Apart from being the Festival Director, Mohan is an editor at the country’s largest rating agency Crisil Ratings. During his three decades in journalism, Mohan has worked with many newspapers, including the Peninsula Daily in Doha, and Bridge News, Observer of Business and Politics, Free Press Journal and the Economic and Political Weekly in Mumbai. He is also the publisher and editor or the Malayalam literary quarterly, Kaakka, (The Crow) from Mumbai.
Sabari, as he is fondly called, has been a well-known business journalist in Mumbai with a decade-old stint in The Economic Times. As the executive director of the Gateway LitFest, Sabari makes sure that everything falls into place smoothly with his people-centric approach. He was instrumental in making the Kerala University Post-Graduate Campus Union, which he chaired in 1990, organise the God’s own country’s first campus culture festival called ‘Jamboree’ modelled on the lines of the festivals organised by the IITs. A recipient of the ‘Sachivotama gold medal’ for the best speaker of Kerala University in 1991, Sabari catches up with the latest trends in Malayalam literature and movies during his spare time.
Joseph is the key `idea man’ behind the Gateway LitFest concept. His out-of-the box ideas have helped build the LitFest into a national brand in no time. Currently working as the CEO of P4C, the co-organiser of the event, he is constantly on the task to take the Gateway LitFest to the next level, by adding new features and products under the brand. During his 20-plus years of journalism career, he worked with the United News of India (UNI), Free Press Journal, Chronicle Pharmabiz, and Indian Communicator in different capacities like Senior Reporter, Bureau Chief and News Editor. A hardcore professional with creativity to the core, he has published several short stories in Malayalam during his early days.
Bennychan is the Chief of Business Bureau at The Press Trust of India (PTI) in Mumbai. In a journalism career spanning more than 23 years, Ben, as he is popularly known, has worked with most of the leading financial dailies and magazines in New Delhi, before moving to the largest wire in the country in Mumbai. His in-depth understanding of banking, monetary policy, financial markets and the macro-economy enables him to put together articles backed by solid data and analysis. A keen observer of the socio, political and economic milieu, and an avid follower of the old school journalism, Ben holds strong views on issues impacting the world, especially the common man. As the Editor of the Gateway LitFest, this Post Graduate in Western Philosophy brings his incisive editing skills to the table.