Parakala Prabhakar studied at JNU and the London School of Economics. He was the Communications Adviser to the Government of Andhra Pradesh between 2014 and 2018 and held a Cabinet rank. He is currently the MD of RightFOLIO, a knowledge enterprise based in Hyderabad. He is also a widely-read columnist on current affairs and has a popular Youtube channel, ‘Midweek Matters’, where he discusses issues related to India’s politics, economy and contemporary society.
He is married to Nirmala Sitharaman, the present Finance Minister of India. They have a daughter, Parakala Vangmayi, who is a journalist.