top brands, such as Coca-Cola and AT&T. In mobile, Trina ran the global public-private partnership, mWomen, designing a movement to increase women's access to technology and raising $11 million for the initiative, which was launched by then U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and 35+ business partners, such as Google and Vodafone. Trina has also advised the U.S., Australian, British and other governments on the use of technology in emerging markets, created the world's first mobile social network dedicated to HIV prevention and produced original content in 12 languages across television, radio, live events, print and digital. Additionally, she is a regular consultant with clients including Sesame Workshop, New American Economy, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the DNC, among others.

Trina is a frequent public speaker, including at prestigious institutions such as the United Nations, SXSW, Paley Center for Media, Mobile World Congress and the Council for Foreign Relations. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with degrees from the Wharton School of Business and the Annenberg School of Communications and also served as a Founding Board Member of Girls Who Code.


  • CEO & Founder (Single Palm Tree Productions)
  • Program Leader / Fellow (Startup Leadership Program)
  • Board of Directors (Girls Who Code)
  • Marketing & Strategy Consultant (Trina DasGupta Consulting)
  • Media Council Member (The Paley Center for Media)


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